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Book review videos – our favourite BookTubers

Keen readers all over the world love to tell us all about their favourite books on YouTube – and we are proud to support many of these BookTubers as they spread the joy of reading and share their views on everything from classic novels to the latest bestsellers. With the Book People’s YouTube channel going from strength to strength (subscribe to our channel for news, views and more here), we thought we’d focus on some of the best BookTubers to be found on YouTube.

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Here are our top 10 BookTube channels on YouTube:

Sophie’s BookTube

Reading anything – and everything – from young adult fiction to crime thrillers and celebrity cookbooks, Sophie is a new, charismatic book vlogger who is already admired for her frank and straight-talking approach to book reviews. Fair, insightful and always capable of provoking great discussion around books old and new, Sophie is a BookTuber whose opinion can always be trusted. Usually uploading two or three videos a week, Sophie’s BookTube channel on the Book People’s YouTube is a must for any reader!

Megan Olivier

A real star within the BookTube community, Megan was kind enough to film an exclusive unboxing books video for the Book People and if you watch it, you’re sure to find her enthusiasm for books infectious. With regular unboxing videos alongside tales of book hauls and much more, Megan is a BookTuber who will never fail to make you laugh!

Sarah Churchill

With weekly uploads and a passion for books that knows no bounds, Sarah Churchill is a very likeable girl from Wales with a lot of talent. Dipping into all the elements of the BookTube community, including bookshelf tours, readathons and the BookTubeathon, Sarah really knows her stuff. A huge fan of young adult books, she’s helpful, honest and informative. When it comes to YA fiction, you’ll want to check out her videos – she’s a big fan of graphic novels too!

Books and Quills

With over 105,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel, Sanne is a certified juggernaut in the BookTube community – and with good reason. A Dutch girl who moved to London and works for Hot Key Books, Sanne’s book review videos are fresh, funny and enlightening. She always manages to put her own twist on the literature topics she covers in her videos and communicate her thoughts in new and exciting ways. At the Book People, we particularly love her Read It First videos, which review books before their film adaptations are released.

Jean Bookishthoughts

Describing herself as a ‘part-time YouTuber’ and ‘Imaginary Dragon’, book lover Jean Menzies’ YouTube videos are fantastically varied as she delves into all kinds of fiction genres. Her great reviews of chick-lit, romance, young adult books and fantasy are testament to her passion for reading and her reviews will certainly help you make the right choice when deciding on which new book to buy next. She’s very active on Twitter (https://twitter.com/JeansThoughts) too!


A very creative individual and a Photography student, Amy’s passion for books and reading comes through in every YouTube book review that she posts. She leads great discussion and you can trust her to provide informed recommendations for books to read.


One of the few BookTube reviewers that specialises in adult literature, 1Book1review posts a new video book review every Friday. An active member of the BookTube community, she is known for taking part in a variety of different book tags. She is also learning to play the ukulele.


Hosting a rapidly growing YouTube channel, Charlotte recently ran an under-hyped books readathon, which encouraged BookTubers to read books that weren’t widely talked about. This was – naturally – a huge success and from this she has gained a great reputation within the BookTube community. One to watch!


Incredibly mature beyond her years, Ellen posts highly in-depth book reviews, some on books that tackle very serious themes. Look out for her Bookshelf Tour video, which is one of the best of its kind on YouTube.


The only male featured on our list of best YouTube book reviewers, jessethereader is a fantastically bright and vivacious character – who reads a lot! A big fan of dystopian YA fiction, Jesse’s book vlog oozes humour and light-heartedness. Great to watch

Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Following the release of the 13 longlisted Man Booker Prize 2011 titles, the competition has been whittled down to just six remaining novels by the expert judging panel.

The committee of five industry experts and professionals will announce the overall winner on Tuesday 18th October, but earning a spot on this prestigious list is ample acclaim for each of the excellent authors featured. The titles that have made the cut are:

– The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

– Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

– Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

– Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

– Snowdrops by A. D. Miller

– The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The merits of each of the remaining six novels are clear to see – with the incredibly varied selection on offer meaning it is phenomenally difficult to pick a winner. All will be revealed next month, but in the meantime which is your favourite to scoop the prize?

The Book People’s top 10 book review sites

The Book People's Top 10 Book review SitesHere at the Book People, we can’t resist rummaging around on the web to see just what people have to say about books – children’s books, fiction, biography books, history books…the truth is, we just can’t get enough of talking about books and hearing what others love to read!

So, here is our pick of the best book review blog sites, each of which will help you to find great books for every age group – what did we do before the internet?

The lucky winners are, in alphabetical order:

Awfully Big Blog Adventure – http://awfullybigblogadventure.blogspot.com/
We love ‘the ramblings of a few scattered authors’, as featured on this fuss-free book review blog. As well as informative and witty reviews on a selection of the latest and greatest books, the people here love to elaborate by offering competitions, video clips and details of upcoming literary festivals too.

Becky’s Book Reviews – http://blbooks.blogspot.com/
Becky is a long-standing member of the online book review community and she is therefore trusted implicitly by her readers. Her professional and balanced book reviews are great for those who want to know exactly what an avid reader thinks of the classics, as well as teen and adult fiction.

Book Rabbit – http://www.bookrabbit.com/
An eclectic mix of book reviews, features, author interviews and much more, this site is the perfect place to visit to find hidden gems, up-and-coming authors and debut novels that are worth their weight in gold. Get involved in discussions with fellow readers and enjoy the book club feel of the Book Rabbit today.Book Rabbit's book review blog

Book Reviews For Mums – http://bookreviewsformums.co.uk/
This blog not only provides a darn good read, but also acts as a support network for those mums and dads who are taking their first tentative steps in the world of parenting. Mums and dads share their informed thoughts on children’s books, parenting books and books that stress the importance of wellbeing for the whole family.

Fantasy Book Review – http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/
An absolute must-read for all lovers of fantasy fiction, this blog has a seemingly endless collection of fascinating book reviews covering works that are suitable for children and adults of all ages. A book review site such as this one could well become a staple read for lovers of the fantasy genre, if it hasn’t already.Fantasy Book Review's blog site

Katy Moran’s Book Review Blog – http://katymoran.co.uk/book-review-blog/
For bookworms and budding authors alike, Katy Moran provides a good read in terms of her take on a wide range of books, as well as tips and hints on getting a novel published and the process of creating a novel, ‘from paper to printed book’.

Lovereading UK – http://www.lovereading.co.uk/
If you love reading then, unsurprisingly, Lovereading UK is the book review site for you! This is nothing short of comprehensive – with reviews categorised by genre it is very easy to find what you’re looking for, and just as easy to browse the abundance of information if you don’t. This site is all about ‘helping you find your next read’, and if that’s what you’re looking to do, it won’t disappoint.Lovereading UK's book review site

Red Ted’s Art Blog – http://www.redtedart.com/books/
Look no further for a hub of reviews on children’s books old and new. The theory behind this book review site is that children are never too young to be read to – which is the very same theory that we like to adopt at the Book People. With literacy levels in the UK at a frightening low, get inspired by children’s books by reading informative and interesting reviews from Red Ted.

Reform Magazine – http://www.reform-magazine.co.uk/index.php/category/reviews/
Taking a serious look at the literary world, Reform Magazine is a book review site for the discerning reader. Divided up by month, finding the most recent reviews, or ones from a specific year or month couldn’t be easier and when you have found it, the chances are you’ll be tempted to turn off the television and curl up with a seriously good book.Reform Magazine's book review blog

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Reviews – http://sfbook.com/
Littered with pictures of the latest and greatest science fiction and fantasy book covers, this review site is as easy on the eye as it is on the brain, hence why it finds itself nestling happily in our cosy list of top 10 book review sites. This site has been around for many years, ensuring the world is fully briefed on the best there is in the realm of fantasy fiction and science fiction – go forth and be inspired.

Prestigious literary award axed

It was announced earlier today that the annual John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, that was due to be hosted in the autumn, has been postponed due to a lack of funding.

Booktrust, who organise the award  – which has been running in various forms since 1942 – have revealed that a lack of funding was behind the decision to postpone a prize that seeks to boost the prospects of emerging authors aged 35 or under.

This setback was accompanied by news that Booktrust have been forced to suspend its £2,500 Teenage prize and its three Early Years awards, worth £6,000 in total, also because of a lack of funds.

The news is a serious blow to emerging young authors and several former winners of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize have expressed their disappointment at the news, with 1966 winner Margaret Drabble commenting that “its disappearance would be a great loss to hopeful authors and the literary world”.

It remains to be seen when the award – that was  initiated in 1942 by Jane Oliver in memory of her husband, an author who was killed in the war – will return, although in a statement Booktrust suggested that it would be “back with a bang as soon as possible”.

A great weekend for award-winning Michael Morpurgo

His talent is undoubted and has consistently been recognised with awards and acclaim over the last two decades, but rarely can Michael Morpurgo have experienced as fruitful a few days as those that passed this weekend.

Michael Morpurgo wins another award

Michael Morpurgo poses with the Red House Children's Book Award

Shadow – the story of a young Afghan boy named Aman and his heartening relationship with a brave dog, set against a harrowing backdrop of contemporary war – scooped two prizes at the Red House Children’s Book Award on 11 June, while the stage adaptation of Morpurgo’s novel War Horse secured five Tony awards the following day.

Nominated in the Younger Readers category against The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and Sophie McKenzie’s Time Train to the Blitz, Shadow won that category and amassed enough votes from the children that took part to seal the overall award.

The Red House Children’s Book Awards took place at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, with Morpurgo becoming the first author to win the prize three times, following the previous success of his novels Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful. He commented that it was ‘particularly lovely’ to come out on top of a competition that saw a total of 158,069 votes from children and young adults across the UK.

In New York the following day, War Horse – a play adapted from Morpurgo’s 1982 novel – scooped a total of five prizes at the Tony Awards, most notably Best Play and Best Direction of a Play. Morpurgo has initially stated that playwright Nick Stafford and his team ‘must be mad’ to try and make a play from his best-selling novel, so he’ll no doubt be thrilled (and a little bit surprised) to the adaptation earn such high acclaim.

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