Now that fewer and fewer print publications review books, the book bloggers have stepped up to the plate.
Here are two of my favorites.
“I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good” reads the tagline, a nod to the Marauder’s Map in Harry Potter. But so far it has not been “mischief managed” for The Misanthropologist who is simultaneously plowing through the A Song of Fire and Ice series as well as, ahem, ALL of the Man Booker Prize Winners. I like that this blog tackles the classics as well as fun books—alternating Les Miserables with The Hunger Games. And I really like these book reviews! This blogger can give you a real sense of the feel of a book, and whether it’s appealing, without giving away spoilers. The Misanthropologist writes with an enticing style, so much so that I’ve found myself straying into a few of the cultural posts on UNESCO and French films.
As you can guess from the title, the blog does not suffer any book pretensions. The authors, Sindhu & Humairah, are two charming women in their 20s who live in Singapore and list among their favorite authors: Stephen King, Haruki Marukami, Jack Kerouac, Dan Brown, and Sylvia Plath. They meet at the local Starbucks for a book clatch, and I sure wish I could join them. They have a fun chat feature for those of us not in Singapore. But mostly, I really enjoy reading these reviews. They feel personal, and who doesn’t love a book rec from a friend? For example, their 4-cup-of-coffee rating of My Sister’s Keeper ends with the tagline “a definite page turner, prepare for no coffee breaks in between.” Alas, a 1-cup-of-coffee rating reads “don’t bother, just drink your coffee.”