February Wrap-Up: Lamingtons(!!), Showmen, Actual Reading(??) + 1200 FOLLOWERS?

So January was like a turtle (so slow)… so obviously February had to be the hare (so damn fast, slow down).

I’m not happy about how fast the year is moving already. Can it please slow down? My diddy lil’ legs can’t keep up.

books i read:

I promise I read more than two books, unlike last month…

The Lyons orphanage: this was a copy of the book that I got from the author (thank you again!!) and I really enjoyed it!!! I loved the whole mind-reading thing and I loved that it was fast paced and!! SO DARK!!

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda: So cute and adorable and yes I loved it, but I felt that it was a little over-hyped??? I just wish that more happened but the romance was so cute and BLUE was fantastic and I love them both and Simon… bless.

They Both Die At The End: I am honoured to be the 10000000th person to have my heart broken in two, then shattered some more and then ground into dust by Adam Silvera. HONESTLY, I DIDN’T EXPECT TO BE SUCH A MESS. I EXPECTED TO BE DEVASTATED. I AM JUST DECEASED (yes, I’m writing this from my grave right now).

book haul:

  • Spare and Found Parts: ILSA SENT ME HER GIVEAWAY BOOK WHICH IS JUST SO KIND OF HER AND LITERALLY SHOWS EVERYONE HOW SMOL AND LOVELY SHE IS. THE RED PAGES ON THE SIDES I CANNOT.
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    terrible IMAGE BUT LOOK HOW PRETTY.
  • Simon Vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda: I WANTED TO READ THIS FOR SO SO SO LONGGGGG. BLUE IS SO CUTE.
  • The Hazel Wood: OKAY NO ONE TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THIS I WANT TO READ IT COMPLETELY UNKNOWINGLY.
  • All the Crooked Saints: DFJGBKDJBGKJDFGJK FINALLYYYYYY. FINALLY. 
  • They Both Die At The End: AKAKAKAK I was so scared to read this book because 1) I’m not a huge fan of contemporary (even though that what I mostly read this month.. shush) and2) I WAS SCARED of getting my heart broken OR3) that I wouldn’t love it (I did, don’t worry!!)
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  • This. One. GUYS. ILSA ALSO WON AND SENT ME NEVERNIGHT: Do you know how much I’m squealing right now. I sent screamy messages to literally 1000 people I couldn’t contain myself and I freaking adore ilsa like,,. What came to my mind was “OMG SHE THOUGH OF MY FOR HER GIVEAWAY?!” And I couldn’t cope. I was in shock and sidididisie I LOvE heR

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    Im just crying @ the sticker on All The Crooked Saints. . .

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life stuff:

I saw The Greatest Showman and I am dead. IT WAS SO BEAUT. Blown away. I have been listening to the soundtrack for.. just on repeat I just want to watch it over and over again. I just love it. Anna had the BEST hair, there was Zac Efron with a moustache, (I didn’t hate it?????) and there was an awesome circus (no way!) and I just want to be a part of it, okay?

I had a break from school! YAY! Though I had to spend a few days of the “holiday” at school doing work. . . ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I went down to Cornwall for a few days, too, to see my dad, which was really nice! Though I spent something like 10 hours on the train in total and that was… horrendous to say the least. I WAS STANDING IN THE ISLE OF THE TRAIN FOR 2 HOURS BECAUSE THERE WEREN’T ENOUGH SEATS. I THEN HAD TO FIGHT MAY WAS OFF THE TRAIN TO FREEDOM THROUGH THE SWARM OF PEOPLE. UGH. HASSLE. <– NOT A HAPPY LU. 

I made lamingtons (!!) and obviously, this is the most important thing to happen this month. For those of you who have not HAD YOUR TASTEBUDS GRACED BY A LAMINGTON, they are cake, coated in chocolate, then rolled in flakes of coconut and they are so scrummy I want to sob and hug them forever.

  • you can see here that I don’t actually live in a cave/the wilderness… you must all be shocked!! It’s okay to panic. This is news.

I’ve also got back into Booktube, WHICH I’VE MISSED?????, I don’t even know why I stopped watching it, tbh!!! Emmmabooks is just the sweetest too and loves Shadowhunters and fjfndkgjf sjgnskjgn*

The countdown to exams is getting closer and I need to start studying and ugdfgkdfb panic.

But, as I said before, my mental health was okay this month, and it definitely wasn’t as bad as it got last November but I’m just trying not to stress over exams etc.

But I think that the most important thing** that happened this month was that I finally finished listening to the entire Hamilton Soundtrack. 

Most of this time I spent messaging MAY, i.e mango queen + hamilton advertisement service, misspelling everyone names (e.g calling “Burr” “BURN”, or just calling them “that one”… I’M A GOOD FAN OK.

I HAD TO GOOGLE THE PLOT TO KEEP UP WITH IT THO. (this website was useful)

‘Burn’ is so beautiful and sad and heartbreaking and I can’ttttttttt

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      ^^ THIS IS ACTUALLY ME IN CELEBRATION^^

    ARE YOU PROUD??? IT’S TAKEN ME A YEARRRRRR. 

I then lost my voice from screaming about all the books, lamingtons, Hamilton, and the GREATEST SHOWMAN like the actual AMATEUR I am. Frankly, I’m ashamed of myself.

*YES, I AM FANGIRLING OVER SOMEONE FANGIRLING. **kid… lamingtons are better… sorry…

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blogging stuff:

I hit 1200 followers?!! That’s just CRAZY!! Thank you so much, everyone ❤ ❤ ❤ It’s honestly mad… like. How? I really don’t understand this thank you!!

AJAKAKA I just can’t believe??? LIKE?? OKAY?? WHAT?? HOW??? CONFUSED??

I LOVE YOU ALL?????????

Also… sorry for being SO inactive in the later part of this month, I promise that I will explain everything soon!!

ALSO: I’m thinking of changing my blog name. I just don’t know what it is, I just don’t feel the whole “IT’S LU AGAIN” thing so yep.. that MIGHT be changing. UPDATE: ILSA IS BASICALLY SAVING MY LIFE AND REDESIGNING MY BLOG!! FREAKING LOVE HER SM.

trending posts:

DIVERSITY IN YA

why we should read on whims.

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follow discussion
URG, this one looks so out of place…

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#ThePeriodParty

I was tagged for this campaign by Ash @callmeashb and I think that this is a super important topic which you can read more about here.

My story:

I started my period when I was twelve, and on holiday, and boy oh boy was it horrible. My family and I were in France, semi-camping along the south coast. I woke up and had literally no idea what it was, but to be honest it wasn’t that bad. I didn’t get cramps, not for the frost few years, but now, I get REALLY bad cramps and get SO sick, and SO hormonal (I literally cry at everything adorable and everything that makes me angry) and so many people do not understand this. At school, all the girls in my year scream about periods together, and “do you have a pad?” is probably the most frequent thing that we ask each other.

SHARE THIS MOVEMENT!!!!

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snippets

I wrote almost nothing this month??? I wrote some poems at the start of this month, but not a lot of WIP-ing? IDK I’m just meh about it at the moment BUT DETERMINED!!!!

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^^^ loving the centre-y tips from MAY’S POST. (Yes, I’m obsessed. Deal.)^^^

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around the internet:

~things~

  • is it just me who JUST found out about The Last Hours trilogy by Cassandra Clare? I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.
  • And!!! OPAL by Maggie Stiefvater has been announced??? I’M SO FREAKING HAPPY????? Also… Maggie Stiefvater showed us all (on twitter) her goats and I never knew that I loved goats so much?? THEY’RE SO CUTE.
  •  Emma nominated me for the sunshine blogger award (thank you so much ily!!)
    I shall do the tag now!! click to view!! 

    1. Kiss, marry, kill: The main characters of the last three fiction books you read.

    Characters: Monty (a gentleman’s guide), Simon (Simon Vs.) and Justyce (Dear, Martin). I’m going to marry Justyce, I’ll kiss Simon, and I’ll kill Monty because he was ohhhh so self-absorbed in the majority of the book!!

    2. Would you rather be an elegant princess/prince type character in a fairytale or a witchy badass villain?

    I AM ALREADY A WITCHY BADASS VILLAIN I CAN’T CHANGE THAT.

    3. You fall into a pit of acid or get bit by an exotic spider or into a verbal altercation with a wizard, and you’re given the power to pull things out of books. Which book are you reaching into first???

    A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC TO GET KELLS DAMN COAT.

    4. You’re being sent to a desert island and you can only bring one book, and it has to be one you haven’t read yet. What book are you bringing?

    erm. erm. erm. ONE THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES.

    5. Link your favourite blog post of yours!

    rhgbkrhbyhr.

    6. Which Hogwarts house would you most want to be in, and which do you want to be in the least?

    Most: Hufflepuff! (what can I say?! the badge is cute and I want to hug it!!) Least: Slytherin. (even tho I have a pet snake… soz @my pet)

    7. Would you rather have a pet unicorn or grow a mermaid’s tail when you touch water?

    PET UNICORN FOR SURE.

    8. The last book you gave 5 stars and the last book you gave 1 star?

    I’ve never given a 1-star review, so… my five-star book was THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END.

    9. Who’s a popular author you’re just…not that into?

    erm. a lot? THIS IS PRESSURE I CANT COPE MOVING ON HELP.

    10. Show you’re currently watching, or the last one you watched?

    Grey’s Anatomy! Agent Carter! erm! ALL THE TV

    11. You’re at the altar, about to say “I do” to Cornelius (or Cornelia) Wainwright III, a disgraced businessperson who is only marrying you for your chocolate factory fortune. You dramatically say “I can’t do this” – which fictional character do you confess your love to instead?

    JUST ONE? *DIES* I mean.. is it not obvious? JACE FOR GOD’S SAKE.

    ~posts I’ve loved~

  • Mikaela talks about topes in ya and oh my it’s so funny and sassy and was so fun to read!!
  • Balie wrote about negative reviews and how to best approach them which is fabulous, especially for new bloggers!!
  • Rhea did an awesome post conveying all the feels of hard-core Cassie Clare fans.
  • Sam spoke about the need for body-positivity which SPOKE TO ME.
  • Both of May’s Q&As were brilliant check. them. out/
  • AND OHHH MAY’S OTHER POST ABOUT BLOGGER APPRECIATION!! CHECK THAT OUT TOO.
  • Analee reads our minds and talks about blogging confessions — WE’VE ALL DONE THESE.

Go check them outtttt!! I love all of these posts so MUCHHH.

chat with me

What did you read this month? Which books did you buy? What did you do this month? TELL ME ABOUT ALL THE BOOKISHNESS!!! What were some of your highlights? I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A FAB FEBRUARY!! Let me know!

 

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26 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up: Lamingtons(!!), Showmen, Actual Reading(??) + 1200 FOLLOWERS?”

  1. yayayayya wait my caps lock is not on okay YAYAYAYAYAYYYYY YOU READ THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END AND SIMON VS AND LISTENED TO HAMILTON AND REACHED 1200 FOLLOWERS WHAT GREAT NEWS!!! TBDATE just tore out my heart hahahahahahaahha I’m fine………….. *brings tissues and cupcakes to your grave*

    I was going to read All the Crooked Saints and then I…. didn’t???? I FEEL BAD BUT I HOPE YOU LOVE IT. I’m sure it’s amazing!! And yes Blue is amazing!! And Hamilton is also amazing what is this Burn you speak of???? *glares*

    CONGRATS on reaching 1200 followers!! That is so amazing and you deserve them all! 💕 *celebrates a week late*

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

      You bring me cake??? You’re my new fave???? Endjdjdjddjsjejendhdjdbejeebe HAMILTONNNNNNNN!! I legit couldn’t understand what they were calling Burr for the first half and was just calling him “that dude”

      THANK YOUUU YOU AMAZING BEAN/GEM/RJRJDN

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  2. OMG OMG YOU LISTENED TO HAMILTON AND LOVED IT YOU’RE OFFICIALLY MY NEW FAVOROTE PERSON,, also I want to watch the greatest showman sO MUCH it sounds SO good

    Congrats on 1200 followers you 150% deserve it ♥

    OMG SAME I also thought simon VS was a lil overhyped,,, and also PLEASE LOVE ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS ITS SO GOOD OMG

    Also I got reminded of the lost hours now and I will cry beecause 2019 is so far away!!!

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    1. AWWWWW. OMG I LOVE IT THO. I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO IT. …. wait.. i wasn’t your favourite person before? HOW DARE YOU!!! hahahahaha.

      AWW THANK YOU YOU’RE SO SWEET!!!
      You’re literally amazing?? You LOVE Hamilton and weren’t swept away by the hype of Simon Vs.???

      I WILL TRY TO LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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      1. ive made many mistakes in my past, but now i learnt AND YOURE MY NEW FAV PERSON OKAY

        i literally thought the same about you because dO YOU KNOW HOW FEW PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT HAMILTON THESE DAYS

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  3. hsjhd I WANNA TRY A LAMINGTON HONESTLY?!?!? they look so good and cait has screamed about them too!

    I hope you enjoy nevernight! Do you want to BR The Hazel Wood because I got an FC from Penguin and I need to read it and you have a copy so like?? WE SHOULD TOTALLY BUDDY READ IT AM I RITE. Not right now because I’m reading like 676 other books but still this month? Maybe? If you want to? Spare and Found Parts has red sprayed edges? EEK SCREAMING RIGHT NOW!

    THE SNIPPETS ARE SO GOOD IM SCREAMING!! I NEED MORE OF UR WRITING WHEN CAN I READ YOUR BOOK PLEASE AND THANKS. I need to listen to Hamltion honestly! KFHA so much stuff to do. love you bby take care of yourself in march x

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    1. TRY THEM???/ PLEASE?

      Thank you so much BAB!!!! erm yes of course??? this month for SURE!! I’m revising loads atm BUT WE’LL MAKE IT WORK.
      yes the reddddddd. it’s so prettyyyyyyyyyy.

      FBDKGBDJFG thank you!!! ERM???? NEVER????? No more than snippets BC ITS ALL TRASH.

      Listen to it!!

      AWWW bab thank you, you too ily x

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  4. Congrats on finishing Hamilton!!! All that I have to say about Act II is…
    One Two Three Four Five Six SEVEN–
    It gets me every timeeeeee. But now you can start re-listening to it and picking up on all the absolutely brilliant melodies and themes that get very intentionally repeated! SO MANY incredible recurrences in the score and it’s like finding hidden treasure every time I realize a new melody that has been carried over from a previous song and subtly foreshadows.

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    1. OMG NOOOOO

      SEVEN PEW PEW PEW DFGJKFDGBJ NOOOO.

      yes that’s what i’ve been doing for so long now ahaha. it’s on constant repeat!!!

      I just love the Macbeth references??? just me???

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  5. YES SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA IS A LIL OVERHYPED. i am so glad i’m not the only one. nevernight is on my tbr!! and…….i really liked the hazel wood even though no one else does so plz like it with me xoxoxoxoxoxo

    zac efron is hot as hell. that’s all

    omg i’m LAUGHING, i work in a cupcake shop and we sell pastries (i promise this will make sense kinda). we have these white cakes dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut, we call them “icicles” for some reason and one day this possibly drunk australian guy came in to buy cupcakes and went THAT LOOKS LIKE A LAMINGTON. to which i said “uh what” and he said IS THAT A LAMINGTON. IT LOOKS LIKE A LAMINGTON. so i gave him the cake-chocolate-coconut rundown and he said THAT’S A LAMINGTON very excitedly which made me excited and he said YER A SUPAHSTAH and then left.

    now i don’t know why i told that story. i guess it’s a wacky coincidence that i didn’t even know what a lamington was until this month and then look! two mentions! wow!

    CONGRATS ON 1200 you deserve all the followers in the realm

    & thank u for doing the sunshine blogger questions, i love your answers unsurprisingly.

    i can’t believe this comment is so long. it’s the lamington story’s fault

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    1. OMG,,, WE AGREE ON SM??? I’M shooook. I’ll try like it with you???

      news flash: we repeat, ZAC IS HOT, ZAC IS HOT. goodnight all.

      OMG THAT STORY!!! IS IT BAD THAT I READ EVERYTHING THE DRUNK AUSTRALIAN SAID IN AN AUSTRALIAN ACCENT?? I LOVE THE STORY THANK YOU FOR BLESSING MY LAMINGTON-LOVING BRAIN WITH IT!!!!!!

      THANK YOU SOO MUCH EMMAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “unsurpisingly” awww YOU’RE SO SWEET!!!!!!

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  6. AH, you LOVE HAMILTON AND THE GREATEST SHOWMAN. I am just supremely happy. Very squealing because you fell in love with my life. Well, not my life. But you know what I mean. (I think?)

    Anyway, I AM SO EXCITED for the last hours trilogy. I just found out about it this month. And I might have been dancing around my room in happiness? Also, there’s these adorable snippets that keep popping up which makes me so happy!

    Midterms are coming up for me and I’m terrified. Also, mainly SCARED TO DEATH of my French midterm. Becuase I am currently failing that class and I NEED to do better. But it’s so hard? And I just keep all these verb forms apart. Or remember them for the test. Ergh.

    I read Simon Vs. this month! It was the BEST. Ok, I just loved all the happy romance and the FEELS. It made my heart so, so, so happy.

    Also, I’m totally curious what you think of the Hazel Wood. I have some very decided thoughts on it, but you should totally make up your own mind.

    And renaming your blog?!?!?!?! I don’t know what to think! Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be cute and incredible. I can’t wait to see your new designs!

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    1. I get what you mean ahahah!!!!

      jgkdjfbgjrkbdg THE LAST HOURSSSSSS!! DFKHBDFJKBGRDJKGBDRJKGN.. SAMEE??

      OH NO!! I’m sure that it will go great!!! You’re gonna be prepared by the time it comes around!!!

      YES, ALL THE FEELS WITH SIMON VS IT WAS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!
      I’ll make sure to scream what i think of The Hazel Wood from the rooftops, DON’T WORRY!!!

      AWww thank you so much, Elizabeth!!

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  7. Congrats on reaching 1200 followers! That’s amazing! I’m really sad that lamingtons don’t look as cute as they sound..or maybe that’s because I hate coconut 😦 Boo. I want to eat cute fluffy things that remind me of lambs too!

    Yay for booktube! Honestly, I’m a little obsessed with it (along with Authortube), and I definitely think you should check out WhittyNovels. She’s one of my favorite Booktubers and is super hilarious. I’ve been itching to join in the fun youtube-y awesomeness myself but not only am I too much of a wimp, I’m afraid I won’t have much to say either. Bah.

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    1. Thank you so muchh!!

      MY BABY LAMINGTONS YOU’RE HURTING THEIR FEELINGS— they’re amazing!! (but honestly, i think that coconut is one of the most controversial flavours??)

      Thank you so much for the recommendation!! I’ll be sure to check out her booktube 😀 YOU WANT TO START A BOOKTUBE??! THAT’S SO COOL!!

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  8. Oh it seems like you had a brilliant month Lu. Congratulations on reaching 1200 followers, you must be super thrilled and it’s definitely well deserved you have an incredible blog! 😀
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Simon Vs, though it’s a shame you didn’t think it was as good as the hype made it out to be. They Both Die at the End is incredible right? I had my heart broken beyond repair by that book but oh it was so worth it, it’s a beautiful book isn’t it?
    Good luck with your exams, and I hope you have an incredible March as well! 🙂 ❤

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH BETH, YOU’RE SO SWEET!!
      I’m so gald that you encouraged me to read it, it totally broke me, but YES I LOVED IT AND IT WAS AMAZING AND DGNKSJGNKSJGN.
      Thank you so much, have a great March ❤

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  9. Yay for finally reading Simon Vs and They Both Die At the End! I loved them both, no surprise there. I’m thinking of re-reading Simon Vs this month, especially since I literally haven’t read it since the time it was released, and that’s been a while. And I was reading someone’s GR updates of the book, and I remembered nothing??? THAT’S NOT GOOD.

    I’ve had Nevernight on my TBR literally since before it was even released. But then I saw terrible reviews of it all over my feed, so I felt wary, but then I quit Goodreads, and the blogging community LOVES this book. So, yeah, I should get onto that. And I still haven’t read All the Crooked Saints. Haven’t been in the mood for it just yet, though.

    Ah, thanks so much for linking back to my post! You’re so kind! ❤

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    1. THEY BOTH BROKE MY HEARTTTTTT!!!!! OMG that was ages agooo?? Maybe reread it because of the movie???

      SAME HERE???? It was on my TBR for SO LONG i can’t wait to read it?? Esp because i ADORE illuminae!! ALSO SAME HERE WITH CROOKED SAINTS. I’m worried that i won’t love it because the only Maggie Stiefvater that I’ve read is The Raven Cycle WHICH IS MY EVERYTHING!!

      YOUR POST WAS AMAZING!!

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  10. OH MY BEHOLD THAT LAMINGTON????? even though I accidentally poisoned myself with kale soup so I can’t think about food i must eat lamington.
    and i want to read Simon v. the homo sapiens so much, reading it and directly going to see the movie!!
    and I just read they both die at the end too. and. part of me died with those poor sweet darling boys who deserved each other. ADAM SILVERA GO TO YOUR ROOM.
    and I’m just so PROUD of the period party??????? ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. YOU MUST TRY THEM!!! LAMINGTONS ARE AMAZING.
      That’s why I FINALLY read it ahah!!! I cannot wait for the movie!!! omgjgksjbgjkrs g THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END TOOK SOMETHING FROM ME — MY SOUL!!! HOW DARE HE TAKE IT FROM ME!!

      THE PERIOD PARTY!!!!!!

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