The Week’s Most Popular Posts: March 14 – 18, 2016

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


What if classic literary characters had access to social media?Flipsnack answered these questions with illustrations of some of our favorite classic books (Holden on Twitter is solid gold)! Check it out.

from Classic Literary Characters on Social Media by Guest Rioter Jazmin Batisti


Well, essays don’t have to be like the kind of thing you wrote in school. Essays can be anything, really. They can be personal, confessional, argumentative, informative, funny, sad, shocking, sexy, and all of the above. The best essayists can make any subject interesting. If I love an essayist, I’ll read whatever they write. I’ll follow their minds anywhere. Because that’s really what I want out of an essay — the sense that I’m spending time with an interesting mind. I want a companionable, challenging, smart, surprising voice in my head.

from 100 Must-Read Essay Collections by Rebecca Hussey


Having recently become a self-help author in my own right (and been dubbed an “anti-guru”), I thought it would be fun to explore some other titles in the category that promote the same kind of sass and sauciness of my book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, while simultaneously helping people become their best selves.

So, without further fucking ado…

from 5 Irreverent Self-Help Books by Sarah Knight


Audiobooks and works by talented women are two things that I will never, ever, EVER get enough of, and I have a hunch many of you feel the same way!

It’s Women’s History Month. Book Riot just celebrated International Women’s Day (for which we published only posts by women readers and writers–you can see all the posts here). And I’m a feminist every day. These all seemed like great reasons to participate in “One Book/One Like” by tweeting my li’l heart out about my favorite audiobooks read by women authors, celebrities, and voice actors.

from 36 Recommendations for Audiobooks Read By Women by Rachel Smalter Hall


I would like to set fire to the term “serious reader” and throw its ashes into the sea. That is my thesis here. Into. The. Sea.

There are lots of reasons I wish to drown the flaming corpse of the Serious Reader. For one, the term is, frustratingly, both nebulous and limiting. It is clearly intended to be an identity to which people should aspire, but I have not seen anyone able to properly define it or to justify why it is the best kind of reader to me. I have seen a lot written about what a Serious Reader is not (a young person, a person who reads on a device instead of paper, a person who reads “genre,” especially genres like romance that are dominated by women). I have also seen a lot of implication and suggestion of what a Serious Reader might (exclusively) read, which leads me to my most significant objection to it: the term is a kind of literary dog whistle sexism/racism.

from Against The “Serious Reader” by Maddie Rodriguez


The Ides of March can get one thinking — are we going too far? Are our actions about to up-end republics? Should we begin wearing knife-proof undergarments? Couple these thoughts with March being Women’s History Month, and we get a group of fictional women who might have taken one things one step too far, crossed their own Rubicon, and generally made a mess of things.

from Ladies in Literature Who May Have Gone Too Far by Alice Burton