I was recently asked by the lovely Renay (from the Lady Business blog & Fangirl Happy Hour podcast – both favourites of mine) for some recommendations of science fiction and fantasy booktube channels. I started to compose a tweet of names and then realised that this was something that might take a bit more than 160 characters to get through. And so here, for Renay and anyone else in need of some speculative fiction vlogs, is my hastily put together master list.
Obviously there are channels who I will have inevitably forgotten and I will add them as and when I remember. Or if you want to remind me feel free to comment or tweet me. Remember babies, I love you all very much!
[Addendum – already edited to add a few more!]
In no particular order:
Just in case you forgot where you were. Youtube is where I’m at.
The person who I see at every convention, super SFF knowledge. The SMOF I wish I was. ❤
Loads of SFF, prolific video maker and a key organiser of the booktubeSFF community. Actual science ninja as well as science-fiction person. Could probably take over the world.
Reads all genres, kicks all asses. YA librarian by day, badass lady warrior by night.
Probably the most prolific reader you’ll ever meet. Reviews everything, makes more videos than seems humanly possible. Probably has superpowers.
Loves genre fiction, Sanderson, and making videos. Will fight you for talking smack about YA and then school you in the true art of knowing things.
Booktube is just an extension of his long-running SFreviews.net site. Reviewer extraordinaire, maker of mailbag Monday the best bookish unboxing on both sides of the Atlantic.
Fantasy lover with an open mind and open heart. Live catchups with magic picture swapping that I still need to figure out how to do because they’re shiny.
Reads prolifically in literary and genre fiction. Doesn’t judge me when I get drunk and eat all the flying saucer sweeties at publisher parties.
Fantasy, Dr Who, cute puppies and much geeky joy. I want her weekends.
Geek lifestyle goddess – books, gaming, manga and movies. Plus so many gorgeous headscarves it’ll make your head spin.
Flawless makeup, on-point assassin style, and a voracious reader of YA and epic fantasy. Could I want anything more? Well, she’s also making her way into science fiction. *Fans self*.
Sayer of things in ways I wish I’d thought of in my reviews, reader of every book I’ve got in my TBR, general SFF ninja.
Happiest lad in all of booktubeSFF, reacts to my favourite SFF books the same way I do. Possible mind twin?
Actual ray of sunshine, reader of fantasy, haver of many beautiful tattoos.
Very new channel but already making great videos. Smiles for days.
Another new channel making their SFF mark. Urban fantasy fun times, and rocking boob-safety, body positivity videos.
Great SFF content combined with the best tattoos, every geeky accessory you ever wanted, and kitty cameos. Actual dream-time tbh.
Flawless SFF taste, knows her shit, wise in the way of the books. Strong review game. Everyone loves Rachel.
Actually knows how to pronounce Rajaniemi and will school you in all the Finnish SFF. Has the best scary teacher look but is actually the sweetest human.
So chill, such SFF love!
Says very clever things about very good books.
Wit so dry the Sahara gets jealous.
The comic book master and most precious of all humans.
Owns more than one sword and not afraid of a good costume. Suspect she is queen of a magical realm.
Both reads and writes books. And games. And has amazing hair. Life, it is not fair.
Reads all the books, says good things, makes me laugh.
Has the channel name that makes me cry and smile at the same time. Which is really bloody evil.
Master of wit, maker of clever animations, and creator of the reading spreadsheet of doom that gives everyone statistics joy.
A queen of YA with a good SFF quotient. Strong community figure. Rules the kingdom of Top 5 Wednesdays with a benevolent hand.
On an infrequent schedule at the moment but always worth watching. Says clever things with wit and a honesty.
Exploring the depths and breadths of magical realism and literary fantasy and sending out her findings so that us mere mortal readers can enjoy the plunder.
Another new channel full of enthusiasm for SFF.
Bringing a writer’s perspective to booktubeSFF and asking questions that perplex my brain every week.
SFF is in her mix of reads though not the focus. But she is the queen of thoughtful discussion videos, great insights, and self reflection. Plus potentially nicest human being on booktube.
Literary fiction and science fiction mixed together and examined with a critical eye. Just back from a few months off learning how to conquer the world. We await the second coming.
The epic fantasy maestro, noticer of every subtle pattern and moment of foreshadowing ever, made a giant guide to fantasy sub genres.
Mostly SFF and literary fictions with occasional dips into young adult/children’s books, romance, non-fiction, comic books/graphic novels and poetry. Strong glasses game.
Reader of so very much SFF, friendliest book tuber you ever will meet.
Your man on the ground for middle grade fantasy, also has the most adorable puppies and does good beer drinking. Good man, good man.
Not your typical book tube channel, more like a podcast with some nice pictures of books as Katherine prefers not to be on camera. But excellent reviews nonetheless. A much loved lady of mystery.
Knower of so very much stuff. Like fantasy that came before Tolkein. Because contrary to popular belief that one old dude isn’t the be all and end all of the genre (a fact for which we are very grateful).