If your pre-teen or teen has ever been stumped on which book to pick up next—or if you’re trying to get your young adults interested and inspired to read, introduce them to the large and vibrant community of book vloggers on YouTube.
Follow their channels and soon your young reader’s TBR (that’s ‘to be read’) pile will grow!
Hannah is a high school senior who has a big passion for books. Posting since 2014, she talks about titles in the fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction genres. In her fall 2015 ‘book haul,’ she covers books she plans to read including: Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park,” the wildly popular graphic novel, “Saga” and “The Wrath and The Dawn,” by Renee Ahdieh.
Catriona hails from Australia and loves books almost as she loves changing her hair color! Her vlogging started in 2011 and she was inspired to start by The Chapter Chicks from the US (https://www.youtube.com/user/ChapterChicks). Caz (her nickname) likes to read books in the Harry Potter series, “Illuminae,” a new wildly popular YA sci-fi series, just optioned to be made into a film by Brad Pitt’s production company and Andy Weir’s “The Martian,” which just had its own film treatment with Matt Damon released earlier this year.
Max is a 22-year old from California who focuses on fiction. His recent reviews include two 2015 Man Booker Prize nominees: “A Spool of Blue Thread,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler and Irish novelist Anne Enright’s “The Green Road.” On his TBR list are “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck and “The Chimes” by New Zealand author, Anna Small.
YouTuber Liz Vallish hosts two channels: Elizziebooks and BookTube News, which covers the comings and goings of the book tubing community. Liz has conducted interviews with authors from Fierce Reads, Macmillan’s YA social media presence, pondered which TV characters she’d like to read about as book protagonists and covered armchairBEA.com, the book vlogger/blogger part of Book Expo America, held annually.
19-year old Zoë Herdt is an English major from Florida who is studying abroad for the fall 2015 semester. Like many vloggers, Zoë is a fan of YA fiction, but as an English lit major, she’s also a fan of the classics, including the works of Jane Austen, “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton and Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.”