TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Booktube Made Me

… buy it.

… read it.

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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?

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MAILBOX MONDAY (MUSINGS) #10 | No Book-Buying Ban

Gasp! I’m blogging from my house? This is… so foreign to me. XD

Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate. I personally dread it because that means I have to go back to hel- I mean, work – tomorrow. I needed this weekend. I need more of this weekend. A lot has happened in the past week; most of it bad but I live for the little good things that made me smile even for just a second.

This is another two-in-one. It’s been a while since the last one and I have a lot to talk about!

Musing

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I’m back to reading Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. And I think I figured out what is bothering me about it hence the sort of slump I’m experiencing with it. The writing. It sounds so… simple? Amateurish? No, not really that but I feel like the writing is inconsistent, as if written by a kid. But then again, the author did mention that she started the draft when she was 12 years old or something. I don’t know, don’t quote me on that. I am enjoying the story but the writing is so off-putting. It’s like reading a middle-grade Graceling.

Over the weekend, I participated and completed my first readathon. It’s the Read-A-Theme Read-A-Thon. I was able to read three “Quick Reads”, the theme of the month, two comic compilations and one novel. I was halfway through a third graphic novel but I sort of DNF’d because I wasn’t enjoying it and I had somewhere else to go before I was able to finish it. Still up in the air if I’m counting that to my 2016 numbers. But I did finish Saga Volumes 2 and 3 as well as Audition by Ryu Murakami. Yep, that’s my 3rd Ryu Murakami book this year. That’s 503 pages so almost like one long novel. I’m glad I participated and look forward to joining this readathon again next year!

Last Friday was an especially tough day for me so I decided to go on a little book shopping at my local Goodwill. You know, a couple of dollars for good books won’t hurt. So I ended up with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and of course, another copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Then, I beelined to Vroman’s Bookstore for more feel-better vibes. I wasn’t planning on buying anything there; I just wanted inspiration. But then I saw Calamity by Brandon Sanderson. Signed. Special edition. Discounted. I wanted to buy this fromBook Outlet every single time I see it but it sells out so fast. But sometimes, coughing up $$ for books isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Also, I didn’t realize until I took this photo that the three books I picked up last Friday were all shades of purple. Is this in homage to my poor bruised soul? Here’s to hoping this week is a better one.

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