Did you know that BookTube was a thing? I didn’t until I learned about it yesterday, and I was pretty excited to learn that YouTube has a community of people who love all things books, because that’s very interesting, and because I’ve just began a series on YouTube called Reading with Roshaunda.
I’ve made several recordings, that will publish weekly, of me reading some of my favorite 19th Century literature. It was my mom’s idea, and since she’s brilliant, I figured I’d give it a try.
So if you’re interested in watching me read some 19th Century literature, please check out this first episode where we will begin with reading William Wells Brown’s autobiography (well, one of his autobiographies – he wrote several, which I find very fascinating). And please know that the audio on the first three videos is bad. I purchased an external mic after doing those first three videos. I didn’t want to invest in an external mic until I knew whether or not I planned to keep this up. And to be honest, I love doing it! I am really enjoying rereading books that have meant something to me, and I think it’s important for people to gain exposure to these texts, so that’s another bonus. Fair warning, I intersperse the reading with my commentary. You’ll get mostly text, but there will also be some Roshaunda moments thrown in as well.
Also, I started blogging on Medium. I’ve not gotten into a great rhythm yet, but please feel free to check out my posts. I’m particularly proud of a piece a wrote, “When I Realized Someone Who Looked Like Me Could Be Turned Away from the Library,” not only because I think it’s an interesting piece, but also because I actually earned some money from it. I earned some money writing, y’all. I really never thought that could happen.
But we’re here today for BookTubing, so without further ado, a little something to consider for your viewing pleasure.