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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey there my lovelies!

I’m kind of behind on my tags and awards (yes, plural! You guys are so amazing for nominating me!!!) but I’m trying my best to catch up! 😛 Anyway! My lovely friend Sabrina @ Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad nominated me for this award and I humbly accept it! *lol* If you don’t know her page yet you should take a closer look! It’s amazing just like her! 😉

What’s the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

Sabrina’s Questions:

1. Which book/series have you re-read the most times?

That might sound kinda weird now but if I’m honest it are those two: Harry Potter and wait for it…. Captive Prince! *lol* I think HP appeals to the child in me and makes me nostalgic and Captive Prince is the adult in me that loves court machinations, complex and character driven books and touchy subjects. So you might say they both cater to different needs. 😛

2. Pick ONLY one: hardback, paperback, ebook or audio book!

Always and forever paperback! 😉 I just love to page through a book and my sticky notes come in handy when I read paperbacks.

3. Do you have any blog-related goals/plans for 2020?

Hell, yes! Where to start? *lol* I think my main goals/plans are those three though: 1.) Read the books on My Book List 2020! 2.) Go through with my German speaking Authors Year! 3.) Host my second giveaway! If I hit 250 followers you’re in for a treat! 😉

4. What book wasn’t as good the second time around?

„Throne of Glass“ and I really only mean the first book in the series! I reread it about a year ago and my rating dropped from 5 to 4 paws. I know that’s not much but it just wasn’t as exciting as the first time around and after reading the rest of the series it just couldn’t compete with all the other books! XD

5. What book was even BETTER the second time around?

Funnily enough it’s also a Sarah J. Maas book! *lol* I loved to reread A Court of Mist and Fury! It was so much fun and I noticed so many things I wasn’t aware of when I first read it! Plus all those characters! They gave me life and the feels! ❤

6. If you could swap places with any character who would it be and why?

Oh, wow! That’s a tough one! XD But I think I’d go for Ronan Lynch from The Raven Boys. I just love the friendships in this series and I’m madly and deeply in love with Adam Parrish so that definitely would have it’s perks. Plus, I’m basically Ronan so I wouldn’t have to change and could curse and be myself just like I’m used to. Haha! Also, I could dream things into existence, could have Chainsaw on my shoulder, would be able to visit Cabeswater… seriously what’s not to love?!!

7. What are your favourite books/authors that champion diversity?

Definitely Mackenzi Lee, Alice Oseman, Rainbow Rowell, Casey McQuiston, Leigh Bardugo and Roshani Chokshi! I would have loved to say Becky Albertalli too but unfortunately I always seem to have issues with her books. *lol*

8. What is the most important thing you look for in a book?

Elation! I want a book to sweep me off my feet and I want to feel the need to continue to read on. If a book manages to captivate me it’s always a good book. 🙂

9. Favourite indie (or lesser known) author/book?

Jim Butcher’s „Codex Alera“ series and since I just read it Kerstin Gier’s „Precious Stone Triology“. Also can I say how amazing „The Impossible Boy“ by Anna Martin was? ❤

10. What’s your favourite bookish trope?

I think that might be enemies to lovers! *lol* It never gets old and I love it when they don’t give each other an inch but then fall in love! Haha!

11. What is your favourite book from each genre?

Wow Sabrina! You definitely don’t make it easy for me. 😛 That’s a really tough one but I’ll try my best.

classic: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Sci-Fi: Illuminae

thriller: Angels & Demons

And that’s it! I can’t pick a favourite book from all the other genres because there are way too many amazing books! Don’t force me to pick! Please! *whimpers* *LOL*

I nominate…

My Questions…

  1. What’s your favourite hobby apart from reading?
  2. If you could live in just one bookish universe which one would it be?
  3. With which book character would you love to be besties and why?
  4. Which author would make you so starstruck that you couldn’t even utter a peep?
  5. Is there a book genre you’d never read and if „yes“ why?
  6. Imagine you’re a writer! Which kind of book would you write? (e.g. genre, tropes, characters, etc.)
  7. Which book/series would you love to see as a movie adaption?
  8. The best book you’ve read in 2020? (so far… I know the year is still young! 😉 )
  9. Do you prefer to borrow books from the library or do you buy them for your own shelves at home?
  10. Your favourite song? (At the moment, I know there are too many great songs out there. *lol*)
  11. If you could be a mytical creature which one would you like to be? (e.g. vampires, werewolves, mermaids, etc.)

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This was a lot of fun but also kinda difficult! You’re definitely asking the right questions, Sabrina! *lol* 😛

@ everyone I tagged: I hope you guys will enjoy answering my questions! 😀 I always try to tag different people so I hope being tagged by me is okay for you! If you do this don’t forget to link back to me so I can read your answers, if you don’t do this it’s okay too! I just wanted to spread some bookish appreciation and love! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Hey there, my lovelies! ❤

I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the amazing Elli @ AceReader! Thank you so much for this nomination! If you don’t know her blog already you should definitely check it out! It’s awesome! 😀

And now to the fun part: It’s been a while I last did this so let’s see if I’ve become wiser and have better advice. *lol* 😛

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Rules

  • Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment/Pingback on each blog and let them know they’ve been nominated.

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How did I start my blog?

A long long time ago there was a little fox that loved to write long-ass reviews. 😛 Okay,  okay, I’m supposed to be wiser now so I’ll keep it short and simple! (Who am I kidding? *lol*) Anyway I’ll just write what I wrote the last time so there you go:

You know by now I told my story so often that I think it is going to be one of those “urban legends” that one day will be whispered among other bloggers. *lol* No, I’m just kidding. Seriously, there is nothing special about my story, it’s as ordinary as they come. I always loved reading and enjoyed to talk about books but it wasn’t until I joined goodreads about 2 ½ years ago that I actually started to write about my reading experiences. At first it were pretty short reviews and I had no idea what I was doing but with time they got longer and more elaborate and well, one day one of them (“Six of Crows”) was so detailed that it blew up the word limit on goodreads. This time I’m not kidding. I really couldn’t post it until I shortened it. *lol* So I figured to have my own blog would be a good idea, it took me quite a while until I dared to take that step, though. I wasn’t sure if people would really like to read what I write but the support I got from my readers (can I call them like that?!) was so immense and incredible that I’m still amazed! ❤ Without their encouragement and enthusiasm I probably would have never started my own blog! So thanks to everyone who is reading this now! =))

My Advice:

The last time I did this I was so new to the blogging world that my advice probably wasn’t all too helpful so I’ll hopefully be wiser now? XD

1.) Enjoy what you are doing!!!

After having my own blog for more than 1 1/2 years and actively writing reviews on goodreads for almost 3 this is one of the most important things! I know there is a lot of pressure that comes with blogging regularly but it’s very important that you still have fun! You’re writing reviews because you love to read books and enjoy to write about your reading experiences. Always remember that you’re doing it because it’s your hobby! 😉

2.) Try to keep a healthy balance and dare to say „no“!

As a working parent my reading time is sort of sacred to me, yet there are still days on which I don’t even manage to read a single word. My time to read books is limited and no matter how much I love to read, my family and friends will always come first. So if authors offer me an ARC or a review copy I can’t always say „yes“. At first it was difficult to say „no“ to them because I love books and it was so hard to pass on an opportunity to read one for free, but since I also like to read the books I pick it was necessary to find a healthy reading/blogging balance. Keep in mind that it’s okay if you go out into the world and live! 😉 Don’t have a bad conscience if you have no time to write or read. Your book and your readers will always wait for you! 🙂

I Nominate:

Well, I hope this was sound advice! If not you can blame it all on me! 😛

*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Real Neat Blog Award

Hey there my lovelies!

Elli @ AceReader nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award and I can’t thank her enough for it! ❤ Still, Neat Blog Award? *lol* Really? XD Thanks for thinking of me even though my blog seems to be rather chaotic most of the time. Haha!

Rules

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

The Real Neat Blog Award

How do you organize your bookshelf?

Mhmm that’s a tricky question, but I think if I had to explain it I’d say I organize it in series and in genres. I always want the books of a series to be together and I hate it when publishers decide to change their size. >_< I don’t know why they do this but it looks ugly on my shelves. *lol* And well, recently I started to make my personal LGBTQAI+ shelf because I’m sick and tired of not seeing one of those at the library!! They have the books but they apparently don’t dare to give them their own shelf which makes me sad. >_< So yeah, at home I have one of these now and it makes me happy to look at it! 😀 ❤

Do you have any pets? – If yes what are their names and do you have photos? If no would you like a pet and what type of pet would you get?

I had a lot of pets when I was a kid. Two budgies (Piepsi & Timmy) and a hamster (Speedy)! 😉 But they all died years ago. 😦 At the moment I don’t have a pet because our flat is too small, but if I could have one I’d get a cat. I love cats but my mom was allergic to them so I couldn’t have one as a kid. >_<

What book(s) have you had on your shelf unread for the longest?

I’ve become pretty good at reading my unread books but if there is one series that’s been sitting on my shelf for ages it’s „A Darker Shade of Magic“ and I really, really need to change that. I borrowed a few of Schwab’s books from the library recently and I loved them all so it’s about time I start to read it. I’m worried I’ll love it though so I’ve been kind of procrastinating for years. *lol*

What time/event in history would you most like to see?

Ahh for a history geek like me this is a tough one. xD I was always fascinated by the French Revolution but those were dangerous times for people from foreign countries so it would be best not to go there. *lol* Mhmm… maybe the nineteenth century? The industrial revolution, London and the British Empire? Could be fun to see it but also bad for my lungs. Or I’d go to back to ancient Rome? The Greek Philosophers?  Damn, just too many options! You see, I’ve troubles to give a clear answer to this question. 😉

If you could travel anywhere where would you go? (fictional or real)

Fictional: Definitely Velaris!!! I really, really, would love to see this city! It sounds so amazing and I could probably spend ages wandering through its streets. 🙂

Real: Probably somewhere I’ve never been before. Like Tokyo, New Orleans (French Quarter!!!) or Sydney!

What was your favourite childhood movie?

Haha! It’s a tie between „The Lion King“, The Little Mermaid“ and „The Beauty and the Beast“. I loved all three of them for different reasons and I’m using my kid as an excuse to rewatch them now. *lol*

If you were a character in a YA novel what type of character would you be?(For example: Protagonist, sidekick, villain, the sister who’s killed for the sake of the plot, the forgotten about 3rd of a love triangle?)

I love this question! It’s really unique! 😀 And to answer it: I’d probably be the hyper, sassy, funny and occasionally cunning bisexual and gender fluid Dark Court faerie that ended up in a love triangle, has a tough past but still tries to make the best of it and always stays optimistic. *LOL*

I nominate …

Questions 

1) If you could jump right into a book which one would it be and why would you want to jump into it? 

2) Describe yourself in ten words! 

3) If you could choose only one side, would you rather go to the heroes or try your luck with the villains? And why?! XD

4) What’s your favourite song right now? 

5) What was the worst present you ever got? (I’m looking forward to interesting answers here. *lol*)

6) What was the last book that ruined you emotionally and caused you to cry rivers of tears? 

7) Do you like poetry? And if yes, do you have a favourite poem? 

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This was a lot of fun! Thanks for nominating me Elli! ❤ I hope everyone I nominated will have at least as much fun as I did! XD

*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Third Annual Book Blogger Awards (2019)

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If Hamad wouldn’t have nominated me I probably would have never known this exists. So a big thank you to Hamad for making me aware of this (and of course for nominating me!! <3) and another big thank you to May who decided to continue the awards this year! It’s not easy to host such a huge Award so you have all my respect for doing it this year! ❤ This is the first time I’m participating and I haven’t been a blogger for all too long so I’ll try my best to nominate some of my fellow bloggers.. 🙂 They definitely deserve it! XD


 BEST OF THEIR AGE


 BEST GENRE BLOGGERS


 BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING


 MISCELLANEOUS


 MOST IMPORTANTLY


I’m sorry I couldn’t vote for all of the categories (if you want to see the entire list you have to click on the link to May’s page 😉 ) but I think I just haven’t been in the blogging community for all too long. XD (It’s not even a year yet. O_o)

This said, I really wish I could have voted for all of you, because you guys are all awesome and the bookish blogging community is really the best! ❤

Anyway, this is still a wonderful chance to get to know new bloggers and to support the ones you already love! ❤ Will you participate and nominate bloggers too? =))

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hey there, my lovelies! ❤

I finally managed to get to this tag and I want to thank the lovely Surina for tagging me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! She’s an amazing blogger and I love to visit her page! ❤ If you’re not already following her blog you should definitely take a look and make sure to check it out! I can guarantee you it will be worth your precious time! 😉

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

 The Questions and My Answers:

 Question #1: What is your all-time favorite book?

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Aww Surina, that question just isn’t fair. *lol* I have so many faves it’s not even normal anymore but if I had to decide for a stand-alone I’d always choose “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. I’m currently re-reading it again and I love this book so damn much! <333 It’s definitely one of those books I’ll never get tired of.

Question #2: What is your most anticipated book of this year?

A few months ago I probably would have gone with a Cassie Clare or Tahereh Mafi book but right now it’s definitely “Red, White & Royal Blue” from Casey McQuiston. I want to read this book so badly I feel an ache in my chest whenever I see a review about it. Everyone is praising it and I. JUST. WANT. TO. READ. IT! >_< May 14th… May 14th… I can do it! *takes a deep breath*

Question #3: What books have made you cry?

Wrong question. The right one would have been “What books didn’t make you cry?” *lol* Seriously, I seem to have a weakness for books that make me cry and I just can’t stop to read them. There were so many books that made me cry… “Clockwork Princess”, “Lord of Shadows”, “Kingdom of Ash”, “A Court of Mist and Fury”, “The Heart’s Invisible Furies”, basically the entire “Farseer Trilogy”… gosh the list could go on and on. XD

Question #4: What book do you feel needs more love?

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I always have the same answer here and I’ll never get tired of recommending this series: “The Codex Alera” from Jim Butcher! I loved the characters and the world they live in! I borrowed book one from the library because the blurb sounded interesting and within less than a month I was through all 6 books of the series. I guess this says enough. ;-P

Question #5: Can you tell that I’m shamelessly trying to find more books to add to my TBR? 😉 I’ll stop, promise.

Yes, I can and I really hope you’ll read “The Codex Alera” series now! *lol*

Question #6: What are some of your favorite quotes?

Oh jeez! I’m such a sucker for quotes I just can’t decide for only one. I live and breathe that one though:

“Freely we serve,
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall.” – John Milton, Paradise Lost

And don’t even get me started on other quotes because you’ll regret it. XD Alone Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Raven Cycle” is so quotable I could probably write an entire essay! *lol*

Question #7: What else, besides reading, do you like to do in your free time?

Phew! I have so many hobbies but barely any time to pursue them. (To have a kid will do that to you. ;-P) But once I have time I’m writing, drawing, dancing, blogging, roleplaying, reading, cooking, listening to music or I actually even make music (it’s been quite a while though). Or and that happens almost every time except when she’s sleeping, I play with my daughter and go for a walk with her. XD

Question #8: What is your earliest book-related memory?

I remember my nanna reading us bedtime stories when I was a little kid and my parents were out for dinner. I was always looking forward to my parents going out because I knew she would read to us for hours! <333

Question #9: What is the most mind-numbing thing you have ever done?

Now that’s a funny question. I think it was working as a clerk at a bus company. Every day I got there I knew exactly what my 8 hour shift would entail and it was so mind-numbing my brain cells are already dying just thinking about it. I’m sure there are a lot of people who’d love a job like that but I’m just too creative to spend my days with repetitive work. >_<

Question #10: What is the most positive thing you can think of?

It’s not a “thing” per se but I think it would be my family and my friends! =) <333

Question #11: Have you had a good day so far?

Yes!! It’s early morning here and it’s almost 7:15 a.m and my kid is still sleeping because it are holidays! *lol* So that gave me plenty of time to answer your questions which makes me really happy! XD Oh wait, I think she’s waking up now. *lol*

I Tag:

  1. Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
  2. Melanie @ TBR and Beyond
  3. Lisa @ I got lost in books
  4. Laura @ Laura Herondale’s Book Blog
  5. Hamad @ The Book Prescription
  6. May @ My 1st Chapter
  7. Sahi @ My World of Books
  8. Caidyn @ BW Reviews
  9. Brianna @ Brianna The Bookworm
  10. Ashley @ Bubbly Booknerd
  11. Uzma @ Littlethoughtsfromtornpages

I wish I could have tagged even more people than those amazing 11 bloggers! Now it’s up to you to tag everyone else I wasn’t able to tag. I’m counting on you, guys! 😉

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My Questions:

  1. Which book character is the most like you?
  2. Which book was your favourite read of 2019? (Of course we’re talking about the first quarter of 2019 here 😉
  3. Which books have made you laugh out loud?
  4. Is there a book you hate with a fierce passion?
  5. What’s the reason you started blogging?
  6. What is your favourite quote?
  7. Are you a mood reader or do you follow a list?
  8. Also do you prefer to read e-books or physical copies?
  9. Your most anticipated read for this year?
  10. What are your goals for 2019 and did you already go through with them?
  11. If you could go on a date with a book character, who would it be? ;-P

I can’t wait to read your answers and I’m sure they will be awesome! =)

Take care!

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Mystery Blogger Award

So What Exactly is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The ‚Mystery Blogger Award‘ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Okoto Enigma (the creator of the award)

I have no idea why Surina @ Book Reviews by the Bloggisters thinks I deserve this Mystery Blogger Award (ingenious posts, my blog captivates and inspires?!! Are you sure you got the right person?! *lol*) but I’ll forever be thankful for that nomination! =)) To say this was unexpected would be putting it mildly! You are amazing and I hope you know that! ❤ Well, if not you definitely do it now, right?! ;-P

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Myself I Feel You Need to Know

  • I’m a family person and love my slightly crazy family to bits and pieces! ❤
  • I have a fascination for Gaelic and tend to give people Gaelic nicknames. ;-P
  • Mhmm what else? I need my coffee to function properly. I swear a morning without coffee is no good morning at all. *lol*

The Questions

What is your favorite book and why? (I’ll give cookies to anyone who says Six of Crows!)

Am I supposed to say “Six of Crows” now? XD (Come to the dark side, we’ve got cookies? *lol*) Well, it’s definitely one of my favourite books but if I had to decide for just one book (that’s such a cruel question btw because seriously, how can a book worm only have one favourite book? *lol*) I’d decide for “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. As to the why: It was the first book I read that completely blew me away. The characters are so amazing and complex that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them and gosh Dorian Gray… I just love his ruthless innocence. You’ll have to read the book in order to find out what I’m talking about but I’m sure it will be worth it. 😉

Why did you decide to start blogging?

That’s a really good question and there were many reasons that brought me to this point of my life. I always loved to read but for some reason it never occurred to me to actually write about my reading experiences. Well, at least not until I joined goodreads about 1 ½ years ago and saw the amazing reviews of other people. I was always very passionate about books so I decided to give it a go and to write about the books I read. To be entirely honest I never would have thought that people would actually enjoy what I write. I’m still blown away by the sheer amount of friends and people who like my reviews on goodreads. Their support is just incredible! ❤ As to the why I finally started a blog? I’ve toyed with the idea for a year now but wasn’t sure if people would be interested in it. Well, they are (obviously) but that’s still not the final reason I started to make my own blog. That one is so simple it probably will make you laugh. Are you ready? Okay, here I go: I hated it that I always blew up the word limit on goodreads and could never write down everything I wanted to say. *lol* I definitely don’t have that problem on my own blog now! ;-P

What is the weirdest combination of food you’ve ever eaten? (This is supposed to be the weird and funny question. Keyword: supposed to.)

Mhmm… I had to think hard about that one but I’m pretty sure it might have been a pizza my sister and I once created. XD We wanted something different and savoury so we decided for weird toppings. In the end we ate pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, ham, salami, cranberries and pears. And before you ask: YES, it was good! =)))

What is number one on your bucket list?

Phew… that’s a really tough question. I think it might be a trip to Australia and New Zealand. It’s really unlikely that I’ll ever get there but I wanted to see it ever since I turned 13. We had an exchange teacher who came from there and whenever we had some spare time he told us about his home. He lived in Australia but he also visited New Zealand quite often and his stories were so vivid and wonderful I wanted to see those places too. Let’s hope I’ll manage to get there one day! =)

What is one thing that irks you to no end?

Injustice. I swear nothing gets me as angry as that. I just can’t stand it! No matter if it happens in a book or in real life I can’t help but want to set it right. XD Guess that’s the hidden Gryffindor in me?! *lol*

My Three Best Posts

That’s kinda tough because I just started to blog but I’ll still try my best. 😉

 

The People I Nominate

Your Questions

  1. Who is your favourite book side character? (I know we all have them! XD)
  2. A quote you love and know by heart?
  3. What is the most amazing place you’ve ever been to?
  4. If you could jump right into a movie or book and act as a character in there which one would it be? (That’s supposed to be the weird question… >_<)
  5. What’s your idea of a perfect day? (I’m already curious about the answers to that one! *lol*)

I hope you’ll enjoy answering my questions and I can’t wait to read what you’ll write! =) And once again: Thank you so much for nominating me Surina!!! ❤ You are the best! XD