So I’m in Borders and I can’t help but eavesdrop. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to stand in the middle of a bookstore and carry on conversations don’t think they’re private! ANYHOW… there was this guy yammering on and on to a woman about the error of her reading ways. I think they were friends or at least acquaintances, at least I hope so. He was giving her an earful about how her reading choices totally help degrade our society… moronic… waste of brain matter… blah… blah… blah.
His suggestion? She needs to read ‘serious’ fiction and books that matter. As I heard her apologizing (!?) for liking ‘fluffy’ books I was no longer in hearing distance so I don’t know how their conversation finished. I just know I was really peeved that once again the serious brigade struck and tried to discredit reading for fun.
Here’s my philosophy: read what you want. Choosing romance, sci-fi, mystery, westerns, YA, vampires, or whatever other type of novel you want doesn’t make you any less intelligent or deep as the person who’s buying up the drama, pain, and suffering… aka the “critically acclaimed” stuff. In my mind, whatever you want to read, or watch on TV or movies, is your own personal choice.
That said, I personally like the happier side of reading. The birthday cake and chocolate bars of books, if you will. So if any of you are with me on the happy train, here’s a few books I’ve read in 2009 that I liked. 🙂
Too good to be true was pure romantic comedy fun. She learns some important lessons and at the same time finds love. Plus there’s a dog. Love books with dogs.
Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep is a book that was recommended to me by a blog reader. It took me long enough to get it and read it, but dang I’m glad I did. Totally cracked me up and I loved her take on the superhero world. She’s not a superhero- she just finds their (barely hidden) secret identities. If you’re into super hero stuff you might just have fun with this one.
Most of the time I don’t like historical novels… this is an exception for sure! Lord of Scoundrels ranks way up high with some of my Jane Austen fave books.
Now looking through my reading pile I see I have many in my TBR (to be read) list just waiting their turn. Here’s hoping for some free time to do more reading! In the meantime, as always, if you’ve got any suggestions please feel free to share!
Have a great weekend-