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

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Blogiversary!

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Hello! I’m excited to share with you all with exciting news! I’ve officially been blogging for an entire year! I’m so thankful for everyone who has visited my blog. I also truly appreciate all of my followers who stick with me while I grow and improve within this blog! 

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To celebrate I wanted to ask all of you to comment with questions for a Q&A for my blog post next Tuesday. You can send me any questions book-related or personal, it doesn’t matter to me. Also, let me know if you want me to create a video of me answering these questions or make a written blog post!

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Besides the Q&A, if you have any suggestions for blog posts or any posts you want to see more of or have any other comments you have about my blog, please comment or contact me!

 

First Sentence Challenge

Hello! I hope you all have been having a great week. I have decided to do a harder challenge for myself, and test how well I really know my books. I wanted to do this challenge not only test myself but also make a video for it. I found it hard to make it as a post because a transcript of what was happening seemed boring and awkward to write a play by play.

So, I decided to create a video with my boyfriend, Eric helping me do this challenge. I also have been feeling as though my blog posts haven’t grasped my sense of personality the way I want others to view me. I think it gets hidden within my writing style so I felt that doing a video would bring out my personality more but also be able to do this challenge and make it so it’s not boring as just a blog post.

I want to make myself clear if the video quality isn’t very good because this is my first attempt to make a video with my camera. I have taken pictures for my blog with it but never video, so setting up audio, editing, and such have been very new with me but I still wanted to allow myself to learn.

I also had an issue while filming; I lost some footage, and I cannot figure out why so the last half of the video will be of us wearing different clothing and different lighting because I wanted to finish the challenge for you guys. 

**This sort of challenge is not my own, I have watched many videos of other people doing the First Sentence Challenge. Please let me know what you think and comment below if you want to see more videos!**

With that long ramble, I hope you enjoy this video:

If You Like This Book, Then You’ll Like…

Hello! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I’ve been meaning to make a post like this for a while now, and here it is! I’m going to be talking about books that you might like based on books you might have read.

Also a little note: I decided to get rid of the Book Haul tab, but the previous book hauls will be underneath the Monthly Wrap-up tab. From now on I will include and books I have obtained in recent months, and in the future in the Wrap-up posts.

**If you have any other recommendations or any others you would like to add, please leave a comment!!**


81dZd9aMhjLIf you like this: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: A year after 9/11, Shirin is still enduring the backlash the tragic event has caused because she’s Muslim. She keeps to herself and hangs out with her brother until she meets Ocean, a boy who goes to her school and changes her perspective about people.

915XZDoqAQLThen you’ll like: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

Summary: In stories told in the past and present of the September 11th attack on the twin towers, two girls tell their stories about their experiences. Jesse’s story leads to talk about the aftermath of the attack and the death of her brother. Alia’s story is told during the happenings on the attack, trying to escape, along with a boy she decides to trust.

These books talk about the horrific event of 9/11 and how others have had to deal with the result and hatred towards those of Muslim culture. The messages throughout both of these novels send a positive message regardless of the negativity.


91TZV+xgSsLIf you like this: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Summary: Beatrice and her friend group were the cool kids, until Jim, Beatrice’s boyfriend dies. Beatrice returns hoping to uncover the deep truths of what happened with Jim’s death. As she returns, her friends invite her to stay a night in the seaside estate, but something goes wrong when they hear a knock on the door. A man appears and tells them they’ve entered a Neverworld Wake, and they must decide who will live and die to escape.

27833670Then you’ll like: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Summary: Jason Dessen is out celebrating one night, and all of a sudden he’s kidnapped. He then realizes that he can travel through alternate parallels through this box. He must find a way to make it to his real universe in order to go back to his original life. 

Although these books are different the concept of reliving the same day and switching through universes, I think, is very similar. So if you enjoyed Neverworld Wake, you will probably enjoy Dark Matter. Even the reading experiences for me were quite similar, having me guess and kept me on the edge of my seat.


71Ha8X7iAjLIf you like this: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Summary: Aristotle is upset about his life and his outlook is quite unusual. He meets Dante at the public pool and instantly become friends. Together they discover themselves and the important things about life.

28919058.jpgThen you’ll like: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Summary: Tanner moves to Utah and is nearly graduated from high school. His friend Autumn convinces him to join a seminar where he must write a book in four months. He’s unsure in the beginning but when he meets Sebastian, he changes his mind and starts coming back out the closet.

These two novels are similar because they question who they want to be but also find love along the way. Both of these are very cute and fun to read.


milkIf you like this: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Summary: A poem collection about love, loss, feminity, abuse, and other heavy topics.

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Then you’ll like: Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare

Summary: A poem collection about ruined friendships, good and evil, and self-exploration.

These collections are similar but also focus on different things. I find it hard to explain poetry novels because I think it’s better to go in with very little knowledge. If you want more poetry if you’ve read Milk and Honey, you won’t regret picking up Water Runs Red.


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookIf you like this: Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Summary: After his parents die, Harry must live with his terrible relatives. One day, a man named Hagrid came to tell him he’s a wizard and will attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and learn magic and spells.

SummonerNoviceThen you’ll like: The Novice by Taran Matharu

Summary: Fletcher, a blacksmith apprentice discovers he can summon demons. After his realization, he attends Adept Military Academy to learn how to summon demons but also train to fight against orcs. He gets caught in some dangers leading him to rely on Ignatius, his demon. 

When I read the Novice it reminded me of Harry Potter because of the training inside the academy but also Pokemon because with the summoning. The premises are different but they do have some similarities that might be appealing if you have read the Harry Potter series.

Do I Have That Book Tag

1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?

I have the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi so any of those

2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?

It’s not very clear, but We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

Yes, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

I have Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

After searching, the first one I found was New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

6. Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?

I might, I don’t have access to check this book for confirmation but I believe that Clockwork Princess is a Mass Market Paperback

7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

I don’t own books that have the pen name but I do own books of the authors that have used pen names before, like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King

8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

I do. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. 

9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

This might be cheating but Throne of Glass has a map on two pages, but it’s just a connecting map

10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

The Six of Crows duology is turning into a TV show, but it’s not currently out

11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality…)

I do, I have one called Gmorning, Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda

12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

The only one I can think of is Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

13. Do you have a poetry book?

I have multiple. The first one I saw was Love Her Wild by Atticus

14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

Yes. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I believe I don’t. I have multiple authors beginning with N but not my last initial.

16. Do you have a book of short stories?

I don’t think so. I just unhauled a book that did though

17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, this one took a long time to find because there were a lot of books below or above this amount

18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

Yes. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

19. Do you have a graphic novel?

It’s a manga called Ten Count by Rihito Takarai

20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

I do. I have My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows