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guilty pleasure books and shows

I asked my friends to ask me questions for lj inspiration this month, and am still accepting some, but thank you to hardblue for this one!

Apr 10. Do you have any guilty pleasures in terms of movies that you like to watch or books you like to read?

so the sad thing is that my guilty pleasure books I immediately forget the titles of. yes I pick them up. usually they're in the little free library by my house, I'll be in there browsing for Serious Titles. Non fiction, business or personal finance, classic literature. But instead I'll find some book whose spine is not beige, whose jacket reads like "martha loves her totally cool life and job, until a parallel universe opens and a total hottie sweeps her off her feet, is he really an ALIEN?"

and I'll say sure what the heck.

and then I never blog about it, and the titles are totally gone from memory. let's see... last one I can actually recall is the first book from the sharing knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold, I swear I did not even know they were going to hook up and be sexy, I swear.

After I read that I have to balance out with something that makes me feel smarter, but I have learned that balance is good. Better to read five smutty silly chick lit books in a month than have some smart physics-y book like "Fabric of the Cosmos" on your nightstand for eight months straight, you need those quick reads to get you reading again. My roommate taught me that... I'd pick up her overdramatic jodi picoult novels, kill it in a weekend and say "there, I read a book".

so that's books.

when it comes to the screen it's reality TV, which marc does not like but I do. bridezilla's marriage bootcamp? awesome. nanny 911? fantastic, I could judge the shit out of those families all day. anywhere that people are just generally dysfunctional and can't get along with each other because they lack basic logic or reasoning skills. I also watch some home decorating shows. I think "clean house" with neice nash has to win my award for best reality tv ever because it combined home decorating WITH dysfunctional people, what's not to love.

movies, I don't really watch because I don't ever have time, it's sad. I can't sit for two hours and watch something. so it has to be worth it. I don't have two hours to be guilty about.

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one_raido
Apr. 10th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about movies. I rarely go out for them. It's hard to find three hours straight in any day.

I read a lot of cozy mysteries. Usually free ones from emails I get, but it passes the time while I wait for something I requested from the library.
hardblue
Apr. 10th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Heh, I wouldn't have guessed reality-TV.
aerrin
Apr. 11th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)

Bujold should never count as a guilty pleasure, because she is WONDERFUL!  Have you read her Vorkosigan stuff? Literally just writing this comment makes me want to go re-read it.

metawidget
Apr. 11th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
Seconded — there might be some guilty pleasure (maybe just kind of YA in some ways) aspects to Bujold, but she is quality guilty pleasure!
spacefem
Apr. 11th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
no, but I just looked it up on wikipedia and can't even figure out what the first book is so that's a bit daunting.

I'll see what's at the library and see how lost it gets me jumping into the middle :)
aerrin
Apr. 11th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Ha! It's an epic series, but worth starting at the beginning if you can. It is particularly daunting to figure out because they published the books individually, then started packaging them in twos as omnibuses.

There are two good starting places: Cordelia's Honor (the omnibus which contains Shards of Honor and Barrayar) or Young Miles (the omnibus which contains Warrior's Apprentice, Mountains of Mourning, and The Vor Game).

The first focuses on Cordelia Naismith, a pretty kickass lady, and Aral Vorkosigan. Shards of Honor especially has a very different feel from the rest of the series. I prefer to start there, but sometimes it doesn't catch people's attention, in which case I recommend they skip either to Barrayar or the Young Miles stuff.

Young Miles focuses on Miles, Cordelia's son, and is a great romping space adventure with an addictive protagonist, who heads the rest of the series.

The whole series is great, but there are some really amazing stand out volumes that combine semi-fluffy space adventure with big questions about loyalty and identity and all sorts of other things. Mirror Dance and Memory spring to mind.

I think I read in chronological order, which you can find here: https://www.librarything.com/series/Vorkosigan%3A+Chronological+Order (though again, the omnibus thing might throw you off a bit - let me know if you need help because they are THAT GOOD! - and I'd skip Falling Free, or at least read it later).

Edited at 2015-04-11 11:37 pm (UTC)
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