The Week’s Most Popular Posts: November 30 – December 4, 2015

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

Behold! We bring good tidings and cheer! And also an advent calendar of Christmas poems, essays, and short stories. We trust you to police yourselves (unless you just want to binge on all them at once, in which case no judgment).

from A Literary Advent Calendar by Alice Burton


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from Even More Bookish Shoes for Literary Feet by Rachel Manwill


“Do better” is a message that women weren’t allowed to give to men for a very long time, but L’Engle put it out there plainly: if you fall short, you must do better. The idea that a father can fall short in the eyes of his daughter, the idea that he isn’t protected by his position in the family, was a bit revolutionary in itself.

I like to think that the girls who read L’Engle absorbed this, even if we didn’t consciously sort it out in our youth. I like to think that we absorbed that our lady-flaws aren’t necessarily flaws at all, that sometimes they can be world-saving tools, that they can give us power.

from The Girls Who Read Madeleine L’Engle by Susie Rodarme


If a meaningful textbook exists on human communication, this is the book. The book delivered truth after truth to me as I nodded to myself saying, “Yes, I do this all the time and yes, I do dislike it when people do this to me, yes.” People’s motivations suddenly made sense; the author goes into great detail in describing what drives people and what lies under their communication. I now understood why it’s important to ask “How are you?” even if the answer is expected. Overnight, I became able to parse interactions with others significantly better.

I also became more likable. I don’t know that I was unlikable before, but being my friend took far more energy than necessary; certainly more energy than most people are accustomed to putting into friendships, which probably deterred people from getting close. I don’t beat myself up about it–I’m still not neurotypical and never will be–but once I found the information I needed to improve my friendships, I grabbed it and never let go.

from I Have Aspergers and This Book Changed My Life by Susie Rodarme


We asked our contributors to share the best book they read this month. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, YA, and much, much more- there are book recommendations for everyone here! Some are old, some are new, and some aren’t even out yet. Enjoy and tell us about the highlight of your reading month in the comments.

from Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read In November by Susie Rodarme


Recently, an author got a big deal for a new YA series. His interview in Publishers Weekly suggested that YA was lacking in morally complicated stories in which teens acted without adult manipulation. This is, as you might have guessed, inaccurate (to say the least). But where there is a need, there is a reading list of suggestions! And we have a few thoughts on what to read if you’re interested in characters navigating chaotic worlds in which there is no clear-cut Good and Evil. Ok, more than a few. 14, to be precise.

from Free-Range and Morally Complicated: A YA Reading List by Jenn Northington


We’ve all done it. Tried to scratch off a stubborn price sticker, leaving the book cover sticky and full of dents. Purchased a used book before realizing the smoky smell is not going away. Spilled water on a book, leaving it mildewy and wavy.

What to do with these book accidents? The following are some basic book repair 101 hints found around the web. *Please note that damage done to rare or valuable books should be taken to a professional book conservator.*

from Book Repair 101 by Karina Glaser