The Week’s Most Popular Posts: October 26 – 30, 2015

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

I started off by following authors like Jami Attenberg – who can always be relied on to be found on every new social network – Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Close, Mindy Kaling, J Courtney Sullivan and the ever entertaining Guy in Your MFA. Literary websites like McSweeneys, the New Yorker, and Kirkus Reviews are on my feed too, and a couple of bookstores like the Strand and Powells. (You don’t need to know their handles to find them – just type the name in the search box. If you want to follow me, I’m BookishClaire.)

Click on the home button, and you’ll get the latest lists by people you follow. At the time of writing this post, the top three on my feed were “Animals you will find in the pages of the New Yorker” (by The New Yorker, which is probably obvious), “Screenwriting Tips from Billy Wilder” (by Lists Of Note) and my own “The Best Books You Might Not Have Read”. You can like a list, or you can re-list it. If you’re on Twitter, this will all sound and feel very familiar – as will the “notifications” tab at the bottom.

from The List App: It’s New and It’s Perfect for Book Nerds! by Claire Handscombe


Some Halloween costumes are like the bridesmaid dress that you throw in your neice’s dress-up bin afterwards, and some are like the bridesmaid dress that you dye black and wear every weekend until it falls off your body.

If buying a bunch of dumb shit for one night feels wasteful to you, here are some costumes that are that second dress.

from Literary Halloween Costumes You Can Wear Year Round by Raych Kreuger


“You’re a romantic who loves to get her heart broken,” my flatmate told me a few weeks ago when I was trying to get my head around some complicated feelings. No surprise, then, that Adele’s new song about her regrets over a long ago lost love speaks to me on a deep level. And judging from the excitement surrounding this song on Twitter, I’m not the only one.

Sometimes, when we’re heartbroken or melancholic, we might want to read books that will cheer us up. Other times, though, we want to wallow in those feelings. Here are some books to help with that wallowing.

from What to Read if Adele’s New Song Has You Feeling Melancholic by Claire Handscombe


Even though it happened a few years ago, it seems like there are new pockets of indignation that pop up around this time of year over the “wussification” of the book series Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark. I didn’t actually know that they changed the art until I saw some buzz about it recently. At first, I was mad–that art was brilliant, how dare they, blah blah blah.

Then I had to look up those illustrations for a totally different project and I realized how absolutely insane it is to have those illustrations in a children’s book.

from I’m Glad They Changed the Art in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Susie Rodarme


But drinking lowers inhibitions, and this does nothing good for those of us with lines of credit anywhere. I cannot pretend that I’ve never made a fiscally reckless decision after a particularly ebullient round of drinks. My most reliable downfall? Online book shopping. (If I ever impulse-purchase the Talmud, which I have thus far been saved from doing because credit card limits, I will know it’s gone too far.)

Not that an expanding library is something to bemoan! Books are a beautiful thing. They’re also costly. And while the cost of living keeps rising, wages have been lazy to meet them.

So in the name of foregoing instant bookish gratification in favor of saving for that dream house with the stories-high personal library, I’ve compiled some suggestions, based on my own shopping-while-cocktailed experiences. May they be helpful, and here’s to you.

from The Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing Books with Booze by Michelle Anne Schingler


As I said in my last post, there are creepy books and there are scary books. Scary books, to me, are the ones with impossible but realistic situations. They are heavy with emotions and characters whose decisions you read with equal parts trepidation (“I can’t believe they did this!”) and guilt (“I am so glad they did this!”). Creepy books are the ones that I tend to reach for this time of year. On the scale of horror, creepy is what I find works for me. The element of horror is present in these books, but then so is fantasy, as is some form of social commentary (however subtle and/or unintended), and most importantly, so is hope.

It is for these reasons that the following are my go-to Halloween books, whether I want to re-read them or gift them. I think I managed to cover a range of creepy YA/MG (and a couple of crossover) books here so if you are hesitant to enter the horror genre, hopefully, this list can help ease you into it. 

from Delightfully Creepy: 7 Go-To Halloween Reads by Yash Kesanakurthy


I used to spend a lot of time imagining the kind of research that writers had to in order to make their books more convincing. I thought about the places they visited, the questions they asked, and the books they had to read. Eventually, I stopped wondering and started reading. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but it turns out that when I do, I’m drawn to the type of stuff that I imagine would be of interest of writers of thrillers and horror novels – disease, dead bodies, and fear.  In the spirit of the season, I offer you a list of five of my favorite such reads.

from 5 Works of Non-Fiction for Horror Fans by Cassandra Neace


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