8 Tumblr Blogs Every Writer & Book Lover Should Follow

Nancy Messieh 05-03-2013

tumblr blogsTumblr is known as being a great blogging platform for visual content, and is a photographer’s smorgasbord of just about everything you could possibly imagine. That said, there’s also an incredible wealth of content that can provide inspiration to writers, poets and book lovers.


We’ve already introduced to you to 10 creative blogging ideas to try out on Tumblr 10 Creative Tumblr Blogging Ideas For When You Have Writers Block What's great about Tumblr is that you can reblog posts by other members of the site. This helps keep your own blog fresh with content without you having to always develop it yourself. On the... Read More if you’re suffering from writer’s block, and you can now combine them with these 8 blogs, to access an endless source of inspiration through writing prompts, gorgeous visuals, and the reminder that there’s a huge audience out there for your work.

Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts is a great tumblr blog to follow for any writer looking for a little bit of inspiration. Run by a ninth grade teacher, the blog has a significant backlog of prompts, so if you’re feeling blocked, this is a great place to start to look for inspiration. In addition to keeping up with the latest prompts being posted to the blog, you can check out a few handy lists that are accessible from the sidebar: the 28 most tried and true prompts, writing prompts about education, and more.  If you have a writing prompt of your own that you want to share with the world, you can always submit it to the blog here.

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Not only is the blog an amazing source of writing prompts, but all of its content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, meaning you can use them elsewhere, as long as you give appropriate credit.

Yeah Write!

While Yeah Write also provides writing prompts, it branches out in other types of content as well. The blog description says the blog is also a spot for “writing advice, resources, links, quotes, and more to help aspiring writers of all levels”.  While Tumblr certainly doesn’t lend itself to being an organized blogging platform, Livia, the blogger behind Yeah Write has provided some handy links in the sidebar.


You can easily access all of the writing prompts, prompts by category, writing advice, and more from the sidebar.

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Any good writer will tell you that an essential part of being a good writer is constantly reading. Bookstairs provides its readers with book recommendations and book reviews from all literary genres.

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Bookstairs provides short, snappy book reviews of all kinds of books – nonfiction, biographies, travel and more. In addition to being a great resource for book recommendations for reading, the site also makes it easy to buy the book by linking to its Amazon page.

The Final Sentence

Going strong for almost 3 years, The Final Sentence is a fascinating Tumblr blog that presents an impressive collection of the last sentence of as many literary works as they can find and document. While the Final Sentence has a group of contributors, you can also make recommendations of your own – but make sure that you check out the guidelines before you do that.

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The current collection includes literary greats like Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, The Great Gatsby, and much, much more. The importance of a site like this, for any writer, is that it offers, in one easily searchable place, some of the strongest final sentences in the history of literature, providing a little bit of inspiration when it comes to figuring out how to wrap up the novel you’re working on.


Bookshelf Porn

While it’s usually all about the words for any writer, we are positive that Bookshelf Porn will appeal to any writer or book lover. The blog is an amazing collection of the most stunningly beautiful photos of bookshelves from all over the web. It’s no surprise that the blog was chosen as one of Time’s best blogs for 2012.

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Underground New York Public Library

Keeping up with the visual theme, Underground New York Public Library is another fascinating blog that will appeal to any book lover. the blog features photos of just one thing – readers on New York’s subways. Not only can you browse through countless photos of readers in transit, you can also find out what they’re reading.

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A quick glance at the blog reveals everything from Aristotle to Woody Allen, and makes for a fascinating visual journey through New York’s underground subway.

The Writers Helpers

In their own words, The Writers Helpers ask: “Having trouble writing? Don’t know where to start? Have a question about grammar or need some help with your plot? You’ve come to the right place! Continue to ask us questions about everything that is writing and we’ll continue to post a lot of writing-related advice and posts!”

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One of the greatest pieces of advice we found on the Tumblr blog applies to all writers, on why they should never give up:

“You shouldn’t give up, because [as often as it’s said] there is no one else in the entire world that can write the things that you can.” is the official Tumblr blog of The Academy of American Poets and is a must-follow for any poet or poetry fan. The blog is  an interesting mix of recordings of poets reading their work, posts that give insight into famous writers and their fascinations, and even includes the library cards of the likes of W.H. Auden.

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Looking for more Tumblr blogs to follow? Check out these recommendations:

Do you have any recommendations for Tumblr blogs to follow? Share them with us in the comments.

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  1. Garris Rago
    March 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Great article, love it!

  2. Guy McDowell
    March 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    The bookshelf porn is my favourite. I don't find most sites about writing to be terribly inspiring or motivating.
    What I've done is looked for the writers of my favourite TV shows and followed them on Twitter. The small glimpses into their day and their thought processes really makes me look at my own day and thought processes. That and they'r all funnier than heck.

  3. Anonymous
    March 5, 2013 at 2:45 am

    The bookshelf one look very nice.

  4. Chris Powell
    March 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Amazing Bookshelfs