Farewell January 2018 Week 5 Reading Plans




January is coming to a close. It was quite the month, with lots of scary appointments. Also, it was a lot of library adventures, so it evens out pretty nicely. Here are my reading plans for week 5 of January, 2018.

POP SUGAR reading challenge

The Next Book in a Series You Started

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is what I managed to hunt down at the library today. I am very excited about it! Yours truly was thrilled to find Empire of Storms while walking down those beautiful library halls/aisle things. AND, I have Assassin’s Blade, too, from the library.

A Book with Alliteration in the Title

Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman is a book I set aside many times for a fun read. But, I keep getting distracted. I’m hoping to give it a shot, poor book. It is definitely something I am into. Here’s hoping I get to it this week. It’s about a Victorian era setting where a girl is killing off demons. Something along the Falconer lines, is what I have gathered.

A Book Set on a Different Planet

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner is the only one that I have (unread) that fits this prompt. While I am unsure of the specifics of the story, I do know that it is a space-type of story. Close enough, right?

And finally:

I have Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr from the library too.


I may squeeze in a steampunk novel. Currently, I am torn between Soulless by Gail Carriger and/or Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Things are kind of rough these days, so I am hoping to use reading as a coping mechanism. Here’s hoping I can manage my mental health as we ease into February.

Many hugs and well wishes.

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The Television Shows Tag


While watching Ginger Reads Lainey’s YouTube channel, I saw this awesome tag. It is the Television Shows tag, which will give you some insight on shows that I (dis)like.


1. Favorite shows?

Let’s see. I am quite fond of the show Merlin. For some meta humor, Community is awesome. I’d recommend it just for Abed Nadir. BBC’s Sherlock is a nice thriller mystery that is humorous at times, too.  BBC’s Musketeers is fantastic. The Good Place was a fun show on Netflix.  Another Netflix hit for me was Jane the Virgin. 

2. Favorite genre?

I like shows with a touch of magical realism or outright fantasy.

3. Least favorite show?

The Big Bang Theory never made sense to me. Oh, and How I Met Your Mother is not my jam.

4. Most rewatched show/favorite show to binge watch?

Pushing Daisies is pure love and happiness. Forever, it will be my dearest show.

5. Do you prefer watching things week-by-week or binge-watching?

Neither. I prefer watching at my own pace.

6. Favorite television characters?

Irene Adler in Sherlock. Emerson Cod (Pushing Daisies). Chidi (The Good Place). Abid Nadir in Community.  Simon Lewis and Maia Roberts on Shadowhunters. Octavia and Bellamy Blake in The 100. 

7. Favorite television ships?

This is a rather unfortunate aspect of my life: I have shipped some stuff that wasn’t ever going to be canon. In other words, queer baiting worked on me too well. Here are some of my most notable ships. Sherlock/John (also known as Johnlock). Merlin/Arthur. Actually, let me say that I am also trash for Lancelot/Gwen.  Bellamy/Clarke. Chidi/Eleanor in The Good Place. 

8. Show you could never get into?

How I Met Your Mother was hard for me to get into (I never did). I kept trying to watch it, too (for two seasons!) so the agony continued for a long time. I did try Penny Dreadful and was like, “Yeah…no. Can’t handle this.” Friend grinds my gears really bad, too. I just don’t like any of the friends. Fraser and Seinfeld are other kind of staples of television that I was just like, “Nope. Don’t get it.” Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers…so many things I tried and did not click with.

9. Show you fell out of love with?

For a while there, I was trying to watch things that made me uncomfortable. Mostly, I have this assumption that if I am not hurting, then I am not being challenged as a person. Until very recently, this was my approach to books, movies, music, life experiences. Everything had to hurt. So. Here are some of the shows that I tried to keep watching even when they triggered me.

Pretty Little Liars, Bates Motel, Sense 8. 

10. Cancelled too soon?

Pushing Daisies. 

11. Guilty pleasure show?

That 70’s Show has some nice episodes. I don’t know what people are getting shamed for watching these days. Zero fudges given, though (or, at least, that’s what I am trying to live by).

12. What are you currently watching?

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and I am supposedly starting Gilmore Girls soon. Oh, and I am halfheartedly watching The 100 (it makes me nervous, in general, but I am kind of invested at this point. So…I take breaks). New Girl is another one that I am watching. Mostly, I haven’t been watching TV in a while. I fall out of love with it sometimes.


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Top 5 Books I Disliked But Still Love Discussing


I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday. This week, the list centers on the books I disliked but enjoy(ed) discussing. Because these are books I am not too fond of, please do not be upset by this post. I am going to be very careful with how I phrase things, because I know how it feels when someone bashes a favorite book.

5. fire study by maria v. snyder

It often pains me to talk about this book, because the series felt strong in the beginning and slowly became not for me at all. I think of this show as a downward spiral for Valek, who was one of the most cunning Slytherin-y characters I had encountered. There was also the thing with Lief, who I never fully liked. It had such a powerful potential as it could have chronicled the rise of a woman’s ability and stature after being a victim of sexual abuse. If anything, the sexual abuse theme in these books was so promising.

4. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heileg

I was curious to read this one, because, you know, biracial time-traveler is intriguing to me. Yet, I did not like the crew she worked with. Still, I like talking about this book because it showed a female character who was not socialized to behave in traditional feminine ways. That part made me happy. I just wish there was more of a challenge of these traditions, especially since Nix is from such a distinct culture (time travelers).

3. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

This book came highly praised, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. To me, talking about this book highlights the murky waters of steampunk romances. I think it’s important to have LGBTQ+ representation in literature. However, I disagree with the erasure of cultural and social circumstances in the setting of a story.

2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A classic among retellings, this book is so hyped and loved. I often feel bad for not enjoying it the way others have. Nevertheless, I think we need to have a serious discussion about how women were treated in many classics. You are retelling the story. Perhaps you can flesh out these oppressed voices within literature. It is okay to have a more complicated story, one that stretches beyond the doomed lovers narrative. (Besides, I want to talk about unlikable characters, like Achilles and his lover, who I refer to as What’s His Face).

 1. The School for Good and evil by soman chainani

It started with a rather promising premise. Two girls, one seemingly good and the other seemingly evil, are sent to the school of opposite disciplines. Here’s what I like discussing: the way both girls were mistreated within the text and reduced to stereotypes of good and evil. I don’t know. In grad school, I took a class on evil, and so it’s something I like discussing.


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Top 10 Books I Liked in the Past But Can’t Remember Much



I have fallen off the Top Ten Tuesday wagon, but I have returned. By the way, this feature was at first hosted by the lovely Broke and the Bookish. However, now it is housed by another sweet peep who I will link here. So, this week, the topic is the Top 10 Books I Liked in the Past But Can’t Remember Much.

10. shatter me by tahereh mafi

I remember things being crossed out a lot. Kenji was awesome, and Juliet was his friend. Their friendship made me happy, but I don’t remember the details of Juliet and Warner’s early interactions. In fact, I don’t remember anything about Warner specifically. No clue what he was like. Maybe he is wealthy? Perhaps he was powerful. It’s kind of embarrassing that I once gave away these books because people were saying that they’re bad. I had read them at the time, loved them, but got ashamed. This happens a lot to me. I’m trying to stop doing that.

9. Tithe by holly black

Hold on. I am laughing at a memory of me lending the books to a former friend, who never gave them back to me. I loved this trilogy. It overlapped with City of Bones and I was just here for it, okay. At any rate, I started to see if I could get it used. Thankfully, I managed to get it again (but with ugly covers). All I remember was a knight in the story. Someone was in love with him, perhaps? Plus, there was a queer character in there who shipped Spock and Kirk. I liked him.

8. the hunger games by suzanne collins

I tried reading this first book with Ely, and I couldn’t keep at it. It’s so different from how I remember it. Yes, there are movies that depict a very loose interpretation of the text. But, I think the dystopia factor is hard to read about, especially if you have mental illness. The idea of the games being popularly watched made the whole thing even worse. So, I forget the details. I don’t remember the second and third books at all. Vague memory of Annie but that’s pretty much it.

7. an abundance of katherines by john green

Nope. Zero clue as to what happens in this book, who the love interest is, or the main character’s features. None of them come to mind. I remember a scene with vomiting taking place early in the book. The main character was really clever. There’s a Muslim side character. Other than that, the details of their adventure are totally blurry.

6. a great and terrible beauty by libba bray

While I did not enjoy it in parts, I remember liking the story just fine. It dragged a little bit, but I was still invested. The group of friends were mean to a plus-size girl. It made me really uncomfortable, so I hid the books in my sister’s room. Then, recently, I put them on my shelves once more in the hopes of remembering to read them one day. I remember really liking the love interest and the main character. They were nice.

5. divergent by veronica roth

Recently, I have seen the first movie with my brother. My mom spoiled me and got me the movies as a gift. You know how some stories have a different impact when they’re written down? Insurgent and Allegiant were very powerful reads. I remember feeling intensely about them, and it scared me a bit to feel so attached to a character. Believe it or not, I look up to Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton. I just wish I could remember what happens in these books. Whatever it was, it hit me quite hard. I don’t know if I can handle that kind of heartbreak once more.

4. lola and the boy next door by stephanie perkins

The main character has colored hair. Or she wears a wig, I am not sure. She was a fashionista who is a little quirky. Love interest is Cricket, which just bothered me as a reader back then. Other than that, zero memory of what happens to them. This extends to the sequel, Isla and the Happily Ever After, which is even more mysterious than this one. I remember really liking this trilogy. It made me smile.

3. the girl of fire and thorns by rae carson

It dragged a little bit, but I remember the main character was supposedly good with strategy (Not quite on Kestrel’s level, though). There were many mishaps in the main character’s journey. I remember snippets, the highlights I guess are what I recall most.

Mostly, I remember food being important in the story, which is why I have books 2 and 3 ready to go. #priorities

2. winner’s crime by marie rutkoski

Nervously laughing while I write this little paragraph on The Winner’s Crime. Deception and double crossing were basically what happens, I know that. However, the details are so foggy, you’d think we’re in a Gothic novel.

  1. Daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor

Why do I think of trampolines when I see this book? No clue.  Listen, though, I am reread this first book in 2018 AND I am reading the rest of the trilogy, gosh dang it!

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BR: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake



I have been very lucky with books lately, so excuse the barrage of reviews on the blog. Exciting to have more stories to discuss, to be honest. Today, I am going to be talking about Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.


A matriarchy exists, where a queen gives birth to triplets. These three girls are then separated and tasked with killing each other. The survivor becomes queen.


Okay. Let me try to get this right. Mirabella is an elemental queen, living in a convent-type of place. Then, there is Arsinoe. She is a naturalist, who can control animals and plants. Finally, Katharine is our poisoner queen, who can consume high levels of poison.

Along the way, there are also characters who support each one of the queens.


(Run. Spoilers ahead)

Overall, I liked this book quite a bit. It is slow moving, mainly because there is so much political intrigue going on. Blake introduces each royal queen. In doing so, she also has to include side characters who belong in each individual court.

Now, the big thing in this story is about sisterhood. I know it doesn’t sound like it from the premise, but Mirabella, the most powerful of them, has dreams of the sisters changing tradition. She reaches out to Arsinoe (accidentally or on purpose. Debatable semantics here).

The other twist you don’t quite see coming is how much this novel truly reflects on young adult literature. In essence, the tale revolves around the theme of self discovery which manifests itself in the idea of supernatural powers.  Quite impressively, the author is dealing with characters who have not found their strength just yet, and they are tasked with an epic battle (to the death!).

In addition, this struggle to find power also appears in the queens’ attempts to voice their own opinions within their courts. Fear plays a huge part in their narratives, because they are not as strong as their courts try to convey to the other courts. It’s quite a Slytherin-y thing and it makes me so happy.

However, the story also has kind of a Skrillex kind of vibe. As in, the bass doesn’t quite drop in a dramatic way. Instead, it is a lot of build up and no intense conclusion. The next book will hopefully include an actual battle.

The beauty of the book’s ending lies in the emotional weight it carries. It truly feels like a sucker punch when the sisters do meet each other and have to announce their powers. The amount of deceit and fear are tangible yet completely overwhelming. Readers spend so much time in these girls’ heads that they become fully invested in their survival. I don’t know if I can handle any of them dying.

Hence why the book ends on such a cliffhanger.

“I want revenge.”

what about you?

Have you read this book or anything like it? Who are your favorite regal figures in fiction? And, to what extent do you feel like their ascent into the throne was admirable? Also: who do you think will win the battle in the next book?

See you in the comments.
Dinasoaur out!

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January 2018 Week 4 Reading Plans



Hello! We’re about to start week 4 of January 2018. I’m planning to participate in The Pop-sugar reading challenge (continued). Let me share the reading plans for the week along with the challenges I want to try to fulfill.

A book with characters who are twins

I started reading some of Holly Black’s newest release, The Cruel Prince. When I was checking out the first page,  I noticed that the main character is a twin! How serendipitous is that.  As a book already on my TBR and on my shelves, this is going to be a lot of fun. Nobody does fae quite like Holly Black, I always say that.

a book by a local author

Tahereh Mafi is kind of a local author. From what I know, she grew up in California, but her family is from Iran. My family is from a country in the middle east, and I spent a huge chunk of my life growing in California. I will be reading her newest release Whichwood. To be transparent, I have already started reading for this challenge, and will perhaps have fulfilled before this post is up. The book is just too good, okay. I can’t help myself.

a book about death or grief

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera sounds like it deals with death in a unique way. Plus, I like this author’s books. It’ll be an emotional sucker-punch, but hopefully it will be a fun read at the same time.


To give myself even more options, especially if I can squeeze in more books, I’m going to try another challenge.  To participate more in the bookish community, I am also trying to do some work within the Winter Biannual Bibliothon. Here are the challenges, aside from reading the community book for this readathon.

2. Read a sequel

I am thinking of continuing with Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly (the second book in her steampunk zombie novel).

3. Read a book you’ve never heard of before

Two books come to mind: first, Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is often recommended but I would have never ventured into it on my own. OR Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly, because I generally do not do zombies.

4. Read a book about mental illness

According to this list, We Are Okay by Nina LaCour has some mental illness elements.

5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/show etc.

I can’t think of anything that would fit with this prompt. Like, I looked through my books and I can’t find two books that I already own that reference each other.

6. Read a book under 200 pages

Shorter books aren’t quite on my list often. BUT, We Are Okay is around 200 pages. Plus, I like multitasking and reading a book that satisfies more than one prompt. Happy dance.

7. Read a backlist title

Depending on whether the library has the books available or not, I want to continue with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t have the books on my shelves (yet) and I am in love right now. If the books aren’t available yet, I am thinking of giving Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes a chance. I have books 1-5. OR: I can check out Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, if I am feeling that Victorian-y vibe.

So many choices. It’s a blessing and a curse.

What are you hoping to read this week? Share in the comments (I typed “Shake it in the comments” at first. You’re welcome).

Later days, dudes.





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BT: The Magical Girls Tag



While watching Ally’s video on this tag, I decided to follow suit. In hopes of sharing more about myself while also being a positive post. Here are my answers for the Magical Girls Tag.


1) Magic Potion: Favorite Drink

I am a fan of fruity teas, and some herbal ones too. My go-to in places is raspberry iced tea (if it is hot out), and African Sunrise if it is cold. In addition, I am the queen of smoothies in this house.

2) Spell Book: Do you keep a journal or diary?

Yes! Ever since I started therapy six years ago, I have kept a journal. Since August of 2017, I also started bullet journaling.

3) Pick 2 Things: A Magic item, and a Magic Accessory

Hm. Well, I have been a hijabi for two and a half years. My magic item would be a scarf, probably. It gives me so much joy to wear turbans and scarves. Magic accessory would have to be bracelets and earrings. Total favorites.

4) Magic Animal/Companion: if you had a mythological pet, what would it be?

Non-magical animal (arguably. I personally find them really magical): cat. Many cats. I also want a pygmy puff from the Harry Potter series.

5) Magic Girl In Disguise: A real life girl you look up to who you think could maybe, secretly, be hella magical

A couple of girls come to mind. Emma Watson, obviously, for being totally woke and clever. A true Renaissance woman, Watson is ever growing as a feminist. Amandla Sternberg, Rowan Blanchard, Yara Shahidi are also excellent examples of budding feminists. I learn from them so much. They use their platforms for a greater good.

Other real life girls I love: Rebekah Boruki, Tara Stiles, Adrienne Michler, and Rachel Brathen.

6) Most Enchanting: your favorite fictional enchanting or magical girl

Luna Lovegood, obviously, is pure magic and rainbows, unicorns, sunshine. Other magical girls: Bay Briar and Estrella, along with her sisters/cousins in Wild Beauty. Blue Sargent in The Raven Cycle. Nina Zenik and Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows.

7) She’s So Cute! Style inspiration whose clothes would make you feel magical

It is very rare to see bigger girls in literature, and so I think of my two favorites: Nina Zenik and Molly Susu-Peskin. Just the fact that they exist makes them magical.

8) Favorite Magical Girl Shows or Movies

This was a hard one. I have to go with Gilmore Girls, which I have only seen one or two episodes of. It’s a nice and cute show, even though not much seems to happen in terms of plot (but hey, what do I know). My absolute favorite magical girl show has to be Jane the Virgin, because a family of women is the core of the show. Bliss. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is another one I really love.

9) Old Spells: A nostalgic magical show

When I was in high school, there was a lot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. That’s probably the nostalgia factor here. But, it was nice seeing women uplift each other.

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BR: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood Book Review


Warning: Here be spoilers. If you are interested in reading this book, and you dislike spoilers, RUN. As Star Crossed by Jessica Spotswood is the middle of a trilogy, I cannot help but spoil the first book at least.


The Cahill sisters, living in an oppressive regime of patriarchy, are forced to keep their magic secret. Older sister Cate is torn between her choice to announce her intention (a tradition within their society). Should she marry and have children? In this case, who does she marry? Does she marry for love or for status? Or, should she join the Sisterhood, a convent for women?

spoilers start now. run.


Ultimately, this is the middle of a trilogy. Naturally, there is a lot of tension between the characters. In particular, the crux of this book lies in the conflicts among the Cahill sisters, the convent sisters, and within the society as a whole.

It’s a hard thing to balance as part of this experience, dealing with so much pressure with the characters at every turn. Within each family, there is some sort of fight for power. For instance, the most notable ongoing problem is between Maura and Cate (plus occasionally Tess is thrown in there). Given what happened with Maura’s love life in book 1, it is understandable that things were messy for her. So, in true Slytherin style, Maura is ambitiously trying to be the best witch of her time. This may sound fine, until you hear Cate being called into power by Sister Cora (leader of the sisterhood).

Incidentally, this tension also rises beyond Cate and Maura. They are both mentored by two opposing leaders within the sisterhood. Cora, diplomatic and somewhat hesitant, is the current figure at the helm of the Sisterhood. Inez, aggressive and urgent, is leading Maura to get women up against the men. Cora and Cate don’t connect that much, but when they do interact, it is powerful stuff.

On an even larger scale, there is the obvious tension between the Sisterhood and the Brotherhood. Beyond that, it is just women and men, at odds with the double standards set by the patriarchy. Sachi and her illegitimate sister are prime examples of men unwilling to acknowledge their mistakes while also acting as overbearing figures towards women.


Being the second book, there are hints that some men don’t believe in the oppression of women. Finn is an example of them. I like that not all women are presented as morally good as opposed to men being evil. Instead, there are all these shades of grey. It is really unclear what will happen in the next book.

The scene with Sachi’s sister (whose name escapes me) and their father was truly heartbreaking and kind of terrifying. I don’t like seeing women running for their lives just for disagreeing. Physical intimidation is something I had encountered a lot within discourse, and I think surely one can communicate without it. Sure, the character is presented as a hypocrite. But, I am really hoping for some nice closure for Sachi’s sister…even if I can’t remember her name. It starts with an R.


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January 2018 Week 3 Reading Plans


I haven’t managed to write that much last week, but here we are anyway. This entry is about my reading plans for week 3 of January 2018.

mental health bingo reads

The Rest of Us Still Live Here by Patrick Ness is the one I am going to focus on this week. I am not sure if I will be able to move read more mental health books this week, because I am trying to participate in more than one challenge for the month.

Of wonderland book club-hyped books

Illuminae’s sequel Gemina is a book I am *thinking* of reading this week. I know it’ll take me a while, because the format is kind of strange for me (still). ** (it all satisfies the Popsugar challenge of reading a book set in a different planet**

OR The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I need to get to this one, too.

popsugar challenge-book about feminism

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood is the continuation of the Cahill Witch Chronicles. I find the series to be quite the feminist approach to women’s lives in conservative patriarchy. I am looking forward to this book, which is the middle book of the trilogy.

popsugar challenge-book with favorite color

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead is basically cheating here, but I do love bright glitter often. Besides, I am in need to catch up on this series (which, basically means, get started on the series). The books have the prettiest covers.

wait one gosh darn minute, though

I also want to get to Soulless by Gail Carriger, even though it doesn’t fulfill any of my challenges for this month. I don’t expect that I’ll be able to finish this one within the week, because *gestures* I have so much to read. But, I want to make some progress on this book.

Plus. I want to read some more of Margaret Atwood’s  The Handmaid’s Tale. Again, I doubt I’ll finish it this week. Given the content of that novel, I think I should go a little slower when reading it. A tinsy bit at a time.

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Illuminae Files Spotify Playlist Project Entry

Hi. This is my first Spotify Playlist Project entry of 2018! As a series, this collection of songs are tied to the essence of a given book. In this case, I am talking about the first book in the Illuminae Files series. Ready? Here we go.  SPOILERS AHEAD.

“Bart, he is establishing mood!”

(Obscure The Simpsons reference)
The Adventure by Angels and Airwaves

Kind of song that plays while the credits roll, because this is the kind of story that needs to come with an introduction sequences.

“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
This song’s sound prickled through the narrative to me. I just felt like it was Kady and Ezra’s song while they were trying to survive while their planet is under attack. In fact, the song continues to be reflected through the story as Kady takes charge of their destiny.


“Gravity” by Embrace sounds like the aftermath of a space war. Also: it reminds me of Ezra quite a bit, as he misses Kady. Obviously, a joke is at hand here, because space, gravity, get it? Get it?

“When I was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. More heartbreak, and I want this song to echo the relationships of the adult characters, too.

computer whiz

Kady surfing and cracking codes reminds me of “Feel Good Inc,” by Gorillaz.


“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is like the best depiction of what AIDAN’s meltdowns sound like to me. An unraveling of a whole sweater.


“Watercolours” by Pendulum is the essence of the fight scenes in Illuminae, particularly when Kady has to fight people on Ezra’s ship. This song can also double up as a manifestation of AIDAN’s breakdown and subsequent attacks toward ships.

aidan and kady

“More than You Know” by Axwel /\Ingrosso embodies this moment when AIDAN is fascinated by Kady. And, in a bizarre way, I was intrigued by these glimpses of AIDAN admiring the continuing persistence of this young person.

ezra and kady: THE END (ROUND 1)

“One Way Ticket” by ONE OK ROCK could easily play in the background of this book’s final scenes.

One final note: mothers

“I Miss You” by blink 182 and “Mama I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne are the tunes I would like to end this Spotify Playlist Project entry. Because, you know, moms are kind of central to this book.


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