I’m late to the party, but I decided to join the Strike Back Youtube-a-thon effort. This is an event hosted by Booktubers over on YouTube after the recent changing of the policy. It’s hosted by That Bookie, Ben Sanders, and G Swizzle in an effort to help lesser-known Booktubers shine. Basically, the aim is for every participant to post one video a day for thirty days in order to create a community and some buzz around smaller channels. I want to support this effort seeing as booktube and authortube have had a large impact on my writing career, but since I do not have a YouTube channel, I figured I would move the challenge over to my blog. Every day for the next thirty days, I will answer one prompt (or make up a prompt of my own), shoutout one small booktuber, authortuber or blogger I enjoy, and tag as many people as I can.
Click on this link for full information from That Bookie and without further ado, let’s get started.
Today’s shoutouts go to bytheBrooke, who is becoming a good friend of mine and gave me the idea to do this blog series, and Kim Chance, whose debut novel Keeper is LIVE TODAY! Buy it here, and mark your calendars for the live show here
Books you bought or read because of the cover.
Image description: Two white flower petals in the shape of wings on a black and purple background. The title, “Wings,” is written in a dark pick cursive font along the bottom with the author’s name in an all-caps Sans Serif font.
- Wings by Apirilynne Pike
Summary: Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. (from Amazon)
I found this series after I had finished The Faerie Path by Allen Frewin Jones, and picked it up solely because it was about fairies and I needed another fantasy read. What really intrigued me was that the wings on the cover weren’t traditional, Tinkerbell-like wings, but flower petals in a wing-like shape. And as with the cover, this did indeed prove to be a very interesting and unique fairy read.
Image description: The back of a young teen girl with pale skin and red hair wearing a cream white corset. Her face is turned to the right, looking down. The title is written along her back in a white serif font.
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Summary: It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one.
To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to? (from Amazon)
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know this is one of my absolute favorite books. Though I don’t remember exactly what drew me to it in the first place, the cover is certainly intriguing. This is the only YA book I know of with a picture of this composition, and I think it’s the simplicity, in part, that makes it so captivating. I never would have expected the dark, rich, magical story that lay within its pages to give off such a… dainty first impression.
Image description: The center picture is a dirt path surrounded by green grass and trees. It leads to a white castle. Over that image are two twins with red hair, a boy in a blue shirt and black pants and a girl in a pink shirt and blue pants who appear to be falling onto the path. In the bottom right corner separated by golden trim is a black wolf with glowing red eyes running toward the reader. On the left is a smiling anthropomorphic frog in a brown suit. Along the sides are colored silhouettes of Snow White in a blue dress on the left and Sleeping Beauty in her pink dress on the right. The book has a teal background. The title “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell” is written along the top in golden cursive and the author’s name in a square at the bottom.
- The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Summary: Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change.
When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: The Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.
But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land – Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother!
The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way? (from Amazon).
As you might expect, I found this book because I knew Chris Colfer from Glee, but it was the bright and colorful cover that actually convinced me to give it a chance. You see, I’ve heard of a lot of famous people writing books, but their fame often does not determine the quality of the book. In terms of writing, books have an equal chance of being really good or really bad no matter who’s writing them, and for a while, that was why I avoided this one. Colfer is a wonderful actor and singer, but I didn’t know if that would translate into his ability as an author. I knew he had written another book before, but this was a new genre for him, and I didn’t want to just pick the book up just because I liked the author.
The cover really pushed it over the edge for me because it was bright and fun and it reminded me of fairy tales. Anyone who knows me knows that those are one of my favorite types of stories to read. Even though I’m older than the intended target audience for this, I found it very creative and whimsical and just an overall good time. This carried through for most of the rest of the series. It’s funny to think that I might not have picked it up had it not been for the cover.
Image description: A golden metallic dragon falling with three people on its back, two boys, and one girl. The background is a teal silhouette of a castle-like building.
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently, she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong (from Amazon).
If I’m completely and totally honest I picked up this book because it was a Rick Riordan book and I loved the Percy Jackson series. However, I wasn’t sure how to fill about continuing the adventure with an entirely new cast. Once again though, it was the artwork, particularly the giant gold metal dragon, that made me crack it open. I just had to see how that dragon fit into the overall story. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed and, in some ways, I like this series better than the original.
Image description: A girl with long blonde hair in a flowing white dress revealing her back facing away from the audience toward a black tower on a hill during a snowy night
- Towering by Alex Flinn
New York Times #1 bestselling author Alex Flinn reimagined the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in Beastly and gave a twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty in A Kiss in Time. Now with her gothic and darkly romantic YA novel Towering, Alex Flinn retells the tale of Rapunzel.
When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed with which her golden hair has been growing. It’s gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she’s begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself? (from Amazon)
The first book I read by Alex Flinn was Beastly and I only picked it up because everyone had been talking about it, but after that, because I really enjoyed the writing style, I wanted to read all of her books.
Because they didn’t appear to have a series order and each book seem to be a story of it on with connected side characters, I picked each of them up in the order that the covers with the most interesting to me, and this was, I believe, the first one. Rapunzel have never been a favorite married her mind, though I do enjoy it. Still, there was something about the cover that made it stick out. Maybe the dark background or the expression on the model’s face. Whatever it was, I felt this Rapunzel had something to hide and I was curious to find out what.
1 Favorite books you’ve read because of booktube (Any number of favorite reads you’d like to mention)
2 5 books you really want to read this year (Any genre no real limits here.)
3 Favorite fantasy reads (Any number just limited to fantasy, YA or NA or Middle Grade it’s all fair game.)
4 favorite music and favorite book (The favorite songs that make you think of particular books)
5 Sequels I want to read (Any number, no big limitations.)
6 bookish merch collection (No real limits here either.)
7 Classic I want to read
8 Book, boyfriends/Girlfriends (Let’s face it we’ve all wanted to date a book character at more than one point)
9 Cover buys
10 “Small” Booktuber shout out 1
11 Series I won’t finish
12 favorite bookish romances
13 quick reads recommendations
14 disappointing reads
15 favorite things about book tube
16 auto-buy authors
17 top 10 TBR books
18 Series I want to finish
19 What is monetization on YouTube/Do I monetize (Choose to talk about either monetization or whether you do/n’t and why.)
20 5 “Small” Channels shoutouts
21 Favorite moments in the last year in the BookTube community?
22 Something you look forward to in the future of YouTube
23 Why did you join BookTube?
24 5 Channel Starting Tips 25 What has been one of the more trying videos to make since you started booktube?
26 Twitter, Goodreads, and BookTube Oh My (Discuss the way the community interacts and some highlights from your perspective)
27 Behind The BookTube (Talk about your setup to film and edit)
28 Channels That Inspire You (not exactly a shoutout video, and it doesn’t need to be just booktube channels.)
29 Bookshelf Tour
30 5 More “Small” Channel Shoutouts
As always, keep making magic, word weavers.
Question of the day: One book you’ve bought because of a cover?