Popular Literature

Tattoo Tuesday Posts, January 2022

Scroll to peruse all Tattoo Tuesday book recommendations posted in the month of January, 2022.

With apologies to the tattoo’s owner, we cannot supply a book about dolphins – our Popular Literature catalog is evidently lacking in that department – but this week’s selection is written by someone who loves dragons as much as you love dolphins. We hope that this sense of passion for the extraordinary and inquisitiveness in the ordinary is conveyed in A Natural History of Dragons: a Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan, and that this selection piques your interest. To learn more about this title, visit it on the FSU catalog here: https://fsu-flvc.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01FALSC_FSU/pag4dr/alma990352349780306576.

Pop Lit Welcomes You Back!

The smell of fresh syllabi is in the air and new classes are back at FSU and the Libraries Pop Lit committee wants to welcome you back!

What is The Pop Lit Collection? Firstly, the Pop Lit collection belongs to YOU, the students. The Popular literature committee orders books within set genres on behalf of the Student Government Association so our library is stocked with new and favorite books to enjoy outside of your classes! We also select DVDs that are added to the “DVD Open” collection.

The Pop Lit Collection is next to the Strozier Starbucks Café on the main floor, perfectly located for browsing the shelves while you enjoy a coffee. Our Graphic Novels collection is also located close by. Just look for the large POP LIT sign when you walk into the main floor of Strozier!

Having trouble finding a book on the shelves? You can check to see if it’s in our catalog here. If we have a copy in one of the main collections, we don’t purchase duplicates (this lets us use our money to the fullest potential). If you still don’t see a copy email us a request to purchase!! Lib-poplit@fsu.edu
This is YOUR collection. Tell us what you’d love to read!

What else can you expect from us this year?
Keep an eye on our social media accounts to see our Tattoo Tuesday (Tattuesday?) posts! OR take part and send us a picture of your tattoo and we’ll send you a recommendation from the pop lit collection. Don’t have a tattoo? That’s ok! Send us a picture of a piercing, a work of art, your favorite song, another book that you love, and we’ll give you a rec.

Reading lists! We try to post reading lists related to seasonal and monthly awareness holidays, new arrivals, and more!

The Genres we order include Biographies, Graphic Novels, History and Politics, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Self-Help and Psychology, Suspense and Horror, Travel, and True Crime.

We hope you take the time to fit in some leisurely reading this year and treat yourself to some of our favorite books in the library.

Popular Literature: Tattoo Tuesdays, September 2021

Scroll to peruse all Tattoo Tuesday book recommendations posted in the month of September, 2021.

Our second September pick is The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun. Phew, that’s a lot but luckily for you, you don’t have to do a lot to have fun! Gretchen Rubin takes you along for the ride of a lifetime as she chronicles her year long adventure for the quest to find happiness. Have Fun! We hope you enjoy our selection; you can find it in the Pop Lit Fiction section just outside the Starbucks area on the first floor of Strozier, or in our online catalog at https://fsu.catalog.fcla.edu/permalink.jsp?23FS025555312

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to get spooky. This week we have a tattoo inked at a Friday the 13th flash sale. In honor of that unlucky day, we’re bringing you a pop lit novel from our horror genre. Our recommendation for this week’s tattoo is Kill Creek by Scott Thomas, published in 2017. Who better to put the nail in your coffin tattoo than “master of the macabre,” main character and best-selling horror writer, Sam McGarver? Follow him and three other genre writers as they try to survive a harrowing Halloween at the Finch House, one of the most haunted houses in the country. It’s been abandoned – until now. When Sam and his genre-savvy compatriots awaken the entity that haunts it, they can either outsmart horror itself or become part of it. Kill Creek was chosen for the ALA’s Horror Book of 2017, and was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. We hope you enjoy our selection; you can find it in the Pop Lit Fiction section just outside the Starbucks area on the first floor of Strozier, or in our online catalog at https://fsu.catalog.fcla.edu/permalink.jsp?23FS03597741.

Popular Literature: Tattoo Tuesdays

The Popular Literature Committee – responsible for the Popular Literature section in Strozier Library – is bringing book recommendations from our shelves to your screens every Tuesday. Although we’re marketing it as a “Tattoo Tuesday,” if you yourself are lacking in the tattoo area, you can always feel free to submit your favorite: movie, song, activity, Starbucks order, et cetera. The way it works is: You email your tattoo (or other submission) to Lib-PopLit@fsu.edu and we choose a book out of our curated Popular Literature collection we think you might enjoy based on our interpretation of your submission.

Below are our tattoo submissions and recommendations to date.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Pop Lit!

We are so lucky to be on a part of this amazing planet. Here in Florida we have plenty of sunshine, beautiful biodiversity, and lots of water to play in. Celebrate Mother Nature and Earth Day with us by checking out some of our great Pop Lit Picks through our curbside pick up. Take yourself outside and read in the sun, relax in the grass, and maybe volunteer for a garbage pick up, just make sure to stay hydrated with your reusable water bottle.

Here are some titles in our Popular Literature collection that cover just a few topics related to Mother Nature and our existence on this amazing planet. You can search for more Pop Lit books by selecting the Popular Literature collection location in an advanced search on our catalog!

Don’t forget your sunscreen and enjoy your well earned break from classes!

You can pick up any of these titles and more here through Curbside Pickup!

Celebrating Black Excellence: Book List

During the month of February, we celebrate important members of the Black community who are responsible for shaping the history of the United States. It is important that we celebrate their excellence in all aspects. This month we are celebrating Black authors and highlighting lesser-known authors who wrote incredible books in addition to those who made history. Be sure to check them out!
*Several of the books chosen for this list are sourced from The Culture article, 12 Lesser Known Must Reads from Our Favorite Black Women Writers, which features art and entertainment by and for Black women.

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Not Your Average Valentine: Book List

As we approach that lovely February holiday, our team got thinking about the real meaning of “love” and the many forms and types it takes. While normally we promote the romantic tales of Shakespeare and Nicholas Sparks, this year we’re doing things differently and highlighting realistic stories of romantic, platonic, and self-love! Check out our awesome reading list below that highlights some not-so-fairytale love stories!

Visit lib.fsu.edu and use the Catalog Search feature to look up keywords from the book title. Set your search filters to “ebooks” to narrow down your search results.

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Your Debut and You: Six Debut Novels to Get You Through NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, in case you were wondering. Every November, writers from all over the world endeavor to write 50,000 words of their novel in thirty days. To join them, you need to do just one thing: write! Whether you’re a seasoned novelist or a novice, November is the perfect opportunity to let that thought buzzing around in your head fly onto paper.

Our Popular Literature team has curated a collection of debut novels from Strozier’s Pop Lit section to provide inspiration and motivation for the coming month. Even renowned faculty were once in your shoes – notice any beloved FSU creative writing professors in the mix? So, this month, do not be discouraged. Instead be excited about where your writing journey can take you.

Below is a small selection of the debuts we have to offer. Mostly Dead Things is our most recent addition, and we are excited to have it available for check-out within the coming month.

Mostly Dead Things, by Kristen Arnett
Cosmic Hotel, by Russ Franklin
The Star Side of Bird Hill, by Naomi Jackson
The Impossible Fortress, by Jason Rekulak
The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy

This collection proves that your first novel – or your second, third, or however many it takes to get to your debut – can be thought-provoking, hard-hitting, or even award-winning but, most of all, it can be anything you, as its author, need it to be. Whatever you write this November, let it be authentically you; the rest will come in time.

Although the Popular Literature section is unavailable for browsing, any of our books are accessible through pick-up via the materials request form or curbside pick-up.

Happy writing!


National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 and officially became a nonprofit organization, geared towards supporting literacy and education, in 2006. You can learn more about their organization here.

New Arrivals to Pop Lit!!

In June 2020, the Popular Literature committee did an initial sweep of titles in the collection for books centered on conversations of race and racism in the United States. After that sweep we followed up by ordering more books to diversify and continue this conversation in the library and to offer ways for the patrons and employees in the library to continue to educate themselves in this area. Our hope is to continue an open and vulnerable conversation; to work together to be better to each other; and to have a welcome space at FSU for all of our visitors, students, faculty and staff who are black, indigenous, or people of color.

These new books were received September 28, 2020 and are currently in process and will be available for curbside pick up through this link here!
The original reading list and statement regarding anti-racism and the black lives matter movement at FSU Libraries can be found here.

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