It would have to be any Clive Cussler book. It's mindless entertainment; no thinking allowed!
— Gary Rejsek, Bolingbrook
I usually read historical fiction, but every once in a while I love to dig into the latest Nora Roberts — or, as my daughter calls them, my "touching tales." OK, there! I've said it!
— Jean Johnson, Orland Park
Danielle Steel books are my guilty pleasure books, and, yes, I am male!
— Royce Seabaugh, Irving
Any one of the books in the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon. Am I right, girls?
— Julie DiCaro, Chicago
My guilty pleasure book wasn't written for adults, but it easily could have been. It's a magical book titled "The Princess and the Goblin," written by George MacDonald and illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. It was given to me when I was 10 years old. I read it every year or two, simply to remember how this lovely story enticed me to become an avid reader and collector of illustrated children's books.
— Sheila Goldberg, Glencoe
Every time I have read "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, I relate to another chapter of the book. I guess I just like to think about her sitting by the sea and comparing herself to the shells. It's as soothing as the ocean waves on the beach.
— Jan Miller, Barrington
The "Sookie Stackhouse" series by Charlaine Harris.
— Bre Linstromberg Cooper, Jacksonville
Any of the Karen Marie Moning "Fever" or "Highlander" series!
— Susan Summers Clark, Joliet.
After several sleepless nights wracked with guilt and with tearful apologies to Selby, Woolf, Wharton, Dreiser, Cather and others, I can now admit that the two books I read with recurrence are "Darkness Visible" (Stryon) and "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" ( Wilder). They are both slender tomes, each consumable in a single evening, but they are rich in content and provocative in the images they create and the questions they raise. One is a beautiful case study of chance or random selection juxtaposed against the possibility that a plan for the universe actually exists and it is somehow more than a myth of man's construct. The other is a superbly crafted descent into the torment that defines the human condition and serves as a reminder of my own humanity, for better and for worse. And of course, as I evolve the answer to this very good question evolves.
—Jay Foster, Saint Charles.
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon is a book that has stayed with me ever since I read it. Every character gets deep inside my head and I love every one of them with all their faults. Chabon to me has made each page an adventure and I am in awe of his mind and words. But I must say I don't feel guilty reading a Pulitzer winner at all!
— Jane Alderman, Chicago