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Overnight Celebrities: Flipping Social Media Fame Into Bestsellers

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Social media has been the new route to fame and celebrity for nearly a decade.  Following the path led by the Kardashians, a bumper crop of internet famous celebrities have also parlayed their newfound popularity into something more.  If pink is the new black, then books are the new market for social media stars to conquer.  Our favorites from YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms have not only started writing books, they are turning these books into bestsellers.  Poignant reflections, riveting horror, laugh-out-loud funny, and tough coming-of-age stories abound in this list of fresh and exciting books by the social media famous that are soon-to-be all the rage online and in stores!   Mirror, Mirror: A Novel, Cara Delevingne From international supermodel-turned-actress, known for…

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YouTube Star Hannah Hart’s ‘Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded’

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With a Youtube show titled My Drunk Kitchen, where social media star Hannah Hart gets drunk and dubiously tries to cook (or bake) things, you would expect her memoir to be lighthearted, comedic, even self-deprecating view of her life – on the contrary, however; Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is a poignant, introspective memoir. About to turn 30, Hart is able to look back on her life, and recount it with a maturity and understanding that is beautiful and incredibly human. Growing up in relative poverty, with a schizophrenic mother, and a homophobic, deeply religious father, Hart is brutally honest about what it was like for her and her sister growing up. From the rules that were in place when her…

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Kick Your Life Up a Notch with YouTube Superstar Bethany Mota’s New Guide

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It’s time to get Motavated! Bethany Mota, the inspirational Youtube star and internet sensation has a new book out and we’re so ready to crack it open! Filled with helpful tips, DIYs and her own inspiring life story, Make Your Mind Up: My Guide to Finding Your Own Style, Life, and Motavation! promises to be a must-have book. Make Your Mind Up is Mota’s first book, and, just like her videos, it’s a versatile mash-up of her interests. There are recipes and style tips, personal stories and motivating passages. Learn more about how Mota went from a shy, bullied, home-schooled teen to using Youtube as a way to build up her own confidence and find her voice. Now she’s determined to…

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6 YouTube Book Vloggers Who Inspire Our Reading Lists

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As a young adult author, I’ll let you in on a little secret: no writer could survive without book vloggers and bloggers. These are the readers who champion our books, who help connect us with fans, and who just make the whole writing process a ton of fun. Book bloggers don’t just run popular websites either –- they’ve also taken to YouTube, where they create video after video celebrating their love of the written word. Everyone here at BookTrib is obsessed with watching book hauls, and it’s how many of us get reading recommendations any time we’re in need of a new story or series to dive into. So in honor of all those tireless book vloggers, here are six…

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Cozy Up to These Giveaways!

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Cozy up to this Week’s Giveaways, whether it’s a steamy romance, or an insightful look into your life’s work, there’s something to keep even the chilliest people warm this winter. Enter to win, and take home one of these great reads! The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat-Lein In the tradition of Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, and Andrew Weil, pioneering integrative pediatric neurologist Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, reveals the shocking contents of children’s food, how it’s seriously harming their bodies and brains, and what we can do about it. And she presents the first nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy—a plan that any family can follow. New alarming studies show the dramatic rise…

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Classic TV Shows Worth a Second (and Third) Look

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We live in a Golden Age of television where production values are high, musical scores are sweeping, and historical dramas like to keep their male leads shirtless about 50 percent of the time. Trust me: I’m not complaining. But there is something to be said for the TV shows of yore, when sitcoms ruled the airwaves and standard plotlines still felt fresh and new. Some of the old stuff just doesn’t hold up—I’m looking at you, Small Wonder— but plenty of it does. Here are three old shows that are definitely worth a second (or third, or 15th) watch: Press Gang     I’m a sucker for British teen shows. Somehow those Brits have figured out the perfect formula combining…

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Have Lunch with Stephen Colbert on Us

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“I’m trying to drop a few pounds…so I’m practicing portion control. I’m only eating small-sounding foods,” says comedian Stephen Colbert as he removes a Little Caesar’s pizza, a box of Thin Mints, and some baby back ribs to wash it all down. Now, just nearly a month and a half before he takes over the reins for David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show, Colbert is doing everything in his power to reintroduce his sharp-featured mug to the American public. This week, he’s hosting a five-installment lunch series officially titled, “Stephen Colbert has Stephen Colbert’s Daily Lunch with You, Starring Stephen Colbert.” The first and second installments have been posted and are, as you’d expect, wildly funny. My favorite bit from…

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From online to on the shelf: Vloggers turned authors

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This week, a novel called Girl Online gained national attention when it was named the fastest selling debut ever—selling 78,000 units in its first week. It’s a pretty incredible feat when you realize the author, Zoe Sugg, got her start by vlogging personal videos and beauty tutorials on her YouTube channel, Zoella. The novel tells the story of Penny, a blogger (write what you know!) who falls in love with an American musician. And while Sugg is currently facing backlash after admitting to using a ghostwriter, the numbers don’t lie—her book sales and YouTube views are through the roof.   But Sugg is just one of many video bloggers who are transitioning from YouTube to publishing. Here are three more…

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