Canadian Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2020
November 15, 2019
Let’s face facts: literary works of fiction and nonfiction alike are produced and published in staggering quantities. The sheer volume of material is so vast that even the world’s most avid readers can scarcely make a dent in it. Given that there is so much to read in so little time, surely there are some resources available to help even the most discernible reader whittle down their list? Fortunately, there are a number of Canadian book blogs and websites that will help you make that difficult decision of what to read next. For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ones to follow this year.
BookNet Canada – Toronto, Ontario
This is the blog arm of BookNet Canada, a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards, and education to serve the Canadian book industry. Their blog aggregates news, interviews and interesting facts as they pertain to the book industry. From booksellers to popular culture, to reader statistics, their blog is informative for those who are interested in the business behind selling books.
The Canadian Children’s Book Store – Toronto, Ontario
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976, self-proclaimed to encourage, promote and support the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Their programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents select the very best for young readers.
What’s Better Than Books? – Calgary, Alberta
Looking for a one-stop-shop for insightful book reviews? If so, this is the book blog for you. Zoe, the founder and reviewer, reviews all manner of literature, from historical fiction to contemporary romance and everything in between. If you’re just starting out or have finally carved out some time to devote to some great reads, Zoe offers up her top picks going back to 2016, so there’s plenty to catch up on. Post frequency is about four posts a week.
Prairie Fire Magazine – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Prairie Fire is an award-winning Canadian journal of innovative writing that is published quarterly by Prairie Fire Press, Inc. Each issue is a fresh, vibrant mix of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction by our most celebrated writers and the hottest new voices of our emerging writers.
Dead End Follies – Montreal, Quebec
Books, music, television, and movies—Dead End Follies covers it all. A chill place to explore seemingly all forms of media, it’s a vast repository of what’s worth watching/reading/listening to right now. Best of all, Dead End Follies features some quirky interviews from a wide range of quirky characters. If you want a cool, off-the-wall book to read, this book blog will not only help you find it, it’ll also provide you with many more ways to while away the hours. Post frequency is about 3-4 posts a week.
The Candid Cover – Toronto, Ontario
Olivia’s book blog, The Candid Cover, delivers readers with her round-ups of favourite books and current reads with series: Friday Reads and Wishlist Wednesdays. She also shares her thoughts and musings on books she’s read recently with her Reviews.
49th Shelf – Canada
Eager to flip through the pages of your next great Canadian read? 49th Shelf is not just the place that’ll help you find it; they’ll also sell it to you. In fact, 49th Shelf is one of Canada’s most prolific proprietors of homegrown literature. With such a large footprint on the Canadian literature scene, users can expect reviews and recommendations on books covering a wide variety of interests. The nice thing about this site is that if you aren’t sure what genre you want to dive into the next, the diverse reviews will help to ensure that you find something to add to your must-read list. Post frequency is about four posts a week.
The Miramichi Reader – Maritimes, Canada
The motto of The Miramichi Reader is to “unearth the unsung gems”. Understanding this, the primary purpose of this blog is to highlight Atlantic Canadian authors as well as books of interest to all Canadians, coast to coast. It strives to support the smaller publishing houses as well as self-published authors when possible.
Xpresso Reads – Quebec, Canada
Run by Giselle and Rashika, Xpresso Reads is a blog that includes author interviews, book tours, and reviews that opens to fascinating book discussions within the community. Initially inspired by the renowned site Goodreads, the blog aims to celebrate the culture of reading.
Canadian Book Addict – Canada
Up and running since 2013, founder and author Chantale accepts reader suggestions and spends her time reading and writing reviews of these books. These reviews cover a wide range of genres including romance, chick-lit, new adult, paranormal romance, fantasy, horror, mystery/suspense, and comic books/manga.
Book Reviews and More – Southeastern, Ontario
Run by Steven R. McEvoy, Book Reviews and More is his corner of the Internet to share his collection of published and unpublished writing, book reviews, and articles. He separates his musings into various categories including Top 10 Lists, Favourite Books and Favourite Authors, curating his collection of current favourites on an annual basis.
Navigating the sheer number of books out there can be a daunting, expensive, and time-consuming venture, to say the least. But with so many great book blogs and websites, that doesn’t need to be the case. If you know where to look, you’ll uncover a world of hidden gems. So, what’s the holdup? Your next Book Outlet haul awaits!