Feature & Follow: #173 Embarrassing Reads

November 1, 2013 Feature & Follow 18 Comments

Feature & Follow: #173 Embarrassing Reads

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week’s question is…

What book are you embarrassed to admit you loved?

I don’t think I’ve ever really been embarrassed to admit I loved a book. Why would I? Reading is one of the best forms of entertainment. I’ve happily stared down people who found my romance novel covers a ‘bit much’ or raised their eyebrows on the rare occasions that I read YA. Not every novel is going to be brain food and nor should it. Variety is the spice of life and my literary diet is quite varied.

I have however been embarrassed to acknowledge that I was enjoying reading three new genres (urban fantasy, romance & steampunk) so much because before 2012 I used to be a strictly mysteries or literature girl. Moving into new genres seemed a little bit like betraying my roots.

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18 responses to “Feature & Follow: #173 Embarrassing Reads

    • My favourite indie bookshop is clearly divided into mysteries and sci-fi & fantasy. Just walking from one side of the room to the other takes some nerves 🙂

    • I guess it is the same with any specialised genre as it is so easy to feel like a fish out of water. I’m generally okay until people get a fanatical gleam in their eyes as they tell me about THE greatest book EVER written. I love getting book recommendations but not from peeps who start imitating Gollum.

    • I suffer from foot in mouth syndrome so I tend to worry far more about what I am going to say (and to who) rather than my reading habits 🙂

  1. Jessica@a GREAT read

    Covers tend to be my line of embarrassment if they are a little too steamy, but luckily my reads don’t tend to stray that way. But then I do get a little red faced when reading the love scenes because I feel like people just know what I am reading!

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    • The smexy covers can be a bit of a challenge in public especially on a train or something when you are stuck with people. Try winking at whoever is staring at you or smiling in a creepy fashion – it usually freaks them out and they get embarrassed rather than you 🙂

  2. I completely agree! Not every book needs to have a deep meaning – some are just entertainment and/or guilty pleasures! Whenever I get done reading a really intense book, or after a couple in a row, I always try to find something that is less thoughtful and more entertainment.

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    • Exactly. Whenever I pick up something I know is going to be trashy, my brain cells can take a holiday because they are going to get a workout later on.

    • If you don’t have an ereader where you can hide your embarrassing books, you might want to get a cheap plastic book jacket. Most are clear plastic but you can print a high pixel copy of a pg rated cover over the top of the offending cover and you are all set.

  3. I went through that same sci-fi/thriller/mystery to romance transition years ago and I didn’t have a lot of embarrassment. Of course, the covers (unless you were reading the Harlequin books) were a lot tamer than they are now. LOL

    • The covers seem to go in phases – wholesome(ish), wanton and now we are moving to minimalist. I’m interested to see what they come up with next to keep the covers ‘fresh’.

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