I loved writing this post because should we really have to defend what we LOVE to read? We love books and no one should ever have to fend off critics for what they read!
In last month’s blog I surprised myself by responding to a commenter by saying “I’ll admit…” I’ll admit? As if I perhaps shouldn’t?? Because what? Because of what someone might say or think? I unashamedly read romances, but yet I felt I had to qualify my response in order to make myself feel less guilty…
I’ll say it again; I’m a Twilight addict, a Twihard. As in I read and enjoy rereading the Twilight Saga. All of them. Even Breaking Dawn…
Why did I feel this way? I’ve always been able to freely admit I love to read romances. I used to have discussions with my first book store manager. He would ask me, “You’re so smart. Why do you read romances?” Yes, mentally rolling my eyes I’d explain to him so that he could better understand. Never once ashamed of what I read our discussions in later years became, “Okay, tell me again what the appeal of the pregnancy or children storylines are? How can it be romantic?”
But why was it that I felt, amongst romance readers, I had to take a defensive action when responding? Are there books out there that even ROMANCE READERS are ashamed of reading?
Later I had a discussion about guilty pleasure books with a friend of mine who reluctantly “admitted” that she also continues to read a series even though the last few titles have been a disappointment to her. Yet in the next breath she’s saying she can’t wait until the next one comes out… Oh yeah, another one bites the dust in honor of the guilty pleasure read! Though, I’m also addicted to that same series and I am, in fact, counting down the days for the next installment! Yet she was reluctant to tell me? What is it about these series that we’re willing to look past any disappointment and continue reading? Not just continue reading, but anxiously await the next book in the series?
So, what book or series do you consider your guilty pleasure? What books do you read over and over, yet might not want to completely admit to your obsession? Cough, cough Twilight cough, cough …
Guilty Pleasures Mash-Up Special:
Harry Potter – One part Butter Beer and a BIG (because the books ARE long) helping of Bertie Botts and read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, because that’s where the obsession started.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood – Get out your leather pants, listen to rap music, while sipping some Goose (Grey Goose that is) and read Lover Awakened by JR Ward.
In Death series – Tofu dog, tube of Pepsi and any JD Robb ‘In Death’ book, because truly all you need is Rourke….
Let’s see, the Harry Potter series has since seen Harry defeat He Who Must Not Be Named with the help from all his faithful friends. BUT there is a new Harry spin off about to start, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, due out in July.
The In Death series from JD Robb continues to thrill with her latest, Brotherhood in Death. And yes, I used to wear the “I dream of Rourke” t-shirt/night shirt. He’s still quite yummy to dream and drool over.
I continue to be a faithful “guilty pleasure” reader of these authors/series and I’ve added a few more since then…Never Never series by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, Kristen Ashley and pretty much everything she’s written, take your pick of her series, Aly Martinez‘s On the Ropes series (Fighting Shadows was PHENOMANAL!!). I’m obsessed with TM Frazier and I devour Cat Porter‘s Lock & Key series…no guilt with any of these authors…ever….
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