Friday, June 12, 2009

Calling All Book Bloggers


This week I spent way too much time searching the Internet for book and blog related blogs and websites. And I did find a few gems among the rocks. But, as I said, it took up a lot of time. Since many of you are bibliophiles and book bloggers, I thought I would share what I found with you.

Book Blogs:

Here's what I discovered about book bloggers. There are oodles of book blogs out there dedicated to Romance, Fantasy, and Mass Market paperbacks. Not so many deal with contemporary literary fiction. Which is a bummer for me. The good news? I found three!

Curled Up with A Book is a very unique and visually gorgeous blog written by a young woman who lives in San Francisco. She loves everything books, libraries, words... and lists. Basically a girl after my own heart. While she does do some book reviews, what she does very well is highlight (in spare, but gorgeous photos) book related art. Yes, art. Right now she's showcasing photos of libraries. I can't adequately describe the beauty and fascination that is Curled Up with A Book. Go check her out. You won't be disappointed.

Book by Book is Sue Jackson's book blog. Sue is a writer who loves to read. And it shows in her oh-so-well-written posts. Book by Book was the first blog I found that deals with literary fiction. What a relief that was! She and I have similar tastes in books. Sue not only writes wonderful book reviews, she also does a couple of weekly book memes. Thoughtful and illuminating memes. I love a silly meme as much as the next person, but I really love a great book meme. Book by Book is also definitely worth a look for all you bookworms out there.

State of Denmark is written by Ms. Mazzola, an English teacher in living in Maine. Ms. Mazzola also writes fabulous reviews of literary fiction. She has a TBR tab on the top of her blog. What a great resource for finding new books to read. Her reviews are very will written, her blog has a professional and calming "feel" and she spices things up a bit with an occasional book meme and interesting book related lists. Visiting her blog feels like taking a break from the hecticness of life. State of Denmark is a must visit for anyone who loves literary fiction.


Book Related Blogs

During my search I also found 3 other sites that deal with books/blogs in some way. OK, I found lots more than 3, but I've separated the wheat from the chaff.

Book Blog Directory is the brainchild of Kay - a book blogger and a book blog reader. She created this site as a clearinghouse for book blogs. Anyone can submit a book blog to be included in the Book Blog Directory. All it takes is an email to Kay. I am now a proud member of the Book Blog Directory and will be putting their badge on my sidebar soon. So, if you're looking for book blogs to read (all types of genres are represented) or if you'd like to get your blog listed be sure to visit the Book Blog Directory.

Weekly Geeks is a great website that presents a different "theme" every week. Usually the themes are bookblogcentric. Themes are posted every Saturday and can be posted about at any time during the week. The following week, Weekly Geeks will feature 5 bloggers' posts from the previous week. Great exposure for your blog. Weekly Geeks also provides a choice of buttons that can be displayed on your sidebar. I'll be adding one soon. For all the necessary information on EXACTLY how Weekly Geeks works click here.

And last, but certainly not least is Best Post of The Week. BPOTW is another great site that can help you get exposure and more readers for your blog. (BPOTW is not only for Book Bloggers). This site is a venue for bloggers to showcase their best posts each week. It's as easy as emailing your best post to Bettyl (who runs BPOTW) before Saturday and voila a link to your post will be listed. She also has a button you can display on your sidebar.

Well that's it. The sum total of seriously hours and hours and hours wasting time trolling the Internet. I hope you find something here that you like. Please feel free to share any bloggy treasures that you've found in the comments. I would be eternally grateful.

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18 comments:

Tammy Howard said...

Great links! (Which I shall be checking out when I get home from vacation!)

Steph. said...

Thanks for posting these Pam!

Juls~ said...

Hi Pam!

Awesome research, girl! I'm gonna check out the Curled Up With a Book Blog.

Juls~

Anita said...

Great links, I only checked out one, I was gone all day today.......ugh, not so much fun...LOL.

Ms Mazzola said...

Wow- I am blushing. Thanks for the compliments. -Ms Mazzola

Gwendolyn B. said...

These are terrific links - thanks for spotlighting them!

Debbie said...

Wonderful resources! I have noticed that there aren't many cont. fiction sites as well. Thanks for doing the work for us!

kel said...

Oh girl, how I love you! I am going to spend hours now checking out those sites!

P.s switched up the name of my blog...http://ahesitanthousewife.blogspot.com/

FranticMommy said...

Good job Pam! I can't wait to start snooping!

Pam said...

Mommy- Thanks. I'd love to hear what you think.

Gamma Sharon said...

Wow, I am going right now. Thanks for doing all the work. BTW, I have "The Gargole" on order... should be here soon. Can't wait!

Pam said...

Sharon - I hope you find something you like. And I can NOt wait to hear what you think of the Gargoyle!

Cairo Typ0 said...

I love Caribou's Mom. This is a great book review blog that looks at a wide variety of books. :)

http://www.caribousmom.com/

Pam said...

Cairo - thanks for the recommendation. I'll be sure to check Caribou out.

Shawna said...

Thank you for your links! I'm looking for some good summer reading and books to bring along during my study abroad (since finding books in English in Turkey was very difficult the last time I was there!)

-S

Shawna's Study Abroad

Pam said...

Shawna - I hope you find some good choices. You also might want to check out the today show's website. Today.msnbc.com. They highlighted ten great reads for summer on Friday. Good Luck!

Esther said...

Thanks, I'll check those out. I also read a lot of contemporary literary fiction.

Kay said...

Wonderful list! THANK you!

 

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