The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 9 – 13, 2015

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

They also had really killer derby names – which every skater will tell you is crucial – like Flux InCapacitator and Jam Reaper and Scarin’ Blockovitch. (“Jam” and “block” are derby jargon.) And if I couldn’t love it more (without actually strapping on a pair of skates myself), the level of puniness is off the charts in roller girl names.

So obviously, I wondered, what would you get if you crossed a book lover with a roller girl? Turns out there’s a helluva lot of literary-inspired derby names that have already been registered.

There are some themes; Harry Potter names is a big one, as are classic lady characters and fairytales. These are the 39 best (or at least my favorites) in the derby database.

from 39 Literary Roller Derby Names by Rachel Manwill


It’s been more than a decade since I read Vonda McIntyre’s The Moon and the Sun but as soon as I saw an announcement for the film adaptation of the book, it felt like it was just yesterday. A novel about the court of Louis XIV, plus a mermaid? Once you’ve read it, you’re not likely to forget it. My first question was: who did they cast as Lucien? Romantic interest, begrudging hero, truth-speaker, and dwarf — he was the first male lead I encountered who wasn’t tall, dashing, and capable of physically sweeping the heroine off her feet. The Moon and the Sun was a landmark moment for me as a reader, developing a relationship I couldn’t wait to see unfold on screen.

You can imagine my sadness, then, when I checked the IMDB page. Lucien’s character doesn’t exist in the movie.

from Book Characters That Never Made It To The Big Screen by Jenn Northington




from Book Fetish: Volume 146 by Rachel Manwill


Everyone has reading preferences. Plenty of very intelligent people like to stick to books that are considered easy or even “trashy” reads. They never want to crack open an award winning tome, and they don’t feel the need to in order to validate their smarts. Other very intellectual people are not entertained unless they are being challenged by the literature in a significant way, so they tend to stick to books that are typically considered more difficult to navigate. Either way, truly intelligent people are confident in the fact that they are intelligent, which leads them to not have to scream from the mountain tops that they are so.

Ironically, those who try so desperately to cover the feelings of lack in their abilities are the very ones who showcase it by overcompensating. We’ve devised a list to help you see if you or your loved ones have a problem.

from 10 Signs You Have Low Bookish Self-Esteem by Wallace Yovetich


Don’t get me wrong- The Giver is a fantastic book, and a great workout for the grey matter. It’s just that I wish I’d read it without the cynicism and need for verisimilitude of adulthood. It does the same trick Harry Potter does, however- it is sure to make kids want to read more.

from Thoughts After Reading The Giver at 36 by Johann Thorsson


Has there ever been a better book about an unhealthy relationship than The Giving Tree?! When it comes to matters of the heart, kids’ books frequently hit the nail more squarely on the head than their adult counterparts ever could.

from 5 Kids’ Books That Make Great Valentines by Cristin Stickles

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