Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Non-Book Blogs/Sites I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a topic and encourage fellow bloggers to list their own top ten answers. This week’s prompt was to list the Top Ten Blogs/Sites You Read That AREN’T about Books. It will be so interesting to see how differently (or similarly) everyone’s tastes run! My list is below.

1. The Hairpin & The Awl
These sister sites are incredibly intelligent, whimsical, and poignant, by turns. I check them both every day and highly, highly recommend them.

2. 2 Birds, 1 Blog
Updates are sporadic, but when these two blogging friends are on, they are ON, sharing bizarre stories of public transportation hijinks, “weekend hair,” and what MD 20-20 tastes like. I’m jealous of people who are unfamiliar with them and can go through their archives, reading their posts for the first time.

3. Tumblr
Probably the biggest time-suck on this list. (Feel free to follow me on Tumblr–my username is tarynwanderer.)

4. Slate
This is mostly for the “Dear Prudence” column, but I will click around when something catches my eye…even if it’s just comment-baiting.

5. Videogum
I only recently discovered this site, but it routinely makes me laugh out loud. Just last week the comments on this post had me crying, I was laughing so hard. The best and funniest commenters on the web, bar none.

6. io9
While  I don’t really read Gawker or its properties anymore, I have stayed very loyal to io9. They do great reviews and round-ups of science fiction and fantasy books, in addition to funny lists and science news.

7. Topless Robot
For a similar audience as io9, TR covers nerdy comic books, movies, television, and everything in between with tongue firmly in-cheek. (For those of you with strong constitutions–and I mean it, these are incredibly NSFW–check out their skewering of terrible smutty fanfic on Fanfiction Fridays.)

8. Hark, a Vagrant!
For a while there, Kate Beaton was the internet’s best-kept secret. It’s really nice to see her (and her hilarious, history- and literature-themed webcomics) get the attention they deserve!

9. A  Bad Case of the Dates
I have to admit, this one is purely for the LOLZ.

10. Get Off My Internets (GOMI)
A very guilty pleasure, where twee mommybloggers, inept fashion bloggers, and holier-than-thou lifestyle bloggers are taken to task for their offenses.

9 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Non-Book Blogs/Sites I Read”


  1. 1 Tanya Patrice May 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

    GOMI is my guilty pleasure too. I don’t check it all the time, but the snark on there is crazy – it helps bloggers to not take them too seriously – or else cry that there are people on the internet who don’t like them/ their sites.

  2. 2 rubybastille May 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I need to remember to visit The Hairpin more – they’re great, and friendlier than Jezebel. io9 is awesome, too, I should have remembered them!

  3. 3 Linda May 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

    GOMI is a great guilty pleasure!

  4. 4 Kristina Ebert May 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I have never even tried tumblr, I’m trying to stay away from adding more of those sites to my time, that and Pintrest I have stayed away from so far.

    Here is my Top 10

    http://kristina-worldofbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/top-ten-tuesday-18.html

  5. 5 Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog May 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I like to read GOMI. Sometimes soooo funny.

    • 6 tarynwanderer May 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Wow, looks like we have a lot of secret GOMI readers! I’ve even commented once or twice, but I honestly don’t think I’m funny or sarcastic enough to keep up with the catladies and catgents over there.

  6. 7 readerbuzz May 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    It’s fascinating that I not only have never been to any of these, but I’ve never even heard of any but one!

  7. 8 Darlene (@lbandlovely) May 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Great post! I haven’t seen very many of the sites you posted, but I do really like The Hairpin and I also really like looking on tumblr occasionally! Thanks for sharing your picks!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  8. 9 Ave December 28, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for sharing this list. It made me realize that there are still a lot out there aside from Tumblr.


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