Last Updated 04/05/2016
“Badass book nerds” Ana Grilo and Thea James founded The Book Smugglers in 2008, the name remembering a time when they had to smuggle huge numbers of volumes home in even huger handbags. Describing themselves as being obsessed with books both Ana and Thea use their blog as an outlet to express their love of literature.
Simon Savidge is the author of Savidge Reads and a self-professed book addict. Simon’s love of books started at an early age, and at 34 shows no signs of stopping. Previously a travel and lifestyle editor of a UK men’s magazine, Simon now contributes to several literary and lifestyle magazines. Whether he is posting his thoughts about a new book, going on bookshop crawls or visiting book fairs, Simon’s blog posts are always written in the first person giving Savidge Reads that personal touch.
For blogger Zoe Toft Playing by The book is a family affair. As the mother of two young children, Zoe uses her blog as an expression of the things she most likes to do with her children – reading. Launched over 5 years ago, Playing by The Book, features reviews of children’s books as well as the reactions of her children to the books in question.
With a passion for science fiction Vincent Ripley uses his blog to review the latest action-packed sci-fi novels. His lively posts instantly embed you into his world and into his passion of science fiction novels.
Launched in 2013, SocialBookshelves takes a slightly different approach to most literary blogs. Dane Cobain says that SocialBookshelves offers a much-needed alternative to other blogs that are ‘long-winded’ and ‘unnecessarily detailed’. With a desire to make his content more accessible to the social media generation Dane offers reviews of books that are ‘short’ and ‘sweet’, covering various genres, interviews with authors, and all the latest book news.
Founded by Vivienne Dacosta in 2009 Serendipity Reviews offers reviews of books written for children, teenagers, and adults as well as featuring author interviews. Due to her busy schedule Vivienne has employed other guest reviewers who regularly contribute to the site such as K. M. Lockwood, Isabella Samuels, and Caroline Hodges all of whom bring their own personal tastes.
As a librarian the author of One More Page Amanda Moran lives and breathes books. Founded in 2010, her blog discusses all the latest books. She also interviews authors, features events, as well as opening the blog to frequent guest writers
Founder of Farm Lane Books Blog, Jackie Bailey is so passionate about literature that she gave up her day job to sell books online. On her blog, Jackie confesses to being a proud owner of several thousand books, and her collection continues to get bigger by the minute. Jackie uses the blog as a channel to express her love of literature, reviewing award winning books, literary fiction and new releases.
Authored by Valerie O’Riordan & Peter Wild, Bookmunch take a simple but effective approach and that is to read books and tell their readers what they think about them. And it’s an approach that has paid off. With a loyal fan base the blog features detailed reviews and author-interviews.
The reader online blog is on a mission and wants to bring about a reading revolution! Authored by an impassioned editorial team it is their goal to get people from all backgrounds and ages to engage with reading. They aim to do this by sharing blog posts about their outreach community projects and articles that explore the social impact of literature.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted. You will also find that if a blogger is a journalist for another outlet(s), Vuelio tracks their contact preferences there as well.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these Literature blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.