Book blogs we appreciate: The 2012 edition


From September 10 to 14, it's Book Blogger Appreciation Week, a celebration of those who love books and write about them on the internet. In 2010, CBC Books posted a list of book blogs we love and we thought it was high time we did it again. Below, discover eight other book blogs we think you should read.


Lavender Lines

How can you not love a book blog that gives back? Even though P.E.I. resident and book blogger Colleen McKie didn't know anyone in Slave Lake, the story of the town losing its public library moved McK

ie so much that she decided to do something about it: last summer she set up the online Slave Lake Book auction and people from across the country donated signed books and other literary memorabilia, with all the proceeds going towards rebuilding the Slave Lake library. And if that's not enough, McKie's thoughtful and thorough reviews should keep book lovers coming back.


Kevin from Canada

Kevin (who, if his blog title is geographically correct, is from Canada) is a prolific reviewer of both Canadian and international literature. Each year, he reviews the Man Booker longlist and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. But Kevin takes it a step further, putting together his own Giller panel he calls the "Shadow Giller," which reads and reviews the entire longlist, tackles the shortlist and crowns its own champion. He discussed the project on The Next Chapter last year, and you can listen to his conversation with Shelagh Rogers here.



Jessa Crispin has been running Bookslut, a smart online literary magazine, for more than a decade now. While she has a stable of writers to tackle the reviews and other book-related features, she maintains the site's daily blog herself, linking to book news big and small, and various other tidbits in line with Crispin's personal sensibility. Unapologetically elitist, but with a soft spot for juicy literary feuds and books about murderers (among other things), Crispin has a dry sense of humour that makes the site a perfect blend of high- and low-brow, and a reliable place to go for a good read.


The Awl's Classic Trash

While The Awl and The Hairpin are not strictly book blogs, they both have several regular bookish features, most of which are written by Hairpin books editor (and Canadian expat) Nicole Cliffe. Classic Trash is our favourite of these, a monthly-ish discussion of books we all pretend to be ashamed of enjoying, like The Mists of Avalon or Pet Semetary. Complete with imaginative discussion questions!


That Shakespearean Rag

Steven W. Beattie (who is also the reviews editor of Quill & Quire) might be the most cantankerous book blogger on the internet. But he might also be the smartest. That Shakespearean Rag offers up a mix of book reviews (recent reviews include a "he said, she said" take on Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger) and commentary on Canadian publishing (recent subjects include book blurbs and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist).


Bella's Bookshelves

Bookseller-turned-blogger Steph VanderMeulen might write the longest book reviews on the internet -- but that's okay. Her approach to Canadian literature is nuanced, thoughtful and always questioning. Whether you are looking for a round-up of the best bookish links online or a meditation on literary awards, you'll definitely find it on Bella's Bookshelves.


Obscure CanLit Mama

Carrie Snyder isn't a traditional "book blogger." Rather, she's an author (her latest, The Juliet Stories was published earlier this year) and her blog offers readers an intimate look at the daily life and work of a writer and mother, and her doubts and celebrations -- big and small. Obscure CanLit Mama is a blog about what it means to be a family working together, moving forward, and supporting and nurturing a Canadian literary voice.


A Young Voice Reads

Allegra Young (get it?) reviews the books she reads. But what makes this book blog stand out is her immense self-assigned reading challenges. These days, Young is working her way through all 40 novels found on the Canada Reads 2011 Top 40 list. She's also an avid supporter of literacy organizations and is currently participating in the S.T.E.L.L.A.A. blog tour.

Did we miss your favourite online must-read? Let us know what's your favourite book blog and why in the comments below!