My latest obsession is BookTube.. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have this tendency to stumble across something and then get completely obsessed with it, to the point it’s all I do/think about/talk about.. It drives my fiancé nuts! Just recently I was sat in my doctors waiting room feeling bored with no signal on my phone. I was scrolling around wondering what I could do to keep myself entertained when I remembered that I had the Divergent series on my iBooks app. I’d already read and loved the first book, and when I went into the second book I realised I was close to the end. I continued reading and remembered how much I loved reading but I have felt for a long time now that I don’t have time to read.
A couple of days later I was googling “how to read more”, as you do, and somewhere in my search for the key to reading more I stumbled across a YouTube video a girl had done about her top books to read in 2015. Getting sidetracked, I searched for books to read in 2016, found PeruseProject’s channel and realised there was a whole community of people that had channels about reading. Perfect! I was hooked (much like I was when I stumbled across the Beauty community 6 years ago). In the past week I have watched countless more YouTube videos of peoples recommendations of books to read, tips on how to read more, and bookshelf tours (yes, those are a thing). I’ve also subscribed to a bunch of new people whose videos I love – I’ll link them below – as well as followed them on Goodreads, adding their recommendations that appealed to me to my “to read” list.
Being very much inspired to read more, I popped into the city on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and picked up 4 new books. I realised a big part of the reason I wasn’t making time to read (because, basically, I have had time to read, I’ve just chosen to spend that time doing other things – mostly watching YouTube videos…) was because I wasn’t excited to read any of the books I had. I picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, as well as Cinder and Scarlett by Marissa Meyer. The first series is about a girl that writes a love letter of sorts to each boy she’s loved by way of letting go of her feelings. She seals each one, addresses it and then puts it in a box with no intention of ever mailing them out. But of course, somewhere along the way they get sent out and Lara Jean has to deal with the repercussions of that. I’ve started reading it and am really enjoying it, it’s well written and easy to read so I’m actually getting through it a lot quicker than I thought!
The second series of books appealed to me because they are based off of the traditional fairytales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, but they are set in a fantasy world and the story isn’t quite the same. The first book in The Lunar Chronicles series is about Cinder, a skilled mechanic that is also a cyborg.. How cool does that sound? I can’t wait to start reading this one and there are several books in the series which is great, because when I really get into a world, I just want to stay there and keep reading more stories.
So anyway, there was a little book haul for you and my initial thoughts on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. If you’re on Goodreads add me as a friend, and let me know in the comments or tweet me your book recommendations and favourite BookTube channels!
BookTube Channels I Love: