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Week 2 Recap: The Beautiful Read-Along!


It was week 2 of of sinking our teeth into Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful. We have been loving reading this book alongside you all this month and this book is KILLING IT! As week 2 of our Read-Along comes to a close, here are some of our favorite posts from readers who are reading (or re-reading) the book with us!

It’s not too late to join our Read-Along! Be sure to use the hashtag #TheBeautifulBeDamned on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured.

Don’t have your copy of The Beautiful yet? Get yours here!

Can confirm: this book will make you SWOON!!

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“I only meant—do we ever truly know ourselves?”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “I should hope so. Knowing who you are is necessary in order to determine who you want to be.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ーThe Beautiful. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #QOTD: What book makes you swoon? ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ OH DEFINITELY THIS BOOK. Listen to me when I say Renee Ahdieh is a master of writing romance fantasy. This book makes me swoon so much! It is very romantic, with forbidden and dangerous love at its core. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Marcelline Béatrice Rousseau is a girl moving from France to New Orleans, in there she gets pulled into a world of upper class society, but this society has secrets, and it is a dangerous one… ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I love the intrigue on this one, it is not merely focused on romance but also how societal standard can be totally discriminating, especially towards marginalized people. The plot itself not only stands on the romance between two characters, but also murders (there are more than one, yes), and Celine is determined to uncover the killer. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And Bastien. The prince of Courts of Lions, the Lion himself. Charming but dangerous, witty but also annoying. That’s Sebastien Saint Germain for you. And as murdrr happens and he and Celine starts ~catching feelings~ danger drift closer. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If forbidden romance with murder mystery is your jam, then I strongly recommend this book for you! ⁣⁣ ⁣ p.s: also, Odette Valmont is now officially added as my book girlfriendTM⁣ ⁣⁣ #thebeautiful ⁣⁣ #reneeahdieh ⁣⁣ #whatfarahreads ⁣⁣

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And did we mention the gorgeous matte feel of the hardcover??

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I got some book mail today! I was actually just taking these pics for my usual story haul, but I actually really liked the way they came out. Thank you iPhone portrait mode . . . . Some unnecessary backstory: I had preordered an Animal Crossing New Horizons guide book with a gift card, but the release date kept getting pushed back. And the book is already out of date because of all the updates to the game . Plus, the internet exists so I decided to cancel my order and get these 2 with the money. The Beautiful has a really nice matte feel and I can’t stop petting it . Plus, I feel like we’re going through a vampire revival phase and I wanna join ‍♂️. I’ve still gotta read Crave and From Blood & Ash ! . . . I already own a copy of The Red Scrolls of Magic, but I like this cover so much more as it actually matches the rest of the series lol. It’s so pretty . It also matches the cover of the next book, The Lost Book of the White. . . . QotD: Do you ever buy multiple editions of the same book? AotD: I do quite a bit . I only try to do it for my favorite authors though or if there’s some exclusive content in the other copy that I must have. I’m slowly collecting the black and white spine editions of the Cassie Clare books because . . . . #bookstagram #yabookstagram #bookstagrammer #yabookstagrammer #thebeautiful #reneeahdieh #themortalinstruments #magnusbane #aleclightwood #malec #vampire #vampires #bookmail #bookmailisthebestmail #booknerd #booklover #readersofinstagram #reader #readersofinsta #cassandraclare #cassieclare #owlcratesociety #bookaddiction #bookaddict #shotoniphone #blackandred #bookphotography #bookphoto #bookphotographer #bookdragon

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But one thing is certain: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VAMPS.

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ALL ABOUT THE VAMPS ‍♂️ • It’s here and it’s BEAUTIFUL! Now I can finally catch up on #TheBeautifulBeDamned May buddy read with @penguinteen and get some more vampires in my life! This book has been on my radar for months, but after adding it to multiple wishlists with no luck, I finally bit the bullet and bought it for myself. • The Beautiful is set in 1872 New Orleans. New Orleans is my favorite city in the world, and I am absolutely enamored with its history and legends. I’ve heard this book is not as “vampirey” as other popular vampire books, but I was sold on the setting alone. According to the synopsis, it is “a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery,” which sounds right up my alley! I will be starting this book ASAP. • QOTD: What’s a book you put off buying/reading even though you really wanted to read it? • • • • #thebeautiful #reneeahdieh #penguinteen #vampires #vampirebooks #youngadult #ya #yalit #yafiction #yalovin #ireadya #yabooks #youngadultbooks #yabookstagram #yareads #booksharks #bookstagram #bookgram #booklove #booklover #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookdragon #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookphotography #bibliophile #bookish

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And once you pick it up it is VERY hard to put down.

Some have found their new all time favorite vampire series <3

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“ℐ’ ℯ ℴ ℴℯ ℊ ℴ ’ ℯ ℯ ℴ’ℯ ℴ ℯ …“ ❣︎ . . ? . ❣︎ . . I have only ever visited through books, movies & TV screens. It is a place I really hope to visit one day. The city that “ℴℯ ℯ ℯ ℯ ℯℴ ℯ ℴℴ“ . . . . ❣︎ Hello my bookish friends. A quick update on my @penguinteen readalong: I am sooooo in love with this story! A sumptuous, romantic & thrilling read. Honestly, I think I’ve come across my all time favourite vampire series ❤︎ . ❣︎ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #tumblesoverbooks #maybeebookishlove #allthebooksmay20 . . . . #thebeautifulbedamned #vampires #Bookish #bibliophiles #bookaesthetic #readersofig #allthebooks #fortheloveofreading #readingismagic #enjoylife #bookmoments #paranormalromance #fantasy

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And it’s definitely time we talk about HOW QUOTABLE THIS BOOK IS.


Don’t forget it’s never too late to jump in and join the read-along!

Let’s take a moment and embrace how MAGICAL this post is!

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What are you #currentlyreading? I’m currently reading Crave and The Beautiful! So happy that vampires are making a comeback in recent novels! “But a greater fear lurked deep in Celine. Past the rush of blood, into the marrow of her bones. No matter where she went, danger followed. And it horrified her. Just as it thrilled her.” – Renée Ahdieh Friendly reminder that this month @penguinteen is hosting a readalong for The Beautiful by @reneeahdieh and it’s not too late to join in. The Damned comes out in just two months so now is the time to read The Beautiful if you haven’t yet, or reread it to get ready for book two! Swipe to see details about the readalong. With that said, we are now entering week 2 of #TheBeautifulBeDamned read-a-long, and I’m having so much fun!! I’m falling in love with vampire novels all over again so this read along came at the perfect time! I’m starting to question more after having experienced it more and catching all the little hints. I won’t spoil anything for you guys though! . . . . #TheBeautifulBeDamned #PenguinTeenPartner #reneeahdieh#bookishlove #booknookstagram #bookobsessed #bookart #bookaesthetic #librarylife #booklove #booklover #bookphoto #bookphotography #yareads #yalit #yabooks #booknerds #bookcommunity #bookgeek #bibliophiles #vscobooks #totalbooknerd #librariesofinstagram #bookhoarder #bookphoto #shelfie #ireadya #jamestrevinorepost

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It’s okay if you get a little ahead of us in the read-along :)

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Happy Monday friends! ⁣ ⁣ #QOTD – do you like read alongs or buddy reads?⁣ ⁣ #AOTD – I love the idea of them, but I always end up reading ahead and then I feel like I’m the spoiler queen during discussions. ⁣ ⁣ I’m reading a billion books right now so I’m actually doing really well so far with pacing myself for the read along for THE BEAUTIFUL hosted by @penguinteen ⁣ ⁣ I’m also doing well with my TOG buddy read because Mama Books Over Everything reads as fast as I do ⁣ ⁣ Second #QOTD – are you participating in THE BEAUTIFUL read along? it’s not too late to join!⁣ ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #photooftheday #bookwormforlife #bookstagramfeature #bookaholic #bookstagram #reading #read #reader #bookstagrammer #booknerd #goodreads #booklovers #instabook #bookcover #bookaddict #book #reading #love #bookish #instagood #penguinteenpartner #thebeautifulbedamned

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You may even accidentally finish the book! (IT’S THAT GOOD!)

Either way, we hope everyone is enjoying the read-along as much as we are!

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“ . . , , .” — . . QOTD: What is your favorite vampire story? . . Week 2 of The Beautiful Be Damned readalong is underway! *Swipe right to see the schedule* . I was able to finish the first 8 chapters last night, and I’m so ready to read more about this dark, 19th century New Orleans. It is such an enchanting and magickal world that Renee Ahdieh has created. . . Today is also #madamealchemiemonday — every day is @madamealchemie Day for me! I keep her Crown of Stars oil roller in my purse because it is my everyday scent. I cannot recommend it more if you like earthy deliciousness! . . I’m on my way to work, but I hope everyone is having the best Monday. One more shift and then I can lounge in my yoga pants. I’m so ready— this week has been rough. . . Hashtags ⤵️ . #starsinthedark – Monday motivation #thebookishdreamers – currently reading #allthebooksmay20 – favorite tropes . #penguinteenpartner #penguinteen #readalong #bookstagrammer #bookcommunity #bookstagram #booklover #bookporn #instaread #mustread #bookish #booksbooksbooks #booknerd #bookdragon #bookaesthetic

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And make sure to tag us in your posts so we can chat!

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Hey lovelies! @penguinteen is doing a read along for The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh this month and we’re now entering week twoSwipe to see what chapters we’re reading this week. I actually joined a little late and got started on my reading for it over the weekend. I’m liking this one a lot. ✨ ✨ It’s a beautifully written story taking place in 1872 New Orleans. The main character, Celine, fled her life as a dressmaker in Paris to go to the city they say is “ruled by the dead”. She joins a convent with six other girls. She finds herself interested in Sebastien, the leader of the “glitzy underworld” known as La Cour sea Lions. Murders begin happening and they don’t know who the serial killer is. This book is both a murder mystery and a romance. And I’m excited to continue reading itIf you’re interested in joining the read along you can post your reading updates with the hashtag #TheBeautifulBeDamned ✨ ✨ How was your reading over the weekend? I finished Survivor Song and started four other books. So far I’m pretty happy with my reading this month ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ #books #bookstagram #tbr #reading #fiction #kingstagram #tea #bookgram #booktography #instabooks #photography #coffee #bookhaul #horror #flowers #horrorbooks #mybookfeatures #read #author #rusticpages #constantreader #book #stephenking #candles #thebeautiful #spring #quarantine

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If you’ve finished reading your chapters for Week 2, post your checklist (download here) and tag us @penguinteen on Instagram!

Are you ready for Week 3 of our Read-Along? Check out which chapters to read for Week 3!


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