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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire || Book Review

31450908Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

( Wayward Children #2 )

Author: Seanan McGuire

Published: 13. June 2017

Edition: Tor

Hardcover, 189 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult

Summary:

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have a full review for the first book in this series as well, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.

I didn’t think I could love a book set in this world more than I already loved Every Heart a Doorway. Down Among the Sticks and Bones took me completely by surprised (in the best way possible) and I ended up loving it even more than the first one. Everything that was so great about the first book just got improved and new elements were added in that I very much enjoyed.

The first book, Every Heart a Doorway, is a story about coming back to the real world and trying to fit in once again, after spending a lot of time in a fantastical one. Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the complete opposite of that. In this book we follow two characters as they explore a completely new world and try to adjust to their new lives. I found it to be a fascinating contrast to the first book!

The characters are still the strongest part of this series. I was already intrigued by Jack and Jill, from the first book, and when I found out this second book would be focusing on them I was ecstatic! I just wanted to know more about them and how they turned out to be the way they are. Down Among the Sticks and Bones did not disappoint in that department. I got the backstory that I desired, while the characters also got more fleshed out. In case you were wondering, Jack is my favourite character from this book.

I also enjoyed all the other side characters and I was fascinated by the relationships that Jack and Jill had with them. I’m especially happy with the romantic relationship that Jack had with a local village girl. I just loved how their relationship was included without dragging away the attention from the “main story“. A character that I’m even more intrigued about, after reading this story, is Dr. Bleak. I seriously hope that we will learn more about him in the future books! (There are so many questions that I have about him.)

Overall, this book was wonderful and I LOVED it! I would obviously recommend this series to everyone, seeing as it’s one of my new favourites.


Have you read Down Among the Sticks and Bones? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite moment in the book? Do let me know!

Thank you very much for reading my review. I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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GIGANTIC Book UnHaul!! [ 50+ books ]

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I was inspired by the amazing Sam @Thought on Tomes to unhaul books! I had been thinking about doing it for a while, but she gave me the final push. Definitely check out her channel, she is one of my favourite booktubers! (Though I’m assuming you’re already familiar with her channel.)


So a few days ago I reorganised my shelf and decided to which books I wanted to get rid of. It ended up being over 50 books. Most of the books that I’m getting rid of I have already read, but there are also a few unread ones. They were just taking up space and I didn’t need them in my life, so I decided to just declutter and remove them from my life. I will explain in more detail why I’m getting rid of each book later in the post.

These are just books from the shelf I have in my dorm room. I do have another bookshelf back in my home town, which I also plan to reorganise and declutter. That’s not going to happen for a while though, as I have no idea when I will be going back home and when I will have the time to do it. I definitely plan on making a post about it like this one.

After this declutter I have 120+ books on my shelf and they are:

  • books that I have loved and consider favourites,
  • books that hold some kind of sentimental value,
  • books I know I will want to reread or just flick through in the future,
  • books I’m beyond exited to read.

Most of these books are going to charity!

A few will probably go to some friends. (I just need to contact them about that.)


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A few classics to start this unhaul with.

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespear

The only one that I haven’t read from these is The Grapes of Wrath and I really don’t plan on reading it. I got it for a class, but never ended up getting around to it (I ended up reading another book instead of it). The others I have read and they were either just okay or I hated them (Heart of Darkness). I just don’t see myself reading them again, so they are going away.


20180531_182452Next up are some Agatha Christie books in German.

  • 4:50 from Paddington
  • The Big Four
  • The A.B.C. Murders
  • The Hollow
  • Death on the Nile
  • Five Little Pigs
  • Dumb Witness
  • Evil Under the Sun
  • Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
  • Appointment with Death

I have read all of these and I enjoyed them all (some more than others). I just don’t see myself reading them again, as I already know the mystery and everything else about it, though I have kept 3 of my favourite Christie novels.


20180531_182532While we are on the topic of German books, here are four more:

  • The second and third book in the I Hunt Killers series by Barry Lyga
  • The Eon duology by Alison Goodman

I have decided to keep the first book in the I Hunt Killers trilogy, simply because it’s my favourite in the series and I adored it. For me the series went downhill and I have no desire ti keep the other two.

I read the Eon duology years ago and I can’t see myself ever picking it up again. Plus the editions don’t match, so they don’t even look good on my shelves. That’s why I decided to get rid of them.


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I mentioned in a previous post that I had no interest in reading any more Sarah J. Maas books. So I’m basically getting rid of them all.

The ones that I have read are:

  • Throne of Glass
  • The Assassin’s Blade

I honestly have no desire to continue the Throne of Glass series. Plus I couldn’t get into A Court of Thorns and Roses (I tried a few times), so I’m just getting rid of all of these books.


20180531_182729While we are at it, lets talk about another super popular series! That’s right, I’m getting rid of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

I have read the first two books, but I have no desire to finish this series. Why is that?

  • It literary takes me MONTHS to finish one of these books.
  • I NEVER reach for them when picking out what to read next.
  • I don’t care what happens to any of the characters.
  • I have just lost interest in the whole series in general.
  • I don’t want to “waste” my time on them, if I ever feel like revisiting the world I can just watch the tv show.

20180531_182828Next we have the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks.

I have read all three books and really enjoyed them, especially the first and the second one. But they are not my favourites by any means. Plus they don’t look good on my shelf, the covers and spines are horrible. (And yes, I care about that as well. To an extent that is.) I just don’t see myself rereading them either, so I’m getting rid of them as well.


UnHaulTwo very popular young adult trilogies:

  • The Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs
  • The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

I have read both of these trilogies and really enjoyed them. But, as much as I enjoyed/loved them I can’t see myself reaching for them again.

Honestly, these were the hardest ones for me to decide upon. I spend a lot of time thinking if I should get rid of them or not. In the end I just decided to do it and give them away.


20180531_182944The first two books in The Darkest Minds trilogy/series (I have no idea what they are considered as) by Alexandra Bracken.

Honestly I just don’t care about dystopians anymore. I used to read a ton of them and now they just don’t interest me (most of them, there are a few exceptions). Plus I haven’t heard the greatest things about this series from people I trust. I never feel like reading them and they have been sitting on my shelf for years. So it’s definitely time I got rid of them.


20180531_183034Now we are at the random books section. First of all, I have read all of these books.

  • Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan – It was simply an okay book, I found it underwhelming and it wasn’t what I hoped it would be.
  • Joyland by Stephen King – I really enjoyed this book, but I can’t see myself ever reading it again. And it doesn’t match my other Stephen King books, which really bothers me.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I loved this book when I read it years ago, but I have no desire to read it ever again. Plus now I have some other problems with it as well.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildLets not even get into the mess that this book is. (The only part about it that I liked is Scorpius Malfoy.)
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – It’s problematic and I don’t plan on ever rereading it. I do want to read Fangirl though, as I have heard great things about that one.

20180531_183144And the last section of random books!

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – It was just an okay read. I’m glad I read it, but I won’t be ever picking it up again.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Just because the edition is tiny (it’s too difficult to read). I do want to get this book in a bigger format in the future.
  • Three books from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett – First of all, they are in Serbian and I’m too lazy to look up the English names of those books. I just enjoyed them, they weren’t my favourites.
  • City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – While I do want to read the whole TMI series, I have no desire to keep these books – they are by no means favourite of mine and I can’t see myself rereading them.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I liked it, but it wasn’t my favourite (not by a long shot). I have no desire to read the rest of the series, that’s all there is to it.
  • Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t what I expected/hoped it would be. It’s too bad that I don’t plan on ever picking it up again, as the cover for it is simply gorgeous.

AND WE ARE DONE! Those are all the books that I’m unhauling.

This post turned out to be a lot longer than I thought it would, sorry about that! Hopefully you enjoyed me rambling about the books I’m getting rid of. I’m very happy with all my decisions and my shelf looks AMAZING right now!

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Do you unhaul books? Or do you keep them all? What are some of the books you unhauled? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Such a wonderful month! ||May Wrap Up

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May was simply a wonderful month for me and I couldn’t be happier about that! ❤

So what was so great about it? Let me tell you:

  • It was my birthday at the beginning of the month. I got to spend the day with friends, plus I’m always happy on my birthday and this year was no exception. There is just something special about that day.
  • I traveled back to my hometown over a weekend. I got to spend a lot of time with my parents, whom I hadn’t seen in a while (at least in person, we do talk over Skype and such things). I also got to hang out with my best friend, which was wonderful. It was great catching up with her.
  • I participated in a read-a-thon for the first time in a while. I have seriously missed doing that and I definitely plan on participating in more of them in the future. They are just so much fun!
  • I ended up reading a lot of books. (Which I will actually write about later.)
  • I got some important university things done. They were really stressing me out and causing me anxiety, so I was very happy and relieved when I got done with them.
  • I watched the 12th and 13th season of Criminal Minds. This was the first time I had seen those episodes, as I was behind on the show. I LOVED getting back into my favourite tv show and experiencing new episodes. I can’t wait for the next season!

So that was my May. It was seriously an amazing month and I couldn’t be more pleased!


Wrap Up

Somehow I ended up reading 7 books and 2 manga volumes. I honestly have no idea how that happened, as I was rather busy in May. Not that I’m complaining, I’m very pleased with how much I ended up reading, especially since I ended up loving many of the things I read this month. May was such a great reading month for me. Now lets get into everything I read in more detail!


 

Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

5 out of 5 stars

I read both Down Among the Sticks and Bones and Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire this month. I just couldn’t resist them when the books came in the mail. I ADORED both of these books, they were wonderful. I even enjoyed them more than Every Heart a Doorway, which I didn’t think would be possible. I will write reviews for both books, so look out for that if you are interested in more of my thoughts!


NimonaNimona by Noelle Stephenson

4.5 out of 5 stars

I decided to reread this graphic novel this month. Something was simply drawing me towards it! I’m very happy that I decided to reread it, I ended up loving it and enjoying myself a lot. Everyone NEEDS to pick up this graphic novel and read it, it’s simply wonderful!

I do have a (rather old) review for this graphic novel, which you can check out here, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Howl's Moving CastleHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

5 out of 5 stars

I recently realised that it’s been around 4 years since I have read this book. (Which is crazy, as it feels like I read it more recently.) I was missing the characters and story a lot, so I decided to reread it. That was the best decision! It just reminded me how much I adore this book! There is just something magical about this book, from the characters to the world to the actual story.

Needless to say I loved experiencing this book again. I would also highly recommend everyone to pick it up! I can’t wait to continue reading this series, hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on the second book soon. (Even if I have heard some very mixed things about it.)


 

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 1 by Kore Yamazaki

I have heard amazing things about this manga. I also remembered that I read the first chapter of this volume a few months ago (I didn’t have the time to read more then) and I just wanted to experience more of the story. So far it’s really good, I’m liking the characters a lot and I’m very intrigued to see where the story will go. Hopefully I will be able to get to the next volume soon. I also really want to see the anime, as many of my friends have recommended it to me.

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

This was actually a reread for me. I have read the complete Death Note manga a few years ago and love it. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I would highly recommend it. I actually read this together with a good friend of mine when I was back home. She has wanted to get into Death Note for a while and when we were hanging out together we decided to read it (as she just recently got the first two volumes). It was amazing getting back into this story and seeing how everything started.


 

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3 out of 5 stars

I decided to put this two books together, for two reasons. The first one is that I gave them the same rating and the second is that I had mostly the same thoughts about both of them. And I really didn’t want to write the same thing twice, so we are doing it like this! (This wrap up is already long enough as it is.)

I really liked the idea and concept behind each story. They were really fascinating and ever since reading the synopsis for each book I knew that I had to read them. The execution of those ideas and concept didn’t satisfy me. I just wanted a lot more from both stories and I just didn’t get that. Still, they were very interesting reads and I’m glad that I decided to pick them up.


The Boy from TomorrowThe Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis

3.5 out of 5 stars

This was simply a heartwarming and charming story. The writing style within this book was very easy to fall into. It painted a nice picture and I could imagine everything clearly. The main characters were definitely the highlight of this book. I enjoyed following both Alec and Josie and learning more about them.

I do have a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


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How was your May? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis || ARC Review

DisclaimerI received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Boy from Tomorrow

Title: The Boy from Tomorrow

Author: Camille DeAngelis

Published: 8. May 2018

Edition: Amberjack Publishing

Kindle Edition, 268 pages

Genre: Middle Grade | Historical Fiction | Science Fiction

Summary:

Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old and a hundred years apart.

The children meet through a hand-painted talking board—Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015—and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leave Josie and her little sister Cass trapped in the house and afraid for their safety, and Alec must find out what’s going to happen to them.

Can he help them change their future when it’s already past?

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◄ 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The Boy from Tomorrow was simply a heartwarming and charming story. That is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this book. There is just something wonderful about the friendship formed between a boy and a girl from different times. Anyway, with that being said lets get into more of my thoughts on the book!

The writing style within this book was very easy to fall into. The descriptions painted a nice picture and I could imagine the places where everything was happening easily. Also, the transition between the time periods in the different chapters was done seamlessly. At times the writing did feel a bit simple, but that is due to the fact that this book is a middle grade and it isn’t something that bothered me (I just wanted to have mentioned it as well).

The main characters were definitely the highlight of this book. I enjoyed following both Alec and Josie and learning more about them. I very much enjoyed their interactions with other characters, but especially with each other. They were very well fleshed out, along with Cassie, Josie’s sister, and their tutor Emily. The secondary characters I found rather lacking and two dimensional. I would have loved for some of them to be more fleshed out, especially the parents.

Another thing that bothered me was the few things that were hinted at in both Alec’s and Josie’s past, but never actually explained or developed – particularly in Alec’s case. (I can’t go into exact details about this, because of spoilers.) My biggest problem with this book is the time of the story. There weren’t clear breaks within the narrative, it just felt like the events were running together. The made the story feel a bit choppy.

Overall I really liked this book. It was charming and it explored a beautiful friendship with two children from different times. I would definitely recommend you to check this book out, if the synopsis sounds interesting to you! It’s definitely worth the read.


Have you read The Boy from Tomorrow? What did you think of this book?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Bout of Books 22 || Wrap Up

Bout of Books 22Okay, I basically forgot that I had to do a wrap up for this read-a-thon. I’m blaming it on the fact that over the weekend I was back in my home town (and country for that matter) and on Monday, my dad and I, drove 7 hours back to Austria. And then I was busy with studying, going to classes and other life things. Basically I forgot that I didn’t do this post. So here we are, better late then never!

If you have read my Bout of Books 22 Sign Up post, then you would know that I didn’t have a set TBR for this read-a-thon, rather I just wanted to read as many pages as possible. (Since I was busy that week with classes, studying, traveling and other things.) I was rather successful in that aspect and I’m very happy with how much I managed to read in one week!

In total I ended up reading 1133 pages!

Now lets break that down into the specific books/manga/graphic novels that I read:

  • 302 pages of Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • 266 pages of Nimona by Noelle Stephenson
  • 180 pages of The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol. 1 by Kore Yamazaki
  • 385 pages of Death Note: Black Edition Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

That was everything that I read during Bout of Books 22. As I already said, I’m very happy with how much I ended up reading. Some of these things were rereads and some were not. I’m actually going to be sharing my thoughts on everything that I read in my monthly wrap up, so look out for that!


Did you take part in Bout of Books 22? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare || Book Review

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book and second book of the series.

Shadowhunter

Title: City of Glass

The Mortal Instruments #3 )

Author: Cassandra Clare

First published: 24. March 2009

Edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Paperback, 592 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Paranormal

Summary:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

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◄ 4 out of 5 stars ►

Before actually going into this review, I would like to say that I have reviewed the other two books in this series and you can check out my reviews for them (if you are interested in more of my thoughts on them):

First lets start with the things that I enjoyed about this book. The first is, obviously, all the interactions between Magnus and Alec! I love them together and seeing everything that happened between the two of them in this book was especially wonderful. They are basically the reason that this ended up being a 4 star book for me and not a 3 star one. I just love them two of them, they are definitely my favourite characters within this series!

Simon was amazing within this book as well! I loved that we got to spend more time with him and the more I read about him the more I love him. He is amazing and he ruled this book, I seriously hope that we get even more of him in future books. I also liked the scenery change, it was fascinating to see Idris and Alicante. It definitely brought variety to the story.

I already knew the biggest plot twists within this story. So they weren’t surprising to me, or anything like that. Why did I know them? A friend of mine told them when she was reading the book (which I didn’t mind and still don’t). It was really interesting experiencing the events that I had only heard about. And there were some things I didn’t know about as well.

Now onto the part that I disliked within this book. And, like with the first two books, it has to do with Jace and Clary. I seriously can’t stand either of those characters. Although, I do have to say Jace annoyed me less than in the previous books – he might even be growing on me a bit. (We shall see if that’s the case in the future.) Clary though, I hate her! An example as to why, which Luke put into words:

Of course you didn’t know. You don’t know anything about Idris. You don’t even care about Idris. You were just upset about being left behind, like a child, and you had a tantrum. And now we’re here.

She thinks she knows best and doesn’t listen to anyone about anything. Everything MUST to go her way. She frustrates me so much! It’s also not the only reason why I hate her, but it was the main one in this book. (I don’t want to think too much about it, as I don’t want to frustrate myself even more.) Also the romantic relationship that Cassandra Clare pushes between Clary and Jace makes me very uncomfortable. If they are siblings stop pushing them together and having awkward conversations about loving and wanting each other. It does not make this book romantic, or anything like that!

Overall, I enjoyed most of this book. Especially everything to do with Magnus, Alec and Simon. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. Hopefully I will be able to read it soon!

(Also, how in the world did my review end up being this long?!)


Have you read City of Glass? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day!

–Anna♥

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Bout of Books 22 || Sign Up

As you can see, I decided to participate in a read-a-thon, more specifically the 22nd round of the Bout of Books read-a-thon! It’s been ages since I have last taken part in one of these, mostly because I was very busy during the times they took place (or I forgot about them until it was too late). So, even though I’m busy this month as well, I still have enough time to read at least a little bit – I just wanted to participate in a bookish community event.


Bout of Books 22What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


What are my reading plans for this read-a-thon?

I don’t have any particular books I want to get to, as you may know I’m horrible when it comes to set TBRs (so I’m not even going to try). I’m actually going to be adding up all the pages I read for a total summary at the end of the week (as I tend to read multiple books at the same time) – so I basically don’t have to finish any books, but rather read as many pages throughout the week as possible. That seems like a reasonable goal to me, especially since I will still be busy with university and other life things.


Are you taking part in this read-a-thon? Do you enjoy read-a-thons in general? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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