To many, there is simply no greater winter pleasure that a warm, comfortable seat, a steaming hot cup of tea and a good book.
So we’ve put together a list of our favourite Book Lover blogs to inspire future reads, make you laugh, make you think and generally enlighten your day.
We hope you like them and happy reading!
Keeper of the snails
Award winning novelist Clare Dudman keeps us updated on her life and literary adventures in this chatty blog. Some interesting interviews with other authors (there’s a great interview with Sue Guiney, author of A Clash of Innocents) and some thought-provoking reviews. Clare is fun, endearing and, obviously, an excellent writer. An altogether good read.
Stuck in a Book
Simon Thomas is always stuck in a book, and this colourful blog lets us know which one he’s reading now and exactly what he thought of it. There are some brilliant reviews and recommendations for future reads, combined with the odd ‘Song for Sunday’ and literary outings (including a book bloggers lunch at the British Museum). Good fun!
The Midnight Bell
Sean lends a dry, witty style to his review blog The Midnight Bell. The successor to the London News Review Books Diary (which was admired in both The Guardian and the New York Times), this blog is a keen, critical eye on the world of literature.
Dovegreyreader is ‘a Devonshire based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who is a community nurse in her spare time’. Carry on to find some great interviews, including an insightful chat with Erica Wagner, Literary Critic at The Times. There are also some inspiring reviews and adventures, including a beautiful walk through Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall, linked with her various excellent novels. Well worth a look!
I can guarantee that even the biggest Brontë fans will be completely overawed by this blog. Find out who is playing Heathcliff in the latest adaptation. Check out the Brontë ‘quote of the week’. There’s even a list of Brontë themed Christmas events! Needless to say, this is a blog for the serious lover of classic fiction.
Baroque in Hackney
Published poet, writer and journalist Katy Evans-Bush, otherwise known as Ms Baroque, hosts this inspirational blog. Beautiful poetry, witty observational posts on life generally and some stunning photography (my favourite being a fantastically Gothic photograph of London under a full moon). Perfect for an educational lunchtime read.
Book Maven is a blog by writer Mary Hoffman, and gives an insightful view into the world of literature. Read interesting blog posts from writers such as Michelle Lovric. Catch up with the latest book news and reviews. This is a great blog, well written, cheerful and full of future reading inspiration.
John Baker’s Blog
John Baker is a published novelist and his blog is a mixture of his own writing, reviews of other works and the occasional snippet focusing on music, art and politics, as well as general ramblings on life in general. A good read.
The Beat acts as a showcase for new and exciting writers, whether they’re poets, novelists or short story tellers. There’s always something new and interesting to keep you entertained – if you’re the sort of book lover that just loves to read anything then this is definitely the blog for you.
Lizzy’s Literary Life
Full of reviews for some interesting and unusual reads, Lizzy works her way through the world of fiction and gives them a personal rating out of five. This really is a homage to literature in its many and varied forms, and should provide you with no end of inspiration. Definately one to take a look at.
Book World describes itself as ‘One woman’s attempt to read what’s worth reading and say something about it along the way’. Sometimes it’s a general rant about trying, and failing, to write a children’s book.Sometimes its just a short post giving a quote from a famous author. In one post, 36 books are reviewed in nine words or fewer. Whatever the contribution, it’s always something worth a read.
The Baker Street Blog
If Sherlock Holmes had been interested in blogging, then this would have been the site for him. Dedicated to all things Holmes-based, from the latest television series to hit our screens to poems dedicated to the famous literary detective. This should be more that enough to fulfill even the biggest Sherlock Holmes fan.
A small Stone
‘A small stone… picked up on a long walk and carried home in your pocket’. In this beautiful blog Fiona Robyn gives us small snippets of poetry to carry around with us – one a day. A lovely, calming addition to your day and a real pick-me-up when you’re feeling downhearted.