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Wild Beauty
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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McLemore s second novel is such a lush surprising fable, you half expect birds to fly out of the pages McLemore uses the supernatural to remind us that the body s need to speak its truth is primal and profound, and that the connection between two people is no more anyone s business than why the dish ran away with the spoon. -Jeff Giles, New York Times Book Review, on When the Moon was Ours Love grows such strange things.Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel The Weight of Feathers garnered fabulous reviews and was a finalist for the prestigious YALSA Morris Award, and her second novel, When the Moon was Ours, was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Litearture. Now, in Wild Beauty, McLemore introduces a spellbinding setting and two characters who are drawn together by fate and pulled apart by reality.For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family."
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Librariana
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 7

7 days, 7 covers you love. No explanation desired or required.

Feel free to play along! Consider yourself "tagged".

@Hooked_on_books - last one ? And I had to include the title page.

Centique Wow that‘s pretty! 5mo
Hooked_on_books Both are beautiful! I‘m glad you joined in. I thought this was such a fun challenge. 5mo
Librariana @Centique - agreed! I'm a sucker for floral covers 😊💜🌷🌻🌺🌹 5mo
Librariana @Hooked_on_books - Thank you for thinking of me... for remembering me despite the lukewarm evidence of my posting frequency. I keep telling myself I should be more active... more present... more engaged... and then life happens. I know you understand 😊💕 5mo
Hooked_on_books You are fabulous and the amount you post or don‘t post doesn‘t matter one bit unless it works for you. Life is what it is and everyone is different as far as what works for them. You have absolutely nothing to feel badly about! 🙂 5mo
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Andrew65
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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#7Days7Covers. Day 7 of #CoverCrush

Here‘s my Day 7 cover.

flying_monkeys This was my pick for today too 🤓 (edited) 5mo
Sarah83 Will start my week on the weekend 😍🤩 5mo
EadieB Beautiful cover! 5mo
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Centique Oh my! 😍 5mo
Andrew65 @flying_monkeys How strange, what a coincidence. You must have great taste. 😂😂😂 5mo
Andrew65 @Sarah83 Look forward to seeing your books! 5mo
Sarah83 Still need to this about which ones I choose 💓 5mo
Andrew65 @Sarah83 Difficult to limit it to 7! 5mo
Sarah83 Definitely. So many gorgeous books are sitting on our shelves 😍 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗💗 5mo
gradcat @Andrew65 Wow! You and @flying_monkeys — this is a truly gorgeous cover! ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 just a perfect cover, you know I'm all about the flowers too! Excellent! 5mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Can‘t beat flowers. 5mo
Nute Lovely! It has a 3D effect. I want to reach out to touch and then smell! 5mo
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flying_monkeys
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush Day 5

Designed/created by https://www.instagram.com/dmazzelladibosco/?hl=en

To be fair, ALL of Anna-Marie McLemore's covers are BEAUTIFUL, but this one's my favorite, as of September 2019. 🤓

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌸🌼 5mo
Andrew65 Great choice! 👏👏👏🙌😊 5mo
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Chasingmermaids
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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Really magical and sweet. I love the nature magic in this book. Love the characters and how they develop. They deserve only happiness.

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julesG
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Just a few of the #PrettyBooks on my shelves.

#30JuneBooks @howjessreads

CoverToCoverGirl Lovely! 8mo
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BookishBlonde12
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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I love everything about this spellbinding book! Will be reading more of McLemore‘s books 📚 🥰

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BookishBlonde12
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Such a gorgeous day to read outside! 🥰

StayCurious Love this picture! 9mo
NamasteReading so pretty!! 9mo
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Mommamanzi
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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April‘s brought showers and lots of blue while May brings all these beautiful flowers! Technically “floral” is not a color but it is for this month haha. #readmorefloral #mayflowerreads #floralisacolorthismonth

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dizie_lizie
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book has been on my shelves forever because I thought it was a fae story. I was wrong. It‘s a beautiful tale of love and family with a delightful addition of magical realism. I loved it.

#OWLsReadathon2019: Herbology (plants on cover)

Erofan Such a beautiful cover! 😍 10mo
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bookish6
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Gave myself a reading challenge, 39 books in 39 weeks. Started April 1st ending December 31st.
Week 1: A book with flowers on the cover.
I chose Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore because of it's beautiful cover 🌺
I really enjoyed this book! I went in blind and was pleasantly surprised with the storyline 🥀

Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 10mo
Crazeedi I love the cover!🌷🌷 10mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
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bookish6 @RaimeyGallant thank you! That's excellent 10mo
Chelleo Welcome! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
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TheLibrarian
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#kindledeal and I bought it solely based on the cover.

Velvetfur That is a really beautiful cover though 😍 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto It is gorgeous! 10mo
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BookishGirl06
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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A book with some lovely #flowers. #springintoreading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! 💞💞 10mo
vkois88 Lovely 10mo
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Mommamanzi
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Still one of my favorite covers of all times! And a few of my plant babies decided they wanted to say hi as well. #floralbooks #plantsoflitsy

Tanisha_A 😍 Beautiful! 12mo
Suet624 Beautiful photo! 12mo
kspenmoll Such a lovely photo! 12mo
tpixie lovely photo!!! 11mo
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Shvonne
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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This review is super late because life happened. I enjoyed this book but not as much as her other novels. It was a bit slow in places and had way too many side characters. Otherwise it is an enjoyable romantic-ish book.

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Shley9225
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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A beautifully written and lyrically descriptive book. If you like gardening you‘ll LOVE the setting of Wild Beauty (honestly even if you don‘t like gardening you‘ll still like it). The plot is simultaneously one of simple nothings and also a deep underlying mystery, which come together to create a dark and complex narrative that draws you in without you even being aware.

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TheWizardEm
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Mehso-so

While the writing was lovely, the story and characters itself felt lacking. A lot of the side characters weren't fleshed out and the sisters all blended together a lot of the time. I feel like if the characters had been more defined then the book would have been great.

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Brittbritt
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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Second book of 2019! Perfect for a summer day by the pool #aussielife

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creativelittleladybug177
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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This is such a magical book, I'm loving all the aesthetics and the lush storyline🌺🌹✨✨

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Shvonne
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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I‘m reading the springest of spring books in the middle of fall.

Chrissyreadit That cover is so beautiful 🧡🧡🧡🧡 1y
TheBookAddict How is it? I‘ve been wanting to read it since I first heard it was coming out. 1y
Shvonne @TheBookAddict It‘s really good. I‘ve haven‘t finished it yet because I‘ve been working a lot 1y
TheBookAddict @Shvonne good to know it‘ll be worth it when I get to it! Yeah, work always gets in the way of my reading time. We need a job in which we get paid to read. 🙂 1y
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kimlovesbooks
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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Today I'm starting this, hopefully I will finish it before the awesome readathon VICTOBER starts!!

Anybody else planning to join in with Victober?

If you are interested, check out my TBR and all the info you need to know on my blog.

https://allyoureadislovehome.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/victober-2018-has-been-ann...

😁😁😁

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WeeziesBooks
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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1. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
2. Romance or sci-fi
3. Yes! 2 pit bulls (Blue and Griz), 2 chihuahuas (Pigums and Finley Nelson), 2 cats (Ronan and Anne), and my cemetery baby, Gansey (I found him in a cemetery when he was just a few weeks old. No idea what he is besides handsome af)
4. About 14000. Smallish.

#sundaysurvey @alisonrose

alisonrose I love Wild Beauty! Thanks for playing! 1y
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WeeziesBooks
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Look at these beautiful new editions for my collection 😍🌺🌹🌷💐🌸🌼🌻

kgriffith Gorgeous! 1y
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mskayla07
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4.5/5 🌟 so beautiful! I read the majority of this but I did listen to a few chapters while doing a few errands. Really good!!! I was quite surprised with how much I loved the writing and the story. There were a few tears near the end too!

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kgriffith
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And sometimes you finish the last three pages of a lovely book while eating noodles with black truffle burrata at 3:30am because you sort of forgot you were hungry for four or so hours. I‘ll take it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LisaJo Well, that also makes a great book recommendation. Adding to TBR. 1y
mariaku21 That does say great thing about the book 😂 1y
kgriffith @LisaJo @mariaku21 Okay I feel like I need to add the disclaimer that I didn‘t actually spend the four hours prior reading, but on an extended lovely date where we came to my place because I hadn‘t eaten before the show we went to, but then we got to talking and I just sort of... forgot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ That said! The book really is wonderful and highly recommended, as well as her last novel, one of my favorites of 2017! 1y
mariaku21 @kgriffith Thanks for the disclaimer haha I've had the other book on my tbr for a while so I'll definitely be on the lookout for this one 1y
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Every so often I‘m reminded of this segment from This American Life. I always think that it‘s the poem that gets me, but it‘s really the end of the piece that‘s ABOUT the poem. https://youtu.be/KGOdikvMDho

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kgriffith
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A bit of journaling and possibly finishing this book on my lunch break. On my giant beanbag, in the sunny patch on the living room floor. I may be a cat. 😻

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kgriffith
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“As though their daughters loving men and women meant they wanted all of them in the world. There was no way to tell their mothers the truth and make them believe it, that hearts that loved boys and girls were no more reckless or easily won than any other heart.” #queerbooks

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kgriffith
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Switched to my hardcover read. The fog and foghorns are excellent accompaniments to the haunting storytelling, not quite eerie, but otherworldly. This is why we endure February. #Maine #Summer #reversereadathon #readathon

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kgriffith
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Oh Anna-Marie, the way you write queerness is just so right.
“And how she shared her laughter, her true, fluttering laugh, with boys who could more easily be called pretty than handsome.” #queerbooks #ownvoices

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kgriffith
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Porch reading with Xander.

Zelma So cute! 😻 2y
saresmoore STAHP. That is the sweetest! 2y
knittedgnome So cute!! 2y
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HeatherBlue
Wild Beauty | Anna-Marie McLemore
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The descriptions in this book make me want to go wander through a garden somewhere. So beautiful!!

Cathythoughts 💕💕💕 2y
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Kamisha
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Trying to take pictures with a puppy in house...🤦🏻‍♀️
This was my stack of #Booked2018 picks for Apr-Jun!
📖Childhood Fave- Alanna ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
📖Steampunk- Boneshaker ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
📖Environment- Silent Spring ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
📖Refugee MC- What is the What ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
📖Friendship- The Help ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
📖Flower on cover- Wild Beauty ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Enjoyed all of them but Wild Beauty was definitely my favorite. Such a sweet, beautiful story w/great representation.

Robothugs PUPPY!! 😍 2y
4thhouseontheleft So cute!! And I love you bookshelves. 😍 2y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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kgriffith
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After a very busy day putting on our local Pride parade and festival, celebrating with friends and loved ones, and leaving my phone in my ride‘s car Saturday night, I was frankly really okay with being a bit off the grid for the final event, the closing tea dance. This lovely human and I escaped the party to sit on rocks by the water for a while and I am both so proud of how Pride went and so relieved that it‘s over! #Pride2018 #queerbooks

2BR02B Cute photo! ❤ 2y
kgriffith @2BR02B the bow tie really makes it. 🤓😍 2y
Robothugs Bow ties are cool! 🤓 Adorable photo! 2y
kgriffith @Robothugs A++ reference! 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This is my second McLemore book this year. I saw her speak at Nova teen book fest a few months ago and have since become familiar with her work. I liked this one, which had her usually magical realism. Magical cousins, family curses, and queer issues.

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4thhouseontheleft
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I‘m a huge fan of the slow burn of magical realism stories, and this one is no exception! A mystical story that reminds me of Isabel Allende‘s novels, perfect for readers who don‘t mind a drawn out story with lyrical writing but not a lot of plot. I loved the diversity and bisexual representation, which you don‘t see very often in magical realism.

Read for #MountTBR, #booked2018 #floweroncover & #pop18 #LGBT.

1st completed for #13inthree 🎉🎉

Nute Beautiful photograph. I love shades of purple. Both the flowers and the book cover are lovely. 2y
thereadingowlvina Gorgeous picture! 💕 2y
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TrishB Lovely pic 💕 2y
C.Perone You got me at Isabel Allende💕 Stacked! 2y
4thhouseontheleft @C.Perone Allende does it better, but you can definitely tell that the author of Wild Beauty was influenced by her! 2y
GatheringBooks gorgeous photo! :) 2y
tammysue Looking forward to reading this one. Lovely photo!! 💜 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Sunday brunch time! Hoping for less interruptions during reading time today, since we are having a low key day. 🍳🥤🥓🍠#brunchandbooks #13inthree

Cailey_Mac Ahhh the colors are so aesthetically pleasing 😍 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Squeezing in #13inthree reading time when I can. This time, at the pool!

TheBookKeepers Ah nice view!! It‘s a little rainy here today but I got in an hour of backyard reading before it came!! 2y
4thhouseontheleft @TheBookKeepers we managed to hit the pool in the 2 hours that it wasn‘t overcast and rainy, and it still sprinkled once while we were there. Thunderstorms are rolling in quickly now. 🌩⛈ 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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I‘m about 1/2 way through this enjoyable story filled with magical realism! Not much reading really happened at the cat cafe, though. 😹 #13inthree

LitLogophile These cups! 😹 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Diving in to what I hope will be a light read! The premise sounds interesting, and I am so happy to have a quiet morning at home! 🏡 ☕️ 📖 🌺🌼🌸

#Booked2018 #floweroncover

Cinfhen Stunning cover 🌼🌸🌺🌻🌹 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen it is gorgeous, isn‘t it? 2y
jillannjohn Beautiful picture! 2y
SincerelySelina I enjoyed this book 2y
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Readinganonymous
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Mehso-so

3/5 Stars for me. Very slow moving and not much happening. It jumps around ALOT and you can get really confused if your not playing attention. At least the cover is pretty🤷🏻‍♀️
Check out my full review on my blog! https://readinganonymous.wordpress.com/blog/

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GypsyKat
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Oh man, do I love getting book mail! 😆💗📚❤️📦 #BookHaul #BookMail

Sophoclessweetheart Oh this looks lovely! 2y
Tinky5870 😍😍😍 2y
IamIamIam 👏👏👏👏 2y
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GypsyKat @Wanderingwithwords @Tinky5870 @IamIamIam The series on top is by the author who wrote the Ruby Red trilogy (which was so fun) and I‘d never heard of the series in the bottom, but I saw it on BookOutlet for cheap, and it gets good reviews, so why not? 🤷🏻‍♀️😊 2y
hes7 Fun stack! 2y
GypsyKat @hes7 Thanks! I think so too! 😁 2y
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kgriffith
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Of course I didn‘t just try to swipe to turn a page in my paper book, I don‘t know what you‘re talking about. 🙄🤓 #Readathon #RATbooksnack

RaimeyGallant I've never done this either. Never. 2y
ReadingSusan Ha ha! Yep.especially during a Readathon. 2y
JacqMac 😂 Been there, too. 2y
Pamwurtzler 😂 2y
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Mommamanzi
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That awesome moment when you realize you have the same flowers in your garden that are on your new book! Such a beautiful cover. I received another box from book outlet, I‘ll post my new stack in a little... like when my husband runs errand lol.

Eggs Stunning photo!! The light is perfecto ❣️ 2y
Mommamanzi @Eggs thank you! It‘s a beyond perfect day here in Orlando, Florida. The toddlers and I have been outside all morning! 2y
tammysue Fabulous photo! 2y
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monkeygirlsmama Gorgeous cover. 2y
Mollyanna Beautiful picture! Wish it were sunny and flowers were blooming here, but alas we still have snow. 2y
Eggs @Mommamanzi Enjoy!! It's perfect here in central Texas as well! Calm before the storm (of blistering 100+ degree days) 2y
Kalalalatja Gorgeous cover! 2y
Mommamanzi @Eggs ugh I feel ya! I grew up in Ft. Worth and Brownsville. We definitely get more rain here but the heat struggle is real! Enjoy “spring” over there for a few more weeks hahaha! 2y
Eggs Thanks @Mommamanzi 👏🏻 2y
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Kamisha
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I absolutely loved this beautiful story and the magical tone of the writing! I loved the diverse cast of characters and I especially enjoyed how inclusive the love was handled in this story. It was subtle and powerful and written beautifully! And that cover! 😍
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Read this for my #Booked2018 #flowerorswordoncover prompt!

4thhouseontheleft This is my choice for the same prompt! Glad you liked it! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Beautiful flowers! 👏🏻👏🏻💐🌷🌸🌼🌻 2y
Cinfhen Oh!!!!! That cover 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻and to know that the book is just as beautiful inside 🙌🏻 2y
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KirstenTest
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Sadly neglected while school and Pride take over my “free” time these days.

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Kamisha
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Starting this beauty today! #currentlyreading

RachelO Sooo pretty! 🌸 2y
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myhoneyreads
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On a star rating system: 4.7/5
•Latinx and LGBTQ+ rep
•great characters
•unique plot
•beautiful and artist writing
•very important messages that were excellently delivered

The only negative I can think of is I had a hard time picturing all of the intricate scenes, but other than that, I loved it.

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BooksBecomeYou
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When your book matches your shirt.

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Skyrimir
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Absolutely my favorite time of the year is when the wildflowers bloom everywhere.