Monday, September 19, 2016
Ramblings from the Stacks - "I Just Read Junk"
This got me thinking. Why am I saying this? Why am I dismissing what I'm reading and what I enjoy and what about what I'm reading makes me be so dismissive? The genres I tend to hide that I read are romance, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction aka "chick lit". I have no problem admitting to nonfiction and classical or thriller type mysteries.
Lisa basically gave me a set down in the middle of a used bookstore and told me that romance was "really just a story with a happy ending that focused on a relationship and I couldn't run it down until I tried it." And I tried it and pretty much read nothing else for the next year or so because it turned out I really really liked the genre. But for the most part I hid them.
And then when cozies became a thing I kind of hid them too because they didn't feel like "improving books" and they kind of felt like they were in the same area of romances. And the same with the more women's fiction titles.
But you know what? Since I had this epiphany I'm coming to terms with admitting what I read without dismissing or excusing it because I LIKE what I read. And there's nothing wrong with it. Yes, there is some junk in the romance or cozy mystery genres but find a genre that there isn't junk hidden somewhere in the shelves. And while I've been thinking about all this I've come to another epiphany that it's really the blogging community that gave me the extra boost to feel perfectly good with what I'm reading because everyone is so accepting of everyone's opinions and it's really really nice.
So that's my confession for today. Do you have any reading secrets? Or things you find yourself hesitating to admit? As for me I will be loading my grocery cart full of chips and soda and stacks of Julia Quinn novels!