The Week’s Most Popular Posts: May 16 – 20, 2016

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

At this point, I think it’s safe to credit Gillian Flynn and Gone Girlwith ushering in the golden age of female-driven psychological suspense, and Paula Hawkins has only continued that trend with her runaway Hitchcock-esque bestseller The Girl on the Train. But as much as I worship both of these authors, there’s a huge and surprisingly uncharted world of deliciously disturbing fiction from some delightfully twisted women. Let’s explore, shall we?

from 6 Messed-Up Psychological Suspense Novels Written By Authors Who Aren’t Gillian Flynn by Katie McLain

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Romance novels are safe places for girls to try out and fantasize about romantic and sexual relationships before they’re ready to undertake them in real life. I think this is especially important for overweight or curvy or whatever-you-want-to-call-it girls, because too often the world asserts that they don’t deserve these experiences or that kind of attention.

from Fat Girls in Romance Novels by Alison Doherty

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If you are a reader, you know the special pleasure of going out to read in public. But for most of us, reading in public has meant reading in public alone.

But recently, a few recurring Silent Reading Parties have sprung up, giving readers a chance to read alone in public, but together. That’s right: a bunch of people get together and read. And that’s it. Doesn’t it sound great?

from Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps by Jeff O’Neal

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In the midst of working on my Masters thesis, I’ve been bunked down in some pretty hefty research, and sometimes feeling a little overwhelmed about the content I’m tackling. So I’ve found it’s helpful to have a buffer-book to read between study sessions, before bed, or when you’re just taking a massive much-needed break from intense material.

from Books to Read When Your Brain Is Fried by Carissa Lee

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Weird fiction is an open system that borrows from these other genres to produce a sense of the Weird in works of literature. The Weird creates a sense of unease within its reading audience, keeping you unsettled with the thought that all is not as it seems – as if there is something dark luring just under the narrative’s surface. Another benefit to weird fiction’s genre-fluidity is it doesn’t get bogged down in tired stereotypes and stale tropes, so the reader often doesn’t know what causes this sense of dread. You often have no idea where the plot is going!

from Why You Should Read Weird Fiction by Claire Quigley

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Being without something to read is a fear of mine. I know that sounds silly, but whatever, I worry about running out of stuff to read. It is for this reason that I bring a book, occasionally a magazine, just about wherever I go even if I know realistically there will be no time to read. If there is the slightest chance I am going to have to wait for someone or something, as long as I have something to read I’m fine. Some people need stretches of time to get into a book. I’m just as fine with one minute increments as I am with hour long reading sessions.

from Coming to Terms With My Unread Pile by Tiffani C. Willis

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