My Guilty Pleasure Reading List

If you’re looking to get a little bit girly with your guilt, you’ve come to the right place.

1. A Little Bit Wicked : Life, Love, and Faith In Stages, by Kristin Chenoweth with Joni Rodgers

Kristin Chenoweth is a Southern, Jesus-lovin’, high-strung Broadway star who provides a very entertaining look into her life with this appropriately titled autobiography. She writes about her life in Oklahoma, being adopted, struggling as an actor in the big city, and making it big with her roles in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and (who could forget?) “Wicked.” But what makes this book a bit of a guilty pleasure are the details of her on-again/off-again romance with the notoriously smart and quick-witted Aaron Sorkin. Oh, it’s juicy. Trust me.

2. A Place of Yes: 10 Rules For Getting Everything You Want Out of Life, by Bethenny Frankel
Before she was the mega Skinnygirl mogul and sharp-tongued TV star we know today, Bethenny Frankel wrote this book for her throngs of reality TV fans (yes, I am one) as a guide to getting it all. Though having it all can be a taboo subject, I can’t deny that this book makes you feel pretty darn motivated. It contains ten steps (and chapters) full of mantras that keep you feeling positive and like you can actually go for what you want. Frankel’s inappropriate anecdotes keep things interesting. Read it with a low-cal margarita and then go get that job, girl! (On second thought, maybe you should reverse the order of those steps.)

3. Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single, by Heather McElhatton

One day I was browsing in the bookstore, came across this royal blue cover with a doll’s head on it, and thought, “Yup, I need to read this.” Writer Heather McElhatton introduces readers to Jennifer Johnson, an everygirl who is a little bit dumpy and desperately wants to find Mr. Right. Just it seems like all of Jennifer’s dreams are coming true, McElhatton sends readers on an emotional rollercoaster that reminds us to be careful what we wish for. Love it.

4. Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic., by David Nadelberg

Do you ever find yourself awake at 3 a.m., fixating on one of the many dreadfully embarrassing things you’ve done? And then feeling a fresh wave of embarrassment, even though the event happened a decade ago? Just me? Well, David Nadelberg’s sequel to Mortified lets you feel that cringe-worthy terror again and again with each essay, journal entry, and letter compiled in this nostalgia goobfest.

5. The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, by Jessica Alba
Who knew the Dark Angel would turn out to be a lifestyle guru? This book, which I received as a gift, is full of great advice. Some of the tips are a little scary, because much of The Honest Life focuses on natural living, so Alba details the toxicity of certain unnatural everyday products. It’s a little intimidating, but a good read if you’re into that sort of thing. Besides, the photography is gorgeous. It’s like beautiful family eye candy. Oh, I feel so guilty just for saying that.

It’s good to be bad sometimes, right? What are your guilty pleasure reads?

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