#TomeTopple Round 6 | Readathon Wrap-up

For a readathon that was held at the same time as the most hectic weekend of my year, Anime Expo, I think I did really well. Not on all aspects but reading-wise, I think I did okay.

Let’s revisit what I said on my announcement post, shall we?

I ended up finishing two books after all. At first, I was okay with justThe Burning World by Isaac Marion on audio. I did start Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff on the first day of the readathon. Then Iron Gold by Pierce Brown while at Anime Expo as pictured on my upa plush above. (If you know which anime that came from, I love you.) I finished the audio book after the whole AX excitement and on the last day of the readathon, I managed to squeeze out Obsidio with about an hour to spare. I got through 27% of Iron Gold though. I had every intention of reading while on my commute or downtime at AX but it was just not possible. I wasn’t in the mood and I ended up being exhausted most of the time.

I read the physical hardcover of Obsidio while I based the page numbers of The Burning World on the hardcover. I have both the ARC and signed hardcover of Iron Gold but I don’t know where I’m at exactly since I read it on my ereader. In total, I finished reading 1127 pages. Probably another 100 pages for Iron Gold but we’re not counting that. I’ve put it down for a while in favor of easier reads.

With these two, it satisfies three of the five challenges: Read more than one tome (I read 2), Read a tome that is part of a series (both), Read an adult novel (The Burning World). As for the Instagram challenges, I could only do one. Oops. I even said I’m going to have fun taking pictures at AX for these challenges but like I said, I was dead on my feet every end of the day. And there weren’t really good opportunities for photos while there.

Met Yuki Kaji, Tomoaki Maeno, and fellow Haikyuu fans!

I said that Obsidio will be a quick read. I was wrong. Unlike the previous two books, this was definitely more text-heavy. The first 100 pages were a slugfest. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t the quick and easy read that I was expecting. I read Illuminae and Gemina in a day. In a few hours! This took me about two days to read the remaining half of the book. This is not a review but I did feel like it needed all those texts. It’s the final book and it told so many things. I was a bit irritated by the blacked out words but hey, that’s the only quirky thing all those text chapters had.

I won’t give a TBR for the next round. I will participate in another readathon by this weekend so watch out for my TBR for that. It will be mostly manga and my recommendations will be up on Instagram by the end of today.

How did you do on your Tome Topple? What do you plan on reading next round?

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WRAP-UP | JUNE 2018

I’m still recovering from an incredible Anime Expo 2018 weekend. My wallet, too. But I have absolutely no regrets. I met a ton of cool people, cosplayed all four days, got autographs from Yuki Kaji and Tomoaki Maeno, bought awesome stuff, and had a great time.

The Tome Topple Readathon Round 6 started right around that time and unfortunately, my reading did suffer. I brought my e-reader with me but all the reading I did was 9% of Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. I was in line a lot but I wasn’t able to do a lot of reading. The one time I did, it was 114 degrees outside and it was noisy. The mood wasn’t right so I just put it down. I have finished one book and I’m calling it. I’ll do better the next round.

For June, I read 15 things. The most important is that I’m reading Haikyuu again. I have to catch up! #GetGraphic Readathon will happen some time this month so that will be my excuse to fill another month with manga reads. Here’s how it went down last month:

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 15.

  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White – The next book came out yesterday and I can’t wait to listen to the audio. My brother and I are so hooked on the story. Lada, Radu, and everyone! It’s so badass and action-packed. Hopefully, I can find a signed copy to match my hard covers too. I’ll be on the look out for the audio book on Overdrive. 5/5 stars.
  • Unteachable by Elliot Wake – I’m still on my age-gap/teacher kick. This was highly recommended to me and I saw it was available on audio. Listening to NA is so exciting! This was pretty intense especially at the second half of the book. I’m looking to re-reading this in book form in the future. 4/5 stars.
  • Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate
    • Volume 6 – Karasuno vs Aoba Johsai is always so hard on me. 3/5 stars.
    • Volume 7 – Suga-san makes everything better. 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 8 – “Winners and Losers” was always a hard part for me to watch. But holy crap, there was so much action in this volume. Though I can honestly read/watch a whole thing of Iwa-chan and Oikawa just bickering LMAO. 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 9 – The summer training camps is one of my favorite arcs! 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 10 – MY 3RD GYMNASIUM BOYS!!!! 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 11 – My favorite part of S2 is the summer training camp. Hell, anything with Bokuto-san is my favorite. XD  I’ve watched Haikyuu so many times that I hear the Japanese dialog in the seiyuu voice as I read the translated lines. 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 12 – I loved this whole volume. It featured the S2 episodes that I rewatch the most. “Pure and Simple Strength” – fujikujira vs the 2m guy, Tsukki coming into his own as a middle blocker and team player, Bokuto-san being the ultimate mood maker, and Ukai Sr’s students that look like Iwa-chan and Oikawa. XD 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 13 – My lovely crows are taking flight! ❤ It’s almost time for Chikara to shine. 5/5 stars.
  • Sinner by Sierra Simone – This is a companion to Priest which I loved so much. It wasn’t as “sinfully hot” as Priest. But I found it more profound. It dealt with life, death, decisions, choices… much more than in the first novel in the series. I’m looking forward to an Aiden Bell book in the future! 3.5/5 stars.
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Ryan Graudin’s writing is so good. It’s so easy to read. While her plots can get complicated you won’t get confused. I love it so much! I do have a signed copy of this but I listened to it on audio. 5/5 stars.
  • The Seventh Plague by James Rollins – I finally read a James Rollins book. I missed it. They’re not the very best but I enjoyed them a lot. On to the next one! 3/5 stars.
  • Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank– I think I expected more. The writing was very good and it kept me going until the end. The premise was what got me. The plot got me hooked. There was nothing *bad* about it. This is one of those “It’s me, not you” situations. The way the plot went, it was like gearing up to be a mystery novel. Was it trying to be? It seemed to me that it was. It’s not really a mystery. There are mystery elements to it that had so much potential but it didn’t go that way at all. So yeah. It was just okay. I could love it but my expectations got the better of me. 3/5 stars.
  • Penance by Kanae Minato – Her other book, Confessions, is one of my favorites. This did not disappoint. This had all the aspects that I loved about her stories. It was told so simply but it’s really very dark. It worked so well as audio. 5/5 stars.

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2018 MID-YEAR BOOK FREAKOUT TAG

I’ve been all over the place since the last week of June because of Anime Expo 2018 planning. Being a seiyuu otaku is a stressful thing. Don’t be like me… or go for it, you do you. XD It’s fun. But it’s taking so much of my energy. And being someone with anxiety, it’s not the best thing ever. Especially if your workplace is like literal hell.

 

But I am not here to whine. I’m here to celebrate six months of reading. 70 books. An embarrassing number of them are manga and audio books. And there’s no sign of slowing down. (Well, I kind of did right now but we still have many more months to go.) Here is my last year’s post – 2017 Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag.

I’m currently participating in the 6th round of Tome Topple. I have two books on hand, The Burning World by Isaac Marion on audio and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff as a physical copy. I’ve been reading on my ereader so much these past months that it felt so strange reading from an actual book. XD Then when AX comes around (IN TWO DAYS!), I’ll be adding an ebook read to this mix.

Now let’s get on to the tag!

1. Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2018
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. It’s the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire. I prefer the works she writes under this name, Parasitology and Feedback being the other ones. This book is about killer mermaids and the expedition sent out to find and study them.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018
Cress by Marissa Meyer. And I think that’s my favorite out of The Lunar Chronicles series.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
Last year, I answered Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I still haven’t read it. Oops. This year, it’s Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. But it looks like it’s going to be my Tome Topple ebook pick for this round. I’m not much into new releases unless it’s from an author that I follow.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I answered a Marie Lu book last year and I can say the same this year. But with the news of Vengeful by VE Schwab finally being released… I’ll be preordering right after I finish this post!

5. Biggest Disappointment
The two books I read from the Starcrossed series by Leisa RayvenBad Romeo and Broken Juliet. I had such high hopes for these books but goodness me, I’ve never read more annoying characters in my reading life. Now, I’m not even sure if I’ll be reading the 3rd one.

6. Biggest Surprise
NEW ADULT LITERATURE. There was a time when I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. But I’ve seen the light and now I can’t get enough. My Kobo is filled with juicy steamy NA books and I’m open to reading just NA romance for a whole month. I’m still very new to the genre but I’ve read so many good ones.

7. Favorite New Author
Hmm, I think Sierra Simone. Hahahaha, I don’t do favorites a lot but I really like her brand of NA. Yes, it’s trashy but it’s written (and researched) well. I can mention Marissa Meyer too but I think that lies a lot on the audio book narrator for The Lunar ChroniclesRebecca Soler.

8. Newest Fictional Crush
Pike Lawson from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. This book is everything! XD

9. Newest Favorite Character
Iko from The Lunar Chronicles. Again, thanks in part to the narrator of the audio books. She is such a fun character and the perfect best friend to Cinder.

10. Book That Made You Cry
Again, I am made of stone and rarely cry when reading books. But there’s always one or two that gets me. This year, it’s Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano. I am #TeamSuwa for life!

11. Book That Made You Happy
Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino always brings a smile on my face whether it be the manga source material or the anime adaptation.

12. Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
Hands down, Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate. I’m currently doing a catch up on the manga and I’ve watched the whole entire anime series upwards of 50 times, no joke. I became a merch monster because of this franchise and there’s no sign of it ever stopping!

13. Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year
I admit, I haven’t been posting a lot this year. Or at least, lately. I still like my wrap-up videos; mainly because of the research that goes behind it. I haven’t been listing much either. It’s because I’ve been into anime so much lately that reading did take a slight back seat. I’ve been reading but I haven’t been talking about it much.

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
I haven’t been buying that many books which is very good. (However, that money is now going to anime merch, lol.) I guess out of the ones that I have purchased… Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. I actually had two copies, one signed and the other was not. I unhauled the unsigned one. 🙂

15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?
Too many. If I were to treat it as a TBR:

  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
  • The rest of Haikyuu
  • Balance by Lucia Franco

There you have it. How is your reading year going so far? 🙂 I’m going back to Anime Expo planning now.

PS: I pre-ordered Vengeful!

WRAP-UP | SPRING [3/20/18 through 6/19/18]

Check out my Winter wrap-up here. 

I read a total of 42 things. Sounds like a lot. Yeah, but 27 of those are manga/graphic novels. Yup. The great manga catch-up since I decided to follow anime seasons now. Mainly My Hero Academia. Then 10 are audio books. So technically, I only read a grand total of 5 books. eBooks. Yeah, no physical books.

Looking at it like that, well 42 things are still a lot. I have other things in my life too, y’know! XD But really, I was drawn into manga. There were days when I’d go through 3 of them in one sitting. Now I’m trying to limit myself to one a day. I feel like I’m okay about where I’m at right now with BNHA so I’ll be catching up on Haikyuu next.

 

As usual, here are five (or so) favorites of the season – and maybe a disappointment too.

Boku no Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
I’ve read through what I think will be the rest of the 3rd season. I’m super excited. This is one of those anime adaptations that truly got the source material right. I love both. I can’t wait for Saturdays when the anime airs on Crunchyroll. Yes, I know what’s going to happen but I still look forward to watching. All the changes the made for the adaptation serves to better the story. I love it so much.

Into the Rolling Deep by Mira Grant
I just love Seanan McGuire‘s work as Mira Grant. This one is probably my favorite so far. It’s about mermaids. Killer mermaids. That’s all you need to know. Read it. She knows how to write subtle horror so well. I’m not the biggest fan of The Wayward Children series and I think it’s my fault. I expected Mira Grant kind of writing but it’s a totally different style that unfortunately, falls flat for me. I’m sticking with her Mira Grant work. This is an amazing one.

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
I chanced upon a sample book at my local independent bookstore. I read one sentence (of Chapter 5, whatever) and decided I was going to read the book in its entirety. It was so worth it. I was engaged from the first page to the last. It’s been a while since I read a good YA historical thriller and I wish there were more of those.

And I Darken by Kiersten White
I’ve owned a signed copy of this book since it came out. I also own Now I Rise signed. But I read both via audio book. And I loved them. Now, I’m waiting for the next one. If I can get a signed copy, great. I’m still going to listen to it on audio. I think that’s the way to go. At least for me.

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, NA books with age-gap relationships in general
Let me put here also Unteachable by Elliot Wake. Oh man, Birthday Girl was my undoing. It was so hot, so good. I loved it so much that the first thing I did even before rating the book on GoodReads was to go to the author’s website and purchase a signed copy of it. Yep, that good.


Something that was rather disappointing was Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. I’ve own the entire series for years. I’ve put this on so many TBRs. I found the audio books on Hoopla so I decided that was the right now. Erm, I didn’t like them as much as I thought I would. Idk, maybe I read better romance books now. But man, I hate the main characters… both of them. I still have the 3rd book unread. I’m not in a hurry.

I also got another library card. I now have two: Los Angeles Public Library and Pasadena/Glendale Public Library systems. Not to mention the Hoopla Digital catalog. I’m all set! XD

#TomeTopple | ROUND 6 (6/29 through 7/12)

Oh my… it runs right through Anime Expo weekend. That means I can’t audio book (to preserve my phone’s battery) and my only reading time is down to my commute to and from the convention center… if I feel up to it. Wah! But I will make it happen somehow. I love this readathon that much.

Tome Topple Readathon is created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. She also hosts the Top 5 Wednesday weekly tag. She’s one of the booktubers whose opinions I trust. I also go to her for SFF recommendations. The GoodReads group for this readathon can be found here. If you’re looking for recommendations, inspiration, and/or buddies to read with, go check out the group.

Again, the only real “rule” is to read a book with 500 pages or more. Break out those huge intimidating books and manga omnibuses. Search for a long audio book. Work on those for two weeks straight. And don’t be too hard on yourself. If you can only read one, that’s fine. If you can read 5, you’re my hero. If you can’t finish any, just as long as you read, you’re good.

It’s going to be from 12AM of June 29 through 11:59PM of July 12, your time zone.

For me, that’s Pacific Time, for those playing along.

It can be any book with 500+ pages. Check which edition you’re reading. A paperback can have a different number of pages than an ebook or hardcover or mass market. For audio books, I tend to go by the hardcover page numbers because usually audio books come out the same time as the first edition releases unless they don’t have hardcover editions so I go with… you get what I mean, right?

Short story collections don’t count. Graphic novel/manga omnibuses do. 500-page graphic novels and manga do exist but at this point, I’ve exhausted my current collection of those. Two of the three Junji Ito collections are above 500 pages: Tomie and Uzumaki. The 3-in-1 Fullmetal Alchemist collections are too. But I prefer my manga per volume.

So really, all you need to do is to read a 500-page book. But if you want to challenge yourself:

  1. Read more than 1 tome.
  2. Read a graphic novel with more than 500 pages. (Trust me, this exists.)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series.
  4. Buddy read a tome.
  5. Read an adult novel.
  6. Instagram challenges. (TBA)

Choosing my books was quick this time around. Before, I said I’ll be picking The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for the next round but with Anime Expo right at the beginning, I don’t think I can do that. I need something quicker and less dense. I immediately thought of Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. The Illuminae Files take me less than a day to read. Since I don’t think I’ll be able to find a manga, this needs to be my quick read. I also plan to read Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. I know, I didn’t drop everything when this came out. But I now have 2 copies – one signed and the other is an ARC I got from the publisher months after release as a promo. Both are more than 500 pages. For my audiobooks pick, The Burning World by Isaac Marion, the sequel to Warm Bodies. I know my Overdrive has it and I’ve been meaning to read that. The hardcover has 512 pages. And for my New Adult pick if ever I find the time, Knocked Up by Nikki Chase with 548 pages as an ebook. Who knows, with my reading trajectory right now, I might read that first. XD

My choices fulfills all of the challenges except #2 and #4. No way I’m ever buddy reading a book. Nothing against it, I just don’t enjoy it. But if you want us to talk about a book, we can do that. 🙂

I’m aiming to read at least 2. I know Obsidio will be an easy read. I don’t know how much reading I’ll do with Anime Expo. When that con is in town, it takes over my life. But we’ll see. I will be bringing either my Kobo Aura ONE or my Nook Tablet 7 with me while at the convention so I’ll have something to do while waiting in line or during down time.

Let me know if you’re participating too. What is your TBR?

WRAP-UP | MAY 2018

If April was My Hero Academia month, May was all about Onepunch-Man. I read the first six volumes about a year ago and loved it. Finally, there is news of the 2nd season. I cannot wait for more Saitama shenanigans. He’s definitely one of my favorite manga characters. He is the strongest hero but is also very humble. You can feel his frustrations on how he’s not more popular or how he’s not recognized for his actions but at the end of the day, all he wants to do is to help people. He’s such an amazing character.

I read a mindblowing NA book that absolutely destroyed me last month. Now, all I want to read is NA. Ooooh, I am tempted to do that but I think I’ll save my audio book reads for fantasy and YA. I can go through NA so fast. I just have to pick them right so I won’t burn myself out.

Also, June is audio book reading month. I’m already on my 3rd audio book and hopefully I can keep this up.


TOTAL BOOKS READ: 13. (Just like last month!)

  • Let’s talk about Onepunch-Man by ONE first.
    • Volume 7 – This had more extras than the main story. 3/5 stars.
    • Volume 8 – KING! OMG, how can someone be so lucky. 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 9 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 10 – 3/5 stars. I want to continue but I’ll let the volumes pile  up first. Maybe I’ll catch up to Haikyuu this month.
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kohei Horikoshi – This season is just too good. I had to pace myself. But I think I’ve read beyond what this season is going to adapt. I mean, ERI!!! I give this volume 3/5 stars because the new characters seemed rather uninteresting.
  • Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino
    • Volume 11 – I can’t stay away. I wish Chapter 61 was animated. 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 12 – I wish the anime gave more screen time to Hebihara-sensei. 5/5 stars.
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White – I’ve owned a signed copy of this book ever since its release. I even have the 2nd book, also signed. But I did listen to this on audio and LOVED IT. The narration didn’t have much vocal variation but the emotions were portrayed beautifully. Lada is an amazing character. When I first heard about this “gender swap Vlad the Impaler”, I was instantly intrigued. Why I waited this long to read it, I apologize for that now. 4/5 stars.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – Here’s to hoping that the actual 4th book in the series is NOT about Rhys and Feyre bopping like rabbits on every surface of their dwelling… and telling us about it. Nothing really happened in this book other than setting up several possible plots for the characters moving forward. The writing is like bad New Adult. But at this point, I will read every book in this series. Especially if it features Azriel and some form of happiness for him. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure. 3/5 stars.
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – As much as I am disappointed by her works as Seanan McGuire, her books as Mira Grant are pretty fcking awesome. I got approved for the audio book for this in the middle of 2 others but I’m glad I made it in time to finish it before my 21 days were up. This was incredible. A new favorite! Now, I’m looking for a way to get a signed copy of this. It’s a mermaid book. But don’t think Ariel and Flounder. These are killer mermaids. That’s all you need to know. READ IT. 5/5 stars.
  • Speaking of new favorites… Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas – I’m coming clean and confessing… one of my favorite tropes or “kinks” is the age-gap kink. I love reading those. Sometimes, I browse GoodReads for “quality” age-gap books. This is definitely one of them. This did a very sensitive and taboo topic so very right. I loved Pike and his inner struggle with the situation. The solution to the problem was actually very realistic. I loved this book so much I bought a signed and personalized copy the very next day after finishing it. 5/5 stars.
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – This is one of those books that I couldn’t imagine reading. Not that I don’t like it. I do, I love mystery. But I enjoyed the experience more listening to it than reading it, if that makes any sense. I need more YA historical mystery in my life. I do have access to the next books but I don’t want to burn myself out. 4/5 stars.
  • Status Update by Annabeth Albert – This was cute. It’s an M/M romance between a 25-year-old game designer and a 35-year-old virgin who works as a professor (on hiatus) at a conservative Christian college. Their chemistry was adorable, a bit insta-lovey for me but it was a nice quick read. 3/5 stars.

STATS:

  • 3429 pages
  • 7 manga, 4 audio books

I did buy some books this month. I already mentioned above that I bought a physical copy of Birthday Girl because I loved it too much. Then I stumbled upon a free Kindle copy of Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen. Speaking of free Kindle books, Library of Souls by Richard Denney, a booktuber, was also available. Then I got 2 books for a dollar each at a thrift store, Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker and The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I’ve had my eye on Mr. Rochester for a while now, Jane Eyre being my favorite book of all time. Not so much on the YA contemporary book but it’s a 500-page hardcover for a dollar? Yes, please.

I’m very happy with the way my reading is going this year so far. I’ve been lucky with my audio book choices and like I said previously, I’m falling deeper in love with New Adult romance. I’m still picky but at least I’m consuming more and more of it now than ever. I even joined a reading challenge for motivation. While I don’t listen to audio books on the weekend – I tend to marathon and catch up to anime – I do try to make a dent on other books. I’m catching up to a lot of manga. What I need to do now is to read finished manga. But I really want to catch up to Haikyuu though.

Anyway, the second half of this month will be crazy with all the Anime Expo prep. So I’m happy to get ahead with my reading this early in case I couldn’t sneak it in later in the month.

Are you going to Anime Expo? 🙂

 

#T5W Rewind | Booktube Made Me Read It

This week, we are talking about the book recommended by Booktube.

But before that, I would like to share an update regarding my previous T5W post. I posted my Merch Monster topic a few weeks ago and there, I said I would love a Treebeard Funko Pop (as much as I don’t prefer Funkos). Well… during my weekly Little Tokyo visit, I picked one up. 

Yep. Call me “multi-fandom”. This is why I don’t do Tumblr anymore. I mean, I was there when it first started but now, it’s become to big and I have so many active fandoms, I can’t do it.

A former professor noticed that I have a Groot bobble head at the bottom there. Next time I rearrange, I will put him next to Treebeard. Below this shelf is a sneak peek of my LOTR collection. Right above is my Gunpla display pictured in this post. That part of the fandom obviously overflowed to this shelf. It’s supposedly my Harry Potter and Jane Eyre shelf. There’s Hagrid in the back with Dumbledore. Those The Hunger Games books there are in Filipino. Behind those 3D glasses (that I got when I watched The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies red carpet premiere) and below the spare GP base is a VHS (yes) copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone signed by Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Columbus. I may retire those Gundam: IBO keychains so I’ll have more space for figures. It’s an ever evolving process.


Anyway, I already have a list of 10 things that I bought/read because of booktube. But if I’m being honest, about 80% of my TBR is because of booktube. I’ve since weeded out some and added in titles that were under the “Recommended” tab but the fact still remains that booktube is a damn good promoter of books.

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
    When this became the OwlCrate book of the month, there was no way to miss this book or hear what it’s about. I have no interest in subscription boxes (I have enough merch to last me several lifetimes) therefore, I wasn’t interested in reading or purchasing this. Until I saw it available on Hoopla Digital as an audio book. I took the chance and I’m so glad I did.
  • A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.
    Just how out of touch am I with the bookish community? Well, I’ve heard of her other book, The Female of the Species. I heard about this book from other smaller booktubers who I trust. Until I looked up the author’s other works, I had no idea that one person wrote both books. Hehehe, yeah. I haven’t read Female but I damn love this one.
  • Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.
    I heard about this from the current moderator of this weekly tag, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. We may have different opinions about this book but I’m thankful that I got this recommendation from her.
  • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson.
    Another recommendation from Sam. I heard this first from her channel and as the books were released, she had nothing but high praises. With this trilogy, I agree with her opinions. I then bought all three books in hardcover.
  • New Adult genre.
    All the NA books that I’ve read – and loved – so far are direct recommendations from booktube. My most recent one, Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, is from Jess from PeaceLoveBooks. The New Camelot trilogy by Sierra Simone and Him/Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy were from Julie from Pages & Pens. Although I’ve read Sierra Simone’s other book, Priest, I would have never checked her other series out without hearing someone I trust talk about it. Then the first NA book that I actually liked, Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie, I heard from Carol from The Reading Wallflower. Now, I’m starting to branch out on my own. I’m beginning to realize what I like and what pushes my buttons, so to speak. 😉

I had Seanan McGuire books” on my draft list but I read her works as Mira Grant before The Wayward Children series was released. And while I did hear about ACOTAR on booktube, I would’ve read it eventually because I saw it everywhere I went. And as I listen to the final hour of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, I placed it on my TBR before I heard anyone on booktube talk about it.

Social media is a great platform to have one message reach so many. Our responsibility as consumer is to decide if these things are worth our time and pay it forward if it is.