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The Most Popular Books Of The Month: August, 2014

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We love to geek out with stats, and what could be better than using them to see which books Book Riot readers were most interested in? Below are the five most-purchased titles from the previous month.

cover_bad_feminist1. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

What can I even say about this book? I loved Bad Feminist so much that it hurts. Gay really delves into what it means to be a woman from all angles. She highlights the flaws in her own humanism, and incredibly, she accepts herself for who she is. This book is cathartic and beautiful and just . . . I don’t even know. Go out, buy it, and read it now. You can thank me later.

-Swapna Krisha, Inbox/Outbox




Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage2. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is being heralded as a Murakami tale that’s “short and straightforward” in comparison with his more recent meandering works. It should be said that it’s still 400 pages, though, which I guess you only consider short when you’re comparing it to the 946 of 1Q84. Tsukuru Tazaki is a lonely man in his mid-30s who is “haunted by a great loss,” and his pilgrimage involves “traveling into the past to help heal his present.” And, yeah, that’s all you really get in terms of description. It also sold over a million copies during its first week of publication in Japan. Holy cheeseballs.

-Jill, 5 Books To Watch Out For In August


blood work3. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker

It took me a while to finish it (I’m a serial nonfiction abandoner, so I had to continually fight the urge), but I stuck with it, and I LOVED IT.  It was as thoroughly fascinating as I had hoped it would be. In addition to a detailed exploration of the early history of blood transfusion, there’s murder, intrigue, moral uncertainty-all the elements of a stellar mystery novel. But be warned: there’s also animal experimentation. It’s not the author’s fault, though. She’s just reporting the facts.

-Cassandra Neace, Riot Round-Up: Best Books We Read in July


the bone clocks by david mitchell4. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Because everyone was all, “WHAT!? You’ve never read David Mitchell? I can’t believe you’ve never read David Mitchell.” Yeah, I kinda want to go back in time and kick myself in the pants for not reading him sooner.

-Emily Gatlin, Peek Over Our Shoulders: What Rioters Are Reading on August 21, 2014





2am at the cat's pajamas5. 2 A.M. At the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

t’s Christmas Eve Eve and nine-year-old Madeline Altimari is determined to sing at Philadelphia’s second-best jazz club, The Cat’s Pajamas. Bertino unspools Madeline’s adventures over the course of 24 hours and rotates in chapters from the perspectives of a whole host of characters that just ooze personality and charm. This slim volume is the most delightful book I’ve read sinceWhere’d You Go, Bernadette?, and I can’t recommend enough for your next one-sitting read on a plane, at the beach, or any old time you need to be reminded of the magic a great writer can work with literary style.

-Rebecca Schinsky, Inbox/Outbox


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