Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reading Rambles {2}: Booktube

Reading Rambles is a sporadic feature in which I ramble about all things bookish and ask you to join in on the discussion.

Today's Ramble:
For those of you who don't know, Booktube is the name coined by the book vlogging community of on YouTube. It's thanks to Booktube that I really began to take my book blogging seriously. Before making Life in the Pages, I tried my hand at vlogging, recording some book hauls and meme response videos but they all turned out horrendously. I don't know what happens, but as soon as I hit "record" on my camera, my mind goes blank and I turn into a rambling, incoherent mess. I've come to accept the fact that I was not meant to be a vlogger. Blogging is so much easier.

When it comes to watching Booktube, I have three favorite kinds of videos: book hauls, memes/surveys, and bookshelf tours. I think Tasha of Tashapolis said it best when she explained why she loves book haul videos: it's like watching someone open a gift on Christmas--you get to experience the excitement with them! Book hauls are also fun because I love to see pretty book covers. :) Meme and survey videos are my second favorite kind of video on Booktube because, as I've mentioned before on the blog, I love filling out memes and taking quizzes and surveys, and if they're book-themed, then I'm in heaven! Finally, there are the bookshelf tours. I'm always curious to see all the different types of books people have and how they organize and decorate their shelves. It inspires me to be more creative with my own.

Favorite Booktubers
Books and Quills, a channel run by a girl from the Netherlands named Sanne, is not only my favorite booktube channel but probably my favorite YouTube channel, period. Sanne's videos are always well thought out, fun, and just pretty to watch (I feel bad saying this, but camera quality really matters when making YT vids). She also makes videos with great advice about breaking into and working in the publishing industy.

 Being my second favorite booktuber, what first drew me to Cassidy's channel was a little video called "Let Me Love Twilight." It was so satisfying to hear someone from the Twilight fandom speak out against all the hate in a thoughtful way. It's worth watching whether you're a fan of the books or not; the take away is basically, if you don't like a particular book/movie/TV show/etc, that's perfectly fine; just don't be a jerk about it.

If you do not watch PolandBananasBooks, you really need to add this channel to your to-watch list. Christine's videos are hilarious and full of enthusiastic fangirling!

I think I found Peruse Project through Christine's channel, and in a lot of ways Reagan's videos remind of PolandBananasBooks. The facial expressions and voices this girl makes crack me up!

The Readables, run by a graphic designer named Priscilla, is another one of my favorites because it features such pretty videos! I love how she always includes a pop-up within the video with information about the book she is discussing. Priscilla also has a very cool blog that you should check out, featuring printable designs for booktubers and bloggers.

Kat of Katytastic is another Booktuber with hilarious and entertaining book vlogs. Plus, she has one of the most awesome book collections I've ever seen (so jealous of all those bookshelves!).

Tashapolis is my latest Booktube discovery and I love her videos so much!

So tell me: do you watch Booktube? Who are you favorite vloggers? Do you have a channel of your own you'd like to share?


  1. I have never watched a booktube blog post, I will have to check these out!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  2. Booktube is a fantastic amazing thing that I'm so glad I've joined! I've always wanted to make youtube videos and nothing is better than being able to make videos about books! My channel is ellomarisa


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