12 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 resources available to help even the most discernible reader whittle down their list? Fortunately, there are a number of book blogs and websites that will help you make that difficult decision of what bestsellers to read next. For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ones to follow in the upcoming year.
The Book Wheel Blog – United States
Allison Hiltz runs the award-winning book review website, The Book Wheel and founded the international blog roundup event, #30Authors, which was published as an anthology in April 2015. She is also a contributor at BookWitty.com.
Unabridged Chick – United States
A one-stop-shop for literary fiction and historical novels, combined with gritty noir and some fantastical fiction. Founder, Audra, rounds up her favorite books with interesting heroines, gorgeous prose, place as character, and the occasional werewolf.
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 blog for you. Zoe, the founder, and reviewer examines 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.
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 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 Book Smugglers – United States
The nice thing about this blog is that its founders, Ana and Thea, specialize in speculative fiction for all ages. What’s speculative fiction, you might ask? Why it’s only one of the hottest genres of fiction flying off the shelves. More simply, works of speculative fiction take place in a setting other than the real world, whether it’s supernatural or fantastical in nature! Naturally, the allure of these types of books is that they draw the reader into a world where they can escape to another world and experience a different, yet imaginative, reality. Additionally, voracious readers Ana and Thea are more than happy to point eager young minds in the direction of some of today’s most inspiring female writers. Post frequency is about one per day.
Hallie Sawyer – United States
Hallie Sawyer’s round-up series “Books I Love” offers her take on a variety of topics, notably how to manage your diet and health, and how to handle adversity. In discussing these topics via a wide range of carefully selected books, she offers us a combination of lifestyle and mommy blog to talk about her life and the literature she recommends.
As I Turn the Pages – United States
Going nine years strong, this popular book blog presents founder, Jael’s take on reader-submitted novels and e-books. A self-proclaimed reading addict, Jael uses her blog as an outlet to express your musings, thoughts, and opinions on a wide range of reading material.
Stephen Bentley – United Kingdom
Stephen, a native Englishman, is a man of many talents—a former lawyer, detective, truck driver, and salesman, his interests in literature are as varied as his life experiences. If you’re a fan of true crime and detective stories, make Stephen’s book blog a regular spot to seek out your next good read involving some of the world’s most nefarious true-to-life (and fictional) cast of characters. Post frequency is about 5-10 posts a month.
Modern Mrs. Darcy – United States
Labeled a “lifestyle blog for nerds” by the blog’s creator Anne, Modern Mrs. Darcy is a great place to find the next great book you’ve never heard of, but there’s a great deal more to this blog than meets the eye. Anne features Quick Lit reviews for readers who don’t have an excess of spare time, and she discusses audiobook sources, style, beauty and home tips, as well as conveniently gives recommendations for people who want to enjoy a good book on their daily commute. Post frequency is about 3-4 posts a week.
Paper Fury – Australia
If your Internet journey for good books takes you to the land down under, you just might happen to fall upon author C.G. Drews’ blog, Paper Fury. A self-proclaimed devourer of books, Drews reads approximately 200 books a year, so she kind of knows what she’s talking about. She’s not particularly shy about sharing her photography or penning a review of her favorite genres—contemporary and epic fantasy. Post frequency is about one post per day.
Navigating the many different categories of books, including children’s books, fiction books, health & fitness books, biographies and more, can be a daunting, expensive, and time-consuming venture, to say the least. But with so many great book-buying websites and blogs, 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!