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The Surface Breaks: a reimagining of The Little Mermaid
The Surface Breaks: a reimagining of The Little Mermaid | Louise O'Neill
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Deep beneath the sea off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of being human... but at what terrible price? Hans Christian Andersen's dark original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans.
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BookishGirl06
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4. I love this cover so much. Everything about it is so pretty

Texreader It‘s so gorgeous 2mo
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JessClark78
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Pickpick

‘The days of my childhood kept turning over; dissolving like sea foam on the crest of the waves. I have been counting them; the days and the nights, the weeks, the months, the years. I have been waiting for this day.‘

I wasn‘t too crazy about the ending but I did like this story. It was dark, well written, and I absolutely loved the sea witch. Also, gorgeous cover art. Great for readers who love mermaids and fairytale retellings. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kalalalatja
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Day 4: #7Covers7Days #CoverCrush

How about you @julesG ? You up for posting some beautiful covers for a week?

Verity That is such a gorgeous cover 3mo
Cinfhen THERE it is❣️❣️❣️❣️😍 3mo
TrishB Gorgeous ❤️ 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Love it! 3mo
julesG This is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the tag! 3mo
Nute Lovely cover! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Pretty! 3mo
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ShelfRighteous
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My #covercrush for Day 3 #7days7covers

@sudi Would you like to join? Post 1 cover everyday for 7 days. No explanations needed. Tag a person each day.

Kalalalatja I just posted this 😅 #greatminds 3mo
ShelfRighteous @Kalalalatja Hahaha it was right at the same moment. #thinkalike 😜😜 3mo
sudi Thanks for the tag💗, i do have a few in mind. I don't own many books so i'll probably post a google image 3mo
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ShelfRighteous @sudi No worries! I do the same, too❤🙌 3mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful! And I was going to tag @sudi next, and yay! 😁 3mo
sudi @Tanisha_A thanks 😘 3mo
sudi And this cover is so beautiful ❤ 3mo
sudi @Tanisha_A i was going to tag you but then i saw you already posted 😆 3mo
ShelfRighteous @Tanisha_A Ohhh I got to her first😜 3mo
ShelfRighteous @sudi Isnt it tho🤩 3mo
Nute This cover is gorgeous! 3mo
ShelfRighteous @Nute I'm actually put off reading the book lest its cover gets spoilt😜🤣 3mo
Nute I‘ve actually been there before...so much so that I waited for and then purchased the paperback upon release for the reading experience.😂 3mo
ShelfRighteous @Nute Oh shit🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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thebookishpages
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Pickpick

Being a feminist retelling of the story we treasured I thought I knew what to expect, still I was completely thrown off guard at the ending. Its a beautiful retelling, you will be enamoured by the underwater life descriptions and awakened by the feminist undertones of it. This work is a proof of how much fairy tales have fucked up our sense of self-esteem. It teaches us to screw up other's expectation of you and live your life the way you like.

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Kalalalatja
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Under the surface of the ocean, there is no room for #BadGirls. Mermaids have to be docile, marriagable and dependent on their husbands. Even the daughters of the Mer King. However, Gaia, the MC, is having none of it, and does her part to smash the patriarchy 🙌

#AnglophileApril

Reviewsbylola I love this cover so much! 🧜🏼‍♀️ 8mo
Sarah24 The cover is lush 😍 8mo
ShyBookOwl Sounds awesome! 8mo
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Cinfhen Total #CoverCrush 💕💕💕💕 8mo
Mdargusch Sounds like a fun read! 🧜🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola @Sarah24 @ShyBookOwl @Cinfhen @Mdargusch the cover is beyond awesome, but the book was “just” okay. I enjoyed it, but it didn‘t wow me like some of her other books. But, a feminist retelling of the Little Mermaid is something I can‘t not read 😄 8mo
ShyBookOwl @Kalalalatja agreed, I can't not read it. I'll have to check it out! 8mo
RealLifeReading What a cute cover 8mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! Great hashtag @Mdargusch 8mo
emilyhaldi I really want to love this book but I just have a feeling I wouldn't 😆 it's gorgeous though!!! 8mo
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KarenUK
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This feminist #fairytaleretelling owes much to the Grimm tales. There are some gruesome sacrifices made by Gaia, the ‘little‘ mermaid. She realizes her ‘Prince‘ is not so charming, leaving one patriarchal society for another, learning a lesson to be careful what you wish for.
And as she finally realizes her worth and her power, this tale has a very unexpected ending.
Enjoyed this for some lovely writing and its take on the classic.
#booked2019

Samplergal I have that on my#booked2019 list as well. 10mo
KarenUK @Samplergal I was dreading this prompt, but this one was pretty good.... I‘d liked another novel by her so felt like I was in safe hands 10mo
Samplergal @KarenUK I too am dreading this prompt. I though a book based on the little mermaid so soon after is going to kill me. 😂 10mo
Cinfhen Great review....I‘m ALMOST inspired to actually #stack it, but who am I kidding?!?!?! I HATE fairytale Retellings 😂😂😂 10mo
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KarenUK
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#Nextup the tagged book for #booked2019 for the #fairytaleretelling ....
Fingers crossed it‘s as good as it‘s cover is pretty! 🤞

JennyM Let us know how you go...I‘m nervously lining up options for this prompt 10mo
KarenUK @JennyM it‘s a tough prompt for me too.... I‘m going with this one because I‘ve read something else by her which I found really thought provoking 10mo
Cinfhen Which was your favorite so far?? 10mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen Too close to call it, but either the Sally Rooney or the Maggie O‘Farrell.... 🍀💕 10mo
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bookseller_cate
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Going through the summer catalogs from Scholastic.

I‘ll read any reimagining of The Little Mermaid and this one looks especially interesting. I‘ll have to see if I can hit up our rep for an ARC. 😊🧜‍♀️ #mermaids

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Itchyfeetreader
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Pickpick

Just about a pick for me. This is a feminist retelling of the little mermaid and it‘s not even a little bit subtle in hitting the reader over the head with the themes and messaging. I would have liked to see a little more complexity in the world created especially in the characterisation. The ending was very strong however and I appreciated what O‘Neill was trying to do. (And the cover is stunning)

Bibliogeekery The cover IS stunning 😍🧜 11mo
Itchyfeetreader @Bibliogeekery not going to lie it‘s the main reason it ended up on my Christmas wish list 🙄 11mo
Bibliogeekery Totally get that! #ijudgeabookbyitscover 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!!! 11mo
sprainedbrain That sounds interesting... and the cover is definitely gorgeous! 11mo
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BookishGirl06
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Reviewsbylola Absolutely gorgeous! 1y
aeeklund Stunning!! 1y
kspenmoll Gorgeous! 1y
Gissy I want that book just because it has a beautiful cover! Am I insane? 13mo
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Kalalalatja
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This book is full of spells - the “witch‘s” spell which makes Gaia walk on land, Gaia‘s attempt at putting a spell on the man she saved from drowning to make him fall in love with her, and this enchanting cover 😍

#IPutASpellOnYou #OctoberXFiles

Cinfhen This cover ALWAYS makes my heart swell 😍 1y
KatDowney That cover is gorgeous😍 1y
kspenmoll So so beautiful!! 1y
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Sneakybea
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Mehso-so

Billed as a “feminist” reimagining of The Little Mermaid, this take offers interesting world building & a terrific ending, but it‘s not enough to make up for the underwhelming rest of the novel. While “feminist” in critiquing the patriarchy, the patriarchy it portrayed was broadly drawn & cartoonish. The heroine showed little agency until the end, & I couldn‘t get over the fact she was 15 & her crush 21. The rusalkas & Sea Witch rocked, though.

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Scarlett_ohara
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Like anything Louise O'Neill does, this book is amazing. It gives you an entirely different perspective of the original Little Mermaid's tale, while all the same changing very few things. I loved the character of Ceto, the Sea Witch. She was fierce and inspiring.

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Scarlett_ohara
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This book is full of wonderful quotes. Louise O'Neill rules.

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Scarlett_ohara
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Leave it to Louise O'Neill to give the Sea Witch a powerful monologue about body positivity.

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BookishBrooklyn
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Mehso-so

One of these days I'll get into the knack of posting regularly here 😅 so I picked this book up whilst on holiday and I loved it to start with, but then....🙃 my full review can be found here ~ https://brooklynthebookworm.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/book-review-the-surface-bre... #bookblogger #yalit #ireadya #coverlove

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BookishGirl06
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9 books
1,875 pages read.
Best book of the month: The surface breaks

Note I haven‘t finished among the hidden yet but I will by tonight, so I‘m counting it
#julystats #readingresolutions

alisonrose BABYSITTERS CLUB!!!!! 1y
SamanthaMarie LOVE the babysitters club!! 1y
Cailey_Mac I actually low key enjoyed this trilogy 1y
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BookishGirl06 @Cailey_Mac I thought it was ok but not something I‘m going to continue. 1y
GirlNamedJesse If you have a book as being better than that Courtney Summers one I‘m going to have to add it to my TBR! (Her next book, Sadie, comes out in September and is amazing!!) So thanks for the recommendation! 😊 1y
BookishGirl06 @GirlNamedJesse you‘re welcome. I just wasn‘t into 1y
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#BookMail Thanks @TheFunkyBookworm for the recommendation 😊 I haven‘t started it yet but totally worth the buy just for the beautiful cover 😍🧜🏼‍♀️❤️

#BookNerd 📚💙

ReadingEnvy So gorgeous! 1y
laurenlovesliterature This cover is STUNNING!! 1y
Reviewsbylola I agree, absolutely gorgeous cove r 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm The cover 😍 1y
zezeki That cover is just 😍😍😍 1y
TheFunkyBookworm Haha you are so welcome- that cover is a dream!!!! 1y
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jane_kelsey
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Is it Me, or who's is weird as he'll??!!! Made me think of Trump... lol

Scarlett_ohara I thought of Trump too! The book came out after Trump's election so I actually think this sentence is not accidental. 1y
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BookishGirl06
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Pickpick

Finished this late last night. I loved it. It is a bit of a feminist tale, but those parts happen a little later on. I like the story with the boy Oliver and how that ended.

2BR02B Such a stunning cover. 1y
everlocalwest That cover!! 💙💙💙 1y
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GivenLemons
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Pickpick

I read this in one sitting! The truest retelling to the spirit of the original story and an examination on the limits placed on women. #fairytale #fantasy #feminism

Linsy Beautiful cover! 1y
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BookishGirl06
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Quote from the back cover. I like it

youneverarrived It‘s gorgeous! Really want to read this one. 1y
rubyslippersreads If Marian Keyes likes it, that‘s good enough for me. 😄 1y
Utopiyll This gave me shivers! I need to read it 😍 1y
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BookishGirl06
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Starting this now and am pleased to discover the mermaid scales hiding underneath the dust jacket. ❤️

MyBookLife Beautiful!!! 1y
WhatThePuck Love! 1y
Valink So pretty! It‘s always nice to find a surprise pretty cover under the jacket! 1y
BookishMouse I have it on my shelf like this, it‘s so pretty! 1y
readordierachel How cool! 1y
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coffeecocktailsandbooks
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Hey! I‘m awful at posting on here. Sorry 😬

I just started this one after hearing f some mixed reviews and it‘s pretty meh for me.

Have you read this one?

#books #booknerd #bookworm #bookpics #bookphoto #bibliophile #booknerd #bookworm #bookish #booklove #bookstagram #bibliophile #thesurfacebreaks #beachreads

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BookishGirl06
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This book has a gorgeous cover😍. I bought this just because of how pretty this is. As soon as I finish my current read, I‘ll probably start this.

keys_on_fire That IS beautiful! 1y
IheartYA I'm definitely judging a book by its cover. 😍 1y
ladym30 Stunning cover! 1y
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Nessavamusic That cover is amazing! 1y
dgingo Beautiful cover! Let us know how it is! (I‘ve also been known to buy some books based on covers.) 1y
tonyahoswalt Love the cover! 1y
TNbookworm 💕💕 1y
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LaLecture
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I signed the contract for a new job today, which is great.
I will now work in walking distance of my favourite English bookshop, which is great for me but bad for my bank account 😅. On the other hand: What do I‘ve got the job for if not for buying books, right? 😏

Anyway, here‘s a beautiful book I didn‘t buy (yet 😏) but still wanted to show you.

Buechersuechtling Congratulations on your new job‼️ 😃 May your colleagues be nice and your customers always polite so that you will have enough time to read every day. 📚🧡 1y
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annieftbooks
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This book was supposed to be a feminist retelling of the little mermaid but I found that feminism only in the last chapter.

I think that it would be great to have another book where the author deals with the feminism since the beginning.

And I also found some quite problematic comments about fat people. Idk, I expected something better tbh but the story is not THAT bad. I just think that a new book could solve the problems of the first one.

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annieftbooks

This is like the original tale. Too literal maybe. The only mystery at the moment is what happened to the mother 🤔

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Kalalalatja
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Gaia, the little mermaid, is in love with Oliver. So in love, that she leaves behind everyone she loves, gives up voice, and trades her tail for legs. All on the slim chance that Oliver loves her too. Gaia screams #lovemedo, but will Oliver notice before it is too late? And is life on land really as amazing as it seems from beneath the waves?

#HeyJune

julesG Beautiful cover! 😍 2y
Cinfhen I agree @julesG 🤩🤩🤩 2y
laundry_piles Stunning! 2y
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TheFunkyBookworm I have this one displayed on my bookshelf facing out so I can admire the gorgeous cover 😍 Haven‘t read it yet- for now I‘m just satisfied gazing at its beauty! Lol 2y
Sarah83 Is it the story which Disney told in 'Arielle the mermaid'? 2y
Kalalalatja @Sarah83 no this is closer to the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, but it is a feminist retelling of it. @julesG @Cinfhen @laundry_piles @TheFunkyBookworm it is a gorgeous cover! 😍 2y
Sarah83 I see. ☺️ I still have to read the originals Hans Christian Andersen ones. 🙈 2y
ladym30 Lovely cover! 2y
GypsyKat What a pretty cover! And great shelves back there, too! 😍😍😍 2y
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Ellen_C
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Loved this! If you enjoyed Madeline Miller‘s “Circe” pick up this feminist Little Mermaid. A good one to put into the hands of teen girls. Emphasis on recognizing your own value, the power of your voice, and not being beaten down by the labels of misogynistic society. https://cannonballread.com/2018/05/a-woman-needs-a-man-like-a-fish-needs-a-bicyc...

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Kalalalatja
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Mehso-so

A feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid sounded like everything I ever wanted. And with a cover like that, I couldn‘t resist. But... it never got past just being okay. I really liked the how O‘Neill dealt with the silencing of women, and it had some hard truths, but the pacing felt off, at times rushed, at others too slow. I wanted Gaia, the MC to be stronger sooner, and I wanted to go deeper than just the surface 🌊🌊

erzascarletbookgasm A pity, the cover is gorgeous! 2y
DGRachel Oh, that‘s too bad. 😢 2y
ephemeralwaltz Oh :'(! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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This book is telling some hard truths 💔

#currentlyreading

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Kalalalatja
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Ain‘t that the truth 🙄🙄

#currentlyreading

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Kalalalatja
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#Sunshine on my balcony and on my book 🌞👌

#ReadingResolutions

forevermint This picture is gorgeous 😍 2y
britt_brooke Love your view! 2y
Reviewsbylola Lovely. 😍😍 2y
kspenmoll How lovely! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Excited to hear your thoughts on this!! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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We are having #thegreatest weather in Denmark at the moment, and it is supposed to last for quite a while (🤞🤞). I‘m spending every moment I‘m able outside, preferably with a book, and this is today‘s pick 🌞

#currentlyreading #GetMovin

LoveToReadLiveToRead Lovely cover art 😍 2y
TrishB I was looking at this one this morning 💜 2y
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 💚and so glad to hear you‘re having beautiful weather ☀️ 2y
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asiriusreader Looks like lovely weather for reading outdoors! 😍 2y
eanderson Love it!!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Looks lovely and what an amazing cover!! 🧜🏼‍♀️ 2y
Kalalalatja @LoveToReadLiveToRead @Reviewsbylola the cover is gorgeous! #allthefoiling 😍 @TrishB I‘m only 50 pages in, but so far, so good! @Cinfhen @asiriusreader @eanderson it really is lovely 🌞🌞 2y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Book Mail today! 💌
Have you ever seen a more beautifully perfect book cover?!?!?! The picture doesn‘t even do it justice- it took my breath away as I lifted it out of the box! This one will be displayed in a place of honor for sure 😍 🧜‍♀️

JoScho This cover 😍 2y
Avanders Ooooh pretty. @Laalaleighh all new fairy tale reimaginings make me think of you 🤗💖🌺 (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @Avanders 💖💖💖 same for you! I‘m drooling over this gorgeousness!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sooooo gorgeous!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Just picked up this #bookmail from the post office, and I might have squealed a bit when I opened it 😍😍

erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I especially love the Louise O‘Neill cover! 2y
Cinfhen Awesome!!!! What a way to start your week!!!! I guess the BF is not too pleased or maybe he is...back rubs!?!?? 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen haha! He isn‘t too happy, because I got under 20 last week, so he gets nothing 😄 but he isn‘t home right now, so he hasn‘t seen them yet, and I‘m going to my mom‘s house for a week to dogsit, and taking some of them, so hopefully he won‘t notice 🤞😂 2y
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Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm it is so intricate and beautiful! 😍 2y
TrishB Great start to the week 😁 2y
Cinfhen Some of those covers really are breathtaking 💕Have a good week (edited) 2y
ephemeralwaltz What a way to start the week! 😍 2y
julesG They sent it to the wrong address, this box was meant for me. 😝 2y
Kalalalatja @julesG haha! 😂😂 Don‘t worry, they fit very nicely on my shelves 😉 @TrishB @ephemeralwaltz it really makes a Monday more bearable 👌 @Cinfhen they really are stunning, I spent a fair amount of time just admiring and stroking them 😍 2y
Mdargusch Wonderful! 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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Beautiful #bookmail today! Although I‘m really disappointed my copy of ACOFAS didn‘t arrive as well. 😭

MarriedtoMrT That cover! 😍 2y
Chellebearss Wow to that cover! 2y
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 so jealous! 2y
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Reviewsbylola Gorgeous 😍😍 🧜🏼‍♀️ 2y
kate_reads *throws money at the cover designer* 2y
Kalalalatja I can‘t wait till I get my copy 😍😍 2y
emmaturi amazing cover! 2y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Day 27: Fairytale
The other day someone posted about this book and it took me all of about 4 seconds to head over to amazon and preorder my copy! I‘m mermaid obsessed and can not wait to get my copy of this gorgeous retelling of my all time favorite fairytale!
🧜‍♀️😍📖
#ReadingResolutions @Jess7

Clare-Dragonfly Hmm, sounds very interesting! 2y
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youneverarrived
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A feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid by a brilliant author!! 🤩 Out May 3rd - I am tempted to preorder it 🙊

TheFunkyBookworm Omg I NEED this in my life 😍 2y
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Caterina Ahhhh so much want!! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Ooooh my! 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja have you seen this? 2y
Kalalalatja @ephemeralwaltz I have it on preorder 🙊😍 2y
Cathythoughts ❤️👍🏻👍🏻 2y
DrexEdit Lovely! 😍 2y
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