There are so many ways to get excited about reading and books and there isn’t a right way to do it. Everyone has their own sources for learning about new books to read and one of my personal favorite sources is YouTube. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good NY Times book review, but sometimes actually engaging with a person telling me their opinion of a book is that much more compelling. Since I regularly scour YouTube for new book reviews, I happened upon the video below which I really like because it’s honest and comes right from a teen voice. She talks about why book reports aren’t her preferred way to review a book and gives some interesting thoughts on two titles: I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and the ubiquitous favorite, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Teen Book Talk on YouTube
The second video takes a different take on book reviews by sharing a slew of titles that she wants to read this year and setting it to music. I really like this video because I can learn about a bunch of new titles and, in essence, it’s a musical booklist. Sure, I don’t get to hear her reviews of the books (especially since she presumably hasn’t read them yet), but it’s an engaging way to learn about new titles.
Interestingly, there is a major dearth in males (adults or teens) giving video book reviews and I wonder if the readers have either some links to share on that or thoughts on the matter. Enjoy!