The first book I ever felt the need to hide while reading was Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks. Now this is going back over 40 years, but if I remember correctly it was about a girl who smokes a joint and then becomes a raging slut and heroine addict, which as we know, is what happens to people after they take a hit of pot. (Side note, 20 odd years later I sat down with my daughter, then 13 and gave her the book hoping for a deep mother and daughter discussion. She took one look at it started laughing, and went back to watching Intervention, where I believe a crack addict mother of 4 was preparing to go to rehab.) Anyway, we passed that book around in 7th grade each of us taking a turn reading it at night away from our parents prying eyes. I of course took it to heart and assumed there were drug “pushers” on every corner just waiting to get me hooked on marijuana. Who knew the first drug connect I would have would be a Jewish psychiatrist in her mid fifties, my hook up for Ambien. But, that’s another story…
The next book I felt that I needed to read in secret was called Coffee, Tea or Me, a book about stewardesses and pilots and though I didn’t TOTALLY get what was going on, I knew I wanted IN! I also knew my mother probably didn’t want me reading about people having sex on planes so, that was read at night, with doors shut, and the sound of the TV droning on from my parent’s bedroom.
Through the years there were others read in secret such as: The G Spot, Good Vibrations, Living With An EMO Kid, The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual and finally, Deep Breathing Through Divorce. Yes, we’ve come full circle. Now, however, my reading life has changed drastically. With the advent of the kindle I can be sitting on the beach with friends reading about the benefits of liposuction vs. exercise and no one will be the wiser!
My point is, you can now read whatever you want and no one needs to know. You don’t even NEED a kindle, you can download books onto your PC if you want. Which brings me to my book, “There’s Been A Change Of Plans.” A friend of mine bought it as a kindness to me, and her son got quite concerned seeing mom reading a book on divorce. Dude, KINDLE! I can totally understand that some people don’t want to ride the subway, sit at little league games, or wait for the dye to cover the gray at the salon, holding a book about divorce which they feel is another way of yelling “MY LIFE IS IMPLODING!”
I personally don’t see it like that. I see reading a book on divorce as telling the world, “I am trying to understand the process by which some woman half my age is going to get all my stuff and I am going to be living in a one bedroom condo with a cat named Mr. Meow.” I think it is very proactive. Still, if you are not totally comfortable with it…DOWNLOAD!
Not to mention, downloading a Kindle book is usually a third of the price of the hard copy. Then when you are done, it disappears into your cloud, which, I have no idea what that is, (does ANYBODY really understand the cloud?) but I know it’s better than stacking them up on your nightstand until your bedroom resembles a Hoarders episode minus the rat carcasses.
Anyway, do yourself a favor and learn to download books. Right now I am going back and forth on my iPad between Eat Yourself Skinny, Complete Idiot’s Guide to Menopause and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, titles all telling you how full my life is right now. Thanks to my Kindle, I will soon be a skinny menopausal woman with a very clean house.