Thankful for Reading Trashy Novels

I have made a recent vow to make time to read more books. I know that sounds lofty but it really isn’t. Let’s be honest, I’m not talking about making time to read worthy Pulitzer Prize winning novels to improve my mind. I’m instead talking about making time to read the things I want to read, just for me, for fun and relaxation.

My genre of choice? Historical romantic fiction. Truly trashy, but eminently enjoyable.

Growing up, I used to like reading all the time and have always been drawn to historical romantic fiction. In particular, there’s something about the structured society of the Regency period, about the customs, fashion, language and expectations of that time, that continues to draw me in.

It is the time of Jane Austen and the Napoleonic Wars. The eve of the industrial revolution and the century of upheaval that would follow. Yet, for the upper ten thousand, known as “The Ton”, life was carefully planned and success was measured by the number of invitations received to balls and routs and musicales and card parties. And something in me, yes, the shallow bit of me, really digs that.

However, since I became a mother my opportunities to delve into this world have dramatically decreased. And since I discovered the addictive world of blogging my desire to go there has slowly diminished as well.

I found myself climbing into bed each night with head buzzing after an evening of blogging, tweeting and general social media stuffing around. I would take ages to get to sleep and then dream odd, frenzied, crazy dreams about random things I had encountered that day – I would never awake in the morning feeling rested or refreshed.

So, to improve my deteriorating sleep situation, I decided to turn off the computer at a more respectable hour and try to read a few chapters of fluff each night before bed to settle my mind and ensure a more restful night’s sleep.

My latest tome is entitled “The Earl’s Forbidden Ward” (you didn’t believe I was quite that trashy, did you?) and has proved quite the diversion so far. When I’ve finished that masterpiece I have “The Rake’s Defiant Mistress” and “The Wicked Baron” still to peruse (I kid you not people, those are the actual titles of the library books presently on my bedside table…)

The best part of re-discovering my love affair with the Regency period? After reading a few chapters and having a break between the computer and bed, my brain is less manic at night and I’m getting a more settled night’s sleep.

The downside? I’m sure my questionable literary taste will certainly change the way some people judge me – but I’m not going to lose any more sleep about it!

So, that’s why I’m thankful for reading trashy novels this week! Linking up again with Kate Says Stuff for Thankful Thursday. What are you thankful for this week?

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10 Responses

  1. I know what you mean about trying to go to sleep with a buzzing head. I think I’ll take a leaf out of your book, so to speak, and start ready a suitably fluffy novel in bed! Thanks 🙂
    Laney @ Crash Test Mummy recently posted..{Condition Report} Thankful for Hubby, Hootsuite and the Highlands

    • Kirsty says:

      Laney, it’s working for me so far…nothing worse than being physically exhausted but not mentally being able to go to sleep!

  2. I should start reading books rather than twitter before bed too I think.

    And hooray for fluff… Will happily admit I loved the Twilight series despite the fact they are some of the worst written books ever!! LOL.

    Thanks for linking up Kirsty 🙂
    kate says stuff recently posted..Thankful Thursday: Squalor

    • Kirsty says:

      Kate, glad to know I’m not the only one who reads trash! And I must say that I have been far more settled at night since I started taking the time to read before bed – far less buzzing!

  3. Ai Sakura says:

    Yup yup… I get that restless rest thing quite often. Terrible feeling… hope you will get to enjoy more lovely moments with your books 🙂
    Ai Sakura recently posted..Wordless Wednesday {link party}: Danboard-san

    • Kirsty says:

      Not being fully rested is no fun at all – I’m glad to have found a solution that works for me, I hope you can find a way around your restless rest too!

  4. I have been making an effort to find the time to read more too lately. I love a good trashy read, though my trashy reads tend to crime novels more. Those titles are hilarious makes me want to read them just for the titles alone 🙂
    Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots recently posted..Is Life A Juggling Act?

    • Kirsty says:

      Kate, the titles ARE bad, but there are worse out there! I should collate a top ten of the worst titles one day, it would be a corker of a list…

  5. Skyelee says:

    Hooray for the trashy novel! I love historical fiction too – have a look on http://www.goodreads.com if you want to add to your collection! Have fun reading 🙂
    Skyelee recently posted..Thankful Thursday – a baby no longer….

    • Kirsty says:

      Skylee, thanks for the tip! I will definitely have a look at the site and see what I can find. Glad I’m not the only one with a soft spot for historical fiction!

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