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Conversations with Writers

http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/

The blog is dedicated to interviewing writers, publishers and literary activists, which is awesome for any aspiring writer who's curious about other writers' techniques, their creative processes, how they handle rejection, etc. The organization of the blog makes it easy and accessible for all readers.


Literary Kicks

http://www.litkicks.com/

What's great about this blog is that the Levi Asher, the editor, delves deep into aspects of philosophy, history, and current events as well as modern Western literature. We love this blog for its honesty, introspection and level of thought put into each post, whether it be about egoism, the importance of Jay-Z, or a simple book review.

Litkicks Heads For Twenty
by Levi Asher over 3 years ago
Philosophy Weekend: Genocide and Drunk Driving and Causality
by Levi Asher over 3 years ago

Reading Matters

http://kimbofo.typepad.com/readingmatters/

Australia and Ireland are two countries with which Britain maintains a now amicable, once frenetic and tense relationship. These nationalities all to come to bear in Reading Matters, in which a London-residing Aussie and Irishman charmingly review sterling contemporary material. 5,500 hits per week indicate the appeal and following that this passionate site has engendered. Reading anything they rate fairly highly is a good way to land on a good book, every time.

Final warning: this edition of Reading Matters to close
by kimbofo almost 3 years ago
Reading Matters has relaunched. Please change your bookmarks
by kimbofo about 3 years ago

5 Minutes for Books

http://www.5minutesforbooks.com/

We love the idea behind this blog - we all know (or most of us, at least) that finding time to read can be difficult. This blog, headed by Jennifer Donovan, stresses that even if you're busy with your job, family, school, whatever, you can still allot 5 minutes a day to read. Donovan along with her team focus on book reviews, giveaways, books on screen, as well as a monthly "What's on Your Nightstand" carnival post.

My Book Box: A New Subscription Box Service
by Elizabeth almost 2 years ago
Denton Little’s Deathdate
by Dawn almost 2 years ago

Maud Newton

http://maudnewton.com/blog/

This is a great online source for not only literature, but also news and the author's very funny rants. She also announces important events, like the "Girls Write Now's 2011 Chapters Lineup" that we might never know of unless we stumble across this blog.


A Commonplace Blog

http://dgmyers.blogspot.com/

D.G. Meyers is an author, critic and literary historian at Ohio State University whose blog covers an entire spectrum of Western literature. He spends a good amount of time focuses on Jewish literature (he specializes in Jewish Studies), but also writes about brilliant minds such as Sigmund Freud and Edith Wharton.

Choosing life in the face of death
by D. G. Myers over 3 years ago
Again, he is very old
by D. G. Myers over 3 years ago

A Reader's Journal

http://www.readfromatoz.blogspot.com/

The blog is simple and focuses all its energy on book reviews. It's a wonderful website for those who are always looking for the next book to read - "A Reader's Journal" can help to narrow that choice down.

My Name is Lucy Barton
by noreply@blogger.com (Booklogged) almost 2 years ago
Beside Myself
by noreply@blogger.com (Booklogged) almost 2 years ago

Blog of a Bookslut

http://www.bookslut.com/blog/

The title says it all - Jessa absolutely loves to read as is evident by the frequency of her posts. She gives us her honest opinions about books and authors and she really knows her stuff. She even talks about independent bookstores you can visit if you're ever in, let's say, Greece (she recommends Atlantis Books if you happen to stop by the island of Santorini in Greece).

by Jessa Crispin over 3 years ago
by Jessa Crispin over 3 years ago

Dovegreyreader Scribbles

http://dovegreyreader.typepad.com/

The author writes in her biography, "Sharing a love of good books is the plan, and I only write about books I've loved, books that have touched me, engaged me emotionally and captured my imagination." It's evident in her posts that this is absolutely true - there's a real tangible passion for literature that makes this blog very worthwhile. As of recent, she's spent a good chunk of time discussing Tolstoy (author of world-famous "War and Peace").

The Leaping of the Year...
by dovegreyreader over 1 year ago
A Week in the Life of...
by dovegreyreader over 1 year ago

Emerging Writers Network

http://emergingwriters.typepad.com/

The goal of this blog is to create a community of emerging writers and help them as they work and struggle to eventually publish something for other people to read. It's a wonderful online community and recommends all types of prose for aspiring writers to study and critique so they can become better writers themselves. The blog also serves as a source for book reviews. We recommend this blog to anybody who wants to become a published writer someday.

EWN will be back to posting veeeeeery soon
by Dan Wickett almost 4 years ago

Kate's Book Blog

http://katesbookblog.blogspot.com/

Kate digs deep to find information most of us normally wouldn't be able to find. She has a post that will make any literature fan's heart race and eyes light up: "Edgar Allen Poe on Charles Dickens." Are you serious right now?! The post is a word-for-word excerpt by Poe himself, esteeming the author known best for writing Moby Dick. A must-read. Kate also spends a good amount of time reviewing her favorite books.

My Blog Has Moved
by noreply@blogger.com (Kate S.) almost 4 years ago

Book a Week with Jen

http://bookaweekwithjen.blogspot.com/

It's in the title - Jen reads a book per week and posts a review about it afterward. We'll say it again just for more emphasis: she reads ONE BOOK PER WEEK! How many of us can't find the time to read more than a couple books in a year? Jen is a freelance writer who has been featured in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Men's Fitness just to name a few. This blog is another great source for book reviews and if you haven't got the time to read a book per week, at least you can feel somewhat ambitious reading a book review per week.

Book a Week with Jen Three: The Wrap Up
by Jen A. Miller almost 4 years ago
Book 52 of 52: Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
by Jen A. Miller almost 4 years ago

A Book a Week

http://www.abookaweek.blogspot.com/

In her About Me page, the author says she's read a book per week for over 25 years. That is an incredible number. Thus, we can assume she knows what she's talking about having read enough books to fill Barnes and Nobles with. Her blog concentrates mostly on literary fiction but she also discusses mysteries, fantasies and non-fiction literature occasionally. On the sidebar is a comprehensive index of all the books she's read since 2006 (that's over 260 books, folks!).

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
by Becky Holmes over 2 years ago
Bracket Thingies
by Becky Holmes over 2 years ago

A Book Lover

http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/

Brittanie loves to read and shows us that in her blog, A Book Lover. She gives us a list each Monday about what she read last week (sometimes it's up to three books in a week!), what she is currently reading (as many as 10 books at a time), as well as what she is going to read next. There's also the occasional post about cooking and baking.

The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren (Review)
by Brittanie almost 2 years ago
Chance of Loving You by Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren (Review)
by Brittanie almost 2 years ago

La Bloga

http://labloga.blogspot.com/

La Bloga ("The Blog" in Spanish) is written by Chicano/Chicana and Latino/Latina authors, novelists, essayists and poets. They concentrate primarily on Hispanic literature of all kinds. They post poems for their readers to enjoy (our favorite being For the Capitol Nine by Francisco Alarcon). This is a great website for those interested in literature with Hispanic backgrounds or subject matter.

It's not too late to help Con Tinta make La Pachanga 2016 a success!
by Daniel A. Olivas over 1 year ago
Here Comes The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles
by Olga Garcia Echeverria over 1 year ago

The Drowning Machine

http://drowningmachine.blogspot.com/

Not only is this blog a place for book reviews, but it's also a place where writers can submit their stories to be judged and awarded. At the end of each post is an assignment for anyone who wants to partake. It's a fun, book-loving online community for aspiring writers and avid readers.

Discussion Questions
by Naomi Johnson about 3 years ago
CAPTURE and DUST DEVILS by Roger Smith
by Naomi Johnson almost 4 years ago

Bianca's Book Blog

http://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/

Bianca's Book Blog focuses heavily on writing book and author reviews. Our favorite post is Sodom and Gomorrah (Marcel Proust), and as any literary fan knows, Proust is always an extremely difficult author to tackle. Bianca does a great job, providing us with summary, critique and analysis in all her reviews.

Why my 2014 literary challenge didn't work
by Bianca Pellet over 2 years ago
The Sorrow of War (Bao Ninh)
by Bianca Pellet over 3 years ago

Nathan Bransford

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

Bransford is the author of the book Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, which is listed on his blog. Unlike most other literature blogs we've ranked, this one doesn't focus so much on book reviews as it does on the life of an author and what it takes to become a successful author. He gives tips on how to get your written work out there for the public to see, as well as advice for struggling writers who feel it just isn't in the cards for them to become full-time writers. This is definitely a great source for any aspiring writer.

How to find and work with a freelance editor
by noreply@blogger.com (Nathan Bransford) almost 2 years ago
How not to write a novel
by noreply@blogger.com (Nathan Bransford) almost 2 years ago

All Things Literary. All Things Natural.

http://www.pagelambert.blogspot.com/

Under the blog title, the Page Lambert writes, "A blog for those who desire a more creative relationship with the natural world." We love this blog because of its goal to connect people, through books, with nature, which is often ignored in today's Digital Age. Lambert spends a great deal of time reviewing outdoorsy books or books about animals. This blog is for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Colleen, the Irish Girl, Meets Katherine Anne Porter, O. Henry, and David Sedaris
by Connecting People with Nature, and Writers with Words over 1 year ago
The Vengeful Heart that Drives Moby Dick and The Revenant
by Connecting People with Nature, and Writers with Words almost 2 years ago

The Official Blog of the Western Literature Association

http://westlit.wordpress.com/

Here's another great blog devoted strictly to literature from the Midwest. The blog does its fair share of book reviews, but also focuses heavily on the culture and pop culture in the U.S. heartland. What's really cool about this particular blog is that anyone can submit a post, and as long as it checks through with the editors, it will have a chance to go up on the actual website.

Longmire News
by westlitblogger over 3 years ago
Herb Jeffries, at 100
by Michael K. Johnson over 3 years ago

Death by Killing

http://death-by-killing.blogspot.com/

This blog is different from the rest on the list because it focuses solely on short stories. Many of us don't have time to read a 700-page Harry Potter book or any volume of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Therein lies a good reason (among plenty others) to read short stories, which many critics argue is harder to write than full-length fiction. Here's a blog where you can send in a review of a short story and if the editors like it, you could have a spot on the website.

All Due Respect Issue 2: Featuring Owen Laukkanen
by Chris Rhatigan over 3 years ago
One Bullet Editing
by Chris Rhatigan almost 4 years ago

Conversational Reading

http://conversationalreading.com/

Scott Esposito uses this blog mainly to scribble down his various thoughts on Western literature. Some of his reviews have been published by Barnes and Noble. He's got a great group of lists on the sidebar: 20 Must-Read Poetry Books, One-Paragraph and/or One-Sentence Books (what could possibly be better than that!), My Favorite Reads of 2010, etc.

Eight Questions for Adrian Nathan West on Fortuny by Pere Gimferrer
by admin over 1 year ago
Pre-Order The Surrender
by admin over 1 year ago

Books, Inq.

http://booksinq.blogspot.com/

This blog was featured on The Sunday Times' Top 100 Best Blogs of 2009 and it's no wonder: there is both outstanding quality and quantity on this site. Multiple editors and writers contribute daily, and there can be up to 30-40 posts in a single day. Sure, that would be a lot to read but readers have so many options to choose from! They review books, cast interviews with authors, and discuss the intricacies that make literature so great.

Well, dumb me …
by Frank Wilson over 1 year ago
Something to think on …
by Frank Wilson over 1 year ago

Reading to Know

http://www.readingtoknow.com/

At the top of the page, the headline reads: "Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book." That quote is from Thomas Kempis, Medieval monk and author of The Imitation of Christ. It's such a great quote, especially for this blog, because Carrie, the site's editor, does just that - she's a stay-at-home mom who loves to read and review books. There's a real sense of joy in each review she posts, and not only does she review our typical novel but also children's novels, too. This is a great source for book reviews of all types of literature (there's even a sidebar that lists genres of book reviews to make it easier for the reader).

My Heart's at Home, by Jill Savage
by Carrie over 2 years ago
The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer :: RtK Book Club Read (March)
by Carrie over 2 years ago

The Age of Sand

http://ageofsand.com/

This blog focuses mostly on contemporary arts and current events. The editor ponders the reliability of the ebook and the Kindle as they relate to poetry (the structure of "Vision 1948" by Allen Ginsberg looks different in its original print from its current print in the Kindle). He reviews books and takes a look at the art of filmmaking and craftsmanship as well.