As discussed in our article explaining how to write a book review, book reviews are very different from book reports. In order to illustrate what a book review is, we have provided a book review example for your reference.
Updated in January 2016 to reflect the best book blogs currently online.
If you're an author trying to get published or just a book enthusiast, chances are you're always on the lookout for great book blogs, book review blogs, and online discussions on everything from up-and-coming authors to publishing industry news. Dive into our list of the 16 best book blogs to read in 2016.
1. The IndieView
Catering to indie authors, The IndieView features reviews of new self-published ebooks in a variety of genres, written by close to 350 reviewers from all over the world (and the Internet). This book blog allows already-reviewed authors to set up a personal author page, which is listed on The Indie Review website, and they even offer free book promotion for newly published ebook authors.
2. The Book Designer
This hugely popular book blog, written by Joel Friedlander—who's worked in the publishing and design industries—strives to help people get their story out there. The Book Designer features more than 1,550 articles on everything from writing and editing to publishing and marketing your work, all from the perspectives of people who are actually in the book industry.
3. Writer Beware
Sponsored by various writers' associations, Writer Beware gives you all the information you need to know, but didn't realize you need to know, about the dark side of the publishing world. This blog publishes articles on literary and publishing schemes alongside advice for authors and publishing news. It's definitely a must-read for every writer.
Great blog name aside, Omnivoracious is Amazon's official (and must-read) book review blog. With a minimalist and eye-catching design that focuses on books, author interviews, and industry news, this is one book blog that keeps its readers up to date on all aspects of the publishing world. Unlike other, genre-specific blogs, Omnivoracious reviews titles ranging from kids' books and comics to lifestyle and suspense—and everything in between.
Publetariat is the go-to website for news and articles related to all aspects of the publishing process. The resources are geared toward authors who are self-publishing in any format. Resources cover advice, including the business side of authorship, book design, marketing, and selling your work, while other blog articles cater to industry news and writing tips from published authors.
6. The New York Review of Books
With a list of contributors that reads like a who's who of the literature and journalistic worlds, The New York Review of Books is the intellectual's book review blog. Filled with literature reviews, intriguing think pieces, and intelligent cultural articles, this blog both informs and inspires.
7. Tara Lazar
This one's for the kids! And by kids we mean children's book authors (who, let's face it, make a living embracing their inner children). Tara Lazar's book blog is a popular resource for anyone wanting to write, or currently writing, children's fiction. Articles include advice on writing for different age groups, book design, and publishing. The website also features PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), a fantastic take on NaNoWriMo aimed at developing great literature for kids.
8. Helping Writers Become Authors
Helping Writers Become Authors is written for writers by a published writer, and it focuses on author mentorship. K.M. Weiland is the author of several best-selling writing books and novels. She strives to share her knowledge with aspiring authors by providing thoughtful articles on all aspects of developing a story.
GalleyCat is a catchall book blog for anything related to publishing, book industry news, and author resources. It also has a pretty awesome review section, featuring indie best-sellers to inspire all you self-publishing writers out there. This is one blog to keep you busy, whether you have some spare time or you're procrastinating on finishing that difficult revision.
Smashwords is a leading ebook publishing company, and the Smashwords blog will definitely keep you in the know about anything having to do with the ebook industry. Considering that digital book sales are so important for many aspiring and indie authors, this blog provides great insider information to help guide you on your journey to becoming a (self-) published author.
11. Book Riot
If you are looking for one blog to meet all of your diverse book review needs, Book Riot is it. This book review blog employs a team of reviewers to cover works that will appeal to all tastes—all packaged in a gorgeously designed, easy-to-get-lost-in space. Explore by genre and diversify your reading tastes.
12. The Write Practice
The one-stop shop for writer resources, The Write Practice enjoys a huge readership, and for good reason. This blog is serious about providing writers at all skill levels with tutorials, resources, and articles designed to hone your writing and find your voice. It doesn't matter what type of material or in what format you prefer to write; the information on this blog has you covered.
13. Jane Friedman
Jane Friedman has years of experience in the book industry and is a professor at the University of Virginia, where she teaches publishing. Her website's blog provides great articles and resources for any author wanting to get published, traditionally or independently. With a large following, she provides her readers with advice, industry news, how-to articles, and inspirational pieces for writers at all stages of the publishing process.
14. The Millions
Hailed by The New York Times as "the indispensable literary site," The Millions provides intelligent, thoughtful reviews of books and culture, making it one of the premier book review blogs on the Internet. With an archive that dates back to its founding in 2003, the site has something to pique any reader's interest.
15. The New Yorker: Page-Turner
Page-Turner is The New Yorker's book blog, dedicated to discussions about everything from the publishing industry to writers’ culture. Articles on Page-Turner are thought-provoking, opinionated, and inspiring, with a focus on creativity and authenticity in regards to writing and authorship.
Published both online and in print format, Quill & Quire is a Canadian literary magazine that reviews hundreds of books each year. Its blog features interviews with both well-known and up-and-coming authors, industry news, and genre-specific articles and book reviews that are sure to entice any reader.