I mention this all the time, but my introduction to the book community was through booktube. (If you’re unaware, booktube is where people make videos about books on Youtube!) I started watching it years ago, but I just recently discovered that there was such a thing as book blogging. As soon as I found out about it though, I immediately knew that I had to join, and so, here I am.
But then I started thinking about which book bloggers are similar to which booktubers. I’ve been both watching booktube and reading book blogs for a considerable amount of time, so today I want to recommend a few booktubers that you should watch based on what book blogs you like. There are people out there who only read book blogs and don’t watch booktube, and there are people who are the opposite. I hope this post encourages you to consume both forms of media, because they both of different things to offer!
Disclaimer: I think I’m only subscribed to about twenty booktubers, and a number are inactive. I also only follow about 40 WordPress blogs and less than 110 people on Twitter. I’ve always been picky about the people I choose to follow since I only want people who “bring me joy” to show up on my feed. That means that I wasn’t able to come up with as many booktubers to pair with book bloggers as I would’ve liked. I wasn’t able to give many of my faves a counterpart, and I’m really sad about that. But I may do a part two of this post if I find more booktubers to subscribe to!
Starting off with two fan favorites! Both CW and Lala bring such unique content to the table.
CW’s blog is a work of genius and art (literally because she draws art for each of her posts). I suck at explaining things so I’ll just direct quote from her blog’s About page: “The Quiet Pond (‘The Pond’) is a fantasy-themed book blog with a simple narrative, in which you are the main character. The Quiet Pond is an ongoing story about your frequent visits to the Pond and the magical pond creatures who live there.”
You should watch Kat if you like Ju’s blog because they both have paper in their channel names.
Wait, I’m just kidding–don’t leave yet! These two are similar because they are both absolutely hilarious! Their brand of comedy runs in the same vein, and if you want to laugh, just read Ju’s blog and watch Kat’s channel!
I LOVE BOTH OF THESE PEOPLE SO MUCH. They are both really underrated, so please go follow them immediately!
Their enthusiasm and energy are un-matched.
They both have incredible design skills. One look at Kat’s blog and one click on one of Spencer’s videos will show you this. Spencer is a graphic designer for a living, and Kat runs a graphic design shop!
Both Rain and Heathur have an immense love for Rick Riordan and the Percy Jackson series.
I find that their reading tastes are different, but when they love a book, they’ll endlessly scream about it until you add the book to your TBR. I guess it just runs in Percy Jackson fans.
As we get to the end of this post, I would like to shout out three amazing book bloggers who somehow do booktube as well? How?? These people are Melanie, Fadwa and Kate! Click on their names to subscribe to their channels!
I know none of you probably noticed, and now I’m just making you notice, but I can’t get over it. PLEASE IGNORE THE FACT THAT I PUT COMMAS AFTER “IF YOU LIKED.” I can’t edit the graphics anymore, and I don’t want to remake eight graphics, so my grammar mistake will be immortalized forever rip.
Before you leave, just know that I won’t be replying to comments on this post or on any post this week because I have important exams coming up! I’ll get to them after this hell week is over though!
Before I get into the post, I have something to announce: I got nominated for the Best New Book Blogger award in the 2019 Book Blogger Awards hosted by May @ Forever and Everly. It would mean the absolute world to me if you voted for me to win the award by clicking HERE. (Voting closes on July 31st!)
Self-promo aside, I am here today with another book recommendations post. I think I’ve only posted one other book recommendations post on my blog so far, and that really has to change.
While I was racking my mind for a topic to recommend books on, recommending my favorite books published in 2019 so far popped into my mind. I have had only three 5-star reads this year, and all three of them were published in 2019. I don’t know what that says about me: Maybe I should be reading more from my endless pile of backlist books, but how can I resist?? 2019-published books are the ones being talked about the most lately, and I have a bad case of fomo that has me wanting to read every 2019 release so as not to feel left out when people talk about them.
Rambling aside, I have seven books published in 2019 that I loved to share with you today (in publication order). Let’s get to it!
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With this sophomore novel, Angie Thomas proves that the popularity of The Hate U Give did not come about out of pure luck. Thomas is truly a stunning writer, with top-notch characterization, description and plot. She perfectly captures the teenage voice. And her works always tackle racism in the most nuanced of ways. Plus, the rapping aspect in this book is so well done!
Hello, my first 5-star of the year that came right at the beginning of June and saved me from my 5-star slump! My blog is simply a vessel for HOW UNDERRATED THIS BOOK IS. If you’re reading this and still haven’t added it to your TBR, shame on you. I’m kidding, but still, read this book. Not only is the mental illness and Malaysian-Chinese rep amazing and so important, but this book is just, really enjoyable. The writing is so easy to fly through, and you will instantly be immersed into 20th century Malaysia. The characters jump right off the page, and you’re gonna care about them in such a short amount of time. [Read my review.]
Another underrated read! Dear universe, why do you always curse me to fall in love with the underrated books so that I’m forced to yell at people to read them for the rest of my life? This book has Latinx and f/f rep. It takes place in a fantastical setting, but is set in modern times. Its social commentary about misogyny, prejudice against immigrants, corruption and so much more is unparalleled. Also, Dani and Carmen are both incredible women who are admirable in different ways. Their romance is wonderful. [Read my review.]
This is the perfect happy read for the summer, minus the homophobic parents and misgendering, but ultimately, this book is extremely hopeful. I loved getting to see Ben finally find people who accept them for who they are. I’m also positive that I Wish You All the Best is gonna be the first book a lot of people read—I know for sure that it was mine—that features a nonbinary protagonist.
I guess I have to retract my earlier claim that I only fall in love with the underrated ones, because this book is certainly not underrated. It has taken the book community by storm, and it’s for a good reason. It portrays millennial culture in a realistic, relatable and non-cringey way. The romance and characters are to die for, and it sends such a message of hope for the future. I don’t even know anything about American politics, but this book spoke to me in ways I never thought it would.
Do you like fairy tales? If so, then this book is for you, period. The writing is so beautiful, and the plot follows both a fictional tournament and a quest story! Maia is also a compelling protagonist, and her relationship with her family is written so well. This is a stand-out Asian-inspired fantasy of 2019, and you’re definitely not gonna want to miss it. [Read my review.]
When you read this book, you’ll know just how evil I am for recommending it to you! It’s a perfect sequel to an already incredible first book! This series is as dark as it gets, so please go into it with caution. But those who think they can handle it will be met with glorious worldbuilding that is perfectly expanded on in the sequel. Literally nobody has a moral compass, except maybe Kitay, who you’ll love. This series is chock-full of political intrigue, war themes and shamans. Themes of colonialism are also incorporated in the sequel. I’m just so amazed that Kuang has already grown into a seasoned writer with only two books under her belt!
Honestly, I haven’t even read close to half of the 2019 releases I’m most excited to get to so far. Looking at my Goodreads want-to-read shelf makes me sad because there are so many books that I really want to read but still haven’t gotten to. I’m praying that I can get to most of them soon!
If you haven’t heard, May @ Forever and Everly recently announced that she’s hosting the THIRD ANNUAL 2019 BOOK BLOGGER AWARDS (click the link to learn more about it, including rules and alternative ways to nominate!), which was originally hosted by Joce @ Write Through the Night, a retired book blogger. I was already planning on doing a post shouting out my favorite book bloggers before May announced these awards, so this is perfect!
Needless to say, my excitement levels are through the roof about these awards because I love book bloggers so much. Book bloggers are so nice and dedicated to yelling about books. Most of us don’t get compensated for the time and hard work that goes into blogging, but we still do it anyways, because the community is so welcoming and books are great. What better way to show our love and appreciation than with these awards?
I have no idea how Vicky was able to balance reading a bajillion arcs and review copies, posting almost everyday and always replying to comments while she was in her senior year of high school. She’s worked with so many authors and publishers and started tons of insightful discussions at just eighteen. Vicky is also a genius at design, and she even wrote a whole guide to adapting book covers into horizontal headers that was masterfully written.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Marie, and its not for no reason! Her interaction skills are on another level, and she frequently updates her blog, sometimes bringing her sister along. She posts amazing author interviews, book reviews, tags, recommendations and discussions. Her discussions are so helpful to new bloggers, or just bloggers in general, with posts about how to find your blogging voice, how to stop comparing yourself to other bloggers and book blogging with anxiety. I could have nominated her for almost all of the other categories, but seeing as she’s an all-rounder and a perfect adult to look up to, I’m nominating her for best adult blogger!
Story time: Right when I decided to start this blog, I was posting some crappy reviews on goodreads, and I added some book bloggers on there, one of them being Xandra. Hers was one of the first book blogs I checked out, and when I decided to start my own blog, I sent this really stupid message to her on goodreads asking how to grow a platform, because as you probably know, book blogging is hard. It’s difficult to put your all into writing and formatting posts only for no one to read it, and I didn’t know how to make my voice heard. So I sent that message to Xandra, not really expecting her to reply. Well, she did, and it was an amazingly long message, with such great advice that helped me grow my blog so much. I also just found out now that I sent that message when she was about to sleep, but she promptly spent about an hour crafting that message to me, so if you’re reading this right now, Xandra, I’m so sorry and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done!
Tangent aside, I’m nominating Xandra for this category because her blog is filled with tons of reviews, fun bookish posts and discussions pertaining to YA books. Her most recent post is even a discussion on what makes a book Young Adult–you can click on her name above to read it! She’s a master at interaction, so nice to talk to, and I love the way she includes gifs in her posts!
When I saw this category, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to nominate Mahana for this. Almost all of the books she reads are adult romance books, namely queer adult romance books! Her reviews of them are stellar, and she even made a post tier-ranking all of the wlw books she’s read. If you’re out there complaining about “the lack of f/f books,” then one look at Mahana’s blog will prove you wrong.
Again, when I came across this category, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to nominate Sarah for this! She mostly reads, reviews and recommends adult SFF–it’s right there in her site tagline. Sarah is also so good at replying to comments and commenting on others’ blogs!
There is a reason Chaima is one of, or rather the, most popular reviewer on goodreads. Not only is she absolutely hilarious, but her reviews are god tier. I can’t think of anyone who can write a review like she does. She describes a book’s plot and her thoughts on it in such a beautiful and poetic way! Also, her blog has gifs of old-timey paintings as post headers–it’s amazing!
I could just as easily have nominated CW and her team for best blog aesthetic–just look at their header above! CW includes drawings of the animal members of the pond in each of her posts, and opens them with y/n exploring the pond. Every book CW praises is a book that I want to read, and I’ll be the first to admit that the book community can be pretty uniform with the books it recommends, but CW always recommends books you’ve probably never heard of, but you’re gonna wanna read anyway.
I was debating whether to nominate Shri for best reviews or best discussions, but I think her proficiency with writing reviews ties in with her proficiency for writing discussions. Shri is a new but up and coming force in the community, and that’s because she’s such a great advocate for diverse books and voices. She always asks the hard questions and masterfully dissects them in her discussions, but sometimes her rambles are incredibly heartwarming, like when she wrote a love letter to the book community. Her writing is a delight to read, and it flows so well! If she’s planning to publish a book someday, I’d 100% read it.
AAAAAAH—I’m screaming because Tiffany’s blog is so gorgeous! I love the images she uses for her blog post headers. And I appreciate how her blog is still simple and easy to navigate no matter how great the designs are. It’s so pleasing to the eye. Plus, she makes amazing aesthetic mood boards!
I WANT “KAT’s NUMBER 1 FAN” TATTOOED ON MY FOREHEAD. Kat’s blog is breakfast—specifically, waffle—themed, and she’s the inventor of having a brand. When she reviews a book, the information on the book she’s reviewing, i.e. its pub date, genre, etc. are listed under ingredients. And then the book’s purchase links are linked under “purchase your ingredients.” Little things like that make her blog so creative! And her writing voice matches her blog, because it’s so enthusiastic, filled with tons of waffle references and puns.
Doesn’t the fact that May is hosting these awards speak for itself? Besides that, May is so engaged in the community, be it when it comes to comments, twitter discourse, or other things. I love her blogging voice, and she’s so deserving of this award even if she may think otherwise!
Melanie makes me feel so special when she replies to my comments–she’s so nice, and I don’t know what we did to deserve her. She makes sure to talk to all of her followers, even though her following is large on all of her platforms! Her reviews are always at the top of the page on goodreads, and her blog, booktube, twitter and bookstagram are all amazing and active. I don’t know what else screams best social media influencer more.
Again, I could have easily nominated Tita Kate for best blog aesthetic because I LOVE HER BLOG’S DESIGN SO MUCH. It has a theme of coffee and plants, which seems like a completely random combination, but it works so well! She truly embodies her branding of tita, which is an older woman you can look up to. She’s always looking out for everyone, and literally no bad takes are safe from her. Plus, she’s so sophisticated and eloquent!
Sophie’s so good at replying to comments with enthusiasm, and leaving just as enthusiastic comments on tons of other people’s posts. Her comments on my blog always make me want to cry because she’s so damn nice!
Taasia is one of the first friends I made through book blogging, and it’s so fun to interact with her on twitter. She’s so fitting for this award because, like, 99% of the books she recommends and reads are diverse in some way or another. She doesn’t just stop at boosting diverse books though–she also boosts diverse voices! She did a post shouting out some teen influencers a while ago, and she’s doing a part 2!
Laura is one of my first and best blogging friends, and I will forever be deprived by the fact that she’s on hiatus right now. She was also at her peak activity when I was in China and therefore had no time to read the posts on my reader–why does the universe do this to me? Besides the fact that it’s so easy to become friends with Laura because she leaves the most amazing long comments on people’s posts, her passion for books—namely, Cassie Clare ones—shines through in all of her posts. It’s so easy to notice that Laura puts so much care into blogging, reading and interacting. I really hope her mental health isn’t giving her too much of a hard time, and I’m ready for her to come back when she deems it right! ALSO, SHE’S SUCH A GOOD CONVERSATION PARTNER AND OUR CONVERSATIONS WOULD FLOP WITHOUT HER. (If you’re reading this, Laura, I won our argument.)
You guys—Olivia is the sweetest person ever and I love talking to her so much! We became friends when I left a long fangirl-y comment on one of her posts, and she surprisingly noticed me and my blog after that?? I was truly blessed. Also, if you’re looking for discussions that are insightful and analytical but fun to read, look no further! It’s a crime that she has less than a thousand followers!
But wait! I’ve decided to nominate someone else?? I’m breaking my original plan of just nominating one person per category because both of these people deserve the title so much. Arin was one of the first blogging friends I made, and I’m really sad that we don’t talk enough. Her reviews are amazing, and she reads and rereads tons of books a month. Her blog and personality has such a chill vibe to it, and she really deserves a larger following!
It was hard for me to think of a best overall book blogger, because, again, there are so many great book blogs out there. Choosing the best overall book blogger was like choosing my favorite book. But Lily ultimately takes the cake for me. I love reading all of her posts, be it a book review, a list of recommendations, a discussion—anything. There’s a reason her posts garner a ton of likes! Plus, she’s so nice, has the most admirable personality, and her blog design is so clean and pretty!
This post was so hard to write not just because there are so many great bloggers out there, but because every blogger could qualify for a variety of categories, so I didn’t know what specific one to nominate them for (see: my struggle with who to nominate for best blog aesthetic).
If you weren’t included in this blog post, please don’t feel bad because the blogs mentioned here don’t even come close to being a complete list of all the blogs I love. Believe me, I’ve felt the pain too, but remember that I love you and your blog!
I hope you take the time to check all of these bloggers out if you haven’t yet, because they’re all amazing! I can’t wait to see your own nominations and who will win these awards!
Do you love these blogs as well? Any bloggers I should check out? Let’s just scream about how great book bloggers are in the comments–please!