A little while ago, we asked all the darling bookworms of tumblr who are running a book blog to share their site or reviews with us. As the owners of a small book blog ourselves, we know how hard it can be to build a following and we’re trying to help out by compiling a list of small book blogs we believe deserve more attention. All this to revive booklr as a community: help each other out!
So eventually we’ve selected five book blogs/reviewers that we simply adore (in no particular order): Check them out!
Number one is Beth’s blog ‘Betwixt-these-pages’, which can be found here.
I think most people love penguins, so you can’t really go wrong with these reviews. Beth even reviews her books through little penguin pictures, of which the ‘hot and steamy’ one is my favourite (found here)! But it’s all there: a summary, her opinion, a diverse set of reviewed books and lots of colourful aspects to attract some attention to her reviews, which she really does deserve. Also, her style of writing is not only very honest, but very nice and accessible to read.
Why we’d recommend this blog: the reviews look great and amazingly fun and, hello, penguins.
Number two is a blog run by two authors under the name of-books-and-pen, which can be found here.
This appears to be quite a small blog, but the site looks adorable! The books reviewed here are very diverse, from old literature to graphic novels and manga. When reviewing anything, the authors really go into detail and depth about this book, which makes for a great review. Also, the authors just appear to be very friendly.
Why we’d recommend this blog: they make a fair point that most book blogs focus on new releases, and old books deserve just as much attention!
Number three is yet another author who writes her reviews on tumblr, by the name of ‘alwaysbringabookwithyou’, which can be found here.
Grace writes relatively short reviews, usually starting off with a short summary or introduction to the book reviewed, to grab your attention, followed by her personal opinion and rating. She mostly appears to be reviewing young adult books, but there are some classics in there as well. She has built up quite a following already, but she definitely deserves to be mentioned here anyways.
Why we’d recommend this blog: Short and well thought through reviews, which give you an idea of the book instantly. If you’re dealing with a ‘to read or not to read’-dilemma, these reviews are brilliant. Also, check out her book recommendations: you will not be disappointed.
Number four seems to be a bit of an undiscovered gem, from the tumblr ‘thebookishone’, where reviews can be found here.
These reviews are short and sweet, with a clear and unapologetic opinion on each novel. A great variety of books are present, but hardly any notes on them, much to our surprise. No decorations, no distractions: just books and opinions. We love it.
Why we’d recommend this blog: I just loved how this author simply states their honest opinion on every book they read, which we enjoyed immensely.
Number five is Sophie’s blog, called ‘parchment-and-petrichor’, which can be found here. When you start off your blog with these words: ‘Prick my fingertips and I’ll bleed ink for you’, we’re immediately fans. Sophie appears to review mostly young adult books, but the way she goes about it is very nicely organised and it looks great. She has great skill with language and her reviews read like novels in themselves. Her analyses are very good and her opinions are clear.
Why we’d recommend this blog: I love how she starts off her reviews by recommending this book to ‘those who enjoyed’, followed by a number of titles. Very original and useful!
And as a cheeky little bonus honourable mention, here’s a small blog we’re just really curious about to see what will happen with this one next
This is a cute little blog, from the tumblr named ‘confessions-of-a-readaholic’, and her blog can be found here.
Cute blog, but I’m guessing she’s still starting out, because there are very little reviews to be found on her site as of this moment. But we really like the way she writes, so we’re curious to see where this goes.
Why we’d recommend this blog: to show some support to her and see where it goes!
So, we’re really hoping our readers will show some love to these blogs and authors as well. Us bookworms should support each other, right?
These are just some suggestions for now, but maybe we’ll do another one of these posts again some time, so if you own a book blog or site, let us know: we always enjoy reading them.