The Week’s Most Popular Posts: May 23 – 27, 3016

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts from this week here on Book Riot:

Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings are basically the same…right?

 

If you don’t already know your Hogwarts house, go get sorted (at Pottermore, Buzzfeed, Zimbio, or PlayBuzz) (please note that you may get different results from different quizzes) and then come back to find your corresponding Middle Earth race.

from Your Middle Earth Race, Based On Your Hogwarts House by Annika Barranti Klein

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great time to explore the many writers who write on diverse topics related to mental health and mental illness. The following list contains fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, memoirs, biographies, and more, all books that broaden our understanding of mental illness from first hand and second hand experiences. Whether it’s May or the other eleven months, reading a book about mental illness can lead to greater awareness of how these invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses can affect our lives firsthand. 

from 100 Must-Read Books About Mental Illness by Sarah S. Davis

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Blurbs often claim that a book is “hilarious” or “laugh-out-loud funny.” Usually, though, let’s be honest: they are chucklesome at best. We might smile, or draw a happy face in the margin, or take a picture of an amusing quote so we can post it on social media. But laughing out loud is another thing – especially when we’re in public. Every so often, though, a book really tickles our funny bone, and we can’t keep those giggles inside, no matter where we find ourselves.

from Books That Made Us Laugh Out Loud in Public by Claire Handscombe

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When you’re a true-blue “book person,” you love everything about books: The way they smell. The way the pages feel. The weight they add to your bag. The way they look on your shelf. (Do I sound like a book stalker? Guilty.)

It’s only natural, then, that bibliophiles love reading books aboutbooks. Whether it’s cheering on the rebel readers in Fahrenheit 451or following the true story of an infamous book thief in The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, novels and nonfiction that give books a starring role have an undeniable appeal for book lovers.

from 100 Must-Read Books About Books by Margret Aldrich

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Is librarianship a career you’ve been considering? Have you been told you should work in a library since you’re a huge book lover? We thought it would be worthwhile to talk about some of the awesome and some of the, err, less awesome aspects of working in libraries. These are the things you won’t learn in a glossy brochure or on a fancy website dedicated to the career. Instead, these are lessons from librarians who’ve been in the trenches.

from So You Want to Be a Librarian? by Kelly Jensen

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I am far from my teenage years, but each of the books below brought me to fist pumps and tears on more than one occasion as I read. Fat girls can be badass princess warriors, amazing artists, pageant queens. They can be lusted after, they can fill their dance card, they can be loved by one and then another, over and over. Fat girls can face the realities of their bodies, shrug, and get on with their lives. Fat girls can do anything without changing a thing about themselves, and that is a message I could have used earlier in life.

from Three Fat Heroines I Wish I’d Met Earlier by Ashlie Swicker

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