Guilty pleasures; we all have them. Those books we read that in our hearts we know don’t offer much in the way of literary value but we find ourselves drawn to nonetheless. It’s something that I’ve spent a fair bit of time thinking about; that tinge of guilt when we reach for an easy read instead of something that will really get our critical eye’s working but ultimately I’ve decided to try and cut myself some slack.
We’ve all heard the saying that no reading is wasted reading and this is something I truly believe. Of course exposure to the classics, both traditional and modern, is a great thing, as these are the books most likely to get us thinking and inspire our own creativity but any work of literature is never something to be disregarded. A story that can hold our attention and engage our brains for whatever reasons has more than earned its place on our bookshelves. As I like to remind myself in moments of doubt, even if a book does nothing more than to teach us things we shouldn’t do when it comes to our own writing, then reading it was still worthwhile.
In a culture where so many people claim they are ‘too busy’ to read, if you are finding the time to do so and better yet, are choosing books that you enjoy, then more power to you I say. Let’s banish the guilt and just relish immersing ourselves in stories.
Do you have any so-called ‘guilty’ pleasures when it comes to books?