The Week’s Most Popular Posts: October 20 – 24, 2014

Let’s take a look back at the week that was here at Book Riot. . . 

 

Books and reading are at the very foundation of Star Trek: The Next Generation. From Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes (the two most popular literary references), and from plays to poetry, Star Trek underscores the continuing relevance of literature to the human species, especially as it moves among the stars.

So with the help of my fellow Rioters, I’ve put together a list of bookish moments in Star Trek: TNG. If we’ve missed any, let us know in the comments! And tell us which are your favorites.

from Literary Moments in Star Trek: The Next Generation by Rachel Cordasco

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from 45 YA Titles For Your October – December Radar by Kelly Jensen

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It’s certainly the perfect season for spooky reads! I love to read scary books. Two of the most frightening books I’ve read this year are Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes and Bird Box by Josh Malerman. These are Riot favorites, so we’ve written about them many, many times, so I thought I’d make a list of some other titles to terrify your amygdala.

from Oh, The Horror: Scary Reads For The Season by Liberty Hardy

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from Book Fetish: Volume 132 by Rachel Manwill

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In this Kobo giveaway, we asked for your favorite books that are so scary that you have to store them in the freezer and only read them during daylight hours. Here’s what you came up with.

from 175 Of Your Favorite Horror Novels

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7. We are kind of obsessed with “The Raven”—there have been references made by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and the writers of many MANY television shows. The Simpson’s “Tree House of Horror” version was considered surprisingly faithful to the original poem. The poem’s influence has been important (and sometimes problematic) for many acting careers, including Bella Lugosi’s and John Cusack’s. In art and music, you can find references in so many works, from Lou Reed to Queen to Paul Gauguin’s and a whole host of band names and songs. For a poem written in 1845 for nine dollars, “The Raven” sure has stuck around in our collective culture. It also made Edgar Allan Poe famous, and was the piece that insured our memory of him as an author of American horror.

from One Upon A Midnight Dreary: A Collection Of Facts About Poe’s “The Raven” by Jessi Lewis

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