Guilty as charged. I’m that person who spends all my free time watching YouTube. While I do watch a lot of the stereotypical people that you think of when I say the word “YouTuber,” I spend a good amount of my time watching BookTubers also. Ah, just saying the word makes me so happy.
I’ve been watching BookTube for about two years now, so I have found some of my favorite content creators. These are the people that the second I see they posted a video, I’m watching it no matter what I’m doing.
Maybe you’ll find that you love these five I mention, but maybe you won’t love them. Regardless, I think they are a good mix of people, and I highly recommend watching at least one of their videos.
Now, this list is in no particular order because I arguably love all of them equally. Even while scrolling through my subscriptions to find my select five, my heart broke because there are so many BookTubers that I absolutely love. But these are the five that I watch the most often and could rave about for the longest time. I tried not to choose the BookTubers that everyone knows about like abookutopia, jessethereader, polandbananasBOOKS, Katytastic readbyzoe, etc. While I do love them, too, I wanted to pick the not-so-obvious choices.
5. BooksandLala – First of all, I just want to say how utterly jealous I am of how many books she has in her book hauls each month. She just knows how to find a good deal,. which I really respect because I personally never buy a book full price. Lala, can I come book shopping with you sometime?
I love that Lala reads a wide range of books. She reads such long books, and I wish I could do the same. The way she rates her books in her wrap-ups each month is so unique and something I really enjoy. When she rates the books, she gives them a one to five star rating, but each star that she gives relates to a specific thing about the book and each star she takes off relates to a specific thing she didn’t like. For example, she might give a star for the character development, plotline, or pacing of a story. She might take off a star because she couldn’t relate to the characters, the story was
n’t believable, or the ending of the book didn’t tie up all the loose ends.
4. Bookables – There is a good chance that I like Heather because she reads the same type of genre of books that I do: chick lit. The style of her videos is just so fun. I also really like that she replies to each and every comment that people leave on her videos. There are other BookTubers that do this, too, but she is one that I really notice. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it really goes a long way because it really helps you build a connection with your audience. Our tastes in books are so similar that if there is a new-released book that I think looks amazing, and Heather says it’s bad, I won’t read the book.
3. HaileyinBookland – Maybe I just notice it more than the others, but she posts videos on such a consistent basis: Three times a week, which I just find incredible. I have a BookTube channel of my own (shameless self-plug), and I can barely manage to post a video a week! Hailey goes to school, has a job, and still finds time to film, edit, and post a video. Is she Superwoman because I am honestly questioning it? She also has some of the most original video ideas, which I think is quite hard to do. It’s already hard to post three videos a week, but it’s also hard to continuously come up with new ideas for videos.
2. WhittyNovels –One of the reasons I really like Whitney is hands down because of her humor. She’s roughly the same age as me and going to college as well, so a lot of the things she talks about in her videos are really relatable. I still vividly remember watching her vlog about when she moved into college, and I had just started college the year before so I had all the feels for her. I will say that I don’t always agree with her views on books, (sorry, but I love Colleen Hoover), but I think that’s part of the fun with BookTube. It allows the opportunity to really get exposed to other’s views on things, and it genuinely expands your horizon. If you don’t follow her on Snapchat, I highly recommend that you do. Not only is she hilarious, but when she is home there are numerous videos and photos of dogs, and dogs are probably tied with books on my list of favorite things on this planet. (I haven’t read Shatter Me yet, but I promise I will soon!)
1. LovelyLikeLaura – Again, Laura is someone that I can relate to because we are around the same age. Sometimes I genuinely wonder if we are the same person because we have a lot of the same interests and most definitely the same taste in books. I finally started reading Colleen Hoover after hearing her talk about how much she loves her, and I found out that I really like her books. The second I hear her talk about a book that I haven’t heard of, I add it to my TBR list. So thank you to Laura for making my TBR pile 10 times longer.
While I may spend far too much time on YouTube, it’s a great way for me to stay up-to-date on the book world, which I think is incredibly important since I want to continue my career in publishing for as long as I can (and hopefully the rest of my life). So if you ever find yourself with some spare time on your hands, I highly recommend watching one of these individuals!
*Photos used with permission from the BookTuber.
Thank you, Heather for the featured image!