The Week’s Most Popular Posts: March 21 – 25, 2016

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

Yet I’m convinced that no librarian should feel inadequate for learning the discipline on the ground rather than in a classroom, not only because library work requires creativity and understanding that you develop best once you’ve gotten to know your particular community and its needs. It doesn’t matter to a group of six year olds whether the person coaching them through weekly crafts, singing them songs, and doing the voices at story times has a degree or not: they revel in the interaction, period. They grow from that, our CVs aside.

And no patron ever paused prior to asking for directions through the stacks, or for a recommendation for a book like-this-one, to verify my MLS credentials, or lack thereof. Library theory isn’t at the fore when you’re  helping someone navigate the computer for an online application, or when you’re putting together a display to feature underloved books. It is beside the point when a patron has a crisis, or when you’re helping a line of children check in during summer reading. You’re there for the love of it—that’s what patrons sense; that is the essence of the work.

from In Praise of the Non-Degreed Librarian by Michelle Anne Schingler


But re-reading Little Women this month, I realized with mounting alarm that as a potential romantic partner for Jo, Laurie isn’t a good guy; he is, in fact, a Nice Guy™. He’s the kind of guy who feels entitled to a woman’s affections because, unasked-for, he has given her his. He’s the kind of guy who uses his friendship with a woman as a cover for repeatedly violating her boundaries and ignoring her rejections. He’s the kind of guy who professes to respect a woman but places more importance on his desire than her feelings. 

from Laurie Isn’t a Good Guy; He’s a Nice Guy™


Instagram rocks when it comes to bookish goodness. There are so many different ways to connect with other book people on there, whether you’re just throwing quick reviews up, posting super artsy pictures of your collection, or even just taking random pictures of your open book over your stylish leggings. And some of the more popular book accounts are filled with artsy shots that showcase covers in vivid color or with cool backgrounds. Now, I know many folks feel like they aren’t “artsy enough” to be successful posting like that on Instagram, and I’m here to tell them that they don’t need any art skills. Just a little planning.

from How to Bookstagram Like A Pro by Kristina Pino


When I think about the ways my reading life now differs from what it used to be, my mind boggles at the variety of venues for book acquisition. When I was a kid I used to get books from my parents’ shelves, as gifts, and from the library. As I got older, I started to buy books now and then — always print because ebooks didn’t exist  — usually from mall stores like Walden Books. Then I bought books from my college bookstore and now and then from used bookstores. But that was about it.

Ah, how things have changed. We are living in a golden age for book acquisition, and I’m enjoying every moment of it. So I thought it might be interesting to make a list of the many ways I acquire books as an adult, now that I’m a book blogger, the internet is a thing, and audiobooks are available on formats other than cassette tapes.

from 21 Ways I Get My Hands on Books by Rebecca Hussey


I try to find something of value in each book I read, and I try to read widely. All the young adult dystopian books, the terrible and the fine, tell us something about who we are, culturally, and what we fear, and what we think adolescence is all about. Award-winning “high” literature tells us something about what we value, about our identity. (Or, perhaps, about the values of the committee conferring the honors—but that’s another topic altogether.)

from The Books We Love To Hate(Read) by Guest Rioter Nicole Mulhausen


Though I still own a wood chest full of tarot cards, runes, herbs, and bits of DNA from people who have crossed me (kidding…), I haven’t practiced since that day in my dorm room where I crushed wet marigolds on my eyes and didn’t see fairies. But I still have the tattoo, the amusing memories, and this list of books to remind me of my foray into Wicca.

While the following reads aren’t all explicitly about contemporary Pagan Wicca, these are books I either picked up or would have been interested in because of their Wiccan themes.

from Wiccan Fiction for Everyday Witches by S. Zainab Williams

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Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former teen and adult librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.