The Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 18 – 22, 2016

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts this week on Book Riot:

Yes, that’s right. This time, I’ve decided to pass by the midnight parties, the frenzied pre-orders, the seemingly endless wait at the stores and at home. I will not hold that particular copy that will bemine, that might hold joy and heartache all at once. I’ve decided not to read The Cursed Child, and here’s why. 

from Why I Won’t Be Reading The Cursed Child by Sharanya Sharma


If you don’t normally read romance, consider trying one of these. Be aware that in a genre romance novel, the focus is on the relationship, and the setting has to serve that. I think the best historical romances offer a vibrant, evocative setting that conveys the spirit of the age. The setting helps make the characters who they are, and the characters embody the setting, but their relationship is the key to the book.

If you are a romance reader, I apologize. I have without doubt left off your favorite author or book. Please share the names and titles in the comments: like most romance readers, I believe there’s no such thing as a scary TBR pile.

from 100 Must-Read Historical Romances by Jessica Tripler


Women have been writing historical fiction featuring real and fictional female characters for years. It’s the job of history books to tell us about the overachievers; it’s up to fiction to tell the smaller stories, to remind us that everyday courage matters, too.

from How Historical Fiction Does What History Textbooks Do Not by Guest Rioter Melissa Lenhardt


Florence, for those who may not know, is a mega book lover. And more than that, she’s got her own book club online that she participates in. But it’s not a club she began; it was through a tweet by a 14-year-old girl named Leah Moloney that the “Between Two Books” club began. You can read the whole story here and marvel at how one fan’s tweet started something so big…and something that involves the singer herself. Between Two Books has an impressive 41,000 followers on Instagram. Check it out, and if you’d like, take part in the club, which not only chooses books to talk about together, but which offers up reading challenges, too.

Let’s take a look through some of the books that Florence has read, loved, and talked about both for her book club, as well as through her own personal social media challenges.

from The Bookish Life of Florence Welch by Kelly Jensen


Meet the oldest library in the world, Khizanat al Qarawiyyin in Fes, Morocco.



from A Sneak Peek Into the Oldest Library in the World by Kareem Shaheen


I love it when books break the rules, when authors play with formats to create something that causes me to re-imagine what a book can be. Books can be so much more than words (or words and pictures) on a page. These four books are creative experiments in style and structure, but are they good books?

from Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Unconventional Book Formats by Teresa Preston