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MANHATTAN BEACH Is New York’s Next All-City Read

Jennifer Egan's WWII-set novel won the popular vote out of five novels for the second annual largest community read in the country, One Book, One New York.

Watch the Trailer for J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike Adaptation, C.B. Strike

JK Rowling has written three Cormoran Strike mysteries under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Now, all three books in the popular series are getting adapted for the small screen.

PBS Reveals List of America’s 100 Best-Loved Novels

This May, PBS launches an eight-part series on the search for America's #1 Best-Loved books with The Great American Read. The list of 100 finalists contains books spanning five centuries and from 15 different countries.

The Importance of Recommending Books for Young People

My First Time With Audiobooks: Or, What I Listen To When I’m Running

After shying away from audiobooks from years because I'm easily distracted, I discovered that they provide just the kind of focus I need when training for a half-marathon.

5 Tips for How to Read Faster Without Losing Comprehension

Tips and tricks for how to read faster without losing comprehension.

Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read in January

Take a look at the best books we read in January!

Help! I’m Drowning In My TBR Pile

What do you do when you have to many books at home you haven't read in a TBR pile? You make a promise not to bring any new ones home.

What to Do With Orphan Books: A New Year’s Conundrum

A new year means new reading goals and anticipating exciting new books. But what do you do with the books that you started the previous year and are still trying to finish?

4 Fantasy Name Generators for Authors and Gamers

Whether you're a fantasy and science fiction author or a Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast, try a fantasy name generator to jumpstart your imagination.

In Defense of a New Lord of the Rings Series

Books are custom-made to have long, sprawling television adaptations rather than short, two-hour films. That's why I was excited for Amazon's new series.

How Television Influenced My Reading Life

Never a fan of the horror genre, it wasn't until STRANGER THINGS debuted that I was able to open myself up to the possibility of trying it out.

ULYSSES is My Everest: Part 3

It wasn't until Book Riot's Annotated podcast put the literary history of ULYSSES in context for me that I was able to appreciate my accomplishment.

My Unrealistic Reading Expectations

Every time I get a large amount of free time, I think I'm going to be able to power through a huge stack of reading materials. But that's never the reality.

New York Public Library Adds Kanopy Streaming Service

For all those with an NYPL Library card, your benefits just got a lot better. Kanopy offers 30,000 classic, independent, and documentary film titles.