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Subject: What Are You Ashamed to Admit Is In Your Library?
Date Posted: 6/5/2012 1:36 AM ET
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So I recently added a book to my "Favorites" list. I have always been so embarrassed to admit it, but it's one of my fave books ever. I'm not a book snob, but I do admit that certain books are junk food for the brain & this would definitely be one of them. The book is: Sylvester Stallone's Official Rocky Scrapbook".laugh

No one that knows me would ever guess how much I love Rocky. (ROCKY - not Sylvester Stallone.) So what about you? What book do you tend to hide at the bottom of the stack?

NOTE: This thread is meant to be light-hearted and make you smile. No one should ever be ashamed of what they read (unless it's "Microwave for One").

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Date Posted: 6/5/2012 10:19 AM ET
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I am not usually ashamed of anything I read, I guess the worst is the YA stuff, but I don’t go for the Twilight type junk so nothing too shameful there, usually.  I don’t often read bodice rippers but just now I am reading Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast (I picked it up for my daughter b/c she enjoyed the House of Night series, then I realized this one is too racy for my 14yo, so I am trying to read it) and I had it in Starbucks this morning and I was careful of how I held it because of the half naked man on the cover.

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 1:14 PM ET
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I get what you mean, but can't be much help.....I used to have Dennis Rodman's first memoir, which many people who know me found very amusing, but I was not ashamed of it!   There are some, actually quite a few, that were so badly written I was ashamed that I even started them, but I don't usually read the whole thing, then I give to Goodwill or something. But nothing that counts as like a guilty pleasure.

One book I read recently that was just unbelievably bad, but I did keep reading, was fantasy called "Dark Magic." It may possibly be one of the worst written books I have ever read.......I am embarasssed to say I read it all.

RH (rh)
Date Posted: 6/5/2012 1:55 PM ET
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I've held my books a certain way to avoid having the cover seen too, megt.

You know Betty, I once read this book that was so terrible, it made mad. Even the editing was bad. I wish I could remember the name of it, but I never can. I wonder if it was "Dark Magic"? I'll have to look that one up...

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 12:37 PM ET
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They aren't in my library, but they will be at some point.  The Gor novels by John Norman.  They are terrible!  The writing is horrible, the characters are so cardboard, but the world is so consistent and different that I love them!

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 1:48 PM ET
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I have John Grisham on order. I am ashamed.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 2:20 PM ET
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Oprah by Kitty Kelley.

RH (rh)
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 12:03 AM ET
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Jennifer, I haven't heard of The Gor novels... but now I have to check them out.

TomeTrader, I read a LOT of John Grisham... but I'm quick to admit (whenever anyone notices them on my bookshelves) that he's my "junk food" author. Quick, easy, and not that good for me.

n2deep2quit that's a good one! People either love or loathe Kitty Kelley...

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 4:07 PM ET
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Nothing really. I will proudly show off my smut and bodice rippers to anyone.  Even my "true" ghost story books and my book about famouse dead people's funerals. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 9:09 PM ET
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My Quirky books on my bookshelf include:

Orthos' All about Water Gardening and

The Simon and Schuster's Pocket Guide to Beer

Interested? LOL

:-)

Kelly G

RH (rh)
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 2:17 AM ET
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I'm with you, MsRight, I don't have anything to hide! (well, not really... lol)

The Simon and Schuster's Pocket Guide to Beer? That is so funny, Kelly G. I love it!

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 8:35 AM ET
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Nope! Not ashamed of any of them!



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Date Posted: 6/8/2012 8:40 AM ET
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As RH said, this is a fun and not serious thread.  So for those of you who are saying "no, I'm not ashamed", I'd like if you would come back and post about a book that maybe others think you should be ashamed about.  

Date Posted: 6/8/2012 12:57 PM ET
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I read nearly everything. I have never been able to censor my reading. Once, I was able to loan all of my books to my pastor's wife. She would choose which ones she wanted to read and return the rest--no judgements. Then, she decided that Christian fiction was the only stuff read by the holy. I never loaned her another book. I had another person tell me that Chronicles of Narnia ( so obviously a Christian allegory ) were not ok because there was a witch in them. Any effort to explain the symbolism was rebuffed with a "I don't think Christians should read about witches." When I was in middle school, I was ashamed of reading Lady Chatterly's Lover. I wrapped it in a brown paper wrapper. LOL (The worst thing in that book is the phrase chirpy penis. I thought that was hysterical.)



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Date Posted: 6/8/2012 2:48 PM ET
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HERE"S what I should have said! I read a lot of fantasy, and if I have those books out in a public place, like a waiting room, someone will invariably make a snarky comment about a grown-up who reads fairy tales!

And yes, that "Dark Magic" book---which is very new---actually did make me mad, it was so bad. I just cannot understand how a book like that gets published. It was truly unbelievable. I readily admit there's a lot of good literature I do not like, and a lot I do like is kinda trashy, or at least not real literary. But this book was just.....bad.

RH (rh)
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 10:25 PM ET
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That's how I felt about the lame book I read, Betty P. This was many years ago, though, so I guess it's not the same one... some words were actually misspelled!!! How does that even happen? Some of the grammar was off... and by the end of the story, you could totally tell the author didn't know what to do and just sorta threw it all together. It was to this day - the WORST book I've ever read. I would like to own it just for that reason...

Gr8Smokies, I'm the same way. I finally learned not to loan books to anyone that I don't know xtremely well. I got tired of people saying "I read everything" and then complaining about whatever I'd loaned them.

mywolfalways, thank you for clarifying! It's supposed to make you laugh, not growl. I, for one, cannot STAND book snobs.

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Date Posted: 6/9/2012 1:50 PM ET
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I don't think I'm ashamed of anything in my keeper library.  I did hide some of the covers of Laurell K. Hamilton's books in public when I was reading the Anita Blake series.

Or maybe I should be slightly embarrassed to own Pete Pfitzinger's book Advanced Marathoning, when I look like a couch potato.

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 3:29 PM ET
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If you were reading a book you would be embarassed to be seen reading why in the world would you read it?  I read everything from romance (Nora Roberts) to some real nasty stuff like "Dreams of my Father".  Anyone who hasn't read Vince Flynn's series about Mitch Rapp are really denying themselves a treat.  Wilbur Smith has never written a bad book.  When John McDonald died I felt like I had lost an old friend.  I have read every Travis book at least 5 times.  Web Griffin's series on war are not only entertaining but historically factual and educational.  Come on friends, open your minds and read different books.  My motto is, "Anyone who doesn't read isn't much better off than someone who can't read."  Al Trimm 

Date Posted: 6/9/2012 7:36 PM ET
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Tome and Matt.....LOL!

RH (rh)
Date Posted: 6/9/2012 10:55 PM ET
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LOL @ Matt C.

I know right? Kinda like me still owning a "Buns of Steel" book! (My buns are sooo not made of steel) cool

Date Posted: 6/10/2012 12:51 PM ET
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I have to admit that I love Warrior Cats. I have about twenty of the books, and read every one as soon as it comes out. I know the writing leaves something (sometimes much) to be desired, but for some reason I just can't get enough of Firestar and pals

Date Posted: 6/10/2012 11:35 PM ET
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<<some real nasty stuff like "Dreams of my Father>>

Al T, why do you consider this "real nasty"?

I can't think of anything I've read that I'm ashamed of.

Date Posted: 6/12/2012 12:35 PM ET
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Hmm. Well.  I have alot of erotic romance. I guess some people would think I should be ashamed of that. 

I suppose someone would say I should be ashamed to own a book called Stud Finders Incorporated.  (it's not about home repair). 

or a BDSM book called All Wrapped Up. 

 



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Date Posted: 6/12/2012 2:53 PM ET
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Well i have lots of erotic romance too. And m/m romance. And BDSM romance. I refuse to be ashamed of any of it though.

Date Posted: 6/12/2012 10:13 PM ET
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I have an erotic novel on my keeper shelf, actually two,  that I could honestly say embarrass me:  one features a hunk of an alien guy with two penii and another about a woman and 5 guys.  I would die if my mother saw them, you know what I mean?

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