I have been planning this list for a while, and thanks to #AMonthofFaves today is the day. The day I tell you about some of my favorite book blogs.
My initial plan involved convincing everyone I named to name a few of their favorite book blogs in turn. I had an ulterior motive. I have combed all the blog rolls, and fed my feedly. But when it comes to serious procrastination, the internet quickly runs dry. It turns out there aren’t actually that many things on the internet I want to read. Once I’ve caught up on all the book blogs I follow (or at the very least their headlines), I AM FORCED TO ACTUALLY CONCENTRATE. Please save me from this awful, awful fate, and join in with a list of your favorites.
Criteria for the list? We have similar (or overlapping) taste in reading, and I read every post. This eliminated some favorites, like Lady Business or The Book Smugglers, who do regular features on a topic or two outside my area of interest. But I don’t love them any less. I just had to cap the list somehow. Dude book blogger friends take note: I still love you, but see comment about list capping necessity. You know who you are. (Or, you do now.)
I don’t have a blog roll because it stresses me out. What if I forget to add someone and they are sad? Nooooooooo. This is a celebration. Consider it part of a much larger list.
UPDATE: I am a liar. We kind of do have a blogroll, whose existance I completely forgot. Repressed. Some thing. It’s here. It is not up-to-date- I am probably going to delete it later because now that I’ve remembered it, it is stressing me out.
Awesome Book Blogs You Should Read Immediately
Alternate title: People who I would like to pay to quit their day jobs and write exclusively about books every day so that I can read more of their book-related words.
I only discovered Bina’s blog very recently, but fell in love with it on the spot because 1. in Germany but 2. writing about books in English and 3. much overlapping taste, in both fiction and non.
I found Jenny’s blog when I heard the name and thought she must be writing about the apocalypse too. Hahahahaha. Yeah she’s not (she reads the end of books first), but she reads good books and writes engaging stuff about them. I am particularly fond of her Not a Dumb American series. She also does a podcast.
Dina’s blog is another fine example of overlapping book taste and smoothly written reviews. I tend to glaze over posts about books I don’t know—except for the blogs on this list, who, like Dina, all have the superpower of being able to interest me in a title I know nothing about.
Kim writes about a lot of non-fiction that I will probably never get around to reading, but that I love reading about. She posts more general updates than straight-up book reviews, but has a smooth style that makes anything she writes a pleasant read.
This is the only blog on the list that isn’t all-books-all-the-time. Stefanie also talks about gardening and bikes, two things I also happen to like.
Memory Scarlett reads a lot of comics (and books) and every week uses words to frame photos of her little dog with the comics and books she read. Our reading lists are very different, but aligned in such a way that she is able to get me interested in stuff I might never have heard of. Like Status Update. If I read a romance novel in 2016, it will be her fault. (Yey! Timely because this week I realized I did not step outside my readerly comfort zones once in the last year.)
Cecily is always good for an SFF short story recommendation, or a good rant about the patriarchy. She does not post nearly often enough to fulfill my internet procrastinations needs. You can find her on twitter more regularly, and I recommend you do because she has some very interesting things to say about SFF books.
Sullivan’s blog holds a special place in my heart because we met pre-Book Punks at World Fantasy in Brighton. We saw each other at panel after panel, both always sitting in the front row, both always taking notes. I figured they must be a blogger. They were! In person, we can dish on books for hours, though, strangely, the books Sullivan talks about on Pearls don’t overlap much with my own reading. Still, maybe you’re all like, “I don’t dig this Nikki lady’s book list either” maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for over there.