Zoella (popular YouTuber, author, everything) recently revealed her new book club, exclusive to WHSmith. In it are eight handpicked YA titles that have received a re-design, as well as exclusive content. Being a book blogger and vlogger, I've been excited about this since its announcement... and now, thanks to WHSmith, the pretty things (and some extra goodies!) are in my hands and I get to tell you about my first impressions. Lucky you, eh?
I'm a sucker for a good cover, especially when they're exclusive and literally made to be even more special than the originals. Each of them is incredibly beautiful and photographing them was such a joy.
Some of these might seem like obvious choices if you're a book blogger or booktuber, but frankly, I think we can be a little wrapped up in ourselves. A lot of people aren't involved in the industry. At all. Before I started blogging, I was always re-reading books from the late 80s/early 90s, mostly oblivious to the new kid's books being released. As bloggers, we might have heard about All the Bright Places every day since its release, but for a lot of Zoe's viewers, this will be the first time they've heard about it. The same goes for the other picks. In my opinion, Zoe's done a great job and picked books from a variety of genres and writing styles.
This is what I'm most excited about, I think. Exclusive covers, content and bookish videos from one of my favourite bloggers are great... but these books are going to encourage reluctant readers who have never picked up a book before. They're going to choose one of Zoe's picks and think, y'know, maybe I can give one of these a go after all. And then they'll move on to the next book. And the one after that. And soon, they'll have read all eight books, which might be more books than they've ever read. Is that not the most wonderful thing?
...this is hugely exciting for the publishing industry and for Zoe's fans, whether they're bookworms or not. There are only three books from her picks that I haven't read yet (Billy and Me, The Potion Diaries and Everything, Everything) so I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into those, and I'm glad this book club has given me the kick up the butt I needed to do so, as I've been meaning to read them for months! Another eight picks next year, anyone? Fingers crossed!
What do you think about the #ZoellaBookClub?
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