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

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

Every April and October, I start counting down the days until Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It’s one of my bookish holidays, and I enjoy it so much that I’ve started getting evangelical about the event. So here are 5 reasons you should take the plunge and join in on the readathon on the 17th!

from 5 Reasons to Participate in the 24 Hour Readathon by Danika Ellis



from 5 Books to Watch for in October: Non-Fiction Edition by Amanda Nelson


We are creeping ever closer to the return of the BBC’s Sherlock. While I’ve been waiting, I’ve been searching for shows that filled a similar niche. Don’t worry. I’m not going to start my list with CBS’ Elementary. It is an obvious choice, one that I resisted watching for far too long. For those who have speculated that the show is nothing more than some cheap knock-off of the BBC version, let me reassure you that it is very much its own animal. Lucy Liu as Joan Watson is not to be missed. Since it is just another adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved series, however, it will get no more than this early mention.

from 3 Streaming Shows for Sherlock Fans by Cassandra Neace


2. While books bound with human skin can be found in collections in several libraries, the Boston Athanaeum holds one of the few books bound with the skin of its author. While imprisoned, a highwayman wrote of his life, but could not afford to have it bound. Upon his death, he requested his skin be used and the memoir gifted to the man who had originally caught him.

from 13 Creepy Bits of Bookish Trivia by Amanda Diehl


Dear Sir:

It’s a big week for you, I see. With the release of See Me, you’ll be but a book away from twenty published. That’s not nothing.

You’ll also be adding your first love interest of color to your pantheon of romantic heroines, which, you know: congratulations. Readers taking in your covers still risk being blinded by the sheer whiteness of your protagonists, but at least now there’s a Latina to break the monotony.

I’d send you flowers, or an edible arrangement, or something very Carolinas to mark the moment, I really would. Would, except: I absolutely loathe you.

from Nicolas Sparks: Thou Art My Enemy by Michelle Anne Schingler


So I did something wild recently: I took a vacation and did nothing but read.

I didn’t leave my house, except for some groceries and to donate a bag of clothes to Goodwill. I didn’t plan to go anywhere with my time off except to the library (twice). I dedicated more than one paid day off work to do little more than make a dent into my to-be-read list. This wasn’t a reader’s retreat — though that dream will happen in the future — but rather, it was a staycation with books. A readcation.

My readcation was one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I highly suggest scheduling one for yourself as soon as possible.

from How to Take a Readcation by Kelly Jensen

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