Saturday, 11 December 2010

Weekly Geeks - The Guilty Pleasure Edition of WG

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Recently NPR aired a Guilty Pleasures episode where writers talked about the books they loved but were embarrassed to be seen reading. It got me thinking about all those books I love but don't necessarily want other people to know I love them. Given that the holiday season is filled with eating the foods we love (but shouldn't eat), parties that last far into the evenings (way past our bedtimes), sipping those holiday drinks (fat with calories but oh so delicious), and curling up in front of our fireplaces with books that take us away from the holiday stresses...I thought it might be fun to share our guilty pleasures with other readers. So, for this week's Weekly Geek post share:

  • The Books that you Love but are Embarrassed to be Seen Reading
  • Tell us WHY you love them
  • And (just for fun) tell us your favorite guilty snack that goes perfectly with all that guilty reading

 

My Thoughts

I have not taken part in a Weekly Geeks meme for a few weeks now and this one called to me and my need to read across so many genre’s..

To say I was Embarrassed to be Seen Reading a particular book would be too heavy a term to use, but in some of my social circles there are some books I just do not read. For one it takes forever to explain why I read and enjoy the material and to be honest some of those people don't even read….

What!! Like you don’t have friend like that….

I read really heavy tomes during my normal life so any fiction material is a pleasure for me. I think my love of Mill & Boons (Harlequin) romances are the only sort of books that may cause a eyebrow to lift now and again by people who come across my bookshelf. I have hundreds of these things..

I love them because they are light, fluffy, predictable and are really like old friends. I have been reading them since I was 13 years old…

The fact I also read cookbooks sometimes get a giggle or two from people who know me. My mother is constantly in awe of the fact that I actually read cookbooks rather than just spin to the page that has the recipe I want to cook.

I am a fly by the seat of my pants sort of cook and I tend to mix and match stuff. I learn alot of how things taste, what works well with what and I do tend to pick up tips and trick when I read the whole book rather than just a recipe…

As for snacking and reading – Heresy……

Don’t even get me started on that point…. I never do it..

Share your answers to the questions above…

8 Speak To Me:

Eyre on 11 December 2010 at 19:18 said...

This is a great topic. I'm not really embarrassed by anything that I read, but I don't share what I read with everyone simply because some of the people in my life wouldn't understand. Some of them would hassle me about it. I'd rather spend my time enjoying what I read rather than having to defend it and myself to people who are close-minded.

Blodeuedd on 11 December 2010 at 19:55 said...

When I was 15 and so I was embarrassed cos of my huge love for barbara cartland and harlequin, but I got over it..though they are still not allowed on my shelves..hm

Val on 11 December 2010 at 22:49 said...

Great topic! Years ago, I think I was a little embarrassed to still like young adult / kids' lit, but Harry Potter changed all that for everyone, ha, ha!

I'm fascinated that you read cookbooks. I've been known to read a cookbook or two, but only if they have gorgeous photos and a lot of narrative about the cook's family/past or the part of world where the cuisine comes from. I've never thought about reading recipes like sitting down and paging through the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook!

Chris on 12 December 2010 at 02:50 said...

I definitely don't share what I read with everyone - just my close friends. :)

Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2010 at 18:43 said...

HiEyre

I am in the same boat as you - i'd rather not go through the drama of explain what I read to peope who would make a mountain out of it...

I read rather than having to defend it and myself to people who are close-minded

Nuff said...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2010 at 18:44 said...

@Bloduedd.

I love Barbara Cartland and Harlequin and all things from this predictable range...

you wolud hate my bookshelves then... at least a good fifty are on there.

:)

Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2010 at 18:57 said...

@Val..

Sometimes these genres surprise us -- It was the same for me when I read my first fantasy book.. I didn't think I would fall in love with a whole new genre...

YA is not my cup of tea, but I can see the the allure - there is definately less fluffing and misunderstanding as some authors are pron to add into adult fiction..

I have no idea why I read cookbooks either, I just chalk it up to what makes me, me...
I do pick up most of what I know from stuff outside of the direct recipe though...

Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2010 at 18:58 said...

@Chris..

That's one of the joys of ebooks - all the privacy we need..

:)