Guilt-Free Reading

by Lindsey

The phrase “guilty pleasure” gets tossed around often, but at this stage in my life I’m beyond feeling guilty for the books I read. I happily own my choices, whether I am rereading the Baby-Sitters Club series of my childhood (hot tip: we have over 100 of these books digitally in our OverDrive collection), working my way through a list of classics I was never assigned in school (I just read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre for the first time and fell in love with it), or indulging in historical fiction of questionable caliber requested through Sno-Isle Libraries’ interlibrary loan service (so many glorious finds from the 1950s-1970s). We offer easy instructions for requesting items that aren’t currently owned by the library.

Certainly there are highly anticipated literary fiction titles I look forward to reading this year (The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, and History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, to name just a few), but I’m also excited to fill my list with old X-Men comic books from the 1990s (Age of Apocalypse, anyone?), short and sweet ebook quickies, schlocky horror novels about evil children, and gothic romances starring Mr. Rochester types and vengeful ghosts.

Some of the titles I’m coveting are currently only available as ebooks. This glorious format has enabled many older or out-of-print titles to once again find themselves in the hands of readers. Here are some potentially cheesy books I hope to read in 2017.

What about you? Have you ever felt the need to preface your reading list with the phrase “guilty pleasure?” Why not join me this year and embrace “guilt-free” reading instead?

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2 responses to “Guilt-Free Reading”

  1. Ruth G. says:

    Love it! As librarian Betty Rosenberg once said, “Never apologize for your reading tastes.” I have a weakness for biographies of actors from TV shows from my childhood (Prairie Song by Melissa Gilbert, Here’s the Story by Maureen McCormick, etc.) but have always been embarrassed to admit it!

  2. Lindsey Anderson says:

    Ruth, I must admit that I initially picked up Gilbert’s autobiography so I could read the parts about her relationship with Rob Lowe and corroborate the information in his autobiographies, but it ended up being really fascinating. I felt the same way about Brooke Shields’ biography about her mother. I’ll definitely have to check out Maureen McCormick’s!

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