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A Great and Terrible Beauty
A Great and Terrible Beauty | Libba Bray
99 posts | 287 read | 98 to read
It's 1895, and after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's being followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls - and their foray into the spiritual world - lead to?
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Bono394
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A day late but I thought I'd share this here ☺️
Day 1: A Great and Terrible Beauty.
Day 2: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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ATB
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Reading this because I followed a rabbit hole to the authors bio on Good Reads and thought if her bio is this good her book must be the bomb. Oh and also I‘ll be busy with this weekend. #mrbook1inamillon #litsypartyofone #24B4MONDAY

Reagan-reads Oh my god, Libba Bray is super fantastic. I'm still reading through her catalogue but I can highly recommend the tagged book and The Diviners series is to die for. 1mo
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Bookbinger
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I definitely didn‘t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. Boarding schools are not really my thing but I felt like this one helped add to the atmosphere of the novel.

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meagankc21
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A great and terrible beauty by libba bray was better than I anticipated. It's a boarding school ya fantasy with the ultimate depiction of frenemies. Though the beginning is a tad off-putting with the mishandled portrayal of colonialism, the book quickly picks up with a murder and a new life. What particularly drew me in is how the girls fight and befriend one another in the context of their society and what proper girls are supposed to be. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Sporto
Mehso-so

So so

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AprilMae
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Hold on to that light

aprilpohren I love this! 7mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Mehso-so

This is a book my students love, but I just couldn't find a passion in. The pace was alright and the characters are fine, I just wasn't wowed by this one.

candority I loved this book when I read it years ago (when it first came out). I‘m planning to re-read the series soon, but I‘m afraid I won‘t enjoy it quite as much now! 8mo
TheRomantiCate I would love to reread the series this summer 😍😍 8mo
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SkeletonKey
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Libba Bray giving her keynote speech to close out the evening.

#novateenbookfestival #bookfest #ya

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RvnclawWhovian
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Pickpick

While technically a reread, I read this so long ago I forgot most of it. Libba Bray weaves a beautiful, enchanting story of a girl named Gemma who discovers a magical world she never dreamed existed. But not all is as it seems in this fantasy world as she unravels a mysterious cover story to help her understand her destiny. While this is an easy YA read, there‘s a surprising amount of depth as Gemma discovers we all have light and darkness in us

UwannaPublishme Perfect photo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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As I stayed up way too late falling down the YouTube hole, I decided why the heck not do the #24b4monday challenge? Better late than never lol 😂 I‘m going to a birthday party on Saturday night, so I‘m going to try and get in as much as I can between that and work today. I have about an hour left of the tagged book, but I can‘t decide what to read next! Help me decide?

hjreviews I forgot about a great and terrible beauty! It‘s been years since I read it. Definitely adding it to my reread pile, thanks! 8mo
RvnclawWhovian @hjreviews of course! It‘s technically a reread for me too, but I read this way back in the summer before my freshman year of high school 😱 I remember the main plot but forgot pretty much everything else so it‘s almost like reading it all over again 8mo
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Kerrioke I‘ve heard good things about The Lost Queen, but I haven‘t read any of those. Looks like more #TBR fodder! 8mo
BookNAround I‘ve heard amazing things about 8mo
AutumnRLS They all look so good! Sorry, I'm no help. Lol. 8mo
SharonGoforth I really enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty. 8mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon 😊👍 8mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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#HelloThursday
1. Historical fiction and fantasy
2. One?! I‘m currently on a Stephen King kick
3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, one of my all time faves. It‘s enjoyable for people who aren‘t big readers and for people who are
4. Usually I‘d say never say never, but I CANNOT get into Manga
5. Tagged! Almost done and loving it

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 📚 8mo
JackOBotts Perks is a favorite of mine, too! 8mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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“Magic?” Elizabeth asks. “They were witches?”
“Not as we‘ve come to think of witches. They would have been mystics and healers, women who worked with herbs and delivered babies. But it would have made them suspect. Women who have power are always feared,” she says sadly.

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Bookjunkie57
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#FriyayIntro
1. Loved this whole trilogy
2. Rarely
3. A whole 58 degrees, which I wouldn‘t mind if it was sunny.
4. Mashed potatoes and baby peas
5. Hi Littens 👋🏾👋🏾👋🏾 have a great weekend

AsYouWish I loved peas in mashed potatoes, it is like comfort food for me! 9mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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Literally overnight I developed flu-like symptoms. I feel awful but I dragged my butt to the urgent care walk-in clinic to get some answers and, hopefully, some meds. I finished Pet Sematary last night (review forthcoming after I sleep my way through this flu) and between that and the Brilliance trilogy, I felt like this YA fantasy fiction was a good next choice. Hope everyone else‘s Wednesday isn‘t being spent in urgent care with a mask on 😷

DaveGreen7777 Oh, no! Hope you feel much better soon! 😢 9mo
Bookwomble Hope you're feeling more comfortable soon, Ashley 💗 9mo
litenthusiast I hope you start feeling better soon. 💜 9mo
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Birdsong28 Hope you feel better soon 😘📚📖 9mo
GripLitGrl Feel better soon! 9mo
PathfinderNicole Hope you feel better soon! 9mo
Amiable Take care of yourself! 9mo
Kerrioke Hope you feel better soon! Also, I‘m planning on finishing Pet Sematary tonight, so I‘m excited to see what you thought of it, as well. (edited) 9mo
irre Feel better 9mo
UwannaPublishme Oh no! Get lots of rest and hope you feel better soon. ❤️ 9mo
sudi Hope you feel better 💕 9mo
RvnclawWhovian Thanks everyone!! Turned out it is the flu, but on the plus side at least there‘s something they can give me for that. I‘m glad I have Litsy to help pass the time in bed 😊❤️ @DaveGreen7777 @Bookwomble @litenthusiast @Birdsong28 @GripLitGrl @PathfinderNicole @Amiable @Kerrioke @irre @UwannaPublishme @sudi 9mo
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BrieT2016
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This book was surprisingly enjoyable. It was mysterious with hints of terror and nicely written. There were several twist and turns that I did not expect. Now I got to find the second book to this series, 😂 #victorian

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BrieT2016
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Woke up this morning and decided to read a few chapter before going to work. This book is quite interesting. I am still trying to figure out what‘s going on... #currentlyreading#agreatandterriblebeauty#victorian

ofclumsywords I‘ve wanted to read this book for so long! I hope you enjoy! 9mo
BrieT2016 It‘s quite interesting 9mo
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Landslide
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VioletBramble
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I'm doing laundry tonight and found these two Libba Bray books on the give away shelves. Score!

MarriedtoMrT I loved these two yet somehow never ended up reading the final book. (I remember being super excited it released and I even borrowed it many times from the library but it was SO BIG.) 10mo
VioletBramble @MarriedtoMrT All of her books are so large. I usually get her books on Kindle which is easier on my hands. I have arthritis. But, free books by an author you like can't be passed up. 10mo
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Landslide
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Michollio
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SailorRabbit
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Pickpick

I really liked this! I had picked up YEARS ago as a teen and never really finished it, I‘m so glad I have now. This has got magic, boarding schools and mystery, and my heart. I will definitely be continuing in the series straight away. Only thing I didn‘t care for was the “romance” but I can forgive it since I really enjoyed everything else.
4.5/5 🌟

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Landslide
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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1) Just one? Maybe Mulan or Home Alone or Death Becomes Her
2) Matilda and The Princess Bride (the only movies that I actually liked more than the books)
3) Allegiant...the others books weren't great either, but Allegiant was the worst.
4) Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Meryl Streep...although I'm not overly enthralled with any actors of actresses.
5) tagged
@SailorMoon #frideas

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 🥰🌙 and I love Tom Hiddleston! Such a great actor!!! 10mo
karajay Yesss! Princess Bride movie was way better!! 10mo
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WeeziesBooks
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Pickpick

Book 5 of 2019: Libba Bray is always a hit or miss with me, but I remembered liking this one years ago (although it wasn‘t a story that stuck with me, honestly) and it seems that sentiment holds true. I enjoyed reading this and can‘t wait to see what the other two books hold! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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WeeziesBooks
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Gansey and I have been reading the tagged book between cleaning. I read this book years and years ago, but I think I‘m enjoying it more this time around.

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Michollio
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Prompt: Ancient
#QuotsyJan19
@TK-421

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pavi_elumalai
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Mehso-so

Far from ok. All the twists are easy to guess. There is no surprise element. I don't know whether it's prejudice or not, I couldn't connect with any characters.They are all so sickeningly flawed. Yes, I love flawed characters and am great fan of Gillian Flynn who is expert in flawed characters. But this one, there are not a single character that doesn't make me sick of them. Plot's little interesting though, only reason it's 3 stars.

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pavi_elumalai

Currently on page 170 and I still don't have single clue on where this book is headed to 😑. Is it only me that finds some of the comments made by the main character offensive?? Not in a prudish sort but the way the author insults other languages and country ( which is little/ ok a lot personal as am from India) is rude. Do I find the characters annoying? Absolutely!

But am still reading... N reading.... Can't really stop once I started any book.

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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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1) The uncut and extended version of The Stand by Stephen King.
2) Most of the books I would choose are being adapted in some form lol, but younger me would have been thrilled if they adapted A Great and Terrible Beauty.
3) Lyn
4) Realistic skills: speed reading, photographic memory, or superior storytelling skills would be great.
@alisonrose #sundaysurvey

alisonrose Photographic memory would be so handy! 1y
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demicaractere
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I hate it when comments like this take me out of the story. Yes, tightlacing was popular during the time period of this story but it's not like it was the norm for everyone. If you've got a small chest you can make do with a camisole under your clothes and your back will be fine but trust me, not all of us have that luxury. I just don't like this notion that corsets = oppression. #agreatandterriblebeauty #libbabray #corset #fashion #victorian

toofondofbooks Totally agree! 1y
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Michollio
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I loved this series in high school. Magic + Victorian boarding school = awesome.

#YAWednesday
@TheFunkyBookworm

TheFunkyBookworm Ohh that ticks a lot of my interest boxes!!! 1y
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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

When Gemma‘s mother dies, she is sent from her home in India to a finishing school in London. There she finds she has powers that allow her to enter another realm.

This was an interesting premise. I‘m not sure if I will read the sequels, but it rounds off fairly well on its own while still leaving the door open for other novels.

#HistoricalFiction #Fantasy

scripturient I totally loved this series! 😍😍 1y
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toofondofbooks
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Mehso-so

This was okay. Entertaining but not really memorable. just okay.

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toofondofbooks
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#audiopuzzling is a thing I do a lot 🤣

knittedgnome Fun! 1y
TheBookAddict I love audio puzzling, it‘s the best! 1y
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Readergrrl
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this YA gothic mystery in so many ways! The character growth and setting were both complex and suitably creepy!! Bray‘s writing is geared to engage YA readers but as *ahem* a reader a few years beyond this stage in life, I still found myself enjoying her style, plot, and page-turning suspense!! @TheFunkyBookworm #YAWednesday

rjsthumbelina This is one of my favorite series! 1y
introvertedbooks Love this series!!! 1y
TheFunkyBookworm Looking forward to this one!!! Thank you for participating 💜🎉 1y
Khi0n3 I haven‘t read this in years! I might have to go back and read it again! 1y
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lilblackbird93
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Pickpick

This book series has always been favorite of mine! Visit my blog for a more in-depth review!! birdonashelf.wordpress.com

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mklinkenborg
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Some of my favorite books. Day 2 of 7: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
#books #library #yafiction #favoritebooks

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timiddrake
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Yard sale find! I got this today for 25 cents!!! ❤️📚❤️📚

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literarywitchery
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🕰️I loved this book because it has such a rich blend of history & fantasy!! 🕰️

ErinSueMreads This is in my top three favorite series of all time! I'm so glad you liked it! 2y
tonyahoswalt I love this series! 2y
ReadingRover I absolutely loved this series!!! 2y
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Beckys_Books That's a pretty photo 2y
literarywitchery @ErinSueG yeah it's amazing! 2y
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wiesiwies
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Pickpick

Decided to reread this book and it was every bit as lovely as I remember! Very beautifully written and captivating. Definitely a book I recommend. Set in the 1890s in London, with strong female characters, and magic! What more can you ask for? Simply amazing!
5/5 ⭐
#magic

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NeverEndingStory

“But forgiveness... I‘ll hold on to that fragile slice of hope and keep it close, remembering that in each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain , choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice.”

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sammisho
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Gemma did not care about society's #opinions on how young women should behave.

#150pnpcoverparty @LeahBergen @CrowCAH

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 (and just look at that backdrop of P&Ps!). 2y
sammisho @LeahBergen It's my favorite shelf! 2y
CrowCAH From what I remember, that‘s correct. This was an okay book, didn‘t continue on in the series. 2y
sammisho @CrowCAH I enjoyed the series, but it was definteky not my favorite. And the ending was really disappointing 2y
CunningFox One of my favorite trilogies! I will always recommend this one too young women. ❤️ 2y
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KassKho
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Happy birthday lady! I don‘t really have a favourite book but when I think about the book I loved the longest it‘s probably A Great and Terrible Beauty! The magic! The era! Opium!
My advice for 40 year old me? Do the things you love regardless of what people say you should be doing by the time you‘re 40! If that is traveling than travel! If you want a family have a family! It is up to you :)
#thebig40giveaway
@TheWordJar

TheWordJar Your book rec sounds fantastic! Stacked! (I realize in hindsight that asking Littens to choose “a” favorite book was a silly proposition!) And that‘s the best advice! It does seem like 40 seems to be the threshold where people stop caring what others think and do what suits them regardless. I‘m ready for that! Thanks for entering! 2y
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mariaku21
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I got a chance to listen to this one and you know what? It was unexpected in some ways.
The added elements of mysticism added a nice ethereal touch to the story which has intrigued me enough to read the next installment.

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Victoriahoperose
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Loved this book. I seriously could not put it down. It‘s full of magic and teenage girls behaving recklessly. It‘s fun and exciting. I think if you are feeling a bit of a Harry Potter void, this could definitely fill it in some ways.

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GalacticBookwyrm89
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It‘s sharing time! #litsylovelist thanks to @hermyknee
Massage Therapist
Crocheting
Wolf(Wild)/Cat(Domestic)
Yellow/Blue/Purple
Anything Edible
Water!
Cornflowers/TigerLily
Autumn
Stargate/Marvel/DC/Harry Potter/Star Wars

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NeverEndingStory
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First book of 2018 ☺️ #tbrlist

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Bookzombie
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@MoniqueReads305 Thank you for doing the #nonfictionnovember giveaway! I love the bookmark!

ferskner Yay Libba Bray! 2y
TricksyTails Love the bookmark!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
MoniqueReads305 @Bookzombie You're welcome, I'm happy it arrived safe. 2y
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MoniqueReads305
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There was a moment as I was standing in line to send off my #lmpbc selection to @mariaku21 that I was scared I might have mixed it up with @Bookzombie giveaway win.

Hopefully not 🤞🏿. #GroupH now knows that the book I selected wasn't A Great and Terrible Beauty.

Bookzombie I‘m sure you didn‘t mix it up but if I need to I will forward on your group book. 🙂 2y
mariaku21 @MoniqueReads305 I'm excited to see your pick but if there's a mix-up, I'll let you know 2y
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