All right, I’ll admit it. I am a big fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, on the Bravo channel. I watch it every Monday night, and if I can’t, I try to watch the re-run sometime during the week. I always feel a little silly watching it, but I can’t help it. It’s definitely one of my guilty pleasures.
Books can be guilty pleasures, too. For instance, I still love to read the Trixie Belden series. Remember Trixie? She had a great group of friends, lived in the awesome Crabapple Farm, and hated algebra. And, she solved mysteries wherever she went. Who wouldn’t want to be Trixie? I discovered her in junior high and she’s been a friend of mine ever since. You can order books from the Trixie series (free!) from another UW System library via Universal Borrowing.
There’s even been some research on this topic. A keyword search in the online catalog on the phrase “guilty pleasures” yielded books such as The feminist, the housewife, and the soap opera (Main Collection, PN1992.8.S4 B78 2000), and The taste of sweet: our complicated love affair with our favorite treats (Browsing Books, QP456 .C475 2008).