Take Note: The Next Best Book Blog

OK, are we all reading TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog? Because if you’re not, you really should be. Aside from the oddly recursive title, which I find endearing, this is a sharp, nonfat spotlight on new and upcoming books from independent presses. While a lot of indie lists are genre-specific, or focus on the same 20 books of the season that everyone else is talking about—and there’s nothing wrong with that, to be sure, because it’s good to see small presses swept along on those broad currents of love—proprietor Lori Hettler has a keen eye for the under-the-radar, the out-of-the-mainstream, and the overlooked.

The blog was born in 2009 from a Goodreads group, and she’s managed to keep the energy going nicely over the past couple of years. In addition to reviews she features new short stories, profiles independent presses, and is brave enough to include self-published books in her widely-cast net. Obviously word on the street is good. But I think at least part of its success is due to Hettler’s infectious enthusiasm and her generosity—toward authors, especially, but also publicists and her fellow bloggers. There’s a refreshing lack of hipsterism to the site—no, really, that’s a good thing—and no agenda beyond shining a little light in the darkness. If your reading habits need a little light, or even if you don’t think they do, go take a look.


4 Comments to Take Note: The Next Best Book Blog

  1. January 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lisa, I happily stumbled across this article tonight, and I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful things you wrote about me and my blog/group! It gave me the happy-chills and I am really grateful and thankful for it.

  2. January 11, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I’m thrilled about this. I recently started a subscription to the NYRB, and there’s something great about seeing full-page ads for books you’ve never heard of (mostly university presses). Don’t people get tired of seeing the same books, same authors, advertised over and over? (Apparently not, or else the mainstream reviews would stop doing it)

  3. nbm's Gravatar nbm
    January 14, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Okay, you know I trust you; adding TNBBC to my Books bookmark list.

  4. Kat Warren's Gravatar Kat Warren
    January 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    What a treat, thank you.

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