The Unique Blogger Award | Blog Tag

Last week I was nominated for the The Unique Blogger Award by Sara @ The Bibliophagist. This is such a short and sweet little tag, I was happy to accept it and schedule it for this weekend. Especially once the week had passed and I realized I wouldn’t have a book review ready this week! I’m still reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, and I’m not sure how I’m going to review it yet.

It’s a bit deep but I don’t know how many people are interested in Native American literature, so I may save it for a mini-review post once I’ve read a few more books from my I-should-have-read these-for-class-but-did-not TBR shelf.

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer their questions
  3. Share some love with the blogging community by nominating 8-12 people
  4. Ask three questions for your nominees

Three Questions from Sara

1. What’s your favorite quote from a book you’ve read this year?

Oh, there are so many in A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle, which I reviewed last month. It’s been years since I gave this book a reread and it was just as amazing as I remembered.

 It’s hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we’re left with a fistful of ashes.

I find this quote so moving because it kind of explains the type of grief I feel most of us can relate to feeling at some point in our lives, whether we’ve lost someone we love or are forced to part with something that brought us happiness. Change is hard, but inevitable and often necessary.

I find many of the ideas presented in A Ring of Endless Light in coincidental conversation with the other things I’ve read this year, including my current read, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. A quote I find my mind going back to as I read it is:

 …things which don’t shift and grow are dead things. They are things the witchery people want. Witchery works to scare people, to make them fear growth.

This passage from Ceremony is about how the Indians fear changes in their culture. The protagonist Tayo is half-Indian, half-white and finds help post-WWII in a medicine man who, like him, is the child of mixed heritage who understands the world differently from Tayo’s fellow Laguna Indians.

2. What book would you love to see made into a movie or TV series?

I would’ve loved for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to be made into a T.V. series. The first time I read that book, I stayed up all night reading it. I couldn’t put it down. And for weeks after, I was plotting the episodes-that-could-be in my head. I never really do that for books! The characters and storylines in the book could be so wonderfully portrayed in a binge-worthy T.V. series. The movie Spielberg made, while fun, was so different from the book, almost a completely different plot (necessary because of the time constraints).

3. If you could frame one book cover and hang it up in your house, which cover would it be?

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. It’s been forever since I read this book, but I’ve since fallen in love with Parks & Rec and admire Amy Poehler and her work to inspire women/girls so much. I also love the cover because of the hot-neon-pink words that I think sum up a beautiful motto for life that I could do better to remember.

Three Questions from Me

  1. What books have been your favorite and your least favorite this year so far?
  2. What is the strangest book you’ve ever read?
  3. If you could resurrect any dead book character, who would it be?

I Nominate:

E, My Narrative | Rose Petal Pages | Misty Book Space

End Note

I’m a bit behind on my blog plans for the month! I’ve enjoyed spending time with my mom these last couple of weeks before my Dad returns home from Israel. We’ve been Shopkicking a lot, because I have my eye on some new books that can’t justify buying right now while I’m looking for a job. I’m about a day or two away from a $25 gift card for Amazon so I may have a book haul to share at the end of the month. Fingers crossed!

Thank you for reading!
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Book Personality Challenge | Blog Tag

Last week I saw Sara @ The Bibliophagist complete this tag, and it looked like a lot of fun. Since I wanted to take the quiz anyway, I decided why not go ahead and make it a blog post. Looking down the tag chain, I see that neither of the previous bloggers were tagged themselves, so I see myself taking part in a proud line of blog tag lifters. ❤

Want to do it?! Go on! Take it! I’m tagging no one on purpose today.

Guidelines

  1. Take the personality test at 16 Personalities (~12 minutes long)
  2. Take the questions listed below and answer them with your test results

Easy peasy.


#1 What is your MBTI personality type?

I am an idealistic Mediator (INFP, -A/-T).

According to my personality type, I act as a diplomat in social situations and am constantly on a path for improvement. This is so true, it’s not even funny. I’m always trying to keep myself from spiraling out of bounds on my quest for self-improvement and personal enlightenment. I feel like one of my greatest fears in life is having no goals and nothing to strive for.

#2 If you were a character in a book, what would be some of your character strengths and flaws?

I find these lists embarrassingly accurate, as I’ve found myself needing to work on my weaknesses. On a side note, I think I know why I love and identified with Vicky Austin so much as a kid!

Strengths:

  • Idealistic
  • Seeks & values harmony
  • Open-minded & flexible
  • Very creative
  • Passionate & energetic
  • Dedicated & hard-working

Weaknesses:

  • Too idealistic
  • Too altruistic (Note: Don’t really see myself as this to be honest!)
  • Impractical
  • Dislike dealing with data
  • Takes things personally
  • Difficult to get to know

#3 Do any authors share your personality type?

Yes, not surprisingly at all! William Shakespeare and J.R.R. Tolkien…To be honest, not some of my favs. I’ve not ever been able to get into their works. Nevertheless, I’m impressed by their accomplishments and am honored to be amongst them.

#4 Which fictional characters share your personality type?

Not terribly familiar with many of these works or these characters, unfortunately! From what little I do know about a handful them, I don’t see a very strong likeness.

#5 If you were a character in a book, what job would you have?

I feel like a lot of these jobs are for people far more selfless than I am, but I would still like to see myself work in academia. I’m still crossing my fingers that the whole writing thing works out, though!

One thing I will admit is that I’ve always found pleasure in helping others succeed, which is why I thought I might like to teach for a time. But I don’t think that I’d be happy or even all that great working in health care. I think I’d get in trouble. I’m not great with rude people…

#6 What personality type would complete your OTP?

According to this personality compatibility website, INFPs go well with ENFJ (“Protagonist”) and ENTJ (“Commander”) types. The rationale is that more extroverted people balance out the introverts’ shortcomings. I can see how this works, since most of my best friends in my life have been more extraverted, because they were willing to make the first move and open up. I’ve always noticed I struggled with introverted people similar to me in real life!

#7 Who are some fictional characters that would complete your OTP?

Honestly, I’m not super impressed with the sample characters provided in this quiz. I’m not very familiar with any of these movies/shows, nor do I have the interest in exploring them at the time. Elizabeth Bennet is interesting!

Protagonists:

Commanders:

THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS (THAT I RECOGNIZED) ARE TOO TERRIFYING TO LIST. Instead, let it be known I would be compatible with the likes of Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, & Franklin D. Roosevelt.

End Note

This was a really fun challenge and I encourage anyone who wants to try it to give it a go. I feel like I’m not too surprised by my results. If anything, it reminds me to embrace my strengths to find what jobs and opportunities that would make me happy in life. Also, it reminds me that I need to try to open up more and keep my eyes open to the world around me so that I don’t end up isolated and alone forever and ever.

Normally I try to forecast what my next posts will be at the end of each post, but I’ve fallen a bit behind of my plans. I’m going to try to get my book review of City of the Beasts finished and up on the blog today so that’ll be next, but otherwise…It’s the end of the month! So expect a wrap up soon! I’ve been wanting to break out of my regular format, so we’ll see how that goes.

Thank you for reading!
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The Sunshine Blogger Award | Blog Tag

It was a lovely surprise and honor last weekend to be nominated by Sara @ The Bibliophagist for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’d never thought I’d be nominated for such a positive award and it makes me want to live up to it!

Since I’ve been busy with my reading project and writing my novel, I was delighted to have something extra to share on the blog today that allow you all to get to know me a little bit better. It was fun thinking about my answers to the questions and hope you all enjoy!

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☼ WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD? ☼

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

☼ THE RULES ☼

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

☼ 11 QUESTIONS FROM Sara @ THE BIBLIOPHAGIST ☼

#1 Chocolate or coffee?

Unpopular opinion alert! I’m not the world’s biggest fan of chocolate. I enjoy it now and then, but I can’t eat it all the time. I have a sensitive sweet tooth. So coffee all the way. I didn’t start drinking coffee until my junior year of college really, so I was a late convert. But now I don’t feel like my day has truly started unless I’ve had some.

Mochas are my favorite, though, and that’s basically chocolate coffee!

#2 What’s your perfect “me” time?

I love having a day to myself where I don’t need to go anywhere or have any commitments. I like to shower and be clean, after having worked out and/or cleaned my room, and slip into freshly washed bedsheets and just Netflix and chill. Or YouTube and chill (depends on the day).

#3 Who’s your most read author?

Right now I would probably say Leigh Bardugo, just because I can always find a reason to pick up one of her books. Her books are so enjoyable! I love the Grisha universe. And I’m a nerd who can marvel at writing craft and inventiveness, so there’s always something to gain from reading one of her YA fantasies.

#4 What book are you always thinking about even though you read it a long time ago?

I don’t think my answer would be the same all the time, but I do find myself thinking a lot about Franny & Zoeey by J.D. Salinger. I reread it earlier this year and remembered why I fell in love with it. Most recently I’ve been thinking about it because I’ve moved my furniture around again this week and have some spare wall paper that I’ve been wanting to do something with.

In Franny & Zooey, Zooey goes into his older brothers’ childhood room and finds the back door is covered in large sheet of paper filled to its limit with quotes from favorite authors, leaders, and thinkers. I like the idea of doing this.

#5 What was the happiest day of your life?

I don’t have any big life moments that I can say have made any specific day my happiest. I feel most elated on days where I’ve have great conversations with people I care about, where I’ve found out my hard work has paid off, and where I’ve been able to truly forget all my problems and enjoy small pleasures (like hanging out with friends). These days are too few and far between!

#6 If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

I think I’d like to walk around 1950s New York City with Holden Caulfield. I just rewatched season one of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel so I have somewhat rosy picture of NYC during that time period in my head right now. And in that book, Holden seems like he needs someone to talk to and most of the time I don’t mind hearing about other people’s problems; it takes my mind off of my own for a change. I like wandering around new places, so I think that would be lovely!

#7 If there’s one unfinished book/TV/any other medium series that you could have finished right now, which would it be?

I’d love get my hands of Leigh Bardugo’s newest Grishaverse book King of Scars!

#8 You’re given the option of knowing the exact date and time of your death or staying blissfully unaware. Which do you pick?

Well, I have a few questions about the scenario where I find out. Would I be able to change any of my actions leading up to it, not necessarily to prevent it but to make sure I left no loose ends in my life? Or would I find out and…what? Instantly forget about it so that I can’t change anything?

…I realize this is probably a weird answer, but I think I’d like to know!

#9 If you were told you could be an expert in any one thing instantly, what would you pick?

World languages! I’d love to be some sort of translator, be able to travel the world, and be involved in important diplomatic meetings and such.

#10 What’s the most recent book that you were unable to (or struggled to) finish?

Oh, this happens all the time in some sort of capacity. I’ll offer two answers, both non-fiction. Spreadable Media is one on a topic that I find really interesting and I’ve not really struggled to actually read it, but I just struggled to make time for it. Another is A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888/1889. I like historical fiction, but this one is just so detailed I’ve struggled to get very far into it. It hastened a reading slump last year.

#11 If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

I would go travel Europe, practice the languages I’ve been trying to learn, write in places that inspire me, meet new people, and try to find a way to leave the U.S. permanently (and legally)!

 ☙ ❧ End Note ❧ ☙ 

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! I think I’ll have fun revisiting them one day and see how my answers have changed. I don’t really know who to tag, eleven is a lot of people! Also, I don’t really have the time to think up some awesome questions, so I probably wouldn’t even have changed them up much! If you’d like to answer some of the questions in the comment section down below I’d love to read your answers ^_^

I have a busy week ahead of me and more fun stuff planned for the blog. This month is really just passing me by so quickly, it’s a little scary…

Thank you for reading!
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Five Word Story Challenge | Blog Tag

Sorry this post is coming late tonight! I was tagged by Sara @ The Bibliophagist to do the 5 Word Story Challenge on Sunday! It seemed like a fun little writing challenge to stretch the writing noodle, so I decided to give it a go.

Since I’m currently working on my novel, I decided to integrate this challenge into my story. I feel like I put unnecessary pressure on myself, announcing this on Monday! But once, I realized it only needed to be five words, I was like, “Ok, that’s easy!”

It wasn’t actually all that easy (that last word was intense). I don’t think this little excerpt will work its way into the final draft of my story, but it does feature my protagonist in a scene that could be perfectly well happen, so let’s consider it an outtake.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Close your eyes, open to random pages, and point your finger on a random word in the last book you have read. Articles do not count.
  • Repeat the above rule 5 times.
  • List the 5 random words you have.
  • Create a 5 sentence flash fiction using your 5 random words. Each sentence must contain at least one word from your list. You can change the tense of the word as needed.
  • Tag 3 people.

My Last Completed Book

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (review coming tomorrow!)

5 Random Words

 other | faded | out | hours | symbolize

Story

She lay on her stomach under her bed, the other journal still bound shut under her right hand. The faded and smudged characters were a challenge to read in the dim light. But rather than come out, she was content to stay in the spot that made her feel most at home. It was had been hours since she heard the last door at the end of her corridor shut. Off-hand, she wondered if the carvings at the bottom of her door symbolized anything or if they were just scratches from a small animal who once sought freedom.

I Tag

Elle @ The Nishume Chronicles

Katherine @ The Writerly Reader

Ely (& her co-bloggers if they so wish) @ Of Wonderland

End Note

Feel free to complete this tag if you’d like to! I’d encourage anyone to put their own spin on it.

This challenge reminded me of grade school assignments where we were asked to write a one-page story using all the vocabulary words for that week. I was the weird who enjoyed that kind of assignment. I remember a Halloween-themed story particularly fondly. Why didn’t I have a mom who saved those kinds of things?!

See you tomorrow (6/7) with my book review of La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman!

Thank you for reading!
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Stranger Things Book Tag

Stranger Book Tag

In celebration of the arrival of Season 2 of Stranger Things to Netflix, I decided I wanted to do a Stranger Things-themed book tag! I went out in search specifically for an existing tag with this name and my favorite was found here, but she did not link to the tag’s creator so I’m not sure from where it originally came. If you know, let me know in the comments and I will happily link to the original post.

Feel free to do this tag if you’d like and take the banner I created! I’m not tagging anyone specific as it’s a bit of an old tag, but if you do it feel free to link back to this post and let me know in the comments so I can go read yours ^_^

#1 The Vanishing of Will Beyers

The first book in a series that left you intrigued and slightly confused.

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen | I loved this book and have read it twice, but I still remember the initial confusion about the setting of this novel. There’s a map but throughout the novel are hints that this story is set in some sort of distant future in which Harry Potter and modern medicine were lost…Oh, and there’s magic. Sounds crazy right?! It’s all explained in the second book, though.

#2 The Upside Down

A book with a setting you’d never want to live in.

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White Cat by Holly Black | I’m not even finished reading this book yet, but I already know I would not want to live in this world! They live in an alternative universe where mob-like families seem rule the world and gloves are a social requirement so that people know they haven’t been “worked” on, in other words been affected by the powers of others. Yikes!

#3 Eleven

A book you own that is somewhat damaged but loved to pieces.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee | I probably got this book in 8th or 9th grade when it was required reading for English class. I would’ve never known it would become one of the oldest books in my collection and one I still cherish and count as one that has shaped the kind of person I aim to be. The pages have somewhat yellowed and the cover is a little worn but I’ll probably keep it as long as I can.

#4 Mike, Lucas, and Dustin

A trilogy you always go to when you need a pick me up.

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The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | I really had to think about the series I wanted to choose for this category as most of my trilogies are fantasies with high stakes and not books I pick up to lift my mood or spirits, more so for excitement. But The Illuminae Files books are filled with a lot of laughs and good humor despite the space monsters and overall peril. If I didn’t have a never-ending TBR I would probably pick these books up more often. As it is, I will have to wait until NEXT YEAR for the final installment which is hopefully a fun and satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

#5 The Demogorgan

A book with a terrifying beast you wouldn’t want to meet in an alley.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Maybe it’s because I just read this book, but I feel like the antagonist is super scary because of how unpredictable it must be for the general public and how hateful it is toward humanity. The Wood has the power to create horrifying monsters of unsuspecting humans and wizards, and also has really creepy creatures of its own that I know I wouldn’t stand a chance against.

#6 Dr. Brenner

A book series with a villain who is both manipulative and dedicated.

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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo | I feel like so many villains are manipulative and dedicated but also really nuanced these days. But I do think that the Darkling of The Grisha Trilogy really takes the cake. He’s so dedicated to his cause and that of the oppressed Grisha, it’s hard not to sympathize with him. He’s also so manipulative that he gets caught up in it himself when trying to turn Alina to his side.

#7 Nancy Wheeler

A book you didn’t expect to love.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | I recently reread this book this past summer and I still have a really soft spot for it. It still makes me cry super hard, even now that I read it knowing what’s going to happen. It was such a random purchase for me at the time that I bought it (since I’m not a big fan of contemporary YA) that I think this book is definitely one that has caught me off guard to become one that I love.

#8 Hawkins, Indiana

A book with a setting that is just a little bit strange.

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter | The setting of this book is actually A LOT bit strange. It’s set in Brooklyn, which is strange enough to me because I’ve never been to New York, but it’s also really strange in that a chain of convenience stores called BY’s spins in the air and is surrounded by the spiked heads of shoplifters, many of whom we can deduce might have been set up by the evil hands wandering the store. It’s also pretty strange how the magic operating the stores also keep the locals, including law enforcement, from ever thinking to try and obtain justice.

End Note

I hope you enjoyed this book tag! It was a lot of fun thinking of good books I’d like to share for each category. Before I go, I also wanted to let you know what’s coming up on Betwined Reads. I’ve got three new posts planned for the last three days of October, all related to NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what that is…Google it. Or you can wait until tomorrow for my first post explaining my plans for the event and some potentially useful tidbits for success this November! ^_^

Who else is ecstatic for the return of Stranger Things?!

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Thank you for reading!
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Book Blogger Tag | #SummerBibib

Hi!

If you saw my post that went up yesterday, you’ll know that I decided to do the Biannual Bibliothon, which runs this week starting today and ending on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. In addition to reading and video challenges, there are also blogging challenges which I have decided to participate in, starting with the Book Blogger Tag, curtesy of host 4TeenLiars.

1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

The Graveyard Book, The Catcher in the Rye, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Never Let Me Go, Flame to the Mist, The Buried Giant.

2. What is your favorite genre to read in Summer?

Action-packed fantasy and cosy literary fiction

3. Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?

Year round, I find my bed super comfortable. But in the summer I also enjoy reading in my houndstooth IKEA chair by the window during the day.

4. What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

LGBTQIA+, as I don’t really feel pulled to read from this genre on the regular and I appreciate the challenge incentive to read more diversely.

5. What fictional character would you hang out with in the summer if you could?

Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle.

6. What are your plans for summer?

I’m really boring and appreciate the ability to be home, having the time to experiment with cooking, and reading more with less of the stress from the school year.

7. Do you have summer reading playlist, if not what would be on it?

I don’t like to read with music on, as I find it too distracting. If I had music on, it would be to drown out other sounds so I guess it’d be soothing classical music.

8.What is your favorite summer movie?

I’m a fan of blockbuster Marvel superhero movies in the summer. Captain America and Iron Man ones are my favs.

9.What book do you read every summer, if not what thing do you do every summer?

I used to read The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood every summer, but I haven’t yet this year and am not sure if I will. Every summer since I started going to college I’ve enjoying having full access to a big and stocked kitchen so I generally try out new plant-based baking recipes every summer.

10.What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

I don’t know! If I’m tagged in something and find out about it, I’ll likely do those. I might see if there’s any tag I can do for August.

End Note

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me in this post. I’ll be back tomorrow with my second blog challenge, which I believe is to write a book review. I may do one for either The Graveyard Book, House of Many Ways, or The Perilous Gard, all of which I’ve most recently read!

Thank you for reading!
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Blogger Recognition Award

Hello, friends.

I was tagged by the lovely Mel from The Bookish Wanderer for the Blogger Recognition Award.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started

I’ve first started book blogging on WordPress.com in January 2015 as a New Year’s resolution. That blog was called Books o’ the Wisp and it was a place for me to record my reading progress and rediscover my love of reading. Those first few months were the happiest and the most exciting time of my life, so this year I’m trying to reclaim that joy and passion by starting from scratch with this new book blog Betwined Reads.

Two Pieces of Advice

  1. Be inspired by others, but don’t copy them outright. There are so many book or writing blogs out there and the thing the thing that will set you apart is what you do differently. If a blog uses a lot of GIFs, don’t feel like you need to or no one will like or read your blog. If you see a lot of other blogs writing about a book you have no interest in, don’t feel like you need to read it if it takes time away from the books you truly want to read. People will follow you blog if they like what you write and can see a glimpse of your personality shine through.
  2. Be a good blogger and a good commenter. If you want people to read and comment on your blog you should read and comment on others’ too. You should also try to respond to those who are kind enough to comment on your blog, especially when it’s a new blog and you’re just starting out. Also try to find your fellow new bloggers who you can grow with. These are the people most likely to become your closest blogging friends.

I Tag…

I can’t be bothered to check if any of these blogs have done this tag or how old it is, but I figure it’s the thought that counts! If you’ve already done it but it’s been a while, maybe it’d be nice to do it again.

  • Blaise @ The Book Boulevard
  • Elle @ The Nishume Chronicles

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today! Hope you have a good day and see you Friday! Don’t forget to follow if you haven’t, I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday :p Until then,

Thank you for reading!
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