The Top 10 Literature blog ranking was last updated 16/10/2019.
Staying at the top of the pile in our literature blog ranking is The Book Smugglers. Created back in 2008 by book lovers, Ana Grilo and Thea James, they were concerned by the volume of books purchased on a daily basis and found that they were smuggling books home in their handbags to avoid scrutiny. Since then The Book Smugglers has grown into an outlet for their passion for speculative fiction, sharing reviews with their loyal readers and fiction fans. Ana and Thea have even set up their own independent publishing house, giving a voice to new and diverse writers.
Moving into second place is SocialBookshelves.com. Dane Cobain started his blog back in May 2013 with the aim to make it a book blog with a difference. All the reviews on SocialBookshelves.com are limited to a word count which is the same as the number of pages in the book, challenging Dane to be clever and concise with his choice of words. With thousands of book reviews under his belt, alongside interviews with a variety of authors, SocialBookshelves.com is a great place to find a quick book review and help you decide your next read.
Flying up the literature blog ranking is Ten Penny Dreams. Amy Lord is the writer behind the blog, sharing her love of books and all things creative. An author in her own right, Amy’s debut novel, The Disappeared was published in May 2019 and has rave reviews from the literary community. Ten Penny Dreams aims to inspire other new writers and has created a series of interviews called Year of the Debut Author, which gives readers insight into the writing process for anyone penning their first novel.
Bookmunch is the creation of Valerie O’Riordan and Peter Wild, sharing a wide variety of book reviews. Joined by a number of contributors with differing tastes, Bookmunch provides regular, reviews of books from a range of genres. Each post is titled with a quote from the review giving followers an insight into the mind of the reviewer and their honest opinion. Bookmunch is mainly a book review blog with occasional author interviews, plus regular visitors to the site can keep track of the reviews coming up so they can get book inspiration for their next read.
Clare Rowland created A Little Blog of Books back in 2012 as a place to share her love of books and her passion for reading. With a constantly growing list of books to read, Clare is always on the lookout for book recommendations to add to her pile and review on A Little Blog of Books. Easy to navigate with sections divided into fiction and non-fiction, A Little Blog of Books is perfect for anyone keen to read more but who isn’t not sure where to start.
Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books was created by Vincent Ripley back in 2008 to share reviews of modern children’s books, from well-known authors such as Philip Pullman to up and coming authors debuting their first novel. Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books has hundreds of reviews for young book lovers to scour and pick their next bedtime read, from fantasy through to stories of friendship and family. Alongside book reviews, Vincent also posts interviews with the authors so visitors to Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books can get behind-the-scenes information about their latest novel.
Feeling Fictional is the creation of Sarah Gibson who started blogging back in January 2010. She originally started Feeling Fictional as a way to keep track of the books she’d been reading and share her love of young adult fiction. Sarah is now part of the young adult blogging community, attending a number of publishing events from afternoon tea at The Ritz to spending a night in Hogwarts. Feeling Fictional has hundreds of reviews of both published and online novels, giving up-and-coming authors a chance to get their work recognised.
A brand-new entry into our literature blog ranking is Stuck in a Book. Created by Simon Thomas back in 2007, the blog shares detailed reviews of a wide range of books, cleverly organising his reviews based on the year the book was published. Stuck in a Book actively encourages discussion among the blog’s followers both on the website and on social media. Simon has also started his own podcast called Tea or Books which covers a variety of topics, from whether there should be illustrations in books to the morality of a reader.
Books and Bao are another new entry, bringing world literature and travel into one place. Started by Jessica Esa and Will Harris, they began blogging while living in South Korea and wanted to share their passion for translated literature, believing that the best way to understand a country is to read the novels from that place. Alongside books reviews, including a number of translated novels, Books and Bao also has recommendations for places to visit for literary lovers and even tattoo inspiration for people wanting to take their love of ink from page to body!
10. The Poetry Shed
Abegail Morley is the voice behind The Poetry Shed. A published and critically acclaimed poet, Abegail has also been named as one of the five British poets to watch by the Huffington Post. The Poetry Shed shares the latest poetry competitions for other budding poets to enter along with top tips on what the judges look for and whether there is such a thing as a ‘competition poem’. Poet in residence at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Kent, Abegail also shares upcoming literary festivals and where people can find their favourite poets.
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.