Online name: BooksandLala
Real name: Lala
Book genre specialty: Thriller, mystery, adult fiction
Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/c/booksandlala
Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/booksandlala/
Twitter — https://twitter.com/booksandlala?lang=en
Goodreads — https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31027440-lala-booksandlala
Store Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/thebookcharmshop/
Store — https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebookcharmshop
I found Booksandlala from YouTube’s recommendation function though she is currently active on multiple social media platforms.
Starting off with her other platforms first, her Instagram is pretty normal with aesthetic photos of books. However, this is where I found out that she is currently running a bookmark business! She and her mum create these wire bookmarks with crystals and beads at the end. Check out their store to find out more about it. I don’t have a Twitter account so I’m not sure what goes on there, so now I’ll move on to talk about her YouTube channel, which I am the most excited to share with you.
What I love about her YouTube channel is the interesting content that she puts out. Initially, I was drawn to how systematic her monthly wrap-ups were, where she showed the breakdown of the number of books she had read that month and how many were physical or digital copies, whether the authors were male or female, and other interesting sorting criteria. This is despite the fact that I was and still am not the biggest fan of her favourite genres.
Later on, her content became more unique as she came up with different challenges and series for herself. The one I remember following the most closely was her Closet Unhaul. This is where she goes through Book Hauls from when she first started her channel to find books she had yet to read and try to knock them off her list. She did this series in 2017, but has since discontinued the series, to the displeasure of some of her viewers HAHA! (It’s all friendly of course)
She also had a series Bookmark’d, where she shared exciting book-related things. I haven’t seen many of these videos but they’re something that I haven’t seen anywhere else. It includes a round-up on book-related news and is just a place to get excited about books with someone else. I might check out more of these videos when I have some spare time, even if they would be outdated by the time I watch them.
Most recently, in 2018, I have seen an explosion of cool videos on her channel. This is in addition to the regular Booktube content she puts out like Book Hauls, TBRs and Monthly Wrap-ups. One of these cool videos is “Instagram controls my reading weekend“, where she left her everyday decisions to her followers on Instagram.
The one recent video I would like to highlight is “Reading the 10 best thrillers of the year“, where she attempts to read the 10 thrillers which were on the Goodreads shortlist in order to give a fair judgement on which one she thinks should actually win. She makes some good points in that video about how meaningless the Goodreads awards are. I agree with her stand which explains why I too didn’t vote in the awards even though I really want to participate. I encourage you to take a look at her video and see if you think the same way or not. Even if you don’t really care about the problem with the awards, the video is still a super fun way to get recommendations for which books to read in the Thriller shortlist on Goodreads. Perhaps this will motivate some of us to try out every single book in a category’s shortlist and decide which one we would have voted for. Overall, I was amazed that I actually sat through a nearly 50 minute video about a person reading books.
Speaking of long videos, in 2018, she also participated and hosted a number of Readathons and vlogged each one. Vlogs are normally more than 20 minutes long and can even go up to 40 minutes long. While I’m not the biggest fan of reading vlogs, perhaps some of you might be interested in this content. I am just amazed that she manages to do so much reading and vlog at the same time.
Leading from that, she recently posted her 2018 Goals update and shared some of her thoughts about her year on YouTube and in reading. She makes an observation which I agree with, which is that I prefer watching longer videos than I used to because I watch, not just for the content of the videos but also because I enjoy “hanging out” with some of my favourite creators.
I hope that I have convinced you to check out her channel and give her some of your support. I’m wowed by her effort and passion which translate into the creation of interesting videos which seem like they are fun for herself as well. I hope that in the new year she will be able to continue sharing her passion for reading and creating videos and inspire others to find new ways of approaching reading. Her videos take the cake from all the BookTubers that I currently follow so I’m happy to share some of the excitement that I’ve felt watching her videos.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If anyone is reading this post on the day it comes out, Happy New Year! May you find 2019 to be full of laughter and joy.