The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 22 – 26, 2016

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

For those of us who love seeing poetry often and beautifully, there’s a whole world of Instagram poets making fascinating art every day. From ripped pages to flowers to street scenes, these poets are actively rethinking how poetry can be presented to readers today.

from 14 Favorite Instagram Poets by Nikki Steele


We're gonna call that a kiss. It is where she gets her name, after all. #catsofinstagram #booksandcats #catstagram

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Scout is bookish by nature. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to after asking her what she’s doing with my reading material. Since she doesn’t reply, I can only assume that she thinks I’m doing it wrong.  And she is not the only cat out there that feels this way.

from What Your Cat Really Thinks About Your Book Habit by Cassandra Neace


I realized–while forcing Gilbert and Darcy to duke it out in my imagination after another reading of Anne–that there might not be a real fight between the authors, though. They’ve got plenty of romantic archetypes, with vastly varying levels of appeal, to go around.

And so, in the name of finding common ground, I present to you: the heroes of L.M. Montgomery and Jane Austen, properly paired.

from Pairing The Romantic Heroes of L. M. Montgomery and Jane Austen by Michelle Anne Schingler


Whether you check on your cats daily, twice daily, or scoff at the thought, you’ve probably heard of Neko Atsume, the tamagotchi-like game where players set out food and toys to attract cats who then leave them currency in the form of sardines so players can buy more food and toys (and repeat).

I’m the twice daily player (minimum); I have the Japanese version on my iPad and the English version on my cell. I’ve collected all the cats and nearly all the mementos. What I’m trying to say is I’ve spent a lot of time with these adorable pixel-kittens. So naturally, as a book nerd, I’ve given a lot of thought to what they’re reading.

from What The Cats of Neko Atsume Are Reading by Emma Nichols


Pew’s own study of the reading habits of younger Americans shows that 46% of 16-17 year-olds read every day, which is higher than the rate at which people over the age of 30 read (and Denby’s own demographic, those age 65 and older, is the least likely to read everyday). While it is possible that this reflects a significant drop in the reading habits of teenagers (it doesn’t, just give me a minute), that Denby focuses on the group most likely to read everyday seems a misuse of his anxiety.

from How Not To Worry About Teenagers Reading by Jeff O’Neal


The mystery genre’s population is far more diverse than just hard-boiled, hard-drinking, dame-saving PIs, superspies with amnesia, and elderly lady (and/or cats) sleuths, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it unless you went looking. As the benevolent dictator, I MEAN, book selector for a mystery book group for the past two years, I like to think that I have ranged farther afield in my quest for interesting books to pick apart for an hour. And it’s not enough to make just my group read them; the more the merrier, as they say. So whether you want something out of the ordinary, or something familiar but with a twist, or you want to visit different countries, or are super-tired of white people saving the day, here are some mysteries that might just do the trick.

from Murder Outside The Box: Inclusive, Far-Ranging Mysteries by Jenn Northington