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Subject: What's your favorite...
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 1:16 AM ET
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"guilty pleasure" book?...

You know, the one that - no matter what - you cannot part with. The one you've read so many times, you've practically got it memorized, but when you pick it up again, it's like visiting with an old friend. Be it Gothic romance or trashy Hollywood expose, what is that one book that always makes you smile?

Mine? "I'm With the Band" by Pamela DesBarres.


Currently Reading: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Perfume by Patrick Suskind

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Date Posted: 9/30/2008 1:25 AM ET
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Well I feel that way about Pride and Prejudice and I Capture the Castle...but as for a "guilty" pleasure....that would have to be...the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch. Especially the little in between the novels books...no matter how crapy I feel they always bring a smile to my face. :)
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 7:38 AM ET
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I can't think of a "guilty pleasure" book either--I rarely feel guilty about anything and never about reading something I enjoy! But the book I've had that I have re-read the most times and if there could only be one row on my Keeper shelf, The Lord of the Rings trilogy would be it.


Date Posted: 9/30/2008 7:44 AM ET
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Mine would have to be Phantom by Susan Kay, its knock-off fiction, but I love it.

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 8:56 AM ET
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Have read this series about 5 times!!

By Diana Gabaldon the Outlander Series!!  Fantastic Historical Romance!!

Subject: Long time favorite
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 11:23 AM ET
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My most favorite book is one that I read in high school (circa 1960s!) and while it would most likely be considered a 'children's' or young adult story, I have never tired of reading it. Its a gentle, yet not sugar sweet story of a little village and the people in it called -

Greenwillow (by BJ Chute)

Read it for the lovely story, prose of words and/or heart warming view of people as 'we are'. It would be a GREAT family read-aloud book for the winter holiday times.


Date Posted: 9/30/2008 1:32 PM ET
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Mine is "The Season of Passage" by Christopher Pike.  Yes, I know you are all cringing to hear the name Christopher Pike as it invokes all those teen scream novelettes.  My high school classmate convinced me to read this and to my great surprise, this turned out to be a rather good read with lots of suspense, sadness and adventure.  This is actually an "adult" book.  The premise is a bit cheesy (future space travellers encounter vampires on Mars...) but there's a very nice "story in a story" of ancient civilization/legends that actually ties in to the main story line very well.  Very thoughtful book, if you can stand all the stares from people who wonder why an adult is reading a book by a teenybopper author!

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Thats a hard choice to make. If I have to choose at the moment it would be any series by Terry Brooks---I have them all and they are not going anywhere.

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 5:07 PM ET
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Anything by Harlan Coben.  Such quick reads and predictable stories, but I love to read them when I need a break every now and then. 

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Date Posted: 10/4/2008 2:18 AM ET
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Harry Potter series.  I rarely reread books, but I've read each one numerous times. 

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 6:31 AM ET
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I don't really ever read books more then once unless I had to put it down for some reason. As for guilty pleasure that I will probably read again at some point. The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure aka Anne Rice. These are not for the faint of heart but I just could not put them down!


Date Posted: 10/4/2008 9:11 AM ET
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I think almost every thing I read is a guilty pleasure..that's why I read most of the time! But for pure comfort take-me-back-in-time I pull out one of these 3  books 1) boxcar children 2) suprise island(2nd boxcar children book) or 3) trixie belden and the red trailer mystery

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.  I have two copies, just in case. :)

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 9:03 PM ET
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I have lots of books I take comfort in, but few I feel guilty about :) Maybe the Weetzie Bat books... I mean, I've probably had them for half of my life now... but they are ultimately comforting and familiar and accepting, and still beautiful :)

(Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat books by Francesca Lia Block.... YA... fantasy elements)

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Date Posted: 10/4/2008 9:26 PM ET
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I don't know if 'guilty peasure' is a good description, but I'm definitely partial to Robert Heinlein's YA science fiction, especially Have Space Suit - Will Travel, which I have read innumerable times since I was about 8 ears old.  The books are hopelessly outdated (Yes, I know there are no aliens on Mars or Venus) but I find the stories good enough that it doesn't matter.

Edit - Come to think of it, Harry Potter is probably more of a guilty pleasure.  I am a 26 year-old male who pumps iron and bends steel bars.  And reads kids' fantasy :p 

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Date Posted: 10/4/2008 10:05 PM ET
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Love story by Eric Segal. Yes, it really is that hokey. But, oh well. Actually, most of Segal's writting is non-fic - he's a college proffessor. He writes about one novel a decade, each one so tremoundously improved upon the last one that they could use his 'complete works' as a stody in a writing class in some MFA in Fiction Writing degree program, for realz.
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Date Posted: 10/4/2008 10:41 PM ET
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Funny thing, I read Love Story sort of by accident.  I got it from the library thinking it was about something else entirely...but I ened up finishing it in one day.  Not bad.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:37 PM ET
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quoting Matt- "Come to think of it, Harry Potter is probably more of a guilty pleasure.  I am a 26 year-old male who pumps iron and bends steel bars.  And reads kids' fantasy "

I KNEW there was a reason I like you so much, Matt. 

I reread the Leopard Prince and the Raven Prince for guilty pleasure.   I also love Welcome to Temptation.  If I don't read something more, well, literary inbetween romance novels, I really start feeling guilty.  Romance novels are such a great de-stresser for me.  The more humerous the better, so all my Jennifer Cruise and Erin McCarthy are on the keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 11:26 PM ET
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My Guilty Pleasure is - Anything Harlequin or by an author like Jennifer Cruise. They're what I call "fluff books" but I have to pick one up every now and again when I need to be cheered up, or when I feel like my brain (and possibly my very soul) have been weighted down by all the horror, thrillers, memoirs, and every other heavy and/or depressing thing that I can't seem to resist reading. (Like right after I read "The Kite Runner" I had to read a Katie MacAlister book.)

What I'll read over and over and over -- Anything by Anne Rice, or Laurell K. Hamilton. But I don't feel the least bit guilty about those. :)