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Rachel Smalter Hall

Rachel Smalter Hall may be a professional Book Rioter, but she still hangs out in the public librarian clubhouse. Two of her top three loves include audiobooks and knitting, and her favorite song is Cold Hearted Snake as performed by Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese on season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She co-runs a boozy book club in Lawrence, Kansas, in her spare time. Twitter: @rach_smalls Website: Rachel Smalter Hall

How to Read After You Have Babies

The night my son was born, I was reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Henry had just pushed Bunny ...

A Bookish Parent’s Guide to Baby’s First Library

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

A Bookish Parent’s Guide to Baby’s First Library

I’m a librarian and lifelong book lover. I’m also about to have my first kid. While other soon-to-be-parents are obsessing ...

Why It’s Important to Keep Reading Books By People Even If They’re Monsters

While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our ...

Literary Tourism: Lawrence, Kansas

I moved to Kansas for love five years ago. Little was I expecting Lawrence’s legendary local arts scene, which came ...

Taylor Swift’s Stealth Takeover of the Bookternet

I just found out Taylor Swift is in the cast of The Giver, and you guys, I have SO MANY ...

How The Audies Literally Turned Into the Oscars of the Audiobook World

Every year the Audio Publishers Association presents Audie Awards to the best audiobooks of the year. For anyone who’s like, ...

4 Hollywood Actors Who Encored Their Starring Roles on Audiobook

Through Book Riot’s relationship with Audible, the leading provider of audiobooks, Book Riot readers who are new to Audible can ...

10 Best Overlooked Moments of MOBY-DICK

I first read Moby-Dick about ten years ago to show myself I still had the attention span to read things ...

Are Audiobooks Worse than Real Books? Let’s Ask Science.

As audiobooks become more and more popular, inquiring minds want to know: are they really on the same level as ...

And the Best Audiobooks of the Year Will Be…

Through Book Riot’s relationship with Audible, the leading provider of audiobooks, Book Riot readers who are new to Audible can click ...

12 Badass Embroidered Bookish Quotes

Book Riot is one of my favorite places on earth because it lets me shamelessly combine my three best-loved things: ...

I Regret Reading These 5 Books (Because I Should Have Listened to Them Instead)

Through Book Riot’s relationship with Audible, the leading provider of audiobooks, Book Riot readers who are new to Audible can ...

Books to Listen to While You Knit (Plus Pattern Ideas)

Through Book Riot’s relationship with Audible, the leading provider of audiobooks, Book Riot readers who are new to Audible can ...

Why It’s Important to Keep Reading Books By People Even If They’re Monsters

I know we’re not supposed to admit to having favorites, but I’m going to do it anyway: Kit is one ...

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