Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
The rules are simple:
- Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
- Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
- Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
- Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.
This week’s topic is Favourite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites. This was a tough one for me because there are so many fabulous book bloggers that I follow. Therefore, I’d like to apologise in advance to the many brilliant book bloggers who didn’t make it on to my list. However, I make no apologies for saying that any book blogger who charges authors for reviews is never going to make any list of mine.
Without further ado, here are just ten of my favourite blogs:
Linda at Linda’s Book Bag – Linda’s was one of the first blogs I followed when I started blogging and it’s not hard to see why she has won so many awards, including Best Overall Blog at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018. I love that Linda’s ‘Staying In’ feature helps new and independent authors to promote their work and I admire the way her reviews always focus on her very personal reaction to a book.
Kate at For Winter Nights – I can always rely on Kate for perceptive reviews of the latest releases in my favourite genre: historical fiction. Kate also contributes features on historical fiction in The Sunday Express and has served on the judging panel of Historical Writers Association. In summary, she definitely knows her stuff when it comes to historical fiction.
Susan at A Life in Books – For thoughtful, constructive reviews of literary fiction, Susan’s is a great blog to follow. We both enjoy taking part in the monthly meme, Six Degrees of Separation hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best, and Susan always comes up with some really inventive links.
Cleo at Cleopatra Loves Books – Cleo’s been blogging since 2013 which is surely deserving of a reward in itself. I love reading Cleo’s reviews and she runs some great weekly features such as First Chapter – First Paragraph. I’m also slightly envious that she has much more discipline than me when it comes to progress with her Classics Club list and reading challenges, such as 20 Books of Summer.
Eva at Novel Deelights – If your favourite reading includes crime fiction and psychological thrillers, this is the blog you need to follow. As well as her fabulous reviews, those in the publishing world who organise blog tours would be lost without Eva as it sometimes seems she participates in just about all of them!
Nicki at Secret Library Book Blog – Like me, Nicki enjoys her memes and reading challenges but what I particularly value is her weekly Links I’ve Loved round-up. It’s a great way to catch up on some of the best reviews and other bookish posts published in the book blogging community that week. Basically, Nicki makes sure you don’t miss a thing.
Anne at Random Things Through My Letterbox – Anne is something of a legend in the book blogging world not only because she’s one of the most successful and professional blog tour organisers out there but also because she’s the powerhouse behind the Facebook Group Book Connectors, where authors and book bloggers can be sure of constructive debate and helpful advice – a rare commodity these days. Her blog also has one of the best names ever.
Rachel at Rachel’s Random Reads – Rachel is another fabulous book blogger, specialising in romantic and women’s fiction, who now also organises great value-for-money blog tours and promotional graphics for authors under the banner Rachel’s Random Resources. I’m proud to be on her list of tour hosts.
The Classics Club – A fixture on the blogging scene since 2012, The Classics Club describes itself as ‘A Community of Classics Lovers’ and was created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. Members commit to read and review on their blog at least 50 classic books – of their own choice – within a period of at most five years. Amongst other events, the team of moderators run periodic ‘spins’ where a number is selected at random and participating members agree to read the corresponding book from their list. The August Classics Club Spin is currently in progress.
Lynne at Fictionophile – I love reading Lynne’s reviews and I’m in awe of the fact that she’s earned the coveted NetGalley badge for 200 Reviews. I also always enjoy her Cover Love series.
As I said above, I could easily have come up with another ten, even twenty favourite book blogs. It’s such a rewarding and supportive community to be part of. I’m really looking forward to seeing other’s posts and finding more great book blogs to follow.