ARC Review : Charcoal Thunderstorms

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★★★★★

I want to start off by thanking Cheyenne Raine for giving me this copy of her book. This hadn’t influenced in any way my review or my rating. 

 

“you will tell them
that you were
the property of no one.
you were the chaos
in the storm and you
were the deep roar in the
jungles. a rebel of a soul.
you will tell them,
won’t you? that you were
the queen in a dusty throne,
the soldier in rusted chainmail.
you belonged to yourself.”

– queen in a
throne of chaos

 

This collection of poetry has a very youthful feeling to it, it will make you nostalgic, remind you of all those childhood happiness. The writing was very beautiful and I adored it, I think it was a huge part as to why I gave this book five stars. It makes me really happy that I’ve gotten to read Cheyenne’s book before it blew up (because I’m confident it will), it feels like discovering a young, very promising talent.

This book is split into five sections and the sixth one is made up of stories and tales, that I’ve also enjoyed very much. The tales are mythology-inspired and there’s this one that stood up entirely to me – Valley Magic, the writing was very magical and it was focused on elves, which is always awesome! (Elves never get enough attention)

I really adored how the sections were very different, making it very easy for anyone to enjoy at least one section. The first one called royalty + war, had this very regal, but also bad-ass feeling to it. Monster + magic reminded me very much of childhood tales (also Alice references!!!). Wilderness + city might have been my favourite out of all of them, I have a weak spot for sad poetry, poetry that inspire me nostalgic thoughts. I felt like this section was amazing. Words + sounds and young + living had some very beautiful bookish aspects in them, but also made me think of love and happiness. I think they concluded very well this beautiful and meaningful collection of poetry.

All in all, charcoal thunderstorms was very magical and I’m looking forward to seeing more poetry books from this author because she has lots of potential.

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I’ve also read maroon daydreams by the same author earlier this month and I gave it four out of five stars. What I really loved about this collection were the photographies that accompanied the poetry, it was very well thought and I thought it was such a cool idea! I usually see drawings, but rarely photographs. The writing was as beautiful as with charcoal thunderstorms, but I feel like I’ve noticed an improvement when it comes to the writing style from this one to charcoal thunderstorms.

Definitely check out Raine’s poetry because her books are very beautiful and you won’t regret reading them.

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Do you like reading poetry? What are some of your favourites? And have you read charcoal thunderstorms?

 

 

 

 

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Get to Know Me

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Hey, everyone! I was tagged for this by Karen Jo @sincerelykarenjo, her blog is adorable, her bookish pictures are so cute and her posts are amazing, so please check out her blog, guys, because you won’t regret it! Thank you, Karen Jo for tagging me, this tag looks very exciting and I’m sure I will have a great time doing it!

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 Favorite color and do you have the book in that color? 

        My favourite color is red and I do have a book in that color and that is The Wrath and The Dawn. I took a picture of it, but it looked very basic and the light was weird, so  I’m just going to give you this absolutely perfect cover.

 

 

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    Describe yourself in 3 Book Characters?

This is cruel and very difficult, but I will try!

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Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone because it’s very hard to get me out of my comfort zone. I’m a shy person, who rarely does adventurous stuff (unless you count travelling). I’d probably benefit from a list like the one Emily gets from Sloane, just saying!

 

 

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 I’m shy and introverted and bookish and at some point, I’ve written and published (on wordpress, really) fan-fiction. Even now, I love writing fanfiction, I just never publish it anymore, but yes! Definitely, a lot like Cath. She was a very relatable character and I adored reading about her because wow, girls, are we sisters? Also, very similar college experience (besides meeting a nice boy, still waiting on that).

 

 

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Bronwyn because I’m pretty sure I’ve been categorized as the nerd, who never, ever breaks a rule all the time. (It’s not really that true.) I mean, I love slamming patriarchy all the time, but I guess you could say that I’m the good girl who has it figured out.

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Hyped books yay or nay? If yay, what was the most hyped book you ever read? If nay, what was the most hyped book you decided not to read?

 Ah, that’s not how it works for me. There are hyped books that have been very much worth the hype and overhyped books that were terrible. But no matter how good it was or how good I thought it was, I always wait for the hype to die before I pick it up. I can’t remember a time where I read a hyped book when people were still buzzing about it. I’m going to answer both questions because there have been cases for both.

Yay – Probably Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

Nay – Twilight, probably… (though I’ve read the fourth book, but you don’t want to know the story for this one)

 

Recommend one book per season. Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter

Spring

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Summer

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Fall

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Winter

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Name one book that wrecked you emotionally.

  I think I’ve said it before, but Ruta Sepetys’ books usually wreck me emotionally, she has an incredible power with words, she can reveal the very essence of humanity, be it good or bad. And I adore her.

 

Name a book that you always recommend to everybody you know.

Well, you probably already know the books I always recommend, but for the sake of the question. The Lord of the Rings series, The Winner’s Trilogy, the Addicted series/Like Us series, Kasie West books, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Secret History, A Song of Achilles and PJATO.

What book would you recommend with tea and cookies?

Any book. DUH. But Rainbow Rowell’s books might be perfect in a mix with tea and cookies!

 

What is your guilty pleasure book?

New Adult books, especially Zapata books because they are so addicting and I can’t stop reading them, even though there’s a lot of drama and sometimes it’s very irrational or whatever.

 

Favorite dessert and a book that reminds you of that.

Cupcakes and totally Long Way Down (and Hothouse Flower) because Raisy feelings and because Daisy has a sweet tooth just like me!!

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Are you a procrastinator? What book have you been procrastinating reading?

Sometimes, I guess. The Silmarillion and The House of Hades, these two poor books have been on my currently reading shelf for so long, I feel ashamed. I will hopefully read them at some point!! And also Crooked Kingdom, a book I should have read a year ago and haven’t. But I own it now and it’s on high-priorities list.

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I tag the following people (and everyone else who wants to do the tag) :

 

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ARC Review : Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

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  ★★★★☆

 

When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.
I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.
I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.
He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.

 

I want to start off by saying thank you to the publisher for providing me with this e-ARC via netgalley. Thank you very much!

Can you hear me screaming from here “cover lust” ? Because I’m screaming and it’s real, that cover is absolutely gorgeous and I adore how the title and the cover work so perfectly together.

Since I want to make a habit out of using gifs to describe the pain I felt through reading a certain book, let’s see what gifs I’d use for this book :

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(so many mind-fuck moments, like just get ready for them if you’re reading this book. I didn’t see most of them coming)

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This book is about two friends, Xavier and Sasha, the relationship they have with one another, the relationships they have with other characters and how that influence everything in the end. Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is a very wicked tale of morally grey characters doing rather questionable things.

It’s kind of difficult to review this book because I don’t want to reveal anything to you because it would be totally fun-ruining. But it’s also hard to fangirl over it/rant over it without spoiling anything. So, I’ll try to speak less of the plot and more of the way the book will make you feel.

This book shows perfectly how obsession can make people do very crazy things. I feel like every character in this book had a very dark kind of attachment towards someone. There were no healthy relationships in this one, only these very strong, intense connections.

I loved Sasha, she was a very complex character, very loyal to those she loved (I think her loyalty could be her downfall, actually). I adored the scheming plots that took place in the book, it was interesting to see how the ‘bad’ characters weren’t punished in the end, but it was also a very open ending, building up the suspense that it might happen sometime in the future.

To be honest, I felt bad about most of these characters, they were so messed up (usually because they had some family issues or self-esteem issues or whatever) that you could barely hold them accountable for what they did. I felt like Weingarten did a great job at making you feel sorry for these characters. You knew what they were doing was very troubled, but you couldn’t help understand their reasons behind their actions.

I took off a star from this one because I felt like after the climax, things weren’t as interesting as before, it might have been my mood, I don’t know. But I didn’t really feel it, I wasn’t really interested in Sasha and Xavier’s trip.

Also, I thought Xavier, as a character, was a bit too bland. It might be because he was surrounded by those girls who had such strong personalities and completely overshadowed him.

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What do you think of morally ambigous characters? Do you enjoy books that have such characters? And have you read this book? What did you think about it?

 

 

Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn

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 ★★★★★

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.”

My reactions while reading this book can be summed with one gif :

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   My appreciation for this book is huge and quite difficult to put into words because I don’t know what to praise first (I mean it, I’ve been writing and deleting for three minutes because I can’t make up my mind!).

There’s absolutely nothing I disliked about this book, it’s a gem of a book. The Wrath and The Dawn has a slow-burn romance, strong heroines, complex heroes, family involvement (even if it’s just to mess up things) and an interesting take on love triangles.

This book is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, the atmosphere in this one is very mysterious and magical. It has prophecies and powerful stories, revenge and learnt lessons, rebellions and love. The main character, Shazi is a very bold heroine, she made me scream a few times ‘learn me your ways, queen!’ I loved her wit, her sarcastic retorts and most of all, her loyalty. It’s a quality I admire in people and in characters alike and Shazi is so loyal to her family and friends that some decisions were very difficult for her to make. And it was very interesting and also a bit painful to watch her struggling between her heart and her mind.

Khalid was a surprise for me, I didn’t think I would love him as much as I do, because it’s hard to love somone who kills his brides, right? Well, yes and no. I’ve fallen utterly in love with him and I can’t wait to read the sequel to see more of this new side of his. I won’t say muhc about him because I feel like you should get into the book not knowing much, it’s better for you to do that, go through the stages of disliking Khalid because Shazi does, starting to fall for his little gestures and then finally being in too deep to go back.

The plot was exceptionally executed, there were so many threads and plot lines going on through this book and I was a bit worried that Ahdieh might not be able to bring to put all of them together. But it was perfect, I feel like the twists happened at the best time possible and everything was amazing (except for Ahdieh trying to kill me with that ending, but fortunately I can start the second book right now, so who wins?).

I adore Despina, I hope people adore her as much as I do and that she’s not a underrated character because she’s perfect!! I feel like she’s such an enigmatic presence and I want to know more about her past and how she met Jalal. Just give me all the juicy details.

Like I’ve mentioned above, I really adored Ahdieh’s take on love triangles so far, it’s a healthy way to present relationships. Not everyone is lucky enough to stay with their first loves, some of us will probably always care for that person, but there will be other relationships out there for us. Maybe people with whom we are more compatible and that’s perfectly alright. I will keep my fingers crossed for Shazi to stick to her decision and not change her mind about it (thus making the triangle – a stereotypical love triangle).

This book is a solid five stars to me and I can’t wait to read the second book, so I can add this duology on my favourites list.

 

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Did you read The Wrath and The Dawn? What did you think about it? (and if it’s on your TBR, what are you waiting for??? Go and read it!)

 

Wonder Woman Book Tag!

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Hey, everyone! I was tagged by Angelica @The Book Cover Girls and Nessa @justbeingNessa, thank you very much, both of you for this! I adore Wonder Woman and I adore your blogs. Go check their blogs out if you haven’t already because they are gorgeous!

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Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…

    I think I can hear all of you sighing and thinking ‘omg, she will choose Middle Earth again, I know she will’. And I would under normal circumstances, but since I love you and I hate to be annoying, I’ll go for something else.

 

 

 

Both these universes seem phenomenal and I would love to escape in any of these. I can imagine myself doing Ravenclaw-ish stuff at Hogwarts and being besties with Hermione. And then there’s the PJATO universe that I would adore because gods and adventures (I think this one would be a bit more dangerous with all those easily-annoyed gods).

 

London: A hyped book that let you down…

 

 

 

As a college student and a ‘new adult’, I’ve been trying to familiarize myself with this genre, I tried to find some hidden gems in it. And both of these books were super hyped and I thought ‘okay, I will give them a chance even though their covers aren’t the best’. (I want to know what’s up with new adult books and those hyper-sexualized covers) But they were very disappointing, I find new adult love interests so insufferable and cocky all the time. Who falls for this kind of guys?

 

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…

 

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           I think this book has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen, it’s so breath-taking. I could marry this book cover. And the concept of the book is incredible. Check it out!

 

     Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…

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This is hands down, the worst book I’ve ever read. Forget all your hated, despised books. This is the worst thing you might read. I’ve read it back in 2014 when I was still innocent and not very prone to ranting about book, but this is my reviewit’s full of complaints and gifs that have people wondering how stupid someone can be. The abuse represantion is awful, the relationship is based only on lust while it’s sold as something very deep, the heroine slut-shames other girls constantly and makes very stupid decisions. Just ugh.

 

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…

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I’m pretty positive this book made me cry a bit. It’s because of Andrew Minyard who is always trying to be such a tough cookie, but who has suffered so much and deserves better from this world. Please go read this series and if you haven’t like the first book, please try the second one because this series gets so much better!!

 

Ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…

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Peter Pettigrew, he’s not even that scarry, he’s just so coward that it gets gross. I couldn’t hate him through the books, I just felt very sorry for him because I felt like he was very spineless and weak.

 

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…

       I will steal Angelica’s answer and go with SJM books, I feel like there are many books out there that need a better LGBT+ representation, but what’s worse than not having any representation, is trying it or putting it in your books just to please the fans. And that’s what I sometimes get the feeling some authors do.

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Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag…

I tag the following people :

And anyone else who wants to do the tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Kisses and many, many hugs!

 

 

The Struggles of Being An International Blogger

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Hello, everyone! I’m Marty and today we’ll have a little bookish chat about how it is like to be an international blogger. The struggle that come with it and at the end, something else (hahaha, I really love being vague), sorry for that!

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Struggle #1: Waiting for a book to be translated for ages. And when it doesn’t happen, you have to buy that ebook because hey, you have to admit it’s not happening anytime soon. (Even worse if the book gets published in paperback in your country soon afterwards you bought that ebook.)

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Struggle #2 : Not being able to join certain giveaways or requesting books on Netgalley. It’s so tragic to see the words “US/UK only” or “sorry we couldn’t accept your request, but we prefer bloggers that are from X area”. But heeey, that’s not that bad because I can wait until release day, but ARCs are so exciting since you get to read the book first and it’s a nice feeling.

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Struggle #3 : You can’t go to book conventions because they are never in your country. There’s just Comic Con happening around here, not even book clubs are very popular in Romania. I’ve searched for some for years without finding anything that could interest me because the choices were very limited.

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Struggle #4 : You have very low chances of meeting your favourite author. There’s a time when Rita Sepetys visited Romania and I was so shocked and devastated that I didn’t go because I haven’t heard of the event.

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Struggle #5 : Your bookish friends are far, far away from you… The time zones differences are awful and evil. This makes me very sad.

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Struggle #6 : You can’t take beautiful, instagram-y pictures of your books because you rarely own US/UK editions of the books. And you’re a bit self-conscious about people finding your posts weird.

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This being said, there are some things that make me want to live in US or at least, in UK, but at the end of the day, I really like being an international blogger because sometimes people are very interested in your country, how are bookish things there and so on. And that’s very great because it’s nice to acknowledge the differences in bookish aspects (just check out my US covers vs Romanian covers blog post and you’ll see how nice people are about it). And to be honest, ever since I’ve got a blog, these struggles don’t seem as hard to overcome as they seemed before, because on Twitter, I see so many authors and readers that try to be inclusive in their giveaway and their gifts and ARCs offerings and that’s really nice of them!

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Are you an international blogger? What are some of your struggles? And if not, just tell me what’s your best experience with the blogging sphere.

Bookish Playlist

Hey, sweethearts! Today, we’ll talk about books and music – together! I want to mention some songs that remind me very much of some books and then I’ll give you some recommendations for music that you could listen to while you’re reading. Warning : it’s mostly going to be instrumental because if you’re like me, it’s hard for you to focus on reading and also listening to music that has lyrics. Yeah, let’s get into it!

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  1.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – this is my current read and I’m a bit obsessed with it and that’s why we’re starting with this book. Down below are two songs that are perfect for it!!
  • Soap & Skin – Me and the Devil. The lyrics are down below and I get chills only listening to the song, it’s pretty fitting for the main couple in this one.

Early this morning
When you knocked upon my door
And I say: hello satan
I believe, it’s time to go
Me and the devil
Walking side by side

  • Second song that I find very fitting for Anna Karenina as a character (especially near the end of the book) is : Fleurie – There’s a Ghost. I adore Fleurie, she has an amazing voice. Check out some of her songs (especially Hurts like Hell).

There’s a ghost, she’s wearin’ my face
At parties being introduced with my name
Just a skeleton of bones, wearing nothing but clothes
And she is paralyzing.

 

 

 

2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han – I adore this series so, so much and I’m going to leave some songs here that I find very suitable for this fluffy, adorable series.

I like me better when I’m with you
I like me better when I’m with you
I knew from the first time, I’d stay for a long time, ’cause
I like me better when, I like me better when I’m with you.

You told me this is right where it begins
But your lips hang heavy underneath me
And I promised myself I wouldn’t let you complete me

I’m trying not to let it show, that I don’t want to let this go
Is there somewhere you can meet me?

 

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3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’m going to read Crooked Kingdom this month (hopefully) and I need to get excited about it, so let’s see what songs are best for this book.

  • Fall Out Boy – Light Em Up – this is such a badass song and it’s perfect for the crows!!! I adore these kids so much, I can’t wait to read the second book to see what happens next.

Be careful making wishes in the dark
Can’t be sure when they’ve hit their mark
And besides in the meantime I’m just dreaming of tearing you apart
I’m in the details with the devil
So now the world can never get me on my level.

Wrap me up in Chanel inside my coffin
Might go to Hell and there ain’t no stopping
Might be a sinner and I might be a saint
I’d like to be proud, but somehow I’m ashamed.

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse

 

 

 

4. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians + The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan – these series are amazing and I have so many headcanons about it!

  • Halsey – Young God – I’ve had this song as a ringtone for a year or something. I adore it and it’s very Percabeth. Fight me if you don’t agree, lol!

But do you feel like a young god?
You know the two of us are just young gods
And we’ll be flying through the streets with the people underneath
And they’re running, running, running.

But you’ll never be alone
I’ll be with you from dusk till dawn
I’ll be with you from dusk till dawn
Baby, I’m right here
I’ll hold you when things go wrong.

 

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5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – read!!! this!!! book!!! you’re welcome. 

  • Halsey – Hold Me Downhalsey and TSH is perfect, really. I feel like The Badlands is perfect for this book and also Devil In Me is great for this book too, but I don’t want to over-use Halsey.

My demons are begging me to open up my mouth
I need them, mechanically make the words come out
They fight me, vigorous and angry, watch them pounce
Ignite me, licking up the flames they bring about.

Throw me in the landfill

Don’t think about the consequences

Throw me in the dirt pit

Don’t think about the choices that you make

Throw me in the water

Don’t think about the splash I will create

Leave me at the altar

Knowing all the things you just escaped

 

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6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber – this is such an atmospheric book and that’s why I will chose creepy, mysterious songs.

It’s dark in my imagination
I dont wanna think about it now
Is it all in my head
Are you somewhere waiting for me?

He chased me and he wouldn’t stop
Tag, you’re it, tag, tag, you’re it
Grabbed my hand, pushed me down
Took the words right out my mouth
Tag, you’re it, tag, tag, you’re it.

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If you want to listen to music while reading, check out this playlist, it’s amazing!! It’s got amazing tunes and a very warm feeling.

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Do you like listening to music while reading? What do you think of the songs I chose for these books? Do you know any of them?