My Life’s Quirks – Paperbag Books
I am a lucky woman. I live in a small village about 40 minutes away from the closest city. There is no bookstore where I live. BUT my husband works in the city and there is a BIG bookstore near his work. I often send him to the store after work to pick up a title or another. Maybe less now that eBooks are so prominent but I still like my print copies so to the bookstore Jason goes.
I remember one of the very first times Jason went to the bookstore for me very vividly…and I will remember it always. That is the day he came home and gave me so much shit, it made me giggle.
The year was 2009. I had just discovered Romantic Times Magazine’s web site and erotica books. It is not my most favorite genre but sometimes it’s fun to read something well written yet nice and dirty. I did a search on RTs site for what they would consider one of the best erotica books out there. At the time, the book with the highest rating that I could find was Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks. So that’s the book I wanted. I immediately called the bookstore and had them put it aside for Jason to pick up when he was finished his shift. I thought I was being smart by telling the person on the phone that it was for ‘Jason’. You know, that way Jason won’t wonder whose name I put is under.
Before we continue, let me show you the cover:
So picture this: I’m in the kitchen. I see the car pull up into the driveway and am super excited because
my book Jason was home. But instead of being all happy when he came through the door, I get embarrassed/angry Jason. He literally whips the book out from the bag and says “Are you kidding me with this?!” I was shocked. I did not know what his problem could possibly be. Then I saw the cover. The bright pink cover picturing a woman deep in the throes of passion. I smiled then. Then he looks at me, right in the eyes and says “It was under my name. The girl behind the counter thought it was for ME!” I lost it then. I’m sorry but he was so worked up, it was cute and funny all at once.
This is the worst reaction he’s had to bringing a book home from the bookstore for me but there have been others that were not so severe. He still is not a fan of going because “God knows what the hell I’m picking up.” He claims people look at him. He’s this big, somewhat intimidating 6’2″ of a guy picking up ‘lady’ books.
Yeah…I know your giggling now too. See, funny!
There are also moments when I ask Jason to bring a book to work to give to Carmel’s husband to pass along to her. Jason claims that sometimes he needs a paperbag to bring those books in – the kind you use to transport horrible amateur porn or really strong, and possibly illegal, liquor. *snort*
I was shy about what I read once upon a time but now, not so much. But I know there was a time where I would have had trouble leaving the store with a particular book if I did not have it in a bag to hide the lusty image on the cover from all of the people who looked at me as I left the store- because they do. People don’t have anything better to do than watch me leave the store. (Oh the things we convince ourselves of lol) Even the book titles embarrassed me a bit!
Now, erotica books have new more subtle covers. A simple men’s tie or a piece of fruit. Even Sweet Persuasion has a new cover!
Don’t know why they went with cherries but…*shrugs*
Or, if the cover is still too intimidating, you can get a cover from Hide a Cover or Hide a Book. Cute and fun covers you use to hide the original artwork on your books! Changing the artwork or hiding it all together is all done in an attempt to make it easier for us who read smut to walk around with our dirty books without feeling bad about it.
Now even though I am more comfortable with what I read, that doesn’t mean I am willing to parade with a book depicting something best saved for the porn industry. Mostly naked chicks tied up and ball gagged are still not things I want to flash in front of the old ladies at my grocery store. So yes, I suppose I could use one of those paperbags too once in a while.
But that’s just me. Maybe. Is it you too?
Paperbag books. Just another one of my life’s quirks.