Finding X by Miles Tan

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

So as a STEM girl, I was pretty stoked to start this one because it has a geologist as a character, and one in grad school too. I'd take all the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) characters I can get. Sadly, my background in STEM kind of wrecked this one for me. Hahahuhu why can't I just suspend my disbelief?!?!?!

Finding X
Title: Finding X
Author: Miles Tan
Date of Publication: December 5, 2013
Source: purchased (Kindle)

Is there a science to falling in love?

Carlisle Santiago is through with men. After the devastating end of a seven-year relationship, she's trying to put her life back together. What she doesn't know is that she is the subject of the patient and methodical observations of blue-haired scientist Matteo Villegas, who just wants to find love himself. She must decide whether she's ready to give love another shot or if this is doomed to be one failed experiment.

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Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

If you've been an avid reader of this blog (cookies for you if you are!), you might have known that Sara Wolf's Lovely Vicious series is my favorite contemporary YA series OF ALL TIME. I've mentioned it again and again and promoted the book loads of times and I will do so for eternity. I just love it so much.

So just imagine the glee I'm feeling today as I share to you an interview I had with the author herself, Sara Wolf!!!!!111 HOLD ME

But first, let me introduce the book to you and this series~ Here's my review of the first book! It has great MCs and banter and sass and sarcasm you'd chuckle all the way through and it also delves into sensitive topics. IT JUST HAS IT ALL SERIOUSLY

Forget Me Always

Title: Forget Me Always (Lovely Vicious #2)
Author: Sara Wolf
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of Publication: November 1, 2016
All warfare is deception. Even in high school.

It’s been three years, twenty-five weeks, and five days since Isis Blake fell in love, and if she has it her way, it’ll stretch into infinity. Since then, she’s punched Jack Hunter—her nemesis-turned-maybe-something-more—in the face, survived a brutal attack by her mom’s abusive ex thanks to Jack’s heroics, and then promptly forgotten all about him.


The one bright spot for Isis is Sophia, the ephemeral girl who shares Isis’s hospital stay as well as a murky past with Jack. But as Isis’s memories return, she finds it harder and harder to resist what she felt for Jack, and Jack finds it impossible to stay away from the only girl who’s ever melted the ice around his heart.


As the dark secrets surrounding Sophia emerge, Isis realizes Jack isn’t who she thought he was. He’s dangerous. But when Isis starts receiving terrifying emails from an anonymous source, that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.


Her past.
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The Last Time I'll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Of course I'm gonna read Dawn Lanuza's first poetry book (and succeeding ones as well). Here are my quick thoughts on this short collection~

The Last Time I'll Write About You
Title: The Last Time I'll Write About You
Author: Dawn Lanuza
Publisher: Indie Sisiw
Date of Publication: November 5, 2016
Source: purchased (Kindle)

Should I be
Thankful
Or
Regretful
That my only idea
Of love
Is
You?

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Monday, November 7, 2016


Title: Our Chemical Hearts
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR
Date of Publication: October 4, 2016
Source: purchased from National Book Store (paperback)

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

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Stacking the Shelves (64) + October Recap

Monday, October 31, 2016




For Review

 *ARC* Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
*ARC* How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
*ARC* Interference by Kay Honeyman
*ARC* Heartless by Marissa Meyer

bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Monday, October 17, 2016

I kept on seeing Filipino author (and kinda my local semi-life peg) Dawn Lanuza pushing this book and raving about it so I put it in my wishlist. And lo and behold, it was free last week! So I immediately grabbed it and took the time to read it one night when I couldn't sleep and NOW WHAT TO DO HOW TO COPE


bone
Title: bone
Author: Yrsa Daley-Ward
Date of Publication: June 16, 2014
Source: purchased (Kindle)

Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark.

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Peter Lerangis is coming back to the Philippines! #PeterLerangisinPH

Monday, October 10, 2016


What: Peter Lerangis Book Signing Event
When: November 19, 2016, 2 p.m.
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1
Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Join New York Times bestselling author Peter Lerangis of 'The Seven Wonders' series for a book signing event on November 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated. The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati. Visit nationalbookstore.com/booksignings for the complete signing mechanics. Tag #PeterLerangisinPH to join the discussion.


ABOUT PETER LERANGIS

Peter Lerangis is the author of more than 160 books, which have sold more than 5½ million copies and been translated into 33 different languages. These include nine New York Times Bestsellers: all five books of The Seven Wonders series (The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, The Tomb of Shadows, The Curse of the King, and The Legend of the Rift); all of his contributions in the The 39 Clues series (The Sword Thief; The Viper’s Nest; and Vespers Rising , which was co-authored with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson); and The Dead of Night, Book 3 in The 39 Clues: Cahills Vs. Vespers series. He is a Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry. After college he became a Broadway musical theater actor. He has run a marathon and gone rock-climbing during an earthquake, but not on the same day. He lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their two sons, Nick and Joe.

ABOUT ‘THE SEVEN WONDERS’ SERIES

Follow the story of Jack McKinley in the mysterious, action-packed adventure series that takes place throughout the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Jack discovers a secret organization on a hidden island, and becomes the leader of a mission to retrieve seven lost magical orbs. As Jack and his three friends realize their lives are at stake, they have no choice but to accept the quest and embark on the challenge of their lives. Four friends. Seven Wonders. One goal.

Save the date! Amy Ewing is coming to the Philippines!

Friday, October 7, 2016


What: Amy Ewing Book Signing Tour

When: November 12, 2016, 1 p.m.
Where: National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu

When: November 13, 2016, 2 p.m.
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1


Join New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing of the ‘Lone City’ trilogy for book signing events on November 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. in National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu and on November 13, 2016 at 2 p.m. in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration for both events starts at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated.

The events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati. Visit nationalbookstore.com/booksignings for the complete signing mechanics. Tag #AmyEwinginPH to join the discussion.

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I read this book back in November 2014 and only now did I have the courage and stubbornness to finally review it. I don't even know if whatever word vomit I produce will ever fully explain the love I have for this book or if it would even convince you to try and read it but I'll try.




Title: Althea & Oliver 
Author: Cristina Moracho
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Date of Publication: October 9, 2014
Source: purchased from Amazon (hardback)

What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?

Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Moracho’s whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love—and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.

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#MorganMatsoninPH recap!

Monday, October 3, 2016

I almost wasn't able to go to #MorganMatsoninPH and I was already sad about it but the universe has aligned and let me go! YAY! After reading Morgan Matson's debut novel Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, which I loved so so much back in college, I ended up deciding to start book blogging (among other books). It was one of those books that made me love reading again and love YA. So Morgan Matson is a BIG EFFIN' DEAL for me, okay? Thank you to National Book Store for making this possible! For this fan to meet an author she loves! For this book blogger to meet one of the catalysts of this hobby!



Read on for the Q&A I got to participate in for #MorganMatsoninPH!

Stacking the Shelves (63) + September Recap

Saturday, October 1, 2016



For Review

 *ARC* I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
*ARC* Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsey Philpot

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Various Authors

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

So I was so SO excited to get my hands on this anthology only to find out when I did get it and started to read it that I was only interested to read the stories by Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer E. Smith, and Stephanie Perkins. Oops? So I've been stalling with this one and delaying on reading them all because I just don't care enough? But now I'm kinda irate on myself for that because I actually enjoyed this anthology! Although it did take me more than two months to read it (and review it). I blame you, reading slump (and blogging slump). (And unmet expectations but let's get to that later.)



Title: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
Authors: Various Authors
Editor: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date of Publication: May 17, 2016
Source: purchased from Powerbooks (hardback)
Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.
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Ten Shows I Love

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I know it's already Saturday but I was so busy (Honestly? More like I didn't have the drive) I couldn't do this prompt earlier. But I really wanted to because I'm a TV junkie! So here are ten favorite shows of mine (I tried to promote not-so-popular ones?)! (Not included are Asian dramas because that's gonna be so difficult to do HAHA) This is in no particular order but I will dividing them into two categories: the 20-minute shows and the 40-minute shows. In no particular order as always! And I suck at categorizing into genres so I just put what Wikipedia says.


For My Short Attention Span




Scrotal Recall (genre: rom-com)


This gem is only six episodes long so if you have three hours to spare, please PLEASE get on it. It's on Netflix! Anyway, I discovered this show from Elena's newsletter (I will always miss her blog Novel Sounds) and THIS. SHOW. It's just so full of heart and some crude jokes as well, I mean, look at the title. But I promise, despite the title, it's not that kind of comedy (although I do dig that kind of comedy as well). So plot! Dylan gets chlamydia and now he has to contact all his previous sexual partners to get them to test as well and we recall one girl in every episode. THE FEELINGS THIS SHOW EXTRACTED OUT OF ME, YOU GUYS. THE FEELS. I rewatch it a great amount and still, FEELINGS. It's just so sad it looks like it's not gonna be renewed.

OH MY GOD IT'S GONNA BE RENEWED THERE'S GONNA BE A SECOND SEASON THIS NOVEMBER OHMYGOD THANK YOU, NETFLIX!!!!!!!!!!!1111 And the title was changed to Lovesick so be sure to check that one out. OHMYGOD I'M SO HAPPY AFTER TWO YEARS


You're the Worst (genre: comedy-drama)

There was no way You're the Worst wasn't gonna make this list. Sure, it's a rom-com and we've seen that way too many times (but I can watch it forever) but one with such horrible and mean characters as the protagonists? I've never seen that yet and that's why I'm all aboard this one. These characters lie constantly and are brutally honest to the point of assholery but who doesn't want to be like them, being able to say what you're really thinking? And despite them being horrible people, you root for them because they're very human and vulnerable too. JUST WATCH THIS ONE, PEOPLE.




Silicon Valley (genre: comedy)


To the show that saved me from being depressed earlier this year, I love you. You might be repetitive plotwise but I love your characters and your crude jokes and how you make me laugh I sometimes cry. Thank you for being there. I mean, I always love a misfits-get-together-to-achieve-a-goal-while-shenanigans-happen kind of show but make these misfits programmers and geeks and nerds and I'm all aboard. Jared bb, you'll always be my favorite and the one that makes me laugh the most. I mean, just watch "tip-to-tip efficiency" on Youtube. If you like it, you'll like this show. HAHAHA




I Just Want My Pants Back (genre: comedy-drama)


This show was cancelled and it's such a shame. It was an MTV sitcom back in 2011 that completely got me: music tastes, crude humor, quarter life crisis, hipsters in Brooklyn being broke and making bad decisions. It was MY show. I watched this show with my guy BFF and another friend and it felt like we were the only people watching this show. It's the reason why I love Peter Vack so much despite him being my least favorite character in here. I'm loyal. So if this is something you think you might like, please give it a chance! Then talk to me so I can have someone to talk to about this show. HAHA


Modern Family / The Office / Broad City / Brooklyn Nine-Nine / Happy Endings

I can't choose for my fifth 20-minute show sorry HAHAHAHA What? I love my sitcoms!

Stacking the Shelves (62) + August Recap

Thursday, September 1, 2016



Purchased

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (my review)

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho (paperback)

Stacking the Shelves (61) + July Recap

Monday, August 1, 2016




For Review

Kook by Christopher Vick (ARC)

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington (ARC)
All Fixed Up by Linda Grimes
738 Days by Stacey Kade
False Hearts by Laura Lam

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Philippine Release Party!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ARE YOU WIZARDS READY? (MUGGLES TOO)


The Magic is Back on July 31st! Read the Eighth Epic Story.

To celebrate the return of Harry Potter, Scholastic, Inc., National Book Store, and Pinoy Harry Potter [Hogwarts Philippines] will officially launch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) on July 31, 2016 at National Book Store, Glorietta 1.

Come in your best robes [Muggle clothing will do, too, if you want to go incognito] and have fun with witches and wizards from PHP as we celebrate Harry Potter’s [and J.K.Rowlng’s] birthday and comeback. The official unboxing will happen at 7:01 am, while registration for the mid-day event starts at 10 am. And oh, did we say there will be cake and prizes? :)

See you there!

‪#‎CursedChildPH

Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Today, I'm sharing the cover for Victoria Scott's middle-grade debut novel, HEAR THE WOLVES!



Title: Hear the Wolves
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of Publication: March 28, 2017


It’s survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott!

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .

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I'm joining #ARCAugust!

Monday, July 11, 2016

I've always wanted to join ARC August hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat but I always forget to sign up. I mean, this is the fourth one and I haven't even joined one. I FAIL IN CHALLENGES. But here I am!

I'm a moody reader but I want to be strict this time around. I need to up that NetGalley ratio! So I'm exclusively reading eARCs from NetGalley and I plan on reading ten this coming August. I'm listing down 12 titles to pick from!


The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn
The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay


Two Across by Jeffrey Bartsch
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker


Have you read any of these books? Which book should I get to first? Are you joining ARC August? Join me, let's go!

I See You by Molly McAdams

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Today, I'm happy to participate in the cover reveal for I SEE YOU by Molly McAdams!


Title: I See You
Author: Molly McAdams
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: November 1, 2016

Futures are uncertain, unpredictable-like ink spilled across the purest surface. Nearly imperceptible ripples move and flow until a unique stain is formed. The ink is permanently embedded in the surface…

During one wild night in college, Jentry Michaels is a tidal wave of ink that brands Aurora Wilde's soul. An unparalleled stain she can't forget despite the many months that have passed-and despite the distraction she'd hoped she would find in her new relationship with Declan, the charmer who captured her heart soon after. Jentry has irrevocably touched her soul, and he is intertwined in her present and future in ways she never fathomed. Now Aurora is faced with keeping that night hidden though it feels as if the ink has indelibly etched their story across her skin.

When Declan is confronted with his own personal demons, Aurora must decide if she will continue to hold tight to their relationship and a safe, reliable future with him, or if she will turn to Jentry-the guy she can't forget no matter how hard she tries…

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My #AmyandAndreainPH experience AKA the day I convinced Amy Zhang to eat Jollibee spaghetti

Monday, July 4, 2016

Yesterday was the Manila leg of #AmyandAndreainPH! Thank you so much to National Book Store for bringing these two awesome authors to the Philippines! Read on so you can read all about me promoting Jollibee. HAHAHA


This was my view because I was late and stayed at the back. What a beautiful collection of books! You can see the best host EVER, Chad, and Amy Zhang in the photo. And my fellow bloggers who I've missed dearly (why so clingy, Dianne, it's only been a month or so). It was my first time being late so I was so rattled and at a loss on what to do. But I did get to ask my question so I wasn't THAT late!

I asked Andrea Portes how she managed to write such legitimate teen-sounding voices in her books. She answered that as the events are mostly real, she just tried to get back to her teenage years. Or that maybe she actually didn't grow up at all. She said that she has always been a precocious teen so she just channeled her teen self.

Read on for what went down that day!

Stacking the Shelves (60) + June Recap

Friday, July 1, 2016







Purchased

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (my review)

Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama (paperback)
Summer Days and Summer Nights by Various Authors
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In a desperate attempt to have new content, I begged people on Twitter to tag me to do some tags so that I'd have something posted on my blog. HAHAHA Desperate, indeed. Thanks to Bea of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic for tagging me to do the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

And what better way to force myself to actually do it than having someone to do it with? So after checking mine out, hopefully you'll also go to The Bibliophile Confessions for Inah's!

I gotta admit though, it was hard to go through my Goodreads shelf to answer these questions. I realized that I didn't actually read a lot of popular books. And I am severely lacking in the series department. But what did take me longer to do? Finding gifs of Rami Malek in Mr. Robot to go along with this post. Seriously, I spent so much time doing just that and yeah, I'm not a gif expert so that was difficult. I am so so so pumped for Mr. Robot that I stay up until 3AM almost every day just reading up on it and also looking at Rami Malek's photos and watching his interviews. It's all worth it though. I love looking at him HIHIHI But whatever, let's get right to this!


1. The I'm-okay-with-it-being-awkward-between-us and by us I mean the whole reading world AKA a popular book you didn't like

Well, this was easy. It seems like everyone in the book community loves The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi. Even my favorite bloggers, who have the same tastes as me, loved it. While I do know people who didn't enjoy it too, this book was still pretty well-loved that I felt like I read a different book. And maybe because I like burning friendships (HAHA), I also didn't love Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I mean, I liked it but I did not love it like everyone else. Alsoooo, I think it's pretty popular but good lord do I hate The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines.

Did you want to throw me pitchforks already? Haha! Read more for opinions I don't advertise that much!

Join us for Bookworms Unite 2.0!

Monday, June 20, 2016


Lovely pubmat made my Hazel of Stay Bookish!


What: Bookworms Unite!: A PH Bloggers and Readers Meet-up
When: July 9, 2016 (Saturday) 1-4pm
Where: Tweedle Book Cafe, 106B Sct. Gandia, Quezon City

We'd love to meet you! We'll get to know each other (There are lots of Filipino book bloggers and we want to meet you ALL!), play games (How about cover guessing? Or trivia?), win prizes, raffle books, drink and eat, and a book blind date!

To participate in the book blind date:

Please wrap your books in a non-transparent paper and write some key words describing the plot of the book, including the genre. Books will then be collected and shuffled and participants will pick a book based on the keywords written on the books. Please be noted that in Book Blind Date, the number of books you'll bring will be equivalent to the number of books you'll acquire in the activity.

Join us! We'd love to meet YOU!

We need a headcount so we hope you can join the FACEBOOK EVENT we made if you're going! Or just comment here or tweet me at @oopsireadagain.

See you!
 
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