I feel guilty about reading those dramatic biographies / autobiographies such as Dibs in Search of Self, Dave Pelzer's A child Called It. Those books written to assist the author in purging their soul.........I hide them and devour them in one sitting.
I have a terrible confession - I am not sure I have ever indulged in secret passions. I have read many a business book which was a total waste of time except as a trophy display on the desktop, and there are some authors whose books would become guilty secrets if I could actually read them. Now, if we are talking music .....
My guilty pleasure books are so embarrasing that they are hidden from the world on the top shelf of my bedroom bookshelf. And they are...Harlequin romances from the 50's and 60's. I think that more than anything it is because of the associations these bring up for me that they are my comfort reads. My grandmother would lend them to me when I was a teenager, she had a huge box in her attic, and whenever I visited I would grab a few. Of course when she died these books were not saved, but I found a whole huge box full which were in the 'take this, it's free' pile at the local library. They all had the same woman's name on the front cover, and were well taken care of. Probably donated by her progeny. Anyhow, if I am really feeling in the mood for a little bit of harmless, mindless comfort, I will speed through about a dozen of these. And that is my guilty confession.
I rreread F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories over and over. I enjoy the Saturday Evening Post format these books were written in which is a quick hook, a fast denoumont and then a quick moral imperative. Very enjoyable. After that I reread Catcher in the Rye usually once a year.
Well Dusty, what is so bad about self-help books? Maybe you should go all out and tell us what kind of self-help books! I seem them more as a chore and no pleasure. I have one or two that I have bought in the last six months and they are collecting dust. When I read my good old mystery stories, nite after nite at bedtime, when I think that I "ought" to read something more constructive, now that is what I would call "guilty" pleasure.
Ok, well my guilty pleasure is the Erotic Memoir.
I fell in love with the British TV show "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" so I couldn't help but go in search of the book the show was based on. What I found was the whole genre and I can't read enough of it!
I haven't actually reviewed any on my blog, but now I think I might. I Have "Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl" by Tracy Quan sitting on my shelf, maybe it is time to get it down.
Great Discussion Topic! Nicole @ Books, Books Everywhere http://bookywooks.blogspot.com/