The Book Bucket List Tag |intimidating series, co-authoring and my own book cover

Hello everyone!!

Today I have a really exciting post because ever since I saw this tag, I wanted to do it because the questions are so unique and fun.

Thank you so much to Charlotte @ Bewitching Books, Ravenous Reads for tagging me. Please check out her post and follow her for more wonderfulness. Charlotte is so lovely, and she talks about lots of great books.

And now for my answers…

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WELL FIRSTLY, THE RULES:

  1. Link to the creator in your post (Madison’s Inkwell)
  2. Link to the person who tagged you
  3. Tag as many people you want
  4. Have fun!

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WHAT’S A SERIES THAT INTIMIDATES YOU (BECAUSE OF LENGTH, DENSITY, SUBJECT) BUT WOULD FEEL LIKE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT TO FINISH?

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

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This is a big series and it doesn’t necessarily sound like my usual book from the sci-fi element to the retelling part. But I’ve heard lots of good things, seen amazing art and I love the one quote I’ve seen A LOT. I’m not sure why I’m reluctant but it definitely intimates me, and it would feel like an accomplishment to read but I do want to (I’m just not convinced yet).

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WHAT AUTHOR WOULD YOU LIKE TO COAUTHOR A BOOK WITH?

Alice Oseman

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Because I love their books. I love the way they capture youth and fan culture. I love the humour and the characters. I love the important topics they explore and the diversity of their books. I think they would make be a better author and help me write a contemporary book that is actually good. Plus, they seems like a great person to get to know.

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IF YOU COULD INTERVIEW ANY AUTHOR FOR YOUR BLOG, WHO WOULD IT BE? WHAT’S ONE QUESTION YOU WOULD ASK?

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Hmm… Sabaa Tahir. I would ask ‘how long did it take you to plan out your plot of the ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ series and what’s your number one tip for writing?

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AS A WRITER, WHAT GENRE IS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO CONQUER SOMEDAY AND WRITE WITHIN?

A sports book, not non-fiction but a book which features a sports group like The Foxhole Court and Running with Lions.

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I love the group dynamic and it can have complex relationships which have to spend time together for the game. I think it is interesting and open to lots of situations but I no basically nothing about sports so it would be out of my comfort zone.

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WHAT SPECIFIC EDITION OF A BOOK WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWN SOMEDAY? IT COULD BE RARE, A FIRST EDITION, AN ANNIVERSARY EDITION, SIGNED, OR ONE WITH A COVER SPECIAL TO YOU, ETC.

I would like to get the ‘Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom Collector’s Editions’ as I love the art in the back of the books.

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Also the alternate covers for The Raven Cycle by Meg Makes Things.

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Both require me buying books I already own which isn’t something I do but I do love those editions and those books A LOT, so I’m tempted not going to lie.

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ARE THERE ANY BOOKS OR BOOKISH ITEMS THAT YOU’D LIKE TO COLLECT?

I love to collect bookish pins, bookmarks and on occasion bookish candles.

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NAME ONE BOOKISH PLACE YOU’D LIKE TO VISIT. (NOT SOMEWHERE YOU’D LIKE TO VISIT BECAUSE OF A BOOK AND NOT A FICTIONAL PLACE WITHIN A BOOK. A LIBRARY, BOOKSTORE, ETC.)

Well I looked at a list of libraries and the Library of the Benedictine Monastery in Admont, Austria looks amazing. So fancy and ancient but in the fun way, so that would be pretty cool to go to.

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NAME ONE BOOKISH EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND. (A FESTIVAL, A SIGNING, A BOOK FAIR, ETC.)

BookCon/BookExpo seems amazing and it is one of the biggest events so it would be a dream and daunting and wonderful.

But I would love to go to an author signing (maybe Leigh Bardugo, Alice Oseman) one day as well. I think this is attainable for me, as I think close enough to London and sometimes signings are closer to me.

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YOUR WIP IS GETTING PUBLISHED AND DESIGNING THE COVER IS SOLELY UP TO YOU. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

This would be a dream. *squeals*

For my contemporary, I would have the cover split into two halves (top and bottom), then each one would have an illustration of each sister. The top one would be the older sister and it would be with the town in the background on a sunny day.

Then the bottom one would be the younger sister looking up and she is at night so you can see the stars behind her. Then, obviously the title and name go somewhere but I would make the illustrations the focus of the cover.

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WHAT’S ONE THING YOU’D LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH WITHIN THE BOOKISH WORLD? AS A WRITER, READER, BLOGGER, WHATEVER YOU WANT.

Well as a….

Writer: Publish a book and get bookish art at one point!!

Reader: Read all the backdated YA series I want to. (Better yet read all the backlisted books)

Blogger: Reach 1000 followers (I don’t care about numbers but that would be surreal) and write more discussions as I love them.

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So that’s everything!! This was such a fun and cool tag to do so if you want to do this, please do. And please tell me as I would love to see your answers.

Thank you again to Charlotte for tagging me!


 

What series intimidates you?
What author would you like to interview on your blog?
What are your goals (reading, blogging, writing)?


46 thoughts on “The Book Bucket List Tag |intimidating series, co-authoring and my own book cover

  1. This tag has some really interesting questions! And I loved your answers!!
    I’ve been seeing Red Rising around and decided to see what is it about and now I want to read it so BAD! I’ve been really wanting to try more Sci-Fi but I’m also intimidated by it since I’m not familiar with the genre and it’s a pretty big series with a big following. But we should both just pick it up!
    And I love that you know how your book cover should look like. I would be so lost, to be honest.

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    1. Yes it is a really unique tag so I loved answering the questions so much!! Thank you so much!! ❤
      Haha I've seen it around and I've heard so much good about it so I would like to pick it up one day but I'm the same as I've barely read sci-fi !! And they are really big books but hopefully we will both love it and become obsessed too 😉
      Yeah the idea just came to me and I liked it, I mean it might changes in a couple of months but for now!! haha!!

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    1. Thank you so much!! 🙂 haha my plan is working 😉 I am really happy that it makes you more intrigued though!!
      Yeah I’ve heard a lot about Red Rising and I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up!! I’d love to know you thoughts on it!! 🙂

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  2. Aw this is so fun to read! I totally agree about the special editions: they are SO gorgeous *eternal heart eyes*. I would love to publish a book and beat the backlist (imPOSsible). I’d be so excited to go to BookCon ahhhh!!! Also, I know you’re going to hit 1000 followers soon if you keep blogging 😉 you’re already basically at 600!!

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    1. Yay thank you Aditi!! 💙💙 Special editions always looks so special, I just like to stare at them haha!!
      Publishing a book would be a dream and hopefully we can both achieve it!! Beating the backlist, it certainly sounds impossible!!
      I knowwwww, it looks so cool and book lovers unite !! *ah-mazing*
      Ahh.. thank you, you never know it could happen. Although it sounds slightly scary as well haha!!

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  3. Ooh that special edition is so pretty. And your dream book cover sounds so cool! I wish I could see it in real life 🙂

    And also *shrieks* THAT LIBRARY IS BEAUTIFUL old libraries are like my favorite thing

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    1. It looks so cool!!! *heart eyes* Ahh.. thank you so much, I did think about drawing it but then I went swiftly off that idea haha!!
      I know it looks insane *more heart eyes* !! Old libraries are undefeatable!! LOVE THEM!!

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  4. Ooh what a fun tag! 😀 Haha I feel the same way about Red Rising – it’s been on my tbr for forever, and I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually…but it’s intimidating! Omg the thought of co-writing a book with Alice Oseman made me die a little because that would be AMAZING. Also, how have I never seen those alternate Raven Cycle covers?? Those are gorgeous!! Ahhh I love your description for the cover of your WIP – I would absolutely pick it up off the shelf 😍 I definitely haven’t daydreamed about the cover of my own book if it’s ever published /sarcasm/

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    1. It is a really fun tag, I loved answering all the unique questions!!
      I know I’ve heard so much about it and the fanart and quotes look amazing but it still scares me in a way as it is out of my comfort zone and so big but I am determined to pick it up one day and see what it is about. Hopefully we will both love it!!
      Haha same, I’m not sure my excitement could handle it!! haha!!
      I know, I saw them on Instagram. I think an independent artist made the dust jackets and you buy the book yourself but they are STUNNING!!!
      Ah… that means so much, thank you !!!! *dies a little bit* Haha nope I definitely wouldn’t spend pass time daydreaming about my book when I could be doing something important instead 😉

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    1. It was so fun to answer!! I loved the questions!! Ah… thank you so much!! That means a lot, you have no idea!! ❤ ❤
      I saw them on Instagram and died a little bit, they are so gorgeous and reflect the plot and I LOVE IT!!

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  5. I’ve never really been into special/first editions but maybe that’s just because I stay the hell away from them 😂 I mean, I just couldn’t justify buying it since, like you said, I own copies of most of my fav books already & I’m not a big rereader so it would be like 1 special edition or 2 new books!

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    1. Haha yeah once you start, I can see how you feel the need to collect them all. Yes that is what I think, I don’t want loads of copies of the same books personally but I would reread both the series I’ve mentioned and maybe annotate them which would be easier in hardback so I could convince myself but I’m not 100% yet, they are very pretty though!! haha!! *indecisiveness* !!

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  6. I am like one of the BIGGEST Red Rising fans. I have made so many posts about those books ahaha I just want to say, I totally get why you aren’t entirely convinced yet! When I first heard about it, it didn’t sound like my thing at all and even the first couple of chapters didn’t feel like an ideal fit, but then I got into it and I just couldn’t stop? I swear, I have RARELY felt so many emotions (most of them associated with raging anger) as I have with these books. I was shaking! Like, literally shaking! If you ever do decide to read these books (and no pressure on that, maybe it really isn’t for you) and you get to book two (Golden Son), make sure you have book three (Morning Star) ready at home. I swear to you, you will not want to end on that as a last chapter without anywhere to go!

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    1. hhah yes we love that energy for our favourite books!!
      Yeah it is very different to my usual books but I would like to try them out as I think I will enjoy them and now I know you love them so much which makes me excited!! Haha I love an overload of emotions whilst reading ! haha wow, okay yep I need to know what made you feel this way!!
      Ok I will definitely make a note of having book three ready immediately after book two !! Ah… I’m excited!! ❤

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  7. the red rising series intimidates me A TON too. i read the first book (and enjoyed it for the most part) but i’m so scared to continue it like idk if i have enough brain cells to manage that lol that edition of six of crows is so beautiful i could cry and omg HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT COVER OF HE RAVEN BOYS BUT I WANT IT RIGHT NOW

    i adore your vision for your novel (and you totally got me at ‘illustrated’ part) i hope that you get to see that come to life one day and you get to publish your novel 🥺🥺 loved reading this post!!

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    1. Hhaha yes it is very intimidating and it is a really big book so if I see it, it brings up a lot of feelings already haha!! I’m glad you enjoyed the first one overall!! haha the nerves are real!!
      It is stunning and it has art inside which makes me so excited!!
      I KNOW, IT IS A GORGEOUS EDITION OF THE RAVEN BOYS. WHAT IS A GIRL TO DO!?!?!

      ahh.. thank you so much!! That makes me so unbelievably happy!! yess illustrated covers are my weakness!! Ahh.. that would be a dream and thank you for all your encouraging words!!

      Thank you so much!!! ❤

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  8. Ahh I love your answers, this is such a fun tag 🙂 I’m so intimidated by the Red Rising series, I don’t think I’ll ever read it because I’m not certain it’s for me, but… yeah, there are books like that that just feel terrifying a little bit ahah. I hope you’ll love it if you get to reading it! AND YES ALICE OSEMAN ahh I’d adore to write a book with Alice, I Was Born For This is one of my favorite reads ever ❤

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    1. Thank you and yes this tag is so fun!! I really enjoyed doing it!! 🙂
      It is quite an intimidating series but I’ve heard a lot of good things so I’m determined to read it one day!! Yeah some books don’t feel like they are for you, no matter the hype and you’ve got to do you!! Thank you though!! ❤

      Yes Alice is an incredible writer and they seem so lovely!! !It would be ah-mazing!! Such a good book, I agree!! ❤

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  9. I put down Red Rising while I was reading it once, and I haven’t picked it up in years now 😬. The story was interesting from what I remember, but I couldn’t focus, partly because it /was/ super long haha 😅. I would LOVE a Sabaa Tahir interview on your blog 😍. She’s hilarious on Twitter (and of course an amazing author). I love the gif you used for your sports books answer 😂. And ooo, I wanna see your bookish items collection, especially the pins! I have a measly collection of pins, with a total 0 book pins 😅. Also, that library looks amazing!!
    And, (I know this quite late, but I read your post about your book…) congrats on finishing your first draft 🥳!! Good luck with your book moving forward, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about it 😄!

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    1. It is a super long book and it can be so hard to pick books up after you’ve put them down. I’m glad you found it interesting though but the size can be so intimidating!! haha!!
      It would be a dream!! I love her books and how they are thought out!! And yes she is great on social media which makes me think it would be so much fun to interview her!!

      Haha teen wolf, I haven’t watched it in so long and Stiles is literally the type of sports person I am so….. haha!!

      Ahh.. thank you!! I am loving bookish pins so it would be fun to share them!! Hhaha to be fair I think I have a few non-bookish pins too!!
      The library looks insane, it would be sooo coool to go!!

      Ahh.. thank you so much!! *cries* all your words of encouragement mean so much and thank you, thank you!! ❤

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  10. The covers for The Raven Cycle and Six of Crows are so beautiful!! I love them!!
    Alice Osman is such an amazing author, I am sure any book you write with her would be amazing ❤
    The Library of the Benedictine Monastery is amazing!??!?? It is so pretty!
    And those covers sound beautiful! 😍😍
    I'm sure you'll hit 1000 followers quicker than you know, Me and Ink is a beautiful space that I love to visit!
    – Emma 🙂

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    1. They are stunning!! I just love to stare at them!!! *heart eyes* !!
      Alice Oseman is so incredible!! It would be a dream and thank you!!
      I know, it is insane!! Right out of a movie, I’m in love!!
      Thannk youuuuu!!
      Ah… Emma, that is so sweet!! Thank you ❤ *cries* That makes me so happy, thank you, thank you!! ❤

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  11. Oo such a fun tag! The collector’s edition of Six of Crows is so stunning and those alternative covers for The Raven Cycle are gorgeous! Also, I’ve never heard of that library but…WOW, so beautiful 😍 Great post!

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    1. The Collector’s Editions are so cool with a lot of detail and I love that you can get both SoC and CK!! And yes the artwork on those Raven Cycle books are insane!! *heart eyes* !!
      It is insane, I would love to go to that library ASAP!!
      Thank you!! ❤

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  12. OHMYGOD SOPHIE I feel like such an idiot but I have the Six of Crows collector’s edition & I didn’t realise it had artwork at the back – I just went to have a look & almost cried, they’re so beautiful 😭 And HOLY MOLY if you ever go to the Library of the Benedictine Monastery, please take me with you (I’ll hide in your suitcase! You won’t even notice! 😅) – it looks STUNNING 😍

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    1. Oh My God !! Really?!?!?! That sounds so something I would do!! 😂😂 To be fair, I only knew about the art through Instagram but it does look soooo amazing *heart eyes* I’m glad you know about them now!! 😂
      The library is stunning and I’m definitely up for sneaking you in my suitcase 😉 !!!

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  13. Oh, this seems like such a fun Tag! 🥰 I’m not a contemporary writer at all (somehow I always have SFF ideas and maybe some historical fantasy) but I could totally imagine working with Alice Oseman on a YA contemporary, it would be so much fun 😊 I love the Lightbringer series a lot, but I haven’t continued yet as the books are huge and take me so long to read 😂

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    1. It was a really fun tag to do !! 🙂
      I never thought I would be a contemporary writer but last year took me by surprise but I think I will mostly write fantasy as well. But working with Alice would be a chance I couldn’t pass up. haha!!
      Haha big books can make you quite reluctant to get to when they take a long time to finish. I feel that, haha!!

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  14. I’m a little late responding, but I LOVED reading your answers, Sophie!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed doing the tag, it’s always exciting seeing people answer my questions. Red Rising is on my TBR too. I’m really not into sci-fi but I’ve heard such good things about it that I want to give it a chance at some point. Sports are totally out of my comfort zone, too, and I loved the Teen Wolf gif LOL!! That edition of Six of Crows is so, so beautiful. I’m actually lucky enough to own it and it’s just fantastic. I still need to get the matching edition of Crooked Kingdom. And I love your choice of the Austrian library–I wrote a post about beautiful libraries from around the world awhile back and included it because it’s so dreamy. It reminds me of something out of Beauty and the Beast. Fantastic post! 🙂

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    1. Aww.. thank you so much for reading my post !! ❤ It is an amazing tag, I love it a lot and all the questions are so unique and cool. It is one of my favourite tags that I've done !! 🙂
      Same, sci-fi isn't really my thing but the hype around Red Rising has certainly made me curious and I really love the quotes and character art I've seen. Hopefully we would both enjoy it if we tried it out !!
      I know, I mean I would have to research the rules for the 'game' if I were to write a book, haha!! Yess Teen Wolf and Stiles were the best !!
      Ahh.. that's wonderful !!! I do seriously love the art from what I've seen, so gorgeous !! I hope you can get the CK one!!
      Yes it is really beautiful and I literally thought of Beauty and the Beast when I saw it as well !!
      Thank you so much and thank you for creating this tag !! 🙂

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  15. Aww thank you so much for the wonderful things that you said about me ❤️ I loved reading your answers to this post. Red Rising is on my TBR too (yet another of the 100s of books I want to read 😅) and I can’t believe I still haven’t read anything by Alice Oseman!! I’ve heard such fantastic things about their books so I seriously need to pick one up soon. Same with An Ember In The Ashes but I have that as an ebook so I don’t even know why I haven’t read it yet. Especially after what you said in that group villains post. I love a good villain!!
    😍😍😍 I love those editions of Leigh Bardugo’s books!! They’re so stunning. And that library looks like something out of a dream; I could totally imagine it being in Beauty & The Beast. Your cover sounds amazing!! 😍😍 I so want to see it as it would be incredible to see!! And I’d be daunted by sports books too. There are so many rules to know and I don’t think I’m aware of any 😅 tbh I don’t even remember the rules of badminton and I do play that sometimes 😂 and I’m sure you can accomplish all your bookish goals one day!!! I look forward to reading your book when it’s published 🙂 and hopefully we can both catch up on all the books!!

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    1. Of course !! ❤
      Thank you so much !! It was such a fun post !!
      haha I know it goes in with the hundreds of books !!
      Ohh.. I definitely recommend Oseman's stuff. I have loved their books so far !!
      I really enjoyed an ember in an ashes as so much was happening!! I can't wait to see how the series will end !! The villain is really brutal but interesting ! I hope you end up loving this book too!!
      I know so pretty !! I really am not going to be able to resist them one day !
      Yes it is so beautiful. I definitely got beauty and the beast vibes which made me so happy !!
      haha thank you !! I would love to see it as well. I thought about drawing it but then I was like maybe not, haha!!
      Sports book would be daunting as the rules are probably a lot more than I realise but maybe one day 😉 haha yeah I'm not sure on all the rules for games I've played either. I just make it up as I go.
      Ah.. thank you so much !! ❤ And ahhhh… thank you, that makes me want to cry. Thank you, thank you !! ❤
      That would be great *fingers crossed for us both* !! 🙂

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      1. I’m glad you enjoyed doing it!!
        I think they’re all on my TBR 😅
        Thanks, it sounds amazing so fingers crossed. I’ll have to really make an effort and read the first three before the finale comes out!!
        Aww I’m not surprised!!
        It’s stunning and like somewhere out of a dream 😍
        Omg if you ever do you have to show me!! I don’t think my drawing abilities are up to it though 😅 my best drawings are ones that I’ve traced 😂
        I guess you just have to research which can be the same with other things. It still sounds particularly daunting though.
        That’s what I do 😂
        ❤️❤️

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        1. Yay oohh.. that will be great !! I would love to hear your thoughts on all the ember books !! 🙂
          It is !! *heart eyes*
          haha I will if I do it, I’m not sure I will !! Slightly daunting !! haha!! Yeah I’m a pretty basic drawer tbh !!
          True research is always a part of it but I’m entirely clueless with sports at the minute so it would be a lot !!
          ❤ ❤

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          1. I’ll definitely share them with you!!! I have no idea exactly when I’ll get to it but hopefully soonish. After the library stack and a few books that I know I’ll be picking up immediately after it (like The Beautiful, Blood Countess & Queen Of Nothing). I honestly can’t wait to read that series too though. I need to meet this awful villain!!
            Ooh yay but no pressure obviously. I’d find it daunting too.
            I can’t remember when I did last draw besides random doodles of flowers when writing stuff down 🤔
            Yeah me too and if it’s a lot it can seem so daunting. Although if it’s a subject that interests you I guess maybe it becomes addictive once you start.

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            1. Yay !! It sounds like you have a good line up of books !! haha I hope she lives up to your expectation now !! haha!!
              haha thank you !! I didn’t used to draw that much but my sister got me into 3 years ago and I’ve carried on since !! Doodling flowers is a lot of fun !!
              That’s true, once you start it might become easier !! 🙂

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              1. Yep. I definitely need to start reading more!! Although the only reason I haven’t tonight is because my headache returned with a vengeance -_-
                Yes hopefully 😂 I’m sure she will, everybody seems to go on about her.
                Oh that’s cool 😊 it must be great to share hobbies. I do colour just don’t think my actual drawing is up to it 😂
                Yeah true 😊

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                  1. It’s better thanks. Not entirely gone but nothing like yesterday.
                    Which is a pretty good sign ☺️
                    I’m sure they were better than you thought but yeah I guess it’s the whole practice makes perfect thing 😂

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