The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 8 – 12, 2016

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

If you somehow missed it, Beyoncé released a new video for her song Formation, an anthem to blackness that embraces hot sauce in purses, Afros, and Red Lobster, home of the cheddar bay biscuits. In her video, Beyoncé eschews the white gaze in favor of a video marked by unapologetic blackness. Stunning cinematography touches on such issues as Black Lives Matter, respectability politics, and the aftermath of Katrina. It’s a video that practically begs for a reading list, especially in the middle of Black History Month. All descriptions are taken from Goodreads.

from A Reading List for Beyoncé’s “Formation” by Justina Ireland


Getting to know your library in and out will broaden your knowledge of the library and potentially help you discover new favorites. That’s how I became a lifelong P.G. Wodehouse fan, by selecting Very Good Jeeves off the shelves almost by accident. Now you can have an experience like mine by following these clues in this fearless library scavenger hunt. You don’t have to read the whole book–you could just skim through the first chapter or make observations. Oh, and be sure to pack a tote.

from A Library Scavenger Hunt For Exploring The Stacks by Sarah S Davis


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Here are a few other romantic heroes from the classics whom I would never consider dating:

Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice). I lost count years ago of the number of times I’ve seen people (and products!) express a sentiment along the lines of “you’re my Mr. Darcy” or “I’m looking for my Mr. Darcy.” Um, excuse me? He’s a stuck-up jackass you hate until he white knights for your sister? Okaaaaaay.

from Romantic Heroes I Wouldn’t Date by Annika Barranti Klein


So, my sister is having a baby soon (so soon in fact, that by the time you’re reading this said babe will have been born). As a brand new aunt, bookseller, and all-around competitive lady, it is my [current] deepest desire to find this newborn’s first favorite book. I mean, I want to be the cool aunt with great taste, right? And I’m a bookseller who specializes in kids’ books. This should be an easy task. But I found myself in an adorable kids’ bookstore recently (hey there, Second Star to the Right) and I just couldn’t choose a book!

I figure there are more soon-to-be coolest aunts out there who are experiencing this struggle, so I’ve compiled a list of [untested and un-researched] tips for baby’s-first-favorite book buying.

from How To Buy Baby’s First Favorite Book (and Be the Best Aunt Ever) by Emma Nichols


I’m sorry, but I have to say it: English has failed us. Which is shocking, coming from me, given that I’ve been in love with the language for most of my life. But recently, I discovered The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows — a series of made up words that capture that feeling of melancholy/pain/nostalgia/etc. that there is no exact, real word to describe. Feelings like “vellichor,” which is now the strange wistfulness of used bookshops. And that got me thinking of other “untranslatable” feelings and situations, some of which you can find words for in other languages. Words like tsundoku, a Japanese word that roughly means: “Leaving a book unread after buying it.” (I am so very guilty of this. Sigh.) And sure, we have the phrase “book hangover” for that melancholic daze that comes at the end of a good book. But what about all those other especially bookish situations/feelings that we desperately need words to describe?

So, I’ve compiled a list of those inexplicable feelings below! Guys, we need to make up words for these. Immediately.

from 10 Bookish Feelings We Need English Words For ASAP by Sharanya Sharma


Unrequited love. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I know I certainly have. I’ve spent most of the last eighteen months wallowing in it, and at the height of my obsession I trawled Goodreads for hours, trying to find quotes that would help put what was happening in my heart into words. Everything I read was about this crush, even when it wasn’t. Everything I wrote was, too. Here’s what I discovered, in books and my own experience.

from 30 Literary Quotes About Unrequited Love by Claire Handscombe