My Top 5 YouTubers


Ah, YouTube. It’s the venerable home of funny animal videos, bizarre challenges, and lengthy how-to tutorials. But amidst all its random twists and turns, YouTube has plenty of determined content creators that deserve recognition for their hard work and unique ideas.

I love watching YouTube videos, and there are some YouTubers that stand out more than others. Here’s a list of my top 5 favorite YouTubers (in no particular order):

1. Shonduras


Shaun McBride (or Shonduras, as he’s known on social media) is a daily vlogger who encourages people to get out and make every day “the best day ever”. Whether he’s traveling, hanging out with Jenny (his wife) and Adley (their daughter), or doing something completely spontaneous and fun with his friends, he’s always upbeat and ready to take on whatever comes his way. His humor and laidback attitude is what really drew me to the channel, and now I watch his vlogs every day. Shonduras’ sister channel, Spacestation Stuff, adds some fun games and challenges with his family and friends into the mix.

2. Studio C


It’s hard to find clean, yet hilarious, comedy these days. Studio C is a clean sketch comedy show that regularly uploads their sketches to YouTube. The actors are super talented and their ideas are always creative and unique. From exploring what it might look like to defend your home with nothing but a paintball gun to settling the age old “my dad could beat up your dad” debate, Studio C combines laugh-out-loud humor with sketches that the whole family can watch without having to cover the little ones’ ears.

3. SuperCarlinBrothers


I love analyzing plots and characters, so it’s really no surprise that I’m a sucker for a well thought out book, movie, or TV show fan theory. Brothers Ben and J Carlin produce theory-based content on Tuesdays and Thursdays, such as discussing their Top 7 Unanswered Questions From Fantastic Beasts and talking about just why the ocean chose Moana. If you love Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pixar, and Disney, as well as naturally sarcastic humor, you’ll love this channel.

4. What’s Inside


Have you ever looked at something and wondered, “What’s inside that?” If you have, you’ll love this channel. Dan and Lincoln Markham, a father-son duo, make it their mission to cut open interesting items and find out what they’re made of. It all started with a school project, and it’s evolved into a science channel with over 4 million subscribers. They cut open an item, analyze its contents, and try to figure out how it works. They’ve discovered what’s inside of all sorts of unique thing, such as a vintage Pac-Man arcade game, a metal detector wand, and even an authentic 2017 Olympic torch. Be safe and don’t try to replicate anything they do at home, because, just like their motto says, “We cut things open so you don’t have to”.

5. Brian Hull


You may remember Brian Hull from his viral video where Disney and Pixar characters sing Let It Go, but his vocal impressions haven’t stopped there. His channel is chock-full of humor, accents, and impressions, and I’m always blown away by his talent. If you want to hear him flawlessly impersonate the characters from Zootopia and The Lion King or combine Winnie the Pooh’s voice with Batman’s, definitely check out his channel. He’s even made several more videos of different characters singing popular songs!


Well, those are my top 5 favorite YouTubers and their channels! Check them out and let me know what you think!

Here’s a quick reminder that although I try to follow the cleanest and most family-friendly channels, I haven’t watched every single one of these creators’ videos. If you come across something that you find distasteful or wrong, I apologize, and please know that I neither approve of it nor advocate it. 

Your turn! What are some of your favorite YouTubers? What are their channels like? And do you already follow any of the ones I listed here? 


CLASSIFIED: My Top Secret Advance Copy



If you read my Bookshelf Tour Tag post last week, you might have noticed me mention being an advance reader for Jenny L. Cote’s newest book, The Voice, The Revolution, and the Key. If you don’t know what in the world I’m talking about, here’s the gist: often, authors will choose certain people to read their new, unreleased books. These “advance” readers read the entire book in a certain time frame of the author’s choosing (in my case, it’s a month). We catch any lingering typos or mistakes, advertise the book, and provide feedback that will be published in the novel once it is officially released.

Today, I was treated with a nice surprise…


The advance copy came!!

I’m so excited to begin reading, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the rest of the advance reader process. Although you can’t get the book yet, here’s the official summary to get you pumped for it:

The Order of the Seven must help birth one nation under God by entering the lives of a unique generation of children chosen to become the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Liz is given the assignment of helping Patrick Henry become the Voice of the Revolution, setting the entire war in motion. If Max can’t protect George Washington in the French and Indian War, the patriots will lose the Sword of the Revolution to lead them. Nigel must ensure that Benjamin Franklin’s kite-flying efforts succeed to turn the key to unlock American independence, and Al must gather intelligence right under the nose of King George III. Victory will be impossible without powerful ally France joining the fight, led by its patriotic son, the Marquis de Lafayette. But will Kate be able to protect the young Marquis? The fight for liberty will be costly with an Enemy determined to the give the patriots the other outcome – death. 

Jenny L. Cote is an amazing author, and I can’t wait to delve deep into this new adventure that she has created. Hopefully you’ll check back in and see where this advance reader journey goes next!


The Voice, The Revolution, and The Key by Jenny L. Cote will be available in stores on August 15th, 2017.

Your turn! Have you ever been chosen as an advance reader? What would you like to learn about being one?