Are You Looking for Some Reading Inspiration? Booktube Is the Place to Go!

Let me introduce: my top five favourite booktubers.

Photo by Merphy Napier

Do you plan to read more books this year? Did you read 27 articles on how to read more, without any results? Are you starting to get frustrated because a whole month has passed already and you haven’t read any more yet?

If that’s you, don’t worry.

Firstly, you’re not alone, and secondly, I’ve got one ultimate tip for you here. If you’re struggling to fall in love with reading, to find books you really want to read, and to stay motivated to actually read them, let me tell you this:

Booktube is your friend.

This awesome subsection of Youtube is where you want to go to solve your reading problems. There is a whole bunch of passionate readers to share their love of books with you.

It’s where I go when I’m in a reading slump or at a loss about what to read next. It’s where I go when I’m lacking the motivation to read and when I come back, I can’t wait to pick up a book again.

But again, there is one problem: Where to start?

The Booktube community has grown immensely in recent years, some of its most famous channels have 300k subscribers or more. To give you a place to start, I have made a little list of my top five favourite Booktubers:

1. Hailey in Bookland

Hailey, with her almost 250k subscribers, is the most famous booktuber on my list. I tend to like smaller channels better, but she is the exception to that rule. She reads and discusses mostly young adult literature.

Hailey does all of the classic booktube formats like monthly wrap-ups, book reviews, hauls, TBR videos (to-be-read), etc., along with some unique content about her own writing journey.

I especially like her casual vlogs, the amount of reading she does in a single day is truly inspiring and always makes me want to go along with her and pick up a book immediately.

And by the way, she has cats. That is always a huge plus.

2. Merphy Napier

Merphy is another shockingly prolific reader. I have no idea how she handles being a mom, her channel, and reading what feels like 20 books a week!

The great thing about Merphy is that she reads all kinds of genres: fantasy, contemporaries, thrillers, but also classics, among other things.

Fantasy is probably the genre she discusses most frequently and her channel is a great help for me when I’m looking for some great new fantasy reads. Merphy is the one who introduced me to my beloved Mistborn trilogy!

3. Sam from Thoughts on Tomes

Sam is, as she says herself, “a little bit older than the average booktube community”. I don’t think that matters at all, but her style is very relaxed and calm, which is why I love her. I struggle with Youtubers who are too overexcited and loud all the time …

Sam is an avid reader of all things fantasy, among a few other genres as well. What is unique about her channel is that her videos are comparatively short, which I appreciate when I don’t have a lot of time.

She does quick and digestible reviews of most of the books she reads rather than hour-long roundups.

4. Peyton Reads

With 18k subscribers, Peyton is one of the smaller booktubers on this list, which in no way diminishes my love for her. She has only just graduated high school, which explains her heavy focus on young adult literature.

Along with all the classic booktube formats, she sometimes gets creative and makes some really fun videos, like letting her boyfriend review her favourite book.

I like this freshness in her videos and always keep coming back for more!

5. Jean Bookish Thoughts

To be honest with you, the main reason I like Jean’s channel is because of her awesome Scottish accent. The booktube community is dominated by North American readers and some English and Irish ones, but there aren’t that many from Scotland.

But accents aside, Jean is, of course, a great booktuber in general. She mixes up the community not only language-wise, but also genre-wise as she reads a lot of contemporaries, classics, and even poetry.

She might have a slightly more professional approach to reviewing books because of her academic background, while still being very casual and accessible.

Be Inspired!

The reason I am sharing my top five favourite booktubers with you is that they really help me stay motivated to read throughout the year. Seeing them read so prolifically makes me want to do the same, and I am incredibly grateful for that.

It is the closest you can get to a book club without actually having to show up physically at a given time. Seize the opportunity and let yourself be inspired!

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Freelance Editor • Cultural Journalist. I talk language, freelance writing, and books — in no particular order.

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