By Kate Ward
Updated July 06, 2009 at 10:29 PM EDT

A fun activity for these economically strapped times: Go to your local library, rifle through the shelves, and try to locate the most ridiculous book you can find! Or, if you prefer to save gas money — or are currently wondering, “What are books?” — just log onto Awful Library Books, an awesome blog that posts the worst reads available in local libraries. The blog, which was started by two Detroit-area librarians — see TIME’s article about the duo here — is a little like a literary version of FailBlog, highlighting long-forgotten treasures like Bert Bacharach’s Book For Men, Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide, and Guide to the Return of Halley’s Comet (useful once every 75 years!).