This week I came across The BookTube Bandwagon, a blog/vlog post by Bierbaum Bookworm that questions why so many book bloggers and booktubers are reading the exact same books and how it influences the rest of us. It’s rather disheartening to hear how few of the “big” names out there in the book blogging world read nothing but YA and New Adult. I’ve noticed it myself, but never really thought about how much of our community is defined by this small group of people and their reading preferences. I’m not knocking YA and New Adult, but I think it’s important that people read and talk about other books as well.
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a dinosaur on the internet. Tumblr confuses me, I visit YouTube for cat videos, and the fact that I have Instagram at all is a bit of a triumph for my younger coworkers. Facebook and Twitter are my jam, and I’ll stick to what I know. I don’t watch booktuber videos and tend to scan reviews for books that might interest me. I just can’t fathom why anyone would want to watch multiple videos about the same book, especially when it’s likely all these people have the same opinion. They do seem to like the same things… heck, they apparently share a house!
So I ask you…
- Am I shouting into the void when I write a blog about a book that isn’t YA or New Adult?
- Are the books you read and/or review influenced by the reviews of popular people in the book blogger world?
- What genre or category do you enjoy reading that you think is underrepresented in the book blogging world?