Literary Tumblrs For All You Tumblin’, Book-Lovin’ Queers

Hey you, literary queers! Are you looking for something to do besides reading actual physical books? Or maybe you just need a way to whittle away the time before you  speed date other lit-lezzies at the Strand.The internet is here to help you tumbl away your free time in the most literary of ways. The Millions has listed their second round of great literary tumblrs. There are the necessary F***Yeah! blogs alongside Magazine Tumblrs, Writing Center Tumblrs, Author Tumblrs and Publisher Tumblrs! You guys. The list is so long. It’s a little dangerous. A girl could get lost for hours tumbling around tumbleland wistfully gazing at poets touching trees while forgetting to go outside and remind herself of what a real tree feels like.

Poet Chritine Kanownik touching a tree.

Nonetheless, I’ve bravely navigated my way through what feels like millions of fascinating tumblrs and emerged, a little red-eyed, with the ones most relevant to your interests, if I’m right in assuming your interests are semi-clad women, beer, cats and feminism.

Match Book: This is a tumblr that, aside from a few men in swim tunks, mainly shows women wearing bikinis that match book covers. It gives a whole new meaning to “don’t judge a book by its cover.” At first, my inner Serious Literary Scholar and feminist had some feelings — mainly, it’s bad enough to objectify women, but this tumblr’s objectifying books too! But then, my Inner Lesbian told my Inner Feminist and Serious Literary Scholar to go write an essay on Judith Butler and leave her alone to look at hot girls in bikinis.


Then there’s Books and Beer. Enough said. I’d be afraid to date a woman who doesn’t like books and beer, in that order. Wouldn’t you?

Books and beer and macaroni and cheese. If this picture were half my life, and the other half was Bikini-Book-Cover Lady, my life would be complete.

Plus Writers and Kitties and New Cat GIFs (for journalists who are into cats). Being more of a dog person myself, I’m not about to wax poetic about these kitty tumblrs. But I’ve heard you lesbians and other queer-identified women love cats so here ya go:

Colette and her cat via

There’s also Glitterwolf magazine devoted to highlighting the work of LGBTQ and UK writers (the last part of that sentence makes me think of scrambled letter magnets on a fridge) and The Feminist Press, which you can visit upon your return from book-cover-bikini land.

So there you have it. Enjoy. And once you’re done, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to go read a real book under a real tree.

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Malaika likes books, drinking tea, long conversations, dinner parties, making funny faces, bike rides, and dogs. Originally from Edmonton, she now lives in Montreal where she edits, runs, and writes about the Alberta Tar Sands for The Media Co-op. You can follow her on twitter @Malaika_Aleba.

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  1. oh my gosh Matchbook. This is the part where I start dressing to match my books EVERY SINGLE DAY. Malaika, I salute you.

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  3. “it’s bad enough to objectify women, but this tumblr’s objectifying books too!”

    I’m totally objectifying this sentence. Is that bad?

  4. ” But then, my Inner Lesbian told my Inner Feminist and Serious Literary Scholar to go write an essay on Judith Butler and leave her alone to look at hot girls in bikinis.”

    THIS, just this. Sometimes things I read on Autostraddle feel like my life in words, and that is awesome.

    • I was so ready to wax lyrical over that same sentence till i realised someone had already got there… this is why i love autostraddle

  5. Yeah I’m a dog person too. Excellent, I love finding good book blogs on Tumblr. Although it’s true that place is so addicting that I’ve had to start working at controlling my tumbling.

    Is poets touching trees a new kind of porn? It excites me in some way I can’t pin down. lol

  6. How about a post on lesbian/queer women’s books/writing blogs (as opposed to just tumblrs)? There’s a lot of great ones out there!

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