The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 1 – 5, 2016

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

We asked our contributors to share the best book they read this month. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, YA, and much, much more- there are book recommendations for everyone here! Some are old, some are new, and some aren’t even out yet. Enjoy and tell us about the highlight of your reading month in the comments.

from Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read In July by Peter Damien


I’m still at the “functional planner” end of the spectrum, as opposed to the “glam planner” end. Too much stuff distracts me. But I definitely appreciate a nice looking accessory. And as an avid reader, I especially love bookish planner accessories.

Here are some that caught my eye.

from Bookish Accessories For Your Erin Condren, Filofax, or Day Designer Planners by Jessica Tripler


Unfortunately, all I managed to do was finish The Shadow of the Wind without throwing it against the wall in rage and annoyance.To the contrary of what some Goodreads discussions would tell you, this book is extremely sexist to the point of tediousness: like, it’s so unimaginatively sexist and predictable that I am actually surprised at how famous and acclaimed this book and series are. Many people in the discussion I’ve just linked to say that sexism in this book was inevitable because it’s set in the 1940s and 1950s but I would like to, politely, call bullshit on that.

from Sexism Killed My Interest In The Shadow Of The Wind by Nicole Froio


So here’s the thing: I’ve read every Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction. I don’t know why I did this to myself. That’s a lie, I know why but it’s not interesting and you’ve got better things to do than read about that time I got trapped in my aunt’s house for three days and had to fake being sick to get out of watching people buy pies.

I did it though – I’ve read every work of fiction the Pulitzer committee deemed worthy of the Pulitzer and while I don’t completely regret the experience, there are a few things you should know if you’re considering it.

from 6 Things You Should Know If You’re Considering The Pulitzer Challenge by Tracy Shapley


Amigurimi are small, crochet or knit toys, usually made to resemble animals or inanimate objects, usually with human features, like faces. It’s a Japanese art form, and it’s about the most fun I can ever imagine having with yarn. And they are just so darn cute!

As I started collecting patterns on Pinterest, I came across quite a few that I thought would be of interest to my fellow book fiends and yarn enthusiasts, and I’ve pulled them together here for you to gawk at.

from 15 Amigurimi Patterns For Book Nerds by Cassandra Neace


Summer might be coming to a close more quickly than we’d like, and I know I’m not the only one lamenting the loss of vacation time for reading. But if you’re looking for books to bring along on your last few days to the beach or pool, these five titles might be perfect for a summer afternoon!

from 5 Books To Watch For in August by Angel Cruz


I pulled together a list of fifty-five college and university common reading program selections for the class of 2020. This is by no means a formal study but I did my best to cover different kinds of schools in different regions. Below, you’ll find the common reading selections of large state schools, small liberal arts colleges, schools in the deep south and on the west coast, religious schools and secular institutions, community colleges, women’s colleges, and HBCUs. It may not include every college’s pick for this year, but it’s enough to see a few trends.

from College Common Readings Round-Up, Fall 2016 by Ashley Bowen-Murphy