The Week’s Most Popular Posts: November 19-25, 2011

It was a short, sweet holiday week, but that doesn’t mean the Book Riot train stops rolling. (Be sure to vote for a charity for Book Riot to support and check out our Black Friday Buying Guide)

Here are our most popular posts from the week that was….

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“My inexplicable lack of interest in YA means I totally missed the Harry Potter craze. When the books began to become really popular, I was 17- Too Old to Read Things That Are Even Slightly About/For Children, FOR I AM A GROWN UP. Once I got over that, the series had become longer and more complex, and I didn’t want to jump into the middle of a story. And then it was 10 years later and the phenomenon was essentially over, and I had missed one of the largest pop culture experiences in the last 50 years.”

From Late to the Party: A Harry Potter Experience by Amanda Nelson

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“I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever read a more fully-realized character. Shields doesn’t portray Daisy so much as summon her. And even though pretty much nothing happens (this is a story about being ordinary), it’s a riveting work. Case in point: I got damn near misty when Daisy, in her signal life-triumph, gets a gardening column in her local newspaper. A gardening column. And yet I hadn’t emoted this much since Vader killed Obi-wan. Simply a stunning display from Shields.”

From The Top Twenty Literary Characters from the Last Twenty Years by Jeff O’Neal

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“I avoided this book in high school because I was afraid I would be one of those teenagers who read way too much into it. I was in an odd place then. I am in a much better place now, but I continue to avoid the book because I encountered too many teenagers who identified with Holden Caulfield during my time teaching high school.”

From Three Books Not to be Thankful For by Cassandra Neace

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“And while the qualification “who like to read” is possibly the broadest generalization ever, there are a few go-to books that you can pretty much count on to appeal to almost everyone.” 

From Swiss Army Recommendations (Part Deux) by Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

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