This is what I have planned for November as far as my reading goes. Going to be a tough month but I’m up for it.
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Instead of creating a video to highlight some Booktubesff Booktube channels, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some review blogs. I follow quite a few bloggers either on their actual website or through Goodreads and Twitter. The most important thing to remember when dealing with review bloggers is that what they say is more important than the score they give. This should be more prevalent in the Booktube community too because I think as a community we put too much emphasis on the score rating. I know I put too much emphasis on the actual score myself and too much wondering what others will give it. Because of this focus on what is said instead of the rating, sometimes a lot of review sites score books higher than Booktube as a whole. As much as I love Booktube, review websites, and even written Goodreads reviews, give you information about books in more detail, quicker. Sure, there are some fantastic video reviews on Booktube but there is nothing like seeing a new review pop up in my Goodreads, Twitter, or Bloglovin feed. Also, a lot of review websites read a ton more new releases as a whole.
Anyway, enough blabbering, here are some of my favorite review blogs:
- SFReviews.net – http://sfreviews.net/ Thomas is no stranger to Booktube, his channel SFF180 puts out high-quality content consistently. What makes his website special is the dedication he has put into it over the years. One of the largest single manned review archive I’ve come across and his writing is top notch.
- Tenacious Reader – www.tenaciousreader.com Lisa is one of my favorite reviewers because her taste in books is really similar to my own. She covers so many new releases that I’m interested in possibly buying.
- The BiblioSanctum – www.bibliosanctum.com The BiblioSanctum is run by Mogsy and she basically covers everything that Lisa doesn’t cover. Mogsy reads a ton of books. She has already read 55 novels this year and is amazingly accurate with her reviews.
- The Speculative Herald – www.speculativeherald.com The Speculative Herald is the previous 2 reviewers and a few other reviewers together to form a larger review website. It is a relatively newer website that I follow rather closely.
- The Curious SFF Reader – https://thecurioussffreader.wordpress.com/ The Curious SFF Reader is a reviewer I met from my Booktube channel. Her name is Maryam and I think her judgment on books is pretty accurate.
- Bookworm Blues – http://www.bookwormblues.net/ Bookworm Blues is run by Sarah and she reviews a lot of books that I am borderline on reading. Sometimes her review might push my desire to get a book over the edge.
- Fantasy Faction – http://fantasy-faction.com/ Fantasy Faction is one of my go-to websites for fantasy news but they also put out some decent reviews. I can always expect a high quality written review when checking out fantasy faction.
- Elitist Book Reviews – http://elitistbookreviews.com/ What makes Elitist Book Reviews special is that they don’t give out ratings. They focus on putting as much information out there about the book to make it the reader’s responsibility to know if they will like the book or not. Also, they make sure to give a recommended age, profanity, violence, and sexual content info on each book. A great site to keep up to date with.
- Fantasy Book Critic – http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/ Fantasy Book Critic’s archive of reviewed books is huge. I just like browsing the many books that their team has reviewed. They put out a ton of guest author posts and interviews that I’m interested in. Their list of blog listings is amazing.
- The Fictional Hangout – https://thefictionalhangoutsite.wordpress.com/ Not just book reviews but film and game reviews too.
Check some of these websites out and see which ones you like.
The BooktubeSFF Awards are underway. This year you have until Feb 22nd to vote for your favorite adult SFF, YA SFF, Graphic Novel, and Short Fiction from 2015. 2015 published work only. If you would like to vote check this link out:
The shortlist will be announced Feb 29th and the group reads will start in March and April. Check out the Goodreads group here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/163712-booktubesff-awards
Also check out the tumblr website for much more information: http://booktubesffawards.tumblr.com/
Here is my video on the awards:
Check out some of my amazing fellow judges too:
Thanks and I hope you join the fun.
I created a series of videos to talk about my top 20 books of 2015. Here are those books listed here with the videos posted. Check the videos and look for the reviews for an in depth reason why I liked these books so much.
20. The Lesser Dead – Christopher Buelhman
19. Inda – Sherwood Smith
18. Mistborn: The Finale Empire – Brandon Sanderson
17. The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
16. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
15. House of Chains – Steven Erikson
14. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
13. Deadhouse Gates – Steven Erikson
12. Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
11. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
10. Lock In – John Scalzi
9. The Human Division – John Scalzi
8. Ship of Magic – Robin Hobb
7. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day
6. Bird Box – Josh Malerman
5. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
3. Revelation Space – Alastair Reynolds
2. Midnight Tides – Steven Erikson
1. Mad Ship – Robin Hobb