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 You, by 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-Helf, by 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?