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What ridiculously trashy books/authors do you love?

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Sadik Thu 22-Jun-17 21:01:06

Not the likes of Georgette Heyer (not truly trashy IMO), but the really indefensible.
Mine is Cassandra Clare - I'm currently eking out her latest book, ignoring the massive plot holes (and improbable lack of communication without which things would be resolved in about 2 chapters) in the certain knowledge that it'll no doubt end on a cliffhanger which won't be resolved until book 3 in about 2 years time.

iamEarthymama Thu 22-Jun-17 23:22:53

Nora Roberts and J D Robb, same author.
I love them!
I know they share the same pattern in every book, I know I shouldn't like them but I really enjoy them and their feel-good endings.
Actually they aren't badly written, just formulaic, HUGELY popular, and classed as romantic.
If I feel in a bad way, need comfort, Nora and J D Robb are my comfort reads.

honeysucklejasmine Thu 22-Jun-17 23:24:18

Wendy Holden.

BitofaPoorEffort Thu 22-Jun-17 23:35:06

Hesitate to call it trashy, but not exactly literary...Marian Keyes.

In the same vein...Maeve Binchy

Both guilty of that most irritating of chick lit/flick tropes...a new dress and an hour with an hairdresser and you can lose 3 dress sizes and 10 years...and gain the man of your dreams (who is likely right under your nose but you will insist on being oblivious to his good looks, great personality and obvious love for you because you fancy a rotter from Accounts)

ShottaSheriff Fri 23-Jun-17 08:06:13

Jilly Cooper blush

I also used to love Maeve Binchy and Catherine Cookson as a teen but not read anything like that recently. I also enjoyed the Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta series, and the Sue Grafton series - A is for Alibi and so on.

Sadik Fri 23-Jun-17 08:24:53

Nora Roberts/JD Robb sound like exactly my sort of thing Earthymama.
I used to love Jilly Cooper years ago, perhaps I should re-read them!

woollychimp Fri 23-Jun-17 22:07:39

Sadik, my DCs love Cassandra Clare, they would not be impressed by you describing her books as indefensible and trashy grin .

StealthPolarBear Fri 23-Jun-17 22:09:06

I went through a Sidney Sheldon phase a fee years ago. Until I realised it was trash it was glamour and entertainment

ScarletSienna Fri 23-Jun-17 22:11:06

Jilly Cooper! I almost feel that the whole world she created is actually out there...

Somerville Fri 23-Jun-17 22:11:19

My sister recently lent me the first book in the Captive Prince trilogy. Trashiest thing I've ever read but hot

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Fri 23-Jun-17 22:11:42

I quite like Jackie Collins. I would be embarrassed to admit that though. Martina Cole too even though all her books are pretty much the same plot with different names.

I like Patricia Cornwell, wouldn't call her books trashy though.

StealthPolarBear Fri 23-Jun-17 22:11:43

Jilly copper is on my list for when I retire

Sadik Fri 23-Jun-17 22:14:23

I bet your dc aren't in their late 40s though woolychimp grin

Sadik Fri 23-Jun-17 22:15:30

Trashy but hot you say Somerville? < adds Captive Prince to reading list >

MsJuniper Fri 23-Jun-17 22:17:23

My absolute favourite trashy novel is Flavour of the Month by Olivia Goldsmith (who also wrote The First Wives Club). I turn to it when ill or just really need to escape all sense and imagine that I too could unexpectedly inherit a large sum of money, have plastic surgery and become a Hollywood star. Oh yes.

Somerville Fri 23-Jun-17 22:22:37

Trashy but hot you say Somerville?

Hot to the point it was embarrassing knowing my little sister had read it first, to be honest. grin

adds Captive Prince to reading list

Have fun...

BestIsWest Fri 23-Jun-17 22:23:29

The queen of the block buster, Jaqueline Susann. Valley of the Dolls, Once is not Enough, etc. I read them first as a teenager and still read them today. Love them.

And who could forget Judith Krantz? Scruples and Princess Daisy. Oh, I loved those books.

Jilly Cooper but stop after Polo. I love her shorter books, Imogen and Octavia etc. Perfect summer comfort reads.

everygalaxy Fri 23-Jun-17 22:25:50

I love Jo Carnegie - she is journalist but writes fairly trashy but very readable books!

hugoagogo Fri 23-Jun-17 22:27:17

Julia Quinn regency romances of the the most deliciously trashy kind.

daisygirlmac Fri 23-Jun-17 22:33:11

YY to Nora Roberts, all the same but somehow still good.

I just really like anything with a pink/sparkly/cupcake/nice shoe type cover blush Lucy Diamond is good and sometimes quite funny. They are just pure silly escapism

daisygirlmac Fri 23-Jun-17 22:33:44

And I wouldn't consider St Jilly of Cooper trashy shockgrin

BakedBeeeen Fri 23-Jun-17 22:39:52

Love jilly cooper too! But only the earlier ones. They are very un PC, young inexperienced secretary/typist/librarian gets ravished by older dashing gent etc etc!

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Fri 23-Jun-17 22:53:32

Mine is Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. I read them and while I'm reading them I think, "God, this is SO badly written and the plots are utter shite" and then - I carry on reading them...

MadisonMontgomery Fri 23-Jun-17 22:58:24

Yessss I love Nora Roberts! Horribly formulaic (no wonder she bashes them out so quickly) but lovely and easy to read, especially the supernatural ones.

pigletpie29 Fri 23-Jun-17 23:02:56

Ah I love georgette heyer. I read devil's cub at 13 and ever since I've been longing for a dark haired duke with shapely calves.

Ahem. So Judith Krantz and jilly Cooper are great as long as you don't go past where rupert's cheating on tiggy. But have you tried Karen Rose? Technically crime novels but lots of romance and they're all linked if you start early enough.

If you fancy a non trashy romance I'd recommend m m Kaye - the far pavilions or shadow of the moon. Brilliant books.

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