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Sep 27 2012

A Brief Blog Profile: Book Riot

by Rachel Manwill


Book Riot is a group blog dedicated to exploring the intersections where literature and pop culture meet. Approaching its one-year anniversary, Book Riot's eclectic staff of writers muses on all things books, whether that's exploring how to merge your bookshelves with your partner without killing each other (or your relationship), nerding out over bookish paraphernalia, or examining what it means to be well-read. In addition they post interviews with authors, round-ups of the latest publishing related news, and pieces ranging from the serious to the silly.

The brainchild of book blogger/professor Jeff O'Neal and marketing & sales professional Clinton Kabler, Book Riot's mission statement tries to combat the idea that a blog about books has to be stuffy and traditional. "We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose." With multiple posts a day from writers both professional and non-professional, there is bound to be something of interest for everyone. Even non-readers will love the posts breaking down trailers of upcoming movies based on books. The post on Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is especially hilarious.

As Book Riot moves into its second year, it is taking on larger and more impressive challenges, beginning with a successful Kickstarter campaign to turn their series Reading Pathways into a book - both print and electronic - called "START HERE: Read Your Way into 25 Amazing Authors," as well as a book club called "Riot Reads," and more. But as the blog gets bigger, expect them to remain true to their roots: marrying books and awesomeness.

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