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10 BookTube channels for book lovers

Actress-author Amber Tamblyn has appeared on Penguin Random

Actress-author Amber Tamblyn has appeared on Penguin Random House's Read It Forward BookTube channel. Photo Credit: AP/Invision/Evan Agostini

There's more to YouTube than cat videos. BookTube, a subset of YouTube channels comprised of videos by and for avid readers, is a must if you want to get reviews, listen to intelligent discussions on books old and new, or just share a few laughs. If you're new to BookTube, get started with these 10 channels.

  • HarperCollins' Book Studio 16 — The publishing house shares short interviews with authors, as well as cover reveals and book trailers.
  • C.S. Lewis Doodle — These creative, compelling animated illustrations are designed to promote better understanding of Lewis' works, such as "The Abolition of Man."
  • Brown Girl Reading — Thoughtful discussions with Diana Evans, mostly on books by diverse authors, such as Judith Guest's "Ordinary People."
  • PolandBananasBooks — BookTube hall-of-famer Christine Riccio, who has more than 400,000 subscribers, posts a couple of chatty, amusing videos each week — from reviews to book-tailored yoga poses and a newbie's guide to fantasy and sci-fi.
  • Wisecrack's Thug Notes — Six seasons of hilarious summaries of the classics in gangster-speak, paired with thoughtful analysis.
  • Penguin Random House's Read It Forward — Writers such as Taffy Brodesser-Akner and Amber Tamblyn share what they're reading. There are also six monthly recommendations around a theme, like foodie books, and 20-minute "book club discussion" chats.
  • SavidgeReads — Charming U.K. reader Simon Savidge delves into literary fiction. Look for cameos by authors, other BookTubers and his endearing "mum."
  • Crash Course Literature — Vlogger and author brothers Hank and John Green teach a variety of topics, including a terrific series on literature: fun, classroom-ready lessons on "Pride and Prejudice," "The Great Gatsby" and dozens of other titles.
  • Snazzy Reads — Reviews and recommendations from a 10-year-old "dapper dude" — a prolific reader who's interested in both kid lit and more advanced titles.
  • HarperCollins' Epic Reads — This YA-centric community shares weekly "book nerd problem" videos, plus author interviews, book trailers and suggestions for culturally diverse contemporary YA books.


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