But back to the book blogs.
First, meet Kira. She blogs at Sorry Television. When she’s not reading or watching Television she just happens to be managing editor at Newsweek. Her reviews are entertaining, informed, and frank. Her paper cut rating system lets you know at a glance what she thinks. And she’s beside herself about Karen Fowler’s “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves“. That makes us almost book cousins. But be warned her review does contain a spoiler. She gave it four paper cuts – top billing.
The second blog is Shelved by book loving blogger, Pam. Elsewhere she describes herself as a chocolate guzzling, coffee swilling freelance writer. A quick glance at her category list let’s you know there’s a lot to explore. Visiting her blog is like browsing through the bookshelves of a well read friend. So far, from our bookish conversations I’ve undertaken to read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. It’s waiting on my kindle – it was bumped down one notch from the top of a very, very long list by The Narrow Road to The Deep North. Pam also piqued my interest in Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying which I had heard of but somehow missed when it came out back in the 70s. Pam’s favourite banned book is A Wrinkle inTime. I loved that book when I was a girl and now it’s on my must reread list. I’m done for really, between these two book bloggers alone, that reading wish list of mine is growing faster than I can read.
Because three is better than two and writing is to reading as cooking is to eating, I have one more blog to recommend. Damyanti lives and writes in Singapore. Her blog Daily (w)rite discusses all things writerly. She well and truly got the conversation going recently when she wondered which authors will be read in the 22nd century. She also introduced me to the New York Writers’ Workshop and their book The Portable MFA in Creative Writing.
So, if you like to read and love to write pay Sorry Television, Shelved, and Daily W(rite) a visit.
Postscript: About the painting, Woman Reading. Andrew Stevovich is an American painter. He describes himself as influenced by early Italian Renaissance and Expressionism. I think it shows. The classic style in the modern setting appeals to me. After all, these days, as often as not, I read on my phone, yes, even novels – something that shocked me when I first noticed my children reading books on their phones.
Who are your favourite book and writing bloggers? Tell me and I’ll be sure to check them out.
Categories: On Books