My Favourite BookTubers

BookTube, or the community of people on YouTube who primarily talk about books, is often posed as being in competition with traditional blogs; personally though, I still really enjoy watching certain BookTubers talk about what they’ve been reading, what they’d like to read, and completing tags. Here are a few of my favourites!

BookswithEmilyFox

Emily is a French Canadian BookTuber whose eclectic reading preferences and thorough review style appealed to me instantly. She often reviews SF/F, but she also switches it up with YA contemporary and literary fiction too. She has some really cool features on her channel, my favourite being her “try a chapter” videos.

 

BoundlessBooks

If there’s anyone on BookTube with reading tastes that are more similar to mine than Laura from BoundlessBooks, I haven’t yet come across them. Laura loves historical fantasy and Regency era stories, so I’m pretty much guaranteed to love her videos. She doesn’t have a ton of videos up but the ones she does have feature great reads and awesome editing.

 

InkBonesBooks

I’ve been watching Sanaa on BookTube for ages. Her videos are awesome: her reading tastes are similar to mine, and she’s smart, funny, and she’s an incredibly talented video editor to boot (so her vids are always pretty). It looks like she’s on hiatus but she has hundreds of videos for you to look through while you’re waiting for her triumphant return!

 

 Drinking By My Shelf

Emma’s channel is everything I love in this world: sassy book reviews of eclectic genres paired with alcoholic beverages. Honestly, what more do you need in this world? Emma mixes wacky cocktails to go with her book chats and also does 60 second review videos, both of which are highly entertaining.

 

 Thoughts on Tomes

Sam is the best! I love the format of her reviews, with her spoiler-free review and then an additional video discussing spoiler-y stuff (either a “gush” or a “gripe” video). Sam’s also been at the forefront of a number of thoughtful discussions about issues in the reading and reviewing community, and I love her take on things. She’s also a big supporter of queer literature so I’m all about that!

 

 SheMightBeMonica

Monica primarily reads and reviews YA, with a focus on representation of PoC and queer characters. Not only is she total aesthetic goals (that pink hair though!), she also makes gorgeous videos. Aside from bookish content, she also does travelogues and they’re amazing.

And those are my favourite BookTubers! All of them discuss SF/F at least some of the time, but they’ve also introduced me to some books I never would’ve heard of otherwise…and I love the creativity on their channels, too.

Do you watch BookTube? Who are your favourites? Do you have your own BookTube channel, or have you thought about starting one? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Oh man. Once i start watching book tubers, i get sucked in for the rest of the day! I have to check these out.

    • I’m the same way, Joy! There’s something about YouTube videos in general that just sucks me in.

  • I think I would like the drinking one, lol

  • Greg Hill

    Books and drinking are a good combo for me so I’ll definitely check out Emma’s videos lol. Kinda reminds me of tipsy Reader (author Jadah McCoy) although she doesn’t seem to do ’em anymore.

    I think I want shelves like Sam’s! #shelflove

    • Oooh, I’ve never heard of Jadah McCoy but I’m definitely going to look her stuff up now! Drinking and books is a deadly combo for me. 😉

      Hahaha, same here! I’m pretty sure she has a bookshelf tour up, and it’s the definition of bookshelf goals.

  • Thanks for these recommendations! I’ve been hoping to find more bloggers and/or Booktubers to follow 🙂 A couple of these I was already following but the rest are new! I’m a big fan of historical fantasy/Regency era books too, so BoundlessBooks’ channel in particular looks like a great fit for me.

    • Hooray! Oh man, if you like historical fantasy then you’re going to love Laura’s videos. She’s not a particularly consistent poster but her recommendations are top notch. I’m always on the hunt for more bookish things too — do you have any you’d recommend to me? 🙂

      • Hmm, well I feel like I’m out of the loop so I probably don’t know many that you aren’t already aware of! One of the Booktubers I started watching recently is Gintare at Book Roast, I’d recommend checking her channel out. Also, there have been some interesting posts at the Book Riot blog — since today was the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death they had a bunch of posts for Austenites (including a giveaway)!

        • Ooooh, okay I definitely need to check out those Austenite posts because I’m a proud fan! Haha. I haven’t heard of Gintare’s channel either, so I’m going to go take a look at her stuff now. Thanks for the recs!

  • I haven’t really checked out any booktubers yet, but I definitely need to get on that! Maybe you should think about starting a YouTube channel yourself! 😀

    • Uh oh, you’re in trouble! They can be so addictive…I’ve definitely spent hours watching them before. 🙈

      Hmmm, maybe I will one day!

  • I don’t really watch booktubers but man, you’ve convinced me! Some of these I’ll definitely go check out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes! Success! *fist pump* There are a lot of really cool BookTube channels out there — and quite a few speculative fiction-focused ones, too. I hope you enjoy them, Tammy! 🙂

  • I’ll sometimes randomly watch Booktube videos, but I have to admit they are super time consuming. And I can’t say I found any that I LOVE, so this list is perfectly, because apparently, I’ve been watching all the wrong YTbers! I’m excited to check these out!!

    • I hear ya on that one: I always seem to waste at least an hour of valuable reading time on BookTube videos when I sit down to watch “just one.” Whoops! 😂

      Hoooraaaaay! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these, hopefully there are a few you really enjoy. Personally I prefer smaller BookTube channels and I think there are a lot of interesting conversations happening in that community (that totally intersect with book blogging).

  • Karen

    I know I should watch more BookTubers but I get so bored. Maybe I haven’t found the right ones. I’ll give your list a try.

    For What It’s Worth

    • LOL I wish I had that problem! I can get sucked into them for ages, hahaha. Hopefully you find a new channel you enjoy from this post, Karen! 🙂

  • I subscribed to the folks I hadn’t heard of before (Emma and Laura). Booktubers are entertaining, and (depending on who you follow) can introduce some diverse reads and/or critical points in regards to popular stories. I do like how some Booktubers have been boosting POC and other marginalized groups’ perspectives on troublesome stories.

    • Hooray! Those are two of the “best of the best,” in my opinion. Like any bookish community that gets popular, there are some channels that are more entertainment than substance – which is totally cool but not really what I’m looking for. All of these people have thoughtful things to say about what they’re reading, and engage critically with books/publishing, and that’s why I love them! 🙂

  • Thank you for this post! I so needed this as I’ve not watched many Booktubers so far and was planning to watch some regularly 🙂 Your list totally helps me out!

    (P.S. Sorry about not visiting for so long! I’ve had exams and then was travelling and then was sick, the started my Postgrad degree and just aaaargghhh)

    • Yaaaaay, I’m so glad to hear it was useful for you Uma! I’ve found that in general, the “big” BookTubers aren’t for me and I know I’ve found similar lists from other bloggers helpful in finding people whose reading tastes are similar to mine.

      OMG same! Well, not with postgrad, but with graduating from grad school and joining the ~real world~ of work, life has been nuts. I’ll be coming by your blog later tonight though, so prepare for comments! 😉

  • For some reason I’ve never really watched any booktubers… I guess it’s not conducive to how I read blogs (often lying in bed with sleeping partner OR trying to get the kid to sleep!) and I can’t really do it at work in my spare minute or two between things… But you’ve now got me interested so I’m going to have to just see if I can find a bit of time on the weekend to squeeze in a couple of these because I just want to see….. I’d never be able to do it myself though. Eeek!

    • You know, I’ve never really thought of it in terms of *how* I blog/read blogs/consume bookish content but you’re definitely on to something here! I never watch BookTube and blogs at the same time or when I’m in the same moods — usually I watch it when I need to veg, and I tend to feel more engaged with the content when I’m reading a blog. And like you said, it’s not quite as stealthy as reading a blog unless you’ve got great headphones.

      I don’t think I could ever do it either! People in the YouTube comments can be really cruel.

  • I’ve only very recently started watching booktube, and so I’ve been on the look out for some good channels. I’ll definitely be checking out your suggestions! 🙂

    • Awesome, I hope you find some people you like on this list! Are there any channels you love that you’d recommend to me, Laura? 🙂

      • I’ve been watching a few of Ariel Bisset videos, and I believe she’s one of the more well known booktubers. And there’s one called Savidge Reads that my friend recommended to me that seems pretty good! 🙂
        I haven’t really found any yet though that I religiously follow, so I’m going to have to check out some more channels I think! I’ve mainly just been dipping my toe in the world of booktube so far 🙂

  • I’m actually not one for booktube. Like, I respect folks that do it because it’s impressive but I get bored watching others talking about books, I think because I’d like being able to do other things whilst learning about new books. It’s awesome actually hearing folks talking about books but I think podcasts work better for me in that way. I can listen to book raving and still walk the dog or sit on the train to work which is more difficult to do with videos. I might check these out, maybe there’s something I’m missing and don’t realise, that happens to me a lot.

    • That’s a really good point! I usually read blogs while watching trash TV in the background (although admittedly sometimes I get legit sucked into the trash TV shows, hahaha) and I definitely can’t do that while watching BookTube videos. It’s really good for when I want to paint my nails though, because I can just queue up a whole bunch and they auto-play while my nails dry.

      I definitely don’t think I could do it either, putting your face online like that can be such a risk with all the horrible people lurking in the comments section!

      • No I always get sucked into trash tv and that’s why blog catch up takes 3 days instead of a couple of hours. I have good intentions though! Book tube and painting nails sounds like a good plan though. I always end up trying to read or something stupid and fail epically. I’ve learnt physical.books are a bad idea at least.

  • I’m a big booktube fan, in fact I used to be a booktuber. I love all of the people you mentioned, and also NayaReadsAndSmiles and BooksAndLala, who are both so lovely. Great list! <3
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/