Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Informative, Paranormal, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW #5

Once again, it’s been a WHILE since I’ve done this. I’m going to just cover what’s been happening in October for me, so here goes nothing!

For those of you who haven’t seen these meme before, it started over at Taking on a World of Words and consists of a few simple questions:

The 3 W’s:

What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What are you planning on reading next?



What are you currently reading?

Now. 3 books really isn’t that bad for me. I’ve been “currently reading” a couple books as buddy reads with my boyfriend for the past year, but those are still major works in progress, so this is what *I* am currently reading. I’ve been on a fantasy kick.


What’ve you finished recently?

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


What’re you planning to read next?



What are you reading? Any of your favorites on here?

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #16: Extraordinary Book Titles (from my TBR)

Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve actually taken the time to sit down and pull this up- especially on a Tuesday. But the last couple months have been especially rough. So, here I am making an effort and I’m hoping it’s just the beginning of some more consistent posting around here. *fingers crossed*

This meme, for those of you who aren’t aware, was created over at The Broke and the Bookish and they’ve since passed the torch over to That Artsy Reader Girl and she comes up with a topic each week. If you guys would like to join, do it! It doesn’t even have to be 10, you can make it whatever number suits your needs or desires!

**All links below for book titles will lead you to the respective Goodreads page!



 

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

1. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

3. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

4. Again but Better by Christine Riccio

5. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

6. The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

7. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

8. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

9. The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

10. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine



What’re some of your favorite book titles? comment below and let me know!

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, dystopian, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Young Adult

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LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

Read: 6/16/19-6/20/19

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“Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.”

Guys. I cannot express my love for this book enough. There’s just absolutely no way I can do any sort of justice for this masterpiece. Kristoff, you’ve done it again, damnit. This book was one that I couldn’t put down and that I loved for so many reasons, I just can’t get over it. I will have the absolute WORST book hangover because of this.

This book was a mashup of so many different worlds and stories and through it all, it was one of the most unique and gripping books that I’ve ever read. Guys, this was Mad Max, I, Robot, Alita: Battle Angel, Anastasia, and so many others and I cannot- CANNOT express how much I loved it. I don’t know how Kristoff made it work, but he did. And he made it work so well.

Plus, it was full of beautiful quotes like these:

“Breathing in the ink and feeling all those wonderful lives beneath you fingertips. In between the pages, I’m an emperor. An adventurer. A warrior and a wanderer. In between pages I’m not myself-and more myself than in any other place on earth.”

“It’s simple to love someone on the days that are easy. But you find out what your love is made of on the days that are hard.”

“Your scars tell who you are. Your skin is the page, and your scars are the ink, telling the story of your life.”

And those are just some of my favorites.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? That prologue was absolutely heart wrenching. Kristoff didn’t waste time letting you know this book was going to be a damn tragedy.

“Almost everybody called her Eve”

And boy, did I love our MC. Eve and her fauxhawk had me hooked from the first page. She’s determined, stubborn, and just an all-around badass.

Lemon Fresh. I kid you not, you guys, that’s her name. And I adore her. She and Eve had one of the purest, most refreshing friendships I’ve ever read about in a book. They were sisters in something so far beyond blood and I absolutely loved their friendship.

CRICKET. Cutest little robot in the world. He reminded me a bit of Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but only because of the big old head. He was just an absolute delight and I love how much he hated on Ezekiel as they interacted. All I can say is: him fixing the window in the car.

Kaiser. What a good boy. Every good dystopian or sci-fi novel needs man’s best friend, right? The way Kristoff introduced and used the blitzhunds in this novel. SO. COOL. All I wanted to do was give Kaiser a good scratch behind the ears and take him home with me. That dog is TOUGH.
Ezekiel. Gahhh. I honestly feel for him. I don’t want to say a whole lot, so that I’m not giving away any plot points, but I loved him.

The romance wasn’t overdone. The plot moved along at a great pace- it made you want to keep reading and the action scenes were great. The plot, the development, the world, all of it was amazingly well done. I’m thrilled that I waited until the last minute to read this book, because if it wasn’t going to be in my hands on Tuesday, I would be livid. To all of you who read this when it came out and who are also waiting to get your hands on DEV1AT3, I’m so so sorry.


-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Aurora’s Rise

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Read 5/11/19-5/21/19

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I mean… will there ever be a book by one of these authors that doesn’t immediately suck me in? Will there ever be a shortage of characters by them that I’m not just immediately in love with? I love this book and everything in it. I love the world. I love the characters. I love… everything.

I don’t know how much any of you guys know about me, but my two biggest loves when it comes to books? Sci-fi and most importantly- SPACE. I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy person, don’t get me wrong. But there’s something about sci-fi that calls to my inner nerd. And when it happens in space?! Count me in. I love Star Trek. Star Wars. The Orville. Doctor Who. It’s all amazing and I love how much more widely it’s being embraced. But that’s a rant for another time.

THE WORLD. My goodness. This was brilliant. I love the Legion and that we’re at the point in our star-travel that we’re working alongside alien races and the way the squads are structured. One of my favorite things about stories like this is seeing how far along we are in our space days, how far technology has advanced, or how closely we’re working with other species. I loved seeing some of that stuff come to light in this book and I love knowing we’ve got a lot more to learn!

THE CHARACTERS. Each character on the squad was so unique. They all had their own unique voice, and I think that tends to be one of the hardest things to do in a book that switches POV’s quite frequently, but I think that Kaufman and Kristoff pulled it off so damn well, I applaud them for that. I’d love to go into everything about every character and why I loved them so much, but I fear I’d be going on for ages, because there’s lots to love. There’s so much strength to this rag-tag group that you honestly can’t help but love each and every one of them for all they are. Watching the way they come together and how they work when it comes down to their moments to shine, it really was a sight to behold.

THE STORY. I was engaged from the first page. I loved seeing how each scene panned out and this book was really really tough to put down. I may have taken me ten days to read, but I was thinking about this book constantly when I wasn’t reading. This story was action-packed without being too much. There was just enough of the “other stuff” to keep the storyline flowing and your interest piqued. I love/ hate how everything went down at the end, mostly because I was not ready to get that emotional. But I absolutely CANNOT wait for the second book. I can’t wait to see what else awaits our crew.


Who’s read this book and who’s ready for more?!

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, dystopian, Fantasy, Informative, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #15: Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Why hello, my lovely readers! 😀

It’s Tuesday, and this topic is one very near and dear to me. Maybe that’s because rainy days don’t happen here very often. But this year we’ve had quite a few (which I LOVE) and it’s given me much more time to think about what I consider to fit in this category.

These meme lives on at: That Artsy Reader Girl

For me, it’s either a cute, fluffy contemporary reads, or they’re fantasy/ sci-fi reads that you can really get lost in. Nostalgia also plays a key role.



1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

10. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray



Any of the same books on your list? What’ve you got that I don’t? Let me know! Send me links to your TTT’s too!

-Laurenxx

ABC Book Challenge, Young Adult

ABC Challenge- E

Wooooo it’s Wednesday, ladies and gents! 😀 That means I’ve gotta get more caught up on my ABC Challenge stuff. SO. It’s time for the letter “E” this week!

For those of you who don’t know how this meme works, here’s the rules:

For each letter, you come up with some of your favorite books that start with that letter, then some books from your TBR that begin with that letter as well!



Memorable reads that start with “E” :

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4. Enclave by Ann Aguirre

5. The Elite by Kiera Cass


Books to read that start with “E” :

1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

3. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

5. Exo by Fonda Lee



Any of your favorites or TBR on there? 🙂

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Curses and Monsters and Magic, Oh My!

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Read 3/14/19- 3/30/19

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Yet another brilliant fairytale retelling. Gah. What a world we live in.

Okay, so I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, but Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairytales so I’m always stoked to read them but nervous that I won’t like them as much. This one definitely held up to my expectations and then some. I just absolutely loved it.

First of all, the representation in this book is amazing. I mean, our MC, Harper, has Cerebral Palsy. Guys. That’s amazing. And she doesn’t see it as a disadvantage, it’s just something she has that means she’s learned to navigate life a little differently is all. She’s still brave, determined, smart, and, honestly, a straight badass. And then we have her brother, Jake, who’s this big dude in all sorts of trouble, who’s gay. She has no idea but seeing that unfold was also amazing, she supported him without skipping a beat and THAT is the kind of thing I love to see. I had a similar experience with a friend when they came out to me, and I just love seeing loved ones support the person unconditionally, because really, that shouldn’t even be a label or defining factor for someone, but I’m rambling now. BACK TO THE BOOK.

HARPER. I love a good, strong MC who isn’t afraid to stand up to others or for themselves and Harper was definitely that. She has one of the biggest hearts ever and goes out of her way for others time and time again and I have so much respect for her.

RHEN. I loved him. He was such an amazing Prince and I don’t want to spoil too much for those of you who haven’t read it, but his heart rivals Harper’s. Though things don’t always appear that way, when you start to boil things down, you can really see who he is under the walls he’s built up. He’s dealt with so much over the course of the hundreds of seasons he’s endured and it’s honestly a wonder he’s even still sane. So, props to Rhen.

Grey. Scary Grey. Can I just give that big dude a hug? Man. I adore that man so freaking much and I love how hard he fought to help keep Rhen safe over the years. Everything that he went through was just…. Wow. Especially since he was tortured time and time again at the hands of Lilith.

I have nothing to say for Lilith aside from this: What. A. Bitch.
She was aptly named, that’s for darned sure. (Lilith is the Queen/ Mother of Demons)

I loved the world-building for this book and I can just see how much is open to be delved into in future books and I cannot wait for that! I only just finished this book and I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel. Gotta love waiting for books.

The kingdom of Enderfall has such an interesting story so far though and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out after the events of this one. ESPECIALLY THAT EPILOGUE! GAH!

If you’re on the fence about this book but you enjoy retellings, especially if you enjoy Beauty and the Beast retellings, I say go for it! Give it a read.



I know it’s been a minute since I posted, but I promise from here out, I’m back on track. I recently got a promotion so I’ve been adjusting to that but things are finally settling down and I’m much more motivated to get some reading done!

-Laurenxx

Blog Tours, Question, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Blog Tour: Jennifer Brody

Guys. My life has been a mess the last couple weeks and I missed the date to post this and I feel so bad, BUT here’s an AWESOME little interview and some information on an AMAZING author!

So without further ado, here’s some awesome stuff about Jennifer Brody! 🙂



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This is the lovely Jennifer Brody!

Bio:

Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums (July 11, 2017) complete this epic trilogy. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation, a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in LA. After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on “The Lord of the Rings” films and “The Golden Compass.”

You can find her here:

Her Website | Her Facebook |Her Twitter | Her Linked-in | Her Goodreads

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CHECKOUT HOW COOL THOSE COVERS ARE!! 😀

Synopsis:

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been outlawed for centuries. When a shocking discovery turns the dream into a reality, they must decide if they will risk their own extinction to experience something no one has for generations, the Surface.


Now, I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi, but I recently picked this series up because of this opportunity to talk to Jennifer, and I was hooked right away. So, check it out before it gets released as a TV series!

Where to find it:

Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Indie Bound | iBooks | Goodreads



And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the interview! 🙂

 

  1. Who’s one author that you greatly admire and did their writings have any influence on your own?

This is a tough question, like naming your favorite band. I’m such an avid reader—and would not be the writer that I am without the countless amazing authors that influenced me and paved the way for my book series. A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle had a huge influence on me, not only for its groundbreaking narrative, but also for its portrayal of science fiction that blends into fantasy. Conceptually, Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION series had an influence on the core of these books, as did THE LORD OF THE RINGS in terms of the trilogy structure.

  1. Aside from other books or authors, where did you draw the most influence for your books?

The idea for THE 13TH CONTINUUM was originally inspired during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Like everyone else, I was watching the news coverage of the oil coating the surface of the ocean and killing marine life, and I had the thought—what if we had to go really deep to survive a manmade catastrophe? The ideas unfolded from that initial spark of an idea.

Other influences, especially on the underwater colony include James Cameron’s amazing film THE ABYSS and 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, as well as real science about our ocean trenches. Did you know that we know more about the surface of Mars than our own oceans? I also draw from a lot of historical allegory. The outer space 2nd Continuum was a military society modeled on ancient Sparta. In essence, I draw from anything and everything. I’m a very curious person in general, and I find that’s an amazing trait for a speculative fiction author.

  1. Have you always known you were going to be a writer? If not when did you realize you wanted to write a book/ when did you start writing?

No—I didn’t think I would be a writer at all! I grew up in a small town in Virginia, and somehow, I didn’t realize that you could become a writer, especially as a young person. This was before the explosion of YA and MG fiction. I did however latch onto the idea of being a filmmaker, which I studied at Harvard. After graduating, I moved to LA and spent the first many years of my career working in the entertainment industry on many amazing films, including many adapted from books like THE GOLDEN COMPASS and THE LORD OF THE RINGS films.

After spending years working on other writer’s books and films, I started to feel like I wanted to explore writing my own ideas. However, I was more interested in longform fiction to tell a story, especially for big speculative fiction concepts. I was about twenty-eight years old when I first started teaching myself how to write a novel, which began a long journey, but being a big reader helped me a lot. I’m really grateful that I decided to gamble on myself and start writing. Eventually, I sold my debut in a three book deal and that became The Continuum Trilogy!

  1. Were you ever given any advice for writing that helped you in your writing? Can you share what helped the most?

The first piece of advice that I really don’t like—write what you know! As a science fiction writer, it’s my job not only to write about what I don’t know, but also to write about things that haven’t even happened yet. The best advice for writing is to read a lot. The second best piece of advice is to not give up when you hear your first NO. Writers get a lot of rejection all the time—you only see the good parts! You have to be willing to believe in your vision, keep learning and improving your craft, keep reading and keep writing, and keep knocking on doors.

It only takes one YES!

  1. Do you ever listen to music while you write? What bands or genres do you listen to?

Yes, I almost always listen to music when I’m writing, whether on my Sonos at home, or my big noise-cancelling headphones when out at coffee shops. For the Continuum Trilogy, I found myself drawn to a lot of EDM and electronic music—Deadma5, Com Truise, Tycho, Pretty Lights, How to Destroy Angels, Boards of Canada, Bonobo, Trent Reznor, and more. The music is often instrumental and has good beats and energy. One day, I’d love to have an artist like Trent Reznor score the TV adaptation of my books (I can dream, right?).

  1. What was your biggest inspiration for writing sci-fi?

I’ve always been a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan from a young age. I devoured everything, including Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars books, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, Harry Potter, and more. I’m also a huge fan of both STAR TREK TNG and STAR WARS. I love the ability for SFF to take an allegorical approach to examining contemporary issues through a speculative fiction lens.

  1. Your Continuum trilogy is being packaged for TV, which is absolutely AMAZING! What’s that like? Is it nerve-wracking at all wondering how everything is going to be portrayed?

Far from nerve-wracking, it’s exhilarating! Having worked in Hollywood, I know that nothing is guaranteed and the project can always fall apart at any time. We’re still in the process of closing some deals. However, the idea of seeing an adaptation of my work is incredibly exciting. It’s also really amazing to see other people taking my work seriously and being as excited about it. And to hear some of the huge names being mentioned. So, please send all the amazing vibes my way that we get to make the TV series.



Hope you guys enjoyed and do me a favor and go check Jennifer and her amazing trilogy out! Then you can get psyched for the TV series too! 😀

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

On a Sunbeam

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On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Read 2/1/19-2/14/19

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This would probably be closer to 3.5 stars, but I like to round up.

Oh boy. I’m so conflicted with this one because I wanted to love it. I LOVED the artwork, but I found some parts of the story to be a bit… lacking? The characters were interesting but I feel like there was a lot that could have been more fleshed out.

I did enjoy Mia as a character, but I didn’t feel very emotional when stuff happened to her. In fact, I think the thing that was the most off-putting for me was the fact that I really wasn’t attached emotionally to any of the characters and there’s usually at least one character that resonates with me. I liked them all, don’t get me wrong, but none of them connected for me.

My favorite parts of this was definitely the artwork and the overall story was definitely interesting. The artwork- the colors, the space, and those beautiful spaceships- was absolutely stunning. Some pages I would find myself staring at for a few minutes apiece simply because I loved the way they were illustrated.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a nice f/f representation, some beautiful artwork, and an interesting story in space!

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday (#21)

Look at me posting this when I need to be. I’m changing it up a bit and not posting the synopsis, because frankly it takes way too long and I don’t feel the need to continue doing so. :p

But anyways, for those who don’t know what it is, the basis is pretty simple:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!


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1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Verdict:

This actually sounds really freaking cool and I always love starting new fantasy series! KEEPING this one!


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2. Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Verdict:

Oh man. This just moved up my TBR list because this sounds absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait to read this now. It sounds right up my alley and, it’s got a sarcastic MC with what sounds like very interesting narrative. I’m in. KEEPING!


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3. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Verdict:

I’ll give this a shot at some point. KEEPING!


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4. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Verdict:

Ehh… not really something that sounds up my alley at the moment. I don’t know if I’d pick this one up and with so many others littering  my shelves…. REMOVING.


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5. First Year by Rachel E. Carter

Verdict:

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and I’ve just been completely and utterly failing. KEEPING because I own multiple copies and really just have no reason not to.


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6. Halo by Frankie Rose

Verdict:

With the glowing reviews this has received and the premise that sounds FANTASTIC, how can I not want to read it? KEEPING!


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7. Relentless by Karen Lynch

Verdict:

Keeping. Absolutely 100% keeping, I know how much some of my friends love this book and I’ve got it on my Kindle now so I definitely need to read it soon! KEEPING.


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8. Party Girl by Rachel Hollis

Verdict:

I think I’m going to try this one out, actually. I think I may enjoy it, if not for a good change of pace. KEEPING!


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9. Just Breathe by Vincent Morrone ***** trigger warning *****

Verdict:

*****This is a very, very heavily trigger warning book. I know some friends who had some pretty serious reactions to what goes on through the book, so don’t take that TW lightly if you’re sensitive to sexual-assault because this book goes HEAVILY into that.*****

I am willing to read this at some point, when I know I can fully take it. KEEPING.


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10. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Verdict:

Once again, this book has phenomenal reviews and I’m definitely interested to check it out! KEEPING!


*** Total Kept/ Removed: 9/1 ***

Definitely not my best week. xD But, that’s okay, I was reminded of some I wanted to read quite some time ago, and got rid of one that just isn’t my thing anymore.

-Laurenxx