This week, contributors to weekly geeks are asked to share the books we love but are embarrassed to be seen reading.
I don’t have any.
I’m sure I read things that other people class as their guilty pleasures. I’m certain that many people think I should be embarrassed by much of what I read (largely genre fiction after all) but of all the things in the world there are to worry about, what other people think of the books I read does not even make it to my radar.
I’m Catholic and spent 12 years being taught at strict Catholic schools so I know a little something about guilt. Even so, I flatly refuse to feel guilty for spending my free time in a way that I enjoy and that doesn’t hurt anyone else.
Could I be reading books that are more literate, informative, educational or generally worthy?
Do I worry that I’m not?
Will I get to my deathbed and regret not having read more books about personal growth, and/or the human condition.
Possible but highly unlikely.
And while I have many, many faults one of them is not being judgmental about the books you choose to read. There are genres and authors that hold no interest for me but if you find entertainment, enjoyment or pleasure from them then I say good luck to you. I hope you don’t feel guilty about them.