Let’s kick this off with a Goodreads prompt! Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group that posts different topics to recommend books. This month, as per the title, concerns books that you picked up because of BookTube. I became a bit obsessed with BookTube once I found out it existed last year, so I devoured many books I recognized and could get my hands on. Here are a few of the books that I read and loved:
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When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | This book was my first introduction to magical realism, which I decided I loved; or at least I decided I loved McLemore’s interpretation of it. I need more magical realism recommendations myself. This book lead me to devour her other book, The Weight of Feathers, and currently I have her newest, Wild Beauty, in my Book Outlet cart. That reminds me, I have some books to buy…
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcook| This book caused me to realize I love stories that tie a diverse cast of characters together. I love jumping between different character’s heads to understand what each one is experiencing.
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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | BookTube made me fall back in love with graphic novels. This one, in particular, was the first one I picked up. It’s cute, funny, and perfect.
Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples | This series is a crowd favorite on BookTube and it makes sense. I’ve only read the first two volumes, but they’re addicting. The only thing preventing me from continuing is my need to have all the rest of the volumes available through my library so I can just binge the rest of the series.
Rat Queens by … | Now this one I’m not sure I recommend… even though it’s on a recommendations list. I love the first three volumes, but there’s a whole thing with the former artist who’s a douche-canoe and then they shadily fired his replacement… The fourth volume is lacking, to say the least. Maybe read this if you can get it from your library, and only the first three volumes.
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris | Emil Ferris is a fucking queen. This graphic novel is a gorgeous story surrounding a kid in the 60s who is obsessed with pulp horror and goes on an adventure to solve a mystery; this is a very dumbed down summary. The art is beautiful and is made to look like the kid’s journal. 5/5 stars, totally recommend. This is the only book I actually remember the BookTuber who recommended it, so here’s Possibly Literate’s review that is probably more convincing than mine. Now go read it.
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Here are just a few BookTubers I consistently follow that may or may not have influenced this list. I will probably create a list in the future of all my favorite internet book people, so stay tuned.