Water Cooler: BookTube | The Spokesman-Assessment
Book clubs, writing events, and the like have all gone virtual, but there’s a segment of the literary community that has always been affectionately nicknamed “BookTube.” This subgroup of YouTubers discusses everything literature-related, from informative videos on classic literature to new reviews of the latest publications. Here are some channels to get started with if you want to immerse yourself in the literary community from near and far on YouTube.
CrashCourse – This YouTube channel has information on a wide variety of topics, but the channel has an extensive selection of study and history of literature videos with over 50 videos to choose from. It starts with a discussion about why we read in the first place and how literature is a unique form of communication. The series includes Shakespeare, Gatsby, Greek mythology, genres, social topics and specific books such as “Lord of the Flies”, “100 Years of Solitude”, “Invisible Man”, “1984”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
LINKS TO READ – Moderator Jourdan discusses everything to do with entertainment, with an emphasis on the works of minorities, especially those of black women. Her recent reviews include “When Noone is Watching” by Alyssa Cole, “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi, “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward.
The Readables – This channel covers everything from young adults to classical literature. It offers literary discussions with a sophisticated visual presentation. Viewers have the opportunity to get to know hostess Priscilla through her vlogs and to find out her view of literature through her “Top 5” videos. In this series, she explores a bit of everything, like her top five classics, villains, unread authors, male protagonists, siblings, fictional technology, genres, sequels, magical items, and more. Stay up to date on the latest releases by browsing her numerous book reviews, discovering new reads on her bookshelf tours, and getting a fresh perspective on classics that Priscilla is revising and discussing.
Elizziebooks – This channel primarily focuses on contemporary readings for young adults and middle school students. Hence, it’s a great place for young readers to learn about the literary scene and find new books and authors. The moderator Liz also logs her visits to congresses and offers a great insight into the young literary community as a whole.
Little Book Owl – presenter Catriona (short Caz) started her channel to share her passion and love for reading with the BookTube community. Her latest video covers every book she’s read so far in 2020 with mentions of “The King of Crows” by Libba Bray, “Heartstopper: Volume Three” by Alice Oseman, “You Should See Me In A Crown” by Leah Johnson, “In Vanishers’ Palace” by Aliette de Bodard, “White Rage” by Carol Anderson and “With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Booksandquills – Sanne has been making videos for over 10 years in which she speaks not only about literature, but also about language, the publishing industry, her trips from the Netherlands to London and general advice on life. Her latest videos feature all of the books she bought during the lockdown, retelling of classics, book-to-movie adaptations that won’t be missed this year, and all of the books she pulled out of the library before she went during closed during the pandemic. With a Masters degree in English Literature, Sanne has a wealth of knowledge ranging from science fiction to classics to young adults.
Ben Alderson – Ben brings endless excitement to the discussion of literature with a channel devoted to “Amazing Books and Weirdness.” Ben talks about writing gay youth literature, shares massive books and recommendations, and posts a monthly closing video of recent readings.