A Very Frightening Bookish Thought

Close your eyes…take a deep breath in….and breathe out. Take another deep breath in, hold, and breathe out. Now, imagine this terrifying scenario:

It is 3:00am in the morning, the most evilest of times. Usually you in the land of the cannot-possibly-be-woken but tonight, your eyes are cracked open.

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Why? Because you are reading one of the best books of your life.

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Your body lies exhausted after that time you spent hyperventilating when your favourite character NEARLY DIED (don’t even try to deny it), and let’s face it, you are in no emotional condition to keep reading, but you do. You turn the final page and CLIFFHANGER.

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You know how you thought you were emotionally scarred before? Now  you’re emotionally scarred. You flip a couple more pages until you come to the sneak peek of the next book. The cliffhanger is eating you up (I’ve heard they get hungry) and the emotional torment becomes just too much for you. You reach to turn the page…

Or do you?

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And that brings us to what the post is really about:

Do you read the sneak peeks at the end of books?

I personally…don’t. Especially if the book before had had at least some minor sort of cliffhanger. What would be the point in reading ahead? Either you’d torture yourself even more, or you might even end up feeling deflated. Plus that would 100% defeat the point of having the cliffhanger in the first place.

The other thing is that I feel like if I read the sneak peek and then went about the sequel (whether it had already been released, or was about to be), I don’t think I’d really want to reread what I already had. Sure you could jump to where the sample had cut off, but this is me so the clever route isn’t taken. Plus you may have forgotten a minor detail that occurred in the preview.

It wouldn’t be a problem if the book wasn’t going to be released for ages. Because if other readers are anything like me then they would have completely forgotten what they had read in the sample anyway.

But of course sneak peeks could be a really good thing – they can get you really excited for the next book. They also can leave you with more questions to do with what’s going to happen, or IT could even end on a cliffhanger. So many possibilities.

Do you read the sneak peeks for books coming out? Or like me do you fend them of with a red-hot pitchfork? 

Counting the Stars 79#

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Counting the Stars is a weekly meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join.

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I’m probably just going to do the last week or two. Or just relatively recently.

The rules:

•Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it).
•Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!

I am considering making this maybe a monthly feature rather than weekly. I haven’t done this since BEFORE Christmas, so I’ll be showing what I got and some other recent purchases.

Christmas haul:

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  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

I’m really excited for both of these! My shadow hunter collection is almost complete except for that I don’t have The Shadow Hunter Codex (or whatever it’s called). And of course I’ll get Lady Midnight when it’s released!

As for Afterworlds, I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now. I almost bought it in England but I was literally one pound short. I think it sounds really interesting and unique, but I haven’t really seen that many reviews and the ones I have seen have been mediocre.

Scholastic:

As part of a Scholastic sale, I picked up these two super cheap! AND ONE OF THEM IS HARDCOVER! Unbelievably, they both amounted to less than $10 in total as well, shipping included. Not bad, eh?

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  • Unhinged by A. G. Howard
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

That sale was actually a while ago, but the books didn’t come until after my last Counting the Stars post.

Received more recently:

A few days ago another order arrived!

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  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

I needed Lola and Isla in my life because I absolutely adored Anna and the French Kiss also by Stephanie Perkins. The three books look absolutely gorgeous together. And when I saw them quite cheaply on The Book Depository, I knew I that I had to have them.

All the Bright Places and Falling Into Place look amazing. I have heard so much hype about both (particularly All the Bright Places, which was just released) and think they both sound amazing.

For review:

  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman (see my review here)I Was Here
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

Read:

I have no idea what I read in December, but here’s what I’ve read so far in January:

  • I Was Here by Gayle FormanI Was Here
  • City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareCity of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass by Cassandra ClareCity of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

All of those except I Was Here are rereads. Unfortunately it’s been two years since I read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series so I had forgotten a great deal about what had happened. I want to reread both series in preparation for reading City of Heavenly Fire and The Bane Chronicles.

Currently reading:

  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra ClareCity of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

Blogging Inspiration: What Could That Be?

Blogging inspiration is probably the thing I struggle most with in terms of blogging. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. And believe it or not I do have ideas about what I want to post about.

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So, being the proud-but-obsessive list-making person that I am, I of course compile all of my ideas into a list.

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But by the time I’m thinking of doing a post again, I feel like the ideas have sort of fizzled out.

Where before when I first came up with the idea and knew exactly what I wanted to do with the post, now I have either completely forgotten what I wanted to say/write, or more likely, find that I don’t think the idea is as interesting anymore.

As if that wasn’t enough of a problem, it gets worse because while I do have a lot of ideas, they all come at once. So by the time I get to them, they are never as enticing and sometimes that means I can’t work up the steam to blog.

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After all, what do you think inspired today’s post?

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But as the end of my school holidays are drawing closer, it has occurred to me that I won’t always be able to be super inspired and at the ready to write a post. So I’m guessing I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and write the posts sometimes.

Why don’t I do that more often? Because I’m worried it upsets the qualities of the post and obviously doesn’t give the same result as writing spontaneously and in the moment does.

So as of now I plan to schedule more posts when I am ‘in the moment’ and maybe go into more detail in my post planning lists.

Are you one of the people who obviously have tremendous super powers and can therefore write a spectacular post at a moment’s notice? Or are you more like me – the ideas come flooding, and then staggered? 

Most Anticipated Reads of 2015!

I’m telling you now, 2015 is the year of amazing new releases. I struggled so, so much just picking my top ten. Really, I did. I feel like I have barely scratched the surface as well. I already have a super-duper-absolute-must-read list, as well as a really-really-want-to-read list and a please-let-me-get-to-these-too list. There will probably be even more lists. Lists are ace.

I wanted to try my hand at making a button/picture thing for this post but alas, I ran out of time. But here are my top ten most anticipated (YA) reads of 2015!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

There isn’t a cover for this one yet, which I can’t wait to see, but there is absolutely no way I couldn’t include this on my list. I absolutely adore Cassandra Clare and her writing. Her characters and worldbuilding is just phenomenal. I own all of the Mortal Instruments books and Infernal Devices books, as well as The Bane Chronicles. I don’t have the Shadowhunter’s Codex but I hope to change that. So much love for these books, but I can’t believe I have to wait until September 2015.

Current release date (all of which mentioned are according to their Goodreads page): September 2015

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I adored If I Stay and got super, super, super, super excited when I received an ARC in the mail. I am reading it tomorrow, so it can be my first read of the new year. Have I mentioned I’m excited? I think it sounds amazing. I Was Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current release date: January 27th 2015 (or February 1st in Aus)

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All That Glitters by Holly Smale

I neeeeeed this. I love the Geek Girl series – they consist of some of the only books that I’ve read that can make me laugh out loud. Holly Smale seems so nice as well. The covers are so cute and quirky. Plus, Harriet is totally based off me – except for the fact that I don’t retain half as many facts as she does.

All That Glitters (Geek Girl, #4)

Current release date: February 26th 2015

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A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Now this just sounds really cool. I read the synopsis and was like, ‘wow’. Parallel Londons? I’m intrigued. I know V. E. Schwab wrote a book called Vicious and that seemed to collect a lot of hype on BookTube (YouTube for those who are unfamiliar) but I never tried it.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

Current release date: February 24th 2015

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I was in at the first line of the Goodreads synopsis – “Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world…”. The rest of the synopsis is pretty cool as well, plus I am in love with the cover. Then it gets more curious. I saw in a review that this had been optioned for a movie, so I decided to investigate. Apparently (according to my internet sources), Paramount optioned it for a seven figure deal. Whaaaaaat? Wow.

An Ember in the Ashes

Current release date: April 28th 2015

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I have heard so much hype from my fellow Aussie bloggers. So much that I am tempted to preorder it and I don’t do that usually, like at all. Maybe twice for series CONCLUSIONS but never for a book I haven’t read as part of a series or a new-to-me author. Put it this way, I’m really looking forward to the release of this one.

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Current release date: January 6th 2014

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The Cage by Megan Shepherd

I think this sounds really, really good. I have been wanting to read Megnan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series for a while now and I am just as interested, if not more so, in this one. It kind of reminds me of Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott in terms of the landscape but then again, not really. It just sounds really awesome to me.

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Current release date: May 26th 2014

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Malinda Salisbury

I’ve been looking out for this one a little longer than a lot of the others. I read the description a while ago and I knew from then on that I really wanted to read this. It sounds like my kind of book. I would definitely recommend looking into this one. Plus the cover is pretty cool.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)

Current release date: February 24th 2015

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Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

No cover yet for this one either. No wonder – it’s not out until November! I think this sounds pretty cool. I would like to hear more about it – I’ll probably do some more research later on. I think that this could be something a little different and could work out awesomely (is that even a word because I feel like it shouldn’t be but at the same time it works).

Current release date: November 3rd 2015

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Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn

I absolutely loved the first book! I’m really looking forward to how this one turns out! I haven’t seen all that many reviews and other bloggers talking about the first one. I don’t know if that means they haven’t read it or liked it, but if it is the first one, I really hope more book bloggers pick it up soon!

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2)

Current release date: May 5th 2015

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And those are my top ten most anticipated reads! I hope you have found at least one book above that you didn’t really know about before and are interested in now! Out of the many I considered, I noticed a pattern – a lot of them are being published on February 24th 2015.

I hope you all had a great 2014, and I hope 2015 proves to be even better for you all! Thank you to those who I met this year and stuck with me from before that. I appreciate it a lot!

Holiday Pics + I’m Back!

If you haven’t guessed already, I’M BACK BABY!

Okay, granted I should have done this as my first post when I came back, but there was a tag I was dying to do. Then I decided to wait until today so that I could include my Counting the Stars post. Really, I’ve been back for just over a week.

So where did I go?

ITALY!!!!! AND ENGLAND!!!!

Rome:

First off we flew into Rome, where we stayed for a total of 5 nights, 4 days.

On the first day, getting lost numerous times throughout the day (or the whole holiday, rather), we went to Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum and a church with Michelangelo’s Moses.

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Then on the second day we went to a Renaissance house (the name escapes me), did a tour of the Vatican, which took most of the day, before going to the Pantheon after lunch. On the third day, however, we had a day trip to Florence! Unfortunately, this was the day I got sick. I ended up sick for quite a large chunk of the holiday – I just couldn’t get better (or at least not fast enough).

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Then on our last day in Rome, we went to Castel Sant’Angelo which is actually the Mausoleum of Hadrian. I can’t remember what we did after that, but then we went to Pizza Navona (one of my favourite places in Rome) and Campo de Fiori where we looked around the markets. I REMEMBER WHAT WE DID NOW! We went to the Spanish Steps and some Roman ruins we accidetally stumbled across.

Here’s a view of Rome from Castel Sant’Angelo:

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Vico Equense:

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Super sad and not ready to leave Rome, we went to our next stop, by train through Naples and all the way to Vico Equense, which is very close to Sorrento.

We spent the first afternoon there thoroughly dehydrated. Arriving in a local Italian town on a Sunday afternoon means everything will be shut. Including water stores. Lesson learned.

The next day we went to Pompeii and Poppaea’s Villa in Oplontis. DEFINITELY GO TO THE VILLA SHOULD YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF IN THE AREA. Amazing. So well preserved. Then we spent the next day relaxing and enjoying this lovely view from our villa and the ever present view of Vesuvius:

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The day after we went to Herculaneum and the museum nearby (well worth it BTW). It rained and I of course managed to look like a drowned rat. Then we spent the next day relaxing again and popping down to the beach. It sounds easy to pop down to the beach and all but we had to climb 400 Roman steps that were over thousand years old. Tiring stuff.  On our last day, we took a day trip to Positano. We wanted to go to Capris, Ravello and the Amalfi Coast, but it was a little hard to get there from where we were staying. We could only manage Positano.

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Venice

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Then we had to go all the way from Vico Equense to Naples airport to fly to Venice. It was only an itty bitty flight though, and I got some good reading done.

Venice was amazing. Easily my favourite place. But we were so lucky with our timing, because while there were still stacks of tourists, we missed the great Summer hoards and we missed the floods. Seriously, wegot therein flooding season and there were already tables in piles everywhere ready to be set out for tourists to walk across. 

On the first day we did a free walking tour, which was fantastic FYI. Really amazing. Our tour guide was fantastic and she told us soooo much useful information. The tour went for about 4 hours in total, which was a long time, but well worth it. On that tour, she actually took us to a bookshop. Now, I have a love/hate relationship with this bookshop. BECAUSE BOOKS. But since Venice frequently floods, the books get bady damaged. So what they’ve done is put the boks in good condition in gondolas so that they float in a flood and made stairs out of the damaged ones.

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It feels wrong to walk on books. But I guess it’s great they have made use of them. The other cool thing about this bookstore is that you buy ad sell books by weight. Like tourists can bring in a kilogram of books and get a kilogram in return!

Then we went in a gondola, because, Venice. The next day we did a private tour of the canals and went under buildings like an old church, which is only accessable during low tide. Here’s a photo taken from the boat:

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On our last day in Venice and Italy, we went to Murano and Burano. The glass wares in Murano are beautiful, but super expensive. And Burano would have made for some amazing photographs, but I couldn’t post them because there were people in them.

England

5 nights, 4 days

This isn’t my first trip to England. Being half English myself, I have family there that we stayed with in Kent. On our first day in Kent, we went to Dover Castle. Dover Castle is easily the best castle I’ve ever been to, and I have had my fair share of castles. There are war-time tunnels, hospital tunnels (also converted in WW1), the medieval tunnels, the actual caste and LOTS of other things. While I loved the medieval tunnels, the castle was the highlight for me. It had been reconstucted as it had been in medieval times and it was just amazing. Here’s a very broad view:

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The next day we went to Cantebury, probably my favourite place in England we went to this holiday. AND I WANTED TO BUY BOOKS THERE BUT ARGH SOMETHING WENT WRONG. The cathedral was once again, the best I’ve been to, Notre Dame included.

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Then on our last day in Kent, we went to Dicken’s World. Brilliant. It was entirely reconstructed to look like it was Victorian London. The tour was so interesting and yeah, it was great.

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Then we went to London, ready to catch our flights the next day. We went out to lunch, then to the Globe Theatre and a couple of shops like Harrods. The next morning we went to the Science Museum before the airport, when we flew allllll the way back to Australia. Sniff, sniff.

Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I had an amazing time and I wish I could live it again. I think I’m going to do my Counting the Stars in another  post actually, looking at the length of this one.

I hope you guys get the opportunity to go to both Italy and England one day. I’m always happy to recommend to you places to go 🙂

My favourite TV shows

Only recently I’ve allowed myself to get ito TV shows. And  boy did I ever. Here are some of my favourites:

1. Pretty Little Liars

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Oh my goodness. This show is ridiculously addictive. I’ve been watching two episodes pretty much daily. That’s huge coming from someone who struggles to sit through a movie. It’s based on books too, which makes it even better…though I’ve never read them…This show is so unpredictable and keeps you guessing. Seriously, I have so many theories on who ‘A’ is.

2. Downton Abbey

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Eeeeeep! Love ❤ Or at least I did until the season finale of season 3. I’m not watching it anymore. That is, until season 4 comes from the library.

3. Supernatural

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Once again, much heart. Castiel, Sam and Dean are all mine. Don’t even try to claim any different.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Admittedly I liked this less as the series went on, but I still loved each season all the same.  I think this series will always have a place in my heart. I just remember how crushed I was when I realised “season 8” was actually animated. Sigh.

5. Angel

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The spin-off series to Buffy! I liked this just as much. I mean, any show with Spike in it is great.

6. Doctor Who

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I really do love this show. Especially the episodes where they go back in time. I have to say, David Tennant is my favourite doctor, new and old included.

7. Merlin

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I love this show so much! WHY DID IT HAVE TO END? It was funny, fantastical and AMAZING.

8. Atlantis

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This is actually by the creators of Merlin! It’s really good as well. I don’t know if it has been released in Australia yet but I had relatives who sent it over from England for me. But yeah, I definitely recommend.

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I’m thinking of checking out Reign, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Sherlock, Breaking Bad, the Walking Dead, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Lost and Firefly soon.

Ok I didn’t realise how many that was. So…

Do you watch any of these? Are there any that you absolutely love?

 

 

 

*All images come from IMDb.

The Book Blogger Test Tag

The last time I saw this tag done was two months ago (it’s August as I write this) so I am pretty late.

From what I can tell, this was created by Laura’s BookReviews (click HERE)! So thank you Laura!

Top three book pet peeves?

1. Cracked spines. EURGH.

2. Dirty books. What on Earth is that weird yellow stain on the page?

3. People not respecting my book borrowing rules. Rules are only meant to be broken in books (I think I’ll get that on a plaque).

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Perfect reading spot?

Somewhere warm outside. Like somewhere humid where I don’t have to be in direct sunlight but is still really warm.

Tell us three book confessions:

1. I’m lousy at finishing series’.

2. Sometimes I buy books because of hype. And by the time I get around to buying them, sometimes I’ve forgotten what they’re about.

3. I’m not a fan of long books.

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When was the last time I cried in a book?

I’m not really a crier. The last time I remember crying was in If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Man I love that book.

How many books are on my bedside table?

NONE! My bedside table is actually not my bedside. But I have a pile of 3 library books by my bed. And my Kindle.

Favourite snack whilst reading?

I’m  a really messy eater. Yep, can’t believe I just admitted that online. So I don’t really risk eating near my precious booksssss.

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone?

1. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

2. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf in your bookcase:

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Sorry it’s so dark!

Write how much books mean to you in just three words:

Cherished stories forever.

What is your biggest reading secret?

I guess that I’m a book blogger. I don’t really have any reading secrets but my very few of my friends know about my blog. Like two of them. If they haven’t forgotten.

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Now I’m supposed to tag five people. I really don’t know who has/hasn’t done this tag. So I’m just going to tag everyone. I’m genuinely not trying to just take a lazy way out or anything. So sorry!

 

 

 

*I do not claim ownership of any of the gfs used in this post.