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Among Others
Among Others | Jo Walton
Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead. Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off... Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin. One of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011 One of io9's best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of the year 2011
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toofondofbooks
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Balibee146
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UK Littens.... Having a small clear out and I have this on Kindle too, ooops.
Anyone who wants this I'm happy to post it... First UK person to comment its yours 😘😘

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tournevis
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#hellothursday #bookishedition @wanderinglynn
1️⃣ Of course to both.
2️⃣ Tagged, but it won't. Jo says she can't make it work. She's the boss.
3️⃣ I read exactly one mag in print, Uppercase. Everything else is online.
4️⃣ Of course.
5️⃣ 👍 @Tonya_Bross

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 👋🏻 9mo
tournevis @wanderinglynn 👋👋👋 9mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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With a very light touch of magical realism, Among Others is a love letter to classic fantasy and sci fi and a coming of age story.

#magicalrealism #comingofage #wales #booksaboutbooks

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toofondofbooks
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#quotsysept18 #quiet (tagged book is awesome btw)

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ads0123
Among Others | Jo Walton
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“...because if there are books perhaps it won‘t be all that bad.”
#truth #bookclubpick #vacationreading #travelswithbooks

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beaconhillbooks
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Mehso-so

This book had so much potential it just didn‘t live up the expectation I had for it (and it won a Hugo). I liked many things about this book just wish there was more momentum in the story with a bigger ending. 3.5 stars.

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beaconhillbooks
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So in my wheelhouse:
1) outcast little girl who survives with books
2) fairies
3) epistolary format

#currentlyreading

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toofondofbooks
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A fave ❤

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KBuchana
Among Others | Jo Walton
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I really loved this hard-to-pin-down little novel that reads as a love letter to books and reading. Part memoir-style narrative, part fantasy, part school story, with more than a dash of the fantastical, Walton's world is utterly singular. This book is artfully written and profoundly sincere, especially for lovers of books who have always found in them a way to belong and a place of safety. A beautiful novel.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Morwenna “Mori” Phelps from Among Others is definitely a #CharactersWhoLoveBooks 😍❤️📚 #AprilInBooks18 🌺📖

#BookNerd 📚💙

JanJan I really want to read some Jo Walton! This looks great! 2y
TorieStorieS I listened to this on audio and liked it! 2y
Ruthiella This book made me want to read ALL the SFF books mentioned! I also want to check out Walton‘s What Makes This Book Great😀 2y
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KBuchana
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Seconded. ❤ libraries, and also this sweet little book--borrowed from my local library!

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tournevis
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#weekendchat @CSeydel

❤️ Tagged. It displaced all others after I read it.
💙 Yes. Flowers in the front, vegetables in the back.
💜 It was too long ago for me to remember, unless school shindings count, which they don't.
💛 There are many. Paul Auster, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Daniel Sernine, Jean Cocteau, Arthur Conan Doyle. There is more.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Loved this book! Magic and fairies 🧚🏼‍♀️ 🧚🏼‍♂️ and a wonderful SF book club. My TBR grew exponentially with this book 🤓 #HugoAwardChallenge2018

#BookNerd 📚💙

tournevis It's such a good book! 2y
TommieMarie74 This has been in my #TBR pile for a while. Maybe I should move it up in the stack. 😊 2y
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SleepyDragon
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Mehso-so

Definitely needed some caffeine for parts of this. This one just wasn't for me.

Here is a review by Denise: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2321592204

#RtC #MtTBRchallenge

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SleepyDragon
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"Next to him, the other people looked as if they were in black and white while he was in color."

#lovegoggles #MtTBRchallenge #RtC

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SleepyDragon
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"how interesting that what comes out as doing the best he could in a man looks like neglect in a woman."

How interesting, indeed!

#RtC #MtTBRchallenge #feminist #inequality

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SleepyDragon
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"Or rescuing dragons from evil princesses"

#RtC #MtTBRchallenge #differentperspective

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mday
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"Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.

"Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts."

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SleepyDragon
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1. Theme from 80s tv sitcom "Small Wonder."
2. ?? Kind of drags but I'm hopeful it will pick up soon.
3. Not sure, but I bet Dickens wrote it.
4. @stephhammer (because # 1 was her fault)
@GarthRanzz #trivialthursday

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SleepyDragon
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Reading this for #RtC. I don't normally read YA, so I'm taking a bit of a risk, though the dedication page alone is winning me over.

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BarbaraJean
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I really liked this. The description sounded just like my kind of thing, and it was, though not exactly in the ways I expected. The magic & the conflict are a slow burn, but it‘s an intriguing build. It‘s very internal, in a way that I liked. The main character is unapologetically & deeply bookish, with a heavy SF bias, and with all the mentions of books she‘s reading, my Goodreads TBR definitely grew! This is letter W—my final #LitsyAtoZ! 🎉🙌🏼

Cinfhen Congrats on finishing 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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BarbaraJean
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“I did not buy a book... which has the temerity to compare itself, on the front cover, to ‘Tolkien at his best.‘ ...How dare they? And how dare the publishers? It isn‘t a comparison anyone could make... I expect Lord Foul‘s Bane...is more like Tolkien at his worst, which would be the beginning of the Silmarillion.”

How about that for a blurb on the cover of the Silmarillion: “Tolkien at his worst.” 😂What do you think, #LOTRchapteraday friends?!

Moray_Reads I think the temerity is to claim to love the fact that LotR is a "whole world" without understanding that the Silmarillion is an essential part of that! I can be snobby and judgemental too ?? I seem to remember enjoying Donaldson's books but I can't remember much about them 2y
BarbaraJean @Moray_Reads Ha! Yep. And honestly, I find the beginning of the Silmarillion to be one of the most beautiful passages in all of Tolkien‘s writing. I did find her level of outrage here hilarious, though. And I‘ve never read Donaldson, so... 😜 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Enjoying some late-afternoon reading on the balcony. I‘m really enjoying this book—my last letter for #LitsyAtoZ 2017! It‘s deliciously bookish, as the main character keeps name-dropping all the books she‘s reading. They sound awesome, and then I have to go look them up on Goodreads. 😊📚👍🏼

mjdowens This one sounds good. Stacked! 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Libraries really are wonderful. They‘re better than bookshops, even. I mean, bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.

...With eight books weighing me down & rain slashing in my face, I considered going straight back to school... But I wanted to check the bookshop, and 8 books sounds (and feels!) like a lot, but it isn‘t as if they‘ll last me all week.

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BarbaraJean
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Starting my last letter for #LitsyAtoZ 2017! This is not one of the ones I‘d picked out for letter W—but I just wasn‘t feeling it with any of those, so I pulled another option off the shelf. I will still read White Teeth and Brideshead Revisited and We Need New Names... but right now I need one a bit shorter, that I‘m in the mood for!

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Beachesnbooks
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Day 11 of #allthebooksof2017 is a book you finally read this year! I had both of these on so many tbr stacks before I finally got to them 😂 Among Others ended up being one of my favorites of the year.

annahenke I've been meaning to read 2y
batsy I love that cover for North and South! It's been on my TBR for the longest time 😳 2y
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GripLitGrl
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#booklove 💞📚🎠

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Beachesnbooks
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September reading wrap-up! I read 9 books in September and (with a few exceptions) really enjoyed what I was reading. I like that I had a nice mix of SFF, nonfiction, and thriller-y reads. My favorite this month was Among Others by Jo Walton, 5⭐️
#fallintobooks #bestofseptember @RealLifeReading

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Beachesnbooks
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I just finished reading Among Others by Jo Walton and absolutely fell in love. It's about a Welsh teenager obsessed with SFF literature who finds herself in a British boarding school after a family tragedy. Oh, and she can communicate with fairies. It's a quietly powerful book about reading and growing up and finding your place in the world; I think it's a perfect book for SFF fans of all ages. 5⭐️

Owlizabeth Stacked! 2y
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Beachesnbooks
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I wish I wasn't at work right now bc all I want to do is read this book. It's wonderful so far. #currentlyreading

DimeryRene I've had this book on my shelf forever. And I don't remember buying it! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I highlighted a ton of quotes in this book. But this one is so me. ?
"I‘ll grow and change and be myself. I‘ll belong to libraries wherever I go."

AWahle I read this "pre-Litsy" and had to go back to Goodreads to see my review. I really liked this book and am glad to see it getting some love. 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @AWahle My favorite librarian recommended. I had never heard of this author. Need to check out her other books. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Wow. I absolutely adored this book. Hard to describe.
Part classic coming of age story, complete with English boarding school, part Welsh fantasy with fairies and magic. Just give it a try. It grabs you.
Morwenna is 15 years old in 1979 and is usually to be found in library. It's her escape from crazy family. I can definitely identify with that. Love that she saves herself.

merelybookish I'm intrigued! 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @merelybookish So good. It's gonna be that book I tell everyone about. 2y
SilversReviews Pretty cover. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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How can I not have known this word?
“Bibliotropic,” Hugh said. “Like sunflowers are heliotropic, they naturally turn towards the sun. We naturally turn towards the bookshop.” 🌻📚🤓

britt_brooke 💚💚💚 2y
Centique I love it! 2y
SilversReviews What a wonderful word...thanks for sharing. Love the definition. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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My favorite librarian recommended this one. It's hard to describe but I'm enjoying.
It's interesting diary of Morwenna who has lost her twin Morgana. She's left Wales to attend boarding school in England, she loves science fiction and communes with fairies. See what I mean? #siblings #awesomeautumnbooks @Jess7

Johanna414 I've heard really good things about this one! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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It's a quiet holiday weekend. Time to get caught up on all the library books I have checked out. 📚
#ssh #imrreading #happylaborday

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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"Why would you have a library that shuts at noon on Saturdays? That‘s just so English, honestly."
My favorite librarian recommended this one. She knows me so well. I'm only a few pages in and loving it. ?

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2BR02B
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Ouch! I wonder if Donaldson read this and took offense?

vivastory Ouch. Burn 😬 2y
Soubhiville I actually kind of agree... 2y
2BR02B @Soubhiville True enough. The only blurb I find more annoying than "Reads like (universally acclaimed genre author) at his/her best!" is "It's like (wildly popular hit book/series) meets (a different wildly popular hit book/series)." 2y
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Court7
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This was lovely just lovely. It made me wish I was more of a sci-fi reader.

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Marmie7
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Thank you so much for everything! I haven't read any of these and I almost ordered Among Others yesterday on #bookoutlet lol I enjoyed the notes you had with each book too. So cool! @Lacythebookworm #summersantagoespostal

Lacythebookworm Yay! I hope you enjoy them! 😊 3y
tpixie Awesome #bookhaul 3y
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Ruri_kaichou
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Panpan

Day 10: Biggest Letdown - It was well written, but the story was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be. I found 90% to be boring and the main character not engaging. The ending was actually interesting but if it wasn't for my book club, I would have DNF'd this hard. #SplashIntoSummerReads @Tiffy_Reads

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readingjedi
Among Others | Jo Walton
Panpan

Great premise, was excited at start...then even if it had been amazing (it wasn't) I went right off it when MC dissed Stephen Donaldson, pooh-poohed Star Wars and called Thomas Hardy boring! 🤔 Nowt much happened, almost as if the author forgot these things need a plot, the mysteries that were initially intriguing were strung out too long, got boring & came to nowt, characters were unlikable and underdeveloped, a nasty scene with the father was ..

readingjedi ..seemingly forgotten/forgiven (?!?!)/just never mentioned again. WTF?! 3y
readingjedi Found the whole homage to the power of books/reading (the whole "if I have books I can face anything" schtick) kinda cringey, pompous and self-gratifying. I don't need books to tell me that, I want them to just do that! 3y
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brownekr
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Reread.

This book is a very well-aimed arrow at ALL MY FEELINGS and I was afraid it wouldn't be the same on a reread. But of course Jo Walton, the queen of rereading, can write for the re-reader.

Mori is so immensely frustrating in such perfectly teenage ways and I love her so much.

(Picture from the beginning of my reread on Saturday--the first bits of this book go surprisingly well with TALLAHASSEE.)

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Leo1733
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A greeting card I bought at the local used bookstore today. I'm not sure if I'll ever give it to anyone, but I liked it!

Bookzombie You could frame it for yourself! 🙂 3y
Lmstraubie Yes! 😅😅😅 3y
Zelma That is so true! 😂 3y
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Leo1733 @Bookzombie I hadn't thought of that but it's a great idea! The colors and style would look perfect on my shelves. 🤓 3y
Gissy Keep it! That card describes your condition 😕 my condition and all Litsy friends condition, we are bookcoholic 🙋🏻I accept it 😲and not only that we are also Litsycoholic since we are reading reviews and comments all the time 😳Ohhh what a wonderful condition and World 😌📚📚😍❤🤗 3y
kspenmoll Seconding @Gissy !!!! Your description of Littens is perfect! 3y
Suet624 I'm with @Gissy. 3y
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Leo1733
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I think I'm going to like this book!

Lmstraubie 😊 3y
Gissy I have that already in my wish list. I don't know if I will like US hardback cover or U.K. Cover. Both are so pretty 3y
Leo1733 I ordered a paperback, it was all I could find. I'll have to check out these editions too! 3y
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Tunde
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Because besides faeries there are magic, books, reading and libraries #READATHONFAERIES @Liberty

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Lizpixie
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On the plus side today, I had this gorgeous book show up from my bookdepository.com wishlist. I'm assuming it's a birthday gift 🎁 but there's no name with it! So thank you to whoever you are, you made my day😘❤️🎉

Ps- thank you @haanim for this gorgeous book! I'm so happy I have someone to thank😘❤️

TrishB I have this on my tbr pile, not got to it yet! 3y
Lizpixie @TrishB it was in a list that @Liberty wrote for @bookriot about best female scifi/fantasy authors. I put quite a few on my wishlist.👩🏻‍💻 3y
Lacythebookworm This book is amazing!!! Enjoy 😊🙌 3y
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LitMail Ohh I wonder who it was! I was not informed so I can't be of any help. 🤷🏻‍♀️🙈 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Such a good book! And I love that UK cover better too 👍 3y
haanim @Lizpixie it's a pleasure ☺💜 sorry for keeping you in suspense 😆 happy birthday x 3y
haanim @LitMail I didn't want to bother you 😝 3y
LitMail Oh my goodness @haanim to think you'd bother me... get those thoughts out of your head!! 🤗 (edited) 3y
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annkuch13
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Thank you so much to @Lacythebookworm for the wonderful #cupidgoespostal presents! I have heard nothing but amazing things about both of these books and am so excited to read them! Especially knowing they're two of your favorites! And oh my goodness the Princess Leia print it amazing! I can't wait to add it to my Star Wars art wall in my new house! You are so incredibly thoughtful!

Also thank you to @BookishMarginalia for organizing!

Lacythebookworm 😍😍😍 I hope you love the books! I had such fun (and only a little stress!) picking them out! ❤ 3y
annkuch13 @Lacythebookworm You did amazing!! 3y
Texreader Lovely gifts!! 3y
BookishMarginalia That's wonderful! 💜💜💜 3y
ReadingEnvy Ooh yes both great reads!! 3y
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readingjedi
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Great. Another multiple award-winning book that seems universally adored that I'm forced to pan. Gutted 👎

Ruri_kaichou Oh man! I did not like this either. It was completely not what I right it was going to be. So boring until the very last chapter. 3y
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