The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 8 – 12, 2016

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

I tried to think of an appealing common theme as an excuse to recommend all of these books but I failed. I just need you to read them because they’re good. I’m like Oprah, but not rich and also not popular or influential.

from 7 Freaking Great Books That I Just Need Everyone To Read, Okay? by Susie Rodarme

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  is the most recent, and perhaps most apt, book being called “the next Harry Potter.” And even though it is based on a short story by J.K. Rowling and even if it does feature Harry Potter as a character, it’s not really the next Harry Potter book. It’s a play written by Jack Thorne.

Since the arrival of the lighting-scarred boy wizard, publishers have hoped to recapture the magic of the Harry Potter series and replicate the unprecedented sales numbers. Many, many books before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been called “the next Harry Potter.” Here are twenty-one of them.

from 21 Books Called “The Next Harry Potter” by Alison Doherty

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Are you familiar with bullet journals? It’s a style of journaling that organizes a journal into a hybrid diary/planner/to-do list for paper and pen lovers, but gives users flexibility to personalize according to their needs. I was intrigued when I first learned about bullet journaling (#bujo), and I even started one myself. I quickly went rogue on the organizational system (so many rules!), but I enjoy certain aspects of how it’s put together—modules, page-numbering, and an index to keep track of it all.

It also appealed to my compulsion to make bookish lists. At any given time, I have about fifteen lists of books—to-read, to-buy, to-write about, etc.–fluttering around my house and stuffed into notebooks. I also keep a small journal of all of the books I’ve read since 2010 (it’s almost full!) with nothing more than title and date finished, but I don’t love how my lists aren’t all in one place. Surely there was a way to apply the #bujo organization magic on this madness! So I went looking for inspiration.

from Cool Bookish Ideas For Your Bullet Journal by Tirzah Price

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Audiobooks have come a long way: where once I used to hope that a book would someday be available as an audiobook now I find myself having the conundrum of deciding whether I want to read recent releases with my ears or eyeballs (or both!). The publishing industry has obviously realized how many audiobook lovers there are and thanks to technological advances we’re getting a lot more selection–and ways to listen. And it’s awesome. Especially with so many great 2016 audiobook releases. Here’s what we’re loving so far.

from 10 Of The Best Audiobooks of 2016 So Far by Jamie Canaves

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A quote widely attributed to Vladimir Nabokov says of Hemingway’s work, “As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ‘forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.” Of course, that’s a glib thing to say about one of the best prose stylists ever, but the larger point seems valid: Hemingway’s brand of stoicism deals with traditional, sometimes even reactionary, symbols of maleness. Bells, balls, and bulls. Papa H. projects toughness by amplifying those symbols, by elevating them to almost mystical status. Again, not that Hemingway wasn’t tough, but why let his particular brand of toughness drown out the more interesting, and sometimes more complex, forms that are out there? I’m thinking specifically now of women. It’s an interesting paradox that women, for so long kept away from the cultural machinations of normative toughness (the army, sports, adventure), were pretty much forced through their exclusion into having to be tough in their own way. Again, forced to be, because when you’re marginalized as an outsider, even just being yourself becomes an act of courage on par with squaring off against a charging bull. Here are some of the women that I think beat the bull, every time.

from Five Women Writers Tougher Than Hemingway by Scott Beauchamp

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I’m not a big fantasy reader. I love some fantasy — fairy tale spins, horror, books that flirt with magic — but one of the things that makes fantasy reading challenging for me is how many of the fantasy books in YA are part of a series. I know myself well enough to know that when I start a book and I like it, I’ll want the next one immediately. So waiting six months or a year or longer feels never-ending, and the opportunity to forget key plot points is great.

Do you have this same challenge?

Perhaps I have a solution here: let’s take a look at three YA fantasy series that have their final volume out as of this year, either right now or in the very near future.

from 3 On A YA Theme: Complete Fantasy Series to Pick Up ASAP by Kelly Jensen

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from Book Fetish: Volume 218 by Rachel Manwill

 

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