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Can you identify these YA novels by their New York Times Best Seller descriptions alone? Give it a shot.

But the attraction of these novels is partly because the rhythms of life in great houses are so very different from the rhythms of our own: The characters linger over breakfast, they take long walks in the gardens, they stop for lunch, they stop again for afternoon tea, they talk to each other without constantly checking their iPhones. There is no commute, there is no email, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, no TV, no noise. They dress for dinner- and in a time where many of us are in our sweats by that point in the evening, who wouldn’t admire that kind of glamor? Just as when I was a little girl, pulling my great-grandmother’s clothes out of the chest of drawers in the hall, careful not to rip the delicate lace, when I put an Ostrich plume in my hair, lifted my skirts, and admired myself in the mirror, these books allow us to try on the past to see how it looked.
from In Praise of the “Big House” Novels by Johanna Lane
The List List #119

A Doctor Who Choose-Your-Own-Adventure t-shirt, pen cufflinks, book earrings, a Kate Spade book tote, and more in this week’s Book Fetish.

Take a peek over our shoulders and see what members of team Riot are reading right now.
It was with grating restraint that I mostly resisted the urge to cross out several bits of my old scribbling. But of course I am grateful to that younger man for sitting where he sat, fingering over these same pages, surrounded by furniture this body has by now mostly wrestled out to various curbsides in towns left behind. In those/these pages: the same words overlay the same words sieved through the conjunction separating and joining me and me. It’s important to remember: Time and Experience are essential and devastating shorthand. It’s important to remember: to carry a name through the years, to know your own dreams, to share in the telling of the living.

Ready, Set, Hold!

Did you know that your library lets you put a book on hold before the publication date- sometimes MONTHS before? We’re starting a new monthly video series that tells you about the biggest, most in-demand books coming out over the next few months, so you can put them on hold at your library before everyone else does. Here’s installment one

This week’s featured trailer is sponsored by Storm Siren by Mary Weber.

My final verdict? The movie doesn’t fail the book, regardless of the box office numbers. It’s not even a bad movie. I think that what’s happened is that so many people who read this book when they were kids years ago were let down by that first color trailer. How could they trust the movie if our first glimpse of it was in color? I had my doubts, too.  The thing that won me over in the end, though, was Lowry’s seal of approval.  It didn’t fail in her eyes, so maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to write it off.