Reading Guilty Pleasure Books



We all have that book. You know, the one that makes you physically go: asdfghjkl. The one that makes you laugh for no reason then start crying a second later. We've all been there, my friend. We've all read a book that makes us melt from the inside and out.

I don't know about you, but for me, those books are my guilty pleasures. And they specifically tend to be contemporaries.

Why are contemporaries your guilty pleasure books?

*chokes on air* Why are they NOT? Okay, I understand that contemporaries just aren't for everyone. But! I can guarantee you that no matter what genre you prefer, there is at least one contemporary that will make you squeal for eternity.

Which is why they are definitely my guilty pleasure. They make me smile at their pages, squeal and kick my feet into the air, then lay on the floor and sob because #feels

What are contemporary books?

Ever heard of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, or Jenny Han? Bingo! They are some of my favorite contemporary authors. The books that they write are not just romances but are more specifically set in modern day time. They're basically the realistic books.

When you find your guilty pleasure book

Sometimes you just know. Like, you'll be walking through the aisles of the romancey book section with pretty, pastel covers, and you'll see something that catches your eyes. You stop. The whole world freezes around you, and it's just you and that book. You reach out, caressing the cover tenderly. You lift it off its place on the shelf and open up. The aroma of the pages makes your nose tingle with joy. You read the synopsis. It sounds kind of cheesy but you love cheese. 

Or you could be scrolling through Goodreads and then you see a title that catches your eye. You glance behind you before clicking on the image. First, you'll notice that most of the reviews contain gifs of people crying or dancing. Then, before you know it, that book is on your to-read shelf and you're logging into Amazon or reserving it at your library.

Now that you have found your squeal-worthy book, what happens when you read it? 

I'm soooooo glad you asked.

5 THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN WHILE READING A GUILTY PLEASURE BOOK



I'm mainly basing this off of contemporary reads but if it applies to you with other genres, that's cool bro. 

When you meet the characters

Alright. We both know that you know what's going to happen. There's going to be two main characters and you already know they are smitten (yes, I just said that word. No, I am not your grandmother) with each other, even before they meet. BUT IT IS STILL SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH AS THEY MAKE EYE CONTACT AND DO THAT LITTLE THING, YOU KNOW, THE: "Oh. You. I like you."

ansel elgort smile GIF

When you're waiting for said characters to finally get together

It's agonizing watching their playful banter and accidentally brush their fingers together without meaning to then looking away so the other character doesn't see their blush. IT IS A WONDERFUL KIND OF TORTURE. So, now you're at the point where you're like: "Just kiss already." 

angry fuck me GIF

Which is 89.9% of the whole book. So make yourself comfortable.

When they FINALLY get together and they do all those cutesy cute things and your feels just kinda go CAABOOOM

Which may feel like ages later but could even be the next page, depending on the book. BUT YES. THEY ARE TOGETHER AND THE WORLD FEELS LIKE A HAPPY HAPPY PLACE. LOOK AT ALL THE UNICORNS!

happy christina aguilera GIF by The Voice

happy despicable me GIF

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But then everything you have been waiting for goes down the drain and you can't do anything about it

Yes, you know exactly what I mean. It's that part in the book where everything is going exactly how you want it but then something happens and destroys that happiness AND NOW THE WORLD IS AN AWFUL, TERRIBLE PLACE AND YOU DON'T WANT TO KEEP READING BUT YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT HOW THIS ENDS (did I mention that there are only 20 pages left to resolve everything??).

angry lilo and stitch GIF

THE BOOK IS NOW OVER AND THE AUTHOR ISN'T WRITING A SEQUAL SO NOW YOU ARE LEFT WITH ALL THESE FEELS AND YOU NEVER WANT TO READ ANY OTHER BOOK BUT THAT ONE

Yes, my friend. I have been there. 

sad andre johnson GIF

It's okay. It'll be okay. You wanna know why? Because you're going to re-read that book at least three times and you'll make fanart and fan cast the characters and daydream about moments that weren't mentioned in the book (which may or may not consist of those characters living in a cute apartment and making each other breakfast). 

Repeat!

Yep. You're going to repeat this whole process again and again, maybe even with the same book! It's a beautiful, horrible thing to do to yourself but you love it.




Talk to me!

What are some books you've read that are YOUR guilty pleasure? HAVE YOU EVER FOUND YOURSELF IN A STATE OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS BECAUSE OF THE CHARACTERS?? Because same. WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES? Oh, I know. It's the book life, duh. We didn't choose it, it chose us. Let me know if you related to this post in the comments!

xx Kenzie 

pea ees: this post may or may not have been inspired by the fact that I recently read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I haven't stopped smiling since. 

pea ees to dah pea ess: OREOS *sobs*


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  1. OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO ME YES YES YES!!!!!!!!! Sometimes during the part where everything goes down the drain I actually have to PUT THE BOOK down or for some strange reason my family will start asking me WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG. xD

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

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    1. ASDFGHJKL SOMETIMES I HAVE TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN TOO! And then I'll walk away from it and my sister will ask me how I am enjoying the book, and then I'll give her a look that says "don't even talk to me about it". Or I'll go about my day, complaining about how I don't want to finish it because EVERYTHING WAS GOING TOO PERFECT AND I KNOW THAT IS ABOUT TO CHANGE.

      *long dramatic sigh* Oh, the struggles.

      Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you could relate. ;)

      xx Kenzie

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  2. Contemporaries are for sure my guilty pleasure books! They're great for school breaks and vacations and the light and cute stories never fail to touch my heart. And the emotional distress of reading is real! I get nervous right alongside the characters in the stories I'm reading (even more so if the threat of death is looming...ahhh...).

    I really like your blog pictures, by the way, and how the design matches those colors!

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. Ah, yes! I must agree. They are the perfect books to read to get you out of a reading slump or when you're too busy to read a longer book filled with great details. I usually end up asking for a few contemporaries for Christmas but they rarely make it into the new year because I devour them so fast. XD

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much! That compliment made my day. <3 Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  3. DUDE I love this post! You described my feelings while reading contemporary fiction. ESPECIALLY Jenny Han's novels. To be honest, John Green, Rainbow Rowell and Jenny are my fave contemporary authors. IT'S THOSE CHARACTERS, YO. YA is just my guilty pleasure in general....it's just too good to pass up. This post was epic! I can totally relate. :)

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    1. DUDE, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'M SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THE POST AND YOU WERE ABLE TO RELATE. <3 AND ASDFGHJKL YES TO EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID!! They are my favorites as well. UGH, I know right?! How do they do it? How are they so good at making me fall in love with their books? XD And ummm, I couldn't have said it better myself. My heart kinda belongs to YA. ;)

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  4. ooohhh yes. how true this is. Fiction is like my favorite thing ever and then I hate it at the exact same time. I never knew that a pretend and made up plot and characters could make me so upset.

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    1. BWHHAHAHAHAHA -- *starts sobbing due to the accuracy of that comment* It's so true, my friend. So very true.

      Thank you so much for reading. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  5. Oh yeah! Contemporaries are for sure my guilty pleasure too! Whenever I want to read an easy book that doesn't require a lot of brain power, and will just give me all the warm and fuzzies, they are my go to. They definitely aren't my favorites, but it's nice to just go on an emotional roller coaster ride of feels sometimes ;)

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    1. Uggghhh, yes! They just make me so happy. <3 Sometimes it can be a little hard to find a good contemporary without it seeming cliche but if you think about it, there are actually so many good ones. Especially when you find a favorite contemporary author. <3

      "an emotional roller coaster ride of feels" <-- that pretty much sums them up. XD

      Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you could relate to this post. ;)

      xx Kenzie

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  6. Yes you've just summed up everything in this post. I'm still on that post guilty pleasure high after reading 'Alive' this morning. Oh the emotions you go through.
    Saylor // A Saylor in the Stars

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you could relate to this post. ;) I've never heard of that book! At least, I don't think so. I'll definitely have to check it out! XD

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  7. Omg Simon Vs is THE cutest book in the entire world and I literally smiled so much reading it I think I strained my face.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Except I don't actually believe in "guilty pleasure" reads...haha! I think if you enjoy a book there should be no guilt whatsoever about it. All books are equal and no genres are better or anything, so there shouldn't be guilt over enjoying these cute fluffy contemporaries right?!? I totally relate to that fangirl process with all the gifs.๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. *fangirls every time you comment on my posts*

      YES YES YES, that was exactly me while I read it. I never wanted it to end. XD Even though, the ending was my favorite part. <3 And; I actually agree with you! If you enjoy something, you shouldn't feel guilty for it. :) I'm glad you could relate to this post. ;) Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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xx Kenzie