The Top 10 Literature blog ranking was last updated 22/08/2018.
Staying in the top spot is The Book Smugglers, founded back in 2008 by Thea James and Ana Grilo, who started the blog to share their endless obsession for books. Both share a love for speculative and young adult fiction, reviewing books by their favourite authors, up-and-coming writers and delving into their past with Old School Wednesday posts. Passionate about encouraging and sharing their love for speculative fiction, The Book Smugglers started their own independent publishing house, promoting new and diverse voices for the genre.
Another non-mover is Savidge Reads, created by Simon Savidge, self-confessed book addict, who uses his blog as a way to share his thoughts on what he’s reading, whether it’s a classic or hot off the press. Simon is on the judging panel for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was on the panel for the Costa Awards 2017. Providing honest, detailed and insightful reviews, Savidge Reads is a great place to go for inspiration, whether it’s for a book club or a companion for your commute. Like many book worms, Simon is a huge fan of a charity shop for seeking out the best bargains to add to his library and review for Savidge Reads.
Holding onto third place in the ranking is SocialBookshelves.com. The creation of Dane Cobain back in May 2013, SocialBookshelves.com was created to be a book blog with a difference. Keeping the word count of his reviews to the same number of pages in the book, Dane writes reviews that are direct and to the point. Not limited to a specific genre or style, SocialBookshelves.com covers everything from the latest thriller to poetry collections. Whether you’re looking for reviews of your favourite author or you want to broaden your literary horizons, you won’t be short of ideas at SocialBookshelves.com.
Zoe Toft is the face behind Playing by the book. Mum to two young girls, Zoe started her blog as a way to share the great books she reads with her children and the crafts and general malarkey they inspire. Playing by the book now features much more, with interviews and guest posts from award-winning authors, along with regular reviews of books from popular fiction to debut novels from up and coming writers. Zoe shares her passion for books and getting kids involved in reading, working with The Federation of Children’s Book Groups and has even organised a children’s literature festival.
Moving up to fifth place in our ranking is A Little Blog of Books. Created by book lover Clare Rowland back in 2012, A Little Blog of Books covers a wide variety of reviews, from contemporary fiction to popular science non-fiction. With an ever-growing list of books to read and an honest account of books she’s never finished or that have disappointed her, A Little Blog of Books provides opinion on reading as a hobby. Clare has made it easy for readers to find her latest posts or reviews of their latest read with handy A-Z sections, split into fiction and non-fiction.
Making an entrance into our rankings for the first time is Ten Penny Dreams, founded by Amy Lord as a way to share her favourite books and thoughts on becoming a writer. With two novels penned (although as yet unpublished), Amy intends to inspire both readers and writers alike, posting about the experience of writing a book and starting a crowdfunding campaign to get it published. Ten Penny Dreams shares monthly reviews of the books she’s finished that month along with interviews with characters from books.
Created and written by Vincent Ripley back in 2008, Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books reviews hundreds of young adult and children’s books across many genres but mainly sci-fi and fantasy. Providing in-depth reviews and interviews with authors and illustrators, Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books gives readers plenty of detail for both young reader and parents alike. Often part of a blog book tour, Vincent gets to interview the most popular children’s authors, quizzing them on their favourite places to write and the importance of stories.
Founded by Valerie O’Riordan and Peter Wild, both writers themselves, Bookmunch shares reviews of a wide variety of books from a number of different contributors, with different tastes. Providing straight-to-the-point reviews and a monthly list of what’s on their reading pile, Bookmunch gives plenty of reading inspiration for anyone looking for their next book fix. The blog also runs regular competitions where readers and visitors to the blog are in with a chance to win books they’ve recently reviewed and even throws in the odd author interview from time to time.
Created by poet Abegail Morley, The Poetry Shed publishes poems submitted by readers alongside interviews, poetry events and competitions. Named one of the five British poets to watch in 2017 by the Huffington Post, Abegail and The Poetry Shed promote aspiring poets and has set up an independent poetry publisher, Against the Grain Press. Whether you enjoy reading or writing poetry, The Poetry Shed is the perfect place to discover new writers or get some inspiration to put pen to paper.
Sarah Gibson is the face behind Feeling Fictional, reviewing books across her favourite genres including paranormal, urban fantasy, romance and young adult. Providing a detailed review with information about the author, Feeling Fictional often posts an excerpt from the book, giving the reader a taste of what’s in store. Along with the review, Sarah lets the reader know if the book is part of a series and provides handy links to these posts, making sure no-one misses out on a plot twist!
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.