I've always loved to read though I rarely read one book at a time. Since my tastes are eclectic I've usually got a collection of essays, an in-depth study of one thing or another, and something lighter, like a Stephanie Plum caper all going simultaneously. I need variety as much as I need mental stimulation. I liken it to watching a good juicy drama followed by an enjoyable sitcom. You go where the mood takes you.
I've described the romance I write as popcorn, though a friend of mine calls these types of books puff pastry. She's French, what can I say? You know when you pick one up it's going to be enjoyable and hit the spot but it isn't exactly nourishing. Still, we all have our cravings right? The romances I gravitate towards give me an emotional kick. They're light, fun, often addicting. As long as you don't try to survive on them why not indulge?
Books offer so much - be it information or stimulation. You know what to reach for at any given moment depending on your mood. So after you've fed your head, take a break, relax on the couch and reach for the popcorn. Don't be afraid to enjoy this fat free treat without guilt. You've earned it.