Last Updated 23/08/2017
The Book Smugglers was founded by Ana Grilo and Thea James as an outlet for their ‘bottomless obsession with books’, and features a variety of different reviews dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy short stories and novels. As well as providing readers with the latest must-reads that have caught their attention, the pair help to promote and publish short stories and authors through Book Smugglers Publishing, their independent digital publisher of SFF fiction and non-fiction.
Considering that Simon Savidge comes from a ‘long line of book lovers’, it’s no surprise that he created his blog, Savidge Reads, as an outlet for book binging. The recently revamped blog covers all the reads that Simon is currently a fan of, and promotes literature workshops and events that he hosts with different authors. When Simon isn’t blogging or reading, he can be found giving talks, judging awards and searching for his next best read.
Constraining his review word counts to the number of pages contained in the book, Dane Cobain challenges himself to write concise and to-the-point reviews of the books that he’s currently reading – effectively creating his own online library. The accessible catalogue-style of SocialBookshelves.com makes it easy for visitors to quickly find reviews of various genres, by literature type or author name. As well as providing reviews, the blog runs competitions, interviews with authors, guest blogs, and book news.
Mother-of-two Zoe Toft uses her blog, Playing by the book, to offer readers a glimpse into her favourite activity to do with her children – reading. Playing by the book features reviews of children’s books that she reads with her two daughters, M and J. Zoe also posts interviews with authors including Kwame Alexander and Alan Lee, as well as illustrators of children’s books.
Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books is authored by Vincent Ripley and is his attempt to read and review all modern children’s books. With a love of fantasy and sci-fi, Vincent uses the blog to provide book reviews, best picks and news on up-and-coming authors. Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books also features guest posts, which help readers get to know the author behind the book.
New to our ranking is A Little Blog of Books, which was created in 2012 by Clare Rowland. A Little Blog of Books is focused around Clare’s favourite genres – contemporary, literary and translated fiction. The blog has detailed reviews split by A-Z and year, a list of the books to be read, and a variety of literature news and feature pieces.
Authored by a collective of bibliophiles that includes writers, journalists, librarians, actors and more, Vulpes Libris (Book Fox) covers a range of book reviews from picture books to political writings. The extensive content on the blog attracts a range of readers with different interests, and provides interviews with authors, reviews and opinion pieces.
The Poetry Shed is authored by Abegail Morley, who was named as one of the five British poets to watch in 2017 by the Huffington Post. A published poet, Abegail’s blog publishes poems from a variety of sources, including reader submissions. The Poetry Shed also details Abegail’s poetry event activities and upcoming poetry competitions.
Sarah Gibson writes book reviews, trails upcoming books and publishes extracts on her blog, Feeling Fictional. Though she covers every genre, Sarah particularly enjoys paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Her blog lists the upcoming books that will be reviewed in the near future.
Bookmunch is the books review blog from Valerie O’Riordan and Peter Wild. Listing all of the book posts that are coming soon to the site, the blog takes reviews from a variety of contributors who each have different perspectives and areas of interest. Bookmunch also runs competitions for books that have already been reviewed.
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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.
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.