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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The Sunday Post #29 | 3/09/2017

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:

Last week, I watched Fear Island. This is a 2009 thriller film, I’d already seen this movie before, so this was a re-watch. It’s about five students on spring break who go to a secluded island cabin for a weekend getaway. Stranded on the island they become the prey of a mysterious killer who seems bent on revenge.

On the Blog:

#TheReadingQuest Week 2 Update 
August Wrap-Up & Haul 
30 Books in 30 Days Challenge

Coming Soon:

Rainbow-a-thon Wrap Up
30 Books in 30 Days Week 1 Update
#TheReadingQuest Week 3 Update
Read-a-thin Wrap Up
September Read-a-thons

Upcoming Reviews:

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Around the Blogosphere:

Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx recommends Quick Reads 
Beth @ Reading Every Night discusses Magical Realism
Ann @ Ann The BookMaster  talks about Series Cover Changes

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30 Books in 30 Days Challenge

September

In September, I’ve decided to do the challenge of reading 30 books in the 30 days. I saw this done by Ange from Beyond the Pages on YouTube and thought this looked like a lot of fun, so I’m going to attempt it.

This month I am challenging myself to read 30 books in 30 days. I am planning on participating in this challenge since I have fallen behind  on my Goodreads Challenge and there are a lot of other challenges I need to catch up on. I don’t actually know if I’ll be able to do this, but I’ll try. As for updates, I’ll aim to do Updated here on my blog every week. This will just be some of my potential reads instead of a TBR.

Potential Reads:

World’s Collide by Chris Colfer 
Soul Contract
by Ping Zi 
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis 

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordon
Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
London by Edward Rutherfurd

Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan
Fletcher of the Bounty by Graeme Lay
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
The End by Lemony Snicket

Trust me I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
We That Are Left by Lisa Bigelow

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
IT by Stephen King
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige


That’s it for this post! Have you read any of these? Are they on you TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

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August Wrap-Up & Haul

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What I Read in August:

We’ve reached the end of August! It is time for another wrap-up! I finished reading 15 books. I’m happy with this. Now, let’s get into the wrap-up. Let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought of them.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
The Case Study if Vanitas Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
One Piece Volume 19-21 by Eiichiro Oda
Pandora Hearts Volume 24 by Jun Mochizuki
One Piece Volume 22-24 by Eiichiro Oda
Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (review)
Congenial Spirits: Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf
Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
Note to Self by Connor Franta
Suicide Squad by Marv Wolfman
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
Tokdoki by Naoshi Komi

Those are all the books that I finished in August, I was almost in a reading slump towards the end of the month. For the past 1-2 weeks I’ve kind of felt a reading slump coming on but not enough to prevent me from reading, it has just slowed my reading down a bit. Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Got any recommendations for me? As always, I’d love to hear in the comments.

Reviews Finished this Month:

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Tags & Memes Done this Month:

TBR Jar Wednesday – August – Let’s Vote – #TBRJW 
The Sunday Post #27 | 6/08/2017 
TBR Jar Wednesday – August 2017 – And the Winner is… #TBRJW
TBR Jar Wednesday – August – My Reading Progress – London by Edward Rutherfurd
Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 
Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 1: Book Tag 
Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 3: Reading Habits Book Tag 
The Sunday Post #28 | 20/08/2017 – 27/08/2017

Other Posts done this Month:

Alphabethon Round 3 Wrap-Up #Alphabetho 
8 Tips for having a Successful Read-a-thon | Discussion #7 
#TheReadingQuest Sign Up 
Make Me Read It Read-a-thon Wrap Up #MakeMeRead 
Tome Topple Read-a-thon Round 4 – August 2017 – Wrap Up #TomeTopple 
#TheReadingQuest Week 1 Update 
Rainbow Read-A-Thon TBR 
Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 2: Getting to know the Blogger
#TheReadingQuest Week 2 Update

What I’m Currently Reading:

I did pretty well this month when it came to book buying. I’m trying to cut down on my book buying anyway. So these are the books I bought/received during the month of August. I acquired a total of 6 books!

Physical Books I Bought:

Note to Self by Connor Franta
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Son of a witch by Gregory Maguire
A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire

Physical ARC’s I Received:

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We That Are Left by Lisa Bigelow

eARCS I Received:

I received these books from Netgalley. Thank you to all the publishers/Authors who share books with me. I’m so grateful to all the publishers and authors who are generous enough to send me their books.

Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday
The Mansions of Murder by Paul Doherty
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright
Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan

Goodbye, Good Girl by Renee Blossom
The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson
All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert
The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

Fletcher of the Bounty by Graeme Lay
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay


That’s it for this post! I’ll be doing my September TBR separately instead this time, which you’ll find out why soon. What books did you finish this August? I would love to know. If you have your own Haul/Wrap-Up/TBR post(s), leave them down below as well.

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#TheReadingQuest Week 2 Update

This post is really late, as today is day 19 of The Reading Quest. So I thought it was time for another update on how I’m doing! You can go check out my Update for Week 1.

So in the second week I had read a total of 2,035 pages. I had finished reading Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle, Completing the First book in a series Challenge, Note to Self by Connor Franta for the Open World Side Quest and Suicide Squad Novelisation, which completes the Book that contains Magic Challenge.

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Mage’s Path
Level: 2
EXP: 60
HP: 173


So that’s it for week 2’s Update of #TheReadingQuest. For the next week, I am hoping to have finished reading most of the one’s that I’ve already started. Hopefully next week will be better and more successful. I’ll be back at the end of week 3 for another Update.

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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The Sunday Post #28 | 20/08/2017 – 27/08/2017

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:

Song of the week:

On the Blog:

#TheReadingQuest Sign Up 
Make Me Read It Read-a-thon Wrap Up #MakeMeRead 
TBR Jar Wednesday – August – My Reading Progress – London by Edward Rutherfurd #TBRJW 
Tome Topple Read-a-thon Round 4 – August 2017 – Wrap Up #TomeTopple 
#TheReadingQuest Week 1 Update 
Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 
Rainbow Read-A-Thon TBR 
Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 1: Book Tag 
Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 2: Getting to know the Blogger 
Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 3: Reading Habits Book Tag

Coming Soon:

30 Books in 30 Days Challenge
Rainbow-a-thon | Cliques in Books
Rainbow-a-thon | Fantasy
Rainbow-a-thon | Diverse book this year

Upcoming Reviews:

New on my Shelf:

Bookstagram:

Around the Blogosphere:

Nicole @ Sorry I’m Booked asks how do you balance between reading and Writing Reviews?  
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads shares September Releases 
Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews Recommends Comics & Graphic Novels for beginners 
Violet @ The Whimsical words of an Agreeable bookwork talks about Things she can’t stand about Contemporary 
Grace @ City of Novels shares her Reading Habits 
Sophie @ The Little Contemporary Corner debates 
Videos or Blog Posts 
Sam @ Rivermoose-Reads Discusses Reading Reviews 

Jesse @ Books at Dawn shares 5 things he looks for in YA Fantasy 
Sara @ Freadom Library speaks about reviews and how they affect our thoughts on a books

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Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 3: Reading Habits Book Tag

The Blog challenge for day 3 is Reading Habits. So for today’s challenge I am to write about my reading habits. This includes things like where I like to read, whether I like to listen to music while I read or not, favourite genres and more. So for today I thought I do the Reading Habits Book Tag, as I wanted to do this anyway eventually. Also, I will be combining this with the Readabits Tag. Although I’m not sure who originally created these tags.

Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

My favourite place to read is my bed. I also enjoy sitting on the couch in the spare room, as we have a sort of entertainment room with a couch and it’s extremely cosy.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I do have a lot of bookmarks, I love collecting them, I will use a bookmark if I have one available. If I don’t have a bookmark available or just can’t be bothered to get a bookmark, paper becomes more convenient. If it’s a library book I’ll usually use the receipts from the Library. By the way, I do not dog-ear my books.

I’ve used some crazy things as bookmarks: receipts, gum wrappers, scrap paper, hair ties, pencils, a Ruler or anything else I can find close by.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

If at all possible, I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter or at least at a natural break in the text. I hate stopping in the middle of the page since I can never find my place again, and end up re-reading the whole page anyway. Although If can’t finish that chapter, I still like to read till the end of the Page at least. I don’t like when I have to stop in the middle of a page, but as long as I can finish the page then I am good to go!

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

I don’t usually eat while reading, Sometimes I’ll have a cup of Coffee whilst I’m reading. I usually have some sort of drink floating around but I will forget about it and it will go cold.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Neither! I have trouble concentrating as it is and if there’s music playing or the TV is on in the background then it’s off I go! I’ll be reading, someone will turn the TV on and I abruptly get up and go to my room because the TV will just put me off instantly. I can listen to Music while reading but only if it’s Instrumental.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I usually end up reading two or three at a time, I’d like to be able to read one book at a time but I can never focus on one book before I get bored and have to pick something else up. I have trouble focusing on only one book.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I can read anywhere. I get a lot more reading done on the train than I ever do at home. I can work through a book in a very small period of time without distractions, like my laptop or dogs. I do like the comfort of reading at home though where you can stay in your pyjamas.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

I read out loud all the time when I’m home. It helps me memorise the content. I often need to do it to concentrate. For me, reading the stories out loud makes them seem more real. I find it hard to comprehend and focus on the story without reading it out loud to myself, or at least whisper read if I have to be quieter. I get easily distracted trying to read silently.  I start skim reading, which doesn’t enable me to experience it as well. When I read in my head I tend to quickly scan over each word instead of fully taking them in, though in both cases I can get a full grasp of the events going on.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

No, I don’t do that. I’ve skipped pages with some books, most recently Illumiae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff that I just wanted to finish and therefore skipped a lot of it. You can find out why if you read my review.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I like to keep my books looking as new as possible. When I spill something on my book, or accidentally tear a page, I cringe and feel like sobbing. Although, I find it hard to keep books like new, especially lugging them around in my bag all day.

11. Do you write in your books?

Never! I hate when there is writing in the margins of my books. If there’s a quote or something that I like, I use Sticky Flags.

Readabits

1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?

Anytime of the day! If I have any spare time I am always reading!

2. What is your best setting to read in?

In bed after a long day. I like reading outside, but if the wind is strong, if there are insects, or if the sun is in my eyes, I’m going to be bothered.

3. What do you do first – Read or Watch?

Watching the movie first spoils the ending of the book for me, but when I read the book first, I spend the enter movie frustrated about what they’ve changed. However, I still generally choose to read the book first.

4. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?

I don’t like reading eBooks because my eBook reader is on my phone and always end up getting distracted. Definitely physical books. I have trouble paying attention to audiobooks because I need to be doing something else while listening, but my mind tends to wander.

5. Do you have a unique habit when you read?

I don’t think so. I’m not really sure what would qualify as a unique habit.

6. Do book series have to match?

It annoys me if all of the copies I own don’t match. I’d prefer them to, or at least be somewhat alike.


That’s it for this post. Do we share any of the same reading habits? Or do you and I have a completely different opinions? Feel free to leave a comment below of your answers to any of these questions. I love reading everyone’s and seeing what their different quirks are!

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Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 2: Getting to know the Blogger

The challenge for Day 2 is getting to know the blogger. So I am going to be giving you 20 facts that will give you a pretty good idea of who I am. Here’s the ​Goodreads group for the read-a-thon. And, if you would still like to know more about me you can also visit my About Me Page or the 25 Bookish Facts about me Book Tag. There are key elements about me on the about page but I guess I can tell you more.


~ My least favourite genre to read is Romance.

~ I became an avid reading back in 2013 so I haven’t read most of the popular reads yet.

~ My Hogwarts house is Ravenclaw. I took the sorting test on Pottermore and I got Ravenclaw. Basically every test I’ve done I’ve gotten Ravenclaw. I’m really proud of the fact.

~ I hate summer, it gets so hot here in Australia and I burn really easily. I love the climate to be cold.

~ I’ve spilt a drink on a book. I had just bought Lord of Shadows Limited Edition by Cassandra Clare. I was so excited about this book. So on the way home I got an Ice Tea from Easy Way Bubble Tea, which at the time was my favourite Drink place. I had at the time only had this book for about 10 minutes. As I was going through the Turnstiles at the Train Station the lid of the drink split open and it went everywhere. So just to let you know, it was not entirely my fault. Although on the Plus side I was able to save the book, It didn’t look as bad once it dried. It makes for an interesting story but at the time I was mortified. Let’s just say I haven’t been back to Easy Way Bubble Tea since.

Here’s what the Drinks Look like:

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~ I love bookmarks and buy more bookmarks than I’ll ever need.

~ Besides Books and Blogging, my other hobby is sewing. I started sewing Last Year, 2016. My dream is to be a Fashion Designer.

~ I love Musical. My favourite is Wicked. I think my love of Musicals started with Disney Movies.

~ I have a hard time with just sitting down and reading for a long period of time. I would love to be able to. I get distracted easily and have a short attention span.

~ I can play London Bridge is Falling down and Three Little Birds on Guitar.

~ I am deathly afraid of spiders. Like serious arachnophobia. I will hyperventilate if I see a spider. 

~ I have an Etsy Shop where I sell Bookmarks, which you can check out HERE.

~ I have a really hard time falling asleep at night. I can’t shut my brain off!

~ My astrological sign is Aries and my Chinese Zodiac Sign is the Tiger.

~ I love the Constellations, especially the Gemini Constellation of twins Castor and Pollux.

~ I love researching things. I have all these random facts that aren’t even relevant or important. I just like information and Knowledge.

~ I’m a definite night-time reader. I’m a bit of a night owl in general, but when it comes to reading, I like to right before bed.

~ I use NetGalley for ARCs and I’ve requested and Received some physical ones but most of my ARCs are eBooks. I don’t really like eBooks. I can see the benefits of eBooks and when I get into one I can usually lose myself in it, but the thought of reading an eBook usually means I’ll pick up a physical book instead.

~ If I can’t get into a book within the first 100 pages I usually DNF it.

~ If I really like a book, I will definitely get multiple editions just because they’re beautiful.


I think I covered all of my bases there. If you have any questions feel free! Do you have any strange facts about yourself? Please tell me about them. Let me know if we have anything in common in the comments! Check back soon for other blog challenges and be sure to follow in order to get updated on when I post anything new.

 

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Rainbow Read-a-thon Day 1: Book Tag

Today is the Second day of the Rainbow-A-Thon. Even though this was for day 1, I didn’t do the it yesterday due to having a headache, so I’m doing it today instead. Day 1 of the Blog Challenges is the Rainbow-a-thon book tag.

1. Which book are you most excited to read as part of the read-a-thon?

The book I am most excited about reading during this read-a-thon has to be World’s Collide by Chris Colfer. This is the Conclusion to The Land of Stories Series.

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2. Which colour was the most difficult for you to find a book for?

Pink is not really my favourite colour and it’s not a colour I gravitate towards to when buying books.

3. What’s your favourite colour on books and why?

I don’t have a favourite colour on books. I do find though that I tend to buy books with blue Covers more than any other colour. It is my favourite colour.

4. Which fictional world would you go to if you had the choice?

I feel like everyone is going to choose the Harry Potter world so I’m going with something different and say The Land of OZ. I would love to be there and walk down the Yellow Brick Road. I’ve grown up with that world.

5. Which book cover do you like the most out of the books you’re reading for the read-a-thon?

I really like the Cover for Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige.

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3)

6. Who is your favourite fictional character?

This question is so hard, I have so many favourite characters, but my favourite character of 2017, as stated in my Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag, is Ronan from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.

7. What is your favourite place to read in summer?

My favourite place to read in the summer is somewhere inside, In an air conditioned room. It’s too hot in Australia for Outdoor reading, so I’ll settle for reading indoors.

8. Do you think characters should always have a specified sexuality?

I do enjoy reading LGBTQ+ books and seeing representation, but I don’t think it always has to be specified. It usually becomes clear later on in books if the character has a love interest. So no, I don’t think it has to be blatantly stated.

9. What book made you cry the most?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

10. What is your favourite LGBT+ book?

It would probably be The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I loved this book so much.

11. What book have you read this year about a character of a different nationality to you?

Almost every book. Most books I’ve read feature American main characters and I’m Australian.


So that is it for the Rainbow Read-a-thon Book Tag. Are you participating in this read-a-thon? Comment down below with your thoughts, feelings, and opinions on any of the books I mentioned or the topics discussed.

 

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