Unlike elementary school, no one’s there to hand you a list of recommended summer reads when you hit adulthood. But don’t worry, you aren’t destined to lurk aimlessly through the vast bookstore aisles without a clue. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite book blogs to help guide you through beach read season!
For Book Industry Buzz
If you’re trying to break into the book biz, or just like being in the know, we recommend The New York Times‘ Paper Cuts and The Los Angeles Times’ Jacket Copy for all the latest in the literary and publishing world. For a true insider’s perspective, follow Editorial Anonymous, a blog by an anonymous children’s book editor who dishes on the publishing industry while answering wannabe authors’ questions.
For Traditional Reviews with a Twist
Written by a journalism grad student, Sophisticated Dorkiness‘ reviews of past and present picks range from engrossing full-length tomes to quirky one-liners. Or, check out Maud Newton‘s muses on the literary world, culture, and the writing life, or Bookslut‘s reviews on the latest releases in everything from comics to poetry.
For When You Just Can’t Get Over A Character
Bringing readers a bit closer to their favorite literary characters, Letters With Character posts readers’ notes to characters they wish to admonish, thank, or berate. Example: This letter to Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment:
Kill her; don’t kill her.
Confess; don’t confess.
But for the love of god, STOP WHINING!
With sincerest regards,
For Your Inner-Fifth Grader
What would childhood have been like without Sweet Valley High and The Babysitter’s Club? Thankfully, we’ll never have to know. Revisit your favorite childhood characters at Shannon’s Sweet Valley High Blog and What Claudia Wore.
For the Design Nerds
Superficial or not, judging a book by its cover takes on a whole new meaning at The Book Cover Archive. OK, so it’s not technically a blog, but we had to give it a shoutout. Pictured above, this site is not only visually stunning, but seeks “appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design.”
What are your favorite book blogs?