What Are You Reading?

Have you read anything interesting lately? I have to admit, I don’t always answer this question honestly. I’m almost always reading a book, and it’s usually interesting, or I don’t finish reading it. But I don’t want to confess to reading a trashy novel and enjoying it. I don’t want to tell others that I’m enjoying a chick lit novel or a movie star biography, because it’s kind of like admitting to eating a high calorie dessert. I do that with TV shows, too. I don’t like to admit that “Survivor” is one of my favorite shows, and that I’ve been a loyal fan since its first season. But why do I let others’ opinions intimidate me? So what if I occasionally enjoy light reading or a reality TV show? Because I’m a librarian and should have more literary or refined tastes? A former coworker (a librarian)once derided Stephen King, saying “Who reads that trash?” In a soft voice, I replied, “Me.” She ignored my admission of guilt and changed the subject.

I try not to judge others for their reading tastes or choice in TV programs, and I hope they won’t judge me. So, I’ll be honest from now on whenever someone asks me, “What are you reading?”

By the way, I just finished Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s “The Husband Habit” (meh), and I am now reading, for the second time, “Caramelo” by Sandra Cisneros–one of my all-time favorite books. And, Wednesday night, I thoroughly enjoyed the “Survivor” finale while eating a chocolate candy bar (yum).

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