Her post got me thinking. I’m as guilty of literary elitism as the next person. There are books that make me roll my eyes and other genres that I routinely overlook on visits to the local library or bookshop.
Despite these rather misplaced feelings of intellectual superiority, I do have a guilty little reading secret. When life gets too busy or I feel like I’m about to head into mental overload, I have been known to pick up a… trashy romance novel.
That’s right. My name is Susan and I read Thrills and Swoon romances.
I’m talking tacky bodice rippers here. One hour reads full of overworked plot contrivances and predictable characters. To be completely honest, I read them because I can temporarily disengage my brain when I read them and because they make me laugh.
I don’t tend to confess my romance novel indulgence in public. It seems far too trivial a genre to boast about, but Rebecca has inspired me to confess my book snobbery and come out of the paperback romance closet.
Do you have a secret reading pleasure? Maybe you’re a nuclear physicist who enjoys the occasional picture book, or a brain surgeon who has a stash of comic books hidden away in the closet. Perhaps you’re a lecturer in Shakespearean literature who secretly writes romance novels in your spare time (much like romance novelist Eloise James).
You’re among friends here and they say confession is good for the soul, so speak up and let us all know what you read when no-one is looking. What genre do you try to hide amongst more worthy tomes at the bookstore or library checkout counter? We promise we won’t tell anyone, so don’t be shy.
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