Awful Library Books

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Awful Library Books – The Best of 2012

2012 is coming to a close, and of course we are required by the Internet to produce a “best of” list.  Since we both have our own favorites, there is usually some debate on what should be considered the best.  So after some serious negotiations (a few emails and insults), here is what we have. Click on the titles to see the original post, and by all means don’t miss the comments! They are the best part.

Everyone enjoy peace, love and stable library funding for 2013!

Mary and Holly


Doughnuts Made Me Do It!


This is probably the weirdest cover art around. ‘Nuff said!

Mommy needs to get pretty!

Mama Mia!

Enemies of Marriage

What’s in a Name?

Everybody in the Tub!

The Teen I Want To Be!

Body Watchin’

Phun with Phones!

Friday Fiction – Will You Be My Brussels Sprout?

Will You Be My Brussels Sprout

Submitter: The reasons we find it awful:

  • The awful grunge era cover art
  • The awful title (a follow-up from I am an Artichoke)
  • The cheesiness of the storyline “think how much better you will play after you’ve opened up more, opened up to love”
  • What do Brussels sprouts have to do with anything?
  • The fact that our library has 2 copies of this!

Holly: This came from a middle school library, and I have to agree with them on all counts.  It’s dated.  Sure, a few teens might go for this kind of thing, but in school libraries where budgets and space are tight, this is a reasonable weed.  Kids who were in middle school in 1996 (anywhere from 12 to 14 years old) when this book was written are now 28 to 30 years old. (See, I can do math!)  If the books in the school library are older than the kids they are meant for, they should be *considered* for weeding. (*Yes, there are exceptions!)

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