Do you indulge in “guilty pleasure” reading? I know I do. Sometimes I wonder why we call it that–I mean, are there really rules about what we should be reading? SHOULD there be rules about this? Isn’t reading ANYTHING better than not reading at all?
Yet, I do feel at least sheepish, or maybe just inferior, when I see what books other folks post on their online book lists. They are reading history, biography, theology, or other books that aim to educate or improve. Now, I HAVE books like that. Y’all have seen a picture of my stack (and I can use an old picture because the size of the stack does not get any smaller. Ever.), and it’s chock full of great literature and all that other stuff:
But nine times out of ten I don’t gravitate for the good stuff. I’m eating really healthy these days, y’all, but when it comes to reading I go straight for the candy. So here’s what I’ve been reading this week.
I found this at McKay’s recently and I was so happy. If you’ve heard of Lois Duncan, a most prolific author of young adult fiction from my youth, you are probably most familiar with I Know What You Did Last Summer, which might have been the first of the many books that followed after about teenagers ruining other people’s lives by making foolish choices and then suffering terribly while trying to keep the guilty secret. A Gift of Magic is more innocent. I’m pretty sure I ran across it when I was in the 3rd grade. We had a lot of books in the classroom that year, and since I was always done with my work early, I read a lot of them. This was one of my favorites and I read it over and over again. I love reading books over and over. I know I should be checking new books off my list instead, but there it is.
OK, y’all, promise not to laugh. I’m not even putting a specific book up here, because to tell you the truth, I’ve already forgotten the one I read a couple of days ago and I will probably forget the one I am reading now shortly after I finish it. Almost without exception, these go straight to McKay’s as soon as I finish them. But I still enjoy reading them (and they are usually free, obtained from my mother-in-law or as free samples). What they are is Christian romance novels. Some of them are a little too preachy, and all of them are formulaic, but they are feel-good happy-ending easy reads when I want something to read in the tub and that I can put down without a qualm in order to get back to what I’m doing. They lack the love scenes that frankly started boring me a long time ago. I wish that there were some Catholics in them, but my absolute favorites are the ones about the Amish. Despite my love of my computer and my iPhone there is something about the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle and about the people themselves that draws me.
See, y’all, I’m not hopeless. I’m reading this one too. And it’s interesting. But a lot harder work. I’ve been reading it for awhile and I’ll tell you more about it when I finish.
What are YOU reading? Dollars to doughnuts it will be more interesting than what I’ve shared! So tell me in the comments. And for more books, check out the linkup above.