A Dive Into BookTube (#WillaCather)

If you haven’t heard of BookTube, it’s a community within YouTube that focuses on making videos about books.

Earlier this week I made a video for Shawn the Book Maniac’s channel. He’s celebrating 2K subscribers and asked subscribers to submit their own bookish videos. I submitted a “Camera Flip” video which focuses on Willa Cather (surprising topic, I know 😉).

In the video, I talk about how exciting it can be to dive deep into studying an author, how I got into Cather, and then introduce her twelve novels. One commentator called it a “flash lit course on Cather,” which made me feel warm and fuzzy.

If you’re interested, please click the image below to watch it.

Do you watch BookTube? If you do, what are some of your favorite channels?


  1. I love the idea of BookTube, but I almost never listen to podcasts. I think it has to do with my preference for the written word over the spoken word. I need to try more podcasts, I think. For the longest time, I avoided audio books, but I’ve began to listen more since I’ve retired and I’ve found I love audios.

    I rarely reread either. For so long, I always focused on quantity over quality, and rereading seemed to cut into my quantity. Foolish, I know. Every time I’ve reread a book I’ve found more in a book. I am currently rereading one of my favorites, Richard Powers’ The Gold Bug Variations. Another thing I need to change about my reading habits, I think.

    Thanks for sharing Willa Cather. I’ve only read Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. It looks like I’m missing out.

    Have a great week.

    • I go in spurts with podcasts and book tube . . . and blogs. It’s hard to keep up with everything. So much book-ish goodness out there. The Overstory will be my first Richard Powers novel. I picked up a copy shortly after seeing him in NYC earlier this year. His reading at the event moved me. I hope you’ll give Willa Cather another try!

  2. I’ve dipped into a few book tube channels but haven’t found one that I wanted to continue watching – they seem to be mainly people talking about all the new books they acquired. Yours was the first I’ve seen that actually had content worth watching

    • Thank you. I do watch several and occasionally look around for others. It does seem like some book tubers have a lot of “haul” videos and those don’t tend to interest me either, unless it is someone who I have been following for a while. I tend to watch older book tubers who talk about what they’ve read and what they actually think.

  3. I need to catch up on my booktube watching!! I have a few favorites, but I certainly need to look into following more. Some of my faves are Books & Bobs, Bald Book Geek, That’s What She Read, Shades of Orange, Possibly Literate, Olivia’s Catastrophie, Hardback Haven, and The Poptimist.

  4. Hey Chris. I watched your video on Shawn’s channel because I’m a big fan of his and your Willa Cather video was one of the best book tube videos I’ve ever seen. Now, I was watching Russel’s channel and saw him mention your blog so I came to subscribe. I’m Runwright Reads on Booktube but I also blog so it’s great to connect with you on here. Looking forward to reading your posts.

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