With everything going on in the world at the moment and the majority of us stuck at home, it’s nice to know BookTubers are out to help those who are not used to being at home this often.
How many of us have said we’re going to try and read more books with all this spare time we have at the moment? Or, better yet, how many of us have decided we’ll launch our own BookTube channel or Bookstagram account? Well, if this is something you aren’t used to or you’ve found yourself staring at your bookshelf with a very blank expression, we’ve got the right people to help!
We here at TenEighty HQ are pretty big BookTube fans, so much so that the majority of our watch history is just videos about books and readathons. That’s why we thought we were the perfect ones to recommend some of our favourite BookTubers helping us through self-isolation. If you’re in need of something to read, they’ve got your back!
Hailey in Bookland
Hailey LeBlanc has been on YouTube for five years and is constantly uploading amazing book content. With this lockdown in place around the world, she’s got some amazing videos going up. From Top Tips to Working at Home for those who are not used to it, to amazing bookshelf tours for inspirational shelfies, there’s so much content to digest! But it’s her latest video that’s incredibly relatable.
In Books I Might Finally Get To Because I’m Stuck Inside Anyways, Hailey gives us her list of books that have been on her shelf for a very long time. (Or books she’s tried to get to a few times, but struggles with after a few pages.) She’s very positive about getting through her books with all the spare time she (and all of us) now find ourselves with. We don’t know about you all, but we’re inspired to dust off and read those books that have been with us for years.
Jade Ratley is a British BookTuber who is incredibly creative. Her weekly reading vlogs are addictive to watch when it isolation and are great for time killing, as there are around 85 of them. She’s great at motivating us to stop procrastinating – although it’s very easy to do at this time – and do something productive, like reading! Or play Animal Crossing…
However, her Trivial Pursuit To Be Read (TBR) videos are a brilliant way at choosing books to read over the next month, especially when you’re trying to work your way through your ever-growing TBR pile. They’re incredibly creative by mixing the classic game with choosing your next book. Each triangle “cheese piece” relates to a different kind of book, and the goal is to try and fill your “cheese wheel” with different kinds. It’s motivation to stop reading your favourite book over and over again.
Regan Peruse is the definition of a remarkable reader! She often gets through 500+ pages a week, most of those being huge epic fantasy books that most people would be terrified of. Alongside her fantasy recommendations, her TBR and Wrap Up videos, and her addictive reading vlogs, Regan also does regular favourites videos. Being a very stylish person, it’s lovely to know what her favourite fashion and beauty products are, along with her favourite books.
If fantasy books and fashion videos aren’t your thing, Regan recently uploaded her Stuck at Home Recommendations, which has a huge array of genres and difficulty level of books. There’s certainly something on the list for anyone and everyone!
Sanne Vliegenthart is amazing, as she always has a massive array of books in her recommendation videos – even books that are not considered popular! She often includes amazing backstories behind each one, whether they’re on their own or are amazing retellings. Her previous work experience in the publishing industry really shines through in her videos with the amount of detail she goes into. This experience also means she has videos specifically for those of us who would love to one day work in the industry.
One of her most recent videos, Reading Apocalyptic Books in Times Like These, goes into extreme detail explaining why she’s still reaching toward her favourite genre with all the madness going on in the world at the moment. It might even change your mind on how you feel about being stuck at home. She also gives some recommendations for books that do match the genre, but is very clear about how they may not be great for everybody.
If you enjoy sarcastic humour with a hint of trying to stay positive, then you’ll love Kat from paperbackdreams. Her videos aren’t flashy, but she’s very blunt with her humour and outlook on the world. There’s an odd normality to her videos, as they haven’t changed much from her regular uploads since this whole pandemic happened.
Our favourite quote from the video above? “Whilst everyone was out panic buying toilet paper, I went to the bookstore.” Is there any better quote to describe a BookTuber? Brilliant.
So there you have it…
Some BookTubers to check out while you’re stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re in need of a new book to read, some motivation or are simply looking for new creators to watch, we’re sure this list will fulfill all your needs!
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