Booktube-a-thon day One: Show your top 3 book you read because of Booktube

On the Booktube-a-thon channel Ariel made a bunch of video challenges, but since I don’t make videos I thought I’d try to do the ones that can work as blog challenges, because I’m a maverick. So here we go. The first challenge is to show your top 3 book you read because of Booktube.

The first one is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of people talk about this, but the people who made me want to read it was Sanne of Booksandquills and Pricilla from the Readables. They both raved about it and they made it sound so exciting and interesting and I got very excited. I wrote a review, it was gushing and delighted. It’s really good. It’s about a girl named Cath, who is a massive fangirl and fanfiction writer, and for the first time in her life she’s not sharing a room with her twin sister Wren, because they’re going to college. And it’s a great coming of age novel, and it’s a great exploration of writing and fanfiction and fan culture. I haven’t read a lot of books on fan culture actually, so that’d be really interesting.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Misty from the Bookrat pointed me towards this one, and the other two. She’s the first booktuber I started watching. I think. I am not good at keeping track of these things, but I think she was the first one. She always makes interesting videos. I think I found this one because she mentioned the second book in the trilogy and it sounded really amazing, so I had to read the first one. It’s about a girl named Karou who lives in Prague and studies art, but also spends her days delivering teeth to a “monster” named Brimstone, who lives behind a secret door. Then one day she can’t get through the secret door and she is confronted by an honest-to-god angel named Akiva and she figures out her whole life people have been keeping some very serious secrets from her. It’s written in such a poetic style and the story and characters are amazing and beautiful and wow. Just read the last one and it’s so gorgeous.

The Lunar Chronicles
Again Misty of the aforementioned Bookrat turned me onto these books by Marissa Meyer. They are retellings of fairytales set in the future. The first one is Cinder and is based, not surprisingly, on Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg and mechanic living in New Beijing and she meets the soon-to-be emperor Kai and they have an instant connection. Cyborgs are seen as less so obviously it can’t be, also there are people from Luna (the moon) sort of invading the earth. The second book is based on Little Red Riding Hood and called Scarlet. And the third is about Cress, based on Rapunzel. Cinder is a bit part of both the other books. I think Cress is my favorite so far. Cress has been kept on a space station for most of her life and is a bit bonkers from the isolation, and I love her. I am really excited about the last book Winter, because Winter (Snow White) was introduced at the end of Cress and she seems even more delightfully insane.

So these are my favorite books (cheating slightly) I’ve read because of Booktube, there are many more and Booktube always leads me to amazing books so I’m really happy I found Booktube.