Top Book Bloggers to Follow in 2024

Top Book Bloggers and Influencers to follow in 2024
Top Book Bloggers and Influencers to follow in 2024

Blogging is still a hugely popular medium in 2023, with 77% of internet users reading blog posts on a regular basis. And book blogging is no exception.

Social media communities such as BookTok, Bookstagram, and BookTube have given the publishing industry a much-needed shot in the arm.

And whilst some see this success as a threat to conventional book blogging, I’d argue that it’s actually revitalised the bookish content creation landscape – including blogging.

So, to celebrate all aspects of bookish culture, I’d featured some of the best bookish content creators you should be following in 2023.

Book Bloggers

Pages Unbound is easily one of the best book blogs on the internet, with a diverse mix of classical literature and YA fiction.

Briana & Krysta are amazing at creating (and promoting) their bookish content – if I’m ever half as successful as them, I’d be thrilled.

Rebbie Reviews is an absolute star. Again, a really fine book blogger. She takes part in The Write Reads book tour circuit fairly frequently, so you can guarantee you’ll find some interesting independently published books on her blog.

She also brought my attention to a really interesting used book scheme that is promoting literacy in the UK, whilst reducing waste.

Alex @ Spells & Spaceships has cornered the SFF book blogging game like an absolute pro.

His interviews with authors are always interesting, and his famed #Norsevember month of Norse-based content is really impressive.

Little Bird Book Blog has captured a really neat aesthetic; it’s approachable and captures what Rosie, the blogger, is all about.

She has a very conversational writing style, which brings you closer to the writing itself. I really enjoy that aspect of her blogging.

Cozy with Books once posted 100 blog posts in 100 days. That’s how seriously she takes blogging. Her dedication is matched equally by her quality of content.

Plus, Esther’s just a really flipping nice person.

We don’t typically read the same books, but that’s partly why I enjoy her blog so much – it exposes me to other types of writing.

Mackenzie @ Lit Lemon Books is brilliant. She posts regular, diverse book-related content – as well as some fun ‘beyond bookish’ posts including her favourite scary movies

Interestingly, she also challenged herself to ‘read for free’ back in 2022, by supporting local libraries. For many of us, the idea of not buying new books for an entire year is virtually impossible, so do check in and see how she’s doing!

As you can perhaps take away from the name, Out of This World SFF is a blog geared towards fantasy and science fiction novels.

However, this is a blog that focuses on new and upcoming books from less-known presses and independently published fiction. Nick, who runs the blog, also publishes a variety of content outside of reviews, including book tour stops, cover reveals, and author interviews.

Because of this approach to blogging, readers of Out of This World SFF should expect to find fresh, exciting new writing in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.

Celeste is a fine book blogger who runs A Literary Escape –  a book blog that focuses primarily on fantasy fiction. However, she also publishes the occasional science fiction and non-fiction review (including high-profile release, Spare).

Reviews on A Literary Escape adopt a more conversational tone, which is super approachable, digestible, and actually feels very personal to the reader. Reviews provoke conversation, which is why Celeste has a healthy community of regular commenters.

Definitely worth checking out.

Jennie @ The Redhead Notes positions herself as a blogger who empowers authors by giving them a platform online.

As such, she features a lot of guest posts on a variety of topics. from spotlighting  indie publishers to the more quirky articles such as a guide to tea-drinking

It’s a unique corner of the internet, and the sheer variety of content on offer makes The Redhead Notes a book blog that comes highly recommended.

Bex is one of the funniest, most authentic people on Twitter – and a super passionate blogger. After all, she’s focused on ‘books, more books, and nothing but the books’!

If you’re not following Bex, you’re missing out big time.

BookTubers

Beth of BooksNest has been blogging at booksnest.co.uk for a few years now, but really found a voice and presence on YouTube.

Recently she’s pivoted towards travel-based vlogs, but high-quality bookish content remains at the heart of her channel.

 

Ashleigh at A Frolic Through Fiction is pretty prolific bookish content creator across both Bookstagram and BookTube.

And with a cozy cottagecore vibe and aesthetic, A Frolic Through Fiction videos always come with exceptional production value.

From witchy books recommendations for your TBR, through to bullet journal planning, and even immersive ASMR videos – A Frolic Through Fiction is a BookTube channel with some incredible content.

Chelsea, aka The Not So Secret Bookaholic, is a BookTuber who focuses primarily on TBR recommendations, book hauls, and weekly reading vlogs.

Using less stylisation and filters than other BookTubers, she keeps her content lean, clean, and super authentic. 

It’s this authenticity and approachable screen presence that makes The Not So Secret Bookaholic channel such a great channel to tune into on a weekly basis!

Got any bloggers you want to give a shout out to? Post a link to their site below!

The Best Books I Read in 2023

So, as regular readers know, I typically announce a Book of the Year towards the end of each calendar year. However, this year, I’m doing things a little differently.

I’ve very much been on Team #BeatTheBacklog throughout 2023, buying very few new books, and so I decided that this wouldn’t be representative of the brilliant work that has actually been published this year.

Regardless, I have read some remarkably good books and I really want to share them with you! So, please consider these my top 3 book recommendations based on what I read this year!

Best Books I Read in 2023

“It’s engaging in the act of writing that makes you a writer, and you don’t need to wait until you’ve produced a certain kind of officially recognized output. If you write, you are a writer.”

Write it all Down is the best book I read in 2023, and arguably one of the best writing books I’ve ever read.

In fact, Cathy Rentzenbrink’s book is easily up there with On Writing by Stephen King, often considered the mainstay of required reading for any writer.

Aimed predominantly at newer writers, Write it all Down focuses on helping writers get past that need for perfectionism versus just getting words written down on the page. Through a four-part structure – Preparation, Excavation, Crafting and Editing, and Getting Work Done – Rentzenbrink guides the writer through the various difficulties (and joys) of writing.

Written through the lens of memoir writing, Write it all Down is a concise book at under 250 pages, with Rentzenbrink acting as a wonderfully supportive figure for aspiring writers.

But do not let this put you off if you are already an experienced writer. There are reams of observations on writing, delivered free of judgement or prescription, which any writer can enjoy and/or benefit from.

Meanwhile, Rentzenbrink also includes a number of fantastic writing prompts throughout, which I’ve experimented with and found success with every one. Phenomenal book for anyone interested in writing and the craft of memoir writing.

“Pandemics don’t approach like wars, with the distant thud of artillery growing louder every day and flashes of bombs on the horizon. The arrive in retrospect, essentially. It’s disorienting.”

Sea of Tranquility is a triumph of artistic brevity. 

In under 300 pages, Mandel’s sci-fi novel manages to feature time travel, interplanetary exploration, a pandemic, and a richness of characters most writers can only dream of – all without feeling imbalanced.

And in a subgenre where writers have a tendency to prevaricate and infodump lore, this is really impressive.

This is a compelling mystery about a time traveller, told through multiple perspectives, that culminates in a thrilling ending.

And the best part? It’s a complete story, told in a single book, instead of the painfully tiring trend of trilogies.

“Sometimes we don’t need advice. Sometimes we just need to hear we’re not the only one.”

A celebrity memoir? Hear me out. Greenlights is well worth your time.

A memoir lives or dies on its central philosophy. Rather than an abridged autobiography, memoir is a skilled art form with a specific theme or topic that (ideally) resonates with the reader. Author and YouTuber Jerry B. Jenkins puts it best when he says that “memoirs are reader-oriented”.

Enter McConaughey’s ‘greenlight’ philosophy.

In short, he poses the notion that life experiences throw up signs. Green lights that open up opportunities, and red or yellow lights indicate obstacles or major life challenges. McConaughey suggests that with resilience and  learning from experience, even red and yellow lights can eventually turn green. Ultimately, it’s all about perspective.

Now, coming from the wrong person, this might all sound a little trite. After all, someone struggling does not require a ‘wellness guru’ to tell them that life will get better at an indefinite time in the future.

Thankfully, McConaughey does not come across like this. Rather, coming from a famous actor who had an underprivileged upbringing, Greenlights is all about empowering the reader in all facets of their daily lives. 

Packed with charm, fun anecdotes, and a compelling underlying message, McConaughey’s Greenlights is box office stuff (pun intended) and truly worth your time. Especially the audiobook version – what a voice!

Special Mentions

The following books are a little different; one is out of print and the other is due to release in January 2024.

But both are well worth your time as and when you can get hold of a copy!

Christ on a Bike, by Orla Owen

Available from 24th January, 2024, Christ on a Bike is another phenomenal piece of fiction from indie outfit Bluemoose Books. 

Orla Owen, perhaps best known for PAH, has written an absolute corker here. In brief, a young woman named Cerys inherits a fortune from a total stranger, for the simple action of signing his condolence book. 

Christ on a Bike, by Orla Owen

But because we’ve got a novel to read, there’s a catch. Naturally. 

Cerys cannot share it with anyone, nor can she make any material changes to the property she must now live in, per a legal contract. It’s a great setup with an equally solid pay-off to a reader who sees this 250ish page gem of a novel to its conclusion.

I’ll be publishing a full review shortly, so keep an eye out for that!

The Art of Escapology, by Nicola Ashbrook

Nicola Ashbrook’s The Art of Escapology is a brilliant anthology of flash fiction tales. From a couple of lines to a couple of pages, each story is remarkably precise and packs a lot of depth into such a small space.

I reviewed The Art of Escapology earlier this year, commenting: 

“Small but mighty, it’s an 88-page anthology of highly impactful writing.”

If you’ve never read flash fiction before, this is a great place to start.

However…

Unfortunately with the publisher on hiatus, The Art of Escapology is currently out of print, so I can’t include it in my top 3 in good faith, if you can’t actually purchase it.

However, there’s talk of a return in 2024 for Bearded Badger Books, so here’s a link to the publisher’s listing in case it gets another print run!

What were your favourite books of the year? I’d love to read your recommendations, so please do leave them in the comments below!