Top Ten Non-Bookish Sites We Follow

This week, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish want to know what blogs/sites we follow that are NOT about books. So here's a selection of the sites that we visit/admire the most and a bunch of reasons why you might like them too:

Aunt Peaches
Who reads this: Alexis
Why she reads it: Because Aunt Peaches is Martha Stewart's zany, colorful, ultra-hilarious cousin. I'm not a super crafty person myself, but I love how offbeat her projects are (ex: she's turned coffee filter flowers into a genre and has about 1,5476,204 uses for glitter). 
You should read it if: You need a source of inspiration for a quirky DIY project...or just a place on the internet to look at cool, pretty things. 

Who reads this: We both do.  
Why we read it: Because it's consistently interesting. The tidbits they manage to dig up from all fields (science, art, history, psychology, pop culture, you name it, they have it) are always fascinating and often very entertaining as well.
You should read it if: You know what's good for you. In all seriousness, though, you will probably find something to like from the varied selection on that site.

Who reads this: We both do. 
Why we read it: Because it's awesome. This site does cover books, but since it doesn't cover only books, but also music, TV shows and pop culture in general, we're going to consider it fair game. When we first discovered Flavorwire, we spent days just trading links over IM and... well, squeeing, that's the only way to describe it, so this site more than deserves its place in this list. 
You should read it if: You like to stay updated on the latest in pop culture and discover new and often unexpected things about old favorites.

Who reads this: We both do
Why we read it: Because Amber, the owner of this blog, is a seriously funny person. She could talk about the weather (which, come to think of it, she often does) and we'd be entertained. It's basically the only blog we read solely for the writing.
You should read it: You're in search of a lighthearted and highly-entertaining personal blog.

Jezebel 
Who reads this: Alexis
Why she reads it: Because it's essential reading for any woman--a great mix of cool articles about women's issues, interspersed with sharp-eyed (and sharper-tongued) analysis about current news, celebrity culture, and fashion
You should read it if: You want your pop culture news coupled with thoughtful, often peppery, social commentary.

Letters of Note 
Who reads this: We both do.
Why we read it: Because we like snooping into other people's correspondence, obviously.
You should read it if: You like any or all of the following stuff: history, cool letters, getting to know your favorite personalities better, snooping into other people's mail.

Pharyngula
Who reads this: Claudia 
Why she reads it:  It's a lot to credit a blog with, but this place has been one of the most important parts of my education. I love it and its community to pieces. All cheesiness assumed, this is my home away from home.
You should read it if: You're into science, skepticism, atheism, social justice, and tone is not your priority in a debate. A love of cephalopods is optional, but highly recommended.

Retronaut
Who reads this: We both do.
Why we read it: It's like visiting the coolest history museum in the world, with a ton of amazing photo essays on cultural artifacts, photos, ads, and much more from the 19th-20th century.
You should read it if: You love anything vintage, consider yourself a history fan, or just simply feel nostalgic for the past. 

The Dish 
Who reads this: We both do
Why we read it: We don't agree with this guy on some issues, but he's a very good internet curator. His blog is often a very good summary of the 200+ feeds in our Google Readers.
You should read it if: You need someone who can select the relevant stories of the day from around the internet and be trusted to present all the sides to a debate.

Tiger Beatdown
Who reads this: Claudia 
Why she reads it: I'm constantly impressed with this blog. I've seen research here on par with the best journalistic research there is (and on some topics much exceeding the journalistic standard) and their posts are always thoughtful and eloquent.
You should read it if: You like your social justice discussions served with amazingly good research and coherent arguments.

So, these are just a few of our favorite sites. What are yours?
 

20 comments:

  1. Must admit, I've never heard of Tiger Beatdown and for a second my mind went back to Tiger Beat from middles school. JTT was such a hunk.

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  2. Ooo, so many of these sound really interesting! I'm definitely checking out Brain Pickings, Flavorwire, and Forever Amber!

    My list

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  3. I love Letters of Note. It's such a great way to get to know the people you might not otherwise know.

    My Top Ten

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    1. We completely agree. In fact, we thought it would have run out of material a long time (how many awesome letters from famous people can there be?), but it just keeps getting better and better.

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  4. Pharyngula! Hah! I would have never expected to encounter another fan of PZ on here. :-D

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  5. YAY, love that Letters of Note is in your top too! Also enjoyed the way you formatted this list. :) Definitely going to check out Forever Amber.

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    1. Amber is very cool. Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Fantastic list! I love reading Letters of Note.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

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  7. Pharyngula for the win! I love that blog so much. Have you read the Digital Cuttlefish? It's my other favorite skeptical blog. http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/

    Letters of note is also really cool. It's like a peek into interesting people's lives. It's a great way to make history feel more personal and real. I'll have to check out the rest of the sites on your list.

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    1. Yay, a Phargyngulite! I do occasionally read The Digital Cuttlefish, but the sad truth is that I'm usually too scattered/impatient to read verse.

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  8. I've been on a few of these sporadically, but I'm very very very intrigued by Aunt Peaches... off to have a little nose around there right now! :)

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    1. She's completely awesome, so we're glad more people are checking out her blog!

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  9. I like Jezebel.
    Thanks for making me discover Brain Pickings: I go check it out and the second post is around Neil Gaiman, that was a sign!
    Very interesting posts, I think I'll start following that one.

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    1. Yeah, that site is very interesting. And we really don't know what the person curating it has time to sleep.

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  10. Hello lit Hitchhikers! Your picks are fabulous, I'm going to start reading half of them immediately. Kudos!

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