The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 1 – 5, 2016

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

Pay attention to cats, because they definitely have power. But don’t pay them too much attention, because they will definitely bite you. Pay them just the right amount of attention. In fact, treat them like normal cats and you’ll probably do fine.

See the gods.

If you wake up to find that it has all been a dream, be comforted. Dreams are the realest stuff of them all.

And when you return to your own world, you will recognize it, though it will seem less grey, less boring, less literal. Go back to it, and tell everybody what you have seen. They will believe you. And belief is enough.

from Instructions In The Event You Find Yourself In A Neil Gaiman Story by Andy Browers


This week (February 1-5), a number of libraries and museums are upending their pencils-only policies and encouraging the public to color their collections. Well, to color black-and-white reproductions  that they’re releasing in coloring books and pages designed to be filled in then tagged on social media with #ColorOurCollections. Inspired by Twitter (of course) and tailor-made for Tumblr, the campaign was proposed by the New York Academy of Medicine and enthusiastically embraced by all sorts of institutions.

It’s a fascinating (not to mention super fun) chance to engage with rare books and art in a completely new way: not behind glass or through gloves but hands-on, creatively, colorfully. So here’s a guide to just some of the opportunities you’ll have to #ColorOurCollections this week.

from Coloring Books From Libraries & Museums For #ColorOurCollections Week by Derek Attig


But then I picked up that weird, clever little book that everyone’s always talking about, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. After I read it – and after I moved again, leaving boxes of books behind in a friend’s garage in England – I decided this was getting ridiculous. I had to take a look at my books and decide if they were really all worth keeping.

So I got started. I eased in by getting rid of books I didn’t even like. I found, for example, a cheesy old novel that I’d read once with an ill-advised book club. I thought it was smarmy and false and boring… but for some reason it was still on my shelf! I was never going to re-read it or recommend it to anyone, and it certainly didn’t “spark joy.” Ok, so – I got rid of that novel.

Once I’d done it – once I’d actually got rid of a book, and for a very good reason – it suddenly felt a little easier to get rid of another book… and then another.

from I Kondo’d The Heck Out Of My Bookshelves by Christy Childers


In some industries, not much awesome new stuff happens in winter. But not in books! February may be the coldest and snowiest month, but it’s abounding in awesome reading. Some of my favorites of the year so far are on this list and I can’t choose who I love the most so I’ll just list by release date.

from 5 Books To Watch For In February by Jessica Woodbury


I am a chronic worrier. If there’s something to worry about, I’ll worry about it, which unfortunately makes reading dangerous. All those untimely deaths and serial killers and epidemics! Here are ten books that have given me phobias. What about you? Have you developed any phobias as a result of reading a book?

from 10 Books That Have Given Me Phobias by Karina Glaser


t was no surprise I discovered this was a question that many who care about middle grade fiction and its readers have considered. This thoughtful post from author Vikki VanSickle in 2013 addresses the issue head-on: YA might be too late for the first gay characters to emerge in stories and indeed, middle grade offers a world of possibilities. The comments on VanSickle’s piece point to additional titles that offer looks at stories about LGBTQ characters in middle grade, but with that piece a few years old and the question still being asked, I thought I’d round up a pile of middle grade novels featuring stories or characters where identities are not shied away from. Some may be the primary driver of the story while other characters are in more secondary, but still visible, roles.

from LGBTQ Books for Middle Grade Readers by Kelly Jensen