The Week’s Most Popular Posts: April 18 – 22, 2016

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

I know quite a few readers who credit reading a memoir as their gateway into other nonfiction. While I certainly love memoirs for that, it’s also a genre that stands well on it’s own. A great memoir takes a reader into a different world, bringing them along as the author faces struggles big and small. Memoirs can make you laugh, cry, think and yearn to explore new ideas.

I thought I was pretty well-read when it comes to memoirs, but as I put together this list of 100 must-read memoirs, I realized the explosion of the genre of late has left me with a lot of catching up to do.

from 100 Must-Read Memoirs by Kim Ukura


Jane Eyre is my favorite classic novel of all time. It’s hauntingly beautiful, eloquently written, daringly progressive, and a terrific love story to boot. Eyre was one of the first literary heroines to command recognition of feminine fortitude, wit, and desire. Like her creator, she was a heroine ahead of her time, and her story is peppered with nuggets of wisdom that are just as relevant today as they were 169 years ago when the book was first published. Today is Charlotte Brontë’s 200th birthday. To celebrate, here are 35 of my favorite quotes from Jane Eyre, loosely sorted by topic. Quotes by characters other than Jane are noted.

from The 35 Best Lines from Jane Eyre by Kate Scott


With Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon coming up, this is a timely post. We collected our favorite one-sitting books perfect for ripping through during any, and every, readathon!

from One-Sitting Books Perfect For A Readathon by Andi Miller


The Midwest produces a spectacular gamut of novelists, poets, essayists, collagists, etc. The region is home to some of the most established creative writing programs in the U.S., as well as a ton of awesome literary journals and quarterlies. The writers included on this list are connected to the region in various ways, some more loosely than others.

from 100 Must-Read Books of the American Midwest by Aram Mrjoian


I carry my books with me, literally and figuratively. From Matilda to Between the World and Me so many characters, stories, scenes, and lines have stayed with me throughout my life. Most recently I found myself carrying around a line from Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King. A character mentions how every time she asks herself “Why me?” her response is always “Why not me?” I’ve found myself turning this over a lot lately, in response to myself and those I know. While I’ve always found myself applying the “why not me” to myself in the positive sense, like if up for a job why wouldn’t I get it, I realized I don’t ever apply this in negative situations. In the latter it’s so easy, almost like an instinct, to immediately respond to things with the “Why me?” mentality. To sink into this idea and wrap oneself in a pity/victim blanket. BUT to process it further, to step back, and to ask myself “Why not me?”—and “Why not you?”— well, that’s something to work on.

from Lines from Books That Stayed With Us by Jamie Canaves


Did you know that Rachel Dolezal, the woman who last year was outed as a white woman pretending to be black, is slated to publish a book on racial identity, specifically what it means to be a white woman who identifies as black? That got us to thinking: what other books by questionably qualified famous people would we also like to never see? So here are 10 Books We Hope to See Never.

from Ten Celebrity Books We Do NOT Need In Our Lives by Justina Ireland

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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.