E.L. James – Fifty Shades Trilogy Reading Order

by Maryse on November 30, 2011 · 22 comments

in Alternative, Reading Order Guide:

One of my favorite series of the year (and pretty much one of my favorites of all time). This one took so many of us by storm and put us all in a reading frenzy. A seriously tortured soul finding his way from the dark to the light, and a gentle soul struggling to meet him in the middle. Check out my book review of book #1 to get an idea of what it’s about – this is not your typical contemporary romance. Sure… it’s romance, but with a twist. A HARD twist ;) :

My friend Jackie said it best, and I just had to quote her:

“Maryse urged me to look past the ‘kink’ and read away. It was sooo good. I loved both main characters – cringed in a few places – yes , but did manage to ‘see’ Christian despite his needs. Read it girls – it’s a gut churning, heart wrenching tale that I defy you not to get lost in.”

About book #1:

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him.  Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too – but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

The reading ORDER:

And check out my “What To Read After Fifty Shades” list (’cause you are so going to need more, after this series!)


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie November 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I just have to get that day off work – 19th Jan 2012. That’s one book that just won’t wait for the weekend! xxx

Maryse November 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Me either!! The minute I can (that very same day) I will be reading non-stop. I’m sure of it.

Tina November 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

We will all be zombies with book in hand. Can’t wait. The handcuffs are intriguing.

Nicola December 5, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Just over a month to go…can’t wait!!! Hope it comes out over here at the same time as where you are….;0) Nx

Moxie Pepperpot December 15, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Wow Maryse! Another excellent recommendation on the 50 Shades series. I usually stick to urban paranormal / paranormal romance but THIS was fantastic! I laughed, cried, questioned my own morals and beliefs, and was… well let’s just say that Ana and Christian are HOT together. I’m so glad I read your blog.

19 January 2012 can’t arrive fast enough!!


Kate January 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I am SO hooked!! I have 200 pages left to go of the second book. (i started it 24 hours ago) I am sleep deprived and loving every minute of it! I am so disappointed that the final book is not available on iTunes yet :( I can get it using Kindle but I enjoy iBooks better than the kindle app.

Maryse January 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I know how you feel Kate.

I was a zombie.

Melanie January 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Hi…I just finished the fifty trilogy..and Im in love!!!! I can not get it out of my head…do you know of any other books that would be similar to these? I read them in 2.5 days!!


Becky January 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Do you know when the third fifty shades book will be available on iTunes? My friend is unsure how to get the third book onto her iPad.

Maryse January 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM


I believe it is currently only available on Kindle (& Nook). Have her download the free Kindle app for ipad, and she can read it via that e-reader. :)

La'Shay March 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

So what is the order to read the books?

Maryse March 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

La’Shay: Just scroll up a bit, you’ll see the reading order right here on this very page.

Vanessa March 4, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I was able to get all 3 on my Nook color, not sure about ipad. I am so glad to have gotten them….HOTT!!!!! SUSPENSFUL = ) i WANT A MR.GREY

Maryse March 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Vanessa! That’s great. This series looks like it’s going to be HUGE now, so it would make sense that it would be available everywhere.

Karen March 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I’m still confused. Isn’t Fifty Shades of Grey the last book released? It is on the list as the first book to read? Is the buzz about the final book or the Trilogy? What am I ordering and what order am I reading them in?

Maryse March 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Hi Karen!

The reading order is exactly as listed right here. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book. Just follow this guide and you’ll get the story as it is told in the correct order.

I hope that helps!

angela March 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Oh my, I aboslutely love this series! My emotions were all over the place. I cried, i laughed and got angry. Thanks for the recommendaion.

BTW I love your site and I have you thank for introducing me to one of my all time favorite characters Zadist, yummy!

angela March 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

A week later and I still can’t get Christian Grey out my head, LOL.

Kimberly December 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM

at the end of the book fifty shades freed it has a prolauge to “fifty’s first christmas”? um has E.L not written that book yet or is E.L planning on it?

Leaa March 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I’m on the second book of this series and OOOOOOMYGOSH. First, I was like ‘nope, not reading it sounds dumb.’ Now I’m just hooked. I been reading ALL day and ALL night. While reading it I catch my self laughing, smiling, or even blushing!! Only like 2 books get me all hyped up like that! This book is just amazing :D I’ll be back on here to see what to read after 50 Shades soon Lol

Mayzee July 20, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Read all 3 Fifty Shades books in a week…. Then read them again …. WOW !

Brenda DeJesus October 10, 2017 at 10:39 PM

I agree with you Maryse people need to get pass the kinky part and focus on Christian and Anna’s character’s because it’s a real lovely story how she gets him out of the dark and into the light. I’ve read it so many times

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