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Anna's Beauty, Or Reason #265 Why My Niece is Awesome

Last night we went up to my sister-in-law's house to meet our newest niece. And in between oohing and ahhing over her indisputable adorableness, I got to take a peek at my oldest niece's bookshelves. Anna's twelve and a reader. The real deal. And I'll admit that I got a little thrill when I saw that she owns not one but two copies of Robin McKinley's BeautyI had to take a pic of the one edition, because I've never actually seen a copy in real life, and, because, really, it's too spectacularly 80s for words:
I feel compelled to point out how appalled this particular Beauty would be at this representation of herself. But otherwise? Yup. Too spectacularly 80s for words.


  1. That's the same cover they had at the library when I first read this as a kid! :)

    Such a great book.

  2. That cover is so romance-novelish feel! Too cute though that she had two copies. :) I haven't read this one in years, but I loved it so much that when I see young readers catch on to it again, it makes me very happy!

  3. Is it just me or does the lovely scrollwork behind her head make her look like she has really long orange horns?

  4. Lol Melissa, I didn't notice that until you pointed it out! Dated covers are the best. ;)

  5. So true! The scene where she won't leave her room all dressed up is one of my favorites.

  6. Kristen, really? That's hilarious. I'm still sort of stunned at how . . . pink . . . it is.

    Becky, isn't it? I wonder what they were thinking. I know what you mean, too. I'm still tickled that she owns two copies.

    Melissa, HA! I hadn't noticed it until you pointed it out. But now? All I can see.

    Holly, the BEST.

    Misti, oh, yes! I adore that scene. Gah, I may have to go re-read right now.

  7. I have two copies of Beauty too! But I love how vintage that cover looks. Also, I think it's awesome that your niece loves Robin McKinley. <3

  8. This brings me all sort of delight I cannot even describe.


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