Hi everyone. I’m Rincey and this is Rincey Reads. So this week I celebrated my five year booktube-sary, booktube anniversary. However you want to say it. It’s kind of insane to think about. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for five years. So in honor of that I thought I would do the not a booktube newbie tag. I believe that what it’s called. I was tagged by Nezzle. I will have a link to her video down below as well as to the creators video as always. I only do tags like once a year so this might be it just cause I’m bad at doing them. But it felt like you know an appropriate one to do on my five-year anniversary because I’m definitely not a booktube newbie anymore. So question number one is how old is your channel? And obviously I just said it’s five years old. Question number two is what are your favorite videos to make and that is definitely like book reviews or book discussions. The reason why I started a booktube channel, well, one of many reasons why I started a booktube channel is because i wanted to talk about books with people. So I love doing book reviews even though they aren’t necessarily the most popular ones because I feel like the discussion on those videos are always the best ones. I always love like discussions as well again because the comments are always so strong on those. So yeah, probably discussions and book reviews are definitely my top two. Question number three is what is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to join booktube. I’m going to cheat and give 3 pieces of advice. First one is to just do it. I know that’s not a very helpful piece of advice but I feel like it’s the most practical. I feel like I talk to a lot of people who say that they’re like scared of doing booktube, they don’t think they’re going to be very good at it, etc. etc. One, there’s no reason to be afraid because you can always make the videos and if no one sees them you know you have nothing to be embarrassed about. But honestly the community is super welcoming and open and we are very much aware of the fact that you know not everyone has like the best quality camera or the best lighting setup or anything like that. So I feel like we’re really forgiving of things that you might not necessarily be forgiven for in other communities. So as long as you are like passionate and enthusiastic about books, I feel like you’ll be accepted into the community. The other two pieces of advice that I would give that are more like practical pieces of advice are just make sure that you’re heard in your videos. I feel like a lot of people when they’re first starting off — this was definitely true of me — is like you talk kind of quietly because you might be in a house or like an apartment or something something with other people so that’s looks slightly awkward when you are like yourself sort of. If you’re talking a little yourself sort of if you’re talking will quietly maybe try to go into editing and because if you can’t hear you, it’s kind of useless. The other thing is just to make useless the other thing is just to make lighting. Again, it doesn’t have to be anything professional just be like near anything professional just be like me or a window or just make sure there’s lamps you can be seen. Because I mean YouTube you can be seen because I mean YouTube are two pretty big things. But I think that as long as it’s halfway decent, it that as long as it’s halfway decent it doesn’t even have to be a great camera just be relatively well lit and be heard community. Question number four is since community question number four is since unforeseen challenges? Which I thought unforeseen challenges which I thought this question was really funny because isn’t every challenge an unforseen in something new? But yeah, there are a lot of things I had to figure out. When I lot of things I had to figure out when I started my channel obviously it was in until it was too late. Like once it until it was too late like once it started getting into the winter months natural light anymore. I had to figure natural light anymore I had to figure out how to properly light myself and then eventually I learned how to color wasn’t extremely yellow. Those early videos are real yellow. Yeah things like videos are really young yeah things like sound I didn’t realize how much I would be heard. It wasn’t until recently be heard there wasn’t until recently though they started using like an make my sound quality better. And the make my sound quality better and the going to want to read all of the things. Because everyone’s always talking about because everyone’s always talking about them so passionately and you’re like oh man them so passionately you’re like oh man I definitely want to read that book and then you have a TBR pile that’s like 500 books long because you are just out always talking about. So learning how to always talking about so learning how to control and curb that instinct to just is talking about and to show some restraint and what I’m reading and trying out. And also sort of like and trying out and also sort of like having some sort of discernment in terms of like knowing my own tastes and knowing other people’s tastes so that way I will know whether or not that’s a book I will actually like or whether it’s a book that I only want to pick up because of the hype. Question number five is what is your favorite book or series that you read because of booktube? And this is a little bit difficult to answer because I feel like so much of my reading is now influenced by booktube it’s hard to distinguish ones that I would have not read if it wasn’t for booktube. These are books that I feel like I didn’t really hear about anywhere else except on booktube and I love them. So the three that I have two of them are from jenny from adultishbooks and one of them I think was from Brooke Lee. The first one is The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. I still don’t hear people talking about this one as much as I think it deserves to be talked about. That is a five-star book for me and I am so grateful that I read it. The second one is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. That’s one where it’s a little bit borderline like I feel like now I’m aware of that book because Jenny as well as other people sort of reading that book and recommending it and also Jenny sort of like harasses everyone into reading that book. But then after that point I felt like I started hearing about it other places so that’s one that’s sort of borderline for me of I might have picked it up even if I wasn’t on booktube. The third one is The Unseen World by Liz Moore. And I know for a fact that I never would have heard of this book or picked this one up if it wasn’t for booktube. And I feel like now I’m recommending it to people and I’m starting to see it sort of like spread out into the world a little bit more. Number six is what is your favorite aspect of booktube? And it’s definitely the people. I mean, I don’t know how you answer this question and not say the people. This community is amazing. Even though there is some like conflicts and “drama” on occasion, like I feel like overall, you can find your people here. Like you can find other people here who like similar things that you do, who read similarly than you do, and having those discussions and just having people to share these experiences with. Like few things makes me happier than reading a book and then talking about it on camera and then having you guys sort of talk back at me or comment at me with your own reactions, whether or not you agreed with me or not. Like I love hearing feedback in the sense of just even a differing opinion like I love that conversation that we get to have here in this community. There’s some people who deal with trolls and things like that but I feel like I’ve had to deal with so few trolls. I like to say it’s because I’m real boring and so none of the trolls know what to do with me because they do have no interest in dealing with my channel. Like I can count on one hand the number like mean or rude comments I’ve done in the five years that I’ve been on YouTube, which is kind of unheard of for YouTube. So yeah honestly like the community that’s here on my channel and on booktube in general is amazing and it’s definitely the thing that keeps me keep making videos. Number seven is want to spread the booktube love? Give a newbie a shout out. So this is where I admit that I haven’t been exploring booktube as much as I used to. I blame this completely on just like life situations and you know the new job has me watching less YouTube than I used to. So unfortunately I don’t have a long list of recommendations. Like I feel like I have like six videos saved on YouTube that are just like shoutout videos because I need to have time to sit down and watch them so I can discover new people but I haven’t yet. So I’m really bad at this. But I do have one recommendation, it’s insert literary pun. I believe she’s in making videos for around a year or maybe a little bit less than a year. She doesn’t have very many subscribers I mean at least relative to me. I believe she has over a thousand but I don’t know if she’s even over 2,000 yet. But I think she makes absolutely fantastic book reviews. She is so smart and her reviews are so well thought-out and so well put together. I love them so much. And I think that if you like literary fiction, she also reads I believe a little bit of nonfiction as well, she is definitely a channel worth checking out. She is just top notch when it comes to her reviews. It’s fantastic. And then question number 8 is who do you tag? and as always since I’m always the last person to do tags because I just never do tags, I tag everyone. If you want to make this video, consider yourself tagged because I have no idea who has and hasn’t done this yet. So yeah, that’s everything that I have for this video. Since it is my 5 year anniversary I do want to be a little bit sappy and just say thank you to everyone who has watched and subscribed and commented and liked or lurked or whatever it is that you are doing. Whether you’ve been here all 5 years or you just found me today, just thank you so much for the support and just everything. Like honestly joining booktube was an actual life-changing event for me. And, oh. Hoo. Mmm. I’m grateful for all of you guys. Oh man. I wasn’t expecting that. All right so that’s a cue to wrap it up. So yeah that’s all I have for now and thanks for watching.