Blogs I Read

Literature

Reading in the Growlery – the most analytical and thorough book reviews I’ve come across; a very engaged commenter as well. Unfortunately, she hasn’t posted for about 4 months.

Bookswept – concise but meaningful books reviews and beautiful photos from a California resident.

Film

Film Grimoire – well-written and entertaining, covering a wide variety of genres, directors, and countries. Anna is also incredibly nice.

Veronika’s film reviews – a Slovenian blogger who focuses on female directors and who is also responsible for introducing me to Letterboxd.

Reel and Rock – thorough movie reviews, often related through a socialist lens.

Screenkicker! – head here for the snark!

Jonahjeng – extremely analytical.

Children’s Literature

Brain Pickings – the impossibly good blog run by the one and only Maria Popova. Not all posts are related to children’s literature, but Popova has a knack for unearthing long-forgotten gems in public libraries.

Magpie That – posts are frequent, so beware an inbox influx. featuring beautifully illustrated children’s books.

Internationale Jugendbibliothek – blog of the world-renowned International Youth Library in Munich, where I briefly conducted research.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast – extremely thorough interviews & reviews, though admittedly I haven’t read many of them.

Julie Rowan-Zoch – a mixture of recommendations + the blog author’s own illustrations.

Social Criticism

I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog – absolutely hilarious, insanely insightful.

rottenindenmark – the travels & observations of a human rights consultant. like David Sedaris, but serious.

Tressiemc – Tressie writes about race, blackness, and education in contemporary America.

Carrying the Gun – a look at the American military machine & perceptions of the army in popular culture.

Photography/Travel

Critical Dispatches – top-notch writing and thoughtful observations.

An American in Iceland – gorgeous photos of the frosty country.

After the Final Curtain – photographs of abandoned theaters across the United States.

Style/Fashion/Food

Auxiliary Beauty – a refreshingly well-written lipstick-centric beauty blog by a graduate student studying English.

Cheap as Fuck – a makeup blog with a sardonic, no-bullshit tone

Sincerely Miss J – a Canadian style blogger who has to dress for cold weather. Many of her outfits are also work-appropriate, which is a plus!

9 to 5 Chic – this one is a bit ridiculous since Anh’s blog is so well known, but her outfits are exquisite (if expensive!) and the only consistently good source of workwear inspiration among the major blogs that I’ve been able to find

Heart of Light – some tasty recipes + cocktails, photos of an adorable dog, and book reviews. Mostly, though, I love Rachel’s distinct & charming photography style.

Saipua – posts from this florist are rare, but always beautiful.

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