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Subject: Guilty Pleasures
Date Posted: 4/22/2010 3:16 PM ET
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What's on your WL that you really want but you're kind of embarrassed about? Can be chick lit, can be whatever. This is NOT a place to ASK for WL books or try to jump the line, more like get rid of your shame on admitting you're waiting for certain things. For me, it's the Lauren Conrad trilogy. I have NO idea why, but I want that girl's books. I'm getting some B&N credit soon and am embarrassed to say I may buy at least her first one, if not the second (I don't think #3 is out yet). It may be absolutely fantastic stuff, but I feel totally guilty that I WANT IT. :-)

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 3:58 PM ET
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Hmmm...it's a toss-up between My So-Called Death :: Stacey Jay and some of the trashier romances (i.e. Lori Foster). I can feel brain cells dying even as I read them, but they're such mind candy I've got to have them periodically. smiley

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 8:29 AM ET
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Heather, I agree about Lauren Conrad's books.  I watch The Hills in shame, with the door closed, after everyone else has gone to bed, bc I'm so embarrassed.  I just can't help it though.... I read and enjoyed L.A. Candy more bc I was trying to determine what was real and what she made up.  I'm looking forward to the next two books, both on my wishlist.

And ANY book with a sexy title is enough to make me hide the cover: This one for example: Going Down by Jennifer Belle.

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 10:17 AM ET
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I had surgery last year and was stuck at home for 8 weeks.  I went through the Twilight books rather quickly and I was sad when they ended.  I have since found another vampire series.  I just received the 4th book in the House Of Night series by P. C. & Kristin Cast and the 5th book is on my wish list. 

I know these books are geared more towards teenagers but I really like them. 

SSSSH!  wink

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 10:31 AM ET
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Robin, I have thought and thought trying to figure out why these YA books are so appealing (and girl, you should read Need by Carrie Jones which I think has a better storyline than Twilight and the romance of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is far more intense than my beloved Twilight.  And I say this as a huge Twilight fan!  And you have read all the Harry Potter books, right?  The first one is pretty immature, imo, but the rest kick butt!) 

This is my conclusion: they end every single chapter on a cliffhanger, so you have this "I must keep reading" thing going until suddenly it's 5am and you have to be at work in 3 hours.  I think they do the cliffhanger thing to keep teens' short attention spans on the book until it's finished.  That's all I can come up with.  The characters aren't immature, the stories are detailed and finely written...why hide these gems in the kids' department?? 

Anyway, if you want more recommendations for really good YA, feel free to PM me, or check out my profile notebook, which has the list of books I've read this year and my opinions and ratings of them.  They are ADDICTIVE!

And I apologize to everyone for taking over a chick lit thread to gush over YA.....  I do realize there is a separate forum for us crazy obsessed YA people  ;P

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 10:55 AM ET
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 The characters aren't immature, the stories are detailed and finely written...why hide these gems in the kids' department?? 

Oooh, that reminds me. The Lily Dale series by Wendy Corsi Staub should probably be on the GP list, too, since they are also YA. Read them through the library only to decide I 'needed' my own copies. = )

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Date Posted: 4/23/2010 9:22 PM ET
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I'm totally with you, Robin - paranormal, especially YA paranormal, seems to be my guilty pleasure genre ... I really enjoy House of Night, too (Sookie Stackhouse for teens, imo), and Vampire Diaries is my guilty pleasure TV hour (the Salvatore brothers are pure eye candy!!).  Another GP is Laurell K Hamilton, both Anita Blake and Mercy Thompson.  The latest books have been so lacking in cohesive plot that I might give them up soon, but who knows, it's not like I'm reading them for plot anyhow.  Then there's the romance novels, Jess Michaels and Toni Blake in particular, I can't believe I want them but they're soooooo deliciously steamy ...

Oops... Merry Gentry, not Mercy Thompson - I love Mercy Thompson, too, but don't feel as guilty about it :)



Last Edited on: 4/24/10 8:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/28/2010 5:26 PM ET
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Is it weird that I don't feel guilty about one book that I want/have/read? I don't care what people think about my reading choices. I read what I enjoy and if 'they' think what I read is immature or whatever, I really don't give a flying flip. 

Date Posted: 4/30/2010 10:55 AM ET
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i really don't give a flying flip

 

LOL. Thats absolutely right. I read everything from PNR, UF, YA, Erotica, Memoirs, and Im not ashamed, or one bit embarassed by it!

I mean really, who cares what someone else thinks of what your reading?

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 8:04 PM ET
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I have one on my wishlist now- a romance author who I don't think she writes particularly well, and I feel stupid that I continue to read her books even though I have issues with them. I do not feel that way about say Rachel Gibson or Jennifer Crusie; my personal opinion is they write well.

 

Not sure if I am making sense.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 10:59 AM ET
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Michelle, never feel stupid about reading, period! It's good no matter what you read. If you want an author, you want that author. I hope you get the WL book soon.

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 12:33 PM ET
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Thanks, Heather!