Must-Read Books by Famous YouTubers

YouTube is an endless source of creative people with unique stories and/or expertise that they share on-screen. If you watch videos on YouTube you must be aware that the people who make videos on the platform sometimes publish books. The books can be on any topic and are often a memoir about their life and rise to internet fame.

YouTuber books cover as broad a range of topics as the content creators themselves. These 12-must read books by YouTubers span the genres of self-help, DIY guides, cookbooks, fiction, poetry, and more.

  • YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST): A MEMOIR BY FELICIA DAY

“From online entertainment mogul, actress, and ‘queen of the geeks’ Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.”

  • RYAN HIGA’S HOW TO WRITE GOOD BY RYAN HIGA

“This is the story of how I went from being a relatively happy kid to being depressed and angry and filled with dark thoughts. This is the story of how I thought I had only one way out of this cruel world. This is the story of how I found a better way. But wait, there’s more! You’re not only getting my story but you’ll also learn how to write good–I mean well–from a college dropout who struggled in basic-level English classes and still became a legit, published Best Sailing Author. (That wasn’t a typo. I plan to buy a boat one day…but probably not anytime soon. This book might not cell good.)”

  • TRANS MISSION: MY QUEST TO A BEARD BY ALEX BERTIE

“Long before he became known for his YouTube videos, Alex Bertie was an isolated, often-afraid transgender teenager looking for answers. In this revolutionary memoir and valuable resource, Alex recounts his life, struggles, and victories as a young trans man. Along the way, he provides readers with accessible, highly researched explanations of gender, sexuality, and transitions. He explores without judgment how complicated all these things can be, and how many equally authentic ways there are to live as yourself and find happiness.”

  • HOW TO RUIN EVERYTHING: ESSAYS BY GEORGE WATSKY

“In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy).”

  • YOU DESERVE A DRINK: BOOZY MISADVENTURES AND TALES OF DEBAUCHERY BY MAMRIE HART

“Mamrie Hart is a drinking star with a YouTube problem. With over a million subscribers to her cult-hit video series ‘You Deserve a Drink,’ Hart has been entertaining viewers with a combination of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011. Finally, Hart has compiled her best drinking stories—and worst hangovers—into one hilarious volume. [She] accompanies each story with an original cocktail recipe, ensuring that You Deserve a Drink is as educational as it is entertaining.”

  • HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A GUIDE TO CONQUERING LIFE BY LILLY SINGH

“From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.”

  • SELF-HELP BY MIRANDA SINGS

As a bumbling, ironically talentless, self-absorbed personality (a young Gilda Radner, if you will), [Miranda Sings] offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel. For the first time ever, Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide, illustrated by Miranda herself. In it, you’ll find instructions on everything: how to get a boyfriend (wear all black and carry a fishing net), to dressing for a date (sequins and an orange tutu), to performing magic (‘Magic is Lying’), and much, much more!”

  • MAKE UP: YOUR LIFE GUIDE TO BEAUTY, STYLE, AND SUCCESS—ONLINE AND OFF BY MICHELLE PHAN

“Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, [Michelle Phan] has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression. Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success—Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life.”

  • A HOT GLUE GUN MESS: FUNNY STORIES, PRETTY DIY PROJECTS BY MR. KATE

“Hugely popular lifestyle blogger, YouTube star, and designer Mr. Kate (Kate Albrecht) offers a stunning collection of step-by-step personal style and home projects—woven in with quirkily hilarious stories and anecdotes. Filled with 50 unique and approachable projects, along with hysterical, unfiltered stories from Mr. Kate’s crazy life, A Hot Glue Gun Mess will show how life can inspire art.”

  • MY DRUNK KITCHEN: A GUIDE TO EATING, DRINKING, AND GOING WITH YOUR GUT BY HANNAH HART

“One day, lonely cubicle dweller and otherwise bored New York City transplant Hannah Hart decided to make a fake cooking show for a friend back home in California. She opened her laptop, pulled out some bread and cheese, and then, as one does, started drinking. The video was called ‘Butter Yo Sh*t’ and online sensation My Drunk Kitchen was born. My Drunk Kitchen (the book!) includes recipes, stories, color photographs, and tips and tricks to inspire your own adventures in tipsy cooking.”

  • FUN SCIENCE: A GUIDE TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND WHY SCIENCE IS SO AWESOME BY CHARLIE MCDONNELL

“Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the world of FUN SCIENCE! In my book, I’ll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!). Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all-time favorite mind-bending science facts.”

  • THUG NOTES: A STREET-SMART GUIDE TO CLASSIC LITERATURE BY SPARKY SWEETS, PHD

“Sparky Sweets, PhD. and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series, Thug Notes. Inside, you’ll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful analyses of sixteen of literature’s most beloved classics, including The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pride & Prejudice, The Color Purple, Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, and more!”

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