Reading Fanatics to Follow on Twitter

Need a literary fix in 140 characters or less? Check out these 20 follow-worthy feeds.

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@goodreads

Want to tap into the web's largest community of readers? Follow @goodreads, which posts links to reading lists, book club discussions and more.

@biography_book

If you're addicted to true tales, follow @biography_book, which tweets new biography and memoir releases daily. Your reading list never looked so good!

@disneywords

Sweet and sage, silly and smart, these Disney quotes, cribbed from screenplays and song lyrics will make you smile. We're impressed with the range of material: everyone from the Villagers in Beauty and the Beast to Alice and Ariel gets a shout out.

 

Sample tweet: If you are going to let every little thing bother you, it is going to be a very long night. –Naveen (Princess and The Frog)

@googlebooks

The people behind Google's virtual library of scanned literature tweet popular passages and quotes. Can you guess the author of this recently tweeted quote: "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."?

@AustenQuotes

Jane Austen devotees can get a daily dose of the author thanks to this Twitter account, which tweets 140-character Austen quotes from the author's novels and letters.

@maudnewton

Literary insider, book critic and blogger Maud Newton shares links and commentary on everything from poetry to lush cookbook photos to political news. A must-read recent tweet: Ancient cuneiform tablest are about the same size as an iPhone.

@parisreview

The famed literary mag tweets thoughtfully written snippets from essays, interviews and more with links to theparisreview.org. A sample:

 

"'There may be more people drinking Coke than being awake.' A. S. Hamrah at the launch party of the Coca-Cola book.

@IAM_SHAKESPEARE

The Bard lives! At least that's the case in this frequently updated twitter feed, which tweets the complete works of Shakespeare "line by all 112,000+ lines." They're not kidding: tweets from Macbeth, Othello, King Lear and more even include stage directions.

@NPRbooks

National Public Radio's book-centric Twitter handle features plenty of links to the latest on npr.com (reviews, excerpts, commentary) plus insider industry news about the going rate for the hottest new manuscripts. We just learned, for example, that an unpublished Jane Austen novel was sold for $1.6 million!

@VeryShortStory

Want a twitter challenge? Try writing fiction in 140 characters or less. Let these byte-sized beauties by Sean Hill be your inspiration.

@smithmag

Storytelling gurus @smithmag have taken their love of language—and their beloved Six Word Memoirs—to Twitter. Mini fiction afficianados should follow them for six-word themed contests and links to the latest on smithmag.net.

@epicretold

The Mahabharata, an ancient Indian epic originally written in sanskrit, is the subject of this ambitious Twitter feed, which is tweeting the Kurukshetra War story in English, line-by-line.

@1book140

Inpsired by the One Book, One City programs, The Atlantic decided to take the largescale book club idea to the twitterverse. The result is #1book140, a lively monthly discussion over hashtags. Each month, participants can vote on what to read next. July, for example, was devoted to Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.

@thebookmaven

Bethanne Patrick, the creator of shelf-awareness.com, a free book-themed newsletter, and #FridayReads, a weekly reading list compiled via hashtag, passionately tweets about all things literary.

@GuardianBooks

The Guradian and Observer book teams tweet news, reviews and author interviews. We love their brillant hashtag #famousforthewrongbook, a place to weigh in on a favorite author's overlooked gems.

 

Sample tweet: As much as I enjoy Heart of Darkness, its a shame that Conrad's 'Victory' is overlooked

@longreads

If you're tired of reading super short tidbits on Twitter, follow @longreads, which curates, via links, the best long-form stories on the web.

@PoetryFound

Poetry magazine runs this Twitter feed, which is devoted to keeping poetry alive in our culture. The result? Tweets about everything from poetry workshops to Bradley Cooper's latest movie role in Milton's Paradise Lost.

@TwitrLit

They say you can't judge a book by its cover. But how about by a first line? This feed posts a new first sentence at least once a day, with links to buy the book on amazon.

 

Sample tweet: "Women on their own run in Alice's family."

@ElectricLit

The guys behind Electric Literature, a quarterly anthology of five short stories, are tired of hearing literary fiction is doomed. Instead, they use new media to keep the written word alive, tweeting links to great, undiscovered indie lit and more.

@LitChat

Can't stop talking about books? Follow @LitChat, which posts publishing news and hosts a one-hour Twitter discussion about books on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

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First Published July 19, 2011

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