The Week’s Most Popular Posts: October 27 – 31, 2014

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

1. Margaret Atwood is a magician who worked her way up to Vegas shows through a long apprenticeship in Des Moines, Iowa’s well-reputed magic scene.

2. Neil Gaiman does not, in fact, put his trousers on one leg at a time.

3. Roxane Gay is already your best friend.

from 27 Patently Untrue Facts About Famous Writers by Brenna Clarke Gray

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When we think of scary stories, we turn to authors like Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft. A well-balanced list might include Shirley Jackson or Mary Shelley – as it should. They aren’t the only ladies to write a story so chilling that it sends shivers up your spine, however.

The list of scary stories that follows is a mix of both classic and contemporary short fiction written by women. They are each haunting in its own way.

from 5 Scary Stories by Women Writers by Cassandra Neace

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penguin save the dates

 

from Five Wonderfully Bookish Save-The-Date Ideas Found on Etsy by Eric Smith

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Why do women in romance novels always have to be clueless when it comes to males’ physical attraction for them? I mean, have I chosen to ignore the fact that a guy was interested in me on occasion? Yes, but I was still aware of it even if I refused to acknowledge it. Romance novel heroines, on the other hand, seem to exist in a bubble where either mutual or one-sided attraction doth not exist. Is it because admitting it might make them seem narcissistic? Not really. More like realistic.

from How to Tell He’s Into You: Romance Novel Edition by Tasha Brandstatter

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We’re long past the days when Artie, b-list character in Judy Blume’s Forever, had a plot involving attempted suicide after trying to fit in and be straight by dating main character Katherine’s best friend. Today you’ll find books that are written for, by, and about young lgbtq characters. And there are so many currently available to get lost in, and to laugh, cry, and learn from. It’s an embarrassment of riches, and I’m only scratching the surface. Also, I mostly love the ‘first time’ stories, so those dominate my list, which is in no way all-encompassing. I decided to focus on authors primarily, and then their books, with links to author websites for more detail.

from Coming Out and Coming of Age: YA LGBTQ Books by Alison Peters

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