#FLPNoShameNovember: True Confessions of a Librarian

By Jen W. Mon, November 23, 2015

I am a librarian and I do not like to read literature. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read—I just don’t like “the classics” as a genre. The Brontës put me to sleep. And don’t get me started on Ulysses. (Sorry to all my wonderful Rosenbach colleagues, but I just don’t want to spend my time reading a book that needs 10 other books—at least—to explain to me how brilliant it is.)  Every other year or so, I break out one of those books that I’m supposed to read in order to see if I will like it. Nope. 

No more shame!

I love cheesy fantasy. The best kinds have talking mice, telepathic horses, and kick-butt heroines.

I love long series that are so fluffy you can read three in one day on vacation. 

I enjoy reading Dan Brown, even if his writing is so annoying I want to hurt the book. (Not really ... I would NEVER hurt a book.) 

Sometimes I want to read a book that makes me cry

And finally, since I'm being honest, I barely get to read anymore. Most of my reading time lately is reserved for repeats of The Monster at the End of This Book, Diggers Go, and Bats at the Library

... Oh, and I also didn’t like Mad Men or Downton Abbey.  Should I turn in my Librarian card now?
 

For the entire month of November, Free Library staff will be embracing our so-called “guilty pleasures” without embarrassment! Join in and show us your pride for whatever you’re reading, watching, or listening to by snapping a photo with the hashtag #FLPNoShameNovember. We’ll feature your photos on our social media accounts and curate a list of the now-shameless titles!

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

Comments

I'm right there with you! I don't understand why I'm supposed to love Pride & Prejudice, it bores me. I slogged through some Somerset Maugham but would much rather cozy up with Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Neil Stephenson, Charlaine Harris, Gail Carriger, or any number of cozy, fast, fun reads.
Steph - Philadelphia Mon, November 23, 2015
Honestly Jen, how can you not like Downton Abbey? Just pretend it's Downton Abbey: Vampire Crypt! ;-)
Laura - Philadelpia Mon, November 23, 2015
Some classics are yawners - especially the ones that have so much narration. I'm into history - fictional as well as actual. Love Barbara Tuchman and Will and Ariel Durant.
Ann Watkins - Overbrook Tue, November 24, 2015
I could not get through Anna Karenina (there are too many characters) and that put me off Tolstoy for good. I forced myself to finish Moby Dick by skipping whole chapters about rope, knots and other sailing minutiae. And I could never understand why Wuthering Heights is supposed to be romantic. I'm still making myself read classics just to see if they're any good but I'd rather read Nalini Singh any day.
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