Mary’s Favorites of 2016

This really has been a weird year for just about everyone I know, and not just because of politics and baseball. As 2016 comes to a close, Holly and I endeavor to create a “best of” list for the year. Usually, we try to argue our way to a consensus, but this year we will give you two lists representing my favorites and a separate list of Holly’s favorites. We split the difference where we overlapped, so these lists are unique. We also included a bonus list for titles and covers that were just too weird NOT to be included.

Since I get to kick off this 2016 best of the worst, I would just like to preface it with a few comments. I am partial to those items from the 60’s and 70’s as I was a child/teen during that time. Note the inclusion of Donny and Marie since I just had a teen recently ask me who they were. Thanks, teen patron, for making me feel old. I believe that it is an ALA regulation to include cats as part of any librarian-oriented website, and we have some wonderful choices available. I am hoping someone submits a Cat Flexing program for the next ALA annual conference.

Stay tuned for Holly’s list. Please share your favorites as well.

Peace, Love and Libraries for 2017,


Flower Power

My favorite part is the vocabulary of the flower children. Can you dig it?

The Flower People cover

How to Survive the Atomic Bomb

Duck and cover to avoid all those atomic rays! Best part: chart detailing the jobs for men and women during nuclear holocaust.

How to Survive an Atomic Bomb


Disco Dancing with Donny and Marie

This book details all the great dances so you can be one of the cool kids at the disco. Platform shoes optional.

Disco With Donny and Marie cover


Discovery of North America

The Viking bra says it all.

discovery of north america cover


Cat Flexing

Don’t miss the exercise that is sweeping the nation!

Cat Flexing cover


Masks of Horror

Disturbing masks for everyone. Just say no.

masks and how to make them cover


Cottage Cheese Cookbook

Who knew cottage cheese was worthy of its own cookbook?

Cottage Cheese Cookbook


What’s in the Stars for your Cat?

I predict that my cats will be whining for food and napping.

Cat Astrology cover


Gender Based Collectibles

I know that all the men out there are struggling to identify appropriate antiques for collecting.

Antiques for Men cover


  1. Good heavens! Someone actually mentioned Morris–could that possibly have been Morris the Cat from those cat food commercials lo those many years ago? I haven’t thought of Morris for–well, ti’s too embarrassing to tell you how long.

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