'Fifty Shades' of Groundbreaking Reads

Ever wonder what avant-garde adults were reading before E.L. James' erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey? Here are some salacious "Groundbreaking Reads" that might whet your appetite.
If you read them as a part of the Adult Summer Reading program June 3-July 20, you can be eligible to win prizes. Just sign up at the library or online and complete one of our summer reading "Bingo" cards to be eligible for prizes for reading, attending programs and recommending books.
Complete one box on your bingo card by reading a New York Times Best-seller. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (available at our library in print or eBook format) is about a naive coed whose attraction to a wealthy businessman tests her physical and emotional boundaries. This erotic trilogy has been on the New York Times Best-seller's list since its debut last April.
If you've already read Fifty Shades of Grey, check out another New York Times best-selling author, Megan Hart, whose erotic fiction and love stories are Tempted and No Greater Pleasure. If you post a review of the book on one of our six Facebook pages, you can check off another box on your bingo card.
Do you have an iPod, iPhone or an Android smartphone? You can check off another bingo square by downloading an audiobook through our audiobook service, OneClickDigital. Listen to books while you're at the beach or strolling through Waterfront Park. You can check them out for up to three weeks, and you never have to pay late fees.
Of course, you don't have to be tech savvy to win prizes on your bingo card. You can attend the Poison Pen Mystery Book Club, watch a movie or attend one of our many programs on gardening and archeology. Another low-tech method of completing your bingo card is to perform random acts of kindness, such as reading aloud to someone. Check off another box if you help a friend register for a library card.
If you're eager to use your new smartphone, fill in another box on your bingo card by recommending three of your favorite books to a friend via email or text message. You can even use our "Text a Librarian" service to ask our librarians questions to check off yet another box on your card.
Since the theme of the Adult Summer Reading program is "Groundbreaking Reads," why not read or reread some classic novels, such as D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers or the scandalous Portnoy's Complaint, by Philip Roth, completing more boxes on your card as you go. The nonfiction best-seller, The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, turns 50 this year, and it is often referred to as the founding moment of second-wave feminism. Afterward, you can review the book for another opportunity to complete your card.
If you're looking for a good time this summer, stop by your favorite branch library or go online starting June 3 to sign up for our summer reading programs. Children and teens can also register for their summer reading programs on June 3. Find out more information by visiting our Summer Reading webpage.
Don't yet have a library card? If you are a Beaufort County resident or property owner, stop by your nearest branch, show us proof of residency or ownership, and you will instantly be a card-carrying member of the coolest library system around.
Belinda Blue is reference manager at St. Helena Island library.
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