Getting the Most Out of Goodreads

  1. Create more shelves than just the ones that are automatically there! “Shelves” are one of the best and most helpful things about Goodreads! Check out alllllll my many shelves on my Goodreads for ideas or feel free to think up your own!
  2. Don’t just add books you’ve read to your “read” shelf, but actually rate and review them!
  3. Explore Goodreads lists and recommendations to get ideas for books to add to your TBR list!
  4. Add friends – if you see a review you like or if you just stumble on somebody who seems to have impeccable taste, add them as a friend!

Do you have any tips to get more out of Goodreads? Let me know!

Cleaning Out My Subscriptions on Youtube

I currently have a whopping 398 subscriptions on Youtube – way too many to actually watch all their videos and honestly, just way too many to keep track of at all.

So, today, I’m going to be cleaning out my Youtube subscriptions – I’ll be checking each channel, making sure it’s an active user, making sure I actually do enjoy their videos, and just making sure they’re people who I genuinely want to be subscribed to.

I’m going to go do all that now, and then I’ll return to this post when I’m finished.

Whew, that took a while to go through. I went from 398 subscriptions to only 68! Now I’m actually only following the people I care about watching videos from.

If you want to see who I’m subscribed to, check out my youtube channel.

Favorite Booktubers: Well-known and Small Booktubers

Today’s post is going to be sharing my favorite booktubers. I’ve divided them into two categories: well-known booktubers (booktubers who consistently get thousands of views on their videos) and Small Booktubers (booktubers who consistently get less than a thousand views on their videos). I usually find new/small booktubers by either checking out people who have commented on a video by a more popular booktuber and seeing if they have a channel, or by searching a general term (like “August Wrap-up”) and sorting the search results by “most recent” and just clicking on the ones that look most interesting! I linked to the Youtube channel of everyone mentioned below, so go ahead and check them out if you haven’t already!

My favorite well-known booktubers:

My Favorite Small Booktubers

That’s it for my lists of my favorite Booktubers! Do you watch videos on Booktube? If so, who are some of your favorite Booktubers? Let me know!

Booktube: What are your favorite kinds of videos?

I think a lot of us in the book-blogging world are also fans of the Booktube community on Youtube, where users make book-related videos such as book reviews, book hauls, reading wrap-ups and TBRs, etc.

A lot of the types of videos are similar to the types of posts we post on our book blogs, but what are your favorite kind to watch in video form?

I personally love monthly wrap-up videos, where a booktuber goes through all the books they’ve read that month and tells whether or not they liked each book and gives a little synopsis of each book as well.

Do you watch videos on Booktube? What made you want to start a book blog rather than a Booktube account, making videos instead? Let me know your thoughts!

P.S. I actually have a Youtube channel that I’ve been thinking more and more about turning into a Booktuber channel, but I’ve currently only got one book-related video up (it’s a review of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but not a particularly good review, if I’m being honest – check out my review of it on my blog instead). But if you want to help support me, feel free to subscribe to my channel or comment on my latest book-related video and hopefully there will be more videos coming very soon!

“Own Voices” Books and Why They’re Important

I’ve been reading book blogs and watching Booktube videos for a while now, and there’s been a few times when I’ve come across the term “own voices” in reference to books. At first, I was confused about what that term entailed so now I’m making a post about it just in case anyone else is similarly confused about the term.

Basically, “own voices” books are books that feature minorities (POC, LGBT+, etc.) and are also written by minorities themselves. So just because a white guy writes about a gay black teenager, that doesn’t make it an “own voices” novel, it has to be written by the same type of minority it’s written about.

Own voices books are important because they ensure that 1. we’re not only hearing stories from old white men, and 2. that we’re getting an accurate portrayal of a minority’s experiences, rather than a minority’s experience as thought up by a white man.

If you want to read more about why Own Voices books are important, here’s a really good blog post I found about the topic.

I hope this helped solidify the meaning and purpose of Own Voices books for anyone who might have been confused! Do you agree that Own Voices books are important? Let me know what you think!

Books That I Want to Re-read

I have a shelf on goodreads titled “want-to-reread,” full of books that I really want to get around to reading for a second time. I decided to share some of the books that I want to re-read here. I’m only going to include some of the books from my Goodreads shelf since there’s about 80 books total… So if you want to see a more comprehensive list, check out my Goodreads! Have you read any of these books, or do you want to re-read any of the same books I do? Let me know!

Books I want to re-read:

  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Rating: ★★★★★

Review:

Wow, what can I say. I just finished this book today and all I can say is that it’s a masterpiece, it’s beautiful, it’s everything I could have asked for in a book.

The story begins with a boy, Theo, who loses his mom in a terrible accident and then follows Theo as he grows up and is forced to deal with loss, in different ways, time and time again.

First of all, Theo is the perfect kind of character that makes the reader want to follow his story – he’s likeable, but not too likeable; he’s normal but not too normal.

Although this is a pretty big book – almost 1,000 pages in the mass market paperback edition – I didn’t find it to be slow or hard to get through at all. In fact, I read this much faster than I usually read books – I’m a painfully slow reader, sadly.

Even though I just read it, this is the type of book that you want to read again and again just to squeeze out everything you can possibly get out of it.

Of course, I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s not one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, books of all-time.

Have you read this book? Did you like it? What did you think? Let me know!

My Favorite Book Blogs

I feel like I have now established a considerable amount of book reviews, but in case you’re still wanting more, here’s a list of some of my favorite book blogs!

  1. Paper Fury
  2. Arctic Books
  3. Kourtni Reads
  4. The Literary Huntress
  5. Cornerfolds
  6. Happy Indulgence
  7. Darque Dreamer Reads
  8. Virtually Read
  9. It Starts At Midnight
  10. Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

There you go, those are my top 10 book blogs I’m currently following! What are your favorite book blogs? Let me know!

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Rating: ★★★★★

Review:

This clever book is a kind of a memoir slash graphic novel slash comic book that’s essentially a coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in Iran.

I really enjoyed this book and found it really interesting and thought-provoking. Although it sort of appears to be a light-hearted read, it gets into some serious stuff at times and really gives you some perspective.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to both young adult readers and adults alike.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!