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Subject: Guilty Pleasure Books . . . .
Date Posted: 10/27/2011 2:06 PM ET
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do you have any books that you really like but kind of hate to admit you've liked?  Like a secret Halequin romance addiction or you gobble up true-crime, the more gory the better?

For me I guess it might be "dog" books sometimes, like Nose Down, Eyes Up: A Novel  Author: Merrill MarkoeI really liked it, but felt kind of silly to say that the dogs were talking.

And, then when I read, Running with Scissors Author: Augusten Burroughs, it was somewhat awkward to answer, "Is that a good book?" because it is riveting, it is engrossing (strong on the 'gross") but "good" may not be the word I'd use. So, right now, I am all about the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and I think that those are some more that many people wouldn't be willing to give a chance.  Just from a synopsis it sounds rather fuddy-duddy, but I just love them.

So, books you've loved but was at least just a little hesitant to share a recommendation / review (dare I say, confession) about?  Curious.

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 3:32 PM ET
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The only one that immediately comes to mind is the "Gor" series by John Norman.  Terrible characters, terrible plots, terrible writing.  The one thing I can say is that the world is consistent.  I don't know why.  I really love reading them.

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 7:41 PM ET
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Oh, I meant to include the Jan Karon Father Tim series.

My mother read these and she just kept on and on about how I should read them.  But, I would say, "What are they about?" and she would say this pastor in North Carolina and a small town and he has a big dog named Barnabas and they have a Christian theme.  I distincly remember being turned off because they sounded like bland, milk-toast and finally she convinced me to try them and I fell in love.  But, it was a series that was kind of guilty pleasure because they really are so simplistic.  Wonderful but simplistic.

Date Posted: 10/28/2011 5:08 PM ET
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Reading is a way to visit other worlds. The simple truth is, I don't want every world I visit, everyday, to be complicated, drama-filled and  ugly. Sometimes I want to get away to a pastorial vacation spot. 

I love the No. 1 Ladies Det. Agency, BTW. I Loved 'All things Bright and Beautiful' and all those books, too, for it's beautiful pastorial qualities. 

I guess the guilty ones would be paranmormal romance of paranormal mystery series. I love them.

Date Posted: 10/28/2011 8:30 PM ET
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My guilty pleasure reading is paranormal romance.  I just finished the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.  Man...just thinking about those brothers.........

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 4:09 AM ET
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My guilty pleasure reading is paranormal romance. I just finished the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. Man...just thinking about those brothers......... 


Date Posted: 10/29/2011 1:31 PM ET
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Without a doubt, Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Suzann.  A guilty pleasure for sure, but also hoot and a half.

Date Posted: 11/7/2011 9:28 AM ET
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LOL...my sentiments onm Jan Karon exactly, but I never started to appreciate it!

Maybe high fantasy would be mine; DH says he cannot understand why a grown woman reads fairy talers.......

Date Posted: 11/7/2011 11:14 AM ET
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My guilty pleasure is reading comic books.  I absolutely love them!  I don't own any and I would never buy them....but whenever I come across them...usually at a friend or relatives house...in a children's playroom....I devour them!

Date Posted: 11/7/2011 2:28 PM ET
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I don't knw if this qualifies or not, but I love the Uncle John Bathroom Readers. I have about...almost  all  of them blush.  As soon as one is released, I have to get it.

Date Posted: 11/7/2011 9:05 PM ET
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips books in audio format.  Always get a chuckle when I listen to them.

Date Posted: 11/7/2011 9:11 PM ET
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Aren't the "Uncle John Bathroom Readers" just filled with random facts and ...stuff?  I love those.

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 8:46 AM ET
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Oh, yeah!  My sweet Michael loves those Uncle John books.

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 10:24 AM ET
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Anna, I love comic books and graphic novels.  For me, I don't feel that they are a guilty pleasure.  Many of them have complicated plots and get deep into the psyche of the characters. 

Date Posted: 11/28/2011 5:09 PM ET
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The Sookie Stackhouse series in audio.  I've listened to them all and can't wait for the next one.

Date Posted: 11/28/2011 7:10 PM ET
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Oh, Jennifer, Freud would have something to say about you liking the "Gor" series.  LOL

As for me, like others I too like comic books but haven't read one in decades. I remember reading one during a lunch break at a USMC base in Okinawa in the early 70s. One of the men in my platoon had left it lying about.  Catching me reading it, my company commander yelled at me as he felt officers should not be reading comic books. So I tactfully told him that my other current reading material was a book on 8th century Chinese poety while his standard reading material was Playboy. I don't think he liked that, but we never hit it off anyway. I was glad when I was finally transferred stateside.

Other than that, I have never stopped enjoying YA novels (especially sci-fi) by numerous authors. I think I first read the Anne of Green Gables series in my early 60s.

Hey, if you are a readaholic you sample many genres and ignore what people might think of you. "Real men don't eat quiche," but I did tonight. It is sort of like getting over your "wine-snob" period and realizing that the wine you should drink with whatever meal you are eating is the wine you most enjoy.  Or in my case, I love the fact that micro-breweries are so common, but my favorite beer is Amberbock by Michelob. Go figure.

Date Posted: 11/28/2011 8:24 PM ET
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M.C. Beaton's mysteries- the Hamish Macbeth series and the Agatha Raisin series.  They're the literary equivalent of s'mores.

I also have an extensive collection of comic books and graphic novels- Sandman, Preacher, Watchmen, Arkham Asylum, Sin City, Swamp Thing, Y the Last Man, Caligula, Crossed, the Boys, Punisher... and a lot more.  I don't feel guilty about any of them although you wouldn't find them in a kid's library (most are way too graphic).

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Date Posted: 11/28/2011 9:21 PM ET
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I don't feel quilty about anything I read.  If it makes me happy to read it than I don't care what anyone thinks about it.

Subject: guilty pleasure reading
Date Posted: 11/29/2011 11:58 AM ET
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I, too, loved the Fr. Tim series by Jan Karon.  The Harmony series by Phillip Gulley is similar and some of the characters are hysterical.

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 10:55 AM ET
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Def Sookie Stackhouse for me too!  I'm half way through the last one and so sad I will have to wait!  I've read all 12 over the past 3 months or so.  I also read the Twilight Saga (guilty guilty guilty - come on I'm in my 40's!!)  LOL!

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 12:22 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/6/2011 10:58 PM ET
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Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter

The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt


Date Posted: 12/7/2011 4:29 PM ET
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Medieval romances.