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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: A Culture of Pop

by Jenny Donley on 2020-10-05T08:00:00-04:00 | Comments

The specific themes will change each time, but posts under the heading of "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things" will always reflect upon items in the ever-growing book collection of one Heterick librarian.

Some books are just fun to own. Sometimes you buy them for a family member because you want the book to exist in your house, even though you know it is unlikely that anyone will do much more than dip into it now and again versus devour it cover to cover. Some books are purchased with the best of intentions to actually read them, and yet years pass without their covers opening, but you are still grateful for the purchases and knowing that the books will be there waiting when you are ready. I’ve found that these titles are great road trip books, a time when you don’t want to devote a ton of brain power to what you are reading, but you want the content to be interesting so that you can read it aloud and entertain the person driving the car.

Books related to pop culture are often included in this category of books that are, at their most basic level, simply fun to own. Typically they fall somewhere between coffee table decor and worthwhile reads. Pop culture is something that unites people, especially when it comes to throwback references. I have friends and family who can talk at length about memorabilia related to days gone by such as toys, clothing styles, TV shows, movies, and even breakfast cereals.

Below are a few of my favorites, grouped into the categories they formed most readily. I cannot claim to have read any or all of them to completion, but I’ve definitely paged through each of them at some point or another.


The 80s were awesome:




Love for the big and little screens:


The kitchen sink of pop culture books:

In the end, these books are neither great works of literature nor of historical importance. They are, however, all guaranteed at some point to make a friend smile while perusing my bookshelves, and they make great references during random conversations. Sometimes the significance of a book is personal and even if that significance is limited in scope to a single individual, an item deemed as such is no less worthy of its place on the owner's bookshelves than a classic that everyone else owns.

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