November 19, 2009

Romance Novels: The Literary Walk of Shame

You all know that I'm a reader. 

Give me a book; almost any book, and I shall read it, retain it and form an fairly lengthy and opinionated book review of it.  (REALLY, I've had some FB friends ask how in the world I can keep adding books to my visual bookshelf and writing so many reviews.)

What I don't share that often is that I like romance novels.  Not all the time... but just like a craving for sugar...the need to read a romance novel strikes me from time to time.

Oh, don't look at me in that tone of voice!  It's a multi-million dollar industry.  I'm not the only one reading these suckers!  And, at this point, my mind can't get any more corrupt!

I blame my grandmother (dad's mom).  And my mom's older sister.  It's all their fault, I tell you!! Kirstren will back me up on this.  From an early age *ahem* - like 10-ish, these books were fed to us.  "Here, read this", "You're done with your summer reading list - go pick something off my bookshelf", "I'm coming up to visit and I have an ENTIRE suitcase of romance novels to give you". 

Now, I'm telling you all of this in a preface to my trip to B&N on Monday.

I was perusing the new releases, and got sucked in by a new romance novel.  Why, you ask?  Well that craving hit and there was dachshund on the front.  That sealed the deal.  Thing is - it was at that moment that one of the staff members wandered up to me and asked what I was looking for.  "Umm; nothing!  I was just looking to see if you put out any of the Christmas classics yet."

I'm such a bad liar!  When I finally decided to cash out and leave - the same guy was at the register.  Luckily, he declared my romance novel a true classic for the "ripped bodice" crowd.  :-)

*Note to self: Order romance novels ONLINE next time!*

Anything on the subject of romance novels that you'd like to share?


  1. I think it's funny you were swayed by the dachshund on the cover. My aunts read those and the few I read out of boredom weren't bad, but likely inappropriate for me at that age.

  2. hahaha, you're so funny! I haven't read a romance novel in such a long time! I think I might have liked a Julie Garwood (???) or Amanda Quick back in the sad, those names probably aren't even real.

    and I would have been swayed by a book with a black cat on the cover ;-)

  3. They always say, "don't judge a book by it's cover."

    But the cover always sways me into picking up the book in the first place! Haha!

    I love romance novels sometimes too. But man, some of the covers can get embarassing to be carring around at work! :P

  4. All I can say is that I highly recommend Jennifer Crusie's books.

  5. Am I the only one who really, really wants to know what book it was?! I have a dachshund too and I am a sucker for anything doxie themed.


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