True Confessions

Since I’m too lazy to come up with an original topic, I thought I’d follow on from the excellent discussion at Smart Bitches, Guilty Pleasures and Confessions, in which Sarah revealed her secret passion for J. R. Ward’s Brotherhood of the Black Dagger series.

Uh, me too. I don’t know why, but her books are right up there with the Chronicles of Narnia (except for The Last Battle) when I need a comfort read.

So I thought I’d ask everyone what your guilty secrets are. Here are some of mine:

Thomas Hampson (He’s handsome! Straight! Smart! Sings!)

Eating while taking a bath

Just about anything with a big topping of whipped cream

Most Haunted, a truly awful tv show with English people with bad hair screaming while investigating haunted houses

Eating in bed and then scraping the crumbs off to the other side and denying that any food consumption has taken place

People magazine. Read at checkout in the stores and at my dentist’s (who always has current issues; I must be one of the few people who enjoys going to the dentist)

How about you? Come on, confess… You’ll feel better for it.

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14 years ago


I, too, love J. R. Ward’s work. She creates such a wonderful world.

My true guilty pleasure is reading. I consume books like a drug. If I haven’t read something the day is a total loss. I read on the average a book a day and love it.

14 years ago

Thomas Hampson could never be a guilty pleasure — I’d shout that out loud and proud. My own guilty pleasure is the number of books I buy. Admittedly most are purchased at the UBS or the library’s used book sale, but I still manage to bring home 3 books for every book I donate. Note to authors: not to worry, I buy new books new (at least in trade or PB), but there is an astonishing number of OOP titles I want to read for which the UBS is often the only source. I literally have boxes of books to the ceiling.

14 years ago

Reading in the tub.

“Window-shopping” at Target.

Sneaking to the Riskies blog while at work…

Megan Frampton
14 years ago

I love J.R. Ward.

I love Tara Janzen.

I love reading celeb gossip once in awhile.

I like stumbling upon cheesy reality shows and watching, even though I have no clue about the participants.

I love pulp covers.

And super-clinch covers–so embarrassing! So unexpected!

I like bad soft-core porn movies. Because those moustaches!

14 years ago

Okay, I am definitely a guilty reader and book buyer. There are books everywhere in this house! I read about a book a day too Rugosa. So glad I am not the only one. I am cracking up at megan’s soft porn and moustaches!! Love it!! Oh and I adore, but blush to say I read a series of books by Dean James about a gay Mississipi born vampire who moves to a lovely English village and solves crimes. They are just silly little cozy mysteries, but I cannot resist them. If you want just a pure fluff, fun read try Baked to Death, Posted to Death, Decorated to Death, etc.

Diane Gaston
14 years ago

Do you mean other than my Gerard Butler obsession, my tendency to watch Clean House (as opposed to CLEANING house)and eating a bag of Skittles for lunch??

14 years ago

Hmm. I’m not sure what to confess–the whole concept seems to require me to have some vague shreds of shame…

Rugosa, I’m with you on the reading, except that I feel guilty for all the books that I haven’t read! I only wish I had the time to read a book a day…then they wouldn’t all be sitting there, staring at me accusingly.

So, guilty? Yes. Pleasure? Not so much.


Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
14 years ago

My guilty pleasures include Michael Buble, a plate of mashed potatoes and any book by Meg Cabot. Also watching Dancing with the Stars. Although I have Most Haunted on my DVR and have yet to watch. And reading in a bathtub full of bubbles.

Elena Greene
14 years ago

Browsing Zappos and Blue Fly.

Eating a whole bag of crunchy Cheetos in a sitting.

I am so ashamed!

Diane Gaston
14 years ago

Oh, Elizabeth,
Keira, Amanda and I correspond weekly about Dancing With The Stars!

Amanda McCabe
14 years ago

“I read a series of books by Dean James about a gay Mississipi born vampire who moves to a lovely English village and solves crimes.”

OMG, that sounds totally hilarious! I must look for them. 🙂

Dancing With the Stars, of course. Go Fug Yourself. Books with covers featuring guys in kilts and no shirt. Kit Kat bars (very bad with leftover Halloween candy).

14 years ago

Well, mine is that I go have a couple of Britney Spears mp3s on my computer. (early ones for crying out loud, nothing recent!!! LOL)

Ah, well, I don’t think I feel better after admitting that, but hey. 🙂


14 years ago

Amanda, you will love them. They are just the thing when you want to be simply entertained. Why is it that reading is considered such a guilty pleasure these days?

Cara King
14 years ago

For the most part, I shun the term “guilty pleasure,” because why should we feel guilty about pleasure? If romance novels or Proust or American Idol or Barry Manilow or opera give us pleasure, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, IMHO… 🙂

However, I have now realized that I would consider some foods “guilty pleasures,” because they actually can be bad for us…or at least bad in that they’re not good for us. (I think a lot of it depends who you ask. Some folks think potatoes are spawn of the devil…others think them wonderfully nutritious…)

So here are some of my guilty pleasures, or some of my pleasures which I swear I don’t feel guilty about, not at all, not one tiny bit:

Taco Bell’s jalapeno sauce

KFC’s mashed potatoes and gravy

Sainsbury’s tinned Korma

those little mini chocolate donuts that come prepackaged

Britney Spears dance tracks (yay Lois!) and
Backstreet Boys uptempo numbers

talking to my stuffed animals

having them answer back and demand more tea and television

Cara (who thinks sanity should be saved up for a rainy day, and happens to live in an area of drought)

14 years ago

Cara wrote:

talking to my stuffed animals

having them answer back and demand more tea and television

You know we’d never keep up with our shows if the stuffed animals didn’t keep nagging us!