Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Non-Book-Related Blogs/Sites We Follow

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. After last week’s crazy topic, we were thrown a nice softball. We decided to answer half honestly (and boringly – apologies! Mary really does live at nytimes.com). Others are sites/resources that we think are worth highlighting. Can’t wait to see other’s answers as well!

Mary’s Five Sites:

1. The New York Times. It’s embarrassing, but my fingers just automatically type this URL in basically every time I touch a keyboard. I spend enough time on here that I was offered one of the free online subscriptions sponsored by Lincoln cars for the first year… Which I promptly deleted thinking it was junk mail! Agh!

2. Go Fug Yourself. For a different type of news? I also love the recaps they do of Hart of Dixie, one of my recent not-so-guilty pleasure shows! I aspire to one day pull off formal shorts like Rachel Bilson does – but I’m not holding my breath. Also, these ladies wrote a young adult novel!

3. The Hairpin. “Ladies First.” I love feminist women-centric Internet :)

4. Jauntsetter. I find this travel-related site great for planning trips – I’ve found some great and truly random places to stay reading through the interviews. Some people featured have crazy lives – seriously, who plans impromptu trips to Istanbul? But there are some real gems as well.

5. Chowhound. LOVE consulting this site for restaurant and cooking ideas. My family groans (audibly) whenever I start a sentence, “I’ll just get on chowhound and see if I can find a good idea…” but I have discovered some awesome restaurants this way! I think the groan is secretly their way of saying “Yes! She is ON IT!” One caveat: The content does vary significantly depending on your location.

And in the interests of full disclosure, Zappos, Shopbop, Bloomingdales, J. Crew, etc. should probably all be on this list as well!

Elizabeth’s Picks

Elizabeth’s Picks

6. Wikipedia: I wikipedia everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Last week, I wikipediaed (I’m making up that spelling as I go) socks. Yes, I actually mean socks. I wanted to know when people first started wearing them. This wouldn’t have been a problem if I hadn’t then looked at shoes (I was trying to figure out the official difference between socks and shoes, something I’m still a little fuzzy on. Alas, not everything can be found on this site, just most.) And then Shoeless Joe Jackson ( He came up when I was looking for shoes and then I wanted to know why he was shoeless). And then I keep going. It becomes a problem, but I maintain at least I’m learning.

7.  Hello Giggles: Zooey Deschanel is one of the creators if that gives you a clue about this awesome and quirky website.  I just love it! Everything from rants about American Girl discontinuing the Samantha, Kirsten, and Felicity dolls (which I was horrified to learn from this article) to “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from ‘Mean Girls.’” So funny!

8. Food Network: I adore Food Network! An addiction that doesn’t make much sense, since I don’t cook much. But when I do cook, it’s almost always a recipe from this website. And my pinterest food page is full of this website. Also, I have to keep up with my addiction to Chopped, Iron Chef, Food Network Star, Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives), and Cupcake Wars of course.

9. What Should We Call Me: I laugh so hard whenever I read the posts on here. So many of them are sooo true. My best friend and I trade these and articles from hellogiggles back and forth on facebook. (http://whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com/)

10. Pinterest: I hate to go there, but I did. Another addiction, because how can you escape this one? Let’s just say that pinterest got me through many a slow hour during my internship. And my usage exploded after I had to research craft and mom blogs for that same internship…totally their own fault. Plus, I have a place to keep track of all my recipes from Food Network ;-)