The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 3 – 7, 2015

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

I’ve had more than a few conversations with my seven-year-old about why I’m having her wait to read Harry Potter. She asks me if I think she’ll like the books. I told her I think she’ll love them as much as I do…but when she’s old enough to understand and appreciate not just the first book, but the series as a whole.

from Why I’ll Have My Kids Wait to Read Harry Potter by Karina Glaser


Book to movie. Comic to movie. Remake of remake that was originally based on a book—you see where I’m going with this. While fellow Rioter Josh Corman put together a whopping 78 bookish films streaming on Netfix last year, it’s been a while— and as you know when you finally find the time to watch that movie you’ve been dying to see and discover it’s no longer available, things change. So here’s a new list to watch on Netflix streaming that originated as a book, short story, or comic— 2 repeats from Josh’s list because Tim Riggins! and Cumberbatch! (I’ve linked to almost every book–couple out of print *cries*–in case you’re inspired to read the book.

from 60 Bookish Films Streaming on Netflix by Jamie Canavas


I work in a large public library in Salt Lake City. The collection is over one million items strong. Occasionally, when these items are returned, they are…not the same as they were when they left.

To wit:

It was not so long ago that I opened a copy of a horror anthology, only to find a crisp piece of bacon that was apparently being used as a bookmark. Perhaps it was an honest mistake. None can say.

from Surprises Found in Library Books by Josh Hanagarne


The questions that feel more like a quiz show are the googleable ones. Although we could just go over to a computer and type it in, it’s usually faster to ask a coworker, who 90% of the time will give you an instant answer. It’s like bookish pop quizzes! As the kids’ expert, I’m pretty accustomed to having coworkers walk past and ask over their shoulder “Who’s the author of Encyclopedia Brown?” 3 or “Is Amelia Bedelia chapter books or picture books?” 4 It always feels like a personal failure if I don’t have the answer on the tip of my tongue.

from How Would You Do on the Bookseller Quiz Show? by Danika Ellis


Whatever the case, these violations are the exception. The vast majority of Little Free Libraries are bursting at the seams with largehearted book donations from patrons. My own Little Free Library in Minneapolis, for example, sometimes gets so full that I have to pull out books to give the shelf some breathing room.

But the question remains: Can you steal a free book?

from Can You Rob a Little Free Library? by Margret Aldrich


But there is another aspect of fanfiction that people might find daunting. There are a lot of words and acronyms that are almost exclusive to fandom. Many of them are pretty straightforward or intuitive, but some could probably do with a little more explanation. So I thought I would make a quick beginner’s guide to fanfiction terminology.

from WTF is an OTP? A Beginner’s Guide to Fanfiction Terminology by Jessice Pryde


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