The Friends Recommend: Literary Websites for Adults

From its articles to its podcasts, Book Riot is a great resource for the adventurous reader. Whether you're into literary fiction or genre, you'll find a home here. They have great essays on the reading life, and it's a great resource for discovering new reads. Plus, you can sign up for a subscription box service where you'll get books and cool lit merchandise in the mail.

"launching remarkable writing"
This relatively new site from the small press of the same name is a great spot for readers and writers alike. Featuring essays and short stories alike, their daily content is always supremely fresh. Plus, Catapult offers some amazing writing workshops, all taught by well-known authors.

  1. Essays, stories, book reviews, and, if you find yourself in Brooklyn, the occasional live storytelling event
  1. Just great fun—spying and noting what other people are reading in New York and other cities


  1. "Electric Literature's mission is to expand the influence of literature in popular culture by fostering lively and innovative literary conversations and making exceptional writing accessible to new audiences. …. Electric Literature began as a quarterly journal in 2009 and became a non-profit in 2014. In addition to the essays, criticism, and literary scuttlebutt on this site, you'll find our acclaimed weekly fiction series, Recommended Reading, which published its 200th issue in 2016. Our second weekly magazine, Okey-Panky, has provided a home for brief, strange writings and comics since January 2015."

    MORE Best Websites for Literature Lovers:

    1. The Millions
      an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture 
    2. The Paris Review
    3. Page-Turner 
    4. Los Angeles Review of Books   
    5. The Rumpus
      "A love letter to the convict in your heart."
      For Cheryl Strayed fans, you can find her column "Dear Sugar" here.
    6. Granta
      "Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real."
    7. Full Stop
      Founded in January of 2011, Full Stop focuses on debuts, works in translation, and books published by small presses. "We believe that books exist in a supercollider, that their meaning and significance arise from high-energy collisions with the people and cultures that read, write, and share them. In an often insular and oscillating field, we seek to highlight the unknown, the precarious, and the as-yet unrealized."