BY CHARLOTTE COOK
YouTube has an active community of vloggers, artists and personalities for almost everything or occasion – makeup, music, gaming and even colouring. Of course, it’s only fair that books have their own respective corner in the YouTube world, and these are some of the lovely ladies making some of the best bookish content out there.
Jean Menzies from Bookish Thoughts
PhD Classics student, book reviewer and all-round literary princess. Jean is crazy clever, but down to Earth and reads a huge variety of books from classics to contemporary fiction and graphic novels. If you like “banging your feminist drum”, then you should definitely check out her Feminist Orchestra book club!
Watch her if you’re interested in classical fiction and feminism – or if you just enjoy a delightful Scottish accent.
Booktube pretty much begins and ends with Jen Campbell, most likely because she’s so well-read and lovable. Jen is a published author and poet, with great taste in fiction and poetry of all kinds. She has a series of children’s books currently in the making which are no doubt going to be amazing. Plus, her dog, Lola, is so adorable.
Watch her if you’re a fan of magical realism, fairy-tale retellings and a good old cup of tea.
Mercedes Mills from Mercy’s Bookish Musings
Mercy is the certified queen of book hauls. If there were ever such a thing as retail jealousy, Mercy’s channel would embody it. She’s always chirpy and friendly, but her reviews are straight-talking and on point. If I’m ever thinking of which book I should buy next, her channel is my first stop!
Watch her if you want some awesome reviews and mouth-watering hauls.
The popularity of Young Adult fiction has blown up over the past few years, and if you jumped on the YA bandwagon then India’s channel is definitely one for you. She’s super bubbly and keeps her videos short and snappy. If you’re looking for a YA recommendation, then definitely check out her monthly wrap-ups where she chats about the books she read that month. She’s also re-reading the Harry Potter series (for a bonus side order of nostalgia!)
Watch her if you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction and want to relive some Hogwarts memories.
Lauren Whitehead from Reads and Daydreams
Lauren is just a beacon of bookish joy, with a lovely smile and infectious laugh. Of course, no badass lady booktuber is complete without a good dose of literary love and Lauren has plenty of it. Her “Page to Screen” series is also a great way to get a double-whammy book and movie recommendation.
Watch her if you’re a fan of a good classic book analysis with some movie adaptations thrown in – oh, and if you need to smile!
On the other side of the Earth is the lovely Sophie Carlon, an Australian booktuber with a great sense of humour. She makes book hauls, reviews and tags with a smattering of vlogs which are always welcome as she has such a kick-ass personality (and a snake, to boot!). Possibly the most underrated booktuber out there!
Watch her for some seriously funny reviews and an occasional shot of a serpent (her name is Abbey).
Who are your favorites? Leave them in a comment below.
Charlotte Cook is a journalist, poet and strident shark defender. Having just graduated from University with a BA in Philosophy, you will most likely spot her writing about feminism, sex and culture - all whilst accompanied by a cup of tea and a heap of books. You can find her on Twitter @charlotte__cook, or peruse her blog: www.charl-cook.blogspot.co.uk