May is a Great Time to Get Caught Reading!

In many ways, I’m a very stereotypical librarian. I’m bookish, sometimes to a fault since I have stacks of books in my personal collection that I have yet to even open. I say all this to say that if your to-read list is ten times longer than your read list, like mine usually is, there is hope.

Get Caught Reading Month is here!

You’ve stressed over exams, and you’ve made it through another semester. Now that you have a little time on your hands, reward yourself by dropping by the library to check out our summer reading display. You may discover your next favorite read! Here are a few suggestions from the display. Each title is linked to its record in our catalog:

Poetry: Neon Soul by Alex Elle


From Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother while she celebrates her triumph over adversity and promotes resilience and self-care in her readers. This book of all-new poems from the beloved author of Words From A Wanderer and Love In My Language is a quotable companion on the road to healing.

Funny Stuff: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish


From Goodreads.comFrom stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

Non-Fiction: The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu


From Publishers Weekly: Cultivating joy was the subject of a five-day conversation between the Dalai Lama and Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, held in 2015 at the former’s residence in exile in Dharamsala, India. The two Nobel Peace Prize recipients argued for a “true joy that was not dependent on the vicissitudes of circumstance,” writes Abrams, who moderated the rare meeting between the two friends on the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. Highlighting the men’s playful joking and delight in each other’s company, Abrams carefully balances their strong voices during intense discussions on the many obstacles to joy (including fear, anger, and adversity) and ways to cultivate greater well-being, using as a framework the “eight pillars of joy” (perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity). Throughout, Abrams skillfully incorporates information about each leader’s life and work, basic Buddhist principles undergirding the Dalai Lama’s perspectives, and current scientific research. The dialogue intentionally focuses on areas of common ground accessible to readers of any faith or none, though Christians can be assured that Tutu’s contributions are infused with his deep love of God. This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it.”

Beachy Reads: Meet Cute

meet cute some people are destined to meet

From Publishers Weekly: “This might be a love story, so I want to tell it the right way,” begins Nina LaCour’s entry in an anthology celebrating serendipitous run-ins that feel bigger than coincidence, in this case a customer-service-related flirtation between two teenage girls. Contributions from Huntley Fitzpatrick, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, and others add to an enjoyable and diverse collection that never feels repetitive, despite the stories’ shared thematic underpinnings. Dhonielle Clayton offers an enticing fantasy in which a girl attempts to see the love that the gods have destined for her when a boy appears at her feet. Jennifer L. Armentrout’s playful “The Dictionary of You and Me” involves an overdue library book, and Jocelyn Davies charms with a tale about New York City junior Samara, who tries to quantify fate for a statistics project after a missed connection on the subway. The stories vary in genre, and although many involve love at first sight, others are about seeing someone in a new light. All 14 leave just enough magic and mystery to inspire readers to trust in a little bit of fate. An Alloy Entertainment property.

Action Packed: Follow Me: The Killer You Know

follow me the killer you know

From It was the perfect night for a party. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Chelsea Dawson disappeared. The social media star was last seen enjoying a beautiful summer night at the Jersey Shore with her friends. But after an explosive fight with her ex-boyfriend, she vanished without a trace.

When Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison hear about the suspected kidnapping, they notice a jarring detail about the victim: she looks exactly like Aerin’s sister, Helena, who was killed five years earlier. Seneca is convinced she knows who killed Helena, and she can’t shake the feeling that the same person has taken Chelsea.

Desperate for answers about the two girls, and the truth behind her mother’s murder, Seneca will stop at nothing to find out if the cases are linked. So when Maddox receives an invitation to the Shore from none other than their primary suspect, the Amateurs begin an intense new investigation.

Full of disturbing secrets, startling twists, and horrifying revelations, the second book in #1 New York Times best-selling author Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs series follows the team down a twisted path—one crafted by a brilliant killer.

Happy Reading!


Historic Women Across The Curriculum

March is Women’s Month, so this is the perfect time to highlight the women in our history who have paved the way not only for other women, but also for a progressive world.  Here are a few women that have made monumental strides in disciplines that are represented in the academic programs at Coastal Carolina Community College:

Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is an award-winning novelist whose writing has inspired and educated readers all over the world. She is currently most recognized for her acclaimed novel, The Nightingale, which was published in 2015 and is currently in movie production. Hannah explains her motivation in writing The Nightingale. “All too often, women’s war stories are forgotten or overshadowed. I wanted to write a novel that remembered their sacrifice and courage while vividly showing what it was like to live in Occupied France during the war.” Other popular titles she’s penned include Winter Garden, Night Road, Firefly Lane and most recently The Great Alone.

This video features Kristin Hanna as she discusses her childhood, her craft of writing, and her latest novel, The Great Alone.


Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom is a sociologist at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of a recently-released book titled Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. In her book, she analyzes for-profit colleges, and in turn takes a broader look at the frustrated essence of inequalities in America. “We trust education will have a positive effect on our lives and our society,” she explains in an interview with NPR last year. “For-profits have perverted that faith.”


Alison Ledgerwood

Allison Ledgerwood is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Davis. She studies social psychological tools that humans use to reach beyond their current experiences. A “mover and shaker” in the field of psychology, her research is relevant to us today. In the following TEDx talk, Ledgerwood discusses how people can get stuck thinking about things in a negative manner. Her research shows that we must work hard to see the “upside” of things, but she leaves us with a thought about how powerful a positive reaction can be both for ourselves and others.

Fine Arts

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig is an actress, writer and director, who has made headlines with her first solo directorial debut and award-winning drama Lady Bird. Gerwig is one of only five women in history to be nominated in the Best Director category at the Oscars. Lady Bird tells the fictional story of a 17-year old girl in Sacramento, California. Gerwig explains how she has always been a storyteller and how she sees Lady Bird as a love story between a mother and a daughter.


Maryam Mirzakhani: Mathematician – Abstract Surfaces

Maryam Mirzakhani, who passed away last year at the age of 40, was a world-renewed mathematician recognized for her pursuit of knowledge in abstract surfaces.

According to an article in The New Yorker, when Mirzakhani—an Iranian who was a professor at Stanford—was in middle school, a teacher told her she was not particularly talented in math to discourage her interest in the subject. She was not talented or at the top of her class. Twenty-five years later, in 2014, she became the first woman to win the Fields Metal, math’s highest honor. In July 2017, she lost the battle with breast cancer, but her work still inspires women who are pursuing careers in mathematics.

Note: Sarah Batcheler, an MLS intern from Texas Woman’s University who is currently working with us in the library, contributed to this blog post.

Black History Month at the Library

After observing the lack of information and recognition for the accomplishments of blacks and others of African descent, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. The organization is now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Through this organization, Dr. Woodson started the first celebration of Negro History Week  in 1926. The celebration was expanded to include the whole month of February in 1976, and since that time, Black History Month has been a time to lift up the accomplishments of African Americans as well as learn about the history and culture of African Americans.

The Library has a vast selection of titles about African Americans as well as many poetry collections and fiction by African American authors. Please come by and check out our display!


Harness Your Passions During Write A Business Plan Month

We know December as a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but it’s also a great time to lay the foundation down for new ventures and opportunities for the next year. December is also Write a Business Plan Month, so check out some the following resources to get inspired and get started on yours! Both books are available in Coastal’s library.


From Publishers Weekly: “Building a life outside of the traditional economy isn’t only possible… it’s the new definition of financial success,” argues U.S. News & World Report senior editor and personal finance columnist Palmer (Generation Earn). Looking for a flexible schedule in order to spend more time with her young daughter, Palmer launched a successful Etsy business creating PDF money planners. Other budding entrepreneurs featured here found success baking custom cakes, or even running in the Olympics. Many of Palmer’s peers are working side jobs in addition to their traditional corporate jobs, some planning to take the plunge and live entirely on their earnings from “moonlighting,” and some planning to continue a hybrid career indefinitely. Is this juggle worthwhile? According to Palmer, in addition to the additional income, having a lucrative or even steady side business can stave off the fear of a layoff, and significantly increase personal satisfaction. Palmer notes that those who make a successful career out of a side job have some characteristics in common: they’re highly motivated, have a strong passion that can be turned into a viable business, and are relentless self-promoters. She peppers the chapters with tips and resources on such essentials as funding your business and branding, and delves into the future of side hustles. Palmer’s encouraging advice tends toward the generic. The book’s real utility lies in the extremely practical worksheets, lists of resources, and exercises.


If you’ve ever thought about running your own business from home, but you don’t know how to get started, this book may be for you. In this book, Simon Salt covers everything from how to organize your home office, online tools to make working from home easier, and how to hold yourself accountable when you work from home during the day. This book would be a great first read for anyone who wants to know what it takes to maintain the day-to-day workflow that entrepreneurs need to make their business work. Take the self assessment from the official website for the book to determine if working full-time from home is for you.

For more resources about how to start a business, check out these links:

Resources To Help You Achieve Your Dream of Writing a Novel

Although we are in the middle of November, also known as NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, there is still time to start that novel that has been swimming in your head! Stop by the library and pick up one of these books:


DIY MFA: Write With Focus, Read With Purpose, Build Your Community by Gabriela Pereira

An MFA, or Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing,  is the degree that many fiction writers, poets, and creative non-fiction writers pursue to polish their writing skills, immerse themselves in literature by writers whose styles they can learn from, and connect with key publishing and writing professionals who can help them publish their work. This book will show you how to create an MFA-like experience for yourself that will help you develop the discipline and structure that a writer needs to commit to completing a long creative work.

Check out this interview from The Writer magazine with  the author and creator of the DIY MFA program, Gabriela Pereira, here:


The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools To Help You Writer More, Stress Less & Create Success by Sage Cohen

One of the biggest hurdles for new writers who have decided to take their writing seriously is the process of getting organized to be more productive. This is one of my all time favorite resources that I recommend to all writers, new or experienced. There’s tips on how to organize your desktop so that your writing process runs smoothly without the frustration of not being able to find a draft among a million other files. There’s also chapters on time management and tips on how to find time to write while working a full time job.

Find out more about Sage Cohen, poet, writing coach, and author of The Productive Writer…here:


Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques For Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass

Learning to continually hone writing skills is an important skill in itself for writers who want to excel at creating great stories that resonate with others. Through this book, you will learn some of the techniques of a few of the most celebrated authors from the 21st century. All of the authors in this book have mastered the balance between the great storytelling of popular genre literature and the beautiful writing of literary fiction. If you can learn this balance, you will be on your way to creating your own 21st century literary masterpiece!

Happy Writing!

Hispanic Heritage and Spanish Language DVDs

Did you know that the library has a special collection of DVDs that are either in Spanish or about a Hispanic heritage theme? Here’s a few titles that you may be interested in:



Miguel Piñero was an award winning Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and poet. He is known as one of the founders of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a New York City based organization that became part of the spoken word poetry movement. This movie tells the story of his sometimes turbulent life and how his work helped to create the foundation for the genre of hip-hop music.

Read a review from The New York Times here: New York Times review of Piñero


The Liberator


This movie tells the story of the life of Simon Bolivar and his battle to liberate South American countries, such as Venezuela and Bolivia from Spanish rule.

Here’s a great review about the movie: Review of The Liberator from


My Family/Mi Familia


My Family is the story of a Mexican-American family that immigrated to Los Angeles in the 1920s. The movie tracks the generations of this family through the 1980s while telling a beautiful story that all American families can relate to.

Read more about this movie in this review from Review of My Family from

Come check out the rest of the Hispanic Heritage DVD collection today! We would love to have your input about movies and documentaries to add to this collection. If you have any suggestions, please complete this form: Book and DVD Suggestion Form

Happy Watching!

Is Your Favorite Book On The Banned Books List?

Imagine not having access to your favorite book because of someone else’s objections to its content. As hard as that may be to think about, books are challenged and banned each year, and as books are removed from library collections due to discrepancies that some may have with controversial content, access to these books is denied to all students and patrons. This is despite the fact that other students and patrons have a right to read any book they decide to read. Check out this infographic about the most banned and challenged books of 2016. Some of your favorites might be on this list! Also, come by the library to see our display of challenged and banned books for Banned Book Week ( September 24-30).

Updated infographic_Top 10 for 2016_0

Here’s a few of the books from our collection that have been banned or challenged in past years:


The Color Purple by Alice Walker: Written in 1982, The Color Purple was challenged for the first time in 1984 at a high school in Oakland, CA. Since then it has been banned or challenged 14 times. Sexual content, disturbing race relations, African history, and controversial content about God have been cited as reasons for it being challenged or banned.

Push by Sapphire: This 1996 book was challenged at a school in Horry County, SC in 2011. The book was made into an Academy Award nominated movie in 2009. The book centers on a 16-year-old girl who is illiterate, impregnated by her father, and abused by her mother.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye is considered the 15th most banned book between 2000-2009. The book’s main character, Pecola, is a girl who suffers sexual abuse amid wishing for blue eyes.

The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: This novel is included on the frequently challenged or banned list for 2014-2015. It is the coming-of-age story of a Latina girl who is growing up in Chicago.

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee: This classic was first banned in 1977 due to curse words that were considered to be objectionable. It has been banned or challenged 13 times.

Interested in one of these titles? Come check it out at the library today!