Book Blogs We Love: Part 1

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You may recall that a few weeks back I made a commitment to start compiling a new blogroll for The Book Case. I thought this would be a fun and easy way to acquaint myself with the book blogging community.

That was before I realized how many book blogs there are. Holy moly. You know how sometimes Time magazine or Newsweek will release a list of the 100 best books of all time? (Or 1001!) Those lists drive me crazy, particularly when I start to tally up how many (i.e., how few) of the books I’ve actually read (and when I remember that I still haven’t read Catch-22). Well, that’s how I felt when I started perusing book blogs. It’s not uncommon for a book blog to feature a blogroll with over 50 blogs, to review new books every day (and these are recreational bloggers, presumably with other full-time jobs and responsibilities), and to receive over 20 comments per post. Figuring out how to navigate this large and active community is a daunting task… but here at The Book Case we’re going to make an earnest effort to try.

As part of an ongoing series, we offer part 1 of “Book Blogs We Love.” In each installation, we’ll give an overview of a few awesome book blogs.

Readers, please give us suggestions!

The Book Lady’s Blog is written by Rebecca, a book seller (and soon-to-be marketing coordinator for a medical company). Recent content includes a guest post from Allison Hoover Bartlett, author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, and a diatribe on the self-indulgence of Nicholas Sparks. I also enjoyed the review (with lots of great excerpts) of Michael Chabon’s latest, Manhood for Amateurs.

Technical writer Ti writes Book Chatter. My favorite thing about this blog is the format of reviews, each of which include a blurb from the book’s publisher, a short summary (“the short of it”), and a longer reflection (“the rest of it”). Recent reviews include Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Francine Prose’s Goldengrove.

Erin, who works at a public library, writes A Life in Books. The blog is basically Erin’s reading diary, which I love because of the variety of coverage. At BookPage, we write about what’s being published right now, and it’s refreshing to read about books that have been out for a while (like Hilma Wolitzer’s Summer Reading, which Erin found in a bargain bin at Border’s!). I also like this blog for the conversational tone of its reviews.

Finally, I’ll admit that I was inspired to get going on this blog-finding project by Nina Sankovitch, whom I discovered in the New York Times. Nina reads a book a day and writes reviews on her website. At BookPage, we were pretty wowed by Nina’s story. I figured that if she can read a book a day, then I can pump up my blog reading.

22 Responses to Book Blogs We Love: Part 1

  1. Nick Ruffilo says:

    Some of my favorite book blogs:

    Novel Journey: http://noveljourney.blogspot.com

    Books On The Nightstand: http://www.booksonthenightstand.com/

    There are more, but for now, we’ll go with those :)

  2. Beth Hoffman says:

    In addition to the book blogs you’ve mentioned, four I highly recommend are:

    1. Lesa’s Book Critiques
    http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/

    2. Redlady’s Reading Room
    http://redladysreadingroom-redlady.blogspot.com/

    3. Serendipity
    http://serendipityteacher.blogspot.com/

    4. Bibliophile By the Sea
    http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2009/07/116-house-on-sugar-beach-helene-cooper.html

  3. Jacqui Thals says:

    Check out my book blog!!

  4. Melissa Mc says:

    Two of my favorites:
    The Book Nest
    http://corinnesbookreviews.blogspot.com/
    and
    Library Queue
    http://libraryqueue.blogspot.com/

    Oh, and mine of course! :)

  5. Natalie says:

    Hello! I have some favs- Rainy Days and Mondays – http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/

    J. Kaye Book – http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/

    Alternative-Read -http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/

    Oh and my own of course :)
    http://thebookinn.blogspot.com/

    I’ll be checking out those blogs you mention.

  6. Beth Hoffman says:

    And how could I forget, there’s a new book blog that I enjoy in addition to the others. It’s Book End Babes.
    http://www.bookendbabes.com/

  7. Ti says:

    Thank you for the shout out! I am especially grateful because I just switched my blog over and you even included the new domain name. Yay!

  8. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog says:

    Thanks so much for the love! I’m glad to know my anti-Sparks diatribe was entertaining for someone else :) I have some really fun things happening this fall (just posted Part 1 of a guest blog by my husband yesterday) and some good author guest posts coming soon. Hope you’ll keep hanging out.

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  10. S. Krishna says:

    My book blog: http://www.skrishnasbooks.com

    And I actually read more than a book a day! I’m currently at 351 books for the year of 2009!

  11. Heather J. says:

    This is a great list! Ti is one of my favorite bloggers, and the others are very good as well.

    And you definitely need to highlight S. Krisha’s blog (listed above) – I’m in awe of her!

  12. Florinda says:

    What an ambitious project – there are SO MANY great book blogs out there! All three of the blogs you highlighted today are favorites of mine.

    Here are a few others I love:
    She Is Too Fond of Books
    http://www.sheistoofondofbooks.com/

    Musings of a Bookish Kitty
    http://www.literaryfeline.com/

    Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books
    http://age30books.blogspot.com/

    And you’d be welcome to mention my blog too :-).
    The 3 R’s Blog//Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness
    http://www.3rsblog.com

    I’ll be keeping my eye on this list as it develops!

  13. Sandy says:

    What an awesome feature! I happen to have all three blogs on my blogroll, so I’m feeling pretty good! It really can be intensely overwhelming to try to find and follow all of the good ones, as emphasized by BBAW this year. In fact, I’m starting to implode from adding so many…

    • Eliza says:

      I can feel an implosion coming on over here, too… stay tuned for a call for comments detailing exactly HOW to organize your blog reading.

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  15. Lisa says:

    Oh I love Ti’s blog. I’ll have to check the other two out as well.

  16. What a great list! Someone should definitely write a list of the 1001 book blogs to read!

  17. Kristen says:

    These that you’ve mentioned are definitely good ones. Try mine sometime too. :-)

    http://booknaround.blogspot.com

  18. StephanJade says:

    Cool post you got here. I’d like to read a bit more about that theme.

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