I’ve been watching YouTube since I think about sixth grade. In high school, I watched mostly beauty guru videos out of fascination (how do girls do that?) and baby name videos, because I struggled to name characters in my stories. I only knew about books like The Hunger Games and Twilight because of other kids at school. Then, I found book reviewers like Katie from Chapter Stackss and the girls from Get Bookish. That changed everything.
When Shanah announced this month’s topics, I knew right away which five books I was going to pick. Thanks to BookTube, I found some of my all-time favorite books that I am not sure I ever would have found on my own.
The top five books I have read because of YouTube are:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is actually recommendation from Katie of Chapter Stackss. It is one of her all-time favorite books and the concept intrigued me. I think at that point the only dystopian books I read were The Giver and The Hunger Games, and those were meant for young adults. The Handmaid’s Tale was not heavy with action scenes, but you feel the despair within this world. Religion has taken over the government, women are subjugated, and violence is everywhere. If I had to choose, I think I prefer to live in the world of The Hunger Games to the one in The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I remember reading The Wrath and the Dawn the summer after I graduated from college. I was unemployed and distracted myself by visiting the library almost daily. The Wrath and the Dawn, as well as its sequel The Rose and the Dagger, was everywhere on YouTube by that point. I checked this one out of the library because I was interested in reading it but it was not something I was used to reading. As you can imagine, I read it and loved it.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
If I remember correctly, I wasn’t sure if I would like An Ember in the Ashes either. Much like The Wrath and the Dawn, I heard a lot about it on YouTube so I checked it out of the library just to give it a try. Now, this series is one of my all-time favorites and I find little fault in the books.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Though I was a newbie to high fantasy at the time and Throne of Glass was only beginning its journey to becoming a social media phenomenon, somehow I was confident that I would love this book. I not only bought Throne of Glass, but also Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, all of which had been published by the time I picked up the series. Admittedly, I did not love Throne of Glass, only enjoyed it just enough where I read the rest of the series. And, of course, loved those books.
Clockwork Angel/City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I read both Clockwork Angel and City of Bones in 2013 or 2014, after some years seeing Cassandra Clare’s name everywhere. Once The Infernal Devices trilogy and The Mortal Instruments series became more popular on YouTube, I watched enough reviews where I felt I would enjoy them if I read them. I did, though I gave Clockwork Angel 5 stars while City of Bones got 4 stars.
What was your favorite book you read because of YouTube?