The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 25 – 29, 2014

A look back at the week that was here at Book Riot . . .

While most people know about the heavy-hitting YA movies that were made into films, including The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and the upcoming The Maze Runner, none of these are firsts in the category to make the leap from page to screen. There are quite a few YA books that have gotten the film treatment.

If you spend a little time digging around, you can find many of them available through Netflix, most often on DVD. But here’s a look at three YA books you can watch in their movie form on Netflix instant right now. 

from 3 On A YA Theme: YA Films on Netflix Instant by Kelly Jensen

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What I’m trying to say is, teaching what I love wasn’t the dream I thought it would be. I learned to come down to the level of reality when necessary, and navigate the different spheres of my life according to my responsibilities. Even at my most frustrated moment, though, my love of reading never waned. And now that I’m fortunate enough to have time to read each day (without it being the middle of the night), my joy has only increased with the contemporary writers whom I’ve finally discovered for myself.

from The Joys and Sorrows of Teaching Literature by Rachel Cordasco

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Discoverability is a real problem when it comes to finding great, diverse book club picks. There just aren’t a ton of minority authors who are household names, and those who are? Well, you’ve probably been there, done that. It’s so much easier to fall back on the latest Jennifer Weiner or Ian McEwan than it actually is to go out and find a book by an author you’ve never heard of and risk your book club hating you for all time because it sucked.

Well, don’t worry. I AM HERE FOR YOU. And I’m going to give you some suggestions for some awesome books by minorities that you should consider for your next book club pick. All of these are currently available in paperback and aren’t more than 400 pages (important for a lot of book clubs!)

from Book Club Suggestions If Your Most Diverse Pick Was The Help by Swapna Krisnha

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It is that time of year when our local stores are running Back to School sales on everything from pencils to dorm room essentials. If you are like me, you might find yourself staring nostalgically at the mountains of notebooks sitting at the front of your local Target, dreamily thinking about those good ol’ college days. So if you want to re-live those college years through the stories of others, then grab your cup of ramen and dive into these books.

from Back to School: 10 Books For Reliving Those College Days by Rincey Abraham

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As readers, we often like to say that reading makes us more empathetic people: that because we read, we can put ourselves in the lives and hearts of other people. That ability to crawl inside the experiences of people who have different lives from us is one of the reasons why diversity in literature is so important. While everyone is thinking about Robin Williams’ suicide in the wake of his struggles with depression, I thought I would take the opportunity to recommend three books that explore what it is to live with suicidal thoughts and depression. Because the only way to combat stigma is with empathy.

from What We Talk About When We Talk About Suicide: Books About Depression by Brenna Clarke Gray

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