February Wrap-Up | My Last Wrap Up and Women’s History Month Readathon

Hey everyone!!

So, as the title suggests this is my last wrap up because they aren’t working out for me as they work on a specific timescale and I am better at writing my posts ahead of time. Plus they take me ages!! If you want to keep up to date on what I’m doing you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (I review every book I read there) or follow me on Instagram (where I’m more active).

I might do recent reads posts randomly so I can still talk about my favourite new books and this change might not be permeant but for now, no more wrap ups.


 

February is over (well kind of, I’m posting this on the leap day as I won’t get this chance for another 4 years so I’m taking advantage).And February was, in fact, my birthday month so that was exciting.

I went to London (sky gardens, food, the tower of London) for the day and it was really fun. Thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes. They meant a lot!! ♥ (Also you see the building on the left on the first picture ⇓ , meant to look like a walkie talkie, that is where the sky gardens were so I’ve been up to the top.)

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Total Pages Read: 2,048

Favourite Read of the Month: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir and I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Favourite Quote: “The permeance of death will always feel like a betrayal.” – Sabaa Tahir, A Reaper at the Gates. AND “In an otherwise mediocre existence, we choose to feel passion.”- Alice Oseman, I Was Born for This. 

 

VENATORS MAGIC UNLEASHED BY DEVRI WALLS//⭐⭐⭐.5

Magic Unleashed (Venators, #1)

This was a fun YA fantasy that felt like just the beginning of the adventure. It has the ‘go through the magical portal’ trope which I love. All the characters were likable and well written. It had a lot of classic things in it and overall, it was nothing too special for me.

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A REAPER AT THE GATES BY SABAA TAHIR//⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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I absolutely loved this instalment in this series, the plot is so gripping. There is definitely a darkness to this series but there are a lot of good-hearted characters too. This is a wonderful fantasy series that will tear at your emotions and I can’t wait for the next one, which will be the finale. ARRGGHH!!

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BLACK ENOUGH: STORIES OF BEING YOUNG & BLACK IN AMERICA, EDITED BY IBI ZOBOI//🎧//⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Short stories aren’t really my thing but this has been one of the best collections I’ve read that worked effectively together. It talked about these teenagers who growing up facing different things but who are also connected by their race. It was a good read and I enjoyed my time with it. It also left a powerful message for the reader.

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WILDCARD BY MARIE LU//⭐⭐⭐.5

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I enjoyed this sequel. It was fast paced and explored some interesting, deeper topics about morality and the power. I still love the Phoenix Riders and the creativity of this world, so it was great to be back. It was really heart-breaking as well which I didn’t expect. I can see why it disappointed some as the character development was lacking and it could have delved deeper into topics but overall a quick, enjoyable read that I’m glad I picked up.

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I WAS BORN FOR THIS BY ALICE OSEMAN//⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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I still absolutely love Alice Oseman’s writing, characters and friendships. But what made this book special was the in-depth insight into fan culture as we follow a fan and a member of a boyband. It was a wonderful read and I’ve ramble on my review if you want to read it.

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March Reading Plans

Margaret @ Weird Zeal is doing a Women’s History Month Readathon for March and I’ve decided to do it, so this is my officially signing up. To find out more check out her post but basically you read books by female authors and you can use the prompts in this bingo board.

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My TBR

 

39979131. sy475 Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault

  • Less than 1K ratings on goodreads
  • Pink cover

34433755Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

  • ‘Girl’ or ‘woman’ in the title
  • Woman of colour on the cover
  • indigenous author

41569416. sy475 The Familiars by Stacey Halls

  • Set over 100 years ago
  • Debut

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelo

  • 36651608. sx318 Published before you were born
  • Has a movie/TV adaptation
  • Biography or memoir
  • Set outside your home country

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Buddy Read with Miri)

  • Retelling
  • Female Villain

Others I might get to…

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Female of The Species by Mindy McGinnis

 

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Fleabag// Well that decided to be absolutely brilliant, didn’t it?!?! I loved the comedy and the way it was filmed.

Skam France Season 5// I’ve been loving this season. The friendships and relationships have been so good. I think it has also talked about something important by the deaf storyline as well.

To All The Boys, P.S. I Still Love You// This was a cute movie and had some really fun aspects, but I preferred the first movie.

Parks and Recreation season 4-7// I love the rest of this show, it was so funny and I love so many of the characters.

Hair Love// This Oscar-winning short was adorable and so happy. I loved watching and the family felt so real and heart-warming. I would happily watch it again and again.

How To Train Your Dragon: Homecoming// I brought the overly priced DVD for this 20 minute film and I have no regrets because it is Toothless. It was cute and made me feel really emotional actually.

 

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What I’ve been doing: 

The Latest News:

I’ve been enjoying the fewer posts per month and I’m trying to keep on top of my schedule so my posts are ready a month before *fingers crossed*.

I also hit 600 followers on Instagram which I have been loving using lately.

Blog Posts I’ve Loved:

Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical posted about the lies that people tell you about reading and why they are in fact, wrong. It was a great read and set out perfectly.

Margaret @ Weird Zeal shared a writing update where she is bringing to revise her WIP and I loved hearing how she is doing it and all her thoughts on the process.

Kal @ Reader Voracious wrote a review for one of my anticipated releases, Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal and I loved hearing it. It made me very excited. Check it out.

Lais @ The Bookish Skies shared her favourite ‘Broken Musician’ characters and I loved hearing about all the characters and just reading it was great.

Divine @ REA(D)IVINE posted about what it is like to read your own book reviews and it was wonderful. I could 100% relate.

Fadwa @ Word Wonders wrote a post with a big list of books with aro-spec main characters which is definitely worth reading so please do.

Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany shared a post with 101 thoughts when watching ‘To All The Boys, P.S. I Still Love You’ which was a super fun read.

Caro @ Book Cheshire Cat wrote a post all about her favourite romance tropes which I loved reading and we definitely had a few in common.

Dini @ Dini Panda Reads shared a post about all the thought she has whilst writing a review. It was funny and relatable. What more do you want?!?!

Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm posted a review for Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly which I loved reading so reading her review was wonderful!!

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shared a post on her favourite romance tropes which was a great read and perfect for Valentine’s.

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators writes about trigger warnings and why they should be included in books which was a really thoughtful piece that everyone should read.

Ash @ Starlight Strands posted the Never Have I Ever Tag: Writer’s Edition which was so fun to read and I loved it.

 

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Favourite songs of the month:

Lookalike by Conan Gray//“But when you look in his eyes. Do you think of mine?” // I’ve been listening to a lot of Conan Gray this month. I just love the feel of his music.

Dancing Under Red Skies by Dermet Kennedy// “Let me tell you, no one ever got my soul right like she could” // Such a beautiful song and he is a really talented artist. I’m so glad El introduced me to him in her post.

In Case You Don’t Live Forever by Ben Platt// “I’ve waited way too long to say. Everything you mean to me.”//This song is beautiful and I’m in love. That is all I have to say.

My Man Music by Stooshe//“Music is my baby”// This is such a fun, energetic song and Stooshe have a unique sound with a lot of personality so I enjoyed listening to their old album

Plot twist of the month: I made gravy really wrong once ages ago and no one has ever let me do it again, but I actually made gravy twice this month so yeah… growth.

Cutest thing my dog did this month: Well she loves wrapping paper so she was very excited on my birthday and wanted to get involved. She was very cute!!

Funniest thing of the month: We were on the train and this woman was still drunk from the night before so she kept pressing the open door button even though the door was open. (she got through and sat down but it did make me smile, does that make me bad?!?!)

Stupidest thing I did this month: I went to a spa and I went in the main pool. But whilst getting out I didn’t realise there was a step so I walked into it and then I didn’t realise I had to step down so I fell down onto my foot (which hurt). The pool was surrounded by people chilling but I don’t think anyone saw thankfully but naturally I still felt embarrassed. Also, I learnt that saunas are so hard to breathe in!!

Writing update of the month: I went back to my old project and decided to outline the whole series (in a brief way) then build character profiles up and copy my world-building notes. It made me fall back in love with this project and I’m still not finished (nowhere near honestly) but it is at 15,000 words (ish) but that is mostly character questions I have yet to fill in.

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52 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up | My Last Wrap Up and Women’s History Month Readathon

    1. Thank you so much!!
      I haven’t read Solitaire myself yet so I can’t compare the two but I know solitaire isn’t people favourite from Oseman. I have seen friends rate solitaire 3 stars but rate I was born for this 5 stars so the general impression I get is that it is better.
      I would definitely advise checking it out, especially if the plot appeals to you.
      I am planning on reading solitaire on one point this year so then I will be able to compare.
      Sorry I haven’t been too helpful!! ❤

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  1. This is honestly the most perfect wrap-up post I’ve ever seen?? 😍🤗 A Reaper At The Gates is sooo good!! I preordered it last year, and it actually shipped to me early which was really fun. I can’t wait for Reaper #4!

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    1. Ah… thank you so much *blushes* It did take me a while to find a style I liked, the first ones I did are dreadful haha!
      I LOVE it when things ship early, best feeling ever. One of my preorders says it is going to be a month after the release so I’m hoping that changes, haha!!
      But yes Reaper was amazing and I can’t wait for the finale!!! ❤

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    1. Ah.. I do love Oseman’s book. I only have one more left to read that is currently out. I definitely recommend I was Born For This. It was so good and the cover is amazing!! *heart eyes* I hope you enjoy it if you read it!! 🙂

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  2. I loved reading this post!! The read-a-thon sounds SUPER cool and I’m sad that I won’t be able to participate 😦 Girls of Paper And Fire is a great book, though!
    Don’t worry about not doing wrap-ups anymore- I haven’t done a wrap-up in, like… five months? Six? Idek XD
    Loved it!! ❤

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    1. Yay thank you so much Aditi!! I’m very excited about the readathon, my first month one. Aw.. I’m sorry you won’t be able to participate, maybe next year !!! ❤ Ohh.. yay that makes me excited to get to it. It has the Aditi stamp of approval, hhaha!!
      Thank you for understanding!! Haha I'm ready to enjoy the freedom of no wrap-ups as well!!
      Thank youuuu!! ❤

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  3. I hope that your March TBR goes well! It sounds like your month has been super busy (those sky gardens looks awesome!)
    I recently listened to a couple of Ben Platt’s songs but somehow missed In Case You Don’t Live Forever? And now I love it??
    And I don’t know if I have told you this before but I love how you do your Wrap Up’s, they’re beautiful!
    – Emma 🙂

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    1. Thank you, I’m excited to get into it!!
      It was busy but I made time to chill as well haha!! The Sky Gardens were beautiful!!
      Ben Platt is amazing, I keep meaning to listen to all of his songs but end up stuck replaying one haha!! This one is amazing, I’m glad I could bring it to your attention!!
      Aw… thank you so much Emma!! ❤ ❤

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  4. I loved your little highlights of the month 😂 My dog always gets excited for Christmas because of all the excitement & wrapping paper it’s always adorable!
    And glad I could introduce some wonderful new music to you! 💕💕

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  5. Quick question, how do you make gravy wrong?

    Looks like you’ve had a super productive month. That quote from A Reaper at the Gates is haunting.

    Wrap Ups are definitely time consuming so I can understand why you’d discontinue the posts.

    Hope you have a lovely March!! 😁

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    1. That is a very important question and it was because I got the granules ratio with water wrong and then didn’t stir it fast enough so it was very, very thick and clumpy. I mean it was edible but also a disaster, haha!!

      I did have a good month thank you! The reaper quote was haunting and I just loved it!!

      They are very time consuming, thank you for understanding!! 🙂

      Thank you, I hope you have an amazing March too!!!

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  6. I totally understand about not continuing wrap-ups, they’re super hard to write and yours are always beautifully in-depth! I’m glad you had a great birthday, and good luck with the Women’s History Month Readathon… it sounds really fun! Aww, thank you so much for mentioning my post, that made my day 😀 and congrats on hitting 600 Instagram followers, that’s amazing!!!

    I hope you have a fantastic March ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you for understanding, I will miss them but it can mean a lot of work in a short space of time so I just want it to be more relaxing!!
      Thank you so much ❤
      And thank you again, I am really hoping I can finish all the books but we'll see!!
      You're so welcome, I love you blog and all your posts! ❤
      Thank you, it is exciting I have to say haha!!

      Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful March as well Ash!! ❤ ❤

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  7. Amazing wrap-up! And I definitely relate to the time-scale thing! I love doing monthly wrap-ups but I always get a little stressed out with them. You read some great stuff this month! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Baker Thief as it’s on my TBR but I hardly see anyone talk about it.

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    1. Thank you and yeah wrap-up have to be done in a short space of time and I would just like it to be more relaxing! 🙂 I will miss them a bit though!!
      I did have a GREAT reading month!! I’m excited to get into Baker Thief as I’ve hardly seen people talking about it either!! ❤

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  8. I’m so happy you enjoyed I Was Born For This so much! Alice Oseman really just gets it, huh?

    And I’m SO EXCITED that you’re joining my readathon! 😀 I hope you love all of these books! And hopefully you’ll have a chance to read Code Name Verity as well – I read it last year and it COMPLETELY took me by surprise.

    Fleabag!! SO GOOD, right?? And hooray for finishing Parks and Rec! Good luck with your writing, and of course, all of your reading as well ❤

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    1. Alice Oseman is the royalty of contemporary for YA, I love their books!! I just have solitaire to read out of the backlisted books then I’m up to date!! IWBFT was amazing!!

      I’m so excited as well!! Thank you for setting it all up!! ❤ Thank you so much!! I should be able to, the loan from my library is ready so I might be picking Code Name Verity up very soon actually!! I love a book which surprises you!!

      Fleabag was amazing, I'm so glad I watched it!! I'm in love!! Yes Parks and Rec took up a lot of my time this month, I just got addicted haha!!
      Thank you so much!! I hope you have an amazing March!! ❤

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  9. I’m so glad you had a good birthday! 🎂 And I’m really happy you’re doing the readathon too! I completely forgot about the whole Cinder series for a female villain – it is so hard to come up with female villains in books!

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with a terrible gravy making story – once I didn’t read the tub properly and used tablespoons instead of teaspoons. It was like a jelly! It just set in the jug – oops 😂

    I need to read more Alice Oseman books, Radio Silence was so good, I might check out I Was Born For This next!

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    1. Thank you so much 💕
      Yay I’m excited for it!! It is hard to come up with female villains as you don’t know the villain before reading it often and no one really talks about the villain 😂

      Oh wow that would have definitely have made the proportions wrong, that’s kind of amazing!! 😂 At least we aren’t alone in our gravy making disasters 😂😂

      Yes I would definitely recommend I Was Born For This, it was so good!! 😍 I need to read more Oseman as well!! 😊

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  10. I picked up A Reaper at the Gates when it was released, but I realised when I started reading it that I’d forgotten most of what had happened in the last two books – and more importantly, how I felt about the two main characters (I didn’t forget that I loved Helene though!). So I decided I’d wait until the last book was out and then read them all at once.. I’m excited to hear that the time is nearing, and that you enjoyed ARATG so much!
    Glad to hear you enjoyed the rest of Parks and Recreation too!
    Sorry to hear about your experience at the spa – I hope your foot is okay.
    Also, thank you very very much for mentioning my post ❤

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    1. Haha yes that is what happens with series and you definitely want to remember the characters (yay Helene is a great character to read about). It is a good idea to wait until the last one because I bet it is a great series to binge !! Yessss the fourth book looks amazing and reaper was sooo great!!
      YES it was a great series to watch, LOVED IT!!
      The overall experience was great really but I just always seem to find a way to bang into things and my foot is fine thank you!! haha!
      Of course, I LOVED reading it!! 💛

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  11. Ahh, Sophie, I’m honestly gonna miss your wrap-ups because like everything you write, they are AMAZING, but I totally get why you’re not doing them anymore! I hope you know that everyone 100% supports your decision and that you should do what’s best for you! Also, BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I think I already told you this, but I’m greeting you again because I feel bad I wasn’t able to on the day itself 😦 I keep saying this, but I suck at greeting people a happy birthday. But I’m so happy that it seems like you had a great birthday, and I’m super jealous that you got to go to those places, hehe (but again, super happy for you) ❤ ❤ Adulting is definitely not fun, but I fully believe that YOU CAN DO IT.
    Honestly I die of cuteness every time you mention the cutest thing your dog did this month. Why is your dog the cutest animal ever 😍😍 also your spa experience seems really painful, I'm sorry that happened! But yeah, at least not a lot of people notice, because I'm the type who hates it when people witness me fall :")
    I hope you have an amazing March and rest of your year!

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    1. Thank you, I’m kind of going to miss them as well but I think it will make life easier for me and thank you for all your support and kind words, it means a lot! 💛💛
      THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Yes you did and I really appreciate it again. Please don’t feel bad, you’re so kind and I’m so grateful!! 💛
      Haha it was really cool. I hope you will get to go to some of these places one day as well!
      Thank you, I’m trying with adulting haha!!

      Haha Layla is very cute even when she made me jump when it was dark the other day. The curse of wearing headphones ahha!!
      It was a bit painful. I always walk into things but the overall experience was fun actually!! Yeah not even my sister noticed so it wasn’t too bad! I know, I’m just like please look the other way haha!!
      Thank you so much, I hope your March is wonderful as well!! 💛

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  12. Ahh I love your London pictures so much, makes me miss the city ❤ I'm happy you had a lovely birthday!
    And it seems like you've read some GREAT books in the past month, yay! I can't wait to read A Reaper at the Gates, I've been loving the first two books in the series and can't wait to continue. and yay for I Was Born For This! I love Alice Oseman SO MUCH. ❤
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, Sophie ❤ I hope your March will be lovely ❤

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    1. Thank you!! ❤ Aw… I'm the same with travel pictures, as soon as I see them I want to go there!! haha!
      Thank you, I really did!
      I did get to read some amazing books which was great!! A Reaper At The Gates was amazing, I think it was a wonderful third book. I hope you love it!!
      Alice Oseman is amazing, I'm so glad I picked up I Was Born For This!!
      Of course, it was a wonderful post! ❤
      Thank you so much and you!!

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  13. Your trip to London looks amazing! I hope you had the best time! It’s funny because I actually learned about the Walkie Talkie building in my physics class a few semesters ago. Apparently the unique design caused some issues!

    I’m so happy that you loved I Was Born for This! That book was such an immersive read for me. I just love Alice Oseman’s writing so much!

    Also, YAAAAAAS to watching Parks & Rec! I rewatched most of the show over winter break a few months back. I just love Ron, April, and Leslie! Was it your first time watching? And I also watched Hair Love and thought it was adorable! I really need to watch more animated short films because I end up loving them every time I watch one!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! It always means so much to me when people take the time to share something I wrote! 💕

    I hope you have a wonderful March!

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    1. I did have a wonderful time thank you!! ❤ Oh really that is so cool, I hadn't actually heard about it until I arrived. The taxi driver called it 'The Walkie Talkie' building and I was so confused but then it made sense haha!! but it is interesting to know it caused some problems!!

      Yes Alice's writing is really immersive and I just end up reading them really quickly!! I LOVED it!!

      Parks and Rec is amazing and I can't believe I hadn't watched it sooner!! Yay, that's awesome!! Yes Ron was my favourite and I loved April and Leslie too!! They are the best! It was my first time and I loved it. It was very distracting though as I only wanted to watch it!!
      Hair Love was adorable!! Yeah I do as well but I don't actually know that many unfortunately!!

      Of course, it was a wonderful post and I wanted to share it!! You're so welcome!! ❤

      Thank you, I hope you have an awesome March too!!

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  14. Thank you so much for featuring my post, it means a lot! 🥰 I loved reading your wrapups, but I think that it’s super important to stop doing things when they no longer feel right. I’m happy to read any upcoming recent reads posts 💗 I’m happy to hear that you liked I Was Born for This, it’s such a fantastic book 😊

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  15. yayyy, i’m so glad you had a great day for your birthday! the pictures look absolutely stunning. one of my closest friends is currently in london, and i’m low-key so jealous, but also very happy for her, ofc. it’s just that is one of the cities i wish to visit the most!
    i’m currently reading i was born for this as well, and i’ve honestly just started but i already relate so much to our main characters. as a huge one direction fan, i could definitely see myself in the way the characters interact with each other and also with “the ark”.
    i really need to read a reaper at the gates already!!! i’m glad you loved it so much; it made even more hyped to read myself.
    i am not doing any particular readathon, but it is a goal of mine to read about female characters from female authors only this month. i’m very excited about all the books i’ll be reading this month. hopefully, i’ll enjoy i was born for this just as much as you did!
    and skam france season 5 was SO good! i was kinda sad that there was actually a lot of negativity going around on tumblr over this season because of the love triangle, and even though i wasn’t 100% pleased with it, i still loved the original storyline and arthur’s character.
    tysm for the shoutout once again!! you’re the best!

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    1. Thank you, I did have a lovely day and I’m glad you liked the pictures!!
      Ahh.. that’s so cool that she is working in London. I totally get the jealous and happy balance 😂
      I really hope you get to go one day and love it!! ❤

      Yay that’s wonderful!! I could definitely relate to the exploration of fan culture!! Ahh.. 1D!! I love the whole band aspect in it! I hope you love it all!! 😍

      A Reaper was so good. I hope you get to check it out soon!!

      Ooh that’s wonderful, great to read great female characters!! I hope you read lots of great books!! I hope so too!!

      There was a lot of negativity?!?! Oh that’s a shame. I mean love triangle can be annoying but i didn’t think it was the worse one out there. I really enjoyed it. Arthur was great and I loved all his friends this season!!

      Of course I loved it. Sorry it was two pingbacks close together, I hope it wasn’t too annoying 😂💛

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  16. I definitely relate to how much time monthly wrap-ups take to write! I’ve been thinking about switching to weekly recaps instead but even that feels like a lot of work that may be worse, so I am still doing monthly haha. Thanks so much for linking to my review for Ink in the Blood!

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    1. Yeah I always think I’m done writing a wrap-up and then I have more to say, aha! It probably doesn’t help that I have an inability to just write one sentence per book!! Haha weekly does seem like a lot even if you would have less to say. Maybe you could experiment with it, haha!!
      Of course, I loved your review so much!! ❤

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