If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you might like…

At my library at the moment we have what I like to call the Waxed Torso Display, which is our display of books for people who liked Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read Fifty Shades myself, but our library ninjas assure me that if you liked Fifty Shades, you might find the following subject search useful.

I’m sure our library ninjas are right, because we are refilling the Waxed Torso Display every hour, which is the swiftest vulturing*, I’ve seen, even for locals, who really love to vulture.

One question for those of you who do read Waxed Torso Literature, why are there so many Scotsmen and policemen on the covers, and how exactly does one get manscaped in the medieval highlands, before fighting the English? It seems thoroughly impractical to me, although the Spartans did it before Thermopylae, so there’s some precedent.

* The technical term for taking books off a shelving trolley or display, so that it is picked clean. The term was invented by old-fashioned librarians who hated that sort of thing, and tended to shush children, and had conniptions if you had a coffee in the library.  In the Modern Library Era, we kind of love vulturing,  because if you just take an armful from the shelving trolley, we don’t need to shelve them. Win-win! Also, it lets us know which books are nationally popular, but our locals don’t like.  They stand out on the vultured display like the indigestible bones of a wildebeest, and we remember not to put them on the Staff Suggestions shelf again.