2012 at 5am Posted by Rebecca Joines Schinsky
I’ve been realizing lately that my blog reading is getting stale. I’m still reading my longstanding favorites, and I’m discovering great new industry-facing blogs to read, but it’s been a long time since I dug in and spent time looking at new book blogs. It’s not for lack of wanting to, more like lack of time and reluctance to get attached to new blogs that could very well disappear quickly. The average lifespan of a blog is something like six months, so, you know, it could totally happen.
Also? There are a floppity jillion book blogs now, and I don’t know where to start.
Book blogging is growing at a ridiculous (and awesome) rate, and I know there are gems out there–blogs doing original, creative, fun things–that I would love if I just knew about them. What are the new blogs you’re most excited about? Please share them below. In the meantime, here are a few of my current favorites:
Brain Pickings–not all book-related, but always thought-provoking and almost always a new twist on the concept they’re discussing
Vol 1. Brooklyn–Miscellanea for the literary life, in Brooklyn and well beyond
Books Are My Boyfriends–Kit has enthusiasm like whoa and smarts to spare. This is the last blog I remember getting really excited about it when it started (it’s not quite a year old yet), and it has the kind of innovation I’m looking for in new book blogs.
Mr. Micawber Enters the Internet–Lots of good stuff to be found here, but the regular feature in which indie booksellers list their 50 favorite books to handsell is possibly my favorite thing ever
Emma Straub–An author blog done right, this is 90% fun stuff from the writer’s life. Straub’s short story collection Other People We Married was one of my 2011 favorites and was reissued by Riverhead Books this week. You should read it! Straub also works as a bookseller and shares insight from both sides of the line.
Bibliographing–This is sort of a cheat because it’s been a favorite of mine for a long time. Nicole and I started blogging around the same time, and where I’m all “Hey! This is shiny and new!” she is very “let’s think deeply about that sentence,” and I love it. Her close readings make me want to pick up more classic books, and I always learn something from her posts.
Shit My Students Write–Unbelievably ridiculous outtakes from real papers submitted to real teachers. Great for when you need a self-esteem boost or a good giggle.
Sociological Images–Hardly ever about books but an excellent way to fill that hole left by your college seminar in sociology.
And that’s just a sampling. Now it’s your turn!