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Monthly Recap: January! // aka the longest month ever + the start of 2018

Hello, people of the internet!

The first month of 2018. It was nice!!! I read a bunch, and wrote a little but it’s ok because I had fun. Honestly though January was so slow??? (I still feel like it’s January 74th or something smh.)

Also I completed most of my goals!! Something I’m hella hyped about because I thought for sure it’d be a huge failure.

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reading

    Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)   Camp Half-Blood Confidential (The Trials of Apollo, #2.5)  Kids Like Us
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared   Ramona Blue   The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)
Moxie  Heaven Eyes  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

  • Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth: Pretty good, but I don’t like Divergent much? My friends told me to read this so I did and I was pleasantly surprised! ★★★★☆ [review]
  • Camp Half Blood: Confidential by Rick Riordan: I’m an ugly Riordanverse stannie and this was absolute gold for me. It was funny and light and gay and a quick read I mean what more could I ask for?? ★★★★★
  • Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl: My feelings about this book are pretty mixed: on one hand, it had good rep and food; but on the other, it was kinda boring and I wasn’t very invested in the characters?? I liked it, though! ★★★★☆ [review]
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson: That title. This was a pretty meh book, the humour was kinda bad and the writing a little slow; but the plot was good and I liked the characters. ★★★☆☆
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy: Such a beautiful book!! Not just the cover (which is pretty amazing), but the things it deals with and the way it portrays them. Being confused about your sexuality is a thing and it happens, and I loved the way it dealt with it – the book was kinda predictable though. ★★★★☆ [review]
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE THIS SO MUCH YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND CREEPY AND RICH AND DELICIOUS I LOVE IT ★★★★★ [review]
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: ok so this book was pretty freakin great, I devoured it in one day. Easy to read, made me smile and also made me angry, had some important messages, I liked it. ★★★★☆ [review]
  • Heaven Eyes by David Almond: I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF DAVID ALMOND’S BOOKS AND I’M SO GLAD I DISCOVERED HIM AHAHAHA HE’S AMAZING ★★★★★ [review]
  • The Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne: cancer cancer cancer kill with fire the only good things about this book are scorpius and romione eurgh *throws up* (this was a re-read btw) ★★☆☆☆ [review]

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favourite book of the month?

THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD THE HAZEL WOOD AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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least favourite book of the month?

the cursed child, no doubt. i only re-read it for the scorpius and albus moments lmaoo i’m such a scorbus stannie

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favourite fanfiction of the month?

SO MANY. I was practically drowning in fics!! I’m going to limit my selection to about five, though (my word count is already hella high.)

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watching listening

  • whoa I’m watching like five shows??? I have no life what the hell

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  • Stranger Things season two!! I’m a slow person and still on episode four but I need to watch more because some people *cough* ilsa *cough* keep threatening me
  • also I started watching Supernatural! to be honest I’m kind of intimidated because?? THIRTEEN FREAKING SEASONS??? but it’s actually really good and I like it!!
  • also Ju has been ranting about Teen Titans so much that I decided to watch it and?? IT’S HONESTLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER WHY DIDN’T I START WATCHING IT SOONER

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  • BLACK MIRROR IS CREEPY AS HELL AND WILL MESS WITH YOUR MIND absolutely watch it, it’s amazing and pure gold
  • I heard a lot about The End of the F***ing World aND HOLY CRAP it’s actually really good and the characters are awesome and I love it
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my child
  • Devilman Crybaby is nice too!!! the art style takes some,, getting used to,, but the plot is better than expected (even though any shreds of innocence I had left are RIPPEDT) and it’s one of the first animes I’m seeing after like six months omg
  • aLSO I’M OBSESSED WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AND THE 1975 AND FOSTER THE PEOPLE 
  • listen to them
  • seriously
  • i love their music
  • they make me emo

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favourite song of the month?

AHAHHHHH I CANNOT PICK I CAN’T PICK AHHH

I’m going to cheat and pick a favourite album, Sacred Hearts Club (by Foster the People) is a constant mood and I love each and every song so so much.

favourite show of the month?

ummmm

i love them all

stop forcing me to pick

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blogging

  • 3 posts
  • 673 views
  • 342 visitors
  • 114 likes
  • 94 comments
  • I hardly posted in January??
  • probably because I was so busy with the TV shows and books smh
  • the stats are decent? I guess?
  • what am I supposed to say in this section

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top post of the month?

ya book tropes

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favourite post of the month?

annoying a reader

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other amazing posts

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writing

  • I DIDN’T MOVE ONTO A NEW PLOT BUNNY!! look this is a,, big deal ok you don’t know how freaking fickle I am
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me talking about moving on from plot bunnies
  • I started writing the first chapter and I don’t like how it turned out
  • but it’s okay I’ll rewrite it anyway
  • lots of progress on backstories! and plot! and random details that will probably never be mentioned but are fun to write anyway!
  • …and literally no progress on the world, this is why I don’t do fantasy ok

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life

  • life? what life?
  • i didn’t do anything
  • (BUT THERE WAS A LUNAR ECLIPSE SUPER BLOOD BLUE MOON DAMN IT WAS FREAKING AMAZING)

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READING

  • Read at least nine books. ✓ If we’re counting comic books, then I actually read ten! I’m so proud :’)
  • Write at least five reviews. ✓✓ I WROTE SEVEN WOOO
  • Read something that isn’t contemporary.  I read three fantasy books :)) much pride

WRITING

  • Start working on an actual outline for my WIP. ✗ HAHAHAH I SUCK.
  • Work on the plot first. ✓ I actually did!! Man, I am killing it.
  • Write more poems!! ✓✗ I wrote some poems but they were kinda bad and short

BLOGGING

  • Reach 300 followers? ✓✓✓ I GOT 344 FOLLOWERS THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY
  • Post more consistently. ✗✗ hahah blogging who
  • Interact more with other bloggers.  I found so many new blogs!!

LIFE

  • Draw more! ✓✓ I made lots of fanart :’) Also I’m really proud of these:

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  • Go outside more often.  oops
  • Get eight hours of sleep at least twice a week.  i blame the internet

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goals for this month

READING

  • Read at least seven books. (My exams begin towards the end of February and I don’t want to overwhelm myself too much; studying is important kids!!)
  • Write at least four reviews. 
  • Read more fantasy novels!! (I need to start immersing myself in fantasy and sci-fi again.)

WRITING

  • Rewrite the first chapter of my WIP. (I don’t need it to be perfect, but I want it to be better than what I have now.)
  • Write some random short stories/one-shots. (I want to practice writing prose again, I’ve been writing too much poetry tbh.)
  • Work on my ~project~. (It’s something I started this month and I might share with you guys next month?? It’s do with writing and stuff. Make what you will of that.)

BLOGGING

  • Reach 375 followers? (If I aim high I’ll be pleasantly surprised by all outcomes.)
  • POST MORE CONSISTENTLY. (I mean it this time.)
  • Go blog-hopping more often! 

LIFE

  • Study! (Especially math and science because I suck at those)
  • Go outside more often. (Here’s hoping I don’t break it this time.)
  • Get eight hours of sleep at least twice a week. (I need to be well-rested for my exams smh)

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overall

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but

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shall we chat

How was your January? Excited for the next month?(Valentine’s Day is coming up.) What were a few good books you read last month? Listened to any good songs/albums?? Do you have any goals for February? AND DO YOU WATCH ANY OF THE SHOWS I MENTIONED???

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hi i'm aris just your everyday trashcan who fangirls over everything • book blogger • reader • ravenclaw • indian • ambivert • i try to be cool but fail miserably

44 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: January! // aka the longest month ever + the start of 2018

  1. I haven’t watched any of the shows you mentioned, wow, that’s so weird! I guess I’m behind on creepy, great shows. I’ve watched 2 episodes of Stranger Things and I want to watch the entire series. But I keep getting distracted???
    The Cursed Child is the WORST. I love Scorpius and Albus but the plot is the worst.
    I think the best book I read in January was The Cruel Prince. It was just so good!
    Good luck writing and reading fantasy. It can be fun but so hard!

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  2. Haha, you’re not the first blogger I’ve seen claiming that January was so slow, and I’m over here just like, Wait, what? How?? GIVE ME MY JANUARY BACK!!

    Black Mirror! Yes! I get so weirdly excited when people watch it! But this newest season was so disappointing 😦 Why so short! We’ve only been waiting a whole year for it and they only give us like 5 episodes! Bah. Humbug.

    Good luck on your goals for February!

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  3. SUPERNATURALLLLLLLLLLLL ❤ SAM AND DEAN MY LOVESSS
    I purchased Moxie in January so hopefully I can get around to it soon! The Cursed Child ughhhhhhh but SCORBUSSSSSS YASSSS *pstt…. I have a scorbus fanficiton*

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  4. Ramona Blue, The Hazel Wood and Moxie are books that I’m DYING TO READ. I’m SO JEALOUS. and omg yes supernatural is amazing and I LOVE IT. I’m somewhere around s10? maybe s11?? (truthfully i can’t remember ahah!) OMG your drawings are SO good!! I LOVE THEM *heart-eyes* and also, thank you so much for linking to my post!

    Have a great February!!

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  5. Great wrap-up! I know, JANUARY was like the slowest month ever, I’m still not over it hahaha, let’s hope february will be a bit better 🙂
    I’m so happy you enjoyed The Hazel Wood, it was such a strange, fascinating story, I really enjoyed readin it as well 😀
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, you’re so sweet!! ❤ ❤
    And yay for working on the plot of your WIP, I am so proud of you and hope you will manage to work more and more for it this month! Best of luck!! xx

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  6. STRANGER THINGS SEASON TWO FEATURES A LOT OF STEVE FRICKING HARRINGTON SO U BETTER WATCH IT PLS AND THANKS
    AND EW THE CURSED CHILD WHY ARE YOU RE-READER THAT UTTER CRAP. IM SO EXCITED FOR THE HAZEL WOOD OMIGOSH!! AND UM…KIDS LIKE US?! Im glad you enjoyed it, I loved the ASD aspect of it (tho the mother…yikes) And Romana Blue and Moxie are books are ONES IM SO EXCITED FOR. and roman blue has question rep (i think!) which is something im exicted for! OMG I LOVE YOUR DRAWINGS AHHh and thanks for linking to moi!

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  7. OMG YOUR DRAWINGS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL ARIS!!! 😍 and aahhh I’m so glad you liked The Hazel Wood! I heard some problematic things about it so it’s gone down on my TBR but it still sounds really good. and sjflslfk I’ve heard so many amazing things about ST & the End of the F*cking World (and also B99 & One Day at a Time) but I literally have no time for shows!!

    thank you for linking to my post and also !!! GOOD LUCK WITH EXAMS!!! 💗💗

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  8. AHH THEY’RE AWESOME I’LL TURN INTO MUSH IF I THINK ABOUT THEM TOO LONG. lmao supernatural is so longg i don’t blame you for not keeping track xD EEP THANK YOU SO MUCH!! ❤ and of course, your post was awesome :))

    thank you~!! you too 😀

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  9. Thanks!! yep, January was pretty freaking long and I am *glad* to leave it behind xD

    I LOVED IT SO MUCH OMG. It’s so amazing!! I can’t wait for the sequel ❤

    Of course I would!! 😀

    thank you so much!!! I really hope I get some more ideas :')

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  10. OKAYYY I GET IT I’M REALLY HYPED FOR IT TOOO

    I KNOW RIGHT IT WAS TERRIBLE BUt scorpius :’) THE HAZEL WOOD IS AMAZING AND A BLESSING YOU SHOULD READ IT!!! the mother in kids like us annoyed me so much,, like she was so fickle?? yESS RAMONA BLUE IS P AMAZING!!! so is moxie :)) yeah, it does have question rep!! which made it so! good!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH ILSA and of course I’d link to you :))

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  11. THANK YOUUU ❤ ❤ I TRY

    yEs the Hazel Wood was,, amazing I loved it so creepy so delicious so dark. what sort of problematic things?? pls tell me I must know 😦 bRO YES THOSE SHOWS ARE AWESOMEEEE (brooklyn nine nine is a FAVE and i just finished it omg) ahh that's sad :((

    your post was a blessing of course i'd link to it,, aND THANK YOU SO MUCH (I NEED THE LUCK) ❤

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  12. Gahhhh I haven’t updated it in MONTHS, but it’s on Wattpad and it’s called We Are Cursed – I actually kinda miss writing it. I might start writing it again.

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  13. I physically couldn’t finish cursed child, like every fiber of my hp heart screamed so I had to obliviate the 20 pages I forced myself to read. Also, wth Tokyo ghoul fanart?!?*cue the feels. YESH THAT LUNAR MOON ECLIPSE BLUE SUPER THING WAS V.V. COOL.

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  14. I AM SO GLAD YOU LOVED THE HAZEL WOOD b/c my soul requires me to read anything that has anything to do with Alice so i will be reading it no matter what. also yay stranger things & i guess i’ll try the end of the f**king world again? i started it without being all that into it but seeing as everyone in the entire internet universe talks about it it must be good

    january was the longest slowest month of all time

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  15. haha relatable. i wish i could wipe it from my memory entirely.

    i haven’t actually watched tokyo ghoul?? WAIT LET ME EXPLAIN. i read a few chapters of the manga and it seemed cool but,, i never got time to watch the anime or read the rest!! but my friend is a huge fan so i drew that for her lol

    I LOVE SPACE AND THE MOON

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  16. IT WAS AMAZING AND I’M SO GLAD I GOT APPROVED FOR THE ARC BEST EVER!!! also hahah same. i stan alice with all my heart. THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD IS SO GOOD I CAN’T EVEN i mean it’s kinda weird but?? that just makes it better.

    preach sis

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  17. Yay! Congrats on reaching so many goals this past month! And omgggg 9 books??!!! I need to step up my reading game. I’ve been on the same book for two and a half weeks which is so horrid of me.

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  18. we have the exact same taste i’m crying.

    first off i love black mirror and the end of the f-ing world so much. my favorite black mirror episode is san juniper (because i’m basic) or uss callister.

    the end of the f-ing world was so good i loved james and i love the actor who plays him so much so so so much. all my friends complained about how annoyed alyssa was and i related to her on every level pretty much so :/ (have you seen call me by your name??)

    i Love the nbhd!!! so much !!!!!!! i saw them in concert and i got a shirt they’re my favorite band of all time so good. i also adore foster the people and the 1975 ( do you like harry styles or hayley kiyoko or angus elgort ((even though they’re not even remotely in the same genre)) ???)

    that’s so cool about all of your writing stuff!!!! i’m so fickle as well like commitment?? idk her

    also congrats about the poetry!!! i mean that’s how you have to start off , like small crappy poems and then longer crappy poems (i’m a poetry hoe and you should read richard silken’s i am jeff ((if that poem was a person i would literally marry it)) )

    your art is so! good!! i can’t draw a stick figure and you’re super talented like waht the hecc

    i’m glad you had a good january !!!

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  19. yas after years of searching i have finally found u

    i’m still on season two ahh but i can’t wait for san junipero because i read the episode overview and it sounds so ❤ ❤ gimme more gay fluff pls.

    james!!! is!! amazing!!!!! most of my friends don't like the show?? they think it's weird and the characters are annoying. i love alyssa she's so relatable and says exactly what she wants to ssksjsk

    (I SO WANT TO WATCH IT and also read it because i'm *that* person)

    omfg i rlly want to see them live but no one comes to india :((( their music is so,, good i could cry. (hayley kiyoko is my gay icon and i love her even though i've heard only one album, i haven't heard many songs by harry styles?? but i love the ones i heard and i know u love him so i must listen to more also!!! ansel elgort!!! gus!!! again i've only heard a few songs)

    commitment is who again?? lol i need to stick to something but nah

    thankuuu!!!! ❤ yeah that is true lmao (i love poetry too!! but i only read the mainstream poets like e e cummings and rita mae reese because i'm basic,,, i'll definitely check out that poem though!!!)

    ❤ ❤ THANK U THAT MAKES ME HAPPY

    did you have a good january??

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  20. i love black mirror but i’m weak and can’t deal with horror so i like have to skip around??? i’m not trying to traumatize myself tbh

    james is the best and the actor who plays him seems like a sweetheart, i love

    I LOVE CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, my friends kept bothering me until i found a way to watch it,,, elio is a fashion icon and the loml (i kind of hate oliver but i love armie hammer so it’s okay) also,, i thought timothee because of his name was like french or something, so i thought the reason he’s such a massive dork, was because he’s That type of european (which i know lots of of) and then it turned out he was american????? i was shook,, i still love him tho

    they’re all so good i love them, hayley kioyoko is a Gay icon i love her and all of them their music makes me happy (even though i’m weird and don’t really listen to a lot by one artist and kind of just listen to whatever i hear on the radio but whatever) also also what other music do you like??????

    those are good poets. i like most poetry tbh, but besides rupi kaur because i’m problematic. honestly, i have like a lot of respect for her, its just not for me so :/,,, i love i am jeff so much, it’s my wallpaper on my phone (i also love inkskinned, which is a tumblr blog and she has a few poems I Love which I can send to you if you want????)

    i guess?? i mean, i get zero sleep and my mental health is trash because ib sucks as well as my school, but i’ve made new friends??? so that slightly raises my self-esteem??? (and besides i was just waiting for february to start because it’s my favorite month because of like valentines day and my birthday and stuff 🙂 )

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  21. EVERYTHING HERE IS THOROUGHLY FANTASTIC. I’LL JUST SIT HERE AND YELL BECAUSE I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START. ohhh I am glad you liked Ramona Blue and Kids Like Us (I freaking adored that one ajfdkalsd the autism rep was so good) and I reeeally want to read The Hazelwood but I’d heard mixed things??? So I’m glad it has your stamp of approval.😂 I want it more now!

    Also good luck with the writing!! I hope the outline goes well!!

    And people keep talking about Black Mirror and I think I need to see it.😂 Also I sooo want to watch End Of the F**king World so that’s going onto the to do list.😂 I mean obviously it’ll make my TBR hate me but whatever. I’LL SURVIVE.

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  22. SSKSJKSS THANK YOUUU SO MUCH. ❤ yezz all those books are so amazing I want to yell from the feels.

    thanks!!! I'm trying 😀

    black mirror is definitely a must watch but it'll mess with your head a LOT. so is the end of the f***ing world!! meh my TBR already hates me so 😂

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  23. ahaha that was me before i started watching but now i don’t even care and just devour every episode lmao

    ssjskjsskj I WILL WATCH THIS IF IT’S THE LAST THING I DO

    i do this weird thing where i just download a bunch of albums by one artist?? meh it works lol also i really like sleeping at last!!! and marianas trench and bastille and dodie clark ❤ wbu??

    i've only read a few rupi kaur poems but i rlly want milk and honey to see if i'll like them!!! i searched up "i am jeff" and i found a poem called "you are jeff" by richard silken is that the right one??? because it was So Good omfg (yezz send them all)

    eep i have cbse and i feel your pain, all we do is memorize stuff argh but it's good that you made more friends!! spread your awesomeness to others :)) (yOuR bIRtHdAy iS wHeN nOw)

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  24. I heard some mixed things about The Hazel Wood, but I’m glad you loved that one so much! I also really want to read Moxie and Ramona Blue, I kept meaning to pick them up but somehow I never did? Definitely need to do that. Also YOUR ART IS JUST 😍 So beautiful???! And season 2 of Stranger Things!! My love!! I need season 3, like, immediately. Thank you so much for linking to my post!! Running = reading, and that’s a fact now. 😂

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  25. EEEE I LOVE THOSE BOOKS SO MUCH but yeah, there some problematic things about the hazel wood that i heard only after finishing it :(( AHH THANK YOUUU ❤ yess i'm still watching it because i'm #slow but IT'S SO GOOD ahaha yeah, that is completely true and proved by Science

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  26. ooo, all very good i love bastille to (his voice is So good)

    also im so dumb i was like convinced it was i am jeff but it was you are jeff and his name is siken ?? apparentlY??? mandela effect????

    highkey Yuck i am so close to dropping out of school

    also i feel so bad my birthday was on the 16th but i had a Highkey mental health crash and so,,,,, (i’ve probably cried three times today im struggling)

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  27. amelie!!!! i am sending you a virtual hug pls don’t cry (even though that probably won’t help lmao mental illnesses suck) i love u!!! and i’m so sad that your birthday was ruined because of that :(((

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