BOOK RIOT

Sep 30

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Get ready for your to-be-read piles to explode. It’s time for the Riot Round-up — a look at what our favorite reads were in the month of September.

Get ready for your to-be-read piles to explode. It’s time for the Riot Round-up — a look at what our favorite reads were in the month of September.

It’s here — the latest episode of the Dear Book Nerd podacst. This week’s episode features special guest Chuck Wendig.
Turn up the volume and tune in.

It’s here — the latest episode of the Dear Book Nerd podacst. This week’s episode features special guest Chuck Wendig.

Turn up the volume and tune in.

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“There’s always a bit of a lull between finishing one book and beginning the next. It may be brief, but it can last days if the book you just finished was perhaps a particularly powerful, resonant one. But alas, we all come to that moment when we cast a glance at our to be read stack, stand before our bookshelves, scan our Kindle, or swipe through our Audible accounts and ask ourselves that age-old question: what book should I read next?” — How do you choose what to read next? Here are four methods for finding that next right book to dive into.

Riot Recommendation: Favorite Jazz Age Tales - BOOK RIOT -

We want to know: what are your favorite jazz age stories? Come tell us, and next week, we’ll put together a big reading list for you.

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Critical Linking: September 30, 2014 

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

The school board voted to remove three copies of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” from the library shelves of Frank Augustus Miller Middle School and to forbid its inclusion at other middle school libraries in the district. Even donations of the book are not to be accepted.

Absolutely disastrous job, Riverside, California. Perhaps the biggest inspiration for teenagers to read since Harry Potter and you are fucking it up.

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When librarians talk about a commons it is almost always about “the stuff in the space” – whereas communities are about “people doing stuff together.” I’m trying to move away from a focus on serving “the user” and instead trying to appreciate that we engage and support a multitude of different people with diverse and different needs. Our libraries are different things to different people. We cannot be everything to everyone, but we can be very good at being some things to many people.

Thinking about a library as a community rather than a space seems like a keen insight indeed.

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Photos of Bradbury’s home office in Los Angeles showed a room stuffed full of manuscripts and books, awards and action figures, signed memorabilia and art. Many of those items went up for auction last week. There were 16 bids for a collection of Bradbury’s personal watches — eight wristwatches and a pocketwatch — which sold for a total of $3,495. The biggest-ticket item was the original, commissioned artwork for the cover of “The Illustrated Man” by Dean Ellis, which went for $45,894.

All together, Ray Bradbury’s cache of memorabilia went for just about 500k.

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Did you know that Book Riot has a YouTube channel? We do. It’s new and we are having fun with it. Check it out here.

Sep 29

We asked readers to share their favorite assigned reading. We tabulated the data and have your top 25 favorite books that you’ve been assigned to read.
Then we took it one step further and looked at where those favorite assigned titles overlapped with favorite books, most hated books, and the books you were most likely to pretend to have read.
Delicious, delicious data.

We asked readers to share their favorite assigned reading. We tabulated the data and have your top 25 favorite books that you’ve been assigned to read.

Then we took it one step further and looked at where those favorite assigned titles overlapped with favorite books, most hated books, and the books you were most likely to pretend to have read.

Delicious, delicious data.

“Buying books from authors of color (and women) send a monetary message to the publishing industry (which is, by the way, a business – not a magical art-making unicorn) to publish more of these authors, thereby giving readers more of a variety of authors to choose from. In other words, one doesn’t buy Poland Spring bottled water when they live in California not necessarily because they think Arrowhead is better but rather because we don’t have Poland Spring bottled water. Put an abundance of it in our grocery stores and you’ll see more people buying it.” — from Diversity in Publishing Matters, Whether You Like It Or Not by Wallace Yovetich