Thank you so much for interviewing me for your blog, I feel so honored!
Hi! My name is Kassidy, and I am a 19 year-old college student living in the sate of Louisiana. I am majoring in Biochemistry. I absolutely love science, but I also have a passion for reading! I really did not start reading until my junior year of high school. I found the BookTube community in 2013 and that inspired me to read even more! This year, 2014, is the first year I would consider myself an avid reader. I mostly read Young Adult fiction, but I am always trying to branch out. I am so happy that I discovered my love of reading, it has truly changed my life for the better.
I had been watching other BookTube videos for a couple of months and I thought to myself, “Hey, I could totally do that!” I did not feel the push to actually make a channel until I attended BookExpo America 2013 in New York City. Since I had such a blast talking with fellow book-lovers and being surrounded by everything book related, I thought having a BookTube channel would be just like that but through the internet. Also, my dad built me some amazing bookshelves, and I could not wait to make videos with them in the background, haha! I uploaded my first BookTube video on June 11th, 2013.
Now, I use a Canon Vixia HF R400 camcorder to film my videos. For many of my older videos I used the webcam on my MacBook. It actually worked quite well, but my videos are so much nicer with my HD camera! I also have a simple tripod to put it on. To edit my videos I just use iMovie. I am not really into all of the fancy video editing software, so iMovie satisfies my needs.
My favorite videos to film are reviews. I prefer to do “mash-up” reviews where I review multiple books in one video. They appeal to a wider audience, and I love talking about books once I read them. I also love getting the word out about books I enjoy. I feel like doing reviews enhances my reading experience. It makes me think more about what I read and analyze my thoughts and feelings, almost making my reading more purposeful.
Before BookTube I did not read very much. When I started making videos, that is when I really started to read, so I guess it helped me discover my love of reading! I also think it has made me more picky with what I read.
Before BookTube, the few books I read were ones I just randomly picked out from the library. I did not know about Goodreads or anything like that, I just went off the summary.
However, now if I have not heard of a book, or it does not have a good rating on Goodreads, I will not buy it or read it. The good thing about that is BookTube has introduced me to so many amazing books of all genres I never knew about, and maybe would not have picked up otherwise.
Most of the time I feel like I am trying to catch up on reading all of the books everyone has already read! I, unfortunately, still have not read Harry Potter…
This is so hard! I have a top 5 favorite series list and a top 5 favorite stand-a-lone list, I’ll just tell both 🙂
I get this question a lot, and I never know quite what to say! My best advice is to keep making videos, and do not do it for the amount of subscribers. Make BookTube videos because you love to read and you want to share that passion. I think it is also important to participate in the community aspect of BookTube. Commenting meaningful comments on other people’s videos and making friends are easy ways to get your name out there and make awesome relationships. Everyone on BookTube is so welcoming and friendly. The best thing about the BookTube experience is talking to people from all over the world and realizing how many personal connections you can make through sharing the love of reading.
Thanks again Giselle for interviewing me!