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Spring Book Haul | #23

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Happy almost-July! If you’ve been following my blog at all over the past six months, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to keep my book hauls limited to once a season instead of once a month. That means keep my book buying limited to 6-8 books per season instead of per month. So, I’m doing pretty good with that, though I did go over 8 by a tad this month. I intend to put myself on a ban come October or November for Christmas reasons, so I’m not beating myself up too much over it.

Anyways, to the books!

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The above is all of the books I’ve purchased, minus one, which will be in a photo below. I forgot about it when I took this photo, which really… it says a lot. ._.

But a book shown above and not in the photos below because again, forgot, is A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. This particular book purchase was a bit of a peak for me as far as me realizing how truly obsessed I am with collecting books to my person. I was in Barnes and Noble, in line to buy three other books, and I purchased this book in amazon while I waited to get to the cashier. Really. I’ve already read it, wrote a blabber on it, and found it to be just okay.

 

Death Note vols 10-12 by Tsugumi Ohba – These were re-purchases for me, and as I’ve already read them, are not part of my ever-intimidating TBR (these books are what put me over the 8, so I’m ok with it). These books are the culmination of a ten-year-long feud I’ve had with a person who was totally unaware of it. I made a post about it, too.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison and A Time of Dread and Malice, both by John Gwynne – These purchases were the three I was in line to buy at BN when I purchased the Maas book via amazon. They were having a 50% off fantasy sale and these three were on the table of options. I couldn’t not get them!

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – This one I picked up without knowing too much about it beforehand, aside from reading the synopsis. I first heard of the book when I saw on twitter someone retweeting the author, who had written a blog entry entitled ‘On the necessity of brutality: why I went there‘ as a response to the criticism she had received for the content of this book. Reading that post alone made me want to buy it, so I did. I feel like I’m going to really love this one. If you wanna buddy read it, do let me know!

Curse of Strahd by Christopher Perkins – This is the one not pictured in the top image because I am a ding dong. Guess who’s gonna try to be a Dungeon Master! Time’s up, it’s me. I’ve been slowly going through this book and a few other DnD books in preparation for my own campaign. I’m hoping I take to being a DM. Currently, the only one in our group who knows how is my husband, who stated he misses playing as a character. So I’m hopefully going to give him the chance to do that.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – I’ve had my eye on this book for ages. It popped up on a recommended reading list for ‘if you liked Uprooted, you’ll like this’. I haven’t the foggiest where I found that list though, so sorry, no link. Might have even been Goodreads, I have no clue. Am v. excited for this, though.

 

Nod by Adrian Barnes and Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb – both of these were purchased when I took my dad out to get him some books for Father’s Day. I couldn’t not get myself some things. The first, I was recommended by a friend. The second will be a buddy read with Zezee when we continue our trek through the Realm of the Elderlings books within the next month or two.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I didn’t know that Miyazaki’s movie was based on a book! So considered I loved the film, I’m hoping I’ll love the book as well.


And that’s it! I’m hoping to do fewer than 8 books these next three months, and next to nothing the last three, aside from Christmas gifts received. Gotta knock that TBR down to a reasonable amount. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know!

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Posted by on 06/24/2018 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Winter Book Haul | #22

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Hello! Welcome to my first quarterly book haul! One of my resolutions for this year was to purchase fewer books to the point where monthly book hauls were no longer warranted. This season I think I did pretty good. This is a sizeable haul, but it’s for three months of buying – January, February and March – when last year I would easily get this many books in a month.

So, so far, this goal is going pretty well. 😀


Technically I already own a copy of Way of Kings, but I got it as an e-copy for free when amazon was having a special. I wanted a hard copy though – you can’t sniff an ebook. Otherwise everything in this haul remains unread except for the Captive Prince trilogy – I actually read those by borrowing them from a friend and then loved them so much I went out and got my own! And I got them the afternoon after I took that stack photo, which is why they’re not in it. 😛

If you’re planning on reading any of these or have read them, do let me know.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/25/2018 in Book Haul, Books

 

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I completed my book-buying ban! | Christmas book haul #21

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On September 9th 2017, I made a post stating that I was placing myself on a book buying ban until after Christmas. It was cold turkey, save for one book, which I explain in the post. But I was to buy zero books between then and yesterday.

And I succeeded! I didn’t buy any books for over three months! None! 😀 So now I’m ending the ban and allowing myself to purchase books again.

My goal now is to keep my buying at a rate where my hauls will be seasonal, not monthly. I can’t be doing 6, 7, 8-or-more book hauls every single month. At my typical reading rate now with my job and everything, it’s just not sustainable. So I’m thinking to do a haul every season, hopefully with the same amount of books that used to be in my monthly hauls.

So today, I present to you the four books I received as Christmas gifts – two of them directly, two of them purchased via a book gift card given to me by my husband fellow. It felt so nice to be in a book store again – I had been avoiding them like the plague to keep myself from giving in to temptation. It was like going home, walking in and knowing I could buy myself a book or two today.

So without further rambling:

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Last week as part of blogmas (which… I didn’t do that last two days of. I told you in this post that Christmas Eve and Day were bananas and I meant it!) I made a post called ‘Books I Hope Santa Brings‘. All of those books are in this haul! 😀 Plus another one I found on clearance (yeah bby, clearance!)


Orange: The Complete Collection vol 2 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2

Goodreads synopsis of volume 1:

A Plea From the Future

On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)Goodreads synopsis:

Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.Goodreads synopsis:

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

Goodreads synopsis of book one:

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.


And that’s it!

I’m going out of town tomorrow morning, so my planned posting schedule for the end of the year won’t be happening as well, planned. I still want to make each of those posts I mentioned, but they’re going to be a bit more spread out. They’ll fall back to my normal posting schedule, I think (S-W-S).

Happy reading! 😀

 
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Posted by on 12/27/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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The book haul of wills | #20

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Hello, welcome to my last book haul before Christmas! If you read yesterday’s post, I won’t be buying any more books (save one) until after Christmas. The reasons for this are explained in that post.

So this is it, the test of my will. Going into it, at least my thoughts as of right now, I should be fine. My motivation to buy books has dwindled away to nothing. I feel like it’ll be harder mid-October or mid-November though, when that feeling has had a chance to return. So I figured I’ll start now when I’m motivated… or rather not motivated.


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Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)This book I purchased in preparation for the likely-buddy read that Zezee and I will be doing. (We’re starting the first one tomorrow, so I figured we’d likely get to the second one before December, so…) But yay, our buddy reads won’t be hindered by my ban. :”D Woo. This is a sequel as stated, so no synopsis here. I haven’t even read it myself – spoilers, man.

 

 

Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade HouseI bought this on a whim at the book store because I saw it on clearance. I’ve been slowly collecting David Mitchell’s books, starting with Cloud Atlas but I have yet to actually read any of them… 😛 HENCE THE BAN. MOVING ON.

Goodreads synopsis:

Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Bear and the Nightingale, #1)This one was very much an ‘I heard about this, it sounded really good’ purchase. Purely word of mouth that drove me to get this one. I’ve very excited for it. :”D There was also the ‘need to spend 10 more dollars to get free shipping’ motivational factor, too…

Goodreads synopsis:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)This was actually a gift from my father. I took him to the bookstore and bought him a book for his birthday and he returned the favor because my birthday had been two weeks before and I had been on honeymoon at the time, so we didn’t get to celebrate it.

I completed the Grisha trilogy a while ago and rather liked it (except the ending, it was icky). But the ending wasn’t enough to make me not like the world in which the series took place, so here I am again. :”D

Goodreads synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The FiremanThis book has been on my radar since before it came out. But being an adult ficiton, its price tag was a whopping 30 bucks so I held back from buying it right away. But a couple weeks ago my friendy Amanda texted me saying she saw it at the local bookstore on clearance, so I zoomed out there and bought a copy. :”D

Goodreads synopsis:

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)What what? I’ve been reading this series for ages, currently on the third one. This is the second one. It’s definitely become one of my favorites. :”D But when I first read this one, I did so on audio book, same for the first. So I’ve been trying to go back and collect them in hard back. This one, I finally found by chance at Half Price Books. I still haven’t found the first in hardback though. I have a paperback signed copy, which is really nice though :”D

No synopsis on this one either. Sequel!

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And that’s it! These are the last books I’ll be adding to my collection (except Harry Potter book) from now ’til Christmas. Coming soon is a full physical TBR list for me, to finally quantify exactly how little self-discipline I’ve had up until this point. I hope to improve that.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/10/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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I Went to a Booky Clearance Sale! :D | Book Haul #19

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Happy booky hauly day! This is the last of my pre-written posts. At the time of this publishing, I’m likely at home again, drinking coffee and mentally preparing myself to go back to work. I’m gonna schedule this for 6am or so, so I’ll probably literally be debating on exactly how much longer I can stay in PJs until putting on pants is a time-constraint requirement. Hawh.

But! On July 29th, I went to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale.. they rented out a nearby convention center and filled it with books – everything $2. Needless to say, I went bananas.

I got the following:

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I’m particularly excited for The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I’ve heard it’s one of those ground-breaking modern-classics. Super duper pumped for it. :”D Also for Sybil, which as a psychology grad, it’s kind of an embarrassment that I don’t have this one already. SO NOW I DO. YEAH.


That’s it for now. :”D This Saturday (should be) my next post and then it’ll be a live one, not pre-written. Maybe a Hawaii post if I get decent-looking pictures? I have no idea.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/16/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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May-June-y Book Haul | #18

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Hello, a haul today. And from this point until July 29th, I will not be purchasing any books. July 29th is the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and I’m gonna go bananas. So until then, I’m cutting myself off cold turkey. Part of me is all ‘nooooo~~~’ and the other part is ‘it’s like three weeks Emily, chill out – you’ll be fine’. 😛 I’ll probably be fine, haha.

In the meantime, I have corralled ten new books into my collection to tide me over.


20170709_094915The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I FINALLY FOUND A COPY OF THIS DAMN BOOK. You have no idea how often I’ve been all ‘I’m gonna get this book’ and then there wasn’t any copies available. Could I have just ordered it online? Yes, but I wanted to buy it in person. I wanted the instant gratification of ‘I FOUND IT’ and I got it and it was splendid. From what I’ve heard, this is one of the staple ‘welcome to the fantasy genre’ books and I wanna read it.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I did it – I caved. I’ve been sooo hesitant about buying this book for ages after reading Shiver and disliking it. But pretty much everyone who I’ve seen read this book has enjoyed it, even the ones who disliked Shiver… so, here goes nothing.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

What? I didn’t have a hardback copy of HP1? Nope, nope I didn’t. My original Harry Potter set, the one I re-read a billion times when I was younger, was paperback for vols 1-4 and hardback for 5-7. Recently, I’ve been trying to buy the hardbacks for the first four to have a complete hardback collection. I’ve been trying to pick them up used as well. This is the last one that I needed – do you know how hard it is to find a used Sorcerer’s Stone?! I’ve come across tons of copies of 2-4, but this is the first copy of the first one that I’ve found. So I snatched it and now it’s mine.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

You know, I realized that I didn’t have any Austen books, nor have I actually read any. When my local B&N had a classics sale, I snatched up this book and the one I’m going to mention next. I figured this is the best entry for Austen I could get, since it seems to be the most loved. Wish me luck!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is another book I realized that I didn’t have but seems to be a staple. So I got this one in the sale, too. Hopefully I’ll like it – I’m very hesitant. Me and classics don’t usually mesh too well. I might end up listening on audio honestly. It’s easier for me to get through them that way, haha.

20170709_095022Chew vol 2 by John Layman

I picked up the first volume of this in the last haul and while reading it, I found it just okay… until the last few pages and then dammit, I liked it and I needed to read the rest. So here we are.

Bitch Planet vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

This one has been on my radar for a while. A trip to the comic book store had me carrying it around, so woot. :”D I’ve heard lovely things about it!

Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire

This is one that I’ve only heard about recently. It sounds super cute and neat though, so when I saw it on the shelves, I grabbed it. I feel like I’m in a comic kick at the moment. I’m hoping to actually read this relatively soon. :”D

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Guess who got a $40 hardback graphic novel for $10. Me, that’s who. Woot. I feel like most of the time, when I read a graphic novel, I can rarely give it 5 stars. I’m hoping that with the length of this one, it’ll allow for enough character development and world building to get that rating from me. Here’s to hoping!

Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

I’ve actually read this one since buying it and I really, really enjoyed it 😀 I feel like if I break my ‘no books’ ban between now and the 29th, it’ll be for the other volume of this series. We’ll see if I can hold out. This was a nice, heart-twanging book. I really, really liked it.


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 07/09/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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So uh… I went to another library sale | Book Haul #17

As the title says, I went to another one. 😛 Aaaaand there’s yet another one nearby this coming weekend. I’m going to try really hard to stay away, haha.

But I got a lot of books – some from that sale, some from Half Price Books, some bought out-right. 😛 Heeeeere we go.


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So, each one of these I’m very excited for…. and each one of these (aside from the ones I’ve already read, will likely take me a while to get to. I’ve reached the ‘I realize I have a problem’ epiphany. So I’m going to uh… attempt a ban? I guess? I’m not sure how I wanna go about it yet. I’ve done the read-5-buy-1 and it didn’t stick, I’ve gone cold turkey and it didn’t stick… so I’m not sure how to go about it, hyuck. Do let me know if you have any ideas that will be easier on my very undisciplined self-discipline. 😛

But if you’ve been planning on reading any of these, do let me know. :”D I’d love to do a buddy read!

 
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Posted by on 05/17/2017 in Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized

 

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