22 Jan 2018

Best Books of 2017!

Happy Monday!

After 3 months (sheesh), I’m back on my Booktube channel with a new video. I’ve missed Booktube so much, and was a little bummed that I wasn’t able to do my “Best Books of” montage video for 2017 before January 1st. I was working on a writing project and before I knew it, it was the middle of January.

I decided to ask on both Twitter and Instagram would this still be something y’all would still want to see, and I was so glad y’all said yes! I love these montage videos because it feels like a nice recap and a good way to see all of my hairstyles from the year lol!

Speaking of YouTube videos – there’s been a little change in the way that they do their Partner program. For those of you who don’t know, if you’re a YouTube Partner, you can monetize your videos, include links and video annotations in your videos, and a bunch of other things. Initially, you had to have 10K views to become a partner, but now, YouTube has changed the rules and you have to have gained 1K subscribers and 4,000 of watch time in one year. If you (or I) don’t meet this threshold by February 28, you won’t be able to be Partner or monetize your videos.

I’ve gone on and on about how unfair this was for the smaller YouTubers who post enough to get Google checks and take the time to include video annotations and things like that, but not necessarily big enough to have 4,000 of watch time (I’ve checked – I’ve gained 1300 subscribers in the past year but only around 2300 of watch time) and how, by taking things like video annotations away you’re essentially driving away traffic from the smaller channels. It’s not even about the money, it just feels icky to target smaller YouTubers! Now, though, I’ve decided to just this new rule as motivation to get back into Booktube (and maybe knock out one of my goals while I’m at it). If you an avid YouTube watcher, take out the time and check out a couple of smaller channels. It doesn’t have to be mine!

I hope you enjoy! What were your favorite books of last year? I’d love to know!

Posted on January 22, in Books

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  • Thank you so much to @disney for gifting me this cute package to celebrate #marypoppinsreturns! It’s out now on digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray. These books are so adorable! Have you read them or watched the movie yet? ☂️
  • I’ve partnered up with @letstalkYA and @freeform books to share a REALLY BIG book haul on my channel that includes this beauty, #TheEverlastingRose. 🌹 The link is in my bio! I can't wait to curl up with this book! Y'all know I am a huge fan of The Belles. Have you started this series yet?
  • These are the books I read in January (I’ll be sharing the books I read in February on my channel soon!) I didn’t plan on only reading books with blue covers. 💙 I really enjoyed all three of these books and two of them became 5 star reads for me. Have you read any of them?
  • This week was such an exciting one for THE FORGOTTEN GIRL! R.L. STINE, the author of the GOOSEBUMPS books, blurbed my novel!! He says "This ghost story gave me chill after chill. It will haunt you." 😱👻 WHAT! I received more exciting news that I can’t share yet, but can’t wait to. ✨ I’m just so thankful. 🙌🏽🙏🏽
  • “One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?” 💗 I finished Anne of Green Gables in January and it became an instant favorite. It put me in a reading slump bc I wanted to read something exactly like it when I was done! Anne is such a lovable character and I feel like we have the same view on life. This is a classic, character driven story with beautiful descriptions that makes you feel like you’re going through Anne’s life with her. Have you read it? What other books give you the same feelings as this one? #AnneOfGreenGables
  • I turned in second pass pages for #TheForgottenGirl this week, so here’s a tiny sneak peek. 😍 Look at the chapter headings! ✨
  • Very cheesy selfie to tell you that I have a new video on my channel featuring the books I read in January and what I’m reading this month! Also this @olay sweatshirt is one of my favorite work-from-home shirts, ever. 📚
  • @buzzfeedbooks included me in their round-up of books by Black authors not to miss this year, along with so many other authors I admire! ☺️🙌🏽! The Forgotten Girl is for the young and young at heart. It isn’t available for preorder everywhere yet, but I’ve seen it on Amazon, Books-a-million, and IndieBound so far! 💙