It can’t always be Pride and Prejudice and War and Peace. In fact, for me, it can only rarely be the classics, which seem to take forever to read. I like to move quickly through books; I like page turners. I judge people too quickly for a whole host of superficial reasons. But I refuse to judge people based on what they read. If you hoard romance novels, if you read sci-fi without ceasing, or if you haven’t picked up a book for someone older than 18 in your life, that’s cool. You are no less a reader than anyone else. Reading makes you smarter. Those Harlequin romance novels? They all have plots. And if you’ve read 7,000, then I bet you can predict what’s going to happen in any movie or TV show you watch because it’s all been done before. Impress your friends and neighbors with your talent! And if you read a more balanced diet, then good for you, too. You have to mix in at least some trash every now and again.
The Nanny Diaries, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Jemima J, by Jane Green
Lucia, Lucia, by Adriana Trigiani
The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger
My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Scarlet Feather, by Maeve Binchy
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn