It’s World Book Day in the UK and Ireland.
You know what that means: it’s time for us to celebrate all that we love about books! Whether you prefer soft cover or hard cover, YA fiction or something a bit more academic, there’s so much to love about books. In case you were unaware, there’s a whole section of YouTube dedicated to one’s love of the written word, called BookTube. There are numerous creators making videos on the reg about genres, writing – anything you can think of that would fall under the book umbrella. Last year, we highlighted nine of our favourite BookTubers and this year we thought we’d share with you 10 more.
Here they are, 10 more BookTubers you need to check out! (You’ll want to bookmark these channels.)
We’re kicking off our list with a BookTuber who has somehow managed to balance her YouTube career with her studies as a PhD student: Jean Menzies. Jean has been making videos on YouTube for years and they range from her sharing her favourite reads to offering viewers an insight into her life as a PhD student.
What we love most about her channel is that we consistently see her pushing herself in the content she reads. She doesn’t stick to one genre or time period, and we can also go to her if we’re in need of a good book. Oh, and can we say her bookshelves are to die for? She recently did a tour of them and it’s still one of our favourite videos on her channel. They’re SUCH goals!
We’re going to call Mercedes Mills the Queen of Book Hauls. Why, might you ask? Because the majority of the videos on her channel are her showing off the latest reads she’s added to her bookshelves. Mercedes’ channel is a mix of book hauls and reviews, so it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll have a list of books to read by the time you’re done exploring it. As well, we love how passionate she gets when talking about her favourites – we seriously can’t get enough!
If you’re looking for something a bit more personable, she also sits down from time-to-time to chat with her followers about what’s going on in her life. One video we enjoyed in particular was her chat about whether or not she fell out of love with reading.
A Frolic Through Fiction
If you want to watch someone who’s passion for reading knows no bounds, then we highly suggest subscribing to Ashleigh of A Frolic Through Fiction. Ashleigh has been reading for as long as she can remember and has been sharing her love for it on YouTube for just over two years. Her videos are a blend of chats about books to more stationery-related content. Need inspiration about how to set up a bullet journal? She’s got your back. Looking for a chill vlog to watch? She’s filmed a few of those.
Currently, she’s re-reading the Harry Potter series and taking her viewers along for the journey. She’s finished reading the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets, with her video about the Prisoner of Azkaban set to be released in the near future. As huge Harry Potter fans, we’re always up for watching videos related to the series, and we have a feeling this is going to be one of the better ones!
a beautiful chaos of books
We love when different video styles and themes come together, which is why we love Nicole of a beautiful chaos of books. She’s a BookTuber who blends the genre with other sections of YouTube and the results are pretty great. While she uploads the typical reviews and hauls you’d expect, she also branches out. She’s uploaded reactions and challenges, sat down for some chatty videos, and recently participated in Bookmas. (It’s like Vlogmas, but for book lovers.) Honestly, we’d try to pin down a favourite video, but there’s just so many good ones!
We love the personality Nicole brings to her channel and we definitely feel she’ll be one of the fastest growing BookTubers of 2019. Don’t sleep on her content. You’ll regret it.
Lucy Powrie is someone we’ve been wanting to properly spotlight for a while. Her channel is essentially a book lover’s heaven, filled to the brim with videos that recommend everything from classics to some great YA fiction. What we love most about her videos is how in-depth she gets when talking about them. For example, we learnt so much from what she had to say about Jane Eyre that we re-read it ourselves! She’s also the founder of the popular #UKYAChat, which we suggest you frequent if you’re looking to meet some fellow book fans who are just as passionate as you are!
In July 2018, Lucy announced that she’d signed a three-book deal with Hachette’s Children’s Group. The first of the novels, The Paper & Hearts Society, is set for release on 13 June and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. You can bet we’ve already ordered our copy.
If there’s a channel we visit when we’re in need of a nice and relaxed chat about books, it’s definitely Simon Savidge‘s. We can always be assured that with each video we’ll be treated to oodles upon oodles of recommendations. Each month, he uploads a book haul, where he shares with us what he’s purchased, as well as wrap-up videos, where he fills us in on what he’s read over the past 30 days or so.
We also love how often Simon’s mother features in his videos. She’s such a sweetie and we love the chats these two get up to. They look like they have so much fun filming together. Who else votes for her to start her own channel?
With videos about books, vlogs about her life and everything in between, Lauren Wade had us hooked from the get-go. Lauren’s been making videos on YouTube for a few years now and has managed to grow a tight-knit and loving community with her content and lovely personality. Her book-related videos primarily are comprised of book reviews, which are excellent if you’re looking to see if that book you’ve been eyeing is really worth a read. As well, she’s always up for sharing her opinions on what books to take when going on holiday, which is super useful if you’re like us and are terrible at making decisions.
Looking for more? She’s uploaded many a travel vlog, which have left us with an itch to plan out our next vacation, and she’s filmed numerous vlogs, which feature everything from her training to complete the London Marathon for Refuge (she surpassed her fundraising goal!) to some sit down chats with the people she loves most.
Casey Ann books
Did you know Casey Ann was a YouTube NextUp winner back in 2016? It’s true! It’s how we first discovered her channel, and we’re incredibly glad we did because it’s become one of our all-time favourites! Casey’s content ranges from book hauls and travel vlogs, to unboxing videos and everything else under the sun. While she might not upload as regularly as we would hope (she’s a busy bee), we always get excited when we see her face pop up in our sub boxes, and we know you will too!
Sure, there are numerous BookTube channels that feature just one creator, but we’ve always thought “the more, the merrier” sounded pretty good. That’s why we’ve recently become huge fans of Laura and Amy, who are known on YouTube as TwoPaperGirls. These two came together to share with viewers their love of books and we love the dynamic between them. Whether they’re hosting a BookTube-A-Thon or sharing tips on how to get yourself out of a reading slump, they let their friendship shine through with each upload.
It’s been a wee while since these two have uploaded, but we’re keeping our fingers-crossed that they’ll one day grace us with a new video. We love the enthusiasm they bring to the genre and we need them back in our lives!
Closing out our list is Hannah Tay, whose channel always leaves us itching to head to the bookshop and pick up something new to read. Whether you’re looking for some haul videos or are more interested in hearing her thoughts on her recent reads, Hannah’s got your back. Her videos cover everything from classics you’d find yourself reading whilst in secondary school English to new favourites that everyone’s been buzzing about, so it’s guaranteed you’ll find something that piques your interest.
While Hannah’s channel primarily features videos related to BookTube, there are also many more goodies to find as you go back in her catalogue. She’s uploaded travel vlogs, sit down videos and she even had a series called Tay Talks, where she chatted with her viewers about her favourite books and whatever was going through her mind at that particular moment!
So there you have it…
10 more BookTubers you need to subscribe to this instant! We don’t think there’s a better way to celebrate World Book Day than to discover people who are just as obsessed with the written word as you are. Who are some of your favourite BookTubers? Be sure to send us a tweet to @TenEightyUK and let us know! We’d love to add some new faces to our sub boxes.
Want more BookTube? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
- Nine BookTubers You Need To Check Out
- BookTube Panel at Summer in the City 2018
- BookTube Panel at Summer in the City 2017
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