The Week’s Most Popular Posts: December 9-13, 2013

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts from the week that was….


Reality Boy by A.S. King

This was my favourite YA title of 2013 and one of my favourite reads across the board.  A.S. King is a gift to YA literature — she takes her protagonists seriously, weaves them lovingly, and allows them to be flawed and damaged just like real teens are. They aren’t little adults, and she has this perfect sense of the catastrophizing teenage brain that resonates a little too well with me. One of the things I love about King’s writing, and Reality Boy in particular, is the way she constructs parents and parental resentments — the damage wrought by parents who can’t release their own issues and focus on their children. I think King should write a How Not to Parent guide. That’s how I’m starting to read her fiction as I tick over 30, I have to say.

From Riot Round-Up: Best Books of 2013 by Kim Ukura


Rather than share a standard booklist of “green light reads,” I thought it would be much more interesting to create a flowchart to help readers looking for these sorts of books find something perfect for them. Why “green light reads?” Because I think using terms like “clean reads” or “books that won’t make you blush” suggests that books which fall outside the designation are problematic, dirty, or should embarrass you as a reader for what they contain.

From Green Light YA Books: A Flowchart by Kelly Jensen


For when your scandalous second cousin does something scandalous and everyone in the family wants to whisper about how scandalous she’s (it’s always a she) being:

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

From 10 Oscar Wilde Quotes To Use During the Holiday Season by Amanda Nelson


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (73 votes)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (62)
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (54)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (40)
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (32)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (27)
Night Film by Marisha Pessl (26)
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (26)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (24)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (24)

From Your 24 Favorite Books of 2013 by Rebecca Schinsky




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