Top 5 Books On My TBR the Longest

Top 5 Books On My TBR the Longest

This Top 5 Wednesday series is inspired by the weekly meme on Goodreads which you can find here. I no longer follow the topics and instead use my own.

Hi all! Who else has an endless TBR? I went on a book ban for a few months over Christmas/New Year and yet I still have 67 physical books on my TBR. I’m blaming it all on YALC at the moment as I’ve been stocking up books for then and adding books I want to read before YALC to my TBR. I’m currently reading Girls of Paper and Fire before I’m able to meet Natasha Ngan at YALC, and I’m really enjoying it so far!

Today’s topic is books that have been on my TBR the longest. I definitely have a lot to choose from here!

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When the lift cranks open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone – an army of boys welcomes him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a terrible maze. The Gladers have no idea why they’re there, or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.

I really have no excuse for not reading this series yet. I may have only had the books myself for the past year or so, but my brother has had the set since the first movie came out!

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Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself.
Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side.
Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her.

My boyfriend picked this series up almost 2 years ago so we could both read it. He’s read the first one but I haven’t managed to get to them yet even though we’ve watched all of the films!

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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

I picked this series up second hand years ago (I can’t even remember how many years ago it would have been), yet I still haven’t picked them up! I guess it’s because I used to find it daunting to read series, but now I pick them up a lot more.

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A sharpshooter. A dreamer. A damn good liar. 
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it s an unforgiving place, especially if you re poor, orphaned, or female. 
Amani Al Hiza is all three. She s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she s destined to wind up wed or dead.Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she d gallop away on a mythical horse or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

I actually started this book when it came out and couldn’t get into it. Then when the second and third came out, I saw signed editions and couldn’t resist picking them up! Now I read a lot more fantasy, I’m sure I’ll enjoy them when I give them another go.

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Noemi is a young and fearless soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the citizens of Genesis are rising up – they know that Earth’s settlers will only destroy this planet the way they destroyed their own. And so a terrible war has begun.
When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth’s robotic mech warriors, she realizes that Abel himself may provide the key to Genesis’ salvation. Abel is bound by his programming to obey her – even though her plan could result in his destruction. But Abel is no ordinary mech. He’s a unique prototype, one with greater intelligence, skill and strength than any other. More than that, he has begun to develop emotions, a personality and even dreams. Noemi begins to realise that if Abel is less than human, he is more than a machine. If she destroys him, is it murder? And can a cold-blooded murder be redeemed by the protection of a world?
Stranded together in space, they go on a whirlwind adventure through Earth’s various colony worlds, alongside the countless Vagabonds who have given up planetary life altogether and sail forever between the stars. Each step brings them closer – both to each other and to the terrible decision Noemi will have to make about her world’s fate, and Abel’s.

This book is probably the worst on this list, because it came out over 2 years ago and I have an ARC. God knows what got in the way 2 years ago, but I definitely have to read this soon!

Which books have been on your TBR the longest?

-Beth

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Top 5 Series I Want to Read This Year

Top 5 Series I Want to Read This Year

I’ve been following T5W for a long time now and I’ve really enjoyed it. However, I’ve been finding it hard to follow topics lately, and they’ve been going up later and later each month. So I’m going to branch out and do my own top 5 lists, inspired by the T5W group. This is partly due to Sam, the moderator, going on a break for the summer! I may join again in September when she comes back, but today I’m doing my own topic – series I want to read by the end of the year.

Ideally, I would love to finish these series, but that’s probably a little optimistic 😛 So I’ll include series I want to finish too!

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I read The Next Together years ago and Lauren James quickly became one of my favourite authors. The second instalment, The Last Beginning, is now the only book of hers I haven’t read!

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I really enjoyed Caraval, but I had mixed feelings about Legendary. I’m still super excited to pick up Finale though!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

I actually read the first book of this series a long time ago, but never carried on. After really loving the movie, I decided to pick up the beautiful hardback set I’ve wanted for so long, so I can re-read the first book and continue with the series.

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Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgement.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

I’ve had the first 3 books in this series for ages, as I managed to pick them up second hand. The only reason I haven’t gotten around to them yet is because I didn’t have the final book, but I just ordered it yesterday to complete my set! As my lovely friend Courtney enjoyed them, I’m sure I will too.

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Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself.
Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side.
Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her. 

It might be a little ambitious to try and read this series by the end of the year alongside all of these and my YALC TBR, but I’d love to try, as I’m so late to the party with them and I’ve watched all of the movies!

Which series would you like to read/finish before the end of 2019?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books That Discuss Mental Health Issues

T5W: Books That Discuss Mental Health Issues

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi all! It’s mental health awareness month this month, and we’re sharing books that discuss mental health issues. I appreciate these books so much and I’m excited to share some below.

I know that mental health is very subjective and I’m not saying everyone will be able to relate to these stories – everyone relates to books differently, these are just some that I personally loved.

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On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.
As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother. 

This is by far the most underrated book on this list, and I absolutely loved it. It deals with grief so well, and also includes real journeys around abandoned buildings!

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Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

I know not everyone

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What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

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Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but they’ve been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In a month’s time, they plan to commit suicide – together. 
Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn’t equal normal, well-adjusted teenager. But she can’t figure out why handsome, popular Roman wants to end it all….and why he’s even more determined than she is. 
With the deadline getting closer, something starts to grow between Aysel and Roman – a feeling she never thought she would experience. It seems there might be something to live for, after all – but is Aysel in so deep she can’t turn back? 

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Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Which of your favourite books tackle mental health issues?

-Beth

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T5W: Emerald Covers

T5W: Emerald Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hello lovely readers! What are you currently reading? I’m reading the 14th book of Morganville and I can’t believe I’m almost done with the series. After I finish, I’m going to start my YALC tbr!

This week’s T5W topic is emerald covers in celebration of the May birthstone. I love a good cover, and emerald is such a pretty colour. Here’s some of my favourites!

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The first book I spotted on my list was this one! I adore this coloured paperback set and I’m so lucky to have them all.

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This cover is so beautiful, as are all of Sarah J Maas’s covers!

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Personally, I really like this set and the artwork on them.

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Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. 

I really enjoyed the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, and this short story collection took me back to the world I loved.

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Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective. 
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?

This is the only book on my list that I haven’t read yet! But it’s on my YALC TBR and I’m super excited for it.

Which emerald covers do you love?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Friends in Sci Fi and Fantasy

T5W: Friends in Sci Fi and Fantasy

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

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When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Which friendships do you love in sci-fi or fantasy?

-Beth

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T5W: Mother Figures

T5W: Mother Figures

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! Today’s T5W celebrates Mother’s Day in the US, which is a little weird for me as we had Mother’s Day back in March in the UK. However, I’m all for talking about the mum’s I love in YA/literature, although none will be as loving and awesome as my own mum, of course :p

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When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

I’m breaking the T5W rules here and going straight into Harry Potter. I just couldn’t write this post without including Mrs Weasley, because she is just amazing!

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

I loved Starr’s whole family in this very important novel, so shoutout to them all really!

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College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

I couldn’t write this post without including the series I’m reading right now, which is the Morganville books. Claire’s parents become more and more prominent throughout the series, and I love them.

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When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. 

How would I be able to write this post and not include someone from the Shadowhunter world? Of course this is dedicated to Charlotte!

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Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.

Although Blue’s mum is awesome, so are her aunties! So this one is for all the brilliant females we have in The Raven Boys.

Which mother figures stand out to you in YA?

-Beth

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T5W: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

T5W: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

I read this topic heading and thought I would struggle with brainstorming for topics to talk about. But after having a think and looking at other people’s blogs, there are so many interesting little things I have changed my mind about over the years!

1.Fantasy

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Fantasy is definitely the biggest thing I’ve changed my mind about, as I used to hardly ever read fantasy. Now, YA fantasy is probably my favourite genre, and depending on my mood I usually much prefer them.

2. Long series

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I was also very much a standalone reader! I just used to find series so daunting. And I still do sometimes, but I appreciate them so much more (obviously, as I’m currently halfway through a 16 book series).

3. Star ratings

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I think this is something that comes with time and experience, but I am a much harsher critique of books now than when I first started blogging. I’ll look back on a 5 star read and go what were you thinking? as 5 stars is reserved for special occasions now!

4. Goodreads shelves

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This has definitely been one of my major turning points in being a reader. I used to wonder why people had so many different Goodreads shelves. Now I have loads too, including physical-tbr, books-that-made-me-cry and beautiful-covers. I just think it’s such a great way to organise, and it probably becomes more crucial as you hoard more books!

5. Unhauling

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I used to feel as though I had to read every book that came my way. Now I’ll start a book and just think ‘this isn’t for me’, and have no shame in giving it to charity. Why should I spend my time on reading something I know I won’t enjoy?

What have you changed your mind about?

-Beth

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