Monday, March 3, 2014

Books based on blogs

I'm not a huge fan of reading blogs, but for some reason I love reading them once they have been made into books.  This is becoming more and more common, and is probably seen by a lot of aspiring authors as their ticket into publishing.  That said, not all blog based books are created equal.

First you have ones that are pure fluff.  Lots of fun, but no deep thoughts required.

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I really enjoy photo blogs, especially street fashion and personalities:

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 And how to-blogs to inspire you to do things better:


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 Then there are blogs where people share their lives:

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Some of the neatest (IMHO) are ones that strive to make a difference in the world by raising awareness:

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Why read the book instead of the blog?  For me it is about enjoying all that content, but getting away from a screen, allowing me to really focus in and absorb.

Which do you prefer?  The blog or the book?  And what are some of your favorites that are now both?

3 comments:

Marina said...

I usually find the book first and then migrate over to the blog (but rarely retain consistent viewership). Two of the most humorous books that I've seen have been "Catalog Living at its Most Absurd" by Molly Erdman and "F U, Penguin" by Matthew Gasteier. That being said I also like Joy the Baker (book and blog) and enjoyed Scott Douglas' postings on McSweeney's which parlayed into his book, "Quiet, Please: dispatches from a public librarian."

Terry said...

I think that I'm one of the few people who read Julie Powell's blog before she became really famous with the book, Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment: how one girl risked her marriage, her job, and her sanity to master the art of living.

Michelle said...

"Hyperbole and a Half" is one of the funniest blogs I have ever read and it was just made into a book. The author also creates her own illustrations using MS Paint. I highly recommend it!