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  • Jenny Kawecki 6:11 pm on 2015/09/25 Permalink
    Tags: a work in progress, binge, brad montague, color me creative: unlock your imagination, connor franta, dan howell, hello life, i hate myselfie, in real life: my journey to a pixelated world, , , kid president's guide to being awesome, kristina webb, marcus butler, , pewdiepie, phil lester, , robby novak, , shane dawson, the amazing book is not on fire, this book loves you, ,   

    Bestselling Books By Our Favorite YouTube Stars 

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    I love YouTube as much as the next twenty-something American, but there’s one teeny problem: I can’t put my favorite YouTube stars on my coffee table, or give them as gifts to my friends. Which is why one of my favorite recent trends in the publishing world is taking YouTube phenomenons and bringing them into print. From the mostly sarcastic musings of Dan and Phil, to the incredibly open essays of Tyler Oakley, here are some of the best books written by the internet famous:

    This Book Loves Youby PewDiePie
    What would the world look like if we all accepted how incredibly average we are? PewDiePie (AKA Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) has the answer, and it’s beautifully illustrated in all 240 pages of This Book Loves You. The owner of the most subscribed channel on YouTube, PewDiePie has been providing us with hilariously entertaining video game advice since 2010, now he’s branched over into life-advice territory. Stop caring! Stop dreaming! Just be average! It’s a lesson for the ages, folks.

    Binge, by Tyler Oakley
    If you thought you knew everything there is to know about Tyler Oakley just because he overshares on YouTube, you’re wrong—he still has tons of amazing, funny, and deeply personal stories to tell. It’s the same up-front humor you know and love, but covering more ground than ever before. Binge is more than just a history of Oakley’s rise to YouTube-fame; it’s a brave dive into some of the best and worst moments of Oakley’s life, laid out in all their hilarious detail.

    Selp-Helfby Miranda Sings
    Want to know how to become internet famous? Worried that you don’t have enough real talent to make it? Never fear; Miranda is here! If you’ve seen Miranda’s YouTube channel, then you already know she’s full of helpful tips and tricks to hone your skills and become just like her. But because Miranda is truly generous and wonderful, she took the time to put it all down in print. Made up of step-by-step tutorials, quizzes, and general advice, Selp-Helf is Miranda’s guide to becoming just as successful as she is. Step one: ignore the haters.

    The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire, by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
    There’s no way to get enough of Dan and Phil (danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil), which is why it’s pretty much the best news ever that they’ve written a book together. Covering everything from teenage diary entries, to how to draw the perfect cat whiskers (because it’s okay to be your weird self), The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire is essentially the literary equivalent of crawling inside Dan and Phil’s minds and rolling around for an hour or two. Best of all, it’s full of all of the awkward, wonderful details you didn’t know you were missing until Dan and Phil decided to share them with you.

    I Hate Myselfie, by Shane Dawson
    Like most YouTube personalities, Shane Dawson is good at telling us a lot without actually telling us that much about himself—until now, that is. In I Hate Myselfie, Shane chronicles his life growing up as an introverted, socially awkward kid who would eventually become internet famous, with all of the candid, don’t-hold-back humor that has earned him his 12 million YouTube subscribers.

    Hello Life!, by Marcus Butler
    Meet Marcus Butler, your YouTube big brother. And like any good big brother, Marcus is ready to offer you all of his best unsolicited life advice from a just-slightly-older-than-you perspective with his book, Hello Life! Because really, who knows more about being a grown-up than a 23-year-old British guy? Tackling everything from being healthy, to dating, to staying organized, Marcus applies his trademark humor-meets-sincerity in a heartwarming, entertaining way you can’t help but love.

    Really Professional Internet Person, by Jenn McAllister
    What’s it like to grow up on YouTube? Jenn McAllister, AKA Jennxpenn, is part of the first generation to really know the answer to that question. From her first YouTube upload in middle school, to her rise to fame in high school, Jenn’s grown into adulthood with a constant presence on the internet. Half advice, half autobiography, Really Professional Internet Person is here to show you how to make your mark on the web—and, more importantly, how to survive high school with your sanity intact.

    Color Me Creative: Unlock Your Imagination, by Kristina Webb
    Want to be more creative but not how? Kristina Webb’s Color Me Creative is a good place to start. She’s long been inspiring millions of followers via her Instagram account, but now she’s offering a book full of personal stories and art challenges to help even more people unleash their inner artists. And, for an even more in-depth experience, Color Me Creative includes an app full of interactive features and videos to really get your creativity going.

    Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome, by Robby Novak and Brad Montague
    Ten-year-old Robby Novak, AKA Kid President, has a lot to say about how to make the world a better place. For example? Live every day like it’s your birthday, or, better yet, everyone else’s birthday. Eat more burritos. Be chill. Full of energy and optimism, Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome is full of all the light-hearted, silly advice you’ll wish someone had given you when you were ten, and you’ll definitely be ready to elect Robby Novak by the time you’re done reading.

    Pointless Book 2: Continued By Alfie Deyes, Finished By You, by Alfie Deyes
    What’s better than a pointless book? Its equally pointless sequel, of course. Luckily for you, Alfie Deyes, the man behind PointlessBlog, has made not one but two pointless books (with a third on the way!). Part journal, part activity book, Pointless Book 2 offers a series of challenges and activities to help you do nothing as successfully as possible. Because, let’s be honest, sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing.

    A Work in Progress, by Connor Franta
    Connor Franta is basically everything we want to be when we grow up: passionate, funny, and incredibly talented (plus he has great hair). In this memoir, Connor lets us inside the world behind his YouTube channel. From growing up in the Midwest to growing into his individuality, A Work in Progress details Connor’s coming of age in a touching, enjoyable way with an inspirational message for everyone who’s ever worried that they aren’t ready to pursue their own passions.

    In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, by Joey Graceffa
    We’ll admit it: half the reason we want this book is so we can stare deeply into Joey’s eyes on the cover. But okay, the other half is because we can’t stop watching Joey Graceffa on YouTube. He’s sweet, he’s upbeat, he’s honest, and In Real Life captures all of that perfectly. Joey’s struggles are relatable: difficult family life, bullies at school, teenage rejection, and, most of all, that familiar fear of being who you really are. Proof that things get better and that you can learn to be comfortable with who you are, Joey’s story is here to give you hope—and to look really pretty on your bookshelf.

    Who’s your favorite YouTuber-turned-author?

  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2015/09/16 Permalink
    Tags: , binge, Chelsea Handler, , i am not myself these days, josh kilmer-purcell, telling it like it is, ,   

    YouTube Star Tyler Oakley on Oversharing, Favorite Authors, and Binge 

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    Fans of YouTube phenomenon Tyler Oakley may feel as though they already know this smart, hilarious, and forthright star personally. But in his new book, Binge, Oakley opens up to readers, sharing stories about love, relationships, and other personal subjects he has rarely discussed until now. In this guest post, Oakley shares some of his favorite authors with us—writers whose wit, grit, and courage to share their own experiences have inspired him to dig deep.

    While writing my new book, Binge, I realized that what I most love to write are the things I most love to read. You are what you eat, and you write what you read.

    I love the concept of oversharing. When I read a Chelsea Handler book, I love knowing that nobody in her life is safe from being exposed. Whether it’s her best friends, family, or hookups over the years, everyone gets a moment on blast—but the biggest target of all will always be herself. She never comes out looking better than her counterparts, and I admire that. It’s easy and even fun to expose your friends, it’s much harder to do it to yourself. Chelsea is great at it, and My Horizontal Life is an incredible example. Between graphic sex stories and adventures with friends, I feel like I’m getting the inside scoop from a bestie anyone would wish to have. Having usually reserved all my juicy morning-after stories for gay brunch in West Hollywood, I became ready to finally share them with my audience, and Handler’s candidness showed me how to do it.

    Life is not always happy-go-lucky, and some of my favorite books from Augusten Burroughs look at the darker sides of growing up. To really know love and happiness, you need something with which to compare them, and when I read Dry or A Wolf at the Table, I’m shaken to the core and forced to face my own demons. While I was writing, a friend of mine asked if I left blood in the pages—if my book Binge would be more than a Draw My Life-style narrative of how I got into the YouTube scene, which is something viewers might reasonably expect from a YouTube personality. The answer is yes, I absolutely left blood on the pages. Sharing the worst days of my life may help readers in the same way reading Burroughs’s Dry helped me—to feel less alone. Some of these stories have been kept secret all my life—not even my best friends and family know the truth (until now).

    As a YouTuber, there are certain things I’ve always considered sacred—love most of all. I rarely discuss relationships in videos, although they’re at the top of every request I get from viewers. Love feels personal, and when someone shares the complete truth of one of their love stories, I feel privileged to be allowed a peek into that keyhole. Every time I read I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, I feel grateful and understood. Even though it’s a love story between a drag queen and a meth-addicted hooker (and I am neither of those things…yet!), I relate to it. It’s raw, honest, and touches on the fears and insecurities that every relationship must endure. While writing Binge, I decided to share the story of my own first real love, and I hope readers can feel understood, too.

    My favorite authors, like my favorite YouTubers, are storytellers. Someone who can take something trivial and tell it in a captivating way will always keep me coming back for more, especially if their voice shines through. David Sedaris is the absolute best at this. His voice, both literal and written, is crystal clear, and his stories, even on subjects so small that the average person might overlook them, are always memorable and hilarious. My life has largely been about immediately oversharing on the Internet, but as soon as I began to write my book, my impulse to turn on the camera switched to picking up a pen. I’ve saved my absolute best stories—happy and sad, embarrassing and encouraging—for Binge. I hope even people who have never seen a YouTube video will be able to hear my voice through my own storytelling, and that it will offer them something meaningful and memorable.

    Binge will be in stores October 20.

    Photo Credit: Rae Marshall Photography

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