The Week’s Most Popular Posts: April 25 – April 29, 2016

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

Attention, friends and fans of Little Free Libraries: The beloved book-sharing movement is throwing a party, and you’re invited!

The first-ever Little Free Library Festival will take place on May 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. It’s free (natch), it’s family-friendly, and it celebrates the Little Free Library mission to build community and celebrate reading.

from Reading Road Trip: The Little Free Library Festival by Margret Aldrich


Ready for some serious armchair travel? Take a trip around the globe with these books from the eighty most populated countries in the world.

from Around The World in 80 Books: A Global Reading List by Kate Scott


And then… well, we look at the price of those fancier bookshelves, take a deep breath, and redirect our attention towards some cheaper bookshelves that, ya know, actually still look pretty nice and do the job.

from 10 Cheap Bookshelves (That Are Actually Pretty Nice) by Nikki Steele


But Latin American countries include all of South and Central America, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico which means there is a lot of distinct histories, voices, views, and stories to read.

While I have not ignored the authors everyone knows of, magic realism, or the most popular countries I decided to cast my nets far and wide. I’ve included short stories, novels, anthologies, poetry, and even a memoir. There are works that defined/created literary movements all the way to recent crime fiction. This list is in no way comprehensive but there is something here for every type of reader– including those who like to watch the adapted film after reading the book.

from 100 Must-Read Latin American Books by Jamie Canaves


I share Jane’s indignation at the assumption that a book can’t be both written for women and “about something.” The problem is not necessarily with the books themselves. “Women’s literature,” as bookstores sometimes call it, is full of winners and stinkers like any other genre. The problem is this: by calling these books “women’s literature,” we women are told that this is our section, then we are ridiculed for actually liking the books it contains. This is the irony of the pastel dust jackets: romance (in its many incarnations) has always been dominated by women writers, and it consistently remains one of the highest selling genres. Either there are a lot of “bored housewives,” or there are a lot of people who read romance, period. But romance is still considered “pop” literature, not the preference of the serious reader.

from “Jane the Virgin” and The Trope of the Woman Reader by Hannah Engler



from Book Fetish: Volume 204 by Rachel Manwill

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Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former librarian and a blogger at STACKED. Her latest book is HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD, a YA anthology of essays, art, interviews, and more about feminism. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.