Books from the Backlog #160

Posted April 22, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 29 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #160A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Series: Gemma Doyle #1
ISBN: 9780385730280
Published by Delacorte Press on December 9, 2003
Genres: General, Young Adult
Pages: 403
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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?

Why did I add A Great and Terrible Beauty  to my bookshelf?

I picked this one up at a thrift store several years ago because I had heard good things about it. I do want to read it and want to try the author. Looking at the reviews on Goodreads, it looks like this book has quite a few 3 star ratings from my friends. Hopefully, I can work it in sometime in the near future.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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29 responses to “Books from the Backlog #160

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      It’s good to know that I can read this book and not have to commit to the whole series.

  1. This trilogy was very popular a little while back and I snagged the first book at a sale, too, but I never read it. Another one I need to try.