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Today my friend and I went into Itaewon (Seoul) to check out the two English bookstores there, so I have some new reads.

1. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley - My friend and I were at the used bookstore talking about how much we like reading adaptations of fairy tales, and then this one happened to be right in front of me so I bought it on a whim. The internet tells me it’s not as good as McKinley’s other Beauty and the Beast novel, but whatever. It’s probably good enough for a light read, at the very least.

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2. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran - I love all things Egypt and/or Roman, so I just grabbed it without even thinking. It’s pretty highly ranked on Goodreads, but then there are also a lot of reviews on that site saying it’s terrible and inaccurate and blah blah, so who knows.

3. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier - I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s a retelling of the Celtic swans myth, and it is just perfect. I love the main character, I love her love interest, I love all of the side characters, I love the world, I love the writing... I would shove this book down everyone’s throats if I could. (Disclaimer: There is a rape scene which might triggering, but it is very clearly a Not Okay thing and is dealt with accordingly.) I had to order it since it wasn’t available in-store, but I am super excited.

4. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier - I don’t know this one, but I love the author and the story (about Transylvanian sisters going through a secret portal in their castle to a magical land every month) seems intriguing, so I ordered it anyway.

5. Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier - Okay, so I just like this author. Plus, it’s set in Istanbul! Branching out from my comfort zone!

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6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle - My friend and I were talking about childhood books and I happened upon this one. I haven’t read it since elementary school so I barely remember it, but I remember enjoying it.

7. The Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw - Okay, this is cheating because I already own this and didn’t buy it today, but I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is cheesy and awesome and it brings me so much joy. It’s based on a medieval French poem, and although it’s really obvious where the story is going from the beginning, I just can’t put it down. I reread it all the time and have loaned it out to half my coworkers and they all love it too.

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So, what are you guys reading? Or if you’re not reading anything in particular, what books would you like to recommend?

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And one more book .gif, because I giggled:

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