Over the last few weeks, I’ve been in the process of cleaning out my feed reader and weeding out the blogs that aren’t active anymore, that don’t suit my interests anymore, or that otherwise don’t merit my daily attention. I probably subscribe to a healthy number of blogs, but I haven’t subscribed to many new blogs in a long time. I put a call out last week on Twitter for help and got some responses, but part of the challenge is that you don’t know what I’m reading and enjoying.
In a way to spread some blog love, as well as a way to solicit some new reading suggestions, I’m sharing a handful of the blogs I love reading. Not inclusive, not a full representation of everything I read, but more of a way to talk up some of the blogs maybe not everyone knows about. These are blogs that are strictly book blogs (so the library blogs that do a lot of reviews I read aren’t included).
I’m not the best blog commenter, despite being a big blog reader, but these are among my always-reads and the ones I hope someday to be a better commenter at. Also, these are all full-feed blogs; as prickly as it sounds, I can’t read blogs that aren’t full-feed. I am trying to get better about it, but it does make me less excited about content if I have to click on a new screen.
Feel free to leave links to any other blogs you’d like to share. I am open to reading most book blogs, as long as they’re well-written, don’t rely on memes (one or two a week is fine with me as long as there is other content), and the reviews are thoughtful (length doesn’t matter). I’m not a vlog watcher.
These aren’t in any order.
- Crunchings and Munchings: Aside from their savvy and thorough reviews, I am digging how they’re writing book lists (and book/film lists) on different topics. They’ve got a great voice.
- That Cover Girl: If you love covers at all and you’re not reading Capillya’s blog, get on it. She not only talks covers, but she has neat features spotlighting the cover designers talking about their work. She’s also interviewed a number of authors about the cover process.
- One Librarian’s Book Reviews: We read way different things, so Melissa keeps me on top of books I would maybe overlook otherwise. But more than that, I am a huge fan of her Listless Mondays and her fun Name That Book game.
- Inkcrush: I like not only that she’s Aussie and exposes me to a ton of Aussie titles, but her reviews are thorough and thoughtful. Her short reviews, though, are just as good, and they’re to the point.
- Reading with My Ears: I love posting the links to Lee’s reviews during for AudioSynced, but anyone who listens to audiobooks needs to read this blog. She knows exactly what she’s talking about when it comes to the good and the bad side of the listening experience.
- The Readventurer: These girls are among my favorite GoodReads reviewers to read, and they have an excellent blog together. What I like best is that it’s a wide variety of books being reviewed, and that it’s not all reviews — and they’re not afraid to talk audiobooks, either. The pairing of a song with a book review is unique, too.
- Someday My Printz Will Come: I know I’ve talked about this one before, but this blog is so good at the in-depth, textual analysis I love reading. They’ve also just added a third blogger, Sophie, who served on last year’s Printz committee, so I expect this great blog is just going to get better.
- The Midnight Garden: I’ve been reading the GoodReads reviews Wendy writes for a long time, so that she and two fellow GoodReads power users have a blog excites me. Again, this one has thoughtful reviews and fun features that make it a must-read.
- YA Love Blog: Sarah’s a teacher, and the way she writes her reviews is very reflective of the fact she works with teens. I love that perspective, and I love how she has her students interview the authors for her interview features.
- The Book Smugglers: I’m pretty certain most people know this one, but just in case you don’t — they write some of the most thorough and honest book reviews around. I like to read what they write on books I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about, as well as the books I review myself because we either agree whole-heartedly or we’re on completely different sides. I love that! I don’t like to read blogs where I agree on everything said.
This isn’t at all exhaustive, as I’m also a regular reader of about twenty other blogs, including this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, and so forth.
Hope this filled up some of your reading holes in the blogging world, and now I’m eager to see what you’re reading (and enjoying).