It’s time once again to shine the spotlight on some of my favorite lit blogs. Regular visitors and friends will know I spent four years in England, with only one regret: being unfamiliar with Virago Modern Classics then, I missed out on the treasure trove available in charity shops. These days, I find myself drawn to British bloggers. I’ve found several who share my love of classics. And while each blogger’s personality shines through, collectively their style and point of view are distinctly British.
These are the nine I follow regularly (in alphabetical order):
- Athyrium Felix-femina: Marieke’s blog caught my eye when she joined The Complete Booker. Originally from the US, she is now a permanent resident of a small town in Scotland. Although Marieke recently admitted she’s doing more knitting than book blogging, she’s still reviewing books and sharing amusing local news headlines from the Oban Times.
- Book Snob: Rachel’s blog is a delight to read. She writes the most thorough book reviews of anyone I know, serving up fresh insights on even the most widely read classic. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and when Rachel loves a book I feel like I have to get my hands on a copy right away!
- cardigangirlverity and Verity’s Virago Adventure: Verity is reading through the more than 500 Virago Modern Classics, and her Virago blog is an excellent source of reviews. Her other blog keeps me up-to-date on the rest of her reading, and I get to know more about other aspects of her life.
- Dovegreyreader Scribbles: I think of Lynne as the grande dame of British book bloggers. I’m pretty sure hers is the first British lit blog I discovered. Besides having great taste in books, Lynne writes about village fêtes, local wildlife, and country walks, including photos of her bit of Cornwall countryside that make me oh so nostalgic for “that green and pleasant land.”
- Farm Lane Books: Jackie was an early contributor to The Complete Booker, and I keep close tabs on her during Booker Prize season. Her impressions of the long- and short-list help me prioritize my own Booker reading. Actually, our taste in books is often quite different but we appreciate each other’s point of view. And she knows enough about me to predict when I will like a book she hated, and vice versa.
- Fleur Fisher reads: Jane is a member of LibraryThing’s Virago Modern Classics group, and lives in Cornwall. I’ve had the pleasure of swapping books with Jane, and she always includes a lovely card with a photo of her dog Briar. What’s not to like about a Virago-loving, dog-loving blogger?
- Paperback Reader: Claire is also active in the LibraryThing VMC group, and shares my love of coffee and chocolate. She is constantly tempting me with her love of Persephone Books, but so far I have remained strong.
- Stuck in a Book: Simon is a relatively new addition to my favorite lit blogs. I discovered him through Claire, and appreciate his take on the classics, including Viragos. I also enjoy his regular features, like Weekend Miscellany.
So there you have it — a “British Invasion” representing one-third of my favorite lit blogs. Why don’t you pay them a visit?
For more of my favorite lit blogs, read part 1, my “old friends”.