MIMM: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L.James {book} & Artisana Nut Butters {review}

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Marvelous Monday for my marvelous readers.

I have a marvelous book to review today, many of you ladies I’m sure are familiar with. I finally finished listening to an audiobook of Fifty Shades Darker by E.L.James, which is the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy. Yeah, that’s right – it was an audiobook, so a lot of the things I’m going to say about it pertain directly to the experience. But first, a blurb about the book from Amazon:

“Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.Β 
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.Β They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

I liked this book much better than the first one. Christian is a lot more likable.. actually, he’s quite lovable in this book. I can understand now why all of the girls on Facebook were gushing about him being the perfect man now. He does sound dreamy indeed as we learn the truths and depths of his issues. This book is much more geared towards women than the first book. The first book was much more raw and sexual and intense than this one, this one had a lot more fluff and girly, gushy moments – which was totally fine with me. I’m all for storybook moments, too bad they don’t happen in real life. And that’s where the negatives come in – the book is just that: very fictional, none of the stuff happening in it will ever ever happen in real life, so some people might not enjoy it that much. While it’s a nice escape, it does make you realize how ridiculous some of the scenes in it are.

Everything in the book happens over a very short period of time. There is so much happening though, that it should have been done in like a year. Seriously, that’s the main thing why I see the book as hard to relate to – there is just no way that much stuff would happen in such a short period of time. Ever. And if it did, I don’t know the type of person that would endure it like that. It would be so emotionally and psychologically (not to mention, physically) draining, I just don’t see how it would be possible for a real life person to have all this happen. Then there’s the language – while the book is good and engaging, it does seem pretty repetitive at some parts, some of the phrases being used over and over again – although it might be the audiobook speaker’s way of saying those phrases that made it particularly noticeable. She would say it the same way every time which sounded repetitive. I feel like things could have been described better, differently, using some alternate words. Then, the speaker herself – she’s good, but you definitely have to get used to her. She uses a range of deeper voices for men and some interesting voice fluctuations throughout to mimic different characters and it seems pretty hilarious and ridiculous at first but you stop noticing it after a while. It’s kind of funny to hear her read out the sex scenes though, acting as Ana and as Christian, with the groans and “ah’s” and “holy shit!”s.

It took me quite a while to get through the whole audiobook. I guess an upside to having it as an audiobook is that is goes on and on, and if it’s good – that’s good too! Cause it feels more like a movie that way, I guess. But as much as that was fun, I’m gonna read the third part of the trilogy in the old-fashioned paper format.

Rating: 4/5


Another note is that I finally got to try some Artisana products recently.

These are only some of the packets I’ve tried. Unfortunately, raw nut butter just doesn’t seem to go with me. I don’t really see what the fuss is all about – all I could taste was fattiness of the nut but no actual true flavor that I was expecting. I love almond butter overall and I tried the raw variety, but I guess that’s what it is – raw nut butters are just not the same as the roasted nut butters. I just prefer the roasted kind. I’d make a terrible raw foodist. Don’t be upset with me πŸ™

One I did try and really liked (unpictured) is the cacao bliss – a chocolate coconut butter. It was splendid.

I did also try these two:

The cashew butter doesn’t really go with me either because it doesn’t have a flavor that’s prevalent enough for me. I was a little meh about coconut butter at first too but after having it another time, I realized that I did actually like it. So there is hope for me yet! I thought that coconut butter tasted like shredded coconut at first but then I distinguished a different the next time I had some. I did realize I can’t have more than one Tbsp at a time of it though because my tummy got strangely upset after. It might have been the fact that I was eating it with other coconutty things though, making it a total coconut overload, haha. Anyway, I’m planning on finding something to use the cashew butter for – like a recipe, to make the most out of its delicate flavor. As for the coconut butter, I will be using it whenever I need some extra healthy fats in my diet, especially at the end of the day πŸ™‚ Gotta get that protein+fat combo!

Cashew butter along with mixed berries as topping on yogurt.

By the way, I’m like the only weirdo on the blog world that didn’t fall in love with these Artisana products. Almost every healthy living blogger I follow has raved about these: Katie, Kath, Kyleigh, Lisa, Irina, Fitnessista, Β So don’t let me discourage you from trying them, if you haven’t yet. It’s better to make your own opinion of it πŸ™‚

Questions for you:

  • Have you read the Fifty Shades books? What do you think of them?
  • Have you tried any Artisana products? Which nut butter is your favorite?

Disclaimer: I received the Artisana products free of charge from the company, I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own.

Last Updated on March 29, 2019

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  1. I am in love with the Artisana coconut butter! I also really love the cacao bliss but haven’t tried any of the other kinds yet! I am a sucker for anything coconut though so I may not be the best judge πŸ˜‰

    • I’m on a coconut kick myself! A local frozen yogurt (well, it’s kefir, technically) started carrying coconut flavor on certain days and I have fallen in LOVE. I know this has nothing to do with the butters but yeah haha. I feel yaaaa on the coconut love πŸ™‚

  2. I read the first 2 books, then got the 3rd on on audible. LOVE them. I am on the last 10 minutes and I’m just not wanting it to end. It gets better and better…

    Those Artisana packets look amazing. Gotta try them!

    • Yeah I was listening to it on Audible too! I almost wanted to get the 3rd on there but I’m gonna wait for my turn at the library instead. I’m excited to hear that you like the 3rd too, I can’t wait to read it now.

  3. I started the first book in the 50 Shades of Grey series and just couldn’t finish it. It wasn’t my cup of tea. Though your review of the second book makes me think I might like that one a little more. πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, I thought the first was okay but this one is definitely a lot more normal. I’m not too much into the whole crazy S&M thing so I wasn’t necessairly feeling it at first either but I stuck to it. You should try the second one πŸ˜›

  4. I’m a little sad you didn’t love the cashew and coconut butter;) ha ha. I don’t really like the almond butter they have, I definitely prefer the roasted variety!
    I am just so in love with the coconut. I hope that’s not the culprit of your stomach feeling funky. Clearly, coconut butter is my fave:)

    • I think it’s just cause it was an overload that’s why it was feeling weird. But funny thing, I was actually JUST about to tweet you — I’ve been adding cashew butter more to my yogurt concotions and I’ve gotta say I’m starting to really like it now πŸ™‚ It just took me a little bit to get used to haha. So yay!

  5. I love Artisana coconut butter and cacao bliss (still haven’t tried the new antioxidant flavors), but I am actually not a fan of raw nut butters either. I’ve tried raw almond and raw peanut butters and didn’t like them. Roasted nut butters are the best!

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