Mapping Favourite Reading Sites

Last March I reported on favourite reading sites mentioned by those participating in the latest reader survey. How do these stack up against two dimensions of social reading: (1) the degree of socializing enabled and (2) the breadth of functionality provided?

Here’s my take on it. It’s interesting to me to see the proliferation in the bottom left quadrant. 

Please note that the position of each bubble is approximate as I wanted to make sure that you could read each one.

Social Reading & Reading Sites


Search sites – Bing and Google for example

Industry sites – Harper Collins was mentioned

Social media – Twitter and Facebook fit in this category

Traditional – online sites created by traditional media such as The Guardian

Author sites – Elizabeth Chadwick has a popular one

Book Blogs – hundreds mentioned by survey participants

Retailers – Amazon and others

Forums – example Historical Fiction Online

Fan Sites – Diana Gabaldon has several

Reading Sites – Goodreads is the biggest one (that’s why Amazon bought it)

Open to your feedback as always.

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


A Reader’s Paradise

Out of 2,440 individuals, 312 provided a link to their blog or website! What does that say about the world of books?

I promised to publish the list. It includes general book review blogs, genre specific blogs, author sites, specialty blogs, single topic blogs. And they come from all over the world.

I encourage you to stop by some of these sites, browse around, and let them know you found them based on the historical fiction survey. I’m sure I’ll do some more analysis at a later date and, of course, I’ll be publishing the favourite blogs & sites when time permits.

History Refreshed (in Dutch) but it is definitely not exclusively book-related
Reading the Past,
Historian’s Notebook (
For Winter Nights
Washington Independent Review of Books (
The Book Minx
Time For Books – Free Community Library – Vietnam
Passages to the Past ( (books and cooking)
Bitty’s Buried In Books
The Howling Turtle
Custer at the Alamo
Je Suis Prest Book Club
Book Drunkard
Found Between the Covers (
Reading Between the Wines
So Many Books, So Little time (
Life, Library and the Pursuit of Temperance (
Voices under the Sun
Celticlady’s Reviews
Http:// (Stephen Crabbe’s Blog)
Parsing Time by Pallas
Bookworms Dinner
Historical Odds and Sods at
Writing the Renaissance – features some reviews
Caz’s Reading Room –
Bags, Books &Bon Jovi
Rambling Reads:
the book I am reading ( facebook group)
Just Janga
Pen and Paper.
Richard III Society of NSW
Writers Who Kill Blogspot (contributer)
The Unmasked Persona’s Reviews
Historically Speaking – Books to the Ceiling
Ancient & Medieval Mayhem
Romance Bandits
Unabridged Chick:
Unusual Historicals;

A Blogger’s Biggest Fear

I love my readersWhat’s the biggest fear most bloggers experience? That no one will read what we post.

Today I’m writing a public thank you to all of you who have stopped by, made a comment, ‘liked’ a post, shared a post, found my email and connected directly, added me to their blogroll or in some other way engaged with A Writer of History.

You people are AWESOME.

A Writer of History hasn’t gone viral but I have a steady stream of visitors, many of whom have become loyal followers and that, my friends, is something that I treasure.

Almost 40,000 visits and over 1,000 comments – I couldn’t have done it without you!