Book Riot: Raise an Uproar About Books

by Kim on October 3, 2011 · 14 comments

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If you’ve been on Twitter much the last couple weeks, you’ve probably seen some posts about Book Riot, a mysteriously blank-looking site with the tagline, “It’s not a book club… it’s a movement.”

Now that it’s finally October 3 — launch day — get to help spread the news about what the site is since I’m going to be one of the regular contributors.

Book Riot aims to be a book news and commentary site that sits between a book blog and a more traditional, mass-market book site. The goal is to bring the personality and accessibility of blog writing and make it more mainstream – a site for people who love books, but might not have the inclination to subscribe to a hundred book blogs.

I got recruited to join by one of the co-founders, Jeff of The Reading Ape, and he’s collected quite an awesome group of bloggers and writers as contributors. Some that I know and admire include Rachel (a home between pages), Greg (The New Dork Review of Books), Wallace (Unputdownables), Kit (Books are my Boyfriends), and Rebecca (The Book Lady’s Blog). Quite the crew, right?

I have to admit, I’m a little intimidated by the project. I’ve never thought of Sophisticated Dorkiness as particularly funny or a place where rioting might happen, but I am looking forward to experimenting with a slightly more pumped-up voice to keep up with everyone else.

I’m not sure what exactly it’ll mean for things here. I expect to keep posting regularly, but there may be some cross-posting or connected content between the sites, since it’s not like starting a new project is going to leave me with more time to read. Either way, I’ll be sure to keep people here posted on what I’m writing there, since it’s still all me.

I’ve got two posts up right now — an adapted review of The Neighborhood Project by David Sloan Wilson, and an updated list of Five True Stories to Scare You Silly in honor of Halloween. On the whole, I’m excited, and I hope you’ll stop over and see what Book Riot is about.

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