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Appreciating Small Booktubers! The Jay Dee Show 35

I put a lot of effort into one video this past week. It was a big one, and I’m pushing it out to many people. You see, just like here on this blog where I like to shout out other bloggers, on YouTube, I want to do shoutouts for smaller booktubers. I actually uploaded 4 videos, though 2 are the same, just on different channels.

On my main channel, I uploaded 3 videos. It’s not as many as I’d hoped, but the third one I uploaded I did a lot of planning for.

Starting off with some Authors Answer, I talked about my writing process.

And since July 1 was Canada Day, we enjoyed some of the events that were going on.

Then it’s the big one. The Small Booktuber Shoutout Tag. I talked about 12 channels that have fewer than 1,000 subscribers. And I tagged many people.

The other channel that I uploaded to was Tommy and Dad, the one for my daughter and I. But it was the same video as the Canada Day one above.

Over the next week, I’m going to get some more Japan videos up, and hopefully a couple Star Trek videos. I’ve been getting behind on the videos. Authors Answer #34 will be coming later today.

Which videos did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments section below!

Canada Day Fireworks!

For the first time in quite a long time, I actually got to see fireworks up close. Yesterday was Canada Day, and my family went to the Canada Day festivities. During the afternoon, we enjoyed some rides, but the highlight was at 11 pm: fireworks!

I took some video of the day, including more than two minutes of fireworks. Enjoy!

If you’re Canadian, what did you do on Canada Day? If you’re American, what will you do on Independence Day? Let me know in the comments below.

Authors Answer 87 – Non-Canadian and Non-American Authors

It’s Canada Day! And Monday is Independence Day. Fireworks, festivals, good food, and fun in the sun. That’s what we think of for both holidays. But many of us just want to enjoy a book. Most readers of this blog are from the USA or Canada, so we hear about authors from North America all the time. But what about the rest of the world?

320px-Flag_of_Canada.svgQuestion 87 – It’s Canada Day! And American Independence Day is in three days. What are some non-American and non-Canadian authors you would recommend?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I have to be honest: I’m not the type of person to pay much attention to the details of an author’s life. Mostly I just know the name of the book and the name of the author, so it’s difficult to come up with any right off the top of my head that wouldn’t be totally obvious, like, say, J.K. Rowling or Neil Gaiman. I’m sure I’ve probably read tons of non-North-American authors’ stuff, but I just don’t have the kind of brain that remembers names and birthplaces and the like. XD That said, Happy Canada Day!

Gregory S. Close

I always recommend Julian May, because she’s one of my favorite authors (Saga of Pliocene Exile).  I think Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer as well – a great craftsman.  I’m just starting to delve into his books.

H. Anthe Davis

Well, I think most of my non-American reading is in the form of Japanese manga, which might not be what you’re going for, but my absolute favorite manga is Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa.  As for novelists, I am going to run off to Goodreads to see where the people I read actually come from…  Aha!  For recommendation purposes, I would pick Kate Griffin (the urban fantasy pseudonym of Brit Catherine Webb), followed by Garth Nix of Australia.  I also think Karen Traviss (of the UK) has some great original sci-fi that gets overshadowed by her Star Wars and other franchise books.  And of course there’s Erica Dakin, my British partner in (fantasy) crime.

S. R. Carrillo

The best one I’ve read (to my knowledge) would have to be the highly popular Haruki Murakami. If magical realism might be your shindig, Murakami’s gotacha covered.

Paul B. Spence

Well, I’m rather fond of Iain M. Banks and Alastair Reynolds. Anne McCaffrey sort of counts as non-American also.

D. T. Nova

I’d like to be familiar with authors from enough different countries to give a wider variety of answers, but I’m not so I’m going to say Douglas Adams, Philip Pullman, and Neil Gaiman, who are all British.

Jean Davis

Let’s go outside the box with Jo Raven from Cyprus, shall we?

Elizabeth Rhodes

I’ve recently been introduced to the Strugatsky Brothers’ work. (Yes, I know, I’m a chronic late adopter.) Fell in love with the style in Roadside Picnic and felt it ended too soon. And on the other side of the fantasy/sci-fi spectrum, I’ve always been fond of Homer’s epics.

Eric Wood

I’m drawing a complete blank on any authors whose nationality is not American or Canadian. The only two I can think of are my two favorites. One is British Author JK Rowling. I started reading Harry Potter from the time the first book was published. I was immediately hooked. I’m currently reading them with my son and he’s as hooked as I was, though he’s only 9 and I was in university when I first opened them. The second is one book that I’ve read multiple times. I even wrote in it, taking notes as I went so I could go back and really understand it. The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak. His book “I Am the Messenger” is its equal. This book really  opened my eyes to alternative endings.

Jay Dee Archer

I tend to read a lot of British authors. Some of my favourites include science fiction authors Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space) and Peter F. Hamilton (Night’s Dawn), as well as fantasy authors Terry Pratchett (Discworld) and J. R. R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings). Outside of the UK, I haven’t actually read much. But this is something I plan to change.

How about you?

What are some authors you recommend from outside of the USA and Canada? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Canada Day! Some Canadian Authors for You

July 1st is Canada Day in Canada, and we’re celebrating Canada’s 149th birthday!Today, my family will be visiting a carnival with many rides, then later watching fireworks at night. It’ll be a busy day! It’s supposed to be very warm, too.

Have you ever read a Canadian author? I made a video all about Canadian authors. Here are five for you to check out.

Have you read any of these authors? What Canadian authors would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Canada Day!

320px-Flag_of_Canada.svgIt’s July 1st, and that means it’s Canada birthday. In 1867, Canada achieved its independence from the British Empire. Now, we celebrate it with fireworks, barbecues, and beer. Sounds remarkably similar to the American Independence Day.

To all my Canadian readers, friends, and family, Happy Canada Day! We don’t do anything special for it here in Japan, but I talked about it as much as I could with students today.

Canada, I’ll see you next year.