Booking Through Thursday: Guilty Pleasures

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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!

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If I have any guilty pleasures in my reading, it's probably a love of Chick-lit. Becky Bloomwood, Bridget Jones, shopping, dating, or saving the world in a pair of stilettos is what I like. I get drawn in by the characters' funny antics and then I just can't put it down. I know it's not high-brow (although you could argue that Jane Austen is Classic Chick-lit) but everyone needs a good laugh and sometimes a good cry.

I used to read a lot of Harlequins but I got tired of the 'virgin meets rake and changes him into the perfect man' theme. I gave them up.

To be honest, I don't think anyone should feel guilty about what they read. Everyone has different tastes.


  1. I like the chick-lit genre too, Chris, and love the Shopaholic books. I'm on the waiting list at the library for the new one, can't wait. Definitely a "guilty pleasure" :)

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Chick-lit is definitely one of my "guilty pleasures" -- Becky & Bridget have helped me laugh my way out of a blue mood more than once!

  3. I'm reading "Confessions of a Shop-a-holic" right now, so I know what you mean. It's a little silly, quite funny, and just right for when you need to take your brain off the hook, but you still want to read something. I read it while I'm on the stationary bike at the gym.

  4. i just picked up Shopaholic & Baby from the library. Sophie Kinsella is definitely one of my "guilty pleasures" (as you could see from my list). i think my favorite (so far) was The Undomestic Goddess.

    thanks for stopping by!

  5. everyone needs a good laugh and sometimes a good cry.

    Exactly. Everybody has to do something to relax. All reading doesn't have to be for the purpose of improving ones mind. :)

  6. I had Bridget Jones on my ten best list! I love that book.And I agree, there should be no guiltiness about reading.

  7. I agree that people shouldn't be ashamed of what they read. While I don't read Harlequin, I'm not going to hide it if I start, etc. I love chicklit and it can be so fun that I'm not guilty at all.

  8. Hey, I like chick-lit too...and it's all about good reads and entertaining. Happy reading.

  9. I've got a picture in my head now of me saving the world wearing stillettos. LOL Not a pretty picture at all! Haha There are days when all I want is to open a book that will make me laugh.

  10. I've never read a Harlequin, but Sholaholic? What a great escape! She cracks me up.


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