question of the weekend: What’s the trashiest book you’ve ever read?

Raise the Titanic Clive Cussler

Something light to get us away from yesterday’s nightmare:

What’s the trashiest book you’ve ever read?

Feel free to define trashy however you want. When I did some Googling on “trashy books,” I discovered that some people consider Stephen King and J.K. Rowling to be “trashy,” which rather horrified me. But if that’s the direction you must go in, so be it.

My trashiest ever book is probably Raise the Titanic, by Clive Cussler. (The image here, which I found online, must be of the same edition as the copy I had in the early 80s, because it set off all sorts of nostalgia bells when I saw it again just now.) I was obsessed with the Titanic when I was a kid — as I was obsessed with all sorts of disasters and unsolved mysteries and paranormal stuff — and this novel, which is just about the trashiest of adventures starring a ridiculous hero in Dirk Pitt, and I loved the hell out of it.

(This weekend’s question comes from the conversation-starting game Table Topics: Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party Edition [Amazon U.S.].)

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