The Week’s Most Popular Posts: November 24 – 28, 2014

Let’s take a look back at the week that was here at Book Riot . . . 

There is a lot to process about this situation, and a lot of voices that need to be heard, so this is just a quick note to put the Ferguson Library on your radar if it’s not already there, and provide you with ways to show support for the library if you are able to. The library is staying open for the community when other organizations (including schools) are closing, and that is no small thing for the children, teens, and adults of Ferguson.

from How To Support The Ferguson Library by Rita Meade


Knowing the different kinds of books King writes and his strengths and weaknesses is key to starting his catalog. Few writers are this prolific and have such a broad spectrum of books to draw from. If you start with the wrong book you may choose never to return. My first King novel was It, devoured in just a couple of days, in a fury of building suspense that led to an ending that made me want to throw the book across the room. This isn’t a totally unique experience. Many of King’s most brilliant books are also his most maddening.

This set of three books lets you start strong and begin to acquaint you with the little quirks and flaws that you’ll see more and more as you expand your reading.

from Reading Pathways: Stephen King by Jessica Woodbury


Instagram is great. Books are great. Why not put the two of them together?

Here are a whole bunch of great Instagrams to follow if you happen to be of a photographic and bookish persuasion.

from The Best of Bookish Instagram by Christy Childers


For those of us who, susceptible to holiday schmoopiness and the warm glow of a good meal, find ourselves at a loss for words when the time comes to go around the Thanksgiving table and share what we’re thankful for, there’s the good news that someone has said it before, and said it better. Here are some thoughts about gratitude for this day, and all days.

from 10 Literary Quotes for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Joines Schinsky


It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S., meaning that people are coming together with their families to celebrate the things they’re thankful for (or, in some cases, finding ways in which they can avoid their families). This weekend also happens to be the birthday of Louisa May Alcott, author of the children’s classic Little Women, among others. It seems fitting, then, to look at YA twists on Little Women this week, both in honor of her birthday, but also because it’s a story about families and sisters.

from 3 On A YA Theme: Modern Takes on Little Women by Kelly Jensen


For the second year in a row, my husband (also bookish) and I have been hosting a book party based on Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. We love the heck out of the book’s characters and plot, but what we really adore is the amazingly lush world that Morgenstern created in her novel.

We wanted to create a Night Circus for our own friends that captured some of the magic of that book. And so we did.

from Planning A Bookish Party (Or How To Create A Night Circus Party) by Nikki Steele

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