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.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Unruly Reader October 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

Book Riot — I like it! I’m going to be checking out this site regularly –

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Joy Weese Moll October 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

Congratulations on the new gig! Looks like fun!

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Trisha October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

I’m excited to see what you guys do with the site. And I definitely think you will be a great fit!

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Vasilly October 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Congratulations! I’ll definitely subscribe to the site’s feed.

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Hannah October 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Congrats! This looks great :)

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The Literary Lioness October 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Congratulations on being selected. I’m sure you’ll do a great job.

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Maphead October 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Cool name and concept ! Good luck with the new project !

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Jenny October 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I secretly have always wished that “Riot!” could be an exclamation meaning, roughly, “Cool!”. And I just felt that here was an appropriate place to share that long-term wish of mine.

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Kim October 6, 2011 at 5:41 am

Hee hee! I like that. We should work to make that happen. Trend-setting!

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Kim October 6, 2011 at 5:41 am

Thanks for the congrats, everyone! Looks like I’ll be posting there once a week, which should be do-able and fun.

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Erin October 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Nice, go you! I’m looking forward to seeing how Book Riot shapes up.

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Ash October 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

That’s so awesome! They Twitter started following me last week but I haven’t had a chance to really check things out. Now I have a definite reason to.

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Trish October 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Somehow after reading this post I got “Pumped up Kicks” song stuck in my head. I’m definitely intrigued but have such a hard time keeping up with my favorite blogs as it is. So, I wouldn’t mind the cross-posting. ;)

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Kim October 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

I’ve had that song stuck in my head a lot lately. I’ll definitely be linking to posts over there even if I don’t end up cross posting them… just depends on how my blogging week is going. Last week I was way organized; this week, not so much…

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