Jane Friedman All things useful to writers: succinct, clear, relevant links.
Mark Forsyth Wit and etymology
Bibliokept Wonderful covers, idiosyncratic book choices, occasional excerpts.
Historical Novel Society Keep up to date with historical novels published, usefully organised by era or century.
Thresholds University of Chichester’s take on the short story world
Morgen Bailey Example of a WordPress site packed to the brim on its front page. Good immersion for new writers.
Scribophile A good site for shared critiques of WIPs