On the Blogroll

On The Smugglers’ Blogroll: A Blog Showcase

A few weeks back, we had an official Reader Survey, in which we asked for your input for content here on The Book Smugglers. One comment we received got the wheels a-grinding, and since we love these specials like this over at A Dribble of Ink and Harry Markov’s Reviewer Time, we’ve decided to hold our very own “On The Smugglers’ Blogroll” feature.

Every month, we will showcase two blogs – one old favorite from our blogroll, and one newly discovered blog. These will usually be book-centric blogs (since, hey, that’s what we do!), which we will be drawing your attention to because they are that damn good.

For our inaugural On The Smugglers’ Blogroll post, we’ve got old favorite Fantasy Cafe and newly discovered Jawas Read, Too!.


Fantasy Cafe is run by the truly awesome Kristen, a fellow female book nerd, dedicated to in-depth reviews of novels of the fantasy persuasion (though she also reviews some Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult, amongst other genres).

You might notice that we reference Kristen and her reviews a whole bunch here on The Book Smugglers. It’s for good reason – Kristen writes some of the most informative, concise, and entertaining reviews out there. We’ve had Kristen over for Smugglivus twice, we’ve guest blogged over at her site, and we’ve had her over here for guest reviews.

It’s no secret that we are huge fans. If you haven’t checked out Fantasy Cafe yet, you really should get over there and dig in. Kristen, quite frankly, rocks.

Favorite Reviews:

The list goes on…


Jawas Read, Too! is a blog we’ve only just discovered – and have quickly bookmarked and fallen in love with. Erika, the Jawa-phile behind the blog, has an eclectic taste in books that matches our own, with a focus on Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her recent reviews include Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Perchance to Dream (Theatre Illuminata book 2) by Lisa Mantchev and Extras by Scott Westerfeld.

Erika’s reviews are thorough, include plenty of examples from the text under scrutiny (which is always helpful), and she also offers commentary on publishing news, literary awards, etc. Seriously cool stuff.

Plus…how awesome is the title of her blog? Who doesn’t love Jawas? We *love* her answer to the question “Do Jawas Really Read?”:

Yes, frequently. They’ve got an eclectic taste–as I’m sure you do, too! Found within the junk heaps of the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine are the hidden gems they never expected to be quite so shiny. And then the excitement begins: much chittering, squeaking, and hand waving.

Have you ever felt the same way browsing in a bookstore? I have. If this sounds familiar, settle down, get comfy, and share my excitement (or unexpected let downs)!

Jawas: A grossly misunderstood species

We likey.

And that concludes our first ever “On The Smugglers’ Blogroll” showcase! Now we ask the question to you, dear readers! What blogs do you read? Have you discovered any new, noteworthy sites? Let us know if you have or know of a blog that you’d like to see featured on next month’s edition of On The Smugglers’ Blogroll…


  • Danielle
    February 28, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Well, there’s this really awesome chick named Dannie who runs this one blog…

    I kid, I kid. You should totally include Livit, Luvit because I never understood how milk could come out of one’s nose until I started reading her blog.

  • Erika (Jawas Read, Too)
    February 28, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Wow, thank you! I completely missed this post–I was out all day, but what a great thing to find when I got home. 🙂

    I’ve had a few authors tell me how great it is to know that Jawas really do read. And yes, they are grossly misunderstood! I feature a poll every few weeks or so. One of the answers always includes Jawas. It’s a running thing with the blog to see if the Jawa will come out on top. 😉

    Again, thank you so much! You ladies are lovely.

  • TJ
    February 28, 2010 at 1:23 am

    JRT is definitely a great blog and worthy of the spotlight! Erika was–and still is–one of those bloggers I aspire to be more like. 🙂

    And I like the new feature quite a lot.

  • Harry Markov
    February 28, 2010 at 2:29 am

    AWESOME. Thanks for the mention and you certainly rock in this new endeavor. 🙂

  • hagelrat
    February 28, 2010 at 4:31 am

    cool new feature and great picks. 🙂

  • Renee
    February 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Great new feature, guys! I love discovering new blogs, and can’t wait to check these out.

  • Kristen
    February 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for all the kind words, Thea and Ana! I am very honored to have my blog as your inaugural “old blog” pick.

  • Angie
    February 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    This is an excellent new feature. I, too, love Kristen. She rocks.

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