Feature & Follow Friday (#2)

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Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt’s Feature & Follow Friday! This is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every week, we post our answers to a weekly question, and get to meet & follow other book bloggers!

This week’s question is: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

Oh man… This is a great question. I really like Alison’s answer, because it’s how I’ve been feeling lately, especially now that I’ve started a book blog. We should OWN the books and genres we enjoy, and not feel bad about liking them.

Invariably, whenever anyone asks me what I like to do, I always say “read”, which leads to, “Oh yeah? What kind of books do you like?” And I used to be a little embarrassed whenever anyone would ask that, because of the skeptical looks I’d get when I’d say something like “Young Adult” or YA Scifi/Fantasy, etc. I felt like it lowered people’s estimation of me (and I’ll be totally honest – I still feel that way sometimes), so I felt like I should hide it. But this blog is sort of one way to combat that, and say, “THIS IS WHAT I READ, AND I LOVE IT.” So I’m pretty sure this doesn’t actually answer the question… but maybe it does. YA and all the wonderful subgenres within it are NOT my guilty pleasures. They are my pleasure to read. :)

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18 thoughts on “Feature & Follow Friday (#2)

  1. I absolutely know how you feel. Especially, when you’re an academic and working in a job that requires some intelligence people can’t understand why you don’t read classics all the time.
    I usually say “Oh, I read many genres, just whatever sounds interesting.” But I should really be honest and proud of my reading habits. It doesn’t lessen my intellect in any way!

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    • Exactly!! Workplace questions like that always get me – Do I go for the honest answer, or do I make myself sound like what they’d expect?? I’m leaning more and more towards honesty, and when met with skepticism, an explanation that “Young Adult” books aren’t solely written for people ages X to X – they’re labeled YA because the characters are generally YA, but encompass so much more.

      Thanks for stopping by!! :)

  2. I agree! You get a lot of weird looks when it comes to YA, especially when you aren’t quite a YA. But usually it’s because those people don’t know what they’re missing out on! They just assume it’s childish and stupid, but they’re wrong. New follower via BlogLovin

    • Yeah, I’m just a few years “too old” for YA, so I generally get the “Why hasn’t she moved on to ‘smart’ books yet?” looks, lol. I totally agree – so much YA would appeal to any age, it’s a shame so many readers stay away from it just because of its label.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. So agree with you. I hate when that ask that. Specially cause whatever you answer they are not going to understand. So I just say whatever catches my eye. My brothers are always saying I should read something useful instead of what I actually read….This coming from people who hate reading, go figure.

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    • It’s too bad that reading books that aren’t “academic”/classics/etc has been deemed ‘not useful’ by some people – I’ve seen that reaction as well. But I think any book that someone genuinely enjoys is useful, even if the only reason is making that person happy and giving them something to enjoy.

      But who hasn’t watched and enjoyed the odd crime drama on TV? Or silly sitcom? Or just, any TV show that isn’t the news or a documentary? People who see reading as a purely academic, not-for-entertainment pursuit confuse me. TV is held to a different standard, I guess.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

    • Yeah, it’s really hard to start accepting that what I read isn’t something to be embarrassed about. I’ll probably be working on that for a while – but making progress!!

      Thanks for stopping by, Alison! :D

  4. It’s easier to own up to my reading on my blog than with RL friends. Most of my friends don’t read much, and if they do – it’s all so serious. I love light and fluffy reads, even if I read classics and more heavy stuff as well.

    I’m a new Bloglovin’ follower. Here’s my FF post for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Following back on bloglovin, I agree sometimes I get crazy looks as I’m perusing the YA section of the book store or when I say that is mostly what I read, but then again if I said I read vampire smut I’d grt the same looks lol. Great answer!

  6. I like your answer! I used to feel the same way whenever someone asked what I liked to read, but then I stopped to think about it and … well, what else is there? Saying an adult romance would be equally as so-so. I guess the only intellectual thing to say is nonfiction, but then it’s a boring answer.

  7. I love YA too. They are totally different from my reality and that’s my escape sometimes.

    Following back on bloglovin’ and Twitter.

    Your blog name is one of the best I’ve heard of, by the way. So awesome!

  8. I still get a little embarrassed when I talk about how I read mostly YA books with certain people. When I tell most people, it’s not a big deal. But there have been times when I’ve told someone that I read YA books and they immediately change the subject. Which makes me feel like they think YA books aren’t legitimate or something, so sometimes it is hard to tell people about my love for YA. So I feel you there!

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