Below, you’ll find a list of 20 fine literary blogs. Like our podcast collections, this list will grow over time. In fact, it will become part of a larger list of great culture blogs. Over the coming weeks, we’ll roll out new installments and then mash them together into one larger list. Stay tuned for more.
If you feel that we’re missing some extraordinary blogs, please feel free to email us.
- Blog of a Book Slut: Bookslut’s editor-in-chief, Jessa Crispin, provides links and commentary for those who love to read. The popular related website includes feature stories, author interviews, reviews, columns about book-related content, etc.
- BookDaddy: It’s your source for intelligent book blather. The stated mission of the site is to “ponder print media, literacy & publishing. Anything on wood pulp, pixels or stone is up for discussion.”
- Books, Inq: This blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at a book-review editor’s world. In this case, the book review editor is Frank Wilson, of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Book World: What you get here is one woman’s attempt to read what’s worth reading and say something about it along the way.
- Chekhov’s Mistress: An oft-cited literature blog written by Bud Parr, a book lover who also runs a network of literary blogs called MetaxuCafe.
- Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind: Sarah Weinman puts together here “a respected resource for commentary on crime and mystery fiction.”
- Critical Mass: Offering commentary on literary criticism, publishing, and writing, this blog is written by the Board of Directors of the non-profit that issues the yearly National Book Critics Circle Awards.
- Eve’s Alexandria: A nicely balanced multi-person literary blog coming out of the UK.
- Laurable’s Poetry Weblog: A poetry weblog that specializes in connecting readers with audio of poets reading their work.
- Maud Newton: A widely-read blog that specializes in publishing & writing industry news, plus occasional literary links, amusements, politics, and rants.
- Moorish Girl: A well regarded book and literature blog written by Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.
- Rake’s Progress: Named by The Guardian as one of the 10 best book blogs.
- ReadySteadyBlog: Run by Mark Thwaite, this is an “independent book review website … devoted to reviewing the very best books in literary fiction, poetry, history and philosophy.”
- Slate Books: Even though technically not a blog, it should be on your reading list.
- So Many Books: Given the tagline ‘the agony and the ecstasy of a reading life”, here’s a lauded blog that takes you into the reading world of Stephanie Hollmichel.
- The Elegant Variation: A well-reviewed and respected book blog that tends to give special attention to the LA literary scene. Features a really extensive blogroll that’s worth picking through.
- The Guardian Book Blog: It’s not exactly your average independent book blog, but it’s got valuable content and it’s worth your time.
- The Kenyon Review Blog: If you’re a writer, you surely know The Kenyon Review, and you should also get to know their blog.
- The Litblog Co-Op: A useful blog that unites the “leading literary
weblogs for the purpose of drawing attention to the best of
contemporary fiction, authors and presses, struggling to be noticed in
a flooded marketplace.”
- This Space: A literary blog written by Stephen Mitchelmore, a blogger who Ready Steady Book deems “the finest writer we have in the literary blogosphere.”
- Vulpes Libris: “Vulpes Libris: A multi-national pack of bookfoxes blogging, reviewing and chatting about books and book matters. Participation welcome.”
- Words Without Borders Blog – This weblog is the online complement to Words Without Borders: The Online Magazine for International Literature. And, yes, as you’d expect, it’s a literature blog with an international focus.
Stay tuned for more to come!