Since I’ve started blogging, less of my recommendations have come from BookTube, but I am extremely grateful for this book community. I consider 2015 the year that I REALLY prioritized reading and BookTube helped me a lot in finding books that I now consider to be my all-time favorites. While I discovered a lot of hyped books through Booktube, like Throne of Glass and The Lunar Chronicles, today I’m going to be mostly focusing on some “smaller”/ the hype is not all over your face titles for May’s Monthly Recommendations topic, Books BookTube Made Me Read.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel-Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index was the BookTube-A-Thon pick for their 2017 readathon. I’ve never completed all of the BookTube-A-Thon reading challenges, but I find it really fun to read the one book that everyone’s encouraged to read. I ended up loving Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (floating around my pool while reading may or may not have influenced my love) and it did make me tear up a bit.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff –The Illumiane Files have rightfully taken over Booktube since Illuminae came out in 2015, and I thankfully fell into this hype. I remember seeing everyone’s Illuminae ARCS in their BEA 2015 hauls.
I can’t believe it’s the last week of September, guys!! I first month back at college has really flown by, and I think I’m a bit confused about the transition from summer to fall here because it’s still eighty degrees! The final Top Five Wednesday of September is all about the books you’ve picked up because you had heard about them in an online book community or platform. I get a lot of my book recommendations from Booktube and still find it to be one of the top reasons as to why my TBR is so big!
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler– I remember seeing What We Saw on Jessethereader’s Booktube channel back in January 2016 and ended up picking it up this book. What We Saw completely sucked me in, as it’s an important story about sexual assault in a small-town community.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard– When Red Queen came out in early 2015, it was everywhere on Booktube and it’s gorgeous cover sure didn’t help keep it out of my mind. I enjoyed Red Queen when I first read it, but as I read more fantasy and thought about the book more, I found that Red Queen didn’t seem so earth-shattering and original that I unfortunately decided to not continue the series.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel– While Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index had been floating around my TBR radar, it was Booktuber Ariel Bissett and the BookTube-A-Thon that inspired me to pick it up. It took me some time to get into the story, but I ended up really enjoying Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– I’ll be quite honest—the original cover of Anna and the French Kiss was what prevented me from picking up the book until 2015. After hearing rave reviews from the Booktube community (and let’s be honest, the cover change might’ve been a factor), I finally picked Anna and the French Kiss and loved it.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo– Six of Crows is most definitely one of the best books I read because of the hype it received on Booktube. If you haven’t figured it out already, the Six of Crows duology delivers beyond the hype and more. Don’t hesitate to pick Six of Crows up, even if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy like me!
Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found hereon Goodreads.
What books have you read because of Booktube? Share in the comments!