ICYMI: Four books to read from YouTubers

Columnist Ellie Papadakis looks at some interesting reads written by YouTube stars.

For a column about the Internet, I’ve spent a good amount of time talking about books.

It’s kind of funny how these two platforms are becoming more integrated with each other. I mean, e-readers have been around for a while now and they have really shaken up the way that books are read.

The intermingling of these two types of media has not gone unnoticed by some publishing companies, and recently, many YouTubers have come out with, or are in the process of writing, their own books.

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas? Because I’m sticking these on my wishlist.

  1. “Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up”

As a YouTuber, Grace Helbig posts a lot of vlogs and collabs, but she doesn’t stop there. Helbig is also a comedian and an actress. She starred in “Camp Takota,” a movie that she helped make with fellow YouTubers Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart. Helbig also has a podcast, “Not Too Deep” in which she chats to other YouTube celebs.

Her book was released on Oct. 21. And it’s supposed to give a funny and personal take on how to be an adult. Which is something I know I could use some help with.

  1. “The Pointless Book”

Alfie Deyes is your typical YouTube megastar: very twee and undeniably British.

While he does collabs with other vloggers, Deyes also documents his day-to-day activities through his daily vlogs, as well as making more formal-style videos in which he sits down and chats to his audience about a particular subject.

Released Oct. 14, “The Pointless Book” isn’t a book in the traditional sense. The easiest way to describe it is like the YouTuber version of “Wreck This Journal.” The book is filled with little activities that the reader is supposed to complete. In the end, the reader should have a memory book of sorts, filled with their own scribbles and crafts.

  1. “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut”

Hannah Hart’s YouTube shtick is called “My Drunk Kitchen.” Basically, Hart gets herself a little tipsy and then attempts to make a meal, which usually turns out poorly. At the end of the video, she comes up with a relatable life lesson.

Hart seems to be taking on the cooking industry with her version of a cookbook. Inside there a recipes like, “Saltine Nachos” and “The Saddest Cake Ever.” Published on Aug. 14, “My Drunk Kitchen” shows that you can truly make something out of nothing.

  1. “All I Know Now”

Carrie Fletcher’s brother Tom is part of McFly, one of the biggest bands in the UK, but she’s famous in her own right. As a YouTuber, Fletcher makes vlog-style videos where she often seems to take on the role of a “big sister” to her viewers, giving them advice or answering their letters. As an actress, she stars in the West End’s (basically the Broadway of England) production of “Les Miserables.”

Fletcher’s book, which will come out April 23, 2015, will be a book version of her online blog of the same name. The book will talk about all of the lessons Fletcher has learned in her life, from love and heartbreak to learning to be happy with herself, like a “Chicken Soup for the (YouTube) Soul” book.

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