Hey Friends!! So, I’ve been toying with some thoughts lately. I’m not even sure how to correctly blog them, BUT after a week…still no “correct” way to do it. So I’m going to just let it all out and see what your thoughts and feelings are! Sound good?
Ok, so my thoughts started swimming after watching a wonderful video over at Raul’s channel Latin Lector YA, Booktube and Group Thinking. It was a great video and he pointed out how people recommending a book or people commenting negatively about a book, really affected how he felt about said book. This registered with me, because I have found that if I’m reading a book or about to read a book…and I go on Booktube…and I see a negative review…I will start to critique that book while I’m reading. Normally, I wouldn’t even noticed these “flaws” but now they are all I think about. Raul seemed to notice this as well. I never even took note of it, until his video.
That said, Six of Crows was a VERY hyped book. I picked it up and was very excited. If you’ve seen my review, you’d know I wasn’t thrilled the first 160 something pages. I ended up enjoying it, but if it wasn’t for the hype…I might have put that one down and never finished. That would have been disappointing now that I know how it all turned out.
Booktube has been such an asset to me. I love books like Harry Potter, Fablehaven and Percy Jackson. None of my friends share that interest. Coming to Booktube, I feel like one of the group. I’m with my fellow book lovers and I thrive here. That said, it is a group and Group Think is a reality. Thank you Trina from Between Chapters. Your Why is YA so popular on BookTube? video really made me think. I’m not as concerned with YA being so prevalent on Booktube, that doesn’t bother me, but what you said about Group Think did move me.
I kinda took a step back and evaluated my book choices and changes that I’ve made since joining Booktube. These are things that I noticed. This is JUST ME..I’m not mad or accusing anyone. I’m not saying this is everyone…just me.
First of all, I have bought quite a few books (some I loved, some I haven’t read yet) because of Booktube. I purchased them because they came with high praise and sounded like perfect selections for myself. I wasn’t disappointed…at least not yet lol Another reason I bought them….because I’m a newbie(ish). I wanted to make Bookish friends (I’ve made some WONDERFUL ones!!!) and I wanted to chat about those books with people who have read them. (Trina mentions this in her video, I believe). Turns out, I’m mostly on the tail end of a hyped book and most people are over them. Minus Raven Boys….guuuush. I love you Michelle and Jody!!! hehe
Second, because of buying all these books…I stopped reading the books I would pick out. I noticed on Twitter there was a tweet going around asking who you are most likely to take a recommendation from (something like that)…I wouldn’t be chosen, because I’m only reading what others are reading. That made me sad. I felt more disappointed in myself, than left out. Thanks to all these conversations, I’ve looked at my reading habits harder and I’m glad that I did. I need to read for me and not to gain a common bond. If people enjoy what I’m reading, great. If they don’t, I still have great booktube friends.
Lastly, I think I jumped too quickly into Read-a-thons and Buddy Reads. I think I burned myself out. It was a FANTASTIC experience and truly a lot of fun…but in the end…I was super burned out. I still haven’t finished Dream Thieves and I really like the book. I think the pressure of reading a book in a certain time frame is just too much for me. (Or maybe it’s that I did them all back to back) I’m a slow reader. This leads me into Jody’s blog post When Life Catches Up To You. I thought this was raw and real. I related so whole heartedly. I love to game with my family. I loved tv lol Books don’t always come first for me. It’s my “me” time, but I don’t always GET “me” time. lol Sometimes…I just like Animal Crossing: New Leaf!!!
I’m NOT bashing Booktube. I’m so thankful to have Booktube and all it’s many channels in my life. I love the inspiration and creativity. I love the laughs and giggles. I’m just evaluating how I’ve been….operating and how I’d like to grow. Maybe this is a common newbie problem? I know Kristin from WhatsKappening had mentioned that newbies sometimes wanna buy EVERY book they see and it’s not always the wisest decision. I’ve done good on that front, but I have changed my habits as listed above.
So…what does this mean for me? I have no idea lol I’m still gonna blog. I’m still gonna watch Booktube videos with a smile on my face. I’m still going to read endless blogs, not unlike this one lol! I don’t even know if this all sums it up entirely/correctly.
In summary, I think I will be posting a book recs post soon (Soon=Right after this one if I can lol) and it will list books that I HAVEN’T seen on booktube. It’s a start right? It’s time for me to soak up the wonders of Booktube and yet still be…me. 🙂 Love you all!!!