Learn About Literature in the Blogosphere: 10 Top Literature Blogs

Feb 01, 2011

Calling all book lovers: Add these blogs to your reading list! You'll find book reviews from both world-renowned and living room critics, news and gossip from the literary world and a more than occasional dose of humor.

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1. Critical Mass

This blog from the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics' Circle has been lauded as 'the nation's premier literary blog' by the Association of American Publishers. It includes a range of regular features, such as critics' top book lists, reviews of annual book award finalists, spotlights on independent press, interviews with online editors, analysis of the effects of digital culture on literature and reviews of past book award winners from today's critical perspective.

2. The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books is one of the world's most widely read and well-respected sources for literary reviews, where the people writing reviews are often as accomplished as their subjects. Don't miss the publication's blog, which offers 'roving thoughts and provocations' on literature and culture from writers.

3. The Guardian Books Blog

Writers from the U.K. newspaper The Guardian post daily on the Books Blog, offering book reviews, info on new publications and news from the literature world, such as book prizes and lit tours.

4. Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts is 'a blog about books' from The New York Times. The posts are primarily in-depth book reviews, with occasional interviews and best-of lists. The writers of Paper Cuts also publish an almost-weekly podcast, linked from the blog.

5. The Millions

The Millions is an online magazine focused on books, the arts and culture. The blog focuses heavily on literature and reading, with book reviews, essays on literary culture and news from the world of writing.

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6. Bookslut

Bookslut is a popular online literary magazine that, in addition to interviews, reviews and regular literary columns, offers an entertaining take on the ins and outs of the literature critic's world.

7. The Elegant Variation

This award-winning blog has been lauded by The Guardian, Forbes, NPR and Los Angeles Magazine as a top literary blog that is, in the words of NPR, 'very brave . . . or really stupid.' The occasionally controversial site offers sharp and well-written reviews of books and literary culture.

8. Book Addiction

Book Addiction is the online project of one voracious reader who offers frequent, in-depth reviews of books of all kinds. The author also posts her experiences as a judge in online lit contests and participant in reading challenges.

9. Baby Got Books

Looking for a little sass in your lit reading? Check out Baby Got Books, which features literary smack-downs, and smart, irreverent reviews.

10. Omnivoracious

Omnivoracious is a book review blog with a more alternative focus. Get the scoop on graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers and the rest of the best in genre fiction. The author also covers lit world news and events.

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