some of my favorite book blogs

This is actually a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and it fits today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, so I feel like now is the perfect opportunity.  Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish which is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

So, I wanted to share some of my favorite book blogs!  And there’s a reason I’m calling this post ‘some of’ my favorites – I follow over 500 sites on here, and even if a good chunk of those are inactive it’s still quite a lot to keep up with, and if I listed every single blog I enjoy I’d be here all night.  Seriously, if I ‘like’ your posts and/or interact with you regularly on here, I promise I adore your blog.  But in the interest of brevity, just a couple I wanted to highlight… these are NOT ranked and instead diplomatically arranged in alphabetical order:

Callum McLaughlin: If you aren’t already following Callum, what are you doing?!  He’s one of my favorite people that I’ve met through book blogging; his kindness and intelligence both shine through all of his posts, which are consistently some of my favorites to read on here.  He has a really great taste in books that often overlaps with my own, but even when it doesn’t, I always love hearing his thoughts.  He doesn’t post his reviews to his blog, but you can follow him on Goodreads and also catch his succinct thoughts on all of his reads in his monthly wrap ups.  And he also does fantastic posts like the one I’m linking to now which highlight groups of books with common themes.

Chelsea @ Spotlight on Stories: Chelsea is one of the two people on here that I was actually friends with prior to book blogging, but even if I didn’t know her personally, she’d undoubtedly make this list, because she does something that I don’t see anywhere else in this community: she reviews local (Toronto) theatre as well as books!  I don’t know if I’ve managed to communicate this on my blog, but I am a HUGE theatre fan and I love to keep up with the theatre scene in large cities, so her reviews have been so great for keeping some really cool stuff on my radar.  And her book reviews are fantastic as well.  We read and review quite similarly, so if you like my blog but wished I read a bit more SFF, Chelsea is your girl.

Elle Thinks: Elle writes some of the most intelligent reviews on this site, and I was thrilled to find another blogger who focuses on adult/literary fiction.  We’re definitely in the minority on here.  I first found Elle through her really fantastic Women’s Prize coverage and she’s on the shadow panel for that award, which means you can count on her for honest and very well thought out predictions and reviews.  But all of her reviews are equally brilliant.

Hadeer @ Cairene Librarian: And here’s the other friend I knew pre-book blogging!  But, again, Hadeer would make this list either way.  There is surprisingly little overlap in our reading on the whole, and it is not unusual for us to disagree strongly about the common books that we do read, but we do randomly have quite a few favorites in common, and either way I love to hear Hadeer’s thoughts whenever she finishes a book.  Her reviews are comprehensive and written in a really distinct and clear voice, and it’s a pleasure to read them.  The one way our reading IS quite similar though is that we both read broadly across many different genres, so if you like that kind of thing, definitely check out her blog!

Hannah @ I Have Thoughts On Books: I love Hannah and I love her honest and uncompromising reviews.  Which isn’t to say that she mostly reviews negatively, just that she will never sugarcoat her opinions and I love that we have that in common.  Hannah also reads much more SFF and more nonfiction than I do, but there’s quite a bit of overlap and we follow the same literary prizes, so she’s another one I’d recommend checking out if you like my blog.  Even when we disagree it’s a pleasure to chat with her.  Her reviews are just excellent and she constantly has incredible insights that I’d never have thought of on my own.

Hannah and Her Books: I feel like Hannah II’s blog is one of the newer ones I’ve discovered, but I can’t recommend her highly enough!  She wrote a fantastic post recently on her conflicting feelings about literary prizes and I agreed wholeheartedly with everything she wrote, and then we ended up having a really interesting conversation about it in the comments.  She is an incredibly kind and intelligent person who somehow miraculously is able to balance blogging with college and she has all my respect for that!

Literary Elephant: The Literary Elephant (who I’m sure has a real name but is hereby going to be referred to by her moniker) writes some of the best reviews on this site.  Not only are they thorough and comprehensive and diplomatic, but she always recommends similar books in case you need inspiration for further reading.  I’ve also had some really incredible conversations with her because she is always up for a good discussion (whether you agree or disagree with her assessment on a book) and getting to chat with people about books in the comments section is one of my favorite things about this community.  The Literary Elephant shares my love of comment conversations and I love it!

Marija @ Inside My Library Mind: Aside from being very aesthetically pleasing, Marija’s blog has fantastic content as well.  Her reviews are well-organized, her discussion posts are always thought-provoking, and she has one of my favorite features on here where she posts a list of books that she thinks her favorite fictional characters would enjoy (you can check out one such post here).  The way she strikes a balance between adult and YA is fantastic as well!  I actually think Marija has one of the more unpredictable tastes in books on here and I find that very exciting.

Sarah Ames-Foley: Sarah is hands down one of the nicest people I’ve met on this site (and I’m not just saying that because she visited me this weekend and complimented my cats quite a bit).  We were talking the other day about how our reading taste doesn’t actually overlap all that much (I go for more character-driven stuff and she goes for more plot-driven), but she’s another one I always love to talk with about books, whether we agree or not.  Her reviews tend to be brief but thorough and as someone who tends to ramble on quite a bit, I love that contrast!

Steph @ Lost Purple Quill: And last but certainly not least, Steph is one of my absolute favorite people I’ve met on here (and I’m not just saying that because she also visited me this weekend and also loves my cats) (or because she wrote me hundreds of words of fanfiction about a nonentity relationship in a book we both read last year).  She is just an unfailingly kind human with an absolutely fantastic taste in books – we read very similarly and have a LOT of similar favorites, but she reads more YA on the whole than I do, so if you think that’s what’s missing from my blog, please go check out Steph’s excellent reviews.

Again, this is not a comprehensive list!!!  I love so many more blogs and bloggers than I could possibly mention in a single post.  Maybe I’ll do a second post at some point highlighting some of my other favorites.  But let me know, who are your favorite book bloggers?  I’ll go check them out in case I’m not already following them.  x

33 thoughts on “some of my favorite book blogs

    • ❤ I feel like a common denominator on my list is that we're all quite chatty. It's just depressing to write out a paragraph long comment because you find a post thought-provoking, and get a 'thanks!' in response.

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      • I totally don’t get that. The book blogs that entranced me when I first started writing reviews, years and years ago, were the ones where there was an ongoing discussion about the post!

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      • Yes! If I didn’t interact with people after the initial review I’d just feel like I was shouting into the void. I do enjoy writing reviews but most of the fun happens in the comments.

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  1. Ah, this is so kind! I can assure you the feeling is very much mutual. I’m flattered to be amidst the company of some fantastic blogs I already love, and am excited to check out the couple I don’t already follow.

    Thank you! 📚✨❤️

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  2. Rachel, thank you so so much! This is the nicest thing anyone has ever written about my blog and it really means a lot! Thank you! 💕💕💕 Your blog is one of my absolute favorites and I am glad the feeling is mutual! Also, I am gonna follow everyone, all of their blogs sound brilliant!

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    • Of course! ❤ Your blog is fantastic and I'm so glad the feeling is mutual! Also as someone who has a mostly text-based blog I really appreciate all the hard work you put into your graphics!

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  3. Thanks, Rachel! Of course the appreciation is mutual– your reviews and comments are always among my favorites. I’m flattered to be included in this list, and so excited to check out the blogs you mention that I haven’t come across yet. 🙂

    And you’re right- I do have a name! I’m Emily. There always seem to be so many Emilys that I just choose a different handle, but I’ve never realized how ridiculously mysterious it is to exclude my name altogether. Adding it to my bio now, lol.

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    • I’m glad the feeling is mutual! ❤

      I mean, some people are quite careful about privacy on the internet so who knows! But as a fellow 'most common names of the 90s' kid I totally relate to that. I occasionally regret my url for the fact that it's not easily pronounceable, but then I remember that there are 378347589437 sites that are some variation of 'Rachel Reads Books' and I'm like 'yeah I'm happy to be the weird outlier.' Incidentally my best friend growing up was named Emily, lol!

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  4. Thank you so much for the kind words (and the reminder that I’ve been falling behind on theatre reviews recently and need to sit down and pound those out)!! As you already know, I think the world of your opinion and I love reading your reviews. Because of you I’ve been reading more broadly across genres, and have discovered some brilliant books I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up. It’s flattering to be mentioned in such great company and now I have some new blogs to go follow immediately!

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    • I can’t wait to read your upcoming theatre reviews!! I’ve definitely been missing those from my dashboard recently. Likewise you have also had a really great impact on my reading, you’ve also encouraged me to read more broadly and give SFF another chance, which I’m so grateful for! And I still have so many SFF books to explore on your recommendation, I’m looking forward to that.

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  5. SORRY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO COMMENT I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR COMPLIMENTS ASDKLJ but thank you :’)))) I love your blog and your cats (I’m going to have those photos downloaded soon!! also I’m still thinking about how soft Lily is), and I probably wouldn’t have read so many books without your recommendations!! It is no exaggeration that your friendship has 100% affected my bookish life. Idk if I would have read John Boyne otherwise and that is truly saying something. Also A Little Life would have left me dead if I’d read it with no emotional support.

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    • NO WORRIES omg I can’t wait to see your pictures of my cats :’))) I am very happy to have brought John Boyne into your life (as if I’m some kind of John Boyne veteran lol the first time I ever read him was LAST YEAR) but anyway I always LOVE our bookish conversations and I’m glad I was able to offer you emotional support through the ALL mourning period like I had NO ONE to talk to about that book when I finished and I was SUFFERING.

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