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The Boneless Mercies
The Boneless Mercies | April Tucholke
They called us the Mercies, or sometimes the Boneless Mercies. They said we were shadows, ghosts, and if you touched our skin we dissolved into smoke ... Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are Boneless Mercies – death-traders, hired to kill quickly, quietly and mercifully. It is a job for women, and women only. Men will not do this sad, dark work. Frey has no family, no home, no fortune, and yet her blood sings a song of glory. So when she hears of a monster slaughtering men, women, and children in a northern jarldom, she decides this the Mercies’ one chance to change their fate. But glory comes at a price … An epic YA fantasy set in a breathtaking new world, this is perfect for fans of V.E.Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Melinda Salisbury "Fierce and glorious, this story of outcast girls defying fate utterly bewitched me. Tucholke is a gorgeous writer." -- LAINI TAYLOR, New York Times-bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer "??Its every page hints at a deeper magic at work; it contains a whole world and all its myths and histories within its skin." -- MELISSA ALBERT, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hazel Wood "Ruthless and lyrical, heart-warming and blood-chilling, and beautifully redolent of ancient tales and history. It will sing to a new generation of heroes."-- SAMANTHA SHANNON, New York Times-bestselling author of The Bone Season "I fell in love with this stunning novel from the very first page. Fierce and unforgettable, with gorgeous prose and a fantastic premise that more than delivers. Easily one of my favorite YA novels of 2018." -- KATHERINE WEBBER, author of Wing Jones and Only Love Can Break Your Heart
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BearsBeets99
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Bailedbailed

I stopped reading this book at less than halfway. I really wanted to like it (really really badly!) but I found it slow and boring.

I just didnt feel for the characters yet and I didn't know enough about their quest. It's a shame, because I love Viking YA and I loved Sky in the Deep.

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BearsBeets99
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"I was a Mercy-girl with no family, no home, no fortune, and yet my blood sang a song of glory."

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Skyrimir
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After not enjoying (or finishing) Wink, Poppy, Midnight I am giving this author another shot. Here goes!

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Claireluana
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This was a great read! Haunting and sweet at the same time, with removable characters. Definitely dark, but so recommended!

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KimmyM
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this more. It took me forever to get into it, but it did pick up in the last half. 3/5 🌟

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tonyahoswalt
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Pickpick

4 1/2 stars, I think. I really enjoyed this. Loved the flow, the story, the characters. I just felt like the things that were changed to make it "original" weren't changed enough: Vorse instead of Norse, Obin instead of Odin, Valkree, as a goddess, instead of the Valkyries, Holhalla instead of Valhalla, Hel instead of Hell. Maybe that's just me being too harsh. #yareads

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Pickpick

Guys, I really liked this one. It was a combo Iliad, Odyssey, Beowulf...but with some badass females. Despite being a modern epic tale, the writing was rather simple. I think for this reason, it wasn‘t as emotional as it could‘ve been. However, that sort of fit the story and the way of its characters. Many open ends of storylines lends itself to sequels. (I tried very hard to capture the beautiful foiling on the cover.)

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kelleyannslibrary
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Tucholke is a stronger and stronger writer with every book she writes. I loved her writing style and ability to capture the /feeling/ of centuries old fairytales in her last book. Here she does the same but with a Norse-inspired standalone YA fantasy. This book and its characters are full of grit, blood, and fiercely wild magic. The writing is epic and lyrical just like Beowulf, the story which it retells from a fresh feminist perspective.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌼 4mo
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Just a typical night here in my house. Kids are in bed and this is what a him vs me looks like! 😂 Who can relate?

TheLibrarian Me!! This is a normal night for me and the husband when he isn‘t working. 4mo
Mynameisacolour Same at our house. Except mine likes to play the Nintendo throwback with all the old games like Dr Mario and super Mario bros 4mo
MaleficentBookDragon Same here. The #manpanion plays Assassin's Creed or watches wrestling while I read and say "Uh huh" a lot. ? 4mo
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Soubhiville Yep, my house too. 4mo
CouronneDhiver Happening right now 4mo
StephanieMarie Oh yes I relate way too much! 😁 4mo
WanderingBookaneer To be fair, some nights this is our house too. 4mo
WanderingBookaneer @Mynameisacolour : I unwind with Dr. Mario too! Usually while listening to an audiobook. 4mo
gibblr @TheLibrarian @Mynameisacolour @MaleficentBookDragon @Soubhiville @CouronneDhiver @StephanieMarie I‘m so glad to hear I‘m not alone 😂 @WanderingBookaneer Somehow I KNEW you were going to say that...only the post would be reversed 😜 4mo
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Gryffleclaw95
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was a lush novel filled with legend, adventure, monsters, death, glory, and loss in which it gives us a badass female retelling of “Beowulf”. It easily sets up for a sequel due to events being foreshadowed at the end, and I‘m intrigued to see how the characters‘ futures pan out. Despite this novel having a GORGEOUS cover, I would have loved to have a book map since the author goes into great detail about the world‘s geography.

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chlolovesbooks
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 I flew through this!🐺

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Gryffleclaw95
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I know they say to not judge a book by its cover, but guys this cover is gorgeous ❤️

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Sweetkokoro
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First book of 2019 finished and I loved it from start to end. The Boneless Mercies isn‘t your normal mercenary story. They are a band of women who deal with mercy deaths, men won‘t do them so women pick it up. Stories are never written about them and the death they bring, but one day a group of 4 decide to leave it behind and change this. Death follows those who bring it, no matter how far they try to escape it. An easy yet captivating read.

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allthingskayla
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I finished two books on 12/31/18 and The Boneless Mercies was my last book of 2018 and was my 209th book of the year! How many books did you all read in 2018?
#2018 #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #bookchallenge #yearlychallenge #litsy #littens #bookstagram #bibliophile

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allthingskayla
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Mehso-so

My last book of 2018! I literally finished this at 11:57 PM. 😬 Anyway, my rating is 3/5 stars. I loved how this was a female retelling of Beowulf. However, I felt like the characters were not developed and the pacing in some areas were slow. Also, the action scene in the end fell flat for me. There were redeeming scenes, but I think this book is so-so.
#bookstagram #bibliophile #litsy #littens #review #3stars #soso

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Sweetkokoro
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(Still refusing to go back to shattered pillars haha) I have a few hours by myself while the little one is out of the home so I‘m gonna aim to read as much of this as possible, hoping it‘s as good as I have been hearing!

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Lel2403
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April Genevieve Tucholke has written an enthralling and enchanting tale of the relationship between Mercies, all young strong women in a harsh, difficult and poor world. While this is a Young Adult novel it is in no way childish and the Mercies may be young the story‘s in depth and is really about hope and love and companionship. The world created is very atmospheric and detailed and you could easily get lost here. I loved this. #netgalley

glitterkitty459 Loved this one too! 😍 6mo
Lel2403 I hope there‘s a sequel... 6mo
ReviewsMayVary I love that cover! 6mo
toric Ive recently got this and i wasnt 100% sure from the blurb but im glad you liked it. That gives me more enthusiasm to go read it 😊 6mo
Lel2403 @toric I really liked it 6mo
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Lel2403
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Now for a change of pace and genre....a YA sci-fi...

Rissreads How are you feeling since your hospital stay? Better I hope? 💚 6mo
Lel2403 @Rissreads yes thank you...a bit tender but definitely on the mend x 6mo
Rissreads That‘s good news! 6mo
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beachbookworm7
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Shley9225 My favourite was Sea Witch by Sarah Henning. The final cover has purple eyes which absolutely glow in the most haunting way, especially against the green-blue of the rest of the cover. (edited) 6mo
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glitterkitty459
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1️⃣ Stuffing! And pie! 😋
2️⃣ Hmm I don't go to many restaurants other than Chipotle so I'll go with that 😁
3️⃣ I've touched several different singers hands at concerts (like Sheryl Crow) but I did actually speak to the main singer of Better Than Ezra 🎸
4️⃣ The Boneless Mercies or An Absolutely Remarkable Thing 😍
@howjessreads #friyayintro

monalyisha Food twins! 👯‍♀️ 7mo
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glitterkitty459
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#currentlyreading ♥️ this cover 😍

Kamisha I 🧡🧡🧡this cover so much! I definitely bought it for the cover! Hope it ends up being great! 7mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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“I am Frey... I am woman, wanderer, warrior.”

An amazing retelling of Beowulf where a band of 4 women decide to leave the path as Boneless Mercies, weary of the death trade, and hunt a great beast.

I usually soar through books but found myself slowly savoring this one. I really enjoyed this magical story of strong women and will probably reread it many time.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

abbielistenstobooks Ok I'm in. Have you read The Mere Wife? Also a Beowulf retelling, also v good. 7mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @abbielistenstobooks no I haven‘t! Adding it to the tbr now. Thanks! 7mo
abbielistenstobooks You're welcome! 7mo
hermyknee Great review! 7mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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I was also excited to meet the tagged author but when I got to the place where the panel was happening they said she wasn‘t here due to being sick. Hope she feels better!

#pdxbookfest

MirrorMask That's a bummer! Hopefully it's nothing too serious. 7mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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First fire of the season. Lennon abandoned her bed since it‘s dinner time.

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BookRambler
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I loved this standalone dark fantasy about four girls who are tired of dealing with death and go in search of glory.

Full review is up on my blog: bookramblerblog.wordpress.com

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BeckyLeJ
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Not bad stats for October 😊

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CoffeeK8
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I need every teen girl to say this in every YA book I read.

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TheLibrarian
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#bookhaul from a local independent bookstore! I‘m going to try and support more physical stores instead of Amazon even if it costs more.

BookNAround ❤️❤️❤️ to hear this. 8mo
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CoffeeK8
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Getting the car inspected and sneaking in a little reading.

cathysaid Soooo....you‘ve got a Honda? 🤪 8mo
CoffeeK8 @cathysaid LOL, yes! 8mo
cathysaid @CoffeeK8 Husband is a gearhead...otherwise I wouldn‘t have noticed. Hope you got good reading in... 8mo
CoffeeK8 @cathysaid I did, thanks! I‘m always impressed when people notice things I would never know to look for 8mo
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Elisa
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Panpan

Here‘s my beautiful UK edition... in my swap basket.
I‘m kind of sad that I didn‘t love this. It features strong, independent young women who are also decent people, and we need more of that. But they cannot carry the entire plot.
The pacing is off, with events just flowing undistinctly into one another, till there is no timeline at all.
Lots of telling and too little showing, which waters down the plot and weakens the world building.
Pity.

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CoffeeK8
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Today‘s #libraryhaul 💕

JoRead Nice pile 😉 8mo
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Tanzy13
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Full of fierce characters, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling - and who gets to be the storyteller.

IheartYA April's Beneath the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is one of my favorites! 8mo
IheartYA *between* autocorrect 8mo
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Elisa
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After a couple of false starts, finally dove into this beauty 😍

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Lizpixie
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So👋 I‘m back! I‘ve been so sick, I couldn‘t even read so I‘ve been laying in bed binging Netflix(has anyone else become obsessed with The Haunting Of Hill House series??) Some #BookMail came over the last few days which cheered me up a bit. First up is The Boneless Mercies, which I believe is a feminist retelling of Beowulf. An ancient female sect of assassins bring merciful death to the old & sick until they hear of a killer beast in the north.

LeeRHarry Glad you‘re back on Litsy and able to read again 😊 8mo
mrsmarch You had me at “feminist Beowulf”! 8mo
DGRachel Beautiful cover! 8mo
Elma The hubs and I started The Haunting of Hill House this weekend and we're definitely obsessed. It's so good. 8mo
jen182 @mrsmarch Same here! 7mo
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kimlovesbooks
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I have decided to take a break from Victober!! And I'm going to start this beauty!!

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Elisa
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IT‘S HERE!!!

OMG it‘s even prettier in person 😍😍😍😍

emmaturi Such a lovely cover! 8mo
Elisa @emmaturi Right? It‘s so beautiful. I wanted exactly this edition! I‘m going to read this right after I finish the witchy book. (edited) 8mo
kimlovesbooks Im just about to start this as well!! 8mo
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chlolovesbooks That COVER!!! 8mo
Elisa @kimlovesbooks oh enjoy! I want to finish this boring as heck and disappointing witchy book first 🤦🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Elisa @chloeeblack I knowww! And it was so cheap! It was like 8 euros something shipped!! 8mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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I got this in the mail yesterday! Hoping to read this at the end of the month since my October TBR is overflowing.

#bookmail

Kimberlone That cover 😍🔥 8mo
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Melismatic
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Not book related per say but today I started a brand new job - my first new job in 9 years!! - so I‘m currently reading in the glow of this new gift I bought myself. 🙌🏻 Here‘s to new beginnings!

zzz 👍🍾👏 congrats! 9mo
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BookishTrish
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My at work TBR #showme

MicheleinPhilly I used to have a TBR at work but then realized that I always wanted something from that stack when I wasn‘t there. 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im reading Papillon right now and it‘s really good! I have Raw Shark in my TBR too . . . great minds, right?! 9mo
BookishTrish @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled You and I tend to overlap a fair bit. Let me know when you‘re starting on Shark please 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yes! Will do!! 9mo
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Melismatic
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Starting my first ARC! Picked it up for free at #BKBF.

trioxin_sematary Sweet cover! 😍 9mo
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LibrarianRyan
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I have not had time to read this yet, but a gender swapped Beowulf. Bring it ON!

October 2
#CoverLove #YAedition

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DeborahSmall
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From @ScorpioBookDreams loving this Viking/Norse adventure 💙

ScorpioBookDreams The finished cover is so pretty xx 11mo
Kalalalatja Sounds great! 11mo
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wayfaringbibliomaniac
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What a story! I loved this so much... Frey and the Mercies are so complex and gave me all the feels.. will absolutely be preordering.

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LibrarianRyan
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I did not get much reading done last night. My allergy pills are kicking my butt. But I'm ready to start the morning. Hopefully no allergy pills or I'm screwed.

House 6 challenge is a first line quote from a book in my pile. Here you go.

They say dying makes you thirsty so we gave our marks one last drink.

#24in48

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wayfaringbibliomaniac
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It's here!!! It's finally here!! I'm so freaking excited about this!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! Welcome to Litsy!!! 12mo
Leftcoastzen Glad you are here! Litsy is fun. 12mo
Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy, I hope you love it here 🎉🎉🎉 12mo
wayfaringbibliomaniac @Bronte_Chintz I love it already!! 12mo
Chia.V Welcome to Litsy! 😊🌷 12mo
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kate_reads
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#winewednesday all day errday

Jen2 Love the wine glass!! 12mo
KirstieE Omg where did you get that wine glass !? ❤️ 12mo
kate_reads @KirstieE Shelflove Reads store! I think you can still get them for individual purchase. I love it 🤩 12mo
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LibrarianRyan
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A gender bent Beowulf ? Yes please.

#bookhaul #bookexpo18

ScorpioBookDreams The Boneless Mercies!! 😍😍😍 13mo
LibrarianRyan @ScorpioBookDreams they told me 4 times they didn't have anymore. But at the very end of today I got literally the last one. 13mo
ReadingRover Every time I walked past that booth I eyed that MarcyKate Connelly book and it was a display copy. I was debating just grabbing it and running 😂 this is a great bunch! Roja & Blanca!!! And Jennifer Armentrout too!!! I was way too laxed in my planning. (edited) 13mo
LibrarianRyan @ReadingRover I asked for the Connelly book at the end of the day. I shouldn't have Darkest Star. It was ticked and I didn't have one. But it was the end of the day and I started the "hope" line. As for Rosa McMillan was doing this thing where they had 4 on the tables and librarians could choose one. While waiting for Star I walked by a few times. ? 13mo
ReadingRover Nice!!! 13mo
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kate_reads
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Today‘s #bookmail was 🤩😍👌🏽

kamoorephoto Oy vay 😮😮😮😮😮 13mo
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