January Wrap-Up |Ask me Q’s for my Q + A

Hey everyone!!

We have been in 2020 for one whole month and yet it somehow feels like it has only been a week but also that it has been months. How?!? You ask. Well I have no idea.

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I thought I would do a Q + A for my birthday so please ask me any questions you’ve ever had. It can be about blogging, reading, writing, life, my dog, food, literally anything. ASK away.

It will be posted on my birthday in February and the closing date for questions is the 8th of February.

It is my 21st birthday so it is a pretty big one and if I get 21 questions that would be perfect. Only joking, I would appreciate just one question being asked.

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This was a weird reading month, none of the books were my usual and most of them were really hard to rate.

Total Read: 6

Total Pages Read: 1,325

Favourite Read of the Month: Last Night I Sang To The Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Favourite Quote: “Okay is just a word I use so I won’t have talk about what’s inside.” – Last Night I Sang To The Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

 

Last Night I Sang To The Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I really loved this story, it was hard to read (I’ve included trigger warnings in my review) and very emotional. But it was about recovery and I think it was really realistically written. I could connect to the characters and Sáenz did it again with the beautiful writing.

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Superior by Jessica Lack/📱/⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Thank you to Amy @ Bookish Heights I found out I could read this for free on the publisher’s website so I did and I really enjoyed it. It is a very short story following an intern for the city’s hero focusing on a blossoming relationship with the villain’s apprentice. It was a lot of fun.

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Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge/🎧/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This was an important and well delivered book. I really enjoyed listening to it and understanding the experience more. I would definitely recommend this to so many people because it just NEEDS to be heard.

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry/🎧/⭐⭐⭐

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This was a short read and I liked the overall theme and feel of the story but I didn’t love it like I was expecting to. I just didn’t get invested in the story. I’m glad I tried it out though.

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Toffee by Sarah Crossan/🎧/📱/⭐⭐⭐

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I don’t know what to think about this one really. I think it was unique as it was told in verse which I enjoyed as it made it a very quick, easy read. I think it conveyed a lot with few words which shows the talent of the writer. It was different and I’m glad I experienced it but overall it was nothing special for me.

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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig/🎧/⭐⭐⭐.5

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I definitely think this is an important book as it really delves into depression and what it is like. Again I enjoyed Matt Haig’s writing and how he really covers a lot of aspects and most importantly, the hope and message this book provided. I didn’t love it as much as I wanted but I’m glad I’ve read it.

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Great progress for the out of your comfort zone challenge, thank the library for all the reserves coming out at the same time. Not great progress for the YARC though but that will soon change.

 

 

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I’m doing a quick-fire round-up of the things I’ve watched over December and January.

GREEN BOOK// This movie was a surprise but I really loved it and the heart of movie was about friendship and love.

TOY STORY 4// Honestly slightly disappointing, it felt unnecessary and for me, Toy Story 3 was the better conclusion. It wasn’t terrible but I just felt very ‘meh’ about it.

THE WITCHER SEASON 1// Henry Cavill was amazing. He was the reason I watched it and the reason I loved it. The whole show had a lot to offer and it was just the start.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER// This trilogy has been my least favourite in terms of plot but it had moments I enjoyed. Overall I wasn’t in love with it though.

GREY’S ANATOMY SEASON 15// Every time I watch Grey’s I’m reminded how good this show is and sink right into it. So much is going on so you never get bored.

PARKS AND RECREATION SEASON 1-3// This definitely has the same vibe of The Office and it makes me laugh. I love Ron Swanson.

SEX EDUCATION SEASON 2//I loved it. All the characters are wonderful and I think it is one of the best teen shows EVER.

GOOD OMENS// I’m only on episode two at the minute but I’m not getting the hype just yet. I like moments but overall it had just been ‘meh’ for me, I’m sorry.

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What I’ve been doing: 

A lot of posts with years in the titles.

 

The Latest News: I reached 500 followers on my blog!! Ahh… I can’t believe it, this feels like such a huge milestone and thank you all so much. It means a lot and I couldn’t have done it without any of you so thank you, thank you.

I have dialled down on posting (January was busy though as I had end of the year posts) and blog hopping slightly. It feels weird but I like having more time for more things. I would like to schedule some posts though as I am so behind on everything and sorry for the late replies.

Also I had my first technical problem when uploading my statistics post so that was a drama!!

Blog Posts I’ve Loved:

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner did a post on writing achievements and lessons learned and I loved hearing about her amazing progress. Plus all her lessons were great and so important.

Ash @ The Diamond Village shared how to learn the basics of modern calligraphy which was so easy to follow and definitely inspired me to try learning because I’ve always wanted to look fancy.

Lauren @ Twenty Seven Letters shared If you like musicals, try this book and I loved hearing about the different musicals and books. Plus it is great to see how passionate she was about it all.

Olivia @ Purely Olivia wrote a post all about how to blog without spending money which was wonderful to read as it has lots of great advice and I liked that is focused on ways that don’t require money as it is accessible to a wider audience.

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shared a post all about why she will and won’t read your blog which was full of SO much great advice to make your blog the best it can be and attract readers.

Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical wrote about why she loves her favourite books which I agreed with every reason and I loved hearing about the different aspects she loves in books.

Margaret @ Weird Zeal shared a post about why she doesn’t buy books from amazon which was so great to read. It is a really important post and so informative. Please read it!!

Kerys @ The Everlasting Library shared her experience with her first audiobook which was a really fun read. Then she talked about the pros and cons of audiobooks which I really agreed with.

Sahi @ My World of Books wrote a review for The Mythic Dream anthology which was a wonderful read and I loved hearing about the different stories.

Fadwa @ Word Wonders did an interview to learn about how the cover for ‘A Phoenix First Must Burn’ was made which was fabulous and I adored seeing the in-depth process.

Becky @ Moth of the Day shared a post about her thoughts on the different Arthurian characters which was SO fun to read and definitely inspired me to what to learn more about these characters.

 

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Favourite songs of the month:

Babel by Mumford and Sons// “I ain’t ever lived a year better spent in love”// This is an old album but I’ve loved listening to it again this month.

Green Light by Lorde// “I whisper things, the city sings them back to you”// Lais said I should listen to more Lorde and I’ve loved it so much (thank you)

Why am I like this? by Orla Gartland// “Never in the moment, never giving enough, Let’s go out and shout the words we never said” // I have been addicted to this song. Her voice and her lyrics. YES. 10/10.

You Will Be Found by Dear Evan Hanson Cast// “Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay”// I’ve listened to this before and never loved it but now I’m obsessed. I love the message and how it is written with the difference voices and everything. It’s a masterpiece!!

She Used To Be Mine by Sara Bareilles// “She’s imperfect, but she tries”// The vocals are so good in this song and the lyrics are emotional. I LOVE IT!!

Plot twist of the month: I got really organised with my bank and it felt so good. Go adulting.

Cutest thing my dog did this month: I moved her bed and she hated it, she wouldn’t even go in it so I put it back to the original spot and she was so happy. She ran around me in circles.

Also she got a massive snake for Christmas and she loves to continuously squeak it. *pained smile*

Funniest thing of the month: I mixed up the words ‘dude’ and ‘bro’ to say ‘brude’ accidentally and it made me laugh WAY too much!

Stupidest thing I did this month: See above.

Writing update of the month: Well I finished writing my first book EVER and AHH!! More on this coming soon!!

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How was your January? What has been your favourite read of 2020 so far?

Have you watched The Witcher? Have you watched Sex Education?

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52 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up |Ask me Q’s for my Q + A

  1. Oh my goodness, thanks so much for the shoutout! That’s so nice of you!

    Okay, so questions:
    1. What’s your favorite kind of blog post to write?
    2. What kind of stories do you like writing?
    3. What’s your favorite animal?
    4. Favorite fairy tale?

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  2. Omg congrats on hitting 500 followers and finishing writing your book and almost turning 21!! So many exciting things!! 😀

    Okay, I gotta check out that Benjamin Alire Saenz book – I loved Aristotle and Dante so clearly I know what an incredible writer he is. Thanks for putting it on my radar! Also, is this your first time watching Parks and Rec?? I’m so excited for you! I love that show 😀 Also also, you have wonderful taste in music (I say this because I also love all of those song you listed, so clearly your taste is great).

    And thanks so much for sharing my post! ❤

    My questions for your Q&A:
    – Do you have a post you're proud of on this blog that maybe hasn't gotten as much attention as you hoped it would?
    – What's your go-to comfort book, movie, show, and song?
    – What's something important that you've learned in the past year that you want to keep in mind for the coming year?
    – Where is your favorite place that you've ever traveled?
    – What's your dog's name and will you share pictures??

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    1. Thank YOU so much, I know it feels like a lot of things to announce on here 😂😂

      Yes Aristotle and Dante was what made me check it out and I’m so glad I did. It was a heavy read but I love the focus on recovery and following Zach!!! I hope you love it if you check it out!!

      It is my first time checking out Parks and Rec and I can’t believe I waited this long. It is so good!! I love it!!

      Haha thank you!! We both clearly have great taste on music 😉 I found so many songs to love this month!! 😍

      Of course it was a wonderful post, I loved it!! ❤

      Thank you so much for all your questions 💛 I can’t wait to answer them. I really appreciate it!!

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  3. Happy (almost) birthday, Sophie!!!! And I am SO glad to hear about reaching 500 followers, you deserve every single one of them and more! ❤

    I agree with you about The Rise of Skywalker, and I've been wanting to read The Little Prince and Toffee, so it was fun to read your reviews 😀 And wow, your shoutout to my TDV post means so, so much!! I'm so glad that it inspired you to start learning calligraphy! *cheers*

    Also, can I just say that you got me into Orla Gartland's music through your question on the Sunshine Blogger Award about "Inevitable," and now I LOVE HER SONGS!! I've had "Overthinking," "Inevitable," and "I Go Crazy" on repeat these days. 😅

    Here's my question: If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what would you ask?

    I hope you have a lovely February! 💞

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    1. Thank you !! And thank you 😭💕 you are so sweet, I don’t deserve it!! 💛💛

      I’m glad you agree about The Rise of Skywalker. I mean I’m not the biggest star wars fan but I wasn’t feeling this trilogy at all.
      Ooh.. well I hope you like them even more than I did. 😊
      Aw.. you’re so welcome and thank YOU. I loved the post so much!!

      Ahh.. that makes me so happy. She is so talented and I love her songs so much. I love I go Crazy too *and all her songs* 😂 I’m so, so glad you love her music!!

      Ooh interesting question. Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to answer it.

      Thank you. I wish you a wonderful February too 💕

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    1. Thank you so much Kaya!! Aww.. that means a lot so thank you for all support and kind words 💕

      I know, it is great. I’m so glad I have finally watched it!! Yes Ron 😍 April and Andy are amazing together. I also love Ron and April’s relationship 😂

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  4. Your January looks so amazing!
    Happy early birthday!
    My question is : pineapple on pizza – yes or no?
    and DID YOU LOVE THE WITCHER AS MUCH AS I DID BECAUSE I LOVED IT JASKIER IS AMAZING
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    – Emma 🙂

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  5. Congrats on 500 & happy bday in advance!! 💕💕
    Some questions….hummmm….
    1) If you started a band what would you call yourself 😂
    2) do you have any weird food combos you like/have tried?
    3) what are you doing for your birthday? 🎉

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  6. Love the quote you included from Last Night I Sang to The Monster! Also so agree that Henry was the reason The Witcher is worth watching so far, the show totally has potential. And congrats on 500 followers?

    for a question… hmmm… how about: Whats a book you read that makes you think of a certain song? Or a song you’ve listened to that make you think of a book you’ve read?

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      1. I know it is an amazing quote. I read it and loved it immediately!! 😍
        Yes Henry was so good in The Witcher!! It definitely has a lot of potential!!
        Thank you 💛
        And thank you so much for the question I can’t wait to answer it!! 😊

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  7. Here’s a question: what’s one thing you think everyone should know about yourself?

    Congrats on 500 followers!
    The ok quote is sooo good 😭
    The Little Prince is a strange book that grows on you and seeps into you. I don’t think one is supposed to get into it, but the book does have a way of getting into you … especially when you look back on having read it months ago …
    And that Brude comment made me laugh.

    MB> keturahskorner.blogspot.com
    PB> thegirlwhodoesntexist.com

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    1. Ooh.. interesting question. I look forward to answering it, Thank you!! 😊

      Thank you!!! 💛
      I know I love that quote, Sáenz has the best writing!!

      I can definitely see that about The Little Prince actually. It makes you think and you can keep going back to it!!

      Haha I’m glad it made you laugh, honestly it made me laugh too much 😂🙈

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  8. Ahh it looks like you had a great January! I loved Rise of Skywalker (and the whole trilogy) but only because of Reylo. *hopes I haven’t ignited the ship war* I hope February treats you well, Sophie 💕

    Q&A question: What’s your #1 unpopular opinion about a book/book characters?

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    1. Yes I did thank you. 💛
      I’m so glad you loved it. Honestly I don’t have any great opinions about the ship so the war can rest. 😂 I just wasn’t feeling the plot for the sequels and I can barely remember the first two so maybe if I rewatched them I would have liked it more.

      Thank you. I hope you have a great Febuary too!! 💛 and thanks so much for the question!!! 💕

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  9. I loved seeing that you’ve read so many books outside of your comfort zone, that’s great! 💗 I also read Reasons to Stay Alive – I really liked it but definitely not as much as Notes on a Nervous Planet.

    My Questions for your Q&A 🥰
    1. What is your favorite non-bookish hobby?
    2. Do you like tea? If so, what’s your favorite type?
    3. What book would you recommend to someone new to reading?

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    1. Yes I had a really good and rewarding month reading outside of my comfort zone so thank you 💛
      Yes I prefered notes on a nervous planet, I just connected more!

      Ahh.. Thank you so much for all the questions!! I can’t wait to answer them 💕

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  10. QUESTIONS FOR YOU: (ps happy birthday)

    ~ if you could be bffs with a book villain, who would it be?
    ~ what book character do you relate to the most?
    ~ weirdest thing you did last year?
    ~do you prefer overhyped things or underhyped things?
    ~aRE YOU READY TO SCREAM OVER THE HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL (bc you know it’s gonna be good no matter what… hopefully)
    ~ STAR WARS SEQUELS AND PREQUELS: ALL THE THOUGHTS (Also why do ppl hate them so much it’s STAR WARS ahem anyway)
    ~favorite comic?

    again hApPy bIrThDaY lets hope Hagrid will break into your house, give your cousin a pig tail, and give you a butt cake

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  11. Omg congratulations on reaching 500 followers that’s incredible!!! And another massive congratulations on finishing your book!! Both are such huge achievements and it’s amazing. Also Happy Birthday for later this month 💕 I haven’t read a book in verse before – I’m always wary of them – but I remember hearing that One by Sarah Crossan is good. I think that’s the name. It’s about conjoined twins. I don’t think I’ve seen any of the shows or movies that you’ve mentioned. I have been watching a lot lately though. And it’ll probably turn into even more soon as two films I want to see came out on Friday and two more come out this week 😂 that’s so sweet about your dog’s bed. They can do things like that at times. Mine wasn’t sure about her bed being moved at first but now she seems to love it and is constantly curled up in its new location.

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    1. Thank you so much (on my email the words congratulations and happy birthday came up with confetti, it was so cute)!! Thank you again, all your support means so much!! ❤
      Thank you so much!!
      It is quite different to read a book in verse but I know lots love them so I was excited to try them out and I want to try more out too!! Ohh.. that sounds interesting, Crossan does seem like a very good writer from my experience!! 🙂
      Haha there does seem to be a lot of good movies out at the minute!! 🙂
      I know I found it cute but from the looks of it I confused her!! Aw.. I'm glad she got used to her new location. My dog probably would have if I left it longer haha!! ❤

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  12. happy birthday in advance sophieeee! 21 is such a huge milestone (and you’re gonna be an adult?? what?! that’s literally like the craziest thing?? but crazy amazing >.<) and on 500 followers!! you deserve that so much and way more.

    okay, hold the phone, i never even knew benjamin alire saenz released a book called "last night" i remember we had a talk a long time ago fangirling over him (the memories :)). now i'm really hyped up to read this book cuz' he never disappoints! 😉 also, "why i'm no longer talking to white people about race" sounds so interesting, and i would love to see white privilege further discussed. you said that it discusses meritocracy, and i've never seen that concept thoroughly discussed. i do know that UK is an epitome of meritocracy, so this book should be an eye-opening read! 've heard great things about "sex education" as well, and i'm gonna give it a shot! i've been running out of things to watch, so this was perfect haha.

    AND YES TO ALL THOSE ARTISTS YOU LISTED. orla gartland, why must you pull at my hearttt? "green light" has such a special sound- melodrama was just a masterpiece and i lovedlovedloved it!

    ooh, here's my question: which famous person could you imagine being best friends with? can't wait to see the q & a sophie! ❤

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    1. Thank you, I know it feels like a proper adult and ahh… I don’t want to do it 😭😂 and everyone keeps mentioning 30 and I’m not ready 😂 but thank you!!

      And thank you, you’re too kind. That means so much 💛💛

      Yes I remember entering fan mode for Sáenz with you and it was great. I think I heard about this book from another blogger, I mean it is a very heavy book but I loved it!! I really hope you love it too!!! 💕

      I definitely enjoyed why I’m no longer taking to white people about Race and it was one of those books you just wanting to listen to. There is a whole section on meritocracy and it really gets into discussing privledge. It is definitely an eye opening read and it was really good.

      I loved Sex Education, it is a really refreshing teen show and I love it!!

      Yay!!! I know Orla does deliver on all the emotions but I love it 😍😍 I have been loving listening to Lorde, she really does create masterpieces 😍

      Thank you so much Vaishnavi, I can’t wait to answer it!! 💛

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  13. Hey Sophie!!
    Thank you for linking to my blog post 🙂
    That’s awesome that you’ve read outside of your comfort zone this month. It’s so easy to read what we usually like to read and it is a challenge to read something different, but kudos to you for doing it 🙂
    Happy birthday month!! Here’s my question for you:
    “Hypothetically, you wake up in a hospital and realize that you are a 15-year-old, and that everything that has happened in your life up until now has been a dream. Would you choose to go back to sleep and continue living the dream, or continue your live in the real world as the 15-year-old?”

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    1. Hello Sophie!!
      Of course, I loved your post!! 😊

      Aw.. Thank you I agree that we are all naturally comfortable in our comfort zone so I love this challenge as it encourages me to try new things and it is very rewarding too !!

      Aw.. Thank you 💕 and thank you so much for your interesting question. I can’t wait to answer it!!

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  14. I have so much to say, so I’m going to put it in dot point form:
    – For your Q&A, I would love to know: what would a perfect day in your life look like?
    – I’ve just added Last Night I Sang to the Monster to my TBR; I love the quote you shared.
    – Wow, you’ve already made so much progress on the Out Of Your Comfort Zone challenge!
    – I really enjoyed The Witcher this month too! The wait for the next season is going to be difficult!
    – Parks and Recreation is literally my favourite show of all time, and I am so glad you are enjoying it!!
    – Congratulations on reaching 500 followers, that’s amazing 😀 And so is finishing writing your first book!!
    – Thank you so much for sharing my post! I am honoured to be included!
    – Lol at your dog. They can be so particular about the things they like.

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    1. Yay I love bullet points!! Thank you for writing all this!! *heart eyes*
      Ohh.. thank you for the question!! I can’t wait to answer it!!
      Yay I hope you enjoy it, it is a heavy book and has trigger warnings but it is achingly beautiful!! I love that quote too!!
      I did have a good month and it was really fun.
      Yay it was a good series and I know I need the next series ahh!!
      Haha it is so good, I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to watch it!!
      Thank you so, so much!! ❤ ❤
      Of course, I really loved your post!! I was happy to share it!! 🙂
      Haha she can certainly be particular!!

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  15. BRUDE OMG I’M DYING ahahahah xD. I haven’t watched Sex Education but I NEED to after all the hullabaloo about it!! And hmm, my question:
    If you could only read one author’s books from tomorrow, who would it be?
    Happy early birthday girlll I love this blog and you soo much!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. haha I definitely laughed too long when I said that haha!!
      There is a lot of hype around sex education and I’m definitely part of it, I love it!!
      Ohh.. that it a hard question!! Thank you, I look forward to answering it!! ❤
      Aw.. thank you so, so much!! You're too sweet *blushes* ❤ ❤ ❤

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  16. Ahhhh HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH, Sophie, I’m so looking forward to reading the blog post with all of the questions and answers,yay! and I wish you already all the very best for your birthday! ❤ ❤
    Here are my questions for you:
    – If you could visit one place in the world, which one would it be?
    – What's your biggest, biggest dream ever?
    – What's the best thing about blogging, for you?
    – What kind of stories would you like to write, someday? 🙂

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  17. Oo I’m so happy you liked “Superior”. I thought it was so sweet, I’d love a full length book! I didn’t much like “Toffee”, but I am so excited to read “Reasons to Stay Alive”, but I’ve been putting it off for a while as I want to be in the right headspace. Amazing wrap up, Sophie! 🙂

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    1. YES thank you so much for telling me about it!! 😍 I would definitely read a full length book!!
      Yeah unfortunately Toffee didn’t live up to my hopes either.
      I definitely think reading Reasons to Stay Alive needs the right headspace as it does go into depth about depression but it is also threaded with a lot of hope. I hope you enjoy it when you check it out.
      Thank you so much 💛

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