Top five bookish things I’m grinchy about

Top 5 Wednesday topics can be found here!

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m doing a throwback topic from December 2017. I apparently didn’t do it originally when it came out so it’s perfecto.

1 – Sexualized character introductions

This occasionally will happen with male characters but I see it most often with female ones, especially when they’re introduced through a pov of a male character. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they’re in the middle of a discussion or a battle, the pov character upon meeting a woman and can’t help but describe her curves, her boobs, anything like that. It wouldn’t be as bad if they also then describes a dude’s body in a similar way but it almost never happens. It’s annoying. Unless it’s a smutty romance, I don’t need to know how big her boobs are.

2 – Book cases that don’t match

Now I’m talking ones that are supposed to match but don’t. Like, I tend to buy the same brand of book case every time I get a new one. This most recent time, I got one that I already had – same brand, same shelf count, same price, same item number. And then it turned out to be six inches narrower. I mean, if you’re gonna make your book cases littler but charge the same amount, at least change the item number. It’s super annoying.

Guess who’s changing brands.

3 – Books without chapter numbers

I didn’t know this was a thing until recently. Especially during buddy reads when you’re trying to coordinate how far to read when you each have different editions, it’s reaaaally hard to figure out where each of you should stop if there’s no number on the chapters.

4 – Sticky things in library books

Look I know I’m not gonna get a pristine thing when I get a library book. And honestly most of the time I don’t care. I don’t care about bends, dents, rips, dog-ears, writing, anything like that. I don’t care. But really. Why would you leave food or gum or worse in books. It’s disgusting.

5 – Gravity

Sometimes I just wanna pull like three or four books off a shelf without the rest of them falling over, ok?! I should just be able to do that! Roar.

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And that’s it. :”D See ya tomorrow

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Today’s topic is quotes! Honestly this one’s kind hard for me: I don’t typically tab my books or anything, nor do I underline quotes or whatever. So I don’t have ten, I have seven, pbtbtbt. Also, these are in no particular order, except the last, which is my favorite.

When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world you fear what he might say.

George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Could there be irony crueler than this? How, upon his rescue, the truth had brought him here, to a house for the mad, for only a madman believes what every child knows to be true: There are monsters that lie in wait under our beds.

Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist

My mother said I broke her heart…but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us…but within that inch we are free.

Alan Moore, V For Vendetta

When considering a man’s motives, remember you must not measure his wheat with your bushel. He may not be using the same standard at all.

Robin Hobb, The Assassin’s Apprentice

The internet is amazing because it connects us with one another. But it’s also horrific because . . . it connects us with one another.

Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet

More than anything else in the universe, more than power to dictate law at Taranoke, more than the knowledge of the count of stars in the sky, Baru wanted in that moment to speak the truth.

But she had no tongue for it. She had burnt all her truth away. Alloyed it into the machine.

Seth Dickinson, The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Senlin loved nothing more in the world than a warm hearth to set his feet upon and a good book to pour his whole mind into. While an evening storm rattled the shutters and a glass of port wine warmed in his hand, Senlin would read into the wee hours of the night. He especially delighted in the old tales, the epics in which heroes set out on some impossible and noble errand, confronting the dangers in their path with fatalistic bravery. Men often died along the way, killed in brutal and unnatural ways; they were gored by war machines, trampled by steeds, and dismembered by their heartless enemies. Their deaths were boastful and lyrical and always, always more romantic than real. Death was not an end. It was an ellipsis. There was no romance in the scene before him. There were no ellipses here. The bodies lay upon the ground like broken exclamation points.

Josiah Bancroft, Senlin Ascends

Books I hope Santa brings

Blogmas 2019

I do one of these posts every year. This is my bookish wishlist for Christmas, and some of these I’ve requested, some I haven’t, so the odds of them all showing up are obviously slim to none. But this is would I would love to have!


Harry Potter: A History of Magic (American Edition)

A History of Magic, illustrated edition – I did ask for this one, so I’m hopin’, I’m hopin’!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated edition

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Again, I’ve asked for this one. It looks so prettyyyyyy

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

Jade City by Fonda Lee – This is the last book I’ve actually asked for. This time, asked my parents because for some reason they still insist on buying me gifts even though I tell them not to… sillies. If I don’t give them ideas though, they’ll just guess. So like… might as well tell them book titles, right?

Silver Spoon, Vol. 5

Silver Spoon vol 5 by Hiromu Arakawa – I’ve been collecting this series slowly, and this is the next one I need. Considering nobody who gets me gifts knows I even want this, I’m not getting it, but hopefully I’ll receive a gift card or two I can use to purchase it.

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – This is one of those ‘I’ve carried it around the store and almost bought it like five times now’ books. I’m thinking this’ll be purchase if I get some gift cards too.


And that’s it! Well, that’s not it, but that’s it. There are tons more I could mention, but these are my tops. Here’s hoping I receive one or two of these. :”D SANTA PLEASE.

Top 5 things on booky wishlist

Blogmas 2018

https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s post is about things on my booky wishlist. Since I plan on doing a post later called ‘Books I hope Santa brings’, I’m going to focus this post on book-related things, rather than books themselves.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here!

Another book case

Probably the most practical of them all. Currently I have five full sized cases and two half cases. I kinda wanna drop the two small ones and just replace them with a big one (and then eventually another big one). The small ones take up a lot of floor space for how many books they each hold.

A personal library kit

I’ve seen these floating around on amazon – basically a system that lets you lend out books and keep track of who has them, etc. The only downside is (I think?) you have to actually stick the things to your books. If that’s the case, I’d rather not. But if it’s just a record system, then yes please.

Book fairy lights

I haven’t actually seen these before, so I don’t know if they exist. But I want fairy lights that look like itty bitty books!

A book sleeve

I carry a book to work with me every day, and whatever book I have tends to get beat up while being carried back and forth. I want one of those fabric sleevey things you put your book into to keep it safe in your bag!

A change in socially acceptable reading

This is more of a societal change that needs to happen instead of a ‘thing’ that I want. What I want, is that any time where it’s okay to go on your phone, it’s also okay to pull out a book. Family gathering? Nobody will bat an eye if you sit on your phone for ten minutes. Whip out a book though, and it looks like you brought something with you specifically to not speak to people. Same while eating dinner with friends – I realize it’s rude to also be on your phone, but it still happens regularly and nobody really bats an eye. Can you imagine reading for five minutes while waiting for your food at a table full of people though? I mean, if they’re gonna ignore me on phones, I wanna ignore them in a book. Pbtbt.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

3 bookish things tag

Blogmas 2018

Hello! A tag today. I saw this one on Zezee’s blog, and pseudo-tagged myself. So here we are!


Three read once and loved authors

Three titles I’ve watched but haven’t read

Three characters you love

Three binged series

Three unpopular bookish opinions

  • The Hobbit movie is way better than the book
  • I liked the plot direction and world expansion in Queen of Shadows
  • I don’t care if the spines of my books are cracked

Three current favorite book covers

faves

Three bookish goals for the year

(Considering we have less than a month left…)

  • Finished reading The Monster Baru Cormorant
  • Finish by 12 Kings buddy read
  • Read a Christmas book

And that’s it! If you wanna do this tag, go bananas. Happy reading!

Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

Book Tag

Another tag today! It’s been a while since I’ve done any before this past Sunday, so I figured doing two in a row was ok. Wasn’t actually tagged, just think it’s neato. I saw it over on Aurora Librialis’s page πŸ˜€


1. The first book you ever read (or was read to you)

I couldn’t tell you the first book that was read to me. Maybe a Little Golden book? Maybe The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Maybe a book about rocks? (Dad is weird) I have no idea.

The first book I remember reading on my own, like actually reading and not just looking at the pictures were the The Busytown books by Richard Scarry.

 

 

2. The first book you ever bought with your own money?

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)I think that would be the first Inkheart book by Cornelia Funke. I was lucky enough as a kid to have two booky parents and a booky grandmother who loved getting me books, so I didn’t end up buying one of my own until I was about 12.

 

 

 

 

 

3. A book you stayed up all night reading?

Is it bad that I’ve ever actually done this? As a reader I feel like I’m betraying someone by saying it.

4. What book or series will you never forget?

I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book, #1)The pokemon series most likely – there was a series of kids novels that came out as part of the franchise when I was nine or ten, and I got them all and would read and reread them over again. They were all I ever bought in those book order things that used to around at school – you know, the ones where you’d get almost a magazine of books and you’d order from them? Those, I only got pokemon and I Spy books, hahaha.

 

 

 

5. A book you frequently think about?

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi. I think it’s because I watched and read it at such an impressionable time in my life. I first picked it up when I was 14 years old, and honestly this past year did I only just ‘finish’ it by watching the finale series. (I read the ending of the manga years ago, but forgot the content). This series is my fandom – this is the one where I’d go look up art and fanfiction and all that jazz. It’s nostaglic for me.

 

 

 

6. A scene that has haunted you for years after reading it

I know it’s a running joke on the internet at this point but when I first read this scene, it seriously messed with me.

7. An unforgettable character

I’m going with Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z (and Super). He’s one of my favorite characters all-time. His development arc is just fantastic.

8. A book that changed your opinion about something

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)Easy by Tammara Webber changed my mind about new adult fiction. I had read a few before this one and none really… clicked. I’m not a fan of the borderline unhealthy or actually unhealthy relationship dynamics found in many books, but this one was a breath of fresh air. Also, if you know any other that fit in this category, do tell me.

 

 

 

 

9. Share another random bookish memory

My grandma, when she was alive, would come sleep over when I was little. She would stay on the couch and I remember her laying there for hours on end surrounded by blankets, during the day, just reading. Reading and reading – she’d always bring books with her. When she wasn’t reading her own books, she’d read to my sister and I. I miss her a lot. It’s weird to think that I’ve lived more of my life without her in it than I did with her at this point.

This is her. (I’m the kid on the right)

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And that’s it! This photo above is one of my favorites – I don’t have too many of my grandma and even fewer where we’re doing something together. What are your bookish memories? Do you have any photos?

Happy reading!

Bookish Gift Recommendations – Blogmas 12/10

Hello! Today I’m gonna poke out some recommendations for books by genre. :”D

So here goes nothin’ and I’m going to really try not to recommend Harry Potter:


Book Recommendations:

Fantasy:

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)Ages 10-15: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. This series revolves around a 12 year old mastermind and his butler as he tries to earn by his family’s fortune and fame by capturing a fairy and ransoming her for hostage. This book is funny, action-packed and written on a level that this age group (and probably some younger) can enjoy. The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Ages 15-18: The Diviners by Libba Bray. Set in the 1920s, this is a horror with fantastical elements, I’d say. Not a straight up fantasy. People older than this age group would enjoy this as well, but I put it here because of the content. It’s good but doesn’t have any gruesome violence or explicit sex. So here it be.

UprootedAges 18+: Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I know I’ve mentioned this one to death at this point, but I seriously think it’s something everyone could enjoy. Reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, this is a dark and interesting take on the tale. Full of whimsy and grittiness and magic, this is a book that’s stuck with me long after I finished it. Content though makes me feel it should be for older audiences, but hey, it’s your call.

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Science Fiction:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)All ages: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. There are so many good scifis I could recommend, but this one is sticking out to me like a sore thumb. This book was so enjoyable, so funny, so entertaining and so memorable that I’m already wanting to reread it and I haven’t even finished the series yet. If you have a scifi fan, a humor fan or just a book fan in general, this would be a good book for them.

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Young Adult:Ella Enchanted

Ages 10-15: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Particularly I recommend this one to young girls but I feel boys could get just as much enjoyment out of it. This book has a strong-willed female lead character that defies her fate and has a good mind. I feel she’s a positive role model and I know growing up that I felt like I could relate to her.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)Ages 15+: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Warning, this one does have a bit of adult content and is questionably ‘Young Adult’ but I thought that it was good enough to be mentioned. This book surprised me with how good it was. It has the unique setting of a regressed Earth – hundreds of years in the future of our planet, but society has regressed to an almost medieval one. The book takes place on a continent that appeared out of the ocean and is littered with references to modern day. It’s interesting for sure.

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Literary Fiction:

Memoirs of a GeishaAges 18+: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This book was one of the first literary fictions I had ever read and it’s definitely stuck with me. It’s a good gateway book to those centered around Japanese culture – I’ve since hunted down more books written or dictated by actual geisha and learned even more than this fictional account entails. I really value this book and what it did for me as far as awareness of other cultures and practices, with its accuracies and inaccuracies both.

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Graphic Novels:Awakening (Monstress, #1)

Ages 18+: Monstress by Marjorie M Liu. This is a fascinating graphic novel set in an alternative history Asia and revolves around a young woman and a monster. It’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s steampunk, and I loved it. The best thing about this series is that this is the only volume currently. If you pick it up now, you can follow it as the issues are released! :”D

Manga:

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1Ages 13+: Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. This is probably one of the cutest series I’ve read. It follows a young girl and a family cursed to change into animals of the zodiac when hugged by the opposite sex. It’s funny, cute and adorable. Appropriate for younger audiences, too.Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

Ages 16+: Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki. This is one of my favorite series ever. Set in Meiji Era Japan, it follows a man who was once a manslayer in the revolution, but has since cast aside his killing ways and promised to right his wrongs by protecting all that he can and never, ever taking another life. This series is wonder – it’s funny, action packed, heart-wrenching. It’s good.

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)Ages 18+: Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase. As far as dystopians go, this one is pretty damn dark. In a society where life is to be valued, the government enforces a mandatory slaughtering of citizens via an injection that is given to everyone as a child. Usually, the injection is just a booster, but one is however many is lethal and will sit in that person until a designated time and date. 24 hours before that point, that person is delivered an ikigami – a death notice. This story follows all these people during their last 24 hours of life. It’s dark, it’s unnerving and it’s very unsettlingly close to home at times. Defintiely a mature rating on this one, so be warned.


And that’s it for the recommendations. If you have any for me, throw’em at me.

Happy reading. :”D

 

 

25 Bookish Facts About Me

I’ve seen this tag floating around the book community for a while now and I love reading and watching them. I think it’s so cool that we’re all avid readers and consider ourselves book lovers but approach reading so differently from on another. So I figure I’d throw in my two cents. Since I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to do this post, consider yourself tagged by me!

25 Bookish Facts About Me

1. I can’t read in the car. I get car sick really quickly if I try. And I’m talking any kind of reading – a book, a text, anything. So even if I’m sitting in the passenger seat, call me. I won’t answer a text (doubly won’t answer it while driving). It’ll make me hurl. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until I get wherever I’m going.

2. My entire family is made up of readers. My mother reads a lot of fiction, her favorite author is Stephen King. My father reads a lot of nonfiction, his latest obsession is outdoor survival books. My sister reads strictly manga and comics, her favorites include Naruto and Fairy Tail. I have to admire her dedication – Naruto is over 60 volumes long now and still going. She has them all. My grandmother on my father’s side was a reader too. When she’d come visit, she’d just chill on our couch and read the whole time. She’d read to my sister and I too. I feel like both of us were just destined to pick up books from birth.

3. I have a problem where I procrastinate reading. Which is really weird and I don’t like it. I mean, we all procrastinate. We procrastinate stuff we don’t want to do. But I procrastinate reading, something I want to do. Why do I do it? I don’t know. Internet addiction, hopeless lack of self-discipline, I don’t know. But I’ll sit there with a book by me and ignore it, surfing the internet instead, thinking “I’ll read in five minutes” or something like that and I never do. I have to be in a certain mindset to read and I have to break away from my laptop. And so often I don’t read as much as I want to. I’m not sure how to stop it. I’ve tried just banning myself from the internet, but I’ll find something else to distract me. WHY. WHY DO I DO THIS. HELP ME. THIS IS PROBABLY THE DUMBEST THING YOU’VE EVER HEARD.

4. I own more books that I haven’t read than books I have read. I’d say it’s a problem, but I don’t really see it that way. Whenever the world ends, I’ll have stuff to read for years to come. :”D

5. I make myself a nest for reading. In my last post, I mentioned that I prefer reading on a loveseat, which is true. But that loveseat is decked out in blankets and pillows and supplemented with coffee. I actually participated in a readathon challenge earlier this year where I took a picture of my current nest. Aside from the Christmas tree, it’s still the same. So here it is, if you’re interested!

6. I have a bad habit of spoiling myself. I flip ahead. I don’t do it thinking ‘YEAH, GONNA FIND OUT WHO DIES’, but I do it more as a twitch, I guess. Read a few pages, flutter further into the book, try not to actually read during the flutter, fail. WHY DO I DO THIS, I DON’T KNOW MAN.

7. My reading speed varies a lot, depending on what else is going on. During classes (aka now) I’ll be lucky if I get through two books a month. During breaks though, I’ll read so much more. During this past winter break, I read over 25 books. And since, I’ve read 2. TWO.

8. I have no problem not finishing a book. I mean, I give it a fair shot. If it’s still really not jiving with me by half way through, I usually stop. If I do that, I don’t rate it. I can’t justify giving it a one star rating because I don’t know how it ended. It could have had a really good ending for all I know. So unless I’m about 3/4 through or actually finish it and hate it, it usually just gets marked ‘did not finish’ on my goodreads without receiving a rating. My reasoning is that reading is supposed to be fun – I’m not having fun if I’m forcing myself through a book I don’t like.

9. I prefer reading from paperbacks. They’re just more comfy to handle. Especially floppy ones. Waaah, they’re so great.

10. I’m rather lax when it comes to lending out books. I understand stuff happens. Your dog gets to the book? It gets spilled on? Not a big deal. Is it still readable? Don’t worry about it. Did you crack the spine? So did I, no biggie. Is the cover off, are pages ripped out? Then please purchase a new copy for me. If it’s damage that makes the book unreadable, that’s when I want a replacement. Otherwise, I can’t be bothered to care.

11. On that note, if you borrow a book and then never give it back, you’re dead to me. I’ve lent out books to a friend, who then claimed I never gave them the books and never gave them back to me. My volumes 10, 11 and 12 of Death Note are forever lost in the abyss and that ‘friend’ is no longer such. What a butthead. Still haven’t replaced them yet. Will get to it eventually.

12. Also on that note, it takes me forever to read a borrowed book. Don’t worry, you’ll get the book back. I might keep it for months, but I’m conscious that I have it and know I need to get it back to you. If you would want your book back before I read it, take it. I’m not holding it ransom. I’ll just ask to borrow it again whenever I’m ready to actually read it.

13. When I listen to audiobooks, I’m usually playing Candy Crush. It’s a good combination. Keeps my eyeballs and fingers busy as I listen so I don’t just stare off into space. I dig it. On road trips, my companion and I pick a book to listen to together and do so while driving (See!! I’ve found a way to read in the car!! :”D)

14.I can count the times I’ve purchased a hardback at full price on one hand. I’m a broke college student, yo. Amazon, half price books, bookoutlet, they’re all my friends. They’re great.

15. My choices of beverage while reading are tea, coffee and beer depending on what time of day it is. After 5pm and not driving the rest of the day? Totally gonna drunk read. It’s great, let me tell you. Otherwise, I’ll just caffeinate myself.

16. I don’t tab or write-in or mark pages as I read. I know some people like to mark passages they love or annotate or what have you. I don’t. If I really like a quote, I’ll add it on my goodreads. Otherwise, whatevs.

17. My introduction to Harry Potter was my 4th grade teacher reading it to my class. And then an obsession was born. I zoomed through the other three books out at the time, then I bought books 5, 6, and 7 on their release dates over the next few years. I was at the perfect age for Harry Potter and I really appreciate that.

18. I used to own all the Goosebumps book when I was younger, but then my 12-year-old self decided I was ‘too old’ for them and gave them away to charity. WHY DID I DO THAT. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME.

19. My best reading year ever was 2015, where I read 110 books. And that would be thanks to this blog. I’ve always considered myself a reader, but I averaged about 20 books a year, not 110. Definitely not complaining, though.

20. I’m a habitual lurker in book blogs and booktube. I rarely comment. If I follow you and you post something and you don’t see me like or comment on it, odds are I still read it. I just… forget to hit the like or comment buttons sometimes. No clue why. @@ But I’m reading your stuff, I promise.

21. My instagram is basically just books (and cats and nail art and coffee and metal concerts). But mostly books. So if you’re ever wondering what book I own, you can probably see most of them in the pictures I post. Actually, I’m moving next week so they’ll all be in one room again for the first time in years. Guess who’s gonna go picture crazy. Time’s up, it’s me.

22. I read multiple books at once, but I do so using a stack data structure. For those unfamiliar with a stack structure in coding, picture a stack of dinner plates at a buffet. You put one on top and the whole stack sinks down a bit, right? The plate on top has to come off first. The ones that have been there the longest come off last. That’s how I read books. I’ll start a book, and then I’ll start another. I have to finish the newest book before reverting back to the previous one. Sometimes I’ll have stacks of multiple books going. Currently, there are three books on my stack. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Started Leviathan Wakes first, then slowly picked up the other two. My brain will make me finish the most recent first, then the next, and only then will I be able to go back to Leviathan Wakes. Why do I read this way? Haven’t the foggiest. But that’s why books sit on my ‘Currently reading’ shelf for ages. Because I technically am ‘currently reading’ them, they’re just on the bottom of the stack.

23. I read while I play video games. My main game right now (and for the past four years) has been Sid Meier’s Civilization V. It’s a turn-based strategy game that is probably my favorite game ever. You build your civilization from the ancient era all the way up through 2050. Each play through is completely different, which is why I’ve been playing it so long. It’s re-play-ability is the best I’ve ever seen. Usually, I have a game going with friends, and when it’s not my turn, I read. We sit on skype playing and they can probably hear me turning pages and cursing at characters while they’re invading my lands with their troops. It’s fun. :”D Multitasking, yay.

24. I’ll often listen to music while I read. And it can have lyrics, that doesn’t bother me. But the music either has to be so soft that I can’t make out the lyrics or at has to be super loud. The middle-ground between those two makes for a big distraction for me for some reason. No idea.

25. The final fact! When traveling, I’ll take more books with me than I’ll ever get to. For instance, this past summer, I went to a beach house with my SO and his family. Took four books. Read a total of 150 pages the whole time. I like having choices, I guess. I’ll leave other things I should be taking behind if it means my books will fit in my bag. It’s a problem, but I’m not that motivated to fix it. πŸ˜›


So that’s it! Do you know how hard it was coming up with those?! Goodness! It was a lot of fun though, so I highly recommend you give it a try! Happy reading!