Tagged No Shame November

#FLPNoShameNovember: No Shame In Book Debt

So you just finished a book. It was great! Now you want to read the author’s other work. Add those to the list. Next, you listen to a podcast or read an interview with the author, and you discover who her favorite writers are. Add…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Vampires foreVer

I’ve been a vampire fiction enthusiast since the moment I picked up Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was 12 years old. With diary entries, letters, and creepily intricate details of events and creatures I’d previously…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Dystopian Future Stories

I have a soft spot in my heart for young adult fiction, particularly dystopian future stories. In my opinion, the longer a YA series, the better. Lately, I’ve been incredibly drawn to two series in particular – The Lunar…

#FLPNoShameNovember: The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

What is a dystology? It's a made-up word (made up by author Neal Shusterman , of course); a portmanteau of dystopian and ______-logy, as in a series of books. Is that cheesy? Maybe, but the books are so good! Part of my job title is…

#FLPNoShameNovember: The Books I Haven’t Read

You know that pile of books on your nightstand—the ones you keep meaning to start but just haven’t gotten around to yet? Or the book that everyone was talking about last year but when you went to check it out, there was a…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Self-Help and Shonda Rhimes

Reading self-help books usually throws me into a pit of despair where I refuse to follow any advice, feel deeply inadequate and then ashamed for even reading the book to begin with. (Examples one , two , three , four ... ). It’s…

#FLPNoShameNovember: A Tale of Children's Books and Drag Queens.

"I don’t read books written for readers above fourteen," is a constant phrase I use in conversations when discussing books. It’s a truthful statement; as the curator for the Children’s Literature Research…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Historical Nonfiction – The Nerdy Kind

Historical nonfiction is all the rage. Erik Larson seems to have a spot reserved for him on the New York Times bestseller list; David McCullough is so much a household name, he’s verging on pop culture status; and everyone and his…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Oh, Baby—BUMPing My Usual Reading List

One of my primary designations as a person is "reader." Fiction, nonfiction, high literary, lady comics—my personal library is broad. And nerdy—as a former English teacher, I have a deep love for Shakespeare, pride…

#FLPNoShameNovember: When I’m Feeling Blue

Some days are just "one of those days", am I right? I feel like this fall has been full of "those days", so instead of hurling myself off the nearest building, I like to indulge in one of my guilty…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Falling Asleep to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

I was about 12 years old when the original groundbreaking PBS 13-part documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Journey debuted. My next older brother was deep into comic books, sci-fi, Star Wars , and Parliament Funkadelic . We only had…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Confessions of a Girl Gamer

I play video games. I’m not talking about casual games you download on your phone—not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, the increasing visibility of casual gaming is a part of why I finally felt comfortable…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Zombies!

It started, as most things do, with a baby. My daughter was born in March 2013 and much of my time was spent keeping my new charge alive and channel surfing, often simultaneously. But there are only so many episodes of America’s…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Will You Accept This Rose?

Now that our second year of #FLPNoShameNovember has begun, I racked my brain to decide what to write about. Last year, I confessed my love of tabloid magazines , specifically People . This year, I decided to go a slightly different…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Confessions Of A Children’s Librarian

I’m the children’s librarian who hosts weekly Storytime for babies. The librarian who voraciously reads early chapter books about aliens and graphic novels about unicorns and their humans. But I also devour romance novels,…

Join the Free Library for #FLPNoShameNovember!

Last year, the Free Library introduced an interactive social media and digital campaign during the month of November in which we encouraged one another to stop hiding the covers of our books and hunching over our Kindles because of…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Fan Fiction, Where Fans Rule

I will admit when I'm asked what I enjoy reading, my typical response is “science-fiction, fantasy, regency romance, street-lit, and quirky fiction novels.” I rarely mention the topic I'm about to discuss because it…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Nothing Better Than A Bad Movie

My name is Peter and I LOVE bad movies. I say—the worse, the better! Schlocky scripts, rubber monsters, awful acting, melodramatic bio pics, big budget special fx-laden flops—I'll gladly (attempt to) watch 'em all.…

#FLPNoShameNovember: Mysteries, Romances, and Ponies

I don’t usually read children’s stories about ponies. Or Christian-themed mysteries. Or romance novels set during World War I. There’s nothing wrong with these types of books, but due probably to a combination of…

#FLPNoShameNovember: True Confessions of a Librarian

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…