In the last couple months, I’ve discovered a thriving community of Science Fiction and Fantasy reviewers on YouTube.
I know, BookTube is not a new thing. But I’m late to every party. It’s my gift and my curse.
It’s theoretically possible some of you are as uncool as I was, and you aren’t currently watching BookTube videos. The time has come to remedy that situation.
Here areÂ five of my favorite BookTubeÂ channels. This is not a complete list by any means, but it should be enough to get you started in the SFFÂ BookTube world.Â I’ll post links to some other qualityÂ channelsÂ in the near future.
In no particular order:
Let’s Read posts witty and thoughtful sci-fi and fantasy reviews (such as the one below).Â Great production quality and great content.
Here’s another good one from Let’s Read: a heartfelt letter to books.
Nicole from Nicole’s Adventures in SFF makes insightful videos about her reading adventures in SFF (well-named channel!). Nicole is a graduate studentÂ studying biology (I think), soÂ she brings a unique,Â real-world science perspective to her videos. She is the co-manager of theÂ wonderful BookTube Reading Buddies group on Goodreads.
Nicole created theÂ tag #booktubesff which is extremelyÂ helpful for finding SFFÂ BookTube videos. Here she is introducing it.
Estelle has great camera presence andÂ there is somethingÂ very welcoming and friendly about her videos.Â Here she is talking about her October to-be-read list.
Michael from Bitten By a Radioactive Book is a prolific BookTuber whoÂ posts five videos a week. I like the way he keeps a regular schedule. I can always count on a bookÂ review fromÂ him on Mondays.
He is current in the midst of a videoÂ seriesÂ in which he breaks down the subgenresÂ of Fantasy. HereÂ he is talking about high fantasy vs low fantasy.
Books and Pieces posts incredibly articulateÂ reviews. She does a wonderful job bringing out the themesÂ andÂ strengths of the books sheÂ reads.Â Here she is talking about the novella TRADING ROSEMARY.
Finally, a note about my own Booktube channel.
I’m in a weird spot as a Booktube-loving writer. I loveÂ posting videos about what I’m reading. I alsoÂ posting videos about my writing process, Q&As with readers, etc.
However, I think it’s important that I keep these two things distinct and separate.
I post BookTubeÂ videos because it is a hell of a lot of fun. I want to avoid any possibleÂ perception that I am posting BookTubeÂ videos in an attempt to somehow market my own stuff. I don’t think it’s fair to the viewer if they subscribe to my channel hoping to see discussions of SFF books and thenÂ they suddenly have a bunch of writing advice videos in their feed.
For those reasons, I have decided to split my YouTube presence into two channels.
My BookTube videos (and probably theÂ occasional silly song) will be posted on the PT Hylton Reads channel. This is my existing channel,Â so if only care about my BookTube stuff and you are already subscribed, you are good to go.
My writing advice and Q&A videos will now be posted on the new and exciting PT Hylton WritesÂ channel as well as here on the blog. A quick look at the analytics shows me most of you are viewing the writing videos here on the blog anyway (not the case with the BookTube videos). The PT Hylton WritesÂ channel currently has no videos, but it will have one tomorrow!
I would love for you to subscribe to oneÂ my channels.
Or neither. It’s cool. We can still be friends. Just don’t expect flowers on Valentine’s Day, understood?
End of programming note.
So, which wonderful SFFÂ BookTubers did I miss? Leave your favorites in the comments below!