Top Ten Tuesday: Blogs that Aren’t About Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

You may remember that last month, I shared a list of ten of my favorite book blogs for Top Ten Tuesday. But books aren’t the only thing that matters, right? So without further ado, here’s a list of ten of my favorite blogs that are about things other than books.

The Bully Pulpit

This blog functions sort of like a commonplace book for its author: on it, he records snatches from interviews, speeches, and yes, sometimes books that he finds interesting. Here, you’ll find anything from poems by Patrick Kavanagh to lectures on radical Islam by Christopher Hitchens. I have lost many hours on this site and they have all been worth it.

Cinematically Insane

Owned by Will McKinley, a self-described “Old Movie Weirdo.” This blog has pretty much everything a classic film fan could want, including articles on film history, news about events at Turner Classic Movies, and on and on.

Flickering Lamps

I found this blog fairly recently, while doing research for what might be a future blog post. The author Caroline is a PhD student who blogs about the history and architecture of England, Ireland, and Scotland, focusing mainly on Victorian buildings and old cemeteries (both of which I happen to find interesting :)). Besides recounting some of the fascinating history behind these locations, Caroline also illustrates her posts with the beautiful photographs she takes of each place she visits.


The owner, Hannah, does blog about books occasionally, but she also blogs about movies, music, television shows, art, Hamilton, the BBC, and her 80-year-old grandmother’s first reactions to the Lord of the Rings films. So of course this blog belongs on the list.

Looking Closer

One of my favorite sites for reviews of current films. Besides writing thoughtful, detailed, incisive reviews, the owner Jeffrey Overstreet also posts the occasional essay on theology or art, as well as links to cool things like this interview with the 101-year-old actor Norman Lloyd.

Movies Silently

Classic film lover that I am, I admit to knowing next to nothing about silent films until about a year ago, when I found this little gem on WordPress. In addition to her wonderful film reviews, the owner Fritzi also goes out of her way to provide accurate information on the silent era and its stars (a difficult job to do with so many silent era myths floating around). I even found one of my new favorite films thanks to this site (1919’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in case you were curious. ;)).

The Nitrate Diva

Nora’s blog is fun, funny, and absolutely full of information on classic films, particularly those of the pre-code era. Also be sure to check out her posts documenting the 2016 TCM Film Festival, which just recently ended.

The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

Another topic that interests me is art history, especially where the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood is concerned. (More info on that here.) Inspired by this group of idealistic Victorian artists and poets, Stephanie Graham Pina founded The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood to discuss the history of this fascinating movement in art and literature.

Rachel Coker

Rachel is a published author, so her posts are going to be about books sometimes. Mostly, though, she blogs her ruminations on art, faith, and life as an art student.

Torrey Gazette

This is sort of a self-serving recommendation, since I’ve written for the Torrey Gazette in the past, but regardless, you should check out this site anyway. Between their six regular contributors and their dozens of guest writers, there’s always something new and different on there, whether it’s posts about film, philosophy, music, or Karl Barth. (Did I mention this also a very eclectic blog?)

That’s all for now! Do list for me some of your favorite unbookish blogs in the comments.

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