Thursday, September 30, 2010

Books, Bland

If your library's Banned Books Week display is too racy for your patrons, consider adding a complementary display of Bland Books.

Ask the readers: What would be in your Bland Books display case?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

All of the Mitford books by Jan Karon, The Cat Who books by Lillian Jackson Braun, anything by Richard Paul Evans or Nicholas Sparks....

Anonymous said...

Sarah Plain and Tall, at least they didn't falsly advertise it.

Anonymous said...

I thought for a minute you had misspelled "Palin".

Erica Friedman said...

Everything by Nora Roberts

Laine said...

I am so with you Erica! A patron came into the library the other day and said how much they love Nora Roberts, and I started reading one of her books, I swear I couldn't keep my eyes open! So boring.
Animal Farm is by far my least favorite.

Nan said...

Here's a mixed bag for ya: Goosebumps, Mary-Kate and Ashley, Baby Sitter Series (Including Little Sisters), Twilight Series, Barbara Cartland, R.L. Stine, Harlequin, etc, etc. I find that the more books written on a certain subject by the same person, the more bland the writing.

Anonymous said...

Berenstain Bears. I can't read those to a kid without falling asleep...I guess that's what they're for.

Anonymous said...

The Froggy books.
"Froggy?" said Mom.
"Whaaaat?" said Froggy.

Anonymous said...

Any of the more recent Mary Higgins Clark books - her older stuff is great but the new stuff is so formulaic that I can no longer read her books.

Batgirl said...

Danielle Steel. I have never read the books, but I've read the dust jacket summaries of many of them. They all sound the same, just with different names and settings.

Anonymous said...

Most "Christian" fiction

Anonymous said...

My wife once brought back a book from the library for which the dust-jacket comments stated that the author "Served up genre conventions as if they were straight from her garden". Someone actually considered it praise enough to put on the back cover.