TAG #34: The Anonymous Bookaholics

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Hello guys !

Another week has gone by which means it’s time for a new tag. Today I’m choosing to do the Anonymous Bookaholics book tag because I finally made my peace with the fact that I, indeed, am a bookaholic -I’ve always been good with that, this is for dramatic effect only. I was tagged by my lovely best friend Sara @ Freadom Library because she apparently wants me to confess some things. I have nothing to hide *gulps*. Aaaanyway, let’s get this interrogatory over with.

What do you like about buying new books?

Mmm, having material to read? What kind of silly question is this? But seriously, just the thrill of holding a new book, the smell of it is super awesome especially to me, because I rarely get to buy physical books. It’s a very special feeling.

How often do you buy new books?

I don’t know? every month? Although I haven’t bought any this month because I’ve been reading a lot of arcs I was anticipating so that kind of got my urge to buy books under control. Other than that, I get a few e-books a month, I keep an eye out for deals so that I can actually afford more than one book a month -when I want to buy more than one. I am pretty good with buying books actually, I never go overboard.

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

Bookstores for sure. But since my options there are pretty limited, I resort to online shopping which has more options but is also more expensive. SO. They kind of even out a bit.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

I don’t even have bookstores to choose from *shrugs*. The struggles of living in a third world country where English isn’t a widely spoken language. There’s a little independent bookstore deep in the city, which I talk about here, but I don’t go there as much as I would like to since it’s pretty far away from where I live and I’m a lazy potato so I never feel like driving that far. I’m also broke. So yeah haha!

Do you pre-order books?

Actually, the first and only time I EVER preordered books is last month when I preordered both History is All you Left me and A Conjuring of Light. I already have the first (which I’m buddy-reading next week) but still waiting for my copy of the later to come. And My patience is running out.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

Naaah, as I said, I don’t go overboard with buying books, I mostly stick to deals and the ones I want too desperately to actually wait for deals on them haha. So, yeah I don’t have a limit.

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Refer to my last answer. Although if I actually had the funds to buy a lot of books I’d need one because nothing would be able to hold me back. *stares dreamily into the distance*

How big is your wishlist?

HAHAHAHAHA. That’s a funny question. You don’t want to know, because it’s ridiculously enormous. Especially with all the amazing diverse (especially #ownvoices) books coming out this year. It’s unmanageable, it will eat me up alive. It will stomp me. SEND HELP.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Only three? sigh. These three books are definitely the top 3, 2017 releases that aren’t out yet and that I’m in desperate need to read.

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali – JUST LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS COVER. And the MC is a Muslim and Arab-Indian. And I am two of those things which makes me freaking extatic to read it.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – Because duh? Everything that woman produces is pure magic, may it even be a fridge notice. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to read this mesmerizing new story of here.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Go read the synopsis and come back, if you’re not dying to read it too, what is wrong with you? Okay, I’m just kidding but the premise sounds brilliant.


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TAG #33: Who Am I ?

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Hello guys !

No you’re not dreaming, I’m REALLY posting a tag on a Monday. I have a reason for that though, I couldn’t post my wrap-up today because FEBRUARY IS NOT OVER and I can still get some reading done so March 1st it is, which is Wednesday… the day this post was supposed to go up. So, I simply switched. And voila! You get a tag today. It’s been a little while since I talked about myself, I did the Get to Know me Tag almost a year ago which was just facts about myself BUT for the Who am I Tag, you’ll get to know my deepest darkest secrets, things I don’t even know about myself. Or at least that’s what I think will happen haha. I was tagged by some of my best blogging friends of mine Puput @ Sparkling Letters and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Thank you, lovelies ❤

What is the meaning of my name?

My name is Fadwa (فَدْوَى) which is an Arabic name that means self-sacrifice.

Well, I’m Arab so that explains it. I don’t think my parents chose my name for its meaning. Actually, they didn’t choose it at all, my dad wanted to name me Sara and they couldn’t agree so my aunt took charge and named me, just because she liked the name.

What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

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People are drawn to strong personalities, and Protagonists radiate authenticity, concern and altruism, unafraid to stand up and speak when they feel something needs to be said. They find it natural and easy to communicate with others, especially in person, and their Intuitive (N) trait helps people with the Protagonist personality type to reach every mind, be it through facts and logic or raw emotion. Protagonists easily see people’s motivations and seemingly disconnected events, and are able to bring these ideas together and communicate them as a common goal with an eloquence that is nothing short of mesmerizing.

I feel like this is pretty accurate. I have a strong personality and I can be pretty persuasive. I don’t know about the eloquence part but I’ll take it haha.

For strengths, it says:

  • Tolerant – True, I can be pretty hot-headed in nature but when it comes to other people’s opinions I can accept anything as long as it doesn’t go against basic human rights.
  • Reliable – Probably? haha I mean, I always have an ear/shoulder/fist to lend to whomever needs it.
  • Charismatic – I don’t know? hahaha.
  • Altruistic – I really just want to be good, see good, do good.
  • Natural Leaders – Yep.

For weaknesses, it says:

  • Overly Idealistic – NOOO. haha! I’m actually a pretty realistic person. The kind that hopes for the best but expect the worst.
  • Too Selfless – Umm? I don’t think so?
  • Too Sensitive – I know for a fact that I am not. I don’t take critique personally.
  • Fluctuating Self-Esteem – YES. I never read something that’s more true.
  • Struggle to Make Tough Decisions – Yeah, I think about the consequences a little too much.

I must admit that this is more spot-on than I expected.

What is my zodiac sign? 

I’m a Capricorn but I don’t believe in the horoscope. I still think it’s fun to read it because it sometimes -rarely- get things right and when it doesn’t I like ti joke about the inaccuracy :p

What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Like my bestie Willow puts it: I’m a Ravenclaw, obviously! Fun fact is that I identified as a Ravenclaw even before I ever took any test, the Pottermore one confirmed it. Twice. As well as a couple other ones. I guess, there is no escaping it.

What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

  • Visual 5
  • Aural 6
  • Read/Write 2
  • Kinesthetic 7

I have a multimodal learning preference. (VAK)

I can’t say I’m surprised, I have the most trouble learning with reading/writing but experiences are what works best for me, that’s why I have an easier time learning the practical sides of my medical training rather than the theoritical. Listening/Seeing works good as well.

Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

Capture d’écran (2).pngI am VERY left-handed so I expected to be right brained and wasn’t disappointed haha. The thing is every right handed person relies more heavily on their left brain and vice versa. Brought to you by science. You’re welcome.

What is my Blood Type?

I’m an O+ which means I can give blood to all the other positive groups but can only receive from O (either + or -). I’m basically part of the second most screwed group of people if I ever need blood. O- being the universal donor that can only receive from itself, and that makes it the most screwed.

What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)

I got Writer. Um? What kind of fresh hell is this haha. This couldn’t be any farther from what I’m working towards. And I don’t write. I used to, but now I really can’t. So according to this test, I’m basically doomed.

Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

You deviate from the norm. The aptitude test is inconclusive. It cannot determine just one faction for you, Divergent. Your mind is ceaselessly changing. You’re creative, with a strong sense of self, and you have a clear picture of who you are and what you want. You stand out from the crowd. You may pose a threat to the norms of society, but you are unwilling to give into them.

 

 

Woot! Woot! I’m divergent and I expected it, because I can’t make up my mind about things. That’s how I role.

What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

I am the first Born child and it says I am a natural leader, ambitious, responsible. All of which are true and have been proven by more than one of the tests above haha. It also says that the eldest is kind of a surrogate parent and that was true for me as well. I am 8 years older than my baby sister and I used to feed her, change her, and everything. Yes even as an 8 year old myself. I also like to think that I participate in her education haha because I’m the one she spends the most time with at home.


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TAG #31 : The Snack Food Book Tag

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Hello Guys!

The Blog is finally back to its normal schedule which means that the weekly tags are back. Recently, I went through the huge backlog of tags I needed to do and realized that a huge part of them I have no interest in completing anymore (Sorry ❤ that’s what happens when you sit on a tag for too long). Anyway, the ones that still picked my interest will be coming over the next few weeks and I’m not feeling overwhelmed by them anymore haha. This week, it’s the Snack Book Tag for which I was tagged quite a few months back by the ever amazing Kat @ Life and Other Disasters and the lovely Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros. Thanks girls!

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Jordan and Isaac from Noteworthy by Riley redgate for sure. I loved their friendship and was ready to riot if the author ever made them date, but then they happened, they were cute and made me swoon so I was completely won over. They just ave effortless chemistry and amazing banter. I’m usually and easy and fast shipper and I go with whatever the author chooses but here I was so in love with the friendship that it took a bit more convincing that usual. Now I love them. So, so much.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo always and forever. I need my children, I need to read about them always and forever. I know there is a trilogy is the Grishaverse and another series coming BUT it will never be the same. I need Kaz, Inej, Jasper, Wylan, Nina and Matthias *quiet sob*. I need that duology to be a series of 60 thousand books, that’s how much I love it. I’m pretty sure I’ll be rereading that duology many, many times again.

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I could use the same book again BUT I want to expand your overflowing TBRs so I’m choosing Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine. The characters come from all around the world, from Portugal to Saudi Arabia, going through many other countries. I must admit they are side characters but they still play a big part to the plot.

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Can I just ask WHY Fruit Bowl stands for unpredictable character? hahaha. Anyway, this would be Rosa from My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier. The girl is a psychopath. Literally, not being ableist here. So, her next move can never be predicted, she like to hurt people in all sneaky, creepy ways she can and it al comes out of nowhere. She find loopholes to promises she makes and rules her family set for her to get and do what she wants. She’s scary.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. That book has my heart, soul and everything else. I LOVE IT SO MUCH and need everyone to read. Seriously, read it. Sam and Miel have the cutest, realest, most precious relationship I have ever read (I have a lot more adjectives for it but I sadly can’t use them all). It also has a calm, whimsical vibe that’s kind of soothing. I don’t know how to explain it, you have to read it, experience it to really get what I’m talking about.

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Holland from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I know he’s the bad guy or whatever, but not really. If you read it, you know what I’m talking about. So, that not really makes me pity him and even like a little bit. I want to know how everything turns out for him in A Conjuring of Light but I’m also very scared. HALP.


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TAG #30: The Character Dating Profile

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Hello guys!

So, a couple of weeks ago I was on The Orangutan Librarian‘s blog and saw this genius tag so I contemplated whether to do it or not. I decided against it because I have so many tags to do still. Unless. Unless I am tagged for it obviously. And as the marvellous friend that she is, Kat @ Life and Other Disasters tagged me so what can I do? THIS IS DESTINY. But then I had another problem. WHAT CHARACTER DO I CHOOSE? I love so many of them that it is impossible for me to make up my mind. When I told her so, she naturally suggested my baby Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. And so we begin !

The Rules:

date-1Kaz Brekker (Rietvield is his original name buut he doesn’t use it anymore)

date-217 years old. But Fadwa always forgets that.

date-6Myself… and Inej.You tell her, I slit your throat.

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First of all, I am very attractive. Tall, pale skin, black eyes, black hair trimmed short on the sides. My jaw is so sharp, it can cut diamonds. A wear black business-like clothing and let’s not forget about my crow’s head cane. Oh, I also have 2 tattoos.

date-7Euh… I believe in any God that can help move along my scheming… Or none at all.

date-8Ruling Ketterdam obivously. And making loads and loads of money.

date-3Scheming and seeing my brilliant plans unfold. Torturing people and kicking everyone’s ass. Especially those who underestimate me. (Forgive him, he can be a little cocky)

date-4If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.

date-5-2Inej. Again, tell her and your life is mine to take. (She’s the only one who can get close enough without getting her head snapped)  

date-9Her. Me. Conquering the roofs of Ketterdam.


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TAG #29: This time Next Year

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Hello guys!

I’m not one to usually make new year’s resolutions or anything, because I never stick to them and that just puts additional pressure on yours truely. And I DON’T LIKE THAT. It has been years since I last done that (seriously, I was like 14 or something). But this tag seemed like the perfect way to write down what are some things I wish to achieve by the end of next year without the added pressure because… well because at the end of the day this is a tag. And also the goals I’m setting are very achievable and things I’m actually very excited about. Anyway, Kendra @ Reads and Treats tagged all December babies so it was calling out my name. So, thank you!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Write your goals for next year.
  • Write how you’re going to achieve your goals.
  • Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to share their goals.
  • Then if you wish in 365 days write a post for everyone to see if you have been successful or not!

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The way I calculated this number is that I generally read 6 books a month and I want to make at least half of that diverse, which makes it 3 and if I remember anything in maths 3x 12 months = 36. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ll surpass that number because I reach naturally for these books more now than ever and I have a MASSIVE diverse TBR. So besides some series I really want to get to (which I don’t really know if they are diverse or not) most of my reads will hopefully be diverse.

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What I’m talking about here is maybe feminism in books, Muslim representation in books, maybe the correlation between the two, share some of my experiences, etc… And it’s not that I don’t know anything about these things now, I can write these posts, but I just feel like I have a lot to learn, to avoid making certain mistakes, to write more elaborate and more detailed discussions. Don’t worry I’ll still be silly me most of the time, it’s just that some things are important to me and I want to share them with you.

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I’ve been naughty. I worked out non-stop for the last 3 years, I was disciplined and passionate about it but since this uni year started, I slacked A LOT until I just stopped going and canceled my gym membership altogether. Now, 80% of that is because I was trying to figure out a way to fit in everything I want and have to do and this including studying, my intership, reading, blogging, drawing, AND working out… and I had to give up something just until I figure it my schedule. The other 20% is because I didn’t like what I was doing anymore. So next year, I plan on going back to doing martial arts and yoga and if the first proves difficult I’ll take up running.

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The way I’ll do this is simply by not missing a week or if I do, make up for it by posting twice some other week. And I think that if I start having too many reviews on hold, I’ll start posting them more than once a week. Now, I already have a month worth of reviews, all from my November reads so if that keeps accumulating and it gets worse ahah, I’ll do that.

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This is something I am dying to start doing but I’m waiting for the actual journal to get here. I’ve always wanted to write down my thoughts but never knew how to format them. A few week back I stumbled upon some journaling videos on YouTube and I realized that THAT would work for me and that I could do it however I wanted and I don’t have to do it everyday. So yep, as soon as it gets here, I shall start and I’ll make it all artsy and pretty (I hope).

Well, I think those are more than enough haha. I will most definitely write a post in a year to see how everything goes (hopefully, I’ll remember!), how I grow and how some things might change in that time period. Anyway, wish me luck!


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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are some you have for 2017? Do we have any in common?

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TAG #4 : The secret life of a bookblogger

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Today is my blog’s One month Anniversary

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I can’t begin to express how much just one little month of blogging has brought to me. I met some wonderful fellow readers, and got to express my opinions without being afraid of others’ responses. So to celebrate this little symbolic date, I thought it was only fit to do this tag. I was tagged by Brianna @ PaperbackBri , go check out her tag and her blog too, she is really sweet. Thank you Bri for tagging me !

Onto the tag now :

1- How long have you been a blogger?

Mmm … Can you guess how long it’s been by now ? haha. If not, today I’ve completed a month.

2- At what point do you think you will stop?

In a very very VERY long time hopefully. I’d like to say never but that’s not realistic given where my life is headed right now. Probably, when I’ll start working full time at the hospital and being On-call, etc, which luckily isn’t going to happen until a few years from now.

3- What is the best thing?

One word. The community. It gives me a sense of belonging that I love. I think that’s the case for all of us bookbloggers out there. I get to share my opinions, read other people’s opinions, discover new books, new people.

4- What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The pressure that comes sometimes from having unpopular opinions. When I dislike a book that everyone raves about, or when I love a book that everyone hates, I get existential crises haha. But now, it got better, I have unpopular opinions, other readers do too and it’s okay. When such things happen I’m just like: Fuck it !

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5- How long does it take to find/create pictures to use?

I’m actually really picky with my picture (Unless they’re just book covers, then it’s a matter of seconds) so I’ll be scrolling for half an hour looking for the right one haha. And if I’m editing them, which doesn’t happen that often, it’s takes up as much time.

6- Who’s your book crush?

Really? REALLY NOW? You just heartlessly want me to answer that. Okay so I’ll choose the most recent add to my collection of book boyfriends : LEVI from Fangirl. I’m not gonna elaborate because I’ll start spinning out of control, K?

7- What author would you like to have on your blog?

The first one my mind went to is J. K. Rowling but I feel like it’s a basic answer so I’ll change it. I’ll go with Markus Zusak. He wrote one of my favorite books of all time : The book thief, and I’d love to chat with him.

8- What do you wear when you write your blog?

My Pajamas. 100% of the time. It seems like I cannot think when I’m wearing regular clothes. Plus I only write at nights and in the weekends, that explains it too.

9- How long does it take you to prepare?

For the reviews, I jolt down all my thoughts whenever I think them, so when after that I have to organize them and get rid of the ones that are irrelevant. That takes approximatively one hour and a half.

For the other posts, it can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, it depends.

10- How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I love it deeply. As I said before, it gives me a sense of belonging like no other  cyber-community before that. To be honest, I’ve never felt like I belonged to any other community what so ever, but this one just has a hold on my heart *-*. And I also feel that it is really accepting of everyone and anyone who’s willing to commit to it.

11- What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Be honest. Don’t be afraid to speak up and show the person that you are and what you think on certain matters, because as I see it, the blogs that do that are MY FAVORITES. Most of the time, those blogs are funny and quirky, and just plain amazing.

12- Who do you tag?

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Josie @ Josiesbookcorner

Michelle @ ThewrintingHufflepuff

Beth @ Betwixtthesepages

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


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Tag #3 : Burn – Rewrite – Reread

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I was scrolling a few days back down the Reader and found this tag on Beth‘s blog @ Betwixtthesepages and she was tagging EVERYONE, so I decided I would jump on the occasion and do it myself. By the way, you should check out her blog, she is amazing !

The rules :

  • Randomly choose 3 books you’ve read. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads “read” shelf).
  • For each group of three books, decide which book you’d burn, rewrite, or reread. (A lot like “Kiss, Marry, Kill”).
  • Repeat until you complete three rounds (or five).
I decided to go crazy and do 5 round.
ROUND 1
Paulo Coelho - The zahir    Jodi Ellen Malpas - This Man Confessed    R. Mead - (#3) Shadow Kiss
—                                        Burn                                        Rewrite                      —                   Reread 
The Zahir : I enjoyed it (a little) but out of the 3, it’s the one I would burn.
This man confessed : I loooved this book but some scenes made me uncomfortable
Shadow kiss : If I had time to reread a whole series I would.
ROUND 2
Stephenie Meyer - Breaking Dawn    Lauren Oliver - Delirium    Paulo Coelho - Eleven minutes       
                                        Burn                                        Rewrite                      —                   Reread 
Breaking Dawn: Sparkling vampires? Love triangle that makes me want to throw myself
out the window? No, not my thing.
Delirium : I mildly enjoyed it but I had a lot of issues with it, enough to not continue on with the series.
Eleven minutes : I read it a while back and absolutely loved it, which come to think of it was a little (very) inappropriate considering my age at the time.
ROUND 3
Melissa de la Cruz - Misguided Angel    John Green - The Fault in our Stars    Ann Aguirre - Outpost
–                                        Burn                                        Rewrite                      —                   Reread 
Misguided angel : I read it when I was 13 and I remember loving it, I think I would really dislike it if I was to read it now.
The fault in our stars : Just because I don’t want to get my heart broken again.
Outpost : People living underground ? YES. Zombie-like creatures? YES. Nugh said.
 ROUND 4

        Laurent Gounelle - The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy    Veronica Roth - Allegiant    Tabitha Sazuma - Forbidden

—                                        Burn                                        Rewrite                      –                   Reread 

 

The man who wanted to be happy : I absolutely hated this book. The only book I ever DNFed.

Allegiant : We all know why. I don’t need to elaborate on this one.

Forbidden : I cried my heart out while reading this book, I wouldn’t want to read it for that exact reason, but out of the 3, this is the one.

ROUND 5

John Green - An Abundance of Katherines     Cassie Clare - (#1) City of Bones    Markus Suzak - The Book Thief

–                                        Burn                                        Rewrite                      —                   Reread  

An abundance of Katherines : It was okay. No more.

City of Bones : I want to rewrite it just because the reread category is already taken

The Book thief : This is one of my all time favorites. Markus Zusak is just a word genius.

I Tag :

Astra @ Astrangersguidetonovels

Yasmin @ Abookunicorn

Reg @ SheLatitude

Cristina @ Mytinyobsessions

Becca @ BeccaandBooks

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


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If you want to do this tag, GO AHEAD. And leave your link in the comments so I can check it.

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