A couple of years ago, I discovered there was a community on YouTube known as BookTube, in which contributors discuss books. When I first discovered BookTube, I mostly found the highly followed contributors who tend to focus on Fantasy and YA books. These videos were enjoyable, but they didn't lead me to new authors that I was excited to read. Happily, as I have searched BookTube for contributors closer to my taste, I have found some fantastic channels. I thought I'd share some of my very favorites here.
The Bookish Princess
I have to confess that I'm surprised I ever found this channel. The Bookish Princess, which is run by a contributor named Emma, focuses on both Disney and books. The Disney aspect of her channel doesn't interest me much and I could have easily been distracted by that. I'm so glad I was not, because her taste in books is superb. The Bookish Princess has become one of my favorite BookTube channels.
The Bookish Princess channel tends to focus on readable classics and comfortable books set in British villages. I have this channel to thank for introducing me to Elizabeth Goudge's Cathedral Trilogy, which I wrote about here, as well as the Miss Buncle series by D.E. Stevenson.
Books Like Whoa
The channel Books Like Whoa is hosted by a contributor named Mara, who has excellent taste in books. I particularly like this channel due to her strong interest in Agatha Christie (a lifelong favorite of mine). I like the fact that Mara approaches Christie from a literary point of view, rather than just presenting the books as cozy mysteries. This channel has individual discussions about all of Christie's Poirot books as well as her Miss Marple books. While the host is a devoted Agatha Christie fan, she is very honest when a book is not one of Christie's best.
In regard to Books Like Whoa, I will note that there is occasional profanity on this channel. My kids often watch BookTube videos with me and would enjoy the discussions of Agatha Christie on this channel, but due to the occasion f-bomb, I can't let them watch. I will also note that she occasionally makes a political comment. Politics is not off-limits on BookTube channels, but I often wish contributors would stick to books.
I must give Kate Howe props, because she is one of the few mom contributors I have found. This channel is a great source for classic literature and mysteries. Kate Howe is one of the hosts of Victober, which is a focus on Victorian literature during the month of October.
Books and Things
Books and Things is hosted by a lovely Brit named Katie. Who doesn't love a British accent? I must say that many of the British and Scottish BookTubers I have found are overly political for my taste. This channel is not. Books and Things is great for finding classics. Katie is one of the hosts of Victober and Jane Austen July.
Life Between Words
I love the channel Life Between Words, which is hosted by yet another Katie. I have listed it last, because the channel is not updated often. As I mentioned above, I haven't found many channels hosted by moms. This host does have small children and I think that understandably limits how often she can post. That being said, I do love her taste in books. She often focuses on middle grade books and she started Middle Grade March. She has many older videos still posted, so I highly recommend you go back and check those out.