I’m on Booktube – that means I make YouTube videos that are specifically about books: what books are about and my experience reading them: that’s a lot of what you’ll find on Booktube. However, most tubers will probably tell you that their most popular videos are book hauls – the ones they make showing the books they have recently acquired. Why do people like these videos even when the assumption is that if these are new-to-us books, that we won’t be able to share a lot of the information about the book itself? Well, maybe it’s because viewers don’t just watch to hear what the book is about – we could read a written synopsis or review for that. I think one of the most appealing things about Booktube is the opportunity to share another person’s excitement about a book – what made you fork over a few (or a lot of) dollars if you bought it yourself, what made you choose it if you requested or accepted it from a publisher to do a review or where you found it if you went thrifting and how much you paid and what is particularly exciting that made you choose this book instead of the countless other books you might have picked otherwise.
In September, I acquired 10 new books and in the video I uploaded to my channel today, I don’t tell you too much about what the books are about, even the ones that I have already read – yes, I am one of those people who read books for free from the library and then goes out to purchase them later just so I can have them on my shelves. Some of you might think it weird but trust me, it’s a thing. A book collection is a reflection of your reading taste and how can I build my personal library without having books that I know I enjoy? And how would I know I enjoy them if I didn’t already read them?
Click here to watch today’s haul video
And just in case you wanted to know, here is a list of the books I mentioned in this video.
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day /Mark Batterson
The Glass Castle /Jeanette Walls
The Decameron /Giovanni Boccacio (Translator: Wayne Rebhorn)
Interpreter of Maladies/Jhumpa Lahiri
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour /Joshua Ferris
Life After Life /Kate Atkinson
Dark Places /Gillian Flynn
My Brilliant Friend /Elena Ferrante
The Lauras /Sara Taylor
The Mortifications /Derek Palacio
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If you’re a book collector yourself, what is the book you acquired during September that you are happiest about owning?
Mine are (1) The Decameron (I wrote about it yesterday) and (2) Interpreter of Maladies which was one of my favorite books from last year.