The Week’s Most Popular Posts: June 20 – 24, 2016

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

So here’s a not-in-any-particular-order, not-at-all-comprehensive list of books about libraries and bookstores–fiction and non, graphic and all text, old and new–that will give you a chance to do just that while having a damn great time. (And you’ll get some extra-meta cred when you acquire them via library or bookstore. Score!) Stay tuned for library cats, bookmobile romance novels, feminist bookstores, and more.

from 100 Must-Read Books About Libraries and Bookstores by Derek Attig


When it comes to getting hired at an independent bookstore, a love of books is a starting point, not a qualification. The position requires a large amount of energy, enthusiasm, curiosity, patience, and the ability to think on your feet. And no, booksellers do not get to read all day, or even part of the day. So let’s talk realistically about what a job in bookselling entails, and then how to land one.

from Will Work for Books: 5 Tips for Getting Hired at an Independent Bookstore by Tirzah Price


Holy cats, do I love mysteries! I mean, I love many different genres, but I bet I read more mysteries than anything else. And I read them faster, too – I absolutely must know what happens as quickly as possible! I think what attracts me to mysteries is the puzzle aspect: Who did it? And why? And it’s even better when I’m completely surprised by the ending, like I was with these ten fantastic mysteries and thrillers.

from Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How: 10 Great Mysteries and Thrillers by Liberty Hardy


In the same Facebook post to her fans, Gabaldon writes  “I like well-written romance novels.” Do you find that phrasing kind of odd? Like, would a mystery reader say “I like mysteries. The well-written ones.” I can imagine Gabaldon’s reaction to a reader who approaches her signing table to say, “I really like your books. The well-written ones, I mean.”

I think it would be nice if Diana Gabaldon embraced the very strong romantic elements of her story as much as she embraces the historical elements or the time travel or the literary elements.

from On Outlander, Romance, and Diana Gabaldon by Jessica Tripler


One of my favorite things about the month of June is putting together my summer reading list. Granted, I need very little excuse to put together a book list, but since summer seems to be the agreed upon time in which everyone else wants to talk about the books they’re reading, the internet is awash in recommended reads from a wide and varied group. From fashion magazines to Bill Gates, and from an alternative newspaper to the New York Times, there is something for everyone here. I have rounded up some of my favorite lists for your perusing pleasure. Happy list making!

from 16 Summer Reading Lists from Around the Web by Kristy Pasquariello


There’s a great big world out there, filled with accomplished authors writing in every language. Speculative fiction is an especially vibrant genre, and with works like Cixin Liu’s award-winningThree-Body Problem garnering much-deserved applause here in the U.S., and multiple anthologies of Spanish-language fiction becoming available, there’s never been a better time to build your TBR list.

from 100 Must-Read Works of Speculative Fiction in Translation by Rachel Cordasco