I’m not a Booktuber, but I watch a lot of it. I don’t think I could make a video of myself or I would already have started a Booktube channel. This blog is as close as I’m going to get. So as a Booktube lover, I thought I would answer the questions from this tag. There are 10. It was originally created by Harriet Rosie.
1. How many channels are you subscribed to?
I am subscribed to 301 channels right now. It fluctuates a bit. Not all 300 of them are book related. I originally found Youtube a little over four years ago when I was pregnant and not sleeping much. I had used Youtube when it came up in search engines for tutorials and stuff before that, but had never watched regularly or even knew how to subscribe to someone. I started out watching budgeting videos, Dave Ramsey followers specifically. Since then I’ve cycled through channels as my interests changed. Bullet journal and planning channels, mommy lifestyle channels, minimalism, homeschool, writing and NaNoWriMo, various celebrities like Ellen and Jimmy Fallon, etc. It would take way too much effort to count how many of the channels I subscribe to now are book related, but I’ll estimate half or a little more.
2. When do you normally watch booktube?
Throughout the day, whenever I can I’m watching Youtube. I can do most of my work split screen so the other half of my computer monitor is often Youtube when I’m doing something that doesn’t require full attention to do well.
3. How do you balance booktube watching, reading, and making your own videos?
I don’t because I don’t make videos, but if you take out making videos and put in writing blog posts I will say, not terribly well. I watch Booktube the most because it’s fun and mostly mindless. I can often watch while doing something else. I plan, write, edit, and post my blog posts whenever I have a few minutes of quiet with no work to do. I have recently added a blog instagram too and that is taking a lot more time than I expected. I was an instagram newbie and I’ve learned a lot in the six weeks I’ve been on there. Reading fits in between all of those things, work, and taking care of the house and family. So, I don’t read as often as I would like, but I do read far more than anyone I know in my real life.
I do read book blogs too, but that’s mostly something I end up doing on my phone while out and about so it’s not too regular yet. Booktube requires less concentration on my part.
4. Is there a difference between videos you like watching and videos you like making?
I don’t make any videos, so, yes. I love to watch anything creatively done.
5. Who is the first booktuber you subscribed to and do you still watch them?
6. Who is the most recent booktuber you subscribed to?
The most recent subscription for bookish content is Tired Mama Tries to Read. The channel name alone has me hooked. I can so relate.
7. Share an old favorite booktuber!
I’m not sure how long she’s been making videos, but my favorite Booktuber, period, is Shannon Ridler. I immediately click her videos every time she posts something new about books. She always makes me smile and gives me new books to look for at the library. I love love love her videos.
8. Share a new favorite booktuber
A new favorite Booktuber is Beards & Books. I haven’t been subscribed very long, a month or so, but I have enjoyed every video he has posted since I found him. I especially enjoy his Stephen King instagram posts and Youtube videos.
9. What is one of your booktube pet peeves?
Not leaving things in the information box that you say you will. Tag questions or links to videos or products. I always look for them excitedly and when I find nothing I feel a bit lied too.
10. What have you learned from watching other booktubers?
That there are people that love books as much as I do. I was always the weird bookish one growing up and I had no idea that there were other people that regularly talk about books and read 100 or more books a year. I feel not so alone.
Are you a big Youtube watcher? Which book related channels should I check out?