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Ladyblogs You Should Be Reading

Hey, kiddos! We are back from vacation, refreshed as ever and ready for another Monday’s worth of Ladyblogs You Should Be Reading! This week, I wanted to concentrate on some blogs that are about the finer things in life: books. As a lady struggling to pay her bills, I always set aside part of the budget that goes strictly to books. Piles of unread books surround my home and when anyone dares mention that I should perhaps “get rid of some books,” I transform quickly into a Gollum-like character, gathering all of my preciouses and side-eyeing the person of said innocent suggestion. But personal notes aside, there have been some criticisms about the perceived niceness of the lady book realm. Sarah McCarry at Huffington Post thinks there is a little too much sugar in the coffee and wants some bloggers who can give their opinions straight up. Persephone ““ I think we have found some.

1. Bookslut. “˜Nuff said. But seriously, Bookslut is a fantastic resource for reviews, ongoing columns and interviews with some of the best and brightest minds in both fiction and nonfiction. One piece I’ve been chewing on?  Jaya Chatterjee’s review of Mistress: A History of the Other Woman by Elizabeth Abbott.

2. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. What, did this title fall from heaven? Bitches love books. Get bitches books. Behold: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, one of the best sites for those whose literature tastes can venture into the Harlequin. The ladies that make up the site consider it their mission to “talk about which romance novels rocked their worlds, and which ones made them throw the book with as much velocity as possible.” Is this magic? A place where one can read said cheesy novel and talk with other women who love said cheesy novel? Let your inner romantic out for a chance.

3. Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin? The self described pin-up girl of books, Hey Lady! blogs about books, but also about parenting, food issues and a whole lotta other topics that will get your gears turning.

4.  The Women’s Book. Less a spot for personalized reviews and more about getting a leg up on that writing career you always wanted, The Women’s Book is a resource center for jobs, news and publishers. “Our goal is simple: to make it easier to find what’s happening for women. Our publications promote women-owned businesses and nonprofits or groups that have special services for women or girls,” says the site. With an editorial board carrying some serious cred and an advisory board that’s also bound to impress, The Women’s Book is the perfect place for you to get moving and shaking on those big dreams of yours.

5. The Guardian Book Review. Okay, so this isn’t technically a ladyblog either, but come on! It’s the Guardian’s review of books! With Allison Flood and Sarah Crown leading with some of the best reviews on the site, the Guardian gives the proud bibliophiles a never-ending source of reviews, interviews and up-to-date news on events in the literary world.

Have a topic you think Ladyblogs should be covering? Know a blog that needs some attention? E-mail Ladyblogs at cocoepapy@gmail.com

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