Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Ten Bookish(Booktube, bookstagram, etc.) People you should follow. I narrowed down my list to just talking about BookTube since I had been planning on writing a recommendation post for some of my favorite channels anyway.
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about thoughts on booktube and blogging, which turned out slightly more controversial than I anticipated since my thoughts basically boiled down to “both booktube and blogging are hard work, both can be awesome, but BookTube is not for me as much since I don’t like watching video reviews because I like to skim reviews”. All those things are still true(I skip almost every book review in my subscription list), but I have found some BookTube channels I REALLY like, and I’ve also found that BookTube is really good for finding book recs based upon themes. So here are EIGHT BookTube channels I enjoy. I went with eight instead of ten because most of the other BookTubers I follow are already well-known, so I tried to vary my list up a bit more.
You know how I said I skip almost every book review in my subscription bar? Yeah, Katie’s channel is why I don’t skip every review. Generally I prefer written reviews to video ones, but Katie’s are so great because she’s articulate, concise, and thoughtful when it comes to evaluating books. I love hearing her thoughts on psychological thrillers.
Watch for: Psychological thriller & horror recs
2. Novels and Nonsense
I started following Novels and Nonsense a few months ago, and I’m astounded at Samantha’s reading productivity. I like how her videos are always informative but to the point. I also just like the variety of the kinds of videos she does.
Watch for: fantasy recs
I am only on my third BookTube recommendation and I feel like I’m already running out of ways to say “I like this person’s videos because they’re great and informative”, but really. . . CeCe’s channel is great and informative. I particularly enjoy her channel because of the variety of books discussed(YA! Adult! Fantasy! Contemporary! As someone who can never stick within one genre, I LOVE when I see other people reading widely too), and she always has some of the best themed recommendation videos.
Watch for: LGBTQIA recs, YA recs
So, fun fact: sometimes I have trouble watching this channel, not because of anything on the channel, but because I have a friend who looks similar & has VERY similar mannerisms and speech patterns to the BookTuber behind this channel. And oh yeah, they have the same name. I’ve even shown this channel to my friend & she got weirded out too. ANYWAY, all that being said, Ashley’s channel is great, especially for graphic novel recs.
Perhaps this is a weird reason to like a channel, but I really like Monica’s channel partially because there’s a consistency in her videos. Which isn’t to say that she doesn’t read widely(because she does), but I know they’re always going to be high quality and I’ll always enjoy them. Also, her taste in fantasy is close to mine so I always get good book recs.
6. Super Space Chick
Kristin’s channel is just SO FUN. Her videos are always full of energy and personality and I am jealous of her bookshelves. I also like the variety of videos she does.
7. Jen Campbell
I think Jen might be the most widely-read human ever. I don’t know if anyone is more knowledgeable about books. Our taste don’t always line up, but every time I watch one of her videos I come away with new books I want to read. A good portion of my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads is the product of watching Jen’s channel. She also makes so many videos & is so productive. I’m basically just in awe.
8. Stacks of Books
I think I first found Molly’s channel when looking for BookTubers who read YA contemporary, because for some reason while YA is hugely popular on BookTube, it seems contemporary is not as much. I subscribed because of the eclectic mix of books she discusses.