TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Booktube Made Me

… buy it.

… read it.


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday , we’re listing down All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation.

I’ve always wanted to do this topic. But every time a Freebie week comes around, I forget all about it. XD I put it down on my journal last night as a future blog topic and then I checked TTT. Yes, the time has come.

I haven’t been watching booktube in a while. I’m more of the beauty community member. But I’ve been watching more and more book-related videos and channels. I love watching hauls and wrap-ups. Bookish discussions are way deeper than I expected. The booktube community definitely inspired me to broaden my horizons and explore more genres. Basically, just read more. I love reading blogs too but I can put a booktube video in the background and the next thing I know, I have 14 books in my Book Outlet cart.

Speaking of Book Outlet, I wouldn’t have discovered this site if not for booktube. The same with Brandon Sanderson books. I’ve been out of touch with the Fantasy genre for some time but now I think I have… 10 of his books? 😉 Yup. My TBR pile grew because of booktube and Book Outlet. And I’ve read more physical books because of it. So, thank yous all around.

These first five books are the ones that I’ve READ because of booktube. Then the next five (6-10) will be books that I BOUGHT because of booktube but haven’t read them yet. I have physical copies of them though.

  1. Saga graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I’m fairly new to graphic novels and I’m glad that my reintroduction to the genre is through Saga. I first heard about this at length from Problems of a Book Nerd. The I started seeing it on other videos, all praises. So I decided to check it out. I had to physically stop myself from speeding through all published collections.
  2. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. I ended up not liking this book but I first heard about it on booktube. I forgot which one but I remember being super intrigued upon hearing the premise. I took a chance but alas, it wasn’t what I thought it would be.
  3. Lexicon by Max Barry. Thanks to Rincey Reads for this recommendation. Well, not really a recommendation. I saw her unbox this and I immediately checked it out. It’s an amazing, suspenseful read.
  4. Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver. And every middle-grade book on my Goodreads TBR. Richard Denney of Books and Bullshit is one awesome booktuber. Don’t let the curse word in his channel name deter you; he has a ton of middle-great recommendations.
  5. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. I clearly remember getting this recommendation from Peruse Project. When she mentioned something about the Nazis winning the war and there’s a motorcycle race, I was sold. In fact, I’m reading this right now.
  6. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. This is another Nazi-era book. I love these. I first heard about this from Hails Hearts NYC. Actually, I’ve only heard it from her channel.
  7. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I’ve been seeing this book a lot on Book Outlet but it was alliesugar‘s video that finally pushed me to buy it.
  8. Lock In by John Scalzi. I cannot remember who it was specifically but I know it’s a guy on booktube. Heh.
  9. And I Darken by Kiersten White. There’s no shortage of YA-centric booktubers. It could be any one of them. But when I heard that premise, I so wanted to read this book.
  10. You by Caroline Kepnes. It was a mystery/thriller recommendation video. And then I started seeing it everywhere lol.

I’m sure there’s more. But these stood out to me the most. Do check out the booktubers that I linked on this post. Who is your favorite? What kind of booktube video is your favorite?


The Olympics Book Tag

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Yes, I know I’m a month late but it’s only these past two days that this tag showed up on my “Suggested Videos” scroll on Youtube. I checked it out and hey, I wanna do it too.

I would have you know that the Olympics has a special connection to my very existence. I was born on the exact same day as the Opening Ceremonies of the Seoul Summer Olympics. Google that and you’ll know my exact age. Yup. Exact. So I make it a point to watch at least the Opening Ceremonies at every Summer Olympics. And Swimming. And Tennis, of course, my favorite sport to watch. In fact, it was at the 1988 Olympics that they reintroduced tennis as an official Olympic sport since 1924. See, tennis… South Korea… it’s all in the cards since the day I was born.

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s head on over to the tag. I’ll add a few anecdotes here and there apart from my answers.

OPENING CEREMONY – Books You Loved From the First Page
(My favorite Opening Ceremonies ever is Beijing’s epic production.)

Vicious by VE Schwab. It was my 2nd book by her and I knew I was going to love it from the first page. I tend to enjoy her “adult” writing vs her “YA” style. It’s dark, very calculated and structured. I loved it all the way through. I really hope that the sequel comes out soon.

CYCLING – Favorite Road Trip Book
(My house watched Tour de France. My folks even met a couple of yellow jacket wearers.)

I’ve only read one that I’m positive is a road trip and that is Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. And I loved it. I never thought that I would put a YA Contemporary under “Favorites” but this book decided to come into my life.

TRIATHLON – Book With A Good Love Triangle
(My favorite triathlon event is not from the Olympics but from Superman is Back.)

Actually, the book that I’m currently reading has a good love triangle. I’m having a hard time reading it but the triangle between Mather, Meira, and Theron from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is being handled well. I can’t pick between the two!

HANDBALL – A Book You Didn’t Really “Get”
(Why handball? LOL. I watched a bit of this during the Rio Olympics and I just watched it for the pretty.)

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. A lot of people sing its praises. But I… actually unhauled it right after reading the last page. The cover didn’t have anything to do with the story; the story itself was all over the place. Whut?

BEACH VOLLEYBALL – A Book Set in Summer
(I was supposed to go to a beach volleyball charity meet by Josh Hutcherson but oh well.)

Summer is the season of YA Contemporary and Beach Reads. I don’t read a lot of either of those. So I really don’t have an answer for this item.

FENCING – A Book With A Lot of Fighting/Bloodshed
(I watched the semis of Men’s Fencing. There was this cute American guy competing. Hah!)

I would have to give it to Serena by Ron Rash. This books doesn’t shy away from death and killing. More than that of A Song of Ice and Fire even.

GYMNASTICS – A Book With A Lot of Plot Twists
(I used to watch this religiously back when the Chinese and Russians dominated the sport.)

Uh hello, Morning Star by Pierce Brown. What was that towards the end? And the ending!

SWIMMING – A Books that Made You Sob
(Don’t judge me… but I like Ryan Lochte. The Swimmer. His “Lochte Turn” is life. But just… sigh, don’t open your mouth.)

I don’t really cry when I read books. Yes, I get touched but not to the point of crying. But there’s this part of Voyager by Diana Gabaldon that absolutely destroyed me. If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about. You know, print shop… photos… Claire… Jamie. Yup.

GOLF – A Slow-Paced Book
(I tried watching golf but I don’t get it and I don’t have the patience for it.)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I didn’t really have a hard time reading it but it was a brick of a book and I remember just staring at huge blocks of text with so few breaks. I do like that book but man, it took a while.

TRAMPOLINE – A Childhood Favorite

The Nancy Drew Mysteries. Of course. I loved it then, I still love it now.

EQUESTRIAN – A Book Featuring Animals

The Saga graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples feature something named the “Lying Cat”. I want one.

HURDLES – A Book You Struggled to Finish
(To me, it ain’t the Olympics until the track & field events start LOL.)

I’m struggling right now. Snow Like Ashes. It’s the writing that is throwing me off. I like the story well enough but everything about the writing is reminding me why I stayed away from YA at the first place. But I’m almost there and I’m determined to finish.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING – A Book With Great Friendship
(I enjoy watching the Diving events more than Synchronized Swimming.)

It’s not a tag without Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Especially the first book. As they grew up, romance began to creep into their relationships but back when things were simple, it was cute.

BONUS – Books that Actually Feature Olympic Sports

I thought I could get away without mentioning this book but The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You know… archery. Also, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Legolas.

There you go. Not only a bunch of book recommendations, but a little something about me as well.

What’s your favorite sport? Do you play a sport? Let me know. Let’s talk in the comments!