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Inspiration Station: Books

2011 October 26

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the style blogs that inspire me most. Today it’s time to review some of the writing and book blogs that I love to read.


The Guardian Books Blog:

The blog for the Books section of UK newspaper The Guardian continuously impresses and inspires me with the variety and thoughtfulness of their discussions and features.

The Book Bench:

The book blog for The New Yorker, it’s almost like the hip, less pretentious, more tech-savvy younger sibling of the print magazine.

The Book Cover Archive:

A really awesome database of spectacular book cover designs. The site allows you to randomize and look at an array of designs, or search for specific books. I’ll definitely be using this for my new Coveralls feature!

The Book Lady’s Blog:


It seems as though Rebecca and I share similar reading tastes, and I like her recommendations and personal writing style.

The Paris Review Daily:


The blog version of The Paris Review contains expansions and ruminations of the pieces featured in the print issue, as well as columns and additional features. It’s filling in until I remember to renew my print subscription!

The Rumpus:




The Rumpus is a kind of catch-all for literary and cultural writing–you can find pretty much anything on there, and most of the articles are different and interesting.


HTMLGiant is my go-to source for finding out about new and independent writing, as well as keeping up with what’s going on in the literary magazine “scene.” And yes, it’s very much a “scene” which can be annoying, but don’t hat the player, hate the game…right?

Largehearted Boy:

Of course, I would be remiss in not including Largehearted Boy, one of my very favorites. Every day, the blog is updated with a stunning mix of what’s new in music and literature, featuring author playlists, links, and “best of” lists.


Where do YOU go for book recommendations or inspirations? Leave it in the comments!

*Image via Room and serve



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  1. October 27, 2011

    I like Both Eyes Book Blog She sets tasks for herself, like reading all the books on the Booker Prize long list and trying to predict which will make it to the short list and which will win.

    • Jill permalink
      October 27, 2011

      Thanks Patience! I will definitely check it out.

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