Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jen's Top Ten Blogs/Sites That Aren't About Books



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here will answer. Everyone is welcome to join! All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Future Top Ten Tuesday topics are posted here.

Today's TTT is a little bit different than usual:  it's non-book related.  I don't think we've had a Top Ten list not related to books, reading or anything literary before?  


Jen's Top Ten Blogs/Sites She Reads That Aren't About Books:

  1. Smart, Pretty and Awkward:  Offers three pieces of great advice (how to be smarter, prettier and less awkward) and I love the quotes.
  2. The Glitter Pox:  Fantastic blog to discover new music!  I'm also in love with the name of the blog.
  3. Skinnytaste:  Food blog with amazing recipes!  I found this blog via Pinterest.  Seriously though, do yourself a favor and make a recipe from Skinnytaste.  I highly recommend the baked penne.
  4. 40:20 Vision:  A great blog where women in their forties answer questions, give different perspectives and just offer life experiences to women in their twenties. 
  5. The Oatmeal:  The grammar comics are my favorite.
  6. NPR:  National Public Radio, I love you.  I don't know why but NPR is my favorite news site.  
  7. The Beauty Department:  If you're feeling super girly this is a great blog.  Lots of hair, makeup and nail tutorials.  One day I will master something other than either straightening my hair or throwing it back in a ponytail.  
  8. Budget Bytes:  The idea behind this food blog is that you can still eat like a queen while on a downsized budget.  Each recipe is broken down into cost per recipe and cost per serving.  There are some really great recipes, I've been meaning to try the Spinach Artichoke Pasta.
  9. Dear blank, please blank: Sample:  Dear parents, Wait, so you named me after bread?  Seriously?  Sincerely, Peeta.  Another one (spoiler for Mockingjay so highlight to read!):  Dear people who think friend-zoned is bad, Try cousin-zoned.  Sincerely, Gale Hawthorne
  10. Twitter:  I love Twitter.  Some days I think I'm on it wayy more than I probably should be.  

71 comments :

  1. I love, love, love The Beauty Department! It's awesome for helping me figure out how to fix my long hair. Some days when I want to chop it off, I go through pages and pages of their blog so I can find new hairstyles... which then leads me to Pinterest where I waste even more time. Ha!

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    1. The exact same thing happens to me! I wish I was better at following the hair tutorials. When I do my hair it never ever comes out looking as nice as the pictures! haha

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  2. I love Dear Blank, Please Blank! Some of the Twilight ones are ten kinds of hilarious.

    My TTT.

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    1. I know! It's a great site when you need a good laugh.

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  3. Love the Dear blank, please blank site!

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  4. Totally have The Beauty Department and Skinnytaste on my list too! Found them via Pinterest! I didn't put the Dear Blank, please blank site but I LOVE THAT TOOOO!

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    1. I also found The Beauty Dept & Skinnytaste from Pinterest! I should have added Pinterest to my list, I've found so many different blogs from it.

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  5. This is a fun quest - it was hard to narrow it down, but also hard to not select book sites … who knew I had so many!!

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  6. Oooh! Dear blank, please blank is a fun site! Thanks for sharing that, I'll be spending some time there now. ^_^

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    1. Yes! It's a great time-waster!

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  7. I JUST discovered The Beauty Department on Friday and I've already seen it mentioned several times over the weekend! Great call on Twitter too!! Haha that definitely eats up a lot of my reading percentage sometimes!

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    1. The internet in general eats up a lot of my book reading time! :)

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  8. Great list! I have never heard of most of them.

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  9. My high school students just discovered The Oatmeal the other day- I was not so secretly pleased.

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  10. Budget Bites is my favorite site for recipes! I just love them! =D

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  11. ooh I'm so excited to check out 40:20 and dear blank! You know because I need more websites to suck up my time haha.

    thanks so much for hosting :)

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  12. This is a very fun theme! I found most of the sites I now follow through various lists of recommendations, so can't wait to see what everyone's reading.

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  13. I absolutely love this prompt! I am already completely overwhelmed with wonderful new sites to try out. Isn't The Beauty Department just great? As a super new grad in the overwhelmingly expensive NYC, I am very excited to try out Budget Bytes, so thank you for that!

    Happy Tuesday!

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  14. haven't heard of these sites but budget bytes sounds good.

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  15. I can't believe I forgot to add The Oatmeal to my own list - I LOVE those comics. (And like you, the grammar posts are my favorite.)

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  16. Oops, don't know how I did it but when I added my blog on #30 somehow the url was to your post. :) So if you want to delete that one.... #32 should take you to my blog page. I hope. :) Fun task this week.

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  17. I'll definitely have to check all these out! Though I do already know and love dear blank please blank :-)

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  18. This was a really good idea... Thanks :D

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  19. I'm starting to realize just how dangerous this week's Top Ten list can be... now I have dozens (hundreds?) of new sites to check out!!! Thanks for hosting.

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  20. I loved this week's topic! Definitely going to check out all the websites you've mentioned, especially the food ones :D

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  21. Oh my goodness, I didn't think anyone would have the Oatmeal in common with me! Cooool.
    I love DBPB, but I visit them on FB so didn't list them as a site.
    I'm definitely going to check out some of these, especially 40:20 vision.
    I love this week's topic - it's good to get to know the non-bookish side of people.

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  22. Thanks for pointing out the Oatmeal--just saw an entertaining tribute to Tesla over there!

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  23. I think I'm most excited about The Glitter Pox! Can't wait to check it out.

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    1. Yay! I hope you find some great new music!

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  24. I loved this, it was hard though!

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  25. This was a great idea! I'm a huge procrastinator and so it was easy for me to think of 10 sites I read on the regular. I'm excited to see how people's lists differ! :)

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  26. this was a fun top ten! And I love skinnytaste and budget bytes! I think the majority of non-book sites I visit are cooking/food related!

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  27. This was a fun top ten. I love looking at other peoples lists and finding new websites to foloow.

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  28. I also adore The Oatmeal! Matthew Inman = genius.

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  29. I just spent 30 minutes at Dear Blank, Please Blank...Great list!

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  30. I love The Oatmeal! I used to have NPR on my Reader but I just recently cleaned it out to start anew because there were just too many sites and it got so disorganized. I also love Twitter, a lot. :)

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  31. I love your list, and it's nice to see another person who loves the oatmeal and dear blank please blank. I'm really looking foward to seeing everyone's list, because I know I'll have tons of new blogs to check out!

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  32. Wow. I am really going to have to explore everyone's lists. There are so many wonderful sites/blogs I have found! What a great topic!!!!

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  33. Wow. I am really going to have to explore everyone's lists. There are so many wonderful sites/blogs I have found! What a great topic!!!!

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  34. The Oatmeal! Yes! I had him on my list, too. :)

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  35. Ooh, great list! I'm going to have to visit some of those. They sound really cool, especially the 40/20 one.

    My Top Ten

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  36. Love number 9 and can't wait to check out number 1!

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  37. What a great list! Thanks for offering a few new ways to waste--I mean, spend--time!

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  38. I would always sit behind this one girl in my psychology lecture last fall, because she would spend the whole class on The Oatmeal!

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  39. There are a few of those blogs I'd like to check out--especially the 40/20. fun list today. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  40. I have not heard of most of these. I will have to check them out. Thanks for sharing.

    Nancy @ The Avid Reader

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  41. I haven't read most of these either, but they are great! I have been surfing them!

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  42. I have not heard of some of these but they sound great, especially the 40 20 one and the dear blank.

    My list: http://www.deadtreesandsilverscreens.com/2012/05/top-ten-tuesday-my-favorite-ten.html?m=1

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  43. This was a hard one for me because i dont peruse the webs too much!! I tried :)

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  44. I'll have to check these out. I do scope out Beauty Department. Such cute looks. Unfortunately I suck when it comes to trying to copy their looks. It turns out disastrous.

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    1. They also make their tutorials look SO easy to copy. But I can never get them to come out right!

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  45. NPR, yes! I listen to Fresh Air with Terry Gross every time I go running. Couldn't live without it.

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  46. I've been introduced to The Oatmeal today. So funny!
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

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  47. I don't have twitter, but I love reading other people's tweets because some of them are absolutely hilarious! I love your list btw!

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  48. SmartPrettyandAwkward looks like so much fun! I've just looked it up and I'm already addicted!

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  49. I love the little snippets that pack a punch on Dear Blank, please blank! I'm adding that one to my list!! :)

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  50. awesome list; most of these I haven't heard of. :D

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  51. The Oatmeal made my list, too! Will have to check the others out. (And I'm totally hooked on Twitter... freaks me out when someone isn't! haha)

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  52. Okay, just FYI, I posted on the wrong entry... AGAIN. I did that last time too! My idiocy is infuriating sometimes...

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  53. Yay!! I loved this week's list!!
    Awesome!! =)

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  54. The Oatmeal is awesome! I found his site through Facebook last year or so, and it never fails to be hilarious. My friend and I keep refering to the Boyd's Toast one when discussing site design.

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  55. Loving this topic, because it's given me so many new blogs to peruse! Thanks!

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  56. I think this was a cool topic. Alittle more difficult for me to come up with all 10, but it's interesting to see what sites other bloggers I follow check out in their spare time.

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  57. Thank you so much for listing Smart Pretty and Awkward as one of your favorites! I added you to the Press Page :) xo, Molly

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  58. Thanks for the sites. I already love three of them and look forward to seeing more from them!

    I couldn't think of many this week, but you have to check out Marc and Angel Hack Life - a great site with positive lists that really make you think!

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  59. An interesting topic to think about. It's hard to predict what books will be classics 30 years from now.

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