What Books Are You Embarrassed to Read in Public?

I’ve mentioned before how one of my favorites things about my Kindle is the privacy it provides when I’m reading in public. I could be reading a romance novel with a half naked man on the cover and no one would know. It seems like I’m not the only one who feels this way. According to a recent article in the New York Times, romance is the fastest growing segment of ebooks, and experts are attributing sales to the discretion ereaders provide.

If the e-reader is the digital equivalent of the brown-paper wrapper, the romance reader is a little like the Asian carp: insatiable and unstoppable. Together, it turns out, they are a perfect couple. Romance is now the fastest-growing segment of the e-reading market, ahead of general fiction, mystery and science fiction, according to data from Bowker, a research organization for the publishing industry.

The article also quotes Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books who says she’s not always comfortable reading romance novels in public, with their covers featuring “mullets and the man chests.”

I can totally relate since I occasionally read paranormal romances, which almost always have a bare chested man on the cover. I’d much rather read these books on my Kindle.

For a male perspective, I asked Jose what books he’s embarrassed to be seen reading. He says he wouldn’t be caught dead reading Twilight in public (I think most guys feel this way, LOL). He also mentioned being uncomfortable reading political books because people might make snap judgments based on their own political leanings.

So what books are you embarrassed to read in public? Romance? YA? Self help? Let me know in the comments.

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