I recently watched a video on Youtube, (check it out here) or BOOKtube as it is known to be called, and I actually really loved what he was saying. He basically was trying to be supportive and motivational towards those people who felt like giving up because they couldn’t afford to be on Booktube. The idea that someone feels they can’t afford something that is meant to be fun and free really bothers me. This community should be about reading, and the love you have for reading. Not how many books you can buy.
If you can buy a shit ton of books every month, then good for you!! You’re not spending my money, so I don’t care about that. I do care that some young booktubers are feeling this ridiculous pressure to spend their money on book hauls each month. DON’T DO THAT, IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT. When I first started watching these book videos on youtube, I thought that it was about book discussions, and getting people to read, but lately it seems like a competition on who can buy the most books. I honestly feel like a lot of these people are just book collectors not readers. Which is fine, but then just come out and say it. Also many of the really big Booktubers, get A LOT of stuff sent to them from publishers. You will not be able to keep up with that if you live on a budget and you know what? That’s okay! It is absolutely okay. Just talk about the books you love. Create top 5 or top ten discussions, do whatever you want. But do not feel the pressure to HAVE EVERY NEW BOOK EVER!! It is unnecessary. I don’t know about you, but I have a life, and I cannot spend time worrying about those kinds of meaningless things.
Every month I will buy a book or two. I think the biggest “haul” I did in a month was 5 books. I don’t and can’t go out and buy 100s of books. I also think if you spend and spend and spend on books, you might want to reevaluate your situation. You have a future ahead of you, and I can tell you all of the Youtube stars, won’t be stars forever. “fame” like beauty is fleeting. I am only saying this because recently I watched a book haul video where someone bought a ridiculous amount of books from Book Outlet, which I know is a cheap online shop for Americans, but just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you HAVE to buy it. I am only saying this because the person in question seemed like they were spending the entire video convincing the viewers about how cheap it was and how its no big deal, but really I think they were trying to convince themselves that they didn’t just fuck up big time by spending $100 on books.
Again, you’re not spending my money so I don’t care, I am just making an observation. What I buy, I read, and while I have some books that need to be read, they also came from Used Book sales at the local Library, where for the price of one book, I get 15 I am not even bullshitting. And the reason I love these used book sales at Libraries is because they help the library stay afloat. You are giving back instead of giving money to a greedy corporation. So go to these if your local library has them. Support Libraries.
I have read many popular novels because of the local library, and I go there often when I want to read something new, but don’t want to spend the money.
Booktube and book blogging shouldn’t be about who has the nicest shelves, or the most books. There are REAL problems going on in the world today, that deserve far more attention and support than someone’s book buying habit. This is not to say that I hate all Booktubers. I don’t hate anyone. There are just some who seem to think at this point that they’re celebrities, and don’t seem to be readers at all just collectors, so I get nothing of interest from those. I have some favorite booktubers. I will put two down below because I feel that these two are true blue readers. They have book hauls, they also have wonderful reviews they do, and when they wrap up their reading months I can tell they actually read the books and aren’t just half assing it.
To finish this long rambling, I just want you all to know, whether you are trying to be a book tuber or a book blogger, you don’t need to spend ridiculous amounts of money to do so. Just speak about the books you love, and open discussions about it, because somewhere along the way we lost what the book community is really supposed to be about. I really hope people can respect my view, and not start shit. We are all adults, so try to act like it.
My Fave Booktubers:
Kristine Hackett : She’s sweet and a lover of Harry Potter, but also one of those who you can tell actually reads her books and isn’t trying to show off every single book she owns. Also she does fun topics as well that have nothing to do with books.
Peruse Project : I really enjoy her videos. She doesn’t always just stick to YA, which I really love because I don’t only read YA. I typically agree with her recommendations and reviews.
Richard Denney : He’s just brutally honest and I love that. I can appreciate anyone who calls it like he sees it. Honesty is what I am about.(I added him as a third since his video inspired this post)
Peace & Love