Booking Through Thursday – Guilty Pleasure

On BTT this week:

What book(s) have you read that you’re secretly ashamed to admit?

There aren’t many, but I do admit to reading chicklit and there isn’t much shame in enjoying that. I don’t think people should be ashamed of what they read or enjoy. I have read some less than literary books.

I do read bestsellers sometimes just to see what all the hype is about. This happeend with Dan Browns’ The Da Vinci Code when it was very popular and Angels & Demons which weren’t great, but they weren’t awful either. I really enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris (much more than I do the TV series), and I know many people find them badly written. Personally, I don’t mind it and I think Harris has some good character development. I have read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and for the most part, I did not enjoy it. They were really easy and quick reads, but I didn’t enjoy Bella as a lead. I don’t care for the books, but I don’t have problems with the fans. I admit to enjoying Meyer’s The Host more.

Finally, I have not read Shades of Grey, but I have the whole trilogy on the Kindle. I got these books just when they started getting popular, and I didn’t really know what they were about. I read a few snippets from the book the other week, and I was not impressed with the writing, but two my best girlfriends love it and acknowledge you don’t read it for the writing. So I will see, I may write about a review on it here.

How about you?

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  1. Michael says:

    I also read the Twilight novels (actually listened to them as audio books) and they got progressively worse for me.

    Part of it is the huge Buffy fan in me that can’t believe Ms. Meyer’s claims to have never seen Buffy since she cribs large chunks of the Buffy/Angel storyline in the books.

    The first Twlight book is decent for the first two-thirds but it takes a terrible turn and the series is downhill from there. I wish Buffy would stake Edward and mock Bella…LOL

    • athena says:

      Hi Michael! I felt the same. The first book was not great, but not horrible. I actually dislike the second book the most. I have a problem with Bella as a protagonist especially for young women. I read the books almost as a joke after the first book; I laugh during the serious parts of the movies too. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love the series. Thanks for the comment!

    • athena says:

      Hello Tribute Books Mama! It seems to be the books of choice for guilty pleasure, but it wasn’t really a big pleasure for me. Thanks for the comment!

  2. FABR Steph says:

    I was one of those readers who loved the two Dan Brown books that you have mentioned. I too have recently purchased Fifty Shades… I don’t remember being ashamed of reading a book, but there have been plenty of times that I have been ashamed to have to admit that I have NOT read a particular book.

    • athena says:

      Hi Steph! Which books were you ashamed of not reading? I don’t talk a lot about books in offline life since I am the big reader among my friends (part of the reason I blog about my reading). I guess that is also why I tend to read bestsellers too just to see what the fuss is about, not so much being shamed not, but out of curiosity. Thanks for the comment as always and happy reading.

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