Recommendations (Part One)

I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t know anything, which might not be the best way to begin a post entitled, “Recommendations,” but bear with me. I started blogging only because I read a few dozen articles that said every writer should. I kept at it because I realized I like to talk randomly about various topics, and the community of bloggers out there are a wonderful bunch. I’ve found several sites I can’t stay away from, no matter how busy I get.

Because I like to share my finds, I thought I’d spotlight some of these sites, in the hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have.

1.  Easy Reader

dog obedience - west highland white terrier laying down beside stack of books

This is the blog of an editor who very generously posts helpful tips and suggestions for writers. Aside from being a reliable source of solid information, she’s also hilarious. (And she gave me the idea for this post.)

Go. Laugh. Learn.


2. theGOOD theBAD theBIZARRE


Review site specializing in indie books. They write the most thorough, informative reviews I think I’ve ever read, pointing out for each (you guessed it) the good, bad, and bizarre aspects of every novel.

Worth checking out.


3. Forever Young Adult


Another review site that takes a look at popular young adult novels from today and yesterday. If you’re looking for a new book to read, and you appreciate this genre, they have a good setup and a huge list of reviews.

If nothing else, read their review of V.C. Andrews work. Laugh out loud funny. I almost ruined my keyboard twice.


4. Fatshion Hustlings


This is a personal blog I stumbled upon based on a racy headline. The writer has many articles regarding discrimination, but I wouldn’t call hers an “issue” site necessarily. She also spotlights television shows and movies, and her point of view is reliably witty and clever.

Check it out.


5. Celairen Art

broken butterfly

German based digital artist specializing in book and CD covers. I can’t recommend her work enough. Even if you aren’t in the market for commercial art, her site is worth perusing. The images are gorgeous, she offers a handful of backgrounds and designs completely free of charge, and she is the genius behind my own covers (which can be found on my About Me page).

Go. Explore. Marvel.


Disclaimer:  The pictures displayed for Celairen Art and Forever Young Adult are the property of those sites. Not everyone, however, had a handy image for me to borrow. Where none was available, I tried to find something similar to the background they use. When this was impossible, I  went rogue and instead inserted a picture I liked. My apologies to Easy Reader and GoodBadBizarre. In my defense, my choices were meant to be loosely-related to the content or mission of your site…and they made me smile.

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3 Responses to Recommendations (Part One)

  1. datmama4 says:

    HA! Oh, Elle, this is great. I’m finally sorting through my backlog of blog posts and am so glad I popped over here today. Thank you for the recommendation! And I love the picture. It looks just like me, minus the…glasses.

    I’ve only heard of a couple of these sites, so I’m off now to see what I’ve been missing.

    • elletodd says:

      Thank YOU for not taking offense! LOL
      I hope you enjoy what you find. Otherwise, you’ll be less likely to check out my recs when I do this again–I already thought of a few more!

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