Tutt Library Research Guides
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The sites below include a wide range of voices: formal and intimate, hilarious and thoughtful, canon and countercanon. What they share is a fierce, thirsty, and inviting enthusiasm for culture (including, but not always limited to, books).
Autostraddle: Books - sharp-witted, woman-focused, and not always safe for work
Blogging for a Good Book (Williamsburg Regional Library) - there are hundreds of public library book review blogs on the web. This one is the best.
Bookotron - it can be a bit hard to find your way around this site, but it's worth some extra effort. Tons of in-depth content from and about a wide range of brilliant authors. Check out the podcasts!
Books I Done Read - our extremely unscientific poll suggests that people who like this review blog also like: Harry Potter, animated gifs, Paul Auster, and/or creative nonfiction... the author's varied tastes remind us of the Sesame Street "One of These Things" game, in the best possible way. Plus, it's really funny.
Bookshelves of Doom - Leila Roy is a community college librarian, book reviewer, pop culture maven, and pendant-maker who lives in Maine. If you don't like young adult books, you probably won't find much here. If you DO like YA books - you will probably end up visiting this site at least once a week.
Brainpickings - You know that one friend you have? The one who is always super-excited about some random fascinating thing they just found? The one who wants to tell you ALL about it, at length, and you don't even mind because they are so happy, and the thing itself is so cool? This site is the web equivalent. You never know what they'll be on about, but it'll almost always be exciting. And more often than not, there will be a book involved.
The Browser - if you like weighty, provocative, and intellectually stimulating prose, you need this website. The editors select 5-6 favorites each day, "mostly from trawling RSS feeds and home pages and Twitter streams."
Eve's Alexandria - The ladies of Eve's Alexandria, on the other hand, play their cards a little closer to the chest. They take their time about posting. They don't review just any old book. And their razor-sharp intelligence makes you think about even old favorites in a new way. Lots here for lovers of speculative fiction, literary prizewinners, and/or British classics. Sometime in 2016, they shifted to YouTube, so if you like what you read on their main site, you may want to check out their BookTubing!
Flavorwire Books - zippy, short, list-oriented articles with lots of pictures. Never fails to entertain.
Kirkus Reviews - the archives go back to 1933, but there's nothing stodgy about this venerable magazine: its reviewers shoot from the hip. Come for the snark, stay for the starred reviews.
The Millions - the New York Times calls The Millions " indispensable." It's hip, self-consciously literate, and really hard to put down (especially if you're reading it on a tablet).
Neglected Books - "where forgotten books are remembered". The anonymous author of this book blog is determined to resurrect the beautiful-but-ignored classics of the last couple of centuries (although there is also a "Justly Neglected?" category for the duds). This site is perfect for days when everything new feels old and tired...
New York Review of Books - towers over most of its litmag peers. The essays are often even better than the reviews.
Paste: Signs of Life in Music, Film, and Culture - the book section of this website is great (and refreshingly comics-heavy), but the best way to enjoy it is to start on the front page, where you can see the entire amazing panorama.
Powell’s Books: Staff Picks - One of the most eclectic congregations of reviewers on the Web.
Tales from the Reading Room - Victoria Best used to be a literature professor, but now she writes full-time. Her academic background permeates this "literary salon where all are welcome." Thoughtful, nuanced reviews of unusual books.
things mean a lot - intensely personal, intensely intellectual, in-depth reflections on one woman's reading. Lengthy, delectable reviews.
Vulpes Libris - a pack of literate foxes who read and write voraciously. Or, perhaps, a pack of British litbloggers, who do the same. Their newest reviews are available exclusively on Facebook (but you can read them without a Facebook account).