Jun 23

Secret Reading Indulgences

Rebecca at Lost in Books recently posted about book snobbery – believing that certain genres and types of book are superior to others in some way.

Do you have a reading secret?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.

Related Article: Review of The Desperate Duchess series by Eloise James at Suite101.

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  1. Nicole

    I will generally read some lighter reads in between my heavier reading. Every now and then I will read a bodice ripper. I don’t know when was the last time though. I would never read one in public. The covers are just way too embarrassing.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Either You’re in or You’re in the Way, by Logan & Noah Miller =-.

  2. Ashley

    Now that I have a book blog I don’t think I can hide my secret indulges. V.C. Andrews books are pretty much my secret indulgence and nobody in my family knows just how many romance novels I enjoy.

    On my most recent trip to Barnes & Noble I did find myself putting “Sex with Kings” and “Sex with the Queen” by Eleanor Herman in middle of the pile as to hide them. I’m really not sure why now that I think about it!

  3. Crystal

    Since I read romance regularly and I’m not too guilty of literary snobbery, I don’t know if I have anything I’m embarassed reading. I think my main light reading now is young adult – but honestly at times that is not that light. Oh I know – it’s the self-help diet exercise books that I collect and never read or do anything with 🙂 I love those books, read them and promptly forget whatever I read.

    I love the lightness of romance, the fact that heroine and hero find each other and the path that gets them there is enjoyable.

    I am starting to branch out and read more general fiction, literary fiction and historical fiction, but I will always fit my romance in there too.

  4. Vasilly

    I’m a lover of picture books. It just something about them. I do sometimes try to hide the fact that I’m often checking out tons of them for the library. People think I’m checking them out for my kids, but no, I plan on reading them too. If my kids read them great, if not, more for me. At least my kids don’t think I’m strange. I think.
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Mondays- June 22 =-.

  5. Sharon

    I haven’t read one in a while, but I’ve been known to read a harlequin romanace. It’s like watching an Lifetime movie, it’s short, easy, and predictable.

    Never apologize for your reading tastes!

  6. Ali

    I don’t have any secret reading indulgences, but I would like to find some good YA Lit and “chick lit.” (I really enjoyed Bridget Jones’ Diary.)

    I worked in a used book store for a while and we sold these cute fabric book covers for mass market and trade paperback size books, perfect for concealing the cover of a trashy romance when reading in public!

  7. Rebecca

    Yay! For some reason I couldn’t get on your blog this past week.

    Thanks for mentioning my post and it is so flattering that something I said inspired you to write a post as well. And you know what I am so glad I am to the point where I don’t judge people by the type of books they read anymore. Book blogging has so helped me with that. It is liberating! 🙂 So go on with your romance novels. I’ll still be reading your blog. 🙂
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..TSS: Mini-Reviews =-.

  8. J. Kaye

    If you haven’t heard yet, your blog was mentioned as A Book Blogger’s New Discovery.

    Come check it out!

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