The Most Easily Accessible Book Club
To reignite my love for reading, I turned to the most popular, knowledgeable Booktubers, and you should too!
By Kristian Porter, Northern Kentucky University
Growing up, I had an intense love of reading.
I devoured every series I could get my hands on, and my best days were spent nestled in a cozy corner of my local library, spending hours between the shelves. My love of books is a big part of my identity, but as I got older, my reading plateaued. I no longer had the time or, unfortunately, the motivation to dedicate to reading books. Instead of one every few days, I was sitting at one book every few months—if I was lucky.
It also didn’t help that none of my friends were readers. I would find myself enthralled in a new book, but no one to gush about my feelings to. If you’ve ever gone to the gym by yourself versus going to the gym with your friend, you know just how much having a buddy in it with you can help with motivation. Reading was never a chore, but it didn’t hold the same excitement for me after years of being the only one at the party.
Then I discovered Booktube, a YouTube community of book lovers who make videos reviewing, discussing and generally just fangirling over the books they read. It was a revelation—there were people like me out there who had as much (and so much more) passion for reading. I was hooked immediately.
If you’re lacking book buddies, or you’re just looking for more people who share your passion for literature, here’s a list of my recommended Booktubers based on genres you prefer.
When I first started watching Booktube videos, I was right out of high school and YA literature made up the majority of what I read. These YouTubers were among the first ones that I watched and really helped to hook me on the idea of Booktube.