The answer to this question is…….there aren’t any!
One thing I really dislike about some readers is their snobbism towards certain types of books. No, not every book is for me (for example I couldn’t ever see myself reading Mills & Boon but just because it’s not my choice doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with these books).
I love most genres which includes crime fiction and chicklit, both of which can get really bad press and knocked. I particularly hear alot of negative comments about the sorts of books that appear on supermarket shelves etc which really annoys me. Whenver I go into a supermarket the first isle I go down is the book isle and there are always other people stood around, browsing and dropping books into their trolleys. So what if it’s not always literary fiction or the classics? Who cares? Surely the point is that people are reading at all. If supermarkets bring books and a love of reading to the masses then isn’t that a good thing?
Another comment I hear scoffed at is when people say “so long as the book entertains me then that’s all I’m looking for.” But I quite agree with that statement! I read to escape and slip into another world, whether that be a 19th century stately home, a cupcake cafe, a police department in Boston or a high school in Forkes. Yes, I love well-written and clever books and I more than appreciate the time and work that has gone into a piece of literature and I have read more than my fair share of literary fiction but we shouldn’t dismiss other books too for being too commercial; afterall that’s what makes them fly off the shelves and into peoples homes.
So, in answer to this question: There are no books which I am embarassed to say I like. Reading should be a pleasure, not a chore.
Be loud and proud I say!
Do you agree with me or are there some books you keep hidden at the back of your shelves?