Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire media relations manager Christine Cube selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting, contributing, and blogging about the space. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell Christine why on PR Newswire for Bloggers.
I just wrapped up my book-club book. I didn’t love it.
Maybe it’s my need for closure with books and movies that requires a “good” product to at least have an ending. Any ending will do. But I find it frustrating when authors leave us with a, “Wow, is that really how it ends? Now what?” Or maybe that’s the point.
101 Books is writer and former English major Robert Bruce’s journey through Time Magazine’s 100 greatest novels. “I’m going to read all 100 of Time Magazine‘s greatest English-speaking novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses),” Bruce says on his blog. “I don’t know how long it will take. After all, I’m married, I have 2 little boys, and I like to train for marathons. But hopefully I’ll get through this list before my eyesight goes bad and the interwebs stop working.”
I like this blog first because of its mission. I definitely appreciate a good challenge. Secondly, I like the content. A few of my favorite posts include The Nat Turner Story in 5 Minutes, Does an Author’s Personal Life Influence You?, and Some Thoughts on the 27 Remaining Novels. Follow @robertbruce76 on Twitter.
The Book Wheel belongs to “voracious reader, Law & Order aficionado, serial napper, shark conservationist, and crazy coffee drinker” Allison Hiltz. This is a pretty deep blog, in terms of content. It carries reviews and information on fiction, nonfiction, political, best-of lists, and blog tips. I completely identified with the list 12 Signs You are Addicted to Books, which includes several amusing points, including “maintaining a normal sleep schedule is difficult because any given night could turn into a ‘must finish’ night” and “you dread loaning out books because no one will appreciate and care for them like you do. No one.” Some posts I really enjoyed include The Blind Assassin is Brilliant (Book Review) and Top 13 Books of 2013 (Thanks, Allison. I’ve found a bunch of awesome titles that I will now explore for my next read). Follow @TheBookWheel on Twitter.
My Life in Books starts with a quote by Thomas Carlyle: “All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.” This sets up nicely the blog of Jennine G., from the eastern Ohio border. My Life in Books actually started out as a writing blog called Keep Inspired. The blog changed in March 2013, when Jennine “realized that between reading and writing, reading is my true love. I could go without writing, but I would never go without reading.”
Notable posts on My Life in Books include Jennine’s Begin the Week with Words series (quotes posted on Sundays). Here’s a recent installment, which includes this poignant reminder from Lysa TerKeurst’s new book The Best Yes: “We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge.” I also appreciated Jennine’s review of Juliet’s Nurse and her post, I Can Dream, Can’t I? Follow @MyLifeinBooks79 on Twitter.
The Deliberate Reader is the blog of Sheila Craig, a librarian by education who once worked as a bookseller. Today, she’s a book addict, mom, and writer. Craig’s goals for her blog are simple: “To inspire you to make the most of your reading time, however much that is; to share tips and suggestions for finding great books; to review my latest reads, so you can decide if you’d like to read them too; and to engage in discussions on books, the reading life, and life as a reader.”
This is a great site because of the variety of books Craig reads. She enjoys fiction (mostly mysteries and fantasy) and nonfiction (biographies, personal development, and history, to name a few). Craig also enjoys children’s books and looking at cookbooks. Some of my favorite posts on her site include Eiffel’s Tower, What the Kids are Reading (in October 2014), and 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads. Follow @SheilaRCraig on Twitter.
The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh! is the book blog of “former school librarian extraordinaire” Tara Anderson. Let’s start with Anderson’s five favorite books of all time. It’s a good list: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; The Harry Potter series; 1984 by George Orwell; The Hunger Games trilogy; and The Ruby Oliver quartet by E. Lockhart. I liked a bunch of reviews on Anderson’s blog. These include Wintergirls and Afterworlds. I also liked Anderson’s write up of Top 10 Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit. Follow @andtara on Twitter.
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Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She is happy to report her reading list is now overflowing. What to pick first … what to pick first … Follow her @cpcube.