The Week’s Most Popular Posts: January 12 – 16, 2015

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

If you’re one of the millions of Downton Abbey fans whose hearts go all aflutter at the mention of the name Matthew Crawley, or Bates and Anna, or even Mr. Pamuk…well then this stack of books is for you.

from Book Recommendations for Downton Abbey Fans by Christy Childers




from Tolstoy’s Macaroni and Cheese and Other Recipes from Classic Authors by Cassandra Neace


Whether Hollywood gender inequality is due to the lack of female representation behind the screen or it’s part of a more systemic cultural attitude–or a combination thereof–female characters in TV shows and movies tend to be watered down and diluted from their book versions. The woman who could kick ass and take names in the novel is suddenly out of the picture, or just shows up to support the main male character and look pretty. There’s often more to the story, especially if that story was originally a book.

If you’re only familiar with the movie or TV incarnations of these female characters, do yourself a favor and check out the books to know exactly how awesome they really are.

from 5 Female Characters Who Are Way More Awesome in Books by Tasha Brandstatter


Here are the disproportionately common names for other literary gigs on the list:

Poet – Edgar, Hannah, Celia, Anne, Dorothy, Edmund

Librarian – Abigail, Margot, Nanette, Julia, Eleanor, Johanna

Journalist – Hanna, Gideon, Jonah, Alastair, Angus, Louisa

from The Most Common Names for Writers, Librarians, and Poets by Margret Aldrich




from First Images From New Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by Jeff


Hey, buddy. Why the long face? What’s up? Someone gave you a book for the holidays, and it’s clearly, obviously, blatantly awful and you don’t know what to do about it, huh? Jeeze, that’s rough. Hey, what book was it?

Oh. Oh. That one.

It’s okay. Calm down. I’ll walk you through this.

from So You Received a Terrible Book as a Gift by Peter Damien

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