The Week’s Most Popular Posts: June 22 – 26, 2015

Let’s take a look back at this week’s most popular posts on Book Riot:

Too often, when writers die, their children feel obliged to carry on, working from their parents’ notes. (Slate calls this phenomenon famfic.) Christopher Tolkien, Brian Herbert, and Jeff Shaara have all, in one form or another, continued writing in the universes their fathers created.

Then there are the families who have asked other authors to continue a series: Margaret Mitchell’s estate authorizing Alexandra Ripley to write Scarlett and Robert Jordan’s widow asking Brandon Sanderson to finish writing the Wheel of Time series.

While talking to fans on Twitter, Rhianna Pratchett made it clear that she will do neither, because “the books are sacred to dad.”

from Pratchett’s Daughter Says No More Discworld Books And That’s OK by A. J. O’Connell


We at Book Riot heart audiobooks just as much as we heart adventure. Here are 36 of the best audiobooks we’ve been listening to lately — from brand-new to backlist, romance to history. Enjoy them on your next road trip or wherever you get your listening fix.

from 36 Best Audiobooks for Your Road Trip and Beyond by Rachel Smalter Hall


It started with Harry Potter, this habit I have of indulging in rereads of favorite books in the summer. I don’t think there’s any book or series of books more associated, in my mind, with that season. Because even though the Harry Potter books were very much school year books, summer was when the new ones came out. And while there are many good things in this world, a new Harry Potter book is among the best.

I reread all the books in the series in the weeks leading up to both Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. And then that next summer, I got that familiar ringing of the mental clock. Even though there weren’t any new ones coming out, it was still time to reread Harry Potter. And I have, in the summer, every year since.

from Harry Potter and the Summer Reread by Kat Howard


I firmly believe that there’s no one right way to read, and I do admire the meaning that people get out of their marginalia, but it’s not a practice that I’m likely to follow myself. Working in a used bookstore has given me an odd relationship with books as objects: I know that many books are effectively worthless because they’re so common, but I also think of books as having a lifetime that (ideally) stretches out longer than any one reader. For now, I’m just trying to be a good caretaker of my books, until the next reader picks them up, and discovers that well-worn story for the first time.

from Reflections From a Used Bookstore Employee by Danika Ellis


But my daughter is three and girlfriend cannot read. I’m still in charge of every bit of media she consumes and you’d better believe I’m curating that shit. I’m hoping to so firmly ground my girls in the normalcy of a non-binary gender system that by the time they can read headlines, they’ll be like, Well that’s dumb. Ofcourse Caitlyn Jenner can be a girl if she wants, why are we even talking about this and where is my hoverboard (hovering is literally the only technological advancement I can think of, which is why nobody puts me in charge of things).

I’m looking for books featuring trans characters, but also books about boys and girls at home in their biological bodies who are resistant to gender-based stereotypes. I want children like Jazz in I Am Jazz, who realize that their boy bodies house girl brains, and I also want, like, boys who want to wear dresses (little did I know what a sizeable sub-genre this is). I want fluidity. I want a gender spectrum. And I want these books.

from 17 Trans and Gender-Creative Books for Preschoolers by Raych Krueger





After Craig Ferguson went off the air in December last year, there is only one late night talk show that on a regular basis invites authors as guests. That show is Late Night with Seth Meyers. Personally, I think more authors should be booked on late night talk shows. The dynamic between the host and the guest is based on the guest sharing an anecdote. Who better to tell a story than an author?

To show my appreciation for Seth Meyers and his production team in their support of authors, I give you my top five favorite author appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

from Top 5 Author Guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers by E. H. Kern





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from Book Fetish: Volume 165 by Rachel Manwill