The Marvelous Reading Room is a cornucopia of nerdy goodness for any bookworm looking for some quality recommendations. It is incredibly entertaining, beautifully put together and the kind of YouTube gem that will leave you hungry for more of their very yummy content.
The format and material of the show is steady yet varied. From your bog-standard* book reviews to 30-second book pitches, author pitches, guest posts and a very engaging podcast.
Aside: *there is nothing bog-standard about them (watch, you will see).
The hosts Sunny and Amanda are both charismatic and entertaining, and they clearly have a lot of passion for their subject matter – which whether you like their suggestions or not, make them compelling to watch.
Sunny’s exuberant charm and ease on camera is extremely watchable. Add to that his insightful take on the subject matter you can’t help but want to start reading whatever he suggests. He really is very persuasive. Plus, the books that make his list tend to be ones that are not necessarily found on the most beaten of paths. This in itself is refreshing, as you are quite likely to find something that you have not heard of/read.
Amanda’s vivacious manner and whip-smart opinions perfectly packaged in bite-sized videos are exactly how you would want your book reviews wrapped and delivered. Her lists of top books per year are not only helpful – but an excellent way to bulk add to your reading list.
Together their enthusiasm delivers in leaps and bounds and will make you want to binge-watch their entire series.
For me, (and trust me I am an avid bibliophile, I don’t leave the house/go to bed/lie in the bath without a book) the two standout things about The Marvelous Reading Room are:
1. The 30-second book pitches.
Witty, informative, funny and unique. These pitches are designed to sell you on the idea of reading a book that they are particularly passionate about. Without any preface and in just half a minute, they manage to convince you (and they really do) why you need to be adding a particular title to your reading list. I can only put this kind of power of persuasion down to sorcery.
Also, you will be left wondering how they both manage to talk so fast (coffee, maybe??).
Side note: Check the below video out – this is a big part of why you should be watching the 30-Second book pitches (this kind of enthusiasm needs to be bottled and handed out – to everyone!).
2. The book reviews
The book reviews are the heart of this show. Intelligent, fair, amusing and to the point – they cut straight to the matter of why you should or should not give the book a go. They don’t spoil plot points, and their reviews are not ego-driven – which in itself makes The Marvelous Reading Room very relatable.
The backdrop is also a real treat. From their eclectic nerd-layered set to the green screen they use to implant you into the world and feel of the book. This quirky and very professional addition elevates the creativity of the reviews and leaves you wanting more.
Each review segment is like a yummy desert that you know you deserve at the end of every meal (including breakfast (first and second)).
However, this show definitely falls into the category of one that you should have checked out a while ago. And while there are currently no new episodes in the pipeline – don’t let that stop you from watching it. Really, you should go watch it right now!
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So if they are not making bite-sized brain treats – what are they up to?
Well, Amanda is winning the world over with one comic review at a time (plus a few uber cool unboxing videos) on her YouTube channel Amanda Egle. Go check her out.
And, Sunny moved to Sweden where he is currently working his magic as a game developer. He is also knee-deep in creating his first webcomic (which is very exciting).
If you have not watched The Marvelous Reading Room I implore you to do so. Trust me, it’s worth your time!
What are you currently reading? Why not say hi on Twitter and let me know. Let’s swap reading lists!