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Mary's Monster
Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein | Lita Judge
Both timely and terrifying. Gregory Macguire, New York Timesbestselling author of Wicked Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations, Marys Monster is a unique and stunning biography of Mary Shelley, the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest authors of all time. Legend is correct that Mary Shelley began penning Frankenstein in answer to a dare to write a ghost story. What most people don't know, however, is that the seeds of her novel had been planted long before that night. By age nineteen, she had been disowned by her family, was living in scandal with a married man, and had lost her baby daughter just days after her birth. Mary poured her grief, pain, and passion into the powerful book still revered two hundred years later, and in Mary's Monster, author/illustrator Lita Judge has poured her own passion into a gorgeous book that pays tribute to the life of this incredible author.
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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This book was beautiful, powerful, and heart wrenching.

Told in free verse and black and white watercolor illustrations, this tells the story of Mary Shelley‘s life. While I knew about her life with Percy Shelley, I wasn‘t aware of the the turmoil in her early life or her father‘s later treatment of her. Also, it‘s easy to forget how young she was when she left home and wrote Frankenstein.
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#scarathlon #TeamStoker 3pts

CoffeeCatsBooks I was also curious how she felt about Byron revealing that she was the author of Frankenstein. 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks I also wonder if her own writing suffered because she spent so much of her time revising and championing her husband‘s writing. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid I'm so very glad you enjoyed it. I think I've read this book three or four times now. I'm reading Frankenstein again right now. Things I never knew before about the novel are now coming to light and making more sense to me. 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @thereadingmermaid The ending and the author‘s notes brought tears to my eyes. To be so brilliant but to have so few outlets and to be betrayed by so many loved ones. I have a re-read of Frankenstein slated for this month too. I treated myself to an annotated copy, so I‘ll be interested in what illuminations it brings. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid 🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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This opening with the image 💕

“Most people didn‘t believe Mary Shelley, a teenage girl, unleashed me, a creature powerful and murderous enough to haunt their dreams.”

#scarathlon #TeamStoker 1pt @TheReadingMermaid I hadn‘t heard of this one before your review and Shelley is one of my favorites.

TheReadingMermaid It may be just me, it may have been that this was the right book at the right time but this book just spoke to me in a way that made my heart bleed. In my opinion it's an absolutely amazing book and has skyrocketed to one of my favorites next to Edgar Allan Poe's complete works. 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @TheReadingMermaid The language and the images are beautiful. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid Girl that made me cry. It was just so beautiful and so tragic and so sad but so beautiful 🖤 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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I read this book twice in one sitting and by the time I was done tears were streaming down my face!
I highly recommend this book.

Please read my full review here:
https://thereadingmermaidsreviews.weebly.com/book-reviews/marys-monster-by-lita-...

Merchgal This one sounds interesting. 🧐 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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This book has rocked me to my very core. It made me feel things that I have not felt in years... we're talkin over a decade. I am just completely in utter awe of this book. I'm sitting here in tears and I can't write a review because I'm too messed up and too many things are going through my head. I'm going to try to write a full review tomorrow. 😭

3pts for #TeamStoker
#Scarathlon

TheReadingMermaid I've read this book twice in one sitting by the way. 🖤 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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This book is absolutely beautiful and so tragic. I never knew all this about Mary Shelley but now that I do I respect her even more than I did. she was so much more than just the mother of Frankenstein's monster. I'm literally in tears right now 😭

1pt for #TeamStoker
#Scarathlon

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TheReadingMermaid
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I don't know if you all can read thisI don't know if you all can read this, I hope that you can. Now THIS is an introduction to a book! Especially an introduction to one of the most powerful women in history when it comes to mastering the pen, and one of the most iconic monsters of all time! BRAVO! 👏👏👏

1pt for #TeamStoker
#Scarathlon

Come-read-with-me @TheReadingMermaid It is an AMAZING intro! Thanks for sharing! 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @Come-read-with-me you are most welcome sweetheart. The hair on my arms stood up when I read this! Very powerful! 2mo
kymmiesreads Oh wow! I didn‘t know any of that! What a powerful message and what an incredible woman! 2mo
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kymmiesreads @TheReadingMermaid is that the into to the book? 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @kymmiesreads yes it is the intro to the tag book! I am currently reading it today. And this book itself is so very powerful. This might become one of my very favorite books. 2mo
IndoorDame That is such a powerful intro! And I didn‘t know any of that about her life. Thanks for sharing! 2mo
kymmiesreads @TheReadingMermaid should I read Frankenstein first? 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @kymmiesreads I would recommend it just so you have a little bit of a foundation so that you can dive a little deeper into the story and the woman who created it. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @IndoorDame you are very welcome sweetheart. Thank you for reading it! It is becoming one of my very favorite books! 2mo
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NovelNancy
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Told in narrative poetry with a picture on every page, this story of Mary Shelley an outcast who ran away pregnant at 16 with a married man & poet Percy Shelley. Overcoming every obstacle, the two remain together and end up associated with Lord Byron who dares anyone to write about bringing the dead back to life. Over years Shelley does this by writing Frankenstein & all of the injustices she endured end up in her character.

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RiaWritten
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Here‘s (most of) the graphic novels I gotta read this summer for class. The remaining six(!) of them are on reserve from the library and should be coming in soon. Oof.

BookishTrish ❤️Uzimaki 7mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This graphic bio in verse is amazing! The illustrations are gorgeous, the words are beautiful, and the story of Mary Shelley is fascinating. I dare you to read this and not want to immediately read (or reread) Frankenstein! #LitsyAtoZ:J

Brewychock48 I love any kind of book in verse. Putting this on my tbr list. Thanks👍💯 7mo
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IndyHannaJones
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I'm so excited about this...

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Kpiper
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This is a beautiful read. It is written in prose so it‘s a quick read, and it‘s lovely.

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kaysworld1
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I absolutely adore this book.
From the gentle words to the heartbreaking loss Mary endeavoured threw out her life.
Her unwavering support and love to others.
Just perfect, Frankenstein is and has always been a favourite.
The illustrations are spectacular.
#reading #feminist #catsoflitsy #frankenstein #marysmonster #books #author

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rachelsbrittain
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So @sebrittain is the actual sweetest and best sister in the world. Last year for the publication of my first short story, she sent me an enamel pin of a radio to go with the theme of the story and this year, for the publication of my second short story, My Name Was Never Frankenstein, she sent me this gorgeous Frankenstein pin and book.

Actual. Sweetest. ❤

sebrittainclark ❤❤❤ 11mo
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SleepyDragon
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⭐⭐⭐⭐(3.5)

Saw this on the library's "new" shelf last weekend and snatched it up, having recognized it from my Litsy feed. #BlameItOnLitsy! Enjoyed it, didn't love it. Author has an interesting take on the Shelleys. Amazing artwork and poetry.

Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2643289261

Book one finished for #24b42019
Total so far: 3 hours
(Mostly thanks to my car needing new tires and an oil change.)

TheReadingMermaid I think I'm stacking this one girlfriend! 🤘🏻😁🤘🏻 11mo
SleepyDragon @TheReadingMermaid I think you will like it. 11mo
Andrew65 Going well. 👏 11mo
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TheBookKeepers
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I‘ve been a bit obsessed w/ Mary Shelley this fall & was left in awe after reading this book. Stunning artwork on every single page paired w/ expertly woven 1st person verse derived from Mary‘s own works. The imagery along w/ her words are tragically beautiful & evoke strong emotions from the reader. I felt the author truly grasped Mary‘s values & beliefs.
#bookreview #thebookkeepers #biography

CaroPi I order it in #bookdepository 2 weeks ago. Can't wait to read it 13mo
TheBookKeepers Oh yay!! What kind of price did you score on it if you don‘t mind me asking? I borrowed this from the library but I absolutely want to own it lol!!! @CaroPi 13mo
CaroPi @TheBookKeepers price was given in PLN but is around 15 dollars. I have a weakness for graphic novels 13mo
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TheBookKeepers
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“They expected girls to be nice
And obey the rules.

They expected girls to be silent
And swallow punishment and pain.”

TheBookKeepers Please tell me I‘m not the only one who girl crushes hard on Mary Shelley?! 😍 13mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer Love Mary Shelley!!!❤💜💙 13mo
RebL This book made me read (or maybe reread) Modern Prometheus AND examine my own unhealthy relationships with men even as I see myself a feminist. Now I want to read White‘s take. 13mo
TheBookKeepers @RebL Yes!!! I‘ve put a hold in at the library for Modern Prometheus!! & that other book is on my TBR too!!!!! 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mary Shelly is marvellously brought to life in this gothic illustrated account of her life - her hardships & struggles in early life, her inspiration for creating Frankenstein, and her relationship with Percy Shelly, a tormented poet & married man, which caused her being banished by her family. Despite all these, Mary was able to channel her grief into a book which is arguably considered the ‘first true science fiction story.‘
#NoFemmber #SheWill

Cinfhen Your blurb makes me want to read tagged book immediately. I‘ve always been weary of reading Frankenstein but her life seems so much more interesting 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen Please read it! A fascinating account of her life and stunning artwork. 🖤 13mo
Cinfhen Stacked!!! 13mo
JazzFeathers I'm always in awe that she was so young when she wrote it 13mo
Billypar Ooh- what a great concept! 13mo
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Kalalalatja
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#CallingAllTheMonsters from my graphic novel shelf 👻😈🤖🧟‍♀️🧙‍♀️

Thanks for a fun month @Robothugs and @Cinfhen 👏 while I haven‘t posted consistently, I have enjoyed seeing all the posts for #OctoberXFiles. Now I‘m looking forward to #NoFemmeBer 🙌🙌

Cinfhen Yay!!! Cool photo and looking forward to smashing #NoFemmeber 13mo
Robothugs Nicely done! 👻🖤 13mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen Yasssss! The playlist is really good! @Robothugs thanks! 👻👻 13mo
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JessClark78
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I‘m really enjoying the illustrations in this one. #CurrentlyReading #Screamathon

Kalalalatja They are really well done! 13mo
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KerryLibME
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I can choose to forgive.
I can choose to live again,
broken but breathing.

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tomcat
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Wow. This was excellent. Beautiful verse and illustrations that convey so much emotion on every page!

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JessClark78
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Book mail!! Saving this one for October. 🎃🍂

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kyraleseberg
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Already
I am daughter to a ghost
and mother to bones.

Mowen036 I loved this book so much. 1y
kyraleseberg @Mowen036 Me too! The illustrations and verse are 👌 1y
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kyraleseberg
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I checked this out at the library today because I have zero self control and no business picking up more books due to my already giant pile of ARCs coming up for September 😂

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Kalalalatja
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Seriously, look at this artwork!!

This book tells the story of Mary Shelley in a first person poetry style accompanied by the most beautiful black and white illustrations. I don‘t know enough about Mary Shelley‘s life to know if this is a good biography or not, but it did give me a glimpse into the life of a young girl trying to make her own way in a world that doesn‘t make ways for girls. And now I want to know a lot more about her life!

JenniferP I read a good dual biography of Mary Shelley and her mother called Romantic Outlaws recently. Fascinating lives! 1y
Kalalalatja @JenniferP sounds good, I‘ll have to look it up! 1y
mklong I agree about Romantic Outlaws, it was great. I also liked this one 1y
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m preparing myself for a (hopefully) lovely bookish day! Two of my best friends and I are going for a used-book-crawl in Aarhus, and I‘m so excited 👏👏

So I‘m carb- and caffeine-loading and getting myself in a bookish state of mind with a book about Mary Shelley 📖

#currentlyreading

Trollkonstnaren There is another book of her (propably many others, but) that was super interesting ☺️ I hope your book gives the same jorney to her mind as that book! 1y
batsy Mmm breakfast looks fab 1y
Mitch Sounds like a great day - have fun ! 1y
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Cinfhen Sound like a great day 😍 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds lovely indeed. Enjoy and show your haul! 1y
maich Enjoy😘 1y
Kalalalatja @batsy nutella is always a winner 👌 @Mitch @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @maich I‘m excited, but I‘m hoping I‘ll be able to control myself a bit 😄 1y
Kalalalatja @Trollkonstnaren this was definitely a different take on a biography, since it was told from Mary‘s perspective, but it was great! 1y
emilyhaldi I might have to copy your breakfast!! 1y
mabell Sounds terrific! Have a great time! 1y
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ThatLibrarianLady
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This book also helped me get this achievement in Bookly today! Woo!

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ThatLibrarianLady
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Book four is complete and is one of the best books I‘ve read this year. An illustrated biography in verse is such an interesting format and I loved it! #reversereadathon

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ThatLibrarianLady
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Here‘s my mid-event survey! Back to reading! #reversereadathon

abbylibrarian I loved Mary‘s Monster! 1y
ThatLibrarianLady @abbylibrarian Right? It was SO GOOD. I now declare that all biographies should be written in verse and illustrated. 1y
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Kalalalatja
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#bookmail I can‘t take my eyes off this beauty 😍 thanks to @erzascarletbookgasm for making me realize I needed this book in my life 👌

kathedron It's a thing of beauty, indeed (unlike the poor monster)! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I can‘t have enough praise for this book! 😊 Do read it if you have not.
#PrinceofJuly #takemewithu

Kalalalatja I love the artwork! 1y
Kalalalatja And now I just ordered it 😄 #zerorestraint 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 1y
tonyahoswalt I loved this book. 1y
BiblioLitten It looks perfect!! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I absolutely love this book! A fascinating read, heartbreaking yet inspiring. Part biography, part fiction/fantasy, it‘s a haunting sort-of-picture book told through illustrations and poems. Researching through letters, journals & manuscripts, Judge was able to show us the the tragic events in Shelley‘s life, unveils how her imagination and thoughts evolve, while giving us a glimpse of Europe‘s turbulent history. A well done tribute to M Shelley.

GatheringBooks am glad that you enjoyed this too! one of my best reads this year. the artwork is stunning! 1y
tonyahoswalt I loved this book! 1y
tonyahoswalt I saw that we were matched for the bookmarkswap! Send me an email at t_oswalt at bellsouth dot net so we can share information. 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Oh, Mary 💔

Kalalalatja Stacked! This sounds amazing! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Let‘s go back to #yesterday (as far back as 1812), to discover the story of one of the world‘s greatest author whose enduring and pioneering work has inspired other writers and filmmakers for the past 200 years.

#bookhaul #currentread

It‘s been a nostalgic rocking month of #HeyJune playlist. Thank you Cindy and Kat!
🎸🎼👍

Linsy That cover!! 😍 1y
JazzFeathers Is the film coming out about Mary's life inspired to this book? 1y
Cinfhen Thanks for playing along with us!! Hope to see you for #HeatOfJuly 🧡 1y
GypsyKat This looks cool, and I love the cover! ❤️ Thanks for all your awesome posts this month! 1y
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RainyDayReading
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I adore this book! Told in verse with stunning black and white drawings, Mary‘s Monster tells the true account of the life of Mary Shelly and the monster she created. Frankenstein. I didn‘t realize how much loss she suffered in such a short period of time and I recognized many pieces of myself in young Mary. Easy to read in one sitting and once you start you won‘t want to stop! 5⭐️ Wish I had my own copy now! But back to the library this goes 😪

GatheringBooks i loved this too! so lovingly researched and beautifully crafted. images are stark and haunting. 1y
ButtBarn I love Mary Shelly! I think Frankenstein can be hard to get through, but if you read with her history in mind it makes it a lot more interesting. Especially when thinking about why the scariest part of the book could be the fact that everyone Victor loves dies. 1y
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Caryl
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I find Mary Shelley‘s life fascinating. This evening, I‘m settling into this new telling of her story.

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RainyDayReading
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“But she did not hide. She was not silenced. She fought against the cruelty of human nature by writing.”

Loving the artwork in this!

TheBookKeepers Beautiful! 1y
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Elle_Skeldon
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This is a one sitting book and was EXACTLY what I needed after struggling through books for over a month. The illustrations are perfection and they only enhance the writing that is so beautiful and heartbreaking that pictures are not even needed. I actually thumbed through it a few times after reading just to fully appreciate the art.
Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oh and the book is supposed to look dirty, I didn‘t do that to this great little bonus page!

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Mowen036
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Beautiful illustrations and a great one sitting book! It‘s in free verse and gives you a side of Mary Shelley that you may not have known about before. (PS...leading a book discussion on Frankenstein later this year so trying to learn as much as I can!)

PirateJenny about the book discussion: earlier this year Penguin Classics released the original text of Frankenstein. The version we know was edited by both Percy Shelley and Mary's publisher. I plan to read them one after the other soonish so I have a good idea of how the men changed it. 2y
Mowen036 @PirateJenny thanks! I saw that version but didn‘t realized that it was different. I‘ll have to look into it. The library I work for was awarded a Frankenstein grant and they organization that we received the grant from gave us books. 2y
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RebL
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Buy this book for your favorite artist.
Buy this book for your favorite YA reader.
Buy this book for your favorite English lit major.
Buy this book.

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Mowen036
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I ❤️ these illustrations!!

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Kelly
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I'm already smitten.

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kathedron
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A graphic novel/biography told in free verse: I'm so happy that such a strange and wonderful thing exists (and got published)! And it's about Mary Shelley.
In itself the poetry is nothing to write home about but the story it tells is a compelling one. I'm glad I got the print book (even though the Kindle version was only 99p at the time) because the monochromatic watercolours are fabulous.

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kathedron
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Morning, all!
That feeling when the book you are reading is in mysterious harmony with your other book (The Fifth Season). #readathon @DeweysReadathon

Sophoclessweetheart This book sounds great! 2y
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kathedron
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I am in my mid-forties: too old for blushing, I would have thought.
Mr Shelley was my first great love. That was a long time ago, now. Still, it's entirely possible I'm having a mild attack of the Claire Frasers at this point. 😯 #bookwormconfessions #readathon @DeweysReadathon

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rmaclean4
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The art work is stunning. I knew very little of Mary Shelley's life. This was a book that is consumable in a few hours, but the art work will inspire me to revisit it again in the future.

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rmaclean4
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Bought this beauty at my local independent bookstore. Union Avenue book in Knoxville Tn. #independentbookstoreday

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kathedron
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So excited about this!
There goes the book-buying ban: this one was beyond my powers of resistance. #blamelitsy
We've had three warm sunny days in a row and the forecast is for thunder later. Perfect Shelley weather! ❤

Elle_Skeldon I was told this is a must read before seeing the movie coming out. I have it on hold! 2y
GatheringBooks i hope you enjoy it!! one of my best reads this year, thus far. 2y
kathedron @Elle_Skeldon There's to be a movie? Not sure how I feel about that: I haven't forgotten how furious I was with Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein, possibly 25 years ago (yes, that's how wildly bad it was!). @GatheringBooks It was your review that brought it to my attention 😊. 2y
Elle_Skeldon It actually looks incredible! https://youtu.be/6EaDRhPm1DM surprisingly I am really excited about it! 2y
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This book is as good as everyone says it is. The art is masterful (Lita Judge has definitely outdone herself here), the poetry pitch-perfect, and the research she has done on Mary Shelley‘s life extensive. I ended up hating Percy Bysshe Shelley after seeing how fickle, inconstant, weak, and self-absorbed he was. Mary Shelley shines in this narrative. I am so glad Judge has created this chunkster of a novel-in-verse.

MyBookSwapClub Are those ladoos? Looks yummy! 2y
kathedron Already stacked. I neeeed this book! ❤ 2y
GatheringBooks @MyBookSwapClub cheese balls! courtesy of ze husband. :) 2y
GatheringBooks @River_Voice this is an awesome novel-in-verse-cum-illustrated-biography. (edited) 2y
Jenny How have I not heard of this?! 2y
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