Booking Through Thursday
Okay, there must be something you read that's a guilty pleasure . . . a Harlequin romance stashed under the mattress. A cheesy sci-fi book tucked in the back of the freezer. A celebrity biography, a phoned-in Western . . . something that you'd really rather not be spotted reading. Even just a novel if you're a die-hard non-fiction fan. Come on, confess. We won't hold it against you!
I often use the term "guilty pleasure" to describe my enthusiasm over my lighter reading fare, most often a paranormal or urban fantasy novel, a comical or cozy mystery, or a suspenseful thriller that keeps me up all night.
Truth be told, however, referring to my enjoyment of Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, or the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels by Alexander McCall Smith, for example, as guilty pleasures is a misnomer. Certainly there is pleasure, and often times with a capital "P", but there is definitely no guilt. I am not ashamed, afraid or embarrassed by my interest in these types of books. I find them entertaining, fun and not at all bad for me. "Guilty pleasure" is more a term of endearment for me, as is my sometimes referring to a book as fluff. I do not mean it as an insult or to insinuate it is less than any other type of novel. I am drawn to many different types of books and each serve their own purpose in my life.
So, I suppose my answer to this Thursday's question is that I do not have any truly guilty pleasures when it comes to reading. I think my book buying is more of an actual guilty pleasure. I do not like to admit just how big my TBR collection is (and just how often it grows bigger) . . .