The Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 13 – 17, 2015

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

I’ve tied my son Atticus to this place with his name. I have no plans to ever leave the South, but I don’t have that same expectation of my children. If and when Atticus leaves for wherever the grass is greener for him, he’ll have to remember the troubled place he’s leaving. It will rise up every time someone calls for him, and maybe he’ll be tempted to be a little better, do a little better, that day. And no newer, lesser version of Atticus Finch can change that.

from Why I Named My Son Atticus by Amanda Nelson


The hot weather has had us in the mood for chilling thrills, so in our latest reader poll, we asked about the scariest books you’ve ever read. We know it’s tough to choose, so we allowed each reader to choose up to three books. 931 intrepid souls took the survey, sharing 507 unique titles (see the full data set here). One thing’s for sure: y’all sure do love Stephen King.

Without further ado, the top 10 books that will make you sleep with all the lights on.

from The 10 Scariest Books You’ve Read by Rebecca Joines Schinsky


The contrast between Lee’s own lack of agency and the overwhelmingly powerful publicity push for GSAW is jarring. Like the Scout of To Kill A Mockingbird versus the Scout of Go Set A Watchman, Lee seems less the protagonist in this than an observer, a conduit through which someone else’s story is being told. I hope, especially for Lee’s legacy, that GSAW is a great book. I hope my fellow readers enjoy it. But I think I’ll wait a while before I join them.

from Why I’ll Wait to Read Go Set A Watchman by Jessica Tripler


In July 1648, during the final clashes of the Thirty Years’ War, the Swedish army looted the city of Prague. Among the treasures they stole and brought with them when they returned home was a book called Codex Gigas. Not only is Codex Gigas famous for being the largest medieval book in the world, but because of its contents, it is also known as The Devil’s Bible.

Here are ten things you should know about The Devil’s Bible.

from 10 Things You Should Know About The Devil’s Bible by E. H. Kern


There are so many components to (to steal Kelly Williams Brown’s term) ‘adulting,’ and so few of them are taught in schools. I 10000% believe in the power of education, but high school kids need to learn less about the Pythagorean Theorum and more about wtf is a bond and how do you RRSP.

So if you’re fresh out of college and you’re like, Wait, what? Or you’re 33 and you have kids now and you’re like, Wait, what? Dude, if you are 54 and struggling to launder your garments, have I got some book recs for you.

from How To Grown-Up: Books That Will Teach You To Be An Adult by Raych Krueger


The representation of rape and its survivors in the media can more often than not make things worse for real life survivors (I’m looking at you, Game of Thrones). Sexual violence against women can be used as a device to show the cruelty of men or to add some complexity to an otherwise lovable male character. It is rare to see sexual violence treated with respect and nuance in the media.

Thankfully, this does not mean that it is impossible to find media that does treat survivors’ stories with respect. Here are five novels that can help you understand rape culture and how it demands that rape survivors become perfect victims because the rapist is always given the benefit of the doubt.

from Five Novels That Illustrate Rape Culture by Nicole Froio