There have been a very stormy couple of days here in Ireland as ex-hurricane Ophelia landed upon our shores and with another oncoming storm this weekend, what better excuse than to wrap up in bed and read a good book.
Some of my favourite books, alongside YA/fantasy books, are those created and written by my favourite YouTubers. I follow quite a few, so I always have a large stack of books to read from them, so today I’m sharing with you My Top 5 Books by YouTubers!
5. My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart
My Drunk Kitchen was one of the first ever YouTuber books I ever bought. It was shortly after I had first fallen down the YouTube black hole, and Hannah was one of the first YouTubers I subscribed to! I found her so funny, and so creative and I just loved what she was doing, so when she announced her book, I knew I just had to have it!
One day, lonely cubicle dweller and otherwise bored New York City transplant Hannah Hart decided to make a fake cooking show for a friend back home in California. She opened her laptop, pulled out some bread and cheese, and then, as one does, started drinking. The video was called “Butter Yo Sh*t” and online sensation My Drunk Kitchen was born. My Drunk Kitchen (the book!) includes recipes, stories, colour photographs, and tips and tricks to inspire your own adventures in tipsy cooking. Hannah offers cocktail recommendations, culinary advice (like, remember to turn off the oven when you go to bed), and shares never-before-seen recipes.
4. Binge by Tyler Oakley
One of several autobiographical books released by YouTubers that I have read, it was a hard toss between this one and In Real Life by Joey Graceffa, but in the end it was Tyler’s unique charm, and his place in the LGBTQ+ community that won me over. His story is not unlike many others, but with the added flare of how his YouTube videos shot him to internet fame, and how far he has come since is astounding to the point where I stopped several times while reading this and asked myself: What am I doing with myself???
Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than 10 million followers across social media.
3. Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
When Joey Graceffa announced that his new book (after his autobiography In Real Life) was going to be a Fantasy YA, I knew I was going to be all over it–after all, that is my preferred genre to read, and you know what, it did not disappoint. Generally people are hesitant that YouTuber’s get ghost writers, but I know for a fact that Joey is an excellent storyteller (see his Storytellers series on YT), so I knew this was going to be good. I actually listened to this as an audiobook believe it or not, and my first audiobook experience at that! It was a great story and the narrator did an excellent job!
Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government.
As an illegal second child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run.
2. Note to Self by Connor Franta
Note to Self is a book that I still read every now and again, because it is one of those books that you can’t just sit down and read like a regular book. This book is a collection of everything that Connor is passionate about and it is clear to see that he pours his heart and soul into every page whether it’s a piece of prose, poetry, or even a simple photo. This is one of those books that I will definitely be keeping for a while and probably have as a coffee table book at some point in the future!
In this diary-like look at his life since A Work In Progress, Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles with love and loss; and his renewed efforts to be in the moment—with others and himself.
Told through short essays, letters to his past and future selves, poetry, and original photography, Note to Self is a raw, in-the-moment look at the fascinating interior life of a young creator turning inward in order to move forward.
1. How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
One of the newer books in my collection, it has quickly become an all time favourite. Lilly Singh is one of my all-time favourite YouTubers of them all, and I have several of her motivational videos saved as playlists, just for when I need that little kick up the backside, and now I have a physical book full of her blunt real-talk that really just seems to do the trick for me every time!
Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.
WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.
I hope you enjoyed this little Top 5 list of my favourite YT books. Are you a fan of any of these YouTubers? Will you be checking them out? Have you a favourite a YT Book that I haven’t mentioned here? Leave a comment and let’s get chatting! 😀
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