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  1. Most memorable book "What to say when you talk to yourself". Love that your wearing the top from yesterdays video on renting clothes. Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah

  2. Alex Garland has since become a director and writes screenplays to his films (He wrote Ex Machina, Sunshine, and wrote the screenplay to Annihilation)! However, if you watch his interviews he's sooooo boring XD

  3. I’m loving the book recommendation videos, I’ve bought a few of the ones you suggested and can’t wait to read them over break!! 💗

  4. Fascinating video… but I did want to mention that's a lovely top! PS – Is "Never Let Me Go" a book where towards the end there's this war and the narrator is crawling through an attic or crawl space and there's bombing or fires going on? I may have read it a long time ago but have only vague memories of the details of the plot. I clearly remember how the book made me feel, though.

  5. I’ve been a Booktuber since March 2018 and LOVE That you’re bringing it to your channel ♥️♥️

  6. Hannah, did you forget the animated shark illustration on pages 329 to 374 of Raw Shark Texts? That should make people want to read this book!

  7. 2 book videos in 3 days, Christmas has come early! I'll have to add these to my rapidly expanding 'to read' list, although first I'm about to read Doing It which a friend got me for Christmas!

  8. I've actually been thinking of rereading some 'pre-booktube' favourites lately. Some of mine were The Night Circus, Water for Elephants (both found randomly browsing Waterstones), Revolutionary Road, Atonement, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (all because of the films) and Station Eleven (picked up on a whim in the library). I kind of miss just finding books naturally rather than via the internet sometimes!

  9. Kurt Cobain was known for liking the book… Perfume. So… I’m not sure it’s good but I really want to give it a glimpse.

  10. Yepp, Perfume was really good, maybe it spoke even more to me being a chemist interested in history. I have only seen the beginning of the movie and it looks properly filthy and macabre, I have to see the rest someday!

    Some books I would recommend: Contact by Carl Sagan (became a good movie with Jodie Foster), Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Last Chance To See (Douglas Adams own favorite of the ones he wrote), Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C Clark, sadly not made into a movie yet).

  11. Go to the library if you want to browse !! Free books ! No clutter ! Good advice from staff !
    (Does it sound like I am a future librarian ? Cause I am 😇)

  12. A great book that I stumbled into when it was released back in 2010 is Quantum Thief. It's the first part of a trilogy. The books are Jules Verne type adventure novels in a sci-fi setting but trough an Alice in Wonderland filter. Also the author has a PhD in mathematics which also had an influence. There's a game theory prison. The main character enters a state of autism when they enter combat that gives them superhuman abilities. If I remember correctly someone steals the sun or at least tries to. There a flirtatious sentient ship, called Perhonen (butterfly in finnish) that was sung into existence. (There's a big thing about spell-singing in the finnish national epic). There's interplanetary intrigue by quasi-divine beings.

    They're great books that are really fun to read and deal with some pretty cool themes.

  13. "never let me go"… i still have nightmares about it 😱
    I used to be very in love with all the magical realism.. Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez etc

  14. Yo Han ✌🏻 added some of your recs to my list, ty. I reckon if you’re looking for obscure then you should hit up “Engleby” by Sebastian Faulks. Although not my fav it’s probably the best novel I’ve read this year (contending with Lolita for the top spot).

    It’s an fictional autobiographic account of a dude with serious mental health problems (the origination and development of which are explained in piece by piece memory recollections throughout) within and around the time a young woman he obsesses over goes missing. The way the author tells this story from the perspective of a character so unique is nothing short of master genius and the plot mystery is like probably none you’ve yet read. It’s an intellectual read but well worth it. Unfortunately, none of the online synopses do the novel justice, so ya gotta trust me 🙌🏻

    Also, happy holidays 🌟

  15. i remember in 7th grade (05-06) we didn't have a super structured "these are the important books you need to read this year" thing like high school seemed to be. and our english teacher was really cool and picked other books that were just the "important" classic-type books. i still own two of them, but i haven't reread them in so long. one was The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. i wouldn't say it's necessarily sci-fi or dystopian, but it's like borderline both of those. basically, some time in the future, there's this middle "country" between the US and Mexico that's actually just a bunch of different opium farms. It essentially stopped immigration because anyone trying to cross the border would be captured and….brainwashed?? Controlled somehow to become laborers for the farms. The main character is this kid you follow from earlier childhood through young adulthood and it is WILD. it's kinda weird to remember some of the stuff that happens though, considering it was written in 2002, but now it's 2019 :/
    The other book I still have that we read in 7th grade was In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and it's kinda hidden on my bookshelf because i'm kinda worried it's a bit cringey at this point, since it's definitely part of that 2000s vampire thing. i liked it at the time but then again i was 12 and then became somewhat obsessed with twilight two years later so….???? it was somewhat a series of 4-5 books, and then she had another series that had at least 5 books that were more about shapeshifters than vampires. i remember one of the later books had some gays which was "omg that's weird!" to my 16-year-old self who was so closeted she didn't even know she was closeted lol. but i still remember most of the books, and i thought it was cool that i recognized that the title came from a poem (my 4th grade teacher was super into trying to teach us poems lol)

    also everything by Tamora Pierce, especially the three core Tortall quartets. the first one was apparently first published in the 80s, and it's a somewhat typical "girl disguises herself as a boy to become a knight" thing but it's so good, and she's recently said that, had the terminology been around back then, she probably would have described that character as genderfluid which is just !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  16. I’m quite picky with books and rarely branch out from what I usually read (which is typically Young Adult), but I’ve read Perfume in German class and although it’s a book I would have never picked up myself, I really enjoyed it! We read and analyzed lots of books in both German and English class, but Perfume really stood out with its detailed descriptions and unconventional theme. And I can recommend the movie as well, it‘s well done and includes loads of detail as well!

    Another book (or rather novella) I loved that we read in German class is Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler. Sadly, there aren’t many videos on it on YouTube. What I love about this is the way the discoveries and theories of psychology that were new at the time (1920s) are implemented in it and how much can be read between the lines.

    I think this proves how I should branch out more and leave my comfort zone every once in a while, because there are definitely some gems that i would miss. So thank you for this video, I’ll definitely take it as inspiration! 🙏🏻

    Greetings from Germany ☺️

  17. I used to read so much more when I was a teen, but mostly YA and fantasy (have you read/watch the Witcher? I am curious of your toughts!), and my "booktube" was my friends, with whom we were constantly exchaning books.
    For adult fiction I would have to go through my old bedroom bookshelf, the ones I remember the most would be Women in the Dunes by Abe Kobo (short but moving story about what is the meaning of life), and Notre Dame the Paris, also known as the Hunchback of Notre Dame (well known, but my pitch would be "story about how we all are going to die and go to hell probably, how the hell somebody managed to made it into a cartoon", but then I learned that the cartoon was actually based on a play, which was already seriously altered by Hugo himself). Oh, an Master and Margarita – it is a modern classic I guess, but story is immersive and so enchanting it is a decently easy read.

  18. I'm so happy to see Perfume! I have never seen it in the book community – for the same reasons you mentioned at the beginning, we are so into this hole of being relevant and having to read the same books that we miss a lot of amazing books. Perfume for me was such a discovery when I was a freshman in HS, I even remember having to do a book report about this one!

  19. HUGE fan of Kazuo Ishiguro, so loved to see him on your list! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Great pre-booktube reads: Literally anything written by Tamora Pierce (was gifted "The Immortals" box set by my mom when I was 12), The Sugar Queen (Magic Realism book that is probably more problematic upon re-reading now that I'm older, and I discovered it in the clearance bin at the drugstore I worked at when I was 15), and Artemis Fowl (honestly have no idea how it entered my life but it was a HUGE book series for me in my formative years). My bookshelf has shrank over the years as I try to downsize but these remain constants 🙂

  20. These book videos are great! I'd love to know what your parents favourite books that you've shared are too.
    I was lucky enough to have a wonderful woman in my life who sent me books multiple times a year until I was 16, my favourites she ever gave me were a series about a black family living in the South in 1930's america, I can only remember the name of the 3rd book though – Roll of thunder, Hear my cry. I've been meaning to re-read them for awhile, this has encouraged me to 🙂

  21. The movie Perfume is different from the book…a females virginity is not required as one of his kills is a prostitute.

  22. Deffinatly gonna check out the raw shark texts, it sound really interesting and it's really weird because I used to want a smiley face tattooed on my toe when I was younger. I don't know why I wanted it or why that face makes me wanna read the book but 🤷

  23. The book ( a series now) that I really remember loving growing up was Inkheart. I actually read it before Harry Potter and it used to be a favorite of mine, there's also a movie of it and it's alright

  24. Does anyone remember the dead is series by Marlene Perez? It used to be really popular in my 5th and 6th grade class at school

  25. Love this video! What a great idea. I like that you have made a video that talks about books not often talked about. As a booktuber who loves books but doesn’t keep with the trends of reading that much, I often feel out of the “loop”. It is nice to see someone who relates to this as well, and is embracing reading on their own path.

  26. I actually don’t think what I read is actually all that influenced by booktube. Sure I add things to my tbr but most of the books I actually read are things I randomly pick up or are recommended to me personally. Some uncommonly talked about books I really recommend are The Blue Salt Road, Three Men in a Boat and The Butterfly Garden (the Dot Hutchison one)

  27. Not necessarily before booktube but everything Paul Auster seems to always escape booktube and it's my favourite author. Also anything from latinoamerica , Borges is brilliant and should be recommended and cherished regularly

  28. I know your list is very long already, but if you enjoyed Never Let Me Go you'll probably love Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (author of Handmaid's Tale). It's a three part series and covers science fiction, genetic engineering, religion, sex work… I love it so much. I picked it up at random in a huge second hand bookshop when I was about 16 and I'm so glad I did, definitely check it out if you get the chance!

  29. About the where I get my book recommandations from, I wanted to answer : all of the options, but that wasn't available :). I also wanted to add librarians (ok, maybe I'm biased here , I now work in a different field but studied to become one and worked in a library for a while 🙂 ) and booksellers (and by that I mean people who work in bookshops, I'm French and not sure that's the right English word for that) !

  30. It's so weird hearing you talk about perfume as excited as you are because in Germany most people have to read it in school and hate it. Not really because it's a bad book I think but because we are forced to read it way to early 🙈🙈

  31. Alternative title: Hannah tries to describe the plot of books she read 10+ years ago.
    I think I'd like to do something like this too, actually, especially because my childhood books are all German and I barely remember any plotpoints haha. Great idea!

  32. This year I reread a few series that were really big in my life growing up- most notably The Princess Diaries and Airhead, both by Meg Cabot. Normally I don't like YA but I don't know, there was something special about reading these books that I had already read many times before. They're still good, I'd recommend them

  33. Perfume is one of my absolute favourite books! And it's one of those books that I thought could never be made into a movie AND THEY DID IT! They did properly too! An amazing adaption so do watch the movie! ♥️

  34. I had to read The perfume for school, when I was like 16, I loved it, I still love it, I wanna make something about it (I'm an artistic director), here in my country is a common book for school

  35. i looooved never let me go. watched the movie because of Keira Knightly, loved it, had to read the book. Had to read all the books by Ishiguro

  36. I loooved the shark something book (read it in Hebrew, they translated the title to "memory shark"), thought it was the literal dictionary definition of a "mindfuck" 😂 Also love anything by Donna Tart ♥️

  37. I love rereading, so there's nothing wrong with doing that! It's good that BookTube can influence, but being true to your own quirks and stuff is better!

  38. Oh my gosh perfume! I’m the opposite, I’ve seen the film but not read the book. I remember someone showed it to me at a sleepover (odd choice I know) I haven’t seen it since but remember how creepy it was!

  39. I never read books from YouTube book/ internet, I have tons of amazing books but will highly recommend just one : Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. She wrote it during the nazi invasion of France, it's so funny, so amazing despite writing about a sad situation. Sadly she died in a concentration camp.

  40. Pre- booktube I read a few Jodi Picoult books. Shes an amazing author and you never know where the book is going.

    I'm currently reading Educated on your recommendation and it's so good!

  41. Perfume inspired the nirvana song scentless apprentice which is where I heard about it first and always thought it was super interesting. Never knew it was German first though

  42. If I'm not mistaken, I think I saw the movie Perfume. It was very disturbing! I only watched it because Alan Rickman was in it.
    Also, Dustin Hoffman.

  43. I love old worn out paperbacks. You can fold back the pages and you can toss the book in your shoulder bag with you. The only negative thing is that the print is sometimes too small.

  44. Great video, would love to see you explore some more non-booktube books and report back! One I love that I haven’t heard people talk about is The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng ✨

  45. I love it when you talk about books 🙂 I picked up a bunch after listening to your podcast. They're usually ones I haven't heard about because after I joined booktube I started reading a lot of releases to keep up with the industry. Now I'm trying to deviate from this. I think you'll love Spent by Antonia Crane (it's about sex work and unionization and a lot of other things). I inhale-read it.

  46. Not exactly obscure but felt obscure at the time, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time really stuck with me. And post-Booktube but one I just picked up off a friend's shelf recently with no real clue as to what it was about was Enduring Love (Ian McEwan). Love discovering gems this way!

  47. I LOVE THE BEACH!! I've only read it, I believe, last year and while it was disturbing, I'm more disturbed by my inability to feel the suspense. Everything felt normal to me…until the very last minute.
    Personally, I still read books that have never made it to booktube or very few people know about. I'm a very judge-a-book-by-its-cover kind of girl and it often turns out to be a very valuable read. A highly underrated author that I've loved for years is Clare Morrall. Please check out her work, especially Astonishing Splashes of Colour, if you're interested.

  48. I read perfume this year because I found out about it through film school; we analysed a scene and I was really intrigued by the plot. I watched the film first and then read the book and was blown away! so I also discovered it by chance haha. I also read The Color Purple last year, I literally read my mother's old old copy until it fell apart, and it became one of my absolute favourite books ever!

  49. I have this collection of about 15 books that my grandad gave my mom and then she gave them to me. I don't know the original title (it is translated to portuguese) but it's about 2 adventurers going around the world. It's by Henry Dalton and Philip Gray, to me it's called "A Volta ao mundo por dois aventureiros". I love these books so much!

  50. The film of Perfume is so damn good. Watch it ASAP. There’s also a series on Netflix that’s about a group of people inspired by the book which looks weird and interesting.

  51. I will never forget the raw shark texts… there is a scene, where the guy "drinks the concept of water", and I still cannot understand what the f was happening.

  52. Watched the film Perfume and somehow completely forgot the murder bit. 😂 Remembered the ending though pretty vividly…

  53. The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan has always been one of my favourites just because I remember the way I felt during the summer I read it after finding it on my mums bookshelf and it just brings back memories of a simpler time and being a carefree teen 🤣

  54. My favourite book growing up was A Candle In Her Room by Ruth M Arthur. It's so hard to get a copy of now and I have my grandmas copy and it's so old and falling apart. Never met anyone else who's read it!

  55. This is such a cool vid idea! I didn't read much before booktube, I'm grateful for it getting me into reading. But Anne of Green Gables, was one of those schoolastic books I got in primary school, reread when I was like 19 and fell in love with it. Also those action/adventure kids books I can't for the life of me remember, has fond memories for me :') It is a lovely thing reading and choosing books when you're not so drenched with talk about it. But having a community to talk about them is a great thing too.

  56. You should read a stranger in the house! I just got it for Christmas and it has me on the edge of my seat already!!📚❤️

  57. Some of my favourite books I've bought while browsing the bargain sections in my city's annual book fair. It's this huge three-week event (according to Wikipedia one of the top five book expos in the world, did not know that haha), with tons of publishers from really independent to big names selling all kinds of books, though the last couple of years I've skipped because the sheer amount of people attending make it impossible to browse in peace.
    Lately some of my out of the box finds have been the results of my trips, on the last couple of years I've been lucky enough to travel quite extensively and I always look up independent books stores in every city I go to (looking for ones with books in either english or spanish), when travelling on the cheap I always end up with the more indie choices for my purchases. I'm also quite lucky that my brother is a GREAT book gifter, and all his gifts are always books haha.

  58. 7:30 Have you seen the mini series The Outcast? I really liked it.

  59. The Raw Shark Texts is one of my favorite books!! I got so excited seeing it in the thumbnail because almost no one I know has heard of it. I read it in high school and loved it so I bought a 'loaning copy' that I have been passing around to different friends for them to read 😛

  60. Ive now read The Raw Shark Texts due to this video It was really good and one of the most unusual books Ive ever read . Thanks

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