The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 16 – 20, 2015

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, here on Book Riot:

Depression took me out of my reading life. Recognizing that — and getting help for it — has put me back in in ways I could never have imagined. Reading isn’t about powering through. It isn’t about disconnecting.

Reading is about being a part of something.

from Reading, Depression, and Me by Kelly Jensen

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Around the same time my classmates discovered Judy Blume’s Forever, I discovered a bookshelf in my basement. The top shelf was cramped with squat, chubby books with exotic colors and titles like Highland Velvet and Silver Angel and Wild is My Heart. But the first book I grabbed was a newer, less cracked and worn book that I’d seen my mother reading a few days before (which I have mentioned here on Book Riot before): Jude Deveraux’s Legend.  From then on, I was hooked on romance novels. I would sometimes read them over and over again when I couldn’t get to the library (before high school, when I had more expendable income, I usually spent my allowance on collecting ALL of the Backstreet Boys’ import CDs and videos. I had a misguided childhood). Since then, I have stuck to the genre, even as I have expanded my reading to include several others.

But if you don’t have a nearly two decade history in the genre and want a few to start you on your way, or you’ve read a couple and don’t know where to go from there, here are a few romance novels you might like.

from 10 Essential Reads for Romance Newbies by Jessica Pryde

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story tropes bingo card

 

from Story Tropes Bingo for (Almost) Every Genre by Jenn Northington

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If you’re having a hard time understanding where “science fiction” and “fantasy” are bleeding into “literary” genres and vice versa these days, it’s always good to have a little reference guide. Some of the following terms might be really familiar (Dystopian is everywhere, right? Even if you want to avoid it. Which, come to think of it, sounds kind of dystopian…) But, who is to say there might be something you didn’t even know about yet?

from Defining the End of the World As We Know It: Apocalyptic vs. Dystopia vs. Spec Fic by Jessi Lewis

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A reader recently wrote in, though, and asked us to tackle feminism from a slightly different angle. Could we offer some suggestions, they asked, for books that are feminist but not too literary or too tragic? Some fun texts where women aren’t objects? Maybe some fantasy and sci-fi, a mystery or two, some romance? Essentially, what’s some really good, lively feminist genre fiction (whether explicitly feminist or feminist-inflected)?

That’s a question to get excited about. After consulting my own bookshelves, as well as  friends and fellow Rioters, here are some suggestions to help you explore the wide world of feminist genre fiction.

from Where To Start with Feminist Genre Fiction by Derek Attig

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