A Week in the Books: Links I Loved the Week of 8/24/18

Books for both tween boys and girls, revisiting trigger warnings, InstaNovels, fall book previews, and the worst books ever.

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For your Friday reading enjoyment, we have books for both tween boys and girls, revisiting trigger warnings, InstaNovels, fall book previews, and the worst books ever. Let’s get to it!

10 Female-Led Novels That Tween Boys (and Girls) Love – Read Brightly
I’m talking middle grade books next week, so this is timely. I hate that boy-led books are often considered “universal” while girl-led books are only for girl readers. I’ve only read a couple of these, but I agree that they would appeal to both boys and girls.

Trigger Warnings Psychologically Harmful, Harvard Study Shows – Inquistr
A few weeks ago, we had some discussion in the comments about trigger warnings. This study showed that trigger warnings can actually cause more anxiety in people who believed themselves vulnerable to the content. The study used literature as the sample text, so this is highly relevant to those of us writing about books.

Now You Can Read Entire Books on Instagram Thanks to the New York Public Library’s ‘InstaNovels’ – Fortune
I’m not an Instagrammer, but this may prompt me to at least try it out. I love seeing the new ways that people innovate to tell stories.

Fall Previews
I feel like I link to Sarah and Susie a lot, but they are some of the first bloggers I look to for great recommendations (especially since I’m mostly reading backlist these days–they help me choose the must-read new releases). Fall is one of the biggest times for new books, and both of them have put together some great previews of what’s coming. Check them out at Novel Visits and Sarah’s Book Shelves.

What’s the worst novel ever? It might be this 19th-century train wreck. – Washington Post
I simply couldn’t resist this title. I’ve never heard of this book, and honestly, I only skimmed the summary. But: readers love to talk about awful books. I can think of a few recent ones that might deserve a nomination.


On the Blog

Building Reading Routines and Habits for the School Year


Friday Fun: Which books would you nominate as the Worst Ever? Or, tell us which fall books you’re excited to read!


A Week in the Books: Links I Loved the Week of 8/24/18



  1. Hahaha! I’m dying laughing about the worst book ever written. And thank you for linking to my preview post…and for linking to my stuff so often in general!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you appreciated it as much as I did πŸ˜€

  2. Thanks for the fall preview link and kind words, Allison. Just so you know, I love your bog, too and always feel like I get so much great information about bookish topics from it.

    I don’t think I could pick a worst book ever anymore because I DNF books now. I’d probably have to go back to college or my 20’s when I was much more likely to force myself to finish a book.

    1. Thanks, Susie! I feel like I’m getting better at choosing good books (and DNFing–sort of), so my “worst book ever” contenders would probably be pretty obvious. I love seeing discussions about books people hate, though, mostly because people just can’t wait to share the books they despise (why is that?).

  3. Hahahahaha what a fantastic (and kind-of random) round up! I’m still undecided on trigger warnings, for a lot of reasons – I don’t usually give them when I’m reviewing, but I do usually give a clear and comprehensive summary of the plot (so if someone knows there’s something in there that won’t sit well for them, they can make the decision for themselves). I’m bookmarking that Inquistr article for later… thank you!!

    1. Ha–thanks! They’re usually kind of random πŸ™‚ I don’t usually feel like I need to give trigger warnings except for things like child abuse. I just feel like people should know if they’re picking up a book about that.

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