The Week’s Most Popular Posts: March 28 – April 1, 2016

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

A few weeks ago, my family surprised me with a dinner party for my 30th birthday. I had no idea that any of this was coming, and the night just got more and more delightful as it went on. The theme, because my family knows and loves me, was “vintage library.” My mom went through all of my old books, getting lots of them out of storage, and found original recipes from lots of my favorites.

It was such a special night, so I thought I’d write about it for Book Riot to preserve the memory and share the fun. It feels a tiny bit silly to write a whole article that is “look how great my mom is and look how much fun we had,” but also, look how great my mom is and look what a great party she put together. I’ve pulled together some alternate ideas and gathered up my mom’s sources so you can throw your own library party.

from How to Throw a Vintage Library-Themed Party by Jesse Doogan


I love me some indie bookstores. I do. Shout-out to The Strand in NYC, Quimby’s in Chicago, and the Village Bookshop right here in Columbus, which I thought was a religious bookstore for about eight years because it’s in an old church. (Oops.) But I didn’t name a blog Insatiable Booksluts because I am choosy about where I buy books; when it comes to book shopping, I take all comers. (Is that… does the booksluts reference make that a dirty pun?)

Here are some non-book stores where I often find myself browsing the book selection. (I’m not counting places like Amazon or Walmart or Target because they basically are online bookshops.)

from 8 Great Non-Bookstore Places to Get Books by Susie Rodarme



from It’s Not a Dream: 18 Works of Alice in Wonderland Art by Jamie Canaves


I’ve been living in the United States for almost two years now and after a childhood full of Saved By The Bell and New Kids On The Block and The Babysitters Club I hadn’t expected a culture shock. I was naive. We may speak the same language but we’re (literally) an ocean apart when it comes to everything else. Below is a selection of books that will help homesick Brits, satiate the curiosity of anyone that can’t get enough Downton Abbey, and offer a window into our weird little collection of islands. And yes, we really are that obsessed with the weather.

from Books for Anglophiles and Homesick British Expats by Rachel Weber


from Bookish Secrets on Whisper by Becky Cole


I’ve spent the last nine months-ish reading almost exclusively books in translation as a judge for this year’s Best Translated Book Award and holy housecats, what a time it has been. I’ve had some transcendent reading moments and some WTF-did-I-just-read moments, sometimes in the same book. The winning author and the winning translator both get $5,000…pretty rad. Find out more about the prize (and the sister prize for poetry in translation) here.

Anywoot, the judges read hundreds of books this year and battled mightily over the long list. The result of our battles is this list of 25 books, translated into English from 16 different languages.

from 2016 Best Translated Book Award Long List by Amanda Nelson

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.