Shelving Books: 5 June Releases (BookTube)

So I’ve been spending some time introducing myself to BookTube, or YouTube videos of people reviewing and talking about books. There is a lot of great video content out there, and it gave me an idea (raise your hand if you saw this coming after the first sentence): I thought I’d try my hand at Booktubing!

I am one of the many people who hates the way I look and sound on camera, but I thought this might be a fun, new way to talk about books and to interact with all of you a little more, since I’m usually hidden behind the words of my reviews. I apologize for the fact that I only seem to talk with half my mouth (something my husband never told me about, but apparently I do when I’m uncomfortable or nervous, or maybe it’s just the camera angle). Definitely let me know if you have any thoughts or comments!

As someone who gets swept up in release dates and publishing cycles, once a release date is in the rearview mirror, it’s often difficult to go back and read these books. So I thought I’d introduce a feature called “Shelving Books” (the name of an old feature that did something different but I’m resurrecting nonetheless) in which I discuss 5 June releases that I didn’t have the chance to read, but would really like to get to and also spread the word about.



The Book of Unknown Americans – Cristina Henriquez
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers  – Tom Rachman
Rogue Elephant – Simon Denyer
Abroad – Katie Crouch
No Country – Kalyan Ray


  1. Megan @ The Whynott Blog says:

    I just started a BookTube channel as well! Can’t wait to check out your videos! 😀

  2. Fantastic Booktube video 🙂 I really enjoyed your talks about each book.

  3. Caitie F says:

    Loved this video! You are so passionate about these books and topics and it shows. I am going to have to head to the bookstore today to check these out!

  4. You did great! Hope you continue with this series. I’m intrigued by Rogue Elephant. Sounds like a good non-fiction to try.

  5. Kim Dent says:

    I liked your video. Good job of being concise but giving enough info to develop Interest. look forward to more of these!
    Kim d from Sc

  6. You did a great job! I love seeing and hearing you talk about books :). Booktubing…not sure I’m ready for that! So happy to see you took this leap.

  7. Beth Hoffman says:

    I don’t know why you say you don’t like how you look on video, ’cause honey, you’re gorgeous!

  8. Great video, really enjoyed it! Hope you make more.

  9. Loved it – and loved hearing about the books. I am now writing down the title: The Rise and Fall of Great Powers – Tom Rachman. I missed that one and it sounds wonderful!

  10. Really love this new feature! Also, these books look great! Just added 2 of them to my wishlist! Can’t wait to watch your next video (also love seeing the read harder tee shirt!)!

  11. I’m just starting to watch BookTube videos, and I liked this one. Good for you for trying something new! I’m adding Rogue Elephants, Abroad, and No Country to my never-ending reading list.

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