What are your favorite book blogging sites?

book bloggersI don’t know this for sure, but it seems that in the world of books there exist three realms: book buyers, book writers and book bloggers.

As I am using the term a book blogger is someone who reviews books as his or her main on-line pastime. The reviews are substantive and the book blogger develops a following based on her ability to give readers the skinny on books and provide authors a place to submit their works in hopes of a review that will give their books greater visibility.

I don’t want to get into the issue of paid versus non-paid reviews in this blog, so I am limiting the book blogger category to bloggers who receive advanced review copies (ARCs) as their only compensation from authors. In other words, I am differentiating book bloggers from a site like Kirkus, which charges authors or publishers for reviews.

Jesse Kornbluth of Head Butler


Authors Christina and Bert Carson have recently become fans of Jesse Kornbluth whose site HeadButler.com is a good example of what I am talking about as a book blogging site. Kornbluth’s business model is that he uses Amazon Associate links on the books, movies, music and other products he discusses on his site in order to generate income.  He doesn’t charge authors to review books, but may receive ARCs. In other words, the quality content he provides to those who visit his site drives traffic and keeps people coming back for  more.  If anyone buys off his site, he earns a sales commission from Amazon.

The woods are full of book bloggers.  Many are genre specific.  In other words, a book blogger may review only Romance novels, or thrillers, or historical fiction, or literary fiction,  or suspense, or mystery, or young adult.  This focus allows readers who love a particular genre to find a review of a book.  The service book bloggers provides makes it easy for a reader to find an interesting book in a genre she loves, or rule out a book that is not up to snuff.  In the digital world where virtual book shelves are infinite, this winnowing process is worth its weight in gold.

I know that many  who drop by Caleb and Linda Pirtle are readers in search of books, authors with books to sell and book bloggers who are interested in readers and authors.

So something we would really like to add to Caleb and Linda Pirtle is a place for book bloggers to post reviews. We post occasional ones, but haven’t made reviews a mainstay of the site.  We feel like our readers would welcome a regular book review spot on the site.

In order to help us learn the universe of book bloggers you follow as readers in search of books, I would love to hear from you.  In the comments, I would really appreciate it if you could point us toward book blogging sites you rely on for book reviews.  Please include links to the sites if you wish and let me know the types of books they review.

Happy reading to all.

(Stephen Woodfin is an attorney and author of six novels.)



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