Hi book friends!!! If you’ve been around our blog or Bookstagram at all, you know I’m not one to read books just because everyone else is. The same goes for my BookTube picks. I don’t like the videos made by big name BookTubers because they’re getting tons of books from big publishers and 100s of thousands of views per video and the same amount of subscribers. I prefer to give my support to the smaller BookTubers and ones who talk about books I’m actually interested in. So, without further ado, here are some of my absolute MUST WATCH, BINGE-WORTHY BookTubers (get your TBR list handy because you’ll be adding to it!).
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Spencer is a BookTuber after my own heart – romance and cozy mysteries (a genre I really want to binge-read)! She doesn’t read the same books that EVERYBODY ELSE is reading, but her channel is the perfect mix of popular authors and hidden gems that you don’t see as often. She spotlights books that aren’t mainstream and manages to highlight Black authors without picking the same 10 books that everyone else is. Because, let’s face it … if you’re highlighting the same 10 Black authors that everyone else is, are you really helping?
I love Spencer’s cheery personality, and her videos are well-done and easy to watch. I’ve already binge-watched a handful and can’t wait to start building up my cozy mystery TBR based on her recommendations.
She Is An Open Book
Contrasting from Spencer’s cozy mysteries, Melissa from She Is An Open Book focuses more on romance, with a particular interest in historical romances, it looks like. This is another genre that I’ve been slowly dipping my feet into and loving so much! I’ve only watched a few of Melissa’s videos but I already have a TBR that’s growing rapidly out of control 🙂
I also love that she did an entire video based on books that she wants to give a second chance to. Books that she picked up at one point and for one reason or another, set back down. It’s a concept I don’t use too often but one I’d love to incorporate into my own reading lifestyle.
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Courtney has some serious bookish energy, oh my gosh! Her videos are full of amazing recommendations, TBRs (because I love them, even though I can’t stick to them!), fun read-a-thons, and they’re just so enjoyable to watch! Courtney is another BookTuber who focuses (mostly) on cozy mysteries and I am loving how her hauls and videos are adding to my own TBR.
And I absolutely love her Birthday Book Haul (P.S. the Husband will be getting ideas for my upcoming birthday this December – as many as I can carry with one arm!!! ).
Lisa Siefert | Cozy Mysteries
I have to admit, I fell in love with Lisa’s videos right away and even downloaded her first book – Cupcakes & Chaos – because it was free on Kindle Unlimited (remember that teensy buying ban I’m trying to stick to??) and it looks like such an adorable cozy mystery! I really enjoy authors who talk about books other than their own because many authors read just as much as they write. Shameless self-promo in every single video gets super annoying so Lisa’s videos are very fresh and entertaining. Plus, just like Courtney, oh my gosh the ENERGY!
Becca and the Books
I stumbled on Becca’s BookTube channel when I found a video talking about her These Books Will Self-Destruct in 12 Months challenge and oh my gosh, do I ever want to do this challenge!! I’m not even sure if it really is a challenge, or just a way to “come to terms with un-hauling books”. After starting The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, I have been in such a mood to go through my possessions (and in large part, my books) and decide which ones I’ll actually read. 12 months sounds like the perfect time frame to read a book or be okay with giving it away to someone who WILL read it. (Be prepared to see an upcoming post like that in the VERY NEAR FUTURE).
Most of the BookTube channels that I fell in love with were because they talked about a certain genre or I really enjoyed their spunk. Becca’s channel stood out to me because of the self-destruct challenge. As for her Bookopoly board … it seriously puts our AtoZ-opoly board to shame.
The recommendation for this BookTube channel actually came from Becca @ Becca and the Books. I started watching Kassie’s videos and loved how interesting and easy they were to watch. What interested me the most was that the first TBR video of hers that I watched highlighted books that aren’t super new (which is a major plus for me as I love showcasing backlist books).
I think I definitely like Kassie’s newer videos, as the style seems to have changed, but I’ve also found a couple of gems in her older videos. And again, I absolutely love TBR videos, even though I have no hope of ever sticking to a TBR I create.