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Okay guys, my hand is up, I’ll admit there are a few books I don’t read in public. These books are hidden in the deepest corners of my room, only brought out in the times when I am entirely alone. These poor books have never seen the light of day and never known the sound of a child’s laughter. They’ve never smelled the wonderful aroma of bacon or tasted the salty air at the beach.
When my friends rant about these books, I half-heartedly agree, not wanting to give away my secret. I pretend to laugh at the clichés, I pretend to scoff at the sappiness, but in my heart I cringe.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we beat ourselves over what we read? Well, I’ll tell you why, because we attach stigmas to certain books. We demean our fellow readers according to what we read and it is WRONG. So what if that person prefers vampires? So what if this person prefers alpha protagonists who in real life would be classified as a stalker? WHO CARES. At the end of the day you go home and read the book that you want to read, their reading habits do not affect you in ANY way, so why should you judge them?
We are individuals, therefore we have individual tastes so we won’t all like the same books. This should be a celebrated fact but instead we attach shame and embarrassment to certain titles, causing people to read their guilt pleasures under the covers with a flashlight like a ten year old. LIKE A TEN YEAR OLD! That’s what we’ve reduced ourselves too! No one should feel guilty for reading a book, no matter the book.
No matter the book, you still have to use your imagination, right? You still have to have a proper understanding of the english language. Plain and simple, if you’re reading, then you’re using brain power. So don’t feel embarrassed over the material. Say it loud and proud like Spongebob does when he says “I’M UGLY AND I’M PROUD!”
My confession: I love the victorian-era romance books. Lisa Kleypas books in particular, her Wallflower and Hathaways series are some of my favorites. They are chalk full of clichés, sappiness, and predictable endings and on a critical perspective, I see the flaws but for entertainment purposes, I adore these novels. To me, it’s the same as watching TV, we read to be entertained and if victorian-era romances do the trick, then there’s no shame in that!
“I LIKE SAPPY BOOKS AND I’M PROUD.”
What’s your guilty pleasure book? Share it below and happy reading!