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The Gracekeepers
The Gracekeepers: A Novel | Kirsty Logan
For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by waterAs a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.From the Hardcover edition.
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KtheBookwyrm
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This is a difficult book to rate. It was a quiet story, slow and melancholy. This isn‘t the type of story I normally read, so I think it‘s going to take more time to process before I can fully decide. I did enjoy it though and if I wouldn‘t have been so busy this week, I‘m sure I would have had it finished in just a couple sittings.

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KtheBookwyrm
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One of only 2 books I‘ve bought this year without reading first, but I couldn‘t pass it up when I found it brand new for just a few dollars. High hopes for this.

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KtheBookwyrm
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Combo haul today! I got everything except Gracekeepers in the mail today and then I found Gracekeepers at half price books in clearance for only $3. A Like New hardback for super cheap and a book that I put on my tbr at he beginning of the year after some from ThoughtsOnTomes over on YouTube gushed about it. That book and Unlocked are the only books in this haul I haven‘t already read, so looking forward to reading them soon!

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rachelsbrittain
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Pickpick

A lovely & intimate look at the lives of 2 women in a world almost entirely covered in water. North is the "bear-girl" in a dampling circus, attempting to hide her pregnancy & avoid a life on the land. Callanish is a gracekeeper, not quite a landlocker, not quite a dampling, who performs funeral rites for the dead. When their paths cross the 2 women find they have a suprising connection. Beautiful and bizarre-- AKA my favorite kind of book.

rachelsbrittain Anddd finished just in time to return to the library after my 4 hour drive today. Perfect 😅😅 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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Not entirely sure where this story about a world almost entirely covered in water (and a vast divide between the landlockers and the "damplings" who live in boats) is going, but I'm interested to see. And I love the two main characters names: North and Callanish

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rachelsbrittain
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Books + tea

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GivenLemons
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Pickpick

An enchanting story of people finding each other and themselves. It‘s really charming with a heartwarming epilogue. #fantasy

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Kalalalatja
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In The Gracekeepers there is a character named Callanish and I think that might be my #favcharactername. I love the way it rolls on my tongue and it makes me think of weird, wonderful and magical places ✨

#ReadingResolutions

TrishB Did you know they are standing stones in Scotland? 2y
Kalalalatja @TrishB I did not know that, but now I want to go see them! 😄 2y
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aquariusnat
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Pickpick

This was an interesting fantasy novel . There's multiple POVs being showcased in alternate chapters . It's kind of a character study with very little plot involved . But it's beautifully written ! If you want to read about some interesting characters in a water-logged Earth , then give this a shot !

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aquariusnat
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Starting my next read !!!

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aquariusnat
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Just got back from 2nd and Charles bookstore ! Traded nine books for store credit and only paid $4 for these three books ! Love that place !

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Beachesnbooks
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#25inFive wrap-up! My goal going into this readathon was "try to finish some books" and I finished 2 but also read a bunch from 3 other books, which I'm very happy with. Most importantly, I'm really loving 2 of the new books that I started (The Gracekeepers and The Unseen World). This readathon definitely inspired me to read more than normal even though I've been super busy! ???

Andrew65 Well done! 💐🍾👏🎈🎉😊🏆🥂🙌 2y
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Beachesnbooks
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Much-needed chill reading night after a very busy week/weekend. I really love the world so far in this book--the oceans cover all but tiny islands, and there's a lot of prejudice between those who live on land vs. the sea. #25inFive

robinb #CoverLove ❤️ 2y
Andrew65 Good luck for the final day. 👍 2y
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rachaich
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I had such high hopes for this. It's a loan from a friend who rated it hugely. It also came recommended for fans of Station Eleven which I loved. Sadly I'm four chapters in and shelving for a while as it's not gripping me.

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I love it when authors add a doodle😁
#signedsunday #signedsundays

LeahBergen Me, too! ❤️ 2y
Kalalalatja She has a new book coming out this year set in the same world as the Gracekeepers, I believe! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Kalalalatja Oo! Good to know! And FYI: I bought this UK edition after seeing your post showing how much prettier it is 😁 2y
Kalalalatja It is way prettier than the US edition! I don‘t get that design at all 🙄 2y
Foragingfantasy @elkeo when is your birthday?? I don't think I've ever asked.😣 2y
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Foragingfantasy

I am subbing today and left my book laying on my bed. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

howjessreads Oh no!! 😂😭😂😭😭😭😂 2y
DivineDiana Serial Reader substitute?!? 2y
Jas16 😩 2y
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Foragingfantasy @DivineDiana we aren't supposed to be on our phones. 😭 2y
Foragingfantasy I found the Phantom Tollbooth in the car! I'm saved. 2y
DivineDiana @Foragingfantasy Of course! So glad you found a book! 📚 2y
Reviewsbylola Noooooo 2y
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quirkyreader
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I was at the Supermarket today and saw this on the bargain table. So it just had to come home with me. And I had been wanting to get this story for a while.

KtheBookwyrm I just watched a YouTube video that recommended this! 2y
Kalalalatja I really love this book ❤️ 2y
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JillB
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Very promising!

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Kimberlone
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Going to try to finish this before it expires on Overdrive in 2 days! #juststarted

Kalalalatja It is really great! 👌 2y
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raeintheworld
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The Gracekeepers is my favorite book about the #ocean. It's just the right mix of magical, melancholy, and hopeful.
#SizzlinSummerBooks @Tiffy_Reads

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Kalalalatja
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Another #nakedbook that also fits the #floating prompt 🌊🌊

#JuneBookBugs

rubyslippersreads What a lovely edition! 😍 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Gorgeous! 2y
LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 2y
emtobiasz Such a beautiful book! 2y
RealLifeReading Beautiful! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Pickpick

This book is gorgeous inside and out. Logan's debut novel is magical, full of a quiet wonderfulness and a floating circus. The story deals with being different and how the choices we make effect our lives and other's.
Logan writes in a way that put all my senses to work. I could feel the salt water crusted circus curtains rustling around me. I could see the glitter in the air. I could smell the sea.

Another great rereading experience ❤️

I-read-and-eat Great review! I am pretty sure I need to read this now 😊 3y
TrishB I need to read it soon too!! Been on the tbr for ages. 3y
ephemeralwaltz Beautiful review! Stacked! 3y
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Cinfhen Sounds magical ✨✨✨ 3y
christineandbooks Sounds wonderful! 3y
Bibliogeekery Gorgeous review!! 3y
bedandabook What a great review! 3y
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Kalalalatja
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Another long weekend, another reread, another iced coffee 👌

#Howyouread #currentlyreading #riotgrams

JPeterson I'm in love with this book! And this cover is gorgeous. 😍 3y
Kalalalatja @JPeterson it is one of the most beautiful books on my shelves 😍😍 3y
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hes7
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I was having a hard time with the #Cocaine prompt, so my brain went from "cocaine" to "Coca-Cola" to "polar bears" to this book with a bear. #RockinMay

Cinfhen Haha 😂 free mind association 🙌🏻💞 3y
Kalalalatja Makes sense 😂😂 3y
Zelma Makes sense to me too! 😆 3y
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Kalalalatja
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If it is a #wildworld you want, a wild world is what you are gonna get! In The Gracekeepers we have a world that is more water than land, we meet merpeople, a floating circus, a girl with her bear and a girl who mourns over people lost at sea. 🌊 this is one of the most beautiful books I own, and I just want to put it into everybody's hands.

#RockinMay

TrishB I have it and still haven't read! 3y
tpixie Lovely pictures. Cover reminds me of 3y
JazzFeathers Sounds so interesting! 3y
Cinfhen I own so few illustrated books, that's really beautiful 😻 3y
Kalalalatja @TrishB I really liked it! I found it quiet and beautiful 👌 @tpixie I can see that! @JazzFeathers it is very different from everything I have ever read. Magical and lovely 💜 @Cinfhen I love when publishers really put some effort into their books! It shows some commitment 👏 3y
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Whatannareads
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My audio companion for this morning venture to work (06:46). Started this morning!

So eloquently written and read, this is a fantasy book with an interesting concept!

#kirstylogan #thegracekeepers #audible #currentlylisteningtoo x

WanderingBookaneer Lovely cover! 3y
Whatannareads @WanderingBookaneer yes! I love it too this is the original uk version, except it has been changed recently, so I hope I can still get that version when I come to buy a physical copy! X 3y
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Kalalalatja
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I would love a #HomebytheSea, but until I get one, I just have to settle for books with characters living by the sea. These were some of the first books that popped into my head for today's prompt 🌊🌊

#RockinMay

Cinfhen Here comes the Sun is a good one for both challenges today ☀️🌊☀️🌊 3y
merelybookish What a gorgeous cover for The Lie Tree! 3y
saresmoore Pretty, pretty, pretty! 3y
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CouronneDhiver Love that cover on the left side! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous covers! 💙💙💙 3y
Kalalalatja @merelybookish @CouronneDhiver it is illustrated by Chris Riddell 👍 @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm thanks 💕 3y
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Kalalalatja
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I love #maps in books 😍😍😍
Going clockwise:
The Gracekeepers
Shadow and Bone
Assassin's Apprentice
Caraval
Three Dark Crowns
And the large beauty is the #foliosociety edition of The Princess Bride 😍

#LyricalApril #FolioFreaks

monalyisha I actually hate them, haha. If I open up a book and see a map it makes me seriously rethink reading it. They intimidate me! My brain doesn't do spatial orientation. 😂 That being said, some of my favorite books have had maps (The Magicians series, to name one)... so I usually just soldier on! #personalgrowth 3y
erzascarletbookgasm 🙌🏼I absolutely 💙maps in books. Love referring to them! 3y
Bookworm-Bobbie @erzascarletbookgasm me too. It helps me picture the setting more clearly, especially as my sense of direction is awful 😆 3y
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Cinfhen I also love the idea of a map...I'm such a visual learner and thinker!!! That map from Folio Society is stunning 💚💙💚💙 3y
Kalalalatja @monalyisha I don't always look at them much, but I do love a well designed book, so it is as much for the aesthetic reason I love them, as it is for the actual map 😄 3y
Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm @Bookworm-Bobbie I find that the longer the book is, and the more places it moves through, the more I need the map! @Cinfhen as always, Folio just does everything right 👌 3y
Sace 😍 3y
CrowCAH 😍 love me all! 3y
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Kalalalatja
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I had some difficulties with today's prompt for #LyricalApril, but I went with a kinda, sad, quiet and beautiful book. It was the first book I thought of when I listened to #whendovescry. 👌

Cinfhen This book is so jumping into my TBR - sounds haunting 🙏🏻 3y
thec0zy I've never read this book, but I absolutely adore the cover 😍 3y
TrishB I've had that on the tbr for over a year now, may get there soon! 3y
RealLifeReading Beautiful cover! 3y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @thec0zy @TrishB it is soooo good imo! The world is so different from anything I have read. Plus there's a floating circus in it! @RealLifeReading I think so too, it is one of my favourites on my shelves 👌 3y
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Foragingfantasy
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I finally have this book on my shelves. I've been wanting to read it forever. I ❤️ Thriftbooks.com

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Foxyfictionista
Mehso-so

🐻 🐻 🐻 I wanted to finish this book before the end of the year and made it with 45 minutes to spare. I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. It's a whole bunch of trippy weirdness...which is something I usually like but in this case left me scratching my head. I was left with so many questions about the world-building. There were so many things that just didn't make sense. Have any of you read it? I'd love to know your thoughts on it.

Moray_Reads I felt much the same, there were a lot of elements that I loved but it just felt incomplete and a little hollow at the end 3y
Foxyfictionista @Moray_Reads I would have liked a bit more explanation on the birds and why society became the way it is. Things like that. It seemed all over the place. 3y
DyAnne I agree. I loved the general atmosphere, but always felt like, "Um, what?" 3y
Foxyfictionista @DyAnne That's how I felt too. I loved the idea of it but not the execution. 3y
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Foxyfictionista
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The hubs and I were awakened at 4am this last morning of the year to the melodious sound of our mugs and mixing bowls crashing to the kitchen floor. I was absolutely heartbroken because my mug collection consisted of a lot of mismatched mugs that had a lot of sentimental value. I can't wait until 2016 is over because it has been horrible from beginning to end. I'm hoping to finish this book tonight...if 2016 lets me live long enough. Yeesh.

Foxyfictionista And I can't get this damned sticker off of my beautiful book!!!! 😭😭😭 3y
CocoReads I'm sorry about your mugs. And that sticker. Stickers on books make me crazy. Bring on 2017! 3y
Foxyfictionista @CocoReads thank you. We've fixed the shelf so hopefully it won't happen again. And yes, what are these stickers all about?? Usually I can get them off like a pro but this one is stubborn. 3y
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Cinfhen Sorry about the mugs 😔wishing you a bright and happy new year 💕 3y
Readaholics Oh no! I feel ya...and yes I hate stickers on my books! It violates their beauty. Sending good vibes for a great new year. 3y
CocoReads @Foxyfictionista I had a similar problem with the shelf that held my wine glasses and cartoon character glasses from my childhood. Fortunately I discovered the problem before the fall but it took my husband a month to fix it and so for the most part my glassware is still in boxes.... 3y
MicheleinPhilly Oh no! I'm the least crafty person ever but maybe you could make a mosaic or something out of the pieces??? 3y
MicheleinPhilly Oh and I THINK I've heard that nail polish remover works to remove stickers and glue residue. Although I would think it would bleach the cover. 3y
DeeLew Sorry about your mugs. ☹️ Those stickers drive me crazy! Hoping for a happier 2017. 💙 3y
rohit-sawant Sorry to hear about your mugs. Stickers always have me scowling as well. Hope you have a wonderful 2017. 3y
rabbitprincess Noooooo! How awful! The poor mugs 😱 3y
LeahBergen A white artist eraser works well on the remnants if you can get the paper off. Try a little olive oil or peanut butter on a paper towel and rub in small circles (if the cover is not too porous). A hair dryer may work, too. As you can see ... stickers make me CRAZY. And I'm so sorry about your mugs! 3y
Pandyfish Hopefully 2017 will bring you many books & many mugs! 3y
minkyb Oh that is awful. So sorry. 3y
Tanner 😞 3y
Foxyfictionista @Cinfhen @Readaholics Thank you! I hope you have a great new year too! 3y
Foxyfictionista @CocoReads Well that's good. I wish I had given it more thought. Oh well...I'm feeling a bit better about it now. 3y
Foxyfictionista @MicheleinPhilly what a great idea!!! I wish I had read this comment before we took the shards out to the bin. I'm not sure about the nail polish remover on this cover though. I think it might make things worse. Thanks for the suggestion though. 3y
Foxyfictionista @DeeLew @rohit-sawant @rabbitprincess Thank you! I've regained my composure now and am a bit less grumpy. 🙂 3y
Foxyfictionista @LeahBergen Wow, thanks for the suggestions! I might start with the hair dryer first. It sounds the least messy but that's really helpful! I hope you have a sticker-free new year! 3y
Foxyfictionista @Pandyfish @minkyb @tanner Thanks! What a rough day. 3y
LeahBergen The eraser works good for softcover and oil works better for hardcover (only use oily ones if cover is really shiny and "plastic-ey" though!) ? 3y
Foxyfictionista @LeahBergen Thank you! You are a gem! 💎 3y
Suet624 So very sorry to hear about your mugs. 😡 3y
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JanJan
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A beautiful winter salad and my book are keeping me grateful tonight.

Librariana Salad looks scrumptious 😊 Enjoy! 📚💙 3y
JPeterson Loved this book! 😍 3y
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JanJan
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Diving in.

AmbityScambity That cover! 3y
Librarygirl88 This sounds amazing adding to my TBR pile 3y
TrishB Forgot about this - been on my tbr pile a while! 3y
melbeautyandbooks Beautiful cover! 3y
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Weave
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Pickpick

I found 'The Gracekeepers' to be quite a calm read, the story flowed and it was a interesting read. Highly recommended.📚

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Kalalalatja
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I love this magical book, especially because of its great main characters with the #bestcharactername - North and Callanish 👌 #booktober

TrishB Still on my tbr pile! 3y
Kalalalatja @TrishB I would really recommend it! It is sort of quiet, but beautiful and magical as well 👍 3y
Weave A interesting read and the book is gorgeous to look at too📚 3y
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Lizpixie
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Went on a car ferry! I love ferries!!❤️❤️❤️

Megabooks Fun!! I love them, too! 3y
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Lizpixie
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The graveyard at the Ebenezer Church. It's one of the oldest in Australia, and I found one of my ancestors in the graveyard! He was a convict who was granted land at Sackville, just up the road from here. I think the book looks great on the tombstone. #spooktober #halloween #graveyardbook

Lindy Yes, the book looks great on the headstone and the graveyard setting is perfectly in keeping with the tale. 3y
Texreader Beautiful graveyard! Cool to have a familial connection to it. 3y
TheLondonBookworm You're such a legend for that photo! ☠️👻☠️ creepy cool! 3y
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Lizpixie
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Wish me luck! Doesn't he look handsome😍#herecomesthebride #weddingschmedding

Books_Wine_Repeat Congratulations!! 🎉🎉💕 3y
britt_brooke You guys look great! Have fun! 3y
Reagan-reads Have a great time! 3y
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JPeterson Have fun! 3y
BookishFeminist Have fun!! 3y
LauraBeth Enjoy! 3y
moranadatter Good luck! 3y
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Lizpixie
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Going to my nephews wedding today & this is my book of choice. It's relatively short & it's magical so it should be perfect. Not used to wearing a nice dress though, it's driving me nuts!👗👰🏼🙎🏼‍♂️💍🎉⛪️

CherylDeFranceschi Have so much fun! 3y
moranadatter You look great though! Have fun! 3y
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Kalalalatja
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A few of my favourite #debutnovels for #booktober. Love the covers on these ❤️

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thebookmagpie
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September stats! Better late than never. Not a stand out month, but I did complete my challenge, and read a lot of plays which is a break from tradition for me. #septemberstats

BookBabe 🙌🏻 3y
Sue Nice!! 3y
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jenkneebee
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Two audiobooks from the library. Trying to decide which to start first! Decisions, decisions...

TrishB I have The Gracekeepers on the tbr pile, its just never got to the top yet! 3y
EmilyAnne I loved the gracekeepers! I hope it's great on audio! 3y
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JPeterson
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Not so much the sea, but surrounded by water. This book is slowly paced, quiet and just lovely. 💙
#somethingforsept #setbythesea

raeintheworld I read this at least two years ago and still find myself thinking about it. 3y
JPeterson @raeintheworld Same here! It is one of the books I wish I could keep reading and have everything be a surprise for the first time. 3y
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thebookmagpie
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After the craziness of moving, I'm finally back in the reading and Litsy zone - hallelujah! This one is really drawing me in at the moment - it's everything I wanted The Night Circus to be that it wasn't for me. Also massive thanks to @LitHousewife for sending me this gorgeous bookmark - I love it!

Mirshad This is such a wonderful book! 3y
LitHousewife I'm so glad you like the bookmark. The book is really good, too. 🙂 3y
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JPeterson
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#somethingforsept #shadesofblue
Now, excuse me as I go put all these back on the shelf 😉
📘📘📘

Suzze 😜😜😜😜😜 3y
Ellsbeth That's a nice stack of good books. 3y
DebinHawaii Great stack! 👍😀💙📘 3y
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Linsy What did you think of The Fifth Season? I've been so excited to try it. 3y
JPeterson @Ellsbeth @DebinHawaii Thanks! @ABookishPixie I love it; probably hand downs one of my current top ten! 3y
Linsy @JPeterson Oooh! I'll have to bump it up my TBR list then! 3y
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chelseahannac
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Excited to read this gorgeous book

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delaneyjoyce
Pickpick

Gorgeously written, and an absolutely lovely cast of characters. It's a very quiet book, a bit like waves crawling up to the shore, but so engaging and beautiful.