Birthday Book Tag // Oh my gosh I’m getting so old!! πŸ˜‰

Hi everyone! 🌟

Yes, today is my birthday!! πŸ™ˆπŸŽ‰Β (And yes, this year, my birthday coincidentally fell on the day of daylight savings. My birthday is 25 hours long πŸ˜‚)

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but (this is past Dezzy speaking) I just realized that my birthday is coming up, and so I decided to do the Birthday Book Tag! πŸŽ‚

I first saw this tag over on Tiffany’s blog, Read by Tiffany, when she posted this on her birthday back in September! It looked like such a cute and fun tag, and so I decided to do it too, as it seemed fit for the occasion, hehe.

I honestly can’t believe it’s my birthday already! I know I always say this, butΒ time flies by way too quickly.Β There’s only two months of 2018 left?! That can’t be right. :’) i’m going to be graduating high school in 2019 and it’s honestly blows my mind that 2019 IS ALMOST HERE oh my goshhh

ANYWAY.Β Excuse my mini existential crisis. πŸ˜‚Β i’m always like this around the time of my birthday. But without further ado, let’s get started with this tag!! 🎁

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Birthday Cake πŸŽ‚Β A book with a plot that seems clichΓ© but you adore it anyway πŸ’ž

I read P.S. I Like You by Kasie West in one sitting, about a year ago! It was such a fast and addicting read, and it made me feel all happy and gooey inside. πŸ’–Β  There isn’t much diversity and there aren’t any important messages inΒ P.S. I Like YouΒ –Β it’s purely aΒ ‘feel good’ book. It was lighthearted and adorable, and although it was clichΓ© at times,Β I enjoyed myself immensely reading this cutesy book. I really loved the romance, friendships, and family dynamics inΒ P.S. I Like You. If you’re ever in the mood for a cute, predictable, and sweet YA contemporary romance, definitely check out this book! ☺️


You know, now that I’m thinking about it, I was actually in a Kasie West mood exactly a year ago and I read likeΒ six of her booksΒ in a rowΒ πŸ˜‚ I remember squealing and smiling so much as I read her books. I’m feeling nostalgic now aahhΒ πŸ˜­πŸ’—

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Party Guests 🎊 Your most anticipated book release this year 😍


Omg who am I if I don’t say Girls of Paper and FireΒ by Natasha Ngan?? (It’s coming out in two days!! Oh my gosh!! I CANNOT WAIT.) πŸ’“ I’ve heard nothing but praise and adoration for this book, and I just know that I’m going to love it as much as everyone does. if i don’t, you all have my permission to smack some sense into me : )

An ownvoices Asian-inspired fantasy? A slow-burn f/f romance? Amazing world-building?Β I’ve heard that this book has it all, and I’m so incrediblyΒ excited to read this gorgeous book (with an equally gorgeous cover to match 😍)!!


Oh, and sidenote, this book comes out on the same day as theΒ U.S. midterm electionsΒ (November 6th),Β so if you are an American citizen,Β please VOTEΒ (blue)!! It’s extremely important to vote, especially this year under the current U.S. administration. *sigh* So please,Β go voteΒ as a birthday gift for me!! I’d greatly appreciate it. πŸ’™

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Birthday Presents 🎁 A book that surprised you with how much you loved it 😱

Ha, if you thought that I could get through one post without being indecisive, YOU’RE WRONG. πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈΒ BothΒ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid andΒ Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng completely blew my expectations out of the water. They’re beautifully written and compelling books, and I adore both so much!

I started The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoΒ with incredibly high expectations, since I saw so many people raving about it. Although it started off slow,Β I was COMPLETELY blown away by the end of the book. Taylor Jenkins Reid crafted such a complex, gorgeous, and emotional book, entrancing her readers with the strong and dazzling character that is Evelyn Hugo. I was so enraptured by Evelyn’s story as a bisexual Cuban Hollywood actress, and I was so excited to follow it till the end. 😭 (I think this is my first adult book as well!)




On the other hand, I readΒ Everything I Never Told YouΒ without having many expectations, but Celeste Ng didn’t let me down. At all. I’m amazed at much how I enjoyed this book. Set in the 1970s,Β Everything I Never Told You is about a Chinese American family, siblings, love, misogyny, racism, and so much more. I love Celeste Ng’s writing; it was haunting, beautiful, and emotional all at once. And not to mention, the character development for all of the characters was one of the best I’ve ever seen. πŸ’—

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The Happy Birthday Song 🎢 A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got πŸ‘πŸΌ


The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller was the first book I thought of when I saw this prompt, which should tell you how much I love this book. (Hint:Β A LOT.) I only read this book last month, but oh my gosh, it has earned its place in my favorite books of all time. πŸ’žΒ  Almost every blogger and reviewer I knew rated this book at least 4 stars. It truly deserves all the hype (and more), because this book absolutely destroyed me. The pain was worth it though, because now I can die happy, knowing true love is real.Β I LOVE PATROCLUS AND ACHILLES SO MUCH. 😭❀️ Madeline Miller has blessed us with this beautiful book and her gorgeous writing. ✨

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Happy Music 😊 A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes 🀩

I’m going to let the books speak for themselves!Β yes, I said books; I’m being indecisive again :’)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (I know I literally just talked about this in the previous prompt, but Madeline Miller is the queen of beautiful quotes)

“The never-ending ache of love and sorrow. Perhaps in some other life I could have refused, could have torn my hair and screamed, and made him face his choice alone. But not in this one. He would sail to Troy and I would follow, even into death. “Yes,” I whispered. ‘Yes.'”

β€œWe were like gods at the dawning of the world, andΒ our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”

β€œIn the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”

wow guess who feels like crying again after reading these quotes πŸ’”

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake (Read my gushing review of it here!)

“How was Ivy supposed to handle all these feelings for June, all these feelings at all, if everything she saw and read about and heard about was all boy-girl, girl-boy?”

“A girl who was sure about who she was. A girl who wasn’t afraid or ashamed, even if a time came again when she wasn’t sure so anymore. Because Ivy knew that wondering was what life was about. Wondering was how you found yourself.”

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Sweet Birthday Memories πŸ’–Β A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life πŸ’«

I’m taking a page out of Tiffany’s book (hehe i love book puns) and I’m going to say the Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus series!Β 

I’ve said this countless times, but this series has been with me for as long as I can remember, and it’ll always have a special place in my heart. πŸ’™Β Rick Riordan created some of my favorite characters of all time, and I love them all so much, especially Percy, Nico, and Leo.

A world without Percy Jackson would truly be the Bad Place. (And yes I’m obsessed with The Good Place now 😌)

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Before I end this post, I want to mention the books that my mom let me order as a birthday gift to myself, hehe. I orderedΒ A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi,Β Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (of course), andΒ Beneath the CitadelΒ by Destiny Soria! πŸ“š I’m SO excited to read them all, along with The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and What If It’s UsΒ (which I still haven’t read even though I’ve had them for a while, whoops).


I also ordered a set of brush pens (Sakura Pigma brush pens) since I’ve been into calligraphy and hand lettering lately. πŸ™‚ I already own the Tombow Dual Brush Pens and I love them!

Page BreakAhhh, writing this post was so fun because I got to talk about more of my favorite books (and flawlessly incorporate a gif from The Good Place in the process). πŸ˜‰πŸ’“

Thank you so much for reading!! As always, your support and kindness for my blog and me means the world. I hope you all will have a wonderful day today!! Enjoy your extra hour by reading or sleeping. πŸ“–πŸ’€Β (I will definitely be doing the latter, and then, I’ll be going to an amusement park with a few friends and family. ☺️)

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What is a book you adore that’s a little clichΓ© and predictable? Your most anticipated release of this year? (Even though there are only two months left, lol.) Let me know if I’ve convinced you to read any of the books I mentioned, or if you’ve read them already!!

What’s your favorite TV show? Do you love The Good Place as well? (You should, it’s INCREDIBLE.)

I hope you’ll have a fantastic November!! πŸ‚πŸ’“ Good luck with NaNoWriMo if you’re doing it!! (I believe in you.)Β πŸ“

And if you’re an American citizen, please remember to VOTE on November 6th!! Our futures (quite literally) depend on it.



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51 thoughts on “Birthday Book Tag // Oh my gosh I’m getting so old!! πŸ˜‰

  1. Ahhh happy birthday, Dezzy! ❀ This is such a cute tag, and I'll have to remember it for my own birthday, haha. I hope you love Girls of Paper and Fire – only a few more days until its release date sdnfjdsf. ❀ I still need to read something by Celeste Ng, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

    I hope you have a wonderful day! ❀

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  2. HOLY FORKING SHIRT πŸ˜‰ HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEZZY!!! I loved doing this tag when it was my birthday, so I’m super happy you had so much fun doing it too. Is it crazy to think that all the books you’ve listed are on my TBR or I already love?? I’m super determined to finish a Kasie West book before the end of the year, and I’ve heard such great things about Girls of Paper and Fire!

    I’m so excited for all the great things you’ll accomplish. ❀ And yes, graduating high school will be scary, but college is super fun and helps you grow a lot as a person! also 100% to voting!! I love that you're championing this important cause on your blog. πŸ™‚ I hope you had a wonderful day and got to eat a bunch of cake and celebrate the greatness of ~yourself~

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    • AHHHH IT MAKES ME SO FORKING HAPPY THAT YOU WATCH THE GOOD PLACE TOO (hehe)!! Thank you SO much Tiffany!! πŸ’— I remember that I absolutely loved reading your birthday tag post, so of course I had to do it too. And omg that’s amazing!! (You have great taste in books πŸ˜‰) You should definitely read P.S. I Like You as your first (?) Kasie West book; it’s my favorite one of hers.

      Awww thank you so much, Tiffany!! Your support honestly means the world to me. 😭 Yes I’m actually pretty excited for college, haha (even though I’m a little nervous about having so much independence πŸ˜…) and I definitely want to become a better person in college. And ahhh that makes me so happy to hear!! Voting is so important, especially today, and I just want to encourage as many people as I can to vote (since I can’t myself, yet). Thank you again for this lovely comment! It really made my day πŸ’ž

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  3. Happy birthday Dezzy! ❀ I hope you've had a brilliant day and made the most of the fact that your birthday fell on daylight savings so you got an extra hour (seems kind of strange to me because here in the UK our daylight savings was last weekend!) πŸ˜€
    These are some great picks for this tag too, I really love P.S. I Like You. Yes it's a little cliche, but it's still my favourite of all of Kasie West's books, also The Song of Achilles is definitely 100% worthy of all the hype. In fact I'd even go as far as saying it deserves more hype than it currently has.
    Great post, and again happy birthday! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Thank you so much, Beth! Oh I didn’t know that your daylight savings was last weekend, but that’s cool haha.

      Ahhh that makes me so happy to hear! P.S. I Like You is definitely my favorite Kasie West book too. 😊 And yes I completely agree, TSOA deserves all the hype and more; it’s one of the few books that brought me close to tears.

      Thank you so much again for this sweet comment, Beth! You’re so kind πŸ’–

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  4. hkjfhdakhakh I HOPE YOU HAD AN AMAZING DAY BBY AND YOU WERE SHOWERED WITH SUGAR AND CAKE AND BOOKS ❀ ❀ ❀ i love this tag sm and your answers are always fantastic as always

    p.s. i like you is such a feel good, quick read, basically anything kasie west writes can be read in one sitting and thats just fantastic. I REALLY REALLY REALLY need to read everything i never told you and i will SO get to it soon.

    omg teach me the secret to handlettering, ive been lowkey trying and its so hard rippp

    anyways i hope you have an amazing month and do incredible things ❀ ❀

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    • AAHHH thank you so much may!! you’re the best as always πŸ’—

      omg yes i’m so glad you agree!! ikr, honestly all kasie west books are so cute and fluffy and never fail to make me feel all squishy inside :’)

      haha i’m honestly not that good yet, but because of practice, i’ve definitely improved A LOT from when i first started, lmao. this is gonna sound cliche but honestly it’s true: practice makes perfect. you just gotta practice A LOT and keep going at it, don’t give up!! ❀️ i watched a lot of youtube videos (mostly by amanda rach lee) on hand lettering/calligraphy and i also watched a lot of tutorials and videos on studygrams and bujograms. they helped a lot!! (but i agree oml, hand lettering is hard AF and i get so jealous seeing other people’s beautiful hand lettering, i could never get to that level :’) )

      awww thank you so much for this amazing comment as always!! wishing you the best for november ☺️

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEZZY! This is such a cute tag! I completely agree with how you feel about P.S. I Like You, and I read like four Kasie West books in a row this past summer. Bahahaha! I hope you have an absolutely amazing 25-hour-long birthday! ❀ πŸ˜‰

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEZZY!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ *throws streamers* *slices cake* *gives you 100 presents* You’re so lucky you have a 25 hour birthday! πŸ˜‚
    This was SUCH a fun tag to read! I can’t wait to read A Very Large Expanse of Sea- I’m really excited to see how Tahereh Mafi writes contemporary. Also, I’ve been hearing nothing short of raving reviews for Girls of Paper and Fire, so I definitely have to check that out!
    As for quick reads, Love and Gelato is one of my favorite fluffy contemporaries in the whole world, and it’s set in ITALY!?!
    I’m doing Nano this year, and it’s…. kind of a mess, but I have hope!
    I hope the rest of your birthday is as fantastic as you and this post! πŸ™‚

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    • Awww thank you SO much, Sapphire!! *catches streamers* *eats cake* *opens 100 presents* hehe ❀️

      Ahh I’m so happy that you liked this post!! I’m extremely excited to read A Very Large Expanse of Sea as well; I’ve heard so many great things about it. 😍 (I haven’t read her Shatter Me series yet, though!)

      Omg I’ve heard of love and Gelato and the plot sounds so cute!! I’ll definitely have to check it out. πŸ™‚ And omg good luck with NaNoWriMo!! You got this, Sapphire πŸ’“ As long as you’re writing, you’re doing great!

      Thank you again for this lovely comment!! I hope you’ll have a great November full of reading and writing ☺️

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  7. ahhhhhh HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEZZY!! ❀ ❀ This post is the cutest and I love it so much. Also having a mini existential crisis on birthdays is so relatable, like this also happens to me every year hahahaπŸ˜‚

    I cannot get over how good Girls of Paper and Fire sounds?! I'm seriously not prepared for how incredible it's going to be. And also these TSOA quotes are going to make me cry again oh my gosh whyyyy did that book have to destroy us😭 I'm glad it was one we bonded (and cried) over and basically the root of our friendship but I'm STILL NOT OVER IT.

    So excited for you to read A Very Large Expanse of Sea :') And also everything else that you mentioned there at the end lol. What If It's Us is pretty much the cutest thing ever and I have a feeling you're gonna love it a lot!!

    I HOPE YOU ENDED UP HAVING THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER DEZZY πŸ’– you deserve it so much! Enjoy the rest of the day and all the books you ordered !! I can't wait to hear all about it & I'll talk to you soon😊

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    • AHHH BRIANNA you’re honestly the sweetest friend ever, and you leave the best comments. Ilysm πŸ˜­πŸ’žπŸ’ž Thank you so much!! LMAO I’m glad you can relate to my existential crisis πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I honestly still can’t believe I’ve turned a year older today.

      Omg same here!! I’m honestly SO incredibly excited to read Girls of Paper and Fire, I’m so hyped. I really hope we’ll both love it ❀️ And omg ikr I LITERALLY FELT TEARS COMING TO MY EYES when I was typing up those TSOA quotes 😭 Madeline Miller really had to destroy us like that, huh. But OH MY GOSH YES I’ll forever be grateful to TSOA for bringing us together and being the start of our beautiful friendship πŸ˜‰πŸ’–

      Ahhh yes I’m so excited to read A Very Large Expanse of Sea and What If It’s Us!! I’m definitely going to scream about them with you, hehe. And AAHH THANK YOU SO MUCH, again!! I’ll let you know how everything went in our GR message πŸ’“ Thanks again for this lovely comment!

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  8. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEZZY πŸ’–πŸ’–!! I hope you had the most wonderful day and yay for getting some awesome new books! I’ve only been hearing amazing things about Girls of paper and fire and can’t wait to read it myself, I’m happy to hear you’re reading it soon and hope you’ll love it! πŸ˜€ I also can’t wait to read Evelyn Hugo, everyone has been raving about it and it sounds like such a stunning read, I can’t wait.
    Once again, wishing you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, filled with love and books and all the happiness in the world, you deserve it πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    • AHHH thank you so much, Marie!! You’re honestly the sweetest πŸ’ž YES I’m glad you share my excitement for Girls of Paper and Fire; I’m so excited for both of us to read it! 😍 And oh my gosh I really hope you’ll love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo; it’s such an incredible and emotional book. And thank you so much, again! I love you so much and your kindness means so much to me πŸ’“ I hope you’re having a great November!

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      • I don’t know if you’re going to get the book soon (and I have no idea if I will either haha), but we should keep each other updated on that, I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts! I’m just so curious, everyone has been loving it so much so far haha ❀️
        You’re so welcome, Dezzy, you deserve all the love! ❀️❀️

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  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (A day late. πŸ˜‰ ) I hope you had the most wonderful day, you deserve all the happiness and cake and balloons and confetti and everything amazing!πŸŽ‰πŸ’˜

    Also, this post is so cute! I’m super excited to hear your thoughts on What If It’s Us- I can’t wait to read that one.

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  10. Happy (late) Birthday, Dezzy! *Throws confetti everywhere* This is such a cute tag! I know what you mean about time flying so fast! How is 2018 almost over????? I STILL HAVE SO MANY BOOKS I NEED TO READ AND NOT ENOUGH TIMMMMMME. Also, I’m totally in love with the Good Place too! The first season was so creative and I’m currently watching the third season. Are you keeping up with it? What are your thoughts? Anyways, thanks for a lovely post and I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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    • Ahhh thank you so much, Kat!! This is such an amazing comment, I can’t even. πŸ˜­πŸ’ž Omg ikr, I have sooo many books on my TBR but so little time. The struggle is real πŸ˜‚πŸ˜© And oh my gosh, yes!! It makes me so happy that you love The Good Place too!! I’ve only watched the first two seasons; they were incredible! I honestly was blown away (and didn’t see any of the plot twists coming πŸ˜‚). I haven’t gotten the chance to watch the third season yet. I’m really excited to watch it though!! What do you think of season 3 so far?

      Thank you so much for reading and for this lovely comment!! You’re the sweetest. πŸ’–

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      • You are SO welcome! And the 3rd season of The Good Place is interesting to be sure! HONESTLY I JUST WANT THEM ALL TO REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DIFFERENT REBOOTS THOUGH. It breaks my heart that Chidi and Elenor keep forgetting that they are SOULMATES.

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    • Aww thank you so much, Tasya!! πŸ’ž Yes you definitely should! And you should start with P.S. I Like You; it’s my favorite book of hers. ☺️ And oh my gosh, ikr!! I love TSOA with all my life. 😭

      Thank you so much for commenting!! I hope you’re having a wonderful November ☺️


  11. I know that I am, what, 5 days late, but nevertheless, I HOPE THAT YOU HAD AN AMAZING BIRTHDAY. I love your blog and you and a;lskdjfla;ksdjf hope you had a wonderful day filled with cake, B99 gifs, and sprinkles *throws confetti* I love all of your answers, period. I mean, any post with books will always catch my attention, but your blog has tons of it, so…. πŸ˜‰ I’ve seen all the rave for TSOA, and it’s one of the top ones on my tbr list. I’ve also been meaning to read GOPAF for the longest time, but my local library doesn’t have it yet 😭 Have you read the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake? The third book was released last month, I believe, and I am SO excited to read it like a;ldfja;ldkj

    Anyways, loved reading this, added so many new books to my tbr (I mean I should stop but apparently I don’t take orders from myself), and I really hope that you had an amazing day ❀ you deserve it.

    ps. sorry for this too long of a comment, I just can't help myself oops

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    • Haha no worries!! Oh my gosh, thank you so much!! You’re honestly the sweetest, and this comment made my day. πŸ’– I’m so honored and happy that you like my blog (πŸ™ˆ), because you’re one of my favorite bloggers. 😊 Ahhh I’m so glad that you added so many new books to your TBR; my job here is done. πŸ˜‚

      I haven’t read the Three Dark Crown series, but I’m definitely adding it to my TBR now, especially since you love it. And aahh thank you so much again for this lovely comment; you’re the best πŸ’ž And NEVER apologize for long comments, haha. I absolutely love them (and I leave long comments all the time πŸ˜‚)


    • Aww thank you so much, Annie! You should definitely do this tag when it’s your birthday; this was so fun to do. And omg, I know right?! I’ve also been loving my Sakura Pigma brush pens, hehe.

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment! πŸ’“


  12. I think the cliche book that I love is Love and Gelato! It’s just so cute and it warms my heart even though it’s a bit predictable. I just love it!

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    also, all of these books are so important to me as a person slkjdfldskj. every time I see TSA I burst into spontaneous tears

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  14. Your birthday was on the same day as daylight savings? That is so awesome! πŸ˜† Anyways, happy belated birthday! I loved reading this tag — and I’ve noticed you’ve mentioned The Song of Achilles quite a few times in your posts now. Is it truly that amazing of a book? I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction and classics lately, so I’m in the mood for something else — is The Song of Achilles worth dropping all other books to read? 😊

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    • Haha yes it was, and thank you so much! πŸ’• I personally really loved The Song of Achilles (as you can tell) – it had gorgeous writing, beautifully developed characters, and emotion that poured out of every page. I think it’s worth it, haha, and whenever you do end up reading it, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! 🌟 Thank you so much for reading my posts and leaving such sweet comments!


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