One of the worst things about public transportation is being judged for the type of reading material you’re consuming publicly. We’ve done the same thing to others; seen another person sitting there reading a Nicholas Sparks or John Grisham novel and thought in disgust, “Ugh, doesn’t anyone have taste anymore?” while smugly pulling out the latest copy of a Jeffrey Eugenides novel for everyone to see just how smart and cultured we truly are.
Terrible books become popular and we feel shameful for liking these tawdry, lowbrow junk food novels but that’s why they’re perfect to stash away into the depths of an e-reader to hate read without having to worry if someone is defining your dating worth based on what you’re publicly reading.
Sometimes we just want to see what the hype is, other times we can’t help but fall in love with a ridiculously cheesy plot line. Either way, here are some great and not so great books to dive into the next time you’re in the mood for something not so literary.