Prepare for some serious bookshelf envy…
Like many people, we here at TenEighty can generally be found in one of two places: watching YouTube videos in various crumpled-spine positions that our future self will regret OR reading books in a similarly regrettable position. At this point, our watch list and our reading list are ridiculously long and what better way to extend them both than BookTube?! Trust us, if you love books you absolutely need to check these creators out immediately as they all have channels full of amazing book-related content.
First up is Sanne Vliegenthart: a long-time BookTuber who uses her channel to discuss books, language, and general life advice. Her series A Guide to All Things Books is a true gem and hugely useful for anyone who wants to start reading more but doesn’t know where to start. (Although we currently have more of a “don’t know where to stop” problem!) The series has given us some great recommendations for tapping into different genres such as poetry and gothic literature, and her book organisation is truly something to be admired.
Ariel Bissett‘s channel is filled to the brim with great content to devour: she writes beautiful poetry, she has a super cool podcast called BooksUnbound, she makes videos on the way we read, and last but not least, she has some excellent TBR videos. That’s to-be-read for those of us in the know (yeah we learnt that while writing this). The way she delivers her content is constantly engaging and interesting and we have some serious bookshelf envy.
Jen Campbell is an author and book reviewer which makes her perfect to get right into the little details of books and their themes without spoilers. Generally speaking, she reads and reviews children’s books, retellings of myths (her fairytale series is wonderful), and poetry. When she’s not running a brilliant BookTube channel, she also runs writing workshops, gives talks at universities, is a freelance writer and editor, and judges literary prizes. Our hearts have been completely stolen by Jen’s beautiful writing, and we weren’t alone: her short story collection, The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, enchanted readers and reviewers alike.
Also, since we at TenEighty can’t get enough of organisation envy, her bookshelves are the absolute dream that we are now aspiring to.
George Lester’s channel is predominantly book-based, but also features the occasional pleasure of his singing and of chat about television shows. As well as regular reviews of books and haul videos, George has also created a range of videos on the importance of LGBTQ+ storylines and inclusion in books including some brilliant recommendations that we will be adding to our (frankly ever-growing) to-be-read shelf. And if you can’t get enough of George, don’t worry, he’s currently working on a novel that we’re very excited for!
Claire Fenby is truly an absolute delight to watch. Her videos are hugely useful for anyone studying English Literature, whether at A Level or higher, as she provides amazing reading lists and commentary on the various ways to read the texts. But don’t worry if you’re not studying English Lit, the videos are all very accessible and will give you a great place to start in a range of time periods and literary movements. Her Snapshots vlog series is also well worth checking out.
A books and arts journalist and children’s author, Anna James’s channel is fabulous whether you’re looking for children’s books, YA, or adult fiction. Her video style and the thumbnails and backgrounds she creates for the books she showcases are lovely, and make us wish our work space was that aesthetic and organised. (Maybe we should just go for organised at this point.) Not only that, her comments are always intelligent and interesting to hear.
Ben Alderson’s channel is thoroughly wonderful: he generally recommends books by genre which is super helpful for when you get The Urge for something specific. Like many members of this list, besides being a BookTuber Ben is also a writer, and his debut novel, Cloaked in Shadow, has just been released! So if you fancy a fantasy adventure story where the main characters are LGBTQ+ (of course you fancy it) check it out now.
Ranging from TBR monthly videos to cute vlogs to slam poetry, our very own Christy Ku’s channel has a whole range of enjoyable content. Recently, Christy took her viewers on a tour of a whole bunch of gorgeous (and cheap!) bookshops – once again, we’re having that bookshelf envy… can we just move into one of these shops please?!
(Also, check out her ASMR video. It’s worth it, we promise.)
Another one of our own, Nafisah Atcha creates book videos alongside makeup and lifestyle videos. We LOVE her video on self-development books – a niche which, though super important, is not wildly popular with everyone. However, these development books aren’t your traditional leave-your-life-behind-and-move-to-Florida – Nafisah has done an excellent job curating them and we can’t wait to see more book content from her in the future.
Well actually it isn’t as there are plenty more amazing BookTubers out there – in fact, tweet us your suggestions with the hashtag #SmallAndMighty. Or check out the tag to find the great ones already suggested. Happy reading and watching!
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