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  • Hello everyone!

  • today I am going to be doing something

  • super exciting

  • if any of you are new around here

  • or you're newly subscribed or

  • you just weren't watching YouTube through the summer

  • then you might not know that I did a book club with WHSmith

  • it was even more exciting for me

  • after it was launched to see how many of you

  • got involved and read the books

  • I was actually like

  • blown away

  • by the amount of you reading

  • and buying the books

  • and kind of tweeting me about them

  • and tweeting the authors about them

  • and tweeting each other actually and not just tweeting

  • many forms of communication

  • but twitter was where the hashtag was

  • and where quite a lot of the author take overs happened

  • and it was so nice

  • to see so many of you enjoying things that I had recommended to you

  • so many of you read one and then

  • wanted to read another and then another and another

  • and

  • some of you were even reading all of them

  • it was unbelievably

  • lovely to see

  • and I am so happy that so many

  • of you enjoyed all of the books that I recommended

  • and getting to the point

  • I'm doing another round of the book club

  • and I am so excited

  • if you watch my vlog channel then you

  • will already know that I have been

  • reading, reading, reading

  • non-stop since the last book club

  • and I am super excited to be able to say that

  • the second round of the book club is launching tomorrow

  • which is Thursday 20th October for you guys

  • and that is launching in WHSmith

  • Reading is something I

  • thoroughly enjoy and so to pass on that enjoyment to others

  • really was such a lovely feeling

  • and, so

  • doing another round, was kind of a no-brainer

  • I was so excited to kind of

  • find

  • some more amazing books

  • that I know that you will all really love

  • as well as seeing how you guys react to all the books

  • and kind of discuss it

  • and talk amongst yourselves about all the picks of the book

  • by the way yes I do have

  • a hairband

  • cutting off the circulation to my finger right now

  • I'm not sure why

  • and it's wet and damp and that's disgusting

  • As well as that I also loved

  • picking the books

  • I think stories and books are quite personal to each person

  • I think

  • people will take something away from a story or book

  • that someone else might not

  • and it kind of really

  • resonates with how someone is feeling

  • in terms of how they see or read or feel about a book

  • and so

  • picking them

  • I feel like is such a huge task

  • and so making sure I have the perfect

  • eight

  • in order to share with you guys

  • is important to me and also

  • I flipping love doing it

  • so I feel like with this round

  • it's a little bit more diverse

  • in a sense of genre and story

  • and also

  • there are some kind of more seasonal themes in these books

  • which you will see soon

  • I would 100% say out of these eight books

  • there is something for everybody

  • and I am really happy and confident in saying that

  • I'm not going to be going into too much detail

  • on the eight titles I have selected

  • in this video

  • because I'm going to be talking a little bit more in depth

  • about each one

  • over on the WHSmith YouTube channel

  • and blog which I will leave a link to below

  • so you can go on over and check that out

  • LIke last time

  • each title will be given two weeks

  • of being the kind of chosen title

  • there will be author take overs on twitter

  • there will be Q+As

  • and actually

  • do go on over and get involved in those

  • because even last time

  • I was kind of watching them all happen

  • and

  • reading all the exclusive Q+As

  • and the exclusive interviews with all the authors

  • and

  • I

  • find them so interesting

  • because when you have invested your time

  • and imagination into a book

  • it's so nice

  • to be able to hear more

  • from the person who created it and

  • who obviously that story means

  • absolutely everything to

  • and you learn so much more about the books

  • that you've read and

  • just things you never knew or hadn't ever

  • thought about before

  • and all the authors are so lovely

  • and helpful and

  • just generally very proud of their books

  • and it's really lovely to see so

  • do get involved in those and if you have any questions about the book

  • then obviously that would be the time to do it

  • so each book will be kind of highlighted

  • for its two weeks

  • and during that two week time

  • it will be half price

  • so the first book to be kicking off the book club

  • is, where is it? where is it?

  • this one, called if I was your girl by Meredith Russo

  • Obviously without going in to too much detail, this story is about

  • a trans girl who is, kind of, finding her feet when it

  • comes to friendships, school, romance and I think just

  • generally in life. And it was so eye opening, I think

  • this is such an important book, I think absolutely everybody

  • should read this, and obviously I'll be going in to a lot more detail

  • but, this one, absolutely loved it.

  • Also worth noting again that every book I've selected

  • for the book club has it's exclusive to W H Smith covers

  • and there all so amazing and they all look really great together

  • As you guys know, I love a horror, I love a thriller

  • so, reading a thriller and a horror, around the time of Halloween

  • I think is just kind of perfect.

  • So, this one is called Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell.

  • And it is so creepy and amazing

  • I'm not sure I would recommend you reading this before bed.

  • But I loved it.

  • It's about a girl called Sophie who goes to stay at her cousin's house

  • and lots of creepy things keep happening

  • around these little porcelain frozen Charlotte dolls

  • On the front cover it says

  • "we're wating for you to come and play"

  • it's creepy and you will never look at small china dolls in the same way ever again.

  • Next up is this one, which, I mean the front cover of this I absolutely love

  • This is, I Was Here by Gayle Forman

  • I always love looking at your book recommendations

  • and so many of you recommended I read a Gayle Forman book

  • which is what I did, and I loved this book.

  • So at the start of the book there is a girl called Codie

  • whose best friend Meg has recently committed sucide

  • and it's got a little bit of mystery in there

  • and it's also just a very emotional and heartfelt story

  • of how a girl is coping after the loss of one of her best friends

  • and this was so touching and so unbelievably like,

  • almost raw, it was a really good book, I would highly recommend this.

  • And also it's just a good tale of friendship

  • and a little bit of romance thrown in there as well.

  • Next up is the book A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  • This book is so, I'm gonna say good and almost good

  • It's about a little boy whose mother is very ill

  • It's so hard to explain without giving it away but the imagery in this book is

  • really amazing and it proper tugs on your heart strings

  • like your gonna need a pack of tissues to read this one.

  • I believe this is being made in to a film which makes me so excited

  • because, I after reading it the first thing I wanted to