We're all bummed that Google Reader is going away. While we've highlighted some alternatives, but you may not even need one when IFTTT and any bookmarking service of your choice can give you similar results.
Over at The Lab, Ruth explains that even though Google Reader is being retired, you can use IFTTT and Pocket (or any similar article-saving service of your choice) to get new articles from your favourite blogs dumped into a central location. She specifically suggests "read it later" type services, because they're designed for article reading and organisation, so while her recipe uses Pocket, you can use it as-is or sub in Instapaper or Readability.
We could see the same recipe modified to send articles from your favourite sites to Gmail, and then a Gmail filter to take new articles that land in your inbox to be directed to a specific Gmail filter -- maybe called "Reader" -- to duplicate the Google Reader experience. Hit the link below to read more on how Ruth did it, and to grab her recipe.