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Everything Old Is New Again: It’s Retellings Day!

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of retellings — from the Mahabharata to King Arthur, the Odyssey to Peter Pan, Arabian Nights to Anne Shirley, writers are exploring beloved older stories and finding ways to make them their own. Today we’re celebrating all of these different retellings, from Asian myths and the many (many!) takes on Cinderella, to the importance of retellings by queer and BIPOC authors, retold tales for kids, and then thinking about the ones we hope to see next. Because there can never be enough, as far as we’re concerned. Come join us!

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It’s Dark Reads Day! 🖤

Oh, you thought the season of scare ended on October 31? HA. Welcome to Dark Reads Day, friends! From dark novels in verse to wintery thrillers, horror literary magazines to Goosebumps, we got you covered. We’ve even included a roundup of bookish goth goods this year, perfect for holiday gifting.

As one Rioter shares in their piece, YA Horror Books Inspired my Love of Reading: “To this day, as an avid young adult books reader, I still gravitate to the dark… these type of books paved the way to today’s most chilling and entertaining slasher lit. I thank these authors for letting me be the reader I am today, and for not letting me be afraid of the dark.”

Cheers to that, and happy (dark) reading!

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🎃 Happy Haunted Riot, Everyone! 👻

Welcome back, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, to the Haunted Riot! Whether you’re looking for full-on spine-tingling reads, just a touch of hair-raising horror, or are a spooky season novice, our writers have been brewing up posts that should suit.

Want some feel-good horror, or perhaps books rated Safe For Scaredy-Cats? Perhaps you need read-alikes for your favorite horror movies, or a travel guide to the most haunted bookish places around the world. Maybe you’ve got your thinking cap on and want to contemplate the popularity of gothic horror, or the enduring appeal of Stephen King to teenagers. Perhaps haunting queer tales are more likely to float your (ghostly pirate) boat. Pick your poison, and enter if you dare!

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It’s Environmental Lit Day!

Calling all nature-lovers, whether you’re a camping pro, always down to get dirty, or prefer to enjoy the view from a distance and ideally indoors, thanks very much! Today we’re exploring everything from ecofiction to sustainability, hopepunk to Indigenous nature-writing, environmental themes for kids to murder in the wild, and beyond. Come along for the ride, won’t you?

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Join Us For Romantic Reads Day! 🥰

Do you love a good love story? Do you hate pining but can’t get enough enemies-to-lovers — or vice versa? Maybe you’re all about unrequited love, or only want happy endings. We’re here for all of it, and we’re talking about all of it today! Come join us: we’ve got romantic queer SF/F, a deep dive into Anna Karenina, poetry, recs for your Enneagram Type, and much, much more. Heart-eyes in 3, 2, 1

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Welcome To Children’s Book Week, Sponsored By ThriftBooks!

It’s Children’s Book Week, the longest running literacy initiative in the US, and we’re celebrating all week long! We’re talking parents in middle grade fiction, indestructible books (because we know how helpful those are), adaptations, cooking with kids, marginalized main characters, and so much more.

Our coverage begins today and continues through-out the week, so make sure to check back. Here’s to all the kids, and the kids in all of us!

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It’s Winter Reading Day at Book Riot!

Whatever the weather is where you are, be it sunny and balmy or full-on Fall, we’re here to get cozy and chilly by turns and hunker down with some great Winter Reading. We’ve got mysteries, cookbooks, reads for the young’uns, magical fantasy, comics and romance, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! (Sorry, not sorry.)

Grab your favorite warm beverage, snuggle up, and read on.

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It’s Time For Haunted Riot!

:Cue organ music: Got your garlic and talismans in hand? Or perhaps you are the thing that goes bump in the night? Come in, come in, and enjoy our Big Creepy Crawly Mood! We’ve got horror podcasts, gothic novels, picture books, cursed objects — we’ve even got a post for those of you who would prefer all this Halloween nonsense be over, thanks very much. And, of course, that’s just the start.

Cast your protection circle and read on!

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It’s Literary Friendship Day!

It’s Literary Friendship Day here at Book Riot, and we are celebrating all things friendly and bookish! From queer friendships to murder-friends to manga friends, book clubs with friends and friends in space, we’ve got platonic-soulmate stories for everyone from the littles to the grown-ups. You can even take a quiz and find out which Literary Friendship you and your bestie(s) match up with.

Ready to celebrate your current friends and maybe make some new fictional ones? Let’s go!

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Join Us For Environmental Lit Day!

Hello readers, and welcome to Environmental Lit Day!

We’re celebrating the world around us and the books written about it with a smorgasbord of posts, exploring everything from eco-poetry, to environmental manga, to hopeful cli-fi and beyond. Let’s green up our TBRs!

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