30 Books in 30 Days Week 2 Update – September 2017

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So I’m really late on this update, today is the 19th and I should’ve had this Update posted ages ago. If you haven’t already, check out my Announcement post and Week 1 Update. While I am quite behind, I still think I can catch up and Complete this challenge by the end of this month.

So onto the Updates for week 2:

Day 8 – Friday, September 8th

3:30 PM – I haven’t done any reading yet as I went to the Cinema to see IT, this is an excellent movie, I absolutely loved it. I haven’t finished reading the Book yet, so I cant really say much about that, but from what I can tell it is quite similar to the book, while also being different.

11:00 PM – After coming home from seeing IT, I decided to continue reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire and I ended up reading 96 pages of that. That was all the reading that I did today.

Pages Read Today:
– Wicked – 96
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Total Pages Read: 

2,336
# of Books Read:
5

Day 9 – Saturday, September 9th

5:50 AM I started reading Made of stars by Kelley York and I stayed up till 5:50 AM reading it.  I read 131 pages. This book is so good. While it’s slow at times, it’s an enjoyable pace. The writing is quite sparse, yet it says so very much. It’s poetic, but at the same time, I can clearly see a real person speaking these words, having these internal monologues within themselves.

7:40 PM – I went to The Royal Adelaide Show again, you might remember in my last update I said I went to the show, well I went a second time. But I did manage to read 49 pages of Made of Stars, and I am obsessed with it at the moment, too bad it’s so short.

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9:00 PM – And I finished reading the last 38 pages of Made of stars, this book was incredible. This is one of those books that you finish and then sit in that bubble of amazing things and wish that it wasn’t over. These characters will stick with me for a long time. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

Pages Read Today:
– Made of Stars – 252
252 pages
Total Pages Read: 

2,588
# of Books Read:
6

Day 10 – Sunday, September 10th

11:00 PM – I didn’t read much today. I read another 93 pages of Wicked and that was it, but this book has really small font, so it’s taking me a bit longer to get through.

Pages Read Today:
– Wicked – 93
93 Pages
Total Pages Read: 

2,681
# of Books Read:
6

Day 11 – Monday, September 11th

11:00 PM – So the first thing I did, before I got out of bed this morning (okay, technically I made coffee first, but that doesn’t count) was to finish Triangles by Ellen Hopkins and I read 327 pages.

I’ve read a lot of the YA books Ellen Hopkins has written and loved all of them. She’s not afraid to tackle controversial, gritty topics. I didn’t enjoy much this book though, so I think I should just stick to her YA Novels. I didn’t really connect with, or feel much for, any of the characters.

Pages Read Today:
– Triangles – 327
327 Pages
Total Pages Read: 

3,008
# of Books Read:
 7

Day 12 – Tuesday, September 12th

11:50 PM – My only reading today happened from about 9pm so by the time I actually completed any reading it was getting quite late. But I did get some reading done, I read 131 pages of Wicked and was able to finish it.

Pages Read Today:
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131 Pages
Total Pages Read: 

3,139
# of Books Read:
 8

Day 13 – Wednesday, September 13th

12:30 PM – At 10:00 AM I started my own 24 Hour Read-a-thon, and so far I’ve read 60 pages from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, which I’m quite enjoying. Although, I didn’t expect anything less from Virginia, who is one of my favourite Classic Authors. So I had high Expectations for this one.

2:30 PM – Then I decided to take a break from Mrs. Dalloway, so I switched books and Continued reading Antisocial. I managed to read 52 pages.

5:00 PMI have also picked up Red Queen (I’m listening to the Audiobook), and I must admit I have found it quite Average; extremely slow and very similar to other dystopian books. I doubt I will get this one read before the end of the read-a-thon. Which I calculated to be 217 pages

11:55 PM – And then I again switched over to read Mrs. Dalloway and read 40 pages. I also read 320 pages of One Piece Manga Volume 31-33 to give my eyes a bit of a break from reading too many words. I was incredibly proud of how much I read today.

Pages Read Today:
– Mrs. Dalloway – 100
– Red Queen – 217
– Antisocial – 52
One Piece Volume 31-33 – 320
746 pages
Total Pages Read: 

3,885
# of Books Read:
  8

Day 14 – Thursday, September 14th

11:00 AMI ended up reading another 320 pages of One Piece and Finishing it before I fell asleep at 3:30AM, after waking up at 5:45 AM I then continued reading Mrs. Dalloway and finished it before the end of the 24 hour read-a-thon with 92 pages.

10:00 PM – I didn’t read anything else today, so I mostly just Blogged and watched Atypical, which is a new T.V. show on Netflix. It’s about a high-school senior with autism, Which I haven’t seen much of in TV.

Pages Read Today:
– Mrs. Dalloway – 92
One Piece Volume 31-33 – 320
412 pages
Total Pages Read: 

4,297
# of Books Read:
  10

So here are the books I read during Week 2:


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Have you read any of these book? Are any of these on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments. Also, I’ll be doing Full reviews for all these Novels, so let me know which book you’d like to see me review first.

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The Sunday Post #31 | Weekly Update – 17/09/2017

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The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read:

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Currently Reading:

What I plan to read Next:

Song of the Week:

What I’m Watching:

If you saw my last Sunday Post, you probably know that I went to see the IT movie. Well, I went to see it again. I really love this movie and cant wait till it becomes available on DVD.

Last Week On The Blog:

24 Hour Read-a-thon 
Review: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell 
September Read-a-thons 
24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Coming Soon:

30 Books in 30 Days Week 2 Update

Upcoming Reviews:

Around the Blogosphere:

Chloe @ Diary of a lonely girl shares 3 Reasons you should join in with Blogger Chats 
Jesse @ Books at Dawn discusses Love Triangles 
Violet @ The Whimsical Words of an Agreeable Bookworm Discusses Whether it’s fair to review a book you DNF’d 
Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner shares Posting Tips

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24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap Up

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If you didn’t see my post, I decided to do my own 24 Hour Read-a-thon on Wednesday, September 13th. I had a really fun time reading for 24 hours, although I didn’t read for the whole 24 hours, I feel asleep for a couple of hours. Check out my Announcement & TBR post. If you follow my Twitter, you saw my updates! So, here’s my wrap-up of the books I read for the read-a-thon.

Books Read:

22609567The First book I finished was One Piece Volume 31-33 by Eiichiro Oda. This has 640 Pages. Ever since picking up the very first volume of One Piece I have been addicted to reading it. There so much action, adventure, fight scenes and wacky villains. Leaving current Skypiea dramatics for a bit, this volume jumps back 400 years for some Noland & Kalgara history and how Jaya came to be in the sky793216

Next I finished reading Mrs Dalloway. I really enjoy Virginia Woolf’s writing. Woolf’s prose is fantastic, she has a poetic way with descriptions that I find so aesthetically pleasing. I absolutely loved this book. No surprise there, though. This was my third Woolf book I’ve read and I completely anticipated falling in love with it.


Books Started During Read-a-thon…

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I started listening to the Audiobook of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I own the book but I anticipated not enjoying It, as I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews about this one. So I borrowed the Audiobook from the Library, I don’t know how far I am into the Audiobook or how long I’ve got left, but I calculated in the book that I’m up to page 217.

Red Queen borrowed heavily from other popular dystopian reads, like Hunger Games, Red Rising and Divergent. It’s just too similar to other Dystopian books. The concept of the book Is interesting though, with people who bleed red or silver blood. Because of evolution, those who bleed silver can command superpowers. I will be finishing this soon, and will have a full review up.


Books Continued During Read-a-thon…

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Lets look at stats…

I started 3 books during this read-a-thon.
I continued 1 book during this read-a-thon.
I completed 2 books entirely within the read-a-thon.
I read a total of 1,154 pages during the read-a-thon.


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That’s a wrap on this read-a-thon. I think this Read-a-thon was very successful for me. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Also, Let me know if you would be interested in another read-a-thon like this in the Future. I know that it was really late notice!

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September Read-a-thons

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Lately, I’ve discovered a few read-a-thons happening in September and, because they align with my reading goals for the month, I’m doing all of them! I thought I’d combine them here, along with what I plan to read for each, in case anyone else wants to get involved too.

Stephen King Readathon

Aug 21-Sep 21

In celebration of Stephen King’s 70th birthday, Josh from Literary Gladiators has created the Stephen King Read-a-thon. The aim is to read as many books by Stephen King as you want. You can see Josh introducing the new read-a-thon in his video here, or check out the Goodreads group.

My TBR:

Sequel September:

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I am participating in Sequel September, a fun idea by Kathy from Books and Munches to try to get through a bunch of TBR-sequels that have been gathering dust on our shelves for quite some time now. I think this is a great opportunity to read some of my long sequel TBR and I really want to do that. I own a lot of sequels, so I’m not going to put them all here, but Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what sequels you think I should prioritize.

My TBR:

Sherlock September

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The aim is to read as many of the Sherlock Holmes Novels as you want, Which includes: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow and The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. This was created by Hanna @ The Dyslexic Reader. You can see her announcement in her Video Here.

I Suck at Read-a-thons (#ISATRAT)

18th-22nd September

This is a low key read-a-thon for people who suck at read-a-thons with a focus on community! This was created by Sam @ Sam’s Nonsense, you check out her Video Announcement and the Read-a-thon Twitter Page.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read the smallest book on your shelf 
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Read 10 pages/day 
3. Read a graphic novel

4. Finish 1 book 

5. Read for 20 mins/day

My TBR:

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The Stolen White Elephant will complete 3 Challenges, Read the smallest book on your shelf – with 56 pages, Read 10 pages a day – The read-a-thon goes for 5 days, so if I read about 10 pages a day, I will have completed that challenge, and I would have read 1 book. I will complete the other 2 challenge by reading One Piece Manga Volume 34-36.

Prideathon

Sept 25th-Oct 1st

This is a Twitter based read-a-thon, and is Hosted by and . I had a really hard time finding books for this, I don’t own many LGBTQ+ and apparently South Australian Libraries don’t have many either.

Reading Challenges:

1) book w/ a trans/nonbinary MC
2) read a book w a LGBTQIAP+ MC you’ve never read before
3) read a non-YA novel w/ a LGBTQIAP+ MC
4) read a fairytale retelling w a LGBTQIAP+ MC
5) read a book w/ a disabled, queer MC that’s written by an author who’s also disabled
6) read a book where the main romance is a m/f bisexual romance
7) read an graphic novel w an LGBTQIAP+ MC

TBR:

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Are you participating in any of these Read-a-thons? Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Also, If you have a TBR for September or any of these Read-a-thons, link them below in the Comments, I’d love to check them out.

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Review: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

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7091370The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 27th 2010
Series: The Carrie Diaries, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 389
Rating: 2
Date Read: 1/08/2017
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | Book Depository

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

The Carrie Diaries is about a girl – Carrie Bradshaw – as she goes through life in her last year of high school. this is your average young adult novel with the school and relationship drama. This novel is Boring, superficial, directionless high school melodrama galore with personality-less characters and no sense of time or place.

It’s a shame the writing is basic and bland, because if it’d been a bit more exciting, maybe a little more rich this book would have been better. At least 100 pages too long and exceedingly pointless. It’s too slow and inwardly-focused for the Sweet Valley High crowd. There is almost no character development whatsoever being one of numerous flaws. All of the characters are 2-dimensional.

The Carrie Diaries was a frustrating read for me. There is a lot of potential between the pages of this, but the terrible writing along with the format of the whole piece just degraded the overall experience. Mind you, I’ve never seen Sex in the City, so I won’t be doing a comparison at all.

While I did find many things within The Carrie Diaries to be very interesting, I just could not get past the bad writing, nor the format, which is very much like a diary. Each chapter starts off on a completely different scene and time, which sometimes made you feel a bit lost because the previous chapter would end so abruptly. The choppy chapter endings made me feel as if the author just gave up on the scene and was ready for a change of pace.

Overall, The Carrie Diaries was a huge disappointment for me. Which is a shame, because the T.V show was pretty good.

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24 Hour Read-a-thon

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Since this month I’m doing the 30 Books in 30 Days Challenge, and I’m a little behind, I decided to do my own 24 hour read- a-thon this Wednesday. I don’t think I’ll be reading for the full 24 hours as I cannot read on no Sleep, so I’ll just be reading in my Waking hours.

I decided to start at 10 AM, Shut off all social Media & distractions and concentrate on reading. So I will be starting at 10 AM ACST on September 13th and Finishing on the 14th at 10 AM. I’m a fairly slow reader but I have listed six books that I’ll try to read. Here are the Books I’ll be reading:

Anyone can Join in! I know it’s quite short notice, but Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in or planning on joining me for this read-a-thon. I’ll be updating my progress on Twitter, so make sure to follow me there and don’t forget to tag me in your post so I can see it. You can announce your intentions to participate on any of your social media. Also, If you’re planning on Participating, you can convert the Time to your Time Zone HERE. Will you be joining me in this Read-a-thon?

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The Sunday Post #30 | 10/09/2017

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The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

What I Plan to read Next:

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Song of the Week:

What I’m Watching:

This Week, I watched La La Land. Although I thought the hype around this film doesn’t match the Quality of the film. The expectations were simply way to high for this average film.

I also went to see IT in the Cinema. IT is a phenomenal movie, the acting is great, the scares were intense and well done, and the pacing was spot on.

On the Blog:

#TheReadingQuest Week 3 Update 
Read-a-thin Wrap Up 
30 Books in 30 Days Week 1 Update – September 2017

Upcoming Reviews:

Around the Blogosphere:

Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader shares 11 Tips for growing your Blog 
Amber @ The Literary Phoenix discusses Cover Buys 
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads shares 4 Common Barriars to Blog Engagement 
Lu @ Lu Reads discusses Recommending Books

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30 Books in 30 Days Week 1 Update – September 2017

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Today is end of week 1, So it is time for an update on how I’m doing! It has been quite a busy week, I am really happy with my progress though. Also if you haven’t already, you can check out my Announcement post. I have really enjoyed a lot of the books that I’ve read so far. I have read five books, but I am a little behind.

Day 1 – Friday, September 1st

12:01 AM – I stayed up until 2:00 AM reading Soul Contract by Ping Zi, Which is a Chinese web Manhua. It has 61 chapters translated to English at the moment. I read 272 pages (20 Chapters) before I went to sleep.

1:00 PM – After waking up at 9:30 AM, I decided to continue reading World’s Collide, which I’d already started in August, and read 53 pages.

7:00 PM – I read a bit more of World’s Collide72 pages – I’m almost finished it and really enjoying it so far!

11:00 PM – I just finished reading World’s Collide, with another 32 pages, I enjoyed it a lot. Although, I actually think this would have to be my least favourite in The Land of stories series, I liked it a lot. I finished it while watching The Other Boleyn Girl on T.V, I read it through the Ads.

Pages Read Today:
– Soul Contract – 272

– World’s Collide – 157
429 pages
Total Pages Read:

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# of Books Read:
1

Day 2 – Saturday, September 2nd

12:01 AM – Again I stayed up till 2:00 AM reading Soul Contract, I read another 216 pages (8 Chapters) before I went to sleep.

5:36 PM –  I haven’t read much today, because I went to The Royal Adelaide Show with my Mum. I woke up at 10:00 AM and didn’t have any time to read in the morning, but I did read 40 pages of Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief on the Train.

9:00 PM – I did finish reading Soul Contract with another 282 pages (21 chapters). I liked this a lot. I’d never read a Manhua before, so this was a lot of fun. Even though this is an ongoing series, I read all 61 chapters translated to English so far, so I’m going to count this as complete for this month.

11:00 PM – I read 10 pages of IT, I already started this one before as well, I’m almost 300 pages into it and I am starting to really get into it. I’m enjoying it more than what I thought I would. I’ve read Stephen King books before and I haven’t enjoyed them that much. I find that there really slow and they drag a lot. While I still have the same problems with this book, I’m enjoying it.

Pages Read Today:
– Soul Contract – 498
– Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief – 40
– IT – 10 

548 pages
Total Pages Read: 

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# of Books Read:
2

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Read-a-thin Wrap Up

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Last month I participated in the Read-A-Thin read-a-thon. Today I am going to go through all of the books I finished and what challenges I was able to complete. So for Read-A-Thin I finished 9 books, I’m so proud of the 9 Read-A-Thin books I managed to read. If you want to learn all about this read-a-thon you can check out Jessica’s post. She is one of the creators of this read-a-thon.


Read a 2017 Release & Read a book recommended to you by someone in the book Community

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Read a book that is the same Colour as you Birthstone (Aquamarine) & A book with water on the Cover

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Read a Diverse Book

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Read a book with a title or Author with the same first letter as the first letter of your name.

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Image result for Single EmojisRead a book that is related to your favourite Emoji & Read a book starting with a letter from TBR.

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Read a book with a Summer Themed Cover & Read a book set in the Summer

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Read a book with a warm Coloured cover (Orange, Red, Yellow, Brown)

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Start & Finish a Series

Read a book in 24 hours

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Read a new to you author

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Buddy Read a Book

Read a Guilty Pleasure Read

Read an Adult/New Adult book & Read a book outside of your Favourite Genre

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The goal was to complete 6 challenges and did that. I completed 15/18 Challenges and I read a total of 9 books that counted toward this read-a-thon.


Did you participate in this read-a-thon? How many books did you get read? Have you read any of these books, if so what did you think of them? Let me know in the Comments!

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#TheReadingQuest Week 3 Update

Today will be another Update post for The Reading Quest. I can’t believe we’re already up to the last week, and although I haven’t read as much as I’d hoped, this has been  a lot of fun. You can also go check out my Update for Week 1 & Week 2.

I haven’t actually read much this week. So far I’ve read a total of 2,695 and I’ve finished reading World’s Collide by Chris Colfer for the ‘book set in a different world’ Challenge.

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Mage’s Path
Level: 2
EXP: 85
HP: 277


So that’s it for this Update of #TheReadingQuest. For the last week, I am hoping to have finished the Mage’s path, I haven’t done as well as I would have liked, but the end of it, I would like to a least finish the one character path. I’ll be back next week with the Wrap up.

Are you Participating in #TheReadingQuest? How is your reading going? How did your first week of reading go? Let me know in the Comments or if you have an Update post, leave the link on the comments, as I’d love to check it.

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