April I: Wrap Up // My 1st 5-Star Read, A Stressful Spring Break + I’m Going On Hiatus!

We are now ONE THIRD through 2019.

Whatttt.

April was an … interesting month. I had some great ups and some pretty bad downs, so it’s felt like a weird month? I’m super tired and stressed thinking about things in April, but also in May. Like … I just want to take a long nap and ignore my life responsibilities, but it can’t happen.

What can you do, though?


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Emoji Key:

🏳️‍🌈 lgbtq lead / major side characters
☀️ lead / major side characters of color
🌸 neurodiversity and trauma
♿️ disability

 New Release Challenge
💨 Beat the Backlist
📚 Back to the Classics
🌷 #Bookiary2019
📖 Library Love Challenge
🌍 #YARC2019
🎧 Audiobook Challenge 2019

So I read 12 books in April (in the midst of exam prep too)! Like, what? I did have 2 DNFs, but IT STILL COUNTS OKAY.

I’m trying my best to keep my thoughts for each book short as I can! I’m genuinely going to have reviews on Goodreads as soon as I can (I have some notes written down, but I just need to type them up). I promise!!

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Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu  🌸💨🌷🌍 // This was such a realistic and a hard-hitting read that actually understood the teenage demographic. Full review here!

As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon ★☆☆ (3.5) ☀️✨🌍 // A super cute read following Dimple and Rishi which I enjoyed, though I wasn’t incredibly comfortable with Rishi’s perceptions and actions regarding arranged marriage.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Buddy read with Aline, DNF @ 34%) 🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸✨📖🌍 //  I was so sad that I didn’t love it, but I just felt the chapters were way too long and the plot too slow. I may give it a second shot, especially since Aline said it was great! Buddy Read with Aline.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (buddy read with the Dragons and Tea Book Club!) ★☆☆ 🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸💨 // I REALLY wanted to love this, but the plot was way too slow for my tastes, and I think the pacing was really quite slow. There was so much great rep though!

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston (DNF @ 5%) 💨📖 // I KNOW a lot of you adore Ashley Elston, but this one was dull. I really want to read her fall release though!

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena ☆☆ (3.75) ☀️🌸✨🌍 // This was incredibly powerful and unique (also, this is set in Saudi Arabia!), but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to.

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena ☀️🌸✨🌍 // While this was the cutest thing ever and had so much diversity, it was too trope heavy and slow at the beginning for my tastes.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram★☀️🌸💨📖🌍 // I loved reading about the UK though! This did it, y’all. It’s my first 5-star of the year, and it was so amazing. It is criminally underrated, you MUST read it. Full review here.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (Buddy read with Aline) ★☆ 🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸💨 // This had so much good, but I didn’t love this one the way everyone else seems to.

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka ★★★★☆ (4.25) ☀️✨ // This was a really great book, and solidified these authors on my favourite authors’ list! Cameron has some of the best character development I’ve ever read, and I did enjoy it.  However, I definitely preferred Always Never Yours. I’m the unpopular opinion though, because so many others have loved it!

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin-Siegemund Broka ☀️🏳️‍🌈💨 ★★★★★ (reread) // After I finished If I’m Being Honest, I was really missing this duo’s writing style, and so reread this on a whim! And I’m glad to say that I still loved it. It made me laugh and feel things, and I loved the characters oh so much. It had so many of my favourite things in books and was just so much fun. Also, can we talk about their covers? Because I love them both so much! (Especially that font). 1000% recommend, forever and always!

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K Rowling // Look, I was planning to savour it over April and May due to its sheer size, but I flew through it, surprising myself welp? I do think this could have been improved with a significant trim, but it was still really addictive in the moment. I just love the characters and the world so much, and it was so fun to form new opinions on different aspects of the series. I SIRIUSLY can’t wait to continue on with the Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows soon!


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TOP POST OF THE MONTH:

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FEATURED POSTS OF THE MONTH

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  • So April was another up and down month, with some pretty rough moments but also some AMAZING times (like what is new at this point)
  • Most of my April (I would say around the middle) was me on spring break, which was not as much a break as it was a study camp
  • This is because I have my IGCSEs in May if you want to know, I’m panicking and crying, so I made the most of my break by studying but bOY am I exhausted from even THINKING about that time yIKES
  • I literally had 9am to 5pm sessions for 2 weeks straight, 6 days in a week (which wasn’t all me BUT ANYWAYS), so RIP my social life
  • My sister also came back from Phuket, and though I got very little time with her due to all the stuDYING past papers I had to do, it was cool seeing her again
  • School also just started, which is good and bad for a whole variety of reasons
  • I don’t know honestly, I’m just getting bad vibes from this period of time and I’m so stressed recalling it
  • BUTTT a big highlight from my month which I love and miss so much was going to a yacht birthday party! I’ve personally never been to a yacht birthday party, but it was such a great experience
  • This is a perk of being surrounded by wealthy peers I guess
  • I talked to so many people and spent time with some great friends
  • I just had such a great time omg and would love to go to another one if I could!

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MUSIC/MY MONTHLY FAVOURITES

April was not such a great month for finding new music. For the most part, I was on a music high after March, so I was replaying many of my favourites from then. I did manage to find some new music, but I do want some more new music! (Please holler at me with all your favourite music recs, because y’all have the best music recs). I don’t have many but the ones I found are DIAMONDS.

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  1. Self Control by Frank Ocean (the ULTIMATE sad boi hour song)
  2. Nikes by Frank Ocean (THIS IS JUST SO GOOD AHHHH)
  3. Pink + White by Frank Ocean (Frank Ocean is the king of chill music)
  4. JAPAN by Famous Dex (baby girl, what you doing, where your mans?)
  5. Say Amen (Saturday Night) by Panic! At the Disco (I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVEN’T LISTENED TO PANIC! EARLIER)

 

MISCELLANEOUS MAINS OF THE MONTH

WHAT I WATCHED

Friends Season 7 ★★★★☆

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While I definitely haven’t finished this yet (as I’m watching this with my sister, and we are watching it very slowly), I have so much love for this show, especially in terms of good memories. I LOVE the humour, the friend dynamics, and ESPECIALLY Miss Chanandler Bong aka Chandler Bing. He is hands down my favourite character in the show (without contest), and an ABSOLUTE awkward, sarcastic legend that we stan. While this season has been solid, I think the show reached its peak in Season 3 to 5.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 2 ★★★★★

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I’ve been taking my time in re-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (mostly because I miss my babies), and I just finished my re-watch of Season 2. Season 2 is without a doubt my favourite season of the show (which is by the way, my favourite show of all time). The jokes and humour lands PERFECTLY, the characters are PERFECT, the plot was HIGHLY engaging and developed and we see the Wuntch/Holt dynamic (Holt being a child gives me LIFE). It is PERFECTION in every single way. And we FEEL and STAN that Peraltiago slow-burn, even though it highkey KILLS me. I am thriving.

MONTHLY FAVOURITES

Books and Boba

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This is a podcast literally MADE FOR ME. It is a book club and podcast centering around books by Asian authors. It’s named after two of my favourite things (I prefer the term bubble tea by far, but it’s fine), and they have WONDERFUL picks. They even had an episode for Darius the Great, as it was their March 2019 pick, which could not have been more perfect.

____________ as Zodiac Signs

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Since if you can’t tell from my blog name, I really like zodiac signs/astrology, because it’s so interesting, ahh! So this month, I’ve been watching a bunch of videos with fill-in-the-blank as zodiac signs, and it is the FUNNIEST thing ever. I’m going to link my two favourite ones, because you all must watch them (they’re about Brooklyn 99 and Friends, btw).

Harry Potter Vines

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In a similar vein, I am now in LOVE with Harry Potter Vines. I don’t know how I didn’t get into this earlier, but they’re truly the FUNNIEST THING EVER, and the accuracy is so on-point. We see all the true fans *cough* fans who only watched the movies *cough* It’s also a fun experience because I’m rereading the series right now, so it’s interesting seeing the vines with the events fairly recently refreshed. Just go and watch some now on YouTube. You’re welcome.

This Video

So I saw this video on my Instagram, and oh my, it was a BLESSING. The matching of each zodiac sign is so accurate which (zodiacs) are lowkey my thing, I mean duh, Taasia, your blog is literally called librae paints pages, smh. The song was perfect, and I replayed this video multiple times for a lengthy period of time. I was obsessed, no joke.


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  • Fully set up the club + get projects started! I mean, I’ve done this, but I’ve done way too little work on it. 
  • Past. Papers. ✔️ I did this my whole spring break, so I can definitely give this a big fat tick!
  • Improve my MYP grades. ✔️ I GOT FULL MARKS ON MY ENGLISH ESSAY YAY. Amongst other things.
  • Organize my notes. ✔️ I actually accomplished this, and I’m so proud of myself. Like, my science notes are nearly completed too uwu
  • Get as many blog posts scheduled ahead of time as possible! ❌ I was pretty good at it, and then kind of slipped off from there. In fact, scheduling posts is literally what I’m trying to do. I’m so bad at this. 
  • Self-Care. ❌ Self Care? Who is she? (I swear I’ll do better in May, if not, in June).
  • Talk more (and make more friends) with you all! ✔️❌ I can only say I half accomplished this? I’ve definitely DM-ed more with some of you all on Twitter (please hmu on Twitter if you haven’t, because I’d love to chat with you), but I was THE WORST at interaction? There were so many great posts in my Reader recently and I have so many comments I need to catch up on. BUT I WILL DO IT.
  • Be happier with my relationships! ✔️❌ I mean, this was a yes and no? Because while I did really improve and am pretty satisfied with some of my relationships, some of my closest and most coveted relationships took a hit, which was sad, but what can you do?
  • Find a five-star read.✔️ As you all saw above/read my rave review, I did this goal and I’m so psyched?? I’m so happy even though I cried like a child. I AM FINE.

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  • Get through. Exams. This is definitely going to be my main focus this month, especially since my exam schedule in May is going to be INSANE. I just want to get through without dying.
  • Slay Exams, Sis. Part two of my main focus. I don’t think I’m the best student ever, but I know that I have the potential to do well in these exams, meaning that I (think) I can do it. I don’t want to disservice myself.
  • Don’t break down, and breathe. This links back with my first goal, since I am a highly stress-prone person, and much of my stress is my academic excellence. I just want to get through May without too many mental breakdowns, you know? I sometimes forget to breathe (literally and metaphorically speaking), so that is also important during exam season, as I don’t want to burn out and crash.
  • Try to keep my project up. It’s going to be hard doing this alongside exams, but this truly is important, and something I need to stop procrastinate on, Jesus.
  • Sort out schools, or at least figure out what’s going on. I JUST WANT TO GET THIS DONE, is this so hard ahakdkjfhakjfhk.

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May is going to be the ABSOLUTE worst, and I’m honestly crying. At the time I’m writing this, I’m less than a week from having my first IGCSE exam, and I’m so so worried. I’m doing 6 (I know, it’s not a lot) butttt it’s a lot for me since I’m doing two programs (yikes).

So since I absolutely need to perform well (and definitely WANT to perform well) and since pretty much most of my exams will be in May), I’m also using this post to announce a hiatus! I have (tried) to write and schedule some posts in advance for May (especially since it’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month). I’m going to try to start blogging again in June, but I’m not sure when in June I’ll be back.

I’m definitely going to still be on Twitter and Goodreads (albeit not as active and not very good at checking messages), so I’ll be taking a semi-hiatus from those platforms. I’m truly going to miss blogging and all of you during May, (I now have so many posts I want to write right now ahjsfhosauehowhe) but I feel that this is what will be best for me, as I’ll be able to focus on exams.

I may answer to comments and such, but I’m not going to put much pressure on myself about it. Granted, I can’t fully withdraw from the community and blogging, but I’ll be gone, for the most part.


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How was April for you? What was your favorite book that you read this month, and what did you read? Bloggers, what were some of your favorite posts this month? Feel free to share them here! Did you set goals last month, and how did you do on them?

I would love to know.

Feel free to DM me through Twitter! Mutuals, feel free to ask for my socials! (Most likely my Snapchat).

I hope May treats you all well, and see you all in June.

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22 thoughts on “April I: Wrap Up // My 1st 5-Star Read, A Stressful Spring Break + I’m Going On Hiatus!

  1. I’m glad you loved Darius the great is not okay!! I really want to read it!! Thank you so much for sharing my post— it means a lot ❤ ❤
    A Yacht party does sound very cool and I'm glad you had a nice time!!
    I really enjoy panic!'s latest CD– it has lots of great songs. I have been listening to Marina at lot this month as she released her new album and I really enjoy it!!
    I love friends— I used to watch it on repeat when I was younger and Chandler is my favourite (I actually have a jumper saying 'actually it's Miss Chanandler Bong' on) and I really enjoy season 8— but I don't if all the seasons have just blurred together for me as I watched them on repeat so much!
    And B99 is so great— and I agree Captain Holt being a child is absolutely great!!!! Him calling Wunch a goat is one of the highlights of my life (slightly dramatic there!!)
    Best of luck with all your exams— I am sending you all the positive thoughts!! I really hope it goes the way you hope they do and that you remember to breathe. I know it is so stressful which is why breaks are so important!! And I understand why you are going on a hiatus– you have to do what's best for you and I will look forward to when you come back!! ❤

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    1. Ahhh thank you! I hope you LOVE Darius if you pick it up. Your post was a delight to read, so the pleasure was all mine ❤ I had so much fun on the yacht party, I highkey miss it! I didn’t find any favourite apart from Say Amen, but it was such a bop sksksk. I defo need to check Marina out – I haven’t listened to any of her music. I’m glad you love Chandler too, that jumper sounds amazing. The seasons do blur together after a while, ngl.
      B99 is life, especially Season 2! Childish Captain Holt gives me life, the goat thing was hilarious oml 😂
      Thank you! While I’ve had some momentary episodes of overwhelming stress and pressure, it hasn’t been so bad, especially since these exams are a very big deal. I think I’ve more so gone on semi-hiatus, but I’ll definitely be less active this week because I have 5 exams within 4 days yikes 😑 You’re the sweetest omggg ❤❤

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      1. I’m sure I will 😊
        Aww.. thank you so much!! 💕💕
        Hopefully you will be able to go to another yacht party!!
        Yes it is a tune– I listened to it on repeat for a while!! 😂 I hope you like her music if you listen to it!! 😊
        He is great!! Yes– problems of binge watching it all blurs together 😂
        Yes give me all the childish Holt 😂
        Aww… Yes I understand. 5 exams in 4 days in intense– I hate it when they are all so close together but you can do it and I wish you the best of luck!! 💕💕

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      2. Sophie, thank you for being so sweet! I hope I can go to another yacht party soon. In terms of Marina, which songs should I listen to from her? Yes childish Holt woooo we stan. I got through the 5 exams in 4 days alright so go me! all my love 💖

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      3. You’re welcome!!! 💕
        Umm…She has released a new album ‘love + fear’ which I really like and my favourite songs are ‘To Be Human’ and ‘Soft To Be Strong’. I really like her older album ‘Electra Heart’ with ‘Primadonna’ and ‘Starring Role’ as some of my favourites.
        Yay well done!! You did it– I hope it went well!! It feels so nice when you have done your exams!! 💕💕

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  2. I am amazed by how much you’ve read ahh this is seriously AMAZING. I can’t wait to read Darius, it sounds like the kind of book I would love and bother everyone with afterwards and I just can’t. WAIT.
    Thank you so, so, SO muuch for sharing my post! ❤ ❤
    AND FRIENDS ahh I love friends so, so much, all the show and everyone and ugh this is my favorite ever. I love season 5, I think it's my favorite season of the lot, though it's so hard to pick one haha 🙂
    I hope that you will have a beautiful May, I'm sending you al the love and positive vibes and hugs if taken and you can do this, you're the best and i love you, keep on being your awesome self, you're the best xxxx

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    1. I try, ahah! I mean, 2 of them were DNFs but I did give them a go so I count them. I can’t wait for YOU to read Darius, lmk when you do! My DMs are open if you choose to omggg. Ofc I had to share your post, it was AMAZING!
      Ahhh Friends, a fav! Idk why, but Season 3 is my fav? I don’t remember much about Season 5 so I can’t give much thoughts about it.
      You’re really too lovely, Marie! I hope you have a May as amazing as you are, so much love for youu 💘 you’re gonna slay May with your awesomeness sksksk

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  3. Omg, how did I not realize that the librae in your url means LIBRA???? WHAT??? I never fully connected the two, somehow?
    Also, omg yes Brooklyn Nine-Nine DEFINITELY hit its peak in season 2, which makes me so sad. It’s honestly kind of NOT THRIVING right now on nbc, which is so sad because I love how much advertisement and promotion it’s getting? I just feel like the jokes just aren’t as funny anymoreeeee. I used to laugh out loud all the damn time when watching b99 but I think I’ve laughed out loud ONE time for all of season 6. 😥 😥 😥
    Friends is one of my favorite shows, ever, and it’s so hilarious and amazing and the humor is always so on point. I strive to be that kind of funny some day, and it will probably never happen. Chandler Bing is the Most Hilarious Person Ever In the World, Ever and I love him so much and I love Rachel so much and I love Joey and Phoebe and Monica and Ross and aaaaaah!!!! I’m getting emotional, noooo.

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    1. Yeah, I don’t think many people realized because of it being called Librae instead of Libra. I’m so sad about b99 hitting its peak in season 2, which is so sad. and it’s not that great right now? like, its not bad but i’m so disappointed :(( the jokes are not that funny, and it can get boring sometimes? i don’t remember the last time (if at all) i laughed out loud the entire season. at least the promotion is A+ though! Chandler IS the most hilarious ever, so much love for him. All the characters are great (ngl, Phoebe and Monica and Ross can get really irritating sometimes?) But this show is so hilarious, and I have so much love for it.

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      1. Yes yes there weren’t that many times where I genuinely found the b99 jokes hilarious and I don’t know why but they’re somehow altering the humor?? I think they’re trying to appeal to a certain demographic, maybe. I don’t know WHY B99 IS CHANGING BUT I DON’T LIKE IT. Also, yes yes you’re so right that Phoebe and Monica and Ross can get irritating!! Not Rachel or the rest though, they are my favs :’) I literally watched Friends as a child lmaooo… my older sister was a huge fan and I would watch it when I was from like 1-5th grade!!!

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      2. B99 just isn’t the same and I’m sad :((( I think I only laughed out loud consistently in one episode (the Heist ep). My friend really likes the humour so like it just might not be for us? (which is weird because I normally vibe with kinky humour). Also, I love the Friends but like the three of them aren’t my faves which is weird because I’m also like them in many ways? (What does this say about me lmao). Chandler + Joey = THE iconic duo. Omggg you were so small when you watched Friends ahahaha 😂 but that would be a super different experience since you’d probs not get the humour? (i began watching it when i was 13 but i was an innocent child).

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      3. Yeah I know this person who really Loves the new season, even more than the past seasons and I’m just like ???? ??? ?? ??? what. Also yeah,,,, same I normally vibe with that humor too irl and stuff but like… idk it just seems too Excessive and annoying in the new b99 season. YES Chandler and Joey, I love them so much oh my gosh!!
        Yesss I was actually tiny when I watched Friends and I’m shocked that I was allowed to watch that, lol. I think I mainly only got *some* of the jokes and then later on, I started understanding the *gist* of the sexual jokes but not fully?? Anyways, now I wholly understand them, which is so interesting to me.

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      4. I mean I get why people like the new season more, but I’m just not one of those people :(( idk, the humor was so off this season and i’m hoping it gets better in season 7! chandler and joey are THE iconic duo sjfhfufhsvauhddb 😩 i started watching friends when i was 14 with my parents (+ my sister) and they still were skipping past all the sexual jokes, lmaoo 😂 When you get it there’s no turning back 😂

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  4. Taasia, I’m sending a loooot of positive vibes your way so you can absolutelly ace these exams! I really hope everything works out and you get the chance to take care of yourself this May too. I’ll definitely miss reading from you in the following weeks, but I hope this hiatus allows you to focus on school & yourself as well! 😊
    I’m impressed that you still managed to read twelve books, which shouldn’t be something to impressed at this point, because we all know Taasia is a multi-tasking wizard. I’ll say, though, I’ve read six books this April and I thought I was pretty badass for doing so as well, even if half of your count, hahah. The past few weeks have been hella busy – which is why I’m commenting on this so late -, but I’m super happy with everything I’ve read and hoping to progress even more for May.
    Thank you so much for the shoutout! Hope you have an amazing month! 💛

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  5. The Gilded Wolves was definitely tough to get into, which sucks because it wasn’t a bad story! I do hope you enjoy it more if you ever get around to picking it up again, though I get if you wouldn’t ahah. I can’t WAIT to read Darius the Great!! *screams* Also Always Never Yours was SO ADORABLE AND FUN omg the characters and the writing was all so perfect ❤️❤️ and YES B99 is amazing and wonderful it gives me so much life

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    1. Aline, I wanted to love TGW so badly, but I just didn’t, and I’m SAD. If I do try again, I’ll probably try it via audio or physically if I’m super in the mood for it. I can’t wait for YOU to read Darius (and hopefully love it so we can screech about it together). I am over the moon that you enjoyed Always Never Yours because I loved it so much – seriously, it’s just perfection!! It just makes me so happy. B99 is honestly my lifeline and I love it so much. I hope you have a day as amazing as you ahhh ily <333

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