Samantha Gualito

Samantha works in the digital textbook world by day and lives in the book world by night and on weekends. She blogs at Book Beat and lives in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter @bookbeatblog.

Cars in Novels

I’ve been thinking a lot about cars lately because my dad is hoping to buy a new car this year. ...

Reading Tips for Busy People

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

Reading Chicago’s Racial History

It’s very easy to get angry while reading comments on social media or on news articles about the shooting of ...

The Teachers Who Made Me a Better Reader and Writer

When I was younger and less savvy about bookish websites, the only place where I could actively engage in my ...

My Recent Experiences at Literary Events as a PoC

I’ve been attending literary events—big and small—on my own since I was a teenager. I almost always found myself being ...

Reading Tips for Busy People

Work. Kids. School. If you have any of those responsibilities in your life, you know that time is precious. There ...

My Favorite Bookish TV Characters

Books are a great company to have, especially if you’re a young introvert. The worlds and characters you encounter in ...

The Books I Brought To My New Apartment

When I moved into my studio apartment last month, I had to leave about 80 percent of my books at ...

Diverse Writers Students Should Get to Know

I didn’t read diverse books until I got to college. I was pretty set on the dead white guys because ...

How I Came to Change My Mind About Audiobooks

Before this summer, I would listen to maybe one audiobook a month. I wasn’t too big on them, mostly because ...

On Reading in My Native Language

I learned to speak in one language (Spanish) and learned to read in another (English). This duality has been a ...

Genre Kryptonite: Books about Immigrants

August 2015 marks 20 years that my parents and I have been living in the United States. We came to ...

The Magic of Being a Bookish Older Sister

My little brother will be going to college this year, and I cannot wait for him to start. He’s planning ...

Reading Pathways: Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros is probably a name you’ve heard before, but it’s not a name that comes up in literary circles ...

I Was a Competitive Reader

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

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