The Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 25 – 29, 2016

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

I hope you’re ready for a whole bunch of mystery, murder, and in some cases pure evil because I’ve got 100 mystery & crime novels around the world.

Mystery and crime novels are my catnip—booknip? I especially love reading mystery/crime novels from around the world and seeing how writers in other countries define and tackle the genres, and the similarities/differences in the justice systems. I like noticing for example when guns aren’t often used in crimes, or places where women authors are top of the game, and falling down rabbit holes of looking up authors that changed the genre in their country.

from 100 Must-Read Mystery and Crime Novels Around The World by Jamie Canaves


The Man Booker Prize long list for 2016has been announced! If the Man Booker Prize is new to you, here’s what you need to know: The prize comes out of the U.K., focuses on literary fiction, and has been awarded since 1969. It was originally open only to Commonwealth, Irish, or Zimbabwean citizens, but in 2013 it was opened to any English-language novel published in the U.K., which means U.S. writers are now eligible. The prize is a big deal in the U.K., and while it has historically gotten less attention in the U.S., the inclusion of U.S. writers seems to be changing that.

from Introducing The Man Booker Prize 2016 Long List by Rebecca Hussey


Does your life just feel more together when you have a shelf of this quality in your home? Do you feel like you can bake the perfect gluten-free, locally sustainable cupcakes? Throw your daughter a Pinterest-worthy birthday party complete with printed paper straws placed in twee Mason jar drinks? Cook all the kale and quinoa in a way where people legitimately prefer it over a greasy pepperoni pizza?

A few of my fellow Book Riot contributors were nice enough to share their own secret bookshelf shame. On the left, a perfectly curated bookshelf (where, let’s be honest, the books are not the focus) I found across the interwebs. On the right, what a reader’s bookshelf actually looks like. No room for decorative plants, books crammed in edge-to-edge, no delicately arranged prints, books stacked two (sometimes three) deep.

from Shelf Shame: The Reality of Readers’ Bookshelves by Elizabeth Allen


There’s a lot of crossover in the arts. From book illustration to film adaptation, artists of different mediums frequently inspire each other. Here are 29 songs whose writers found inspiration in 10 of the world’s greatest classic novels.

from 29 Popular Songs That Reference Classic Books by Kate Scott


Attention history buffs! Want to learn the true stories behind your favorite historical novels? Check out these nonfiction/historical fiction book pairs!

from 10 Non-Fiction/Historical Fiction Book Pairs by Kate Scott


I love horror. I’ve written about it several times here and horror remains one of the few genres I find myself excited about in any category of fiction, be it in adult, young adult, or middle grade. A good scary/creepy/atmospheric story just does it for me.

As has been the case across all genres in young adult fiction, women have really been carving some new, fresh, and exciting paths in YA horror. They’re exploring new terrain, putting spins on classic tales, and offering up some of the most deliciously terrifying reading out there.

from 65 Great YA Horror Reads by Women by Kelly Jensen