My Favorite BookTubers

Hello! Happy Tuesday!

I haven’t really talked about what influenced me to start a book blog. Besides the obvious love for books, and wanting to talk about them, I watch BookTube videos. It’s essentially the same thing as blogging, but with videos. I knew I didn’t have enough confidence or determination to make videos but I knew that I was capable of having a blog. I definitely don’t regret starting my blog. It’s still a whole learning process for me, but I’m still enjoying my time writing blog posts about books but also writing and art as well.

In today’s post, I wanted to share with you all some of the BookTubers that I love to watch, and that inspires me to read and start this blog.

Let me know down in the comments what inspired you to make your blog, and if you watch BookTube, who are your favorites! ***


**Links to their YouTube channels are in their name**

InsaneReader: Although he doesn’t post many videos as of recent, I still enjoy watching his videos. Caleb is very passionate about the books he reads, and he has this energy that is totally relatable. He’s also pretty energetic in his videos which makes it more entertaining to watch.

Paperbackdreams: This channel is run by Kat. She’s very awkward and random but very funny and passionate. When she has thoughts about a book, she puts a lot of thought into it, and if she doesn’t like a book, she gives examples of why she doesn’t but also gives credit to the side that might enjoy it.

Emmabooks: This channel is made by Emma. She reads a lot of different types of books, and a lot every month, and has thorough thoughts about each on that she reads. She has a lot of recommendation videos, especially pertaining to mental health.

Kate Pfeil: Kate reads a lot of different books, and usually, it’s books that most of booktube doesn’t talk about or read. It’s refreshing to watch her videos because she reads all different kinds of books, and to get new book ideas.

BooksandLala: Kayla or Lala is a very popular booktuber, and she mostly reads newer books, but she is very honest in her responses to the books she reads. She gives both sides of the book, and the reasons whether she likes books or not. She also does interesting challenges, some to push herself to read the books on her TBR shelf and try new things

Sunset

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I drew this as an assignment for my Fundamentals class that I took a few years ago. As most of my artwork I’ve shown about this class is about lines. So, I drew a sunset using lines to guide the eyes to show the horizon and a girl looking out to see it and look at the water. When I was younger I used to go up north and look out towards the water, and I could sit there for hours, and the sunset was always beautiful.

Chocolate Book Tag

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I am busy studying for finals but I decided to do a fun, quick tag for all of you.


51stviwczzl-_sx338_bo1204203200_Dark Chocolate — A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death, etc)

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. I know I talk about this book a lot, but I love it so much. It handles a lot of difficult topics, like drugs, abuse, a lot of heavy topics, but it’s so raw and it’s amazing. Go read it.

Review

51dQBC7HcaL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_White Chocolate — Your favorite light-hearted/humorous read

I don’t talk about this a lot, but A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman is a very good book. It’s about this old man trying to protect his neighborhood, but he’s a grumpy old man but it’s almost like the cutesy old man type. He develops a relationship with his neighbors after his wife dies and it’s just light-hearted and funny at some times.

Review

29589074Milk Chocolate — A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. I’ve heard nothing but very good things about this book, and I wanted to pick it up last semester but I kinda pushed it away and never got to it. I hopefully will this summer.

 

81dZd9aMhjLChocolate with a caramel center — Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

This is probably A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. There were different parts in it that I was getting all giddy about it because it was so cute. There was a part that I didn’t expect to happen and my mouth fell open lol.

 

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Wafer-free Kit-Kat — Name a book that surprised you lately

Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare. I don’t really read poetry books that often because I feel like that they are similar in ways that just make them seem just okay. This poetry book, however, is different than anything I have ever read, and it was really refreshing. It’s about finding yourself, friendships, heartbreaks because of those friendships and life in general. It was something I didn’t know I needed.

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Snickers — A book that you are going nuts about

Honestly, probably Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston. This book is definitely worth its hype right now. I pre-ordered a copy after my ARC of it, and I probably will re-read it. Also, it comes out today, so happy book birthday!

Review

 

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows — What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

I don’t really know, I’m not the type of person to re-read books that often so I can’t think of anything that would comfort me.

220px-Six_of_Crows_by_Leigh_Bardugo_book_coverBox of chocolates — What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

This is a duology but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It has different types of characters that bring each other together in order to finish out Kaz’s plan. The characters all have backstories and the world building is very complex but it isn’t too hard to understand that you’ll get confused.

My Mother

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to post this picture of her. I painted her when I was a senior in high school. It’s a little wonky, but it’s pretty dang close to what she looks like. I am incredibly proud of how this turned out.

Books That Have a Male Protagonist

Hello! Happy Tuesday, I hope your week is starting off well!

I notice that a lot of YA books have a lot of focus on female characters, I know that sometimes when it’s a romance, it has both, but even then it usually focuses on the female main character. So, I wanted to pick out of a few books that focus on the male characters for the majority of the book. 

As I was looking through the books with a male main character, I noticed that more than half of the novels had taken place in a different setting other than a typical school. They had different worlds or plotlines of dystopian or utopian settings, which I found really interesting. Something that didn’t really surprise me though is that more than half of the authors were male, but I feel like that is fairly common. Authors usually (not all the time) write their main characters using their own gender. 


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookHarry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

As most of you know, Harry Potter is based upon his life in a world of wizards. So this is an obvious one, but  I thought it would be nice to add it to this list.

512-aldvAsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns by John Green

This book follows Quentin or Q, who is in search of finding his neighbor Margo. He notices that she has left behind clues in order to find where she went. I think this is another book that it’s nice to see a male character, and not only that but Q has male friends, so it’s mostly just a group of guys, which is a nice change as well.

7766027I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This book takes place is Jasper or Jazz’s perspective. This isn’t a typical young adult novel. Jazz’s father has been imprisoned for being a serial killer, which allows Jazz to be motivated to help the local Police Department when a new serial killer comes around. I think this book has a nice twist of character and plot, and it has a male protagonist.

51NzrYog-7L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I feel like this book is fairly popular but for those who aren’t familiar, this book has a male main character named Wade. He enters a virtual utopia name OASIS and decides to figure out puzzles in order to win. I think this another example of a well written YA novel with a male lead.

 

518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Henry or also Monty sets on a quest called The Grand Tour of Europe where he brings along his friend Percy and sister Felicity. During this trip, Monty’s recklessness brings them trouble along the way. This novel is very fun to read and has LGBT romance within it so I think that it’s something to consider when choosing the next book to read.

19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Aaron is trying to find happiness after a tragedy happens. He tries to move on with the help of his girlfriend, Genevieve, and his friend Thomas. But there’s something about Thomas that confuses him about himself and for his future. Aaron is determined to fix it by going to the Leteo Institution. I think this is an interesting novel about diverse themes, like mental health or LGBT views. 

9780440414803_mresHoles by Louis Sachar

This story is about Stanley who is said to be under a curse. He is sent to an all-boys detention center where the warden makes them dig holes all day. It’s an interesting story to read about because it takes place essentially in the middle of nowhere but there’s a lot of character development and has a male main character.

514hIkoe-JL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This book tackles a lot of heavy topics because a good majority of where it takes place is in a psychiatric hospital. This is because Craig, the main character is suicidal, and attempts suicide and is placed inside the hospital to seek. I saw this book as a more positive book for mental health because instead of Craig being miserable and wanting to leave, he takes it as he can change. I think it’s also important in having a male main character in these kinds of situations because men have mental illnesses too.

71LkLmxqgjLEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Although this novel is in dual perspective switching between Eleanor and Park, I think it is more for Park to be the main character especially at the end of the book. This is just kind of realistic expectations of unexpected friends and then to this sort of romance. In this high school sort of scenario, I think it’s important to have a male main character because I feel that most high school novels are written in female perspective most of the time and it’s nice to have a boys perspective of things.

SummonerNoviceThe Novice by Taran Matharu

I think this book is fairly similar to Harry Potter, so there isn’t much for me to elaborate on. Fletcher has learned he can summon demons, and enters a Military Academy in order how to control summoning and other skills. I think that Fletcher adds a nice touch because he’s new to the whole summoning thing but if I remember correctly he knows some things about it or is aware of it. So he learns how to control it but not is completely out of the loop.

Writing Prompt #7

Prompt: Write a story in all dialogue. 


“Order Up!”

“Can you cover for me tonight?”

“What is it for this time? Your man needs some loving or whatever?”

“My baby is sick. You know, not everything is about Hunter.”

“Only if it’s for your child. Not that low-life.”

“Here’s your pancakes, sir.”

“More coffee too.”

“You got it.”

“I’m tired of this place anyways, sometimes my baby is my only excuse to get outta here.”

“I got a life too. A loving husband, children.”

“Hah, doubt you’d spend time with them anyway. You’d be too busy playing whatever card game that could land you money.”

“Here’s some more coffee. How’re the pancakes?”

“They’re fine.”

“Oh, honey.”

“What?”

“Don’t tell me you’re gonna have another one.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Another one in there.”

“Oh! Of course not! What makes you think that?”

“Have you seen your ankles? You’re on your feet all day, as am I. But my ankles don’t look like that. That’s what happened when you were having your first one.”

“That’s silly. I haven’t had time to have sex since I’ve been working and the baby.”

“You trying to tell me that you’re boyfriend hasn’t been pleaded you to have sex with him when he shows up drunk, or whatever the hell he’s been on?”

“Rosie, I know you don’t like him but Hunter isn’t a bad guy. I mean we might have had sex a few weeks ago, or whatever. I can’t afford another one right now anyway.”

“Welcome, what can I grab you to drink?

“Water.”

“Water.”

“Root Beer.”

“No, honey, you can’t have that. He’ll take water.”

“I’ll get that for you.”

“Just because you can’t afford another one, doesn’t mean you aren’t pregnant.”

“Once I deliver these drinks, I’m outta here.” 

“I’ll take over but you gotta get tested. Molly, you can’t go walking around anymore ignoring it after today. Go to the drugstore and pick up one on your way home.”

“Whatever, I guess I’ll stop.”

“Molly, you know better.”

“Bye, Rosie. Have a good night. I’ll see you tomorrow!”

“Crazy ass girl, I tell you.”

 

 

Eeyore

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This is another piece that I made with the help of DragoArt. Similarly to the Winnie the Pooh drawing I made, this was a little bit more difficult to draw. The old pencil lines are barely just visible because I remember having to erase a bunch of times just to get this drawing right. This one is one of my favorites from when I drew a lot, way back when.