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Games I Want to Play in 2019

I was inspired by both Destiny and Avery to do this post. I used to play a lot more video games than I do now. Partly because I had more free time, partly because I read less, and partly because I had a PC in better shape than mine currently is. However!! I now have a Switch and between that and my hit-or-miss laptop, it should be much easier for me to get to games. I’ve already knocked out the main playthrough of Pokemon Let’s Go! but these are the other games I’d like to get to!

While I adored Fallout 3, I never got too far into Fallout 4 or Fallout: New Vegas (both of which I own), so one of my goals is to dedicate some serious time to both of those. Knowing me, I’ll just end up replaying Fallout 3, though.

I only started The Wolf Among Us very recently, so I’d like to finish that. The same goes for Life Is Strange and The Walking Dead!

I just started playing Night in the Woods on the Switch this week and I LOVE IT. This is going to be my current priority.

My friend started raving to me about Hollow Night recently, so I downloaded it to my Switch as well (it was on sale!).

Much like Avery, I have tried and failed to play Stardew Valley on the PC, but I’m thinking the Switch might be the trick! I’ll have to wait until I work through my other games (ha, self control whomst???), but then I’ll let myself give it another shot.

Do y’all have any video games you’re going to try to get to this year? I find them fun and relaxing and am trying to feel less guilt about playing them!

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2019 Non-Bookish Resolutions

I feel a little iffy about New Year’s resolutions, mainly because it feels like they always fizzle out. But there are things about my life I’d like to improve, and now seems like as good a time as any! I’ve made a list of somewhat specific resolutions (things I can actually measure in some way, rather than “work out more” etc.) that I’d like to work toward achieving in the coming months. While the list may seem a little overwhelming, I’ve decided to use the “Monday resolutions” method — I’ll work to implement one of these every week or three and slowly incorporate them into my life.

Journal 4+ days a week

I used to journal religiously every single day, usually 3 full handwritten pages. I don’t know exactly when or how I fell off the bandwagon but I miss it. It helped me to remember things I had been up to, and helped me to organize myself in some ways. I’ve tried to keep telling myself to start up again, but have finally realized it may not be feasible to jump back into journaling every day! Instead, I decided I’d like to journal most days. See how that may be a little easier? This way, I’m less likely to feel like I’ll run out of things to say, and I don’t have to beat myself up if I don’t have the chance to get to it. You’ll see that a lot of my resolutions have been structured similarly.

Exercise 3+ days a week

By exercise, I mean go to the gym for 20-30+ minutes or go running outside. I have a membership to the gym a block from my office so I have no reason not to get back to this one (except for depression and fatigue…). I always feel so much better when I’m actively exercising and if I can do it before work, I don’t have to worry about being too exhausted at the end of the day!

Spend (IRL) time with someone who isn’t my sister 1+ day a week

This is an easier goal than “make more friends” which can feel daunting. But in winter especially, I really need to focus on spending time with others and not self-isolating. I live with my sister so we “hang out” a lot, but I think I would feel more enriched if I made an effort to spend time with others!

Create 1+ days a week

This can be drawing, writing, knitting, etc. I haven’t really been creating in a while and I feel so stale. My friend Marlaina and I have been trying to do drawing challenges but I’ve been terrible about actually doing them. Instead of beating myself up about it, I just want to try to do anything creative at least once a week.

Order takeout and eat out twice or less a week

I’m a takeout fiend, and it is really cutting into my budget! My sister and I recently started doing Peapod, so it should be much easier for me to eat food I already have at home. I started this rule a while ago and fell out of it, but it wasn’t actually too difficult to stick to! I just need to be really conscientious of how much I’m eating out. Usually I’ll try to save it for the weekend and even just cutting out weekdays has helped a lot!

Praise myself more

I’ve always been in the habit of getting down on myself about stuff, so I really want to focus on praising myself more! Anytime I work toward any of the above goals, or do anything good for myself, I’m going to try to praise myself for it. This doesn’t necessarily mean treating myself, or rewarding myself, but just saying some nice things to myself and recognizing any progress I’ve made!

How do y’all feel about New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any you’re going to try out in 2019?

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Hamilton: My Broadway in Boston Recap

In mid-September, Hamilton came to Boston for a two month tour. I’ve always assumed I’d have no chance of going — I’m not sure what tickets looked like before, but the most inexpensive seats for this weekend are in the ballpark of $300 each. My aunt clued me in on the lottery, though, so I downloaded the Hamilton app and entered every single day. It became such a routine thing that I had almost forgotten there was anything at stake.

On Wednesday evening, I was headed home from work and had a notification from the app come in on my phone. I assumed it was the routine “better luck next time!” heads up but to my shock, I had won the lottery! I immediately logged in and claimed my ticket, ecstatic. I texted my closest friends (all Hamilton fans) in disbelief, I posted on Facebook, I thanked my aunt profusely for letting me know about the lottery.

Thursday morning I picked myself out a simple, classy black dress, matched with maroon leggings and black wedges. I did a full face of makeup and went into work dressed to impress. When I got out, I headed over to a coffee shop a couple blocks from the theater to read and get something to eat before the show. Around 6:45pm, I stopped by the box office to grab my ticket, grinning ear-to-ear, and made my way inside. I grabbed a Harpoon cider and waited for the doors to open.

Glad to have beaten the rush (I was among the first seated), I let the usher lead me to my seat at just past 7. I had expected a secluded seat near the back and couldn’t believe it wasn’t a dream when they brought me right up to the second row, congratulating me with a smile. I sat back and gazed at the stage in awe until the show started.

I’m disappointed to have missed the original cast, but the group of actors who performed were absurdly talented, of course. Actually getting to see the visuals enhanced the entire story in a way I could not have even comprehended beforehand. The characters truly came to life for me, and it was so fun to see the different spins that the actors were able to put on them. In particular, Austin Scott (the lead man himself) projected certain lines in a completely different manner than Lin-Manuel Miranda had. Although each character was at their core the same, it is fascinating to see how one person can be interpreted and portrayed so differently — even when restricted to the exact same lines.

Overall it was a truly magical experience that felt like it was over just after it had begun. I wish I had more to say about the play itself, but it really feels like something I would need to see multiple times to even begin to explore in depth. There were so many nuances and points of discussion that flashed through my mind as I watched, but there was no way for me to remember most of them while focusing on experiencing the performance in the moment. All I have left to say is that if you can get yourself to a production, I would highly recommend it.

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Shuffle the Music [tag]

I bookmarked this tag that I saw Hilary do aaages ago and just re-found it! I love music and have discovered a lot of new artists recently, so it seems like a fun time to do it. In addition to the below rules, I’m going to skip duplicate artists and I’m going to use my Spotify library since that’s all I use to listen to music anymore, so be aware that it doesn’t necessary reflect my full music tastes. I’m ALSO only going to do ten songs so this doesn’t get too long (since I’m including album covers and quotes).

First and foremost… click HERE for the Spotify playlist of all the songs included below! 🙂

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
  2. Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)
  3. Mention the songs as well as the artists.
  4. Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!



Please save this for me
I’ll come back for you, love, I promise to

Please by Ludo
My favorite band, one of my favorite albums. This is a really great first song for this tag! Ludo is super fun and goofy, but they also have more serious songs like this one.


Hey I’m a little drunk on you
And high on summertime

Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
Okay, so I’m a bit of a country fan, mostly because I grew up listening to it! I really love this song because it’s catchy and fun and I used to love driving around listening to it on summer nights.


I think I’ve been here before
I think I’ve run into you

Deja Vu by 3OH!3
Okay, so 3OH!3 is another one of my favorite bands. I fell in love with them during high school and still JAM to them. I’m actually going to see them live (for the first time EVER) in a couple weeks and I’m wildly excited.


I was in the wrong place
At the right time

A Night on the Town by The Dear Hunter
I’m a broken record. You guessed it, ANOTHER one of my favorite bands. These guys I’ve seen probably 4ish times at this point? I’ve cried at their shows, and they’re the first (and so far only) band whose lyrics I’ve gotten tattooed on me.


Where will you be waking up tomorrow morning?
Out the back door goddamn but I love her anyway

Miss Jackson by Panic at the Disco
I don’t listen to a ton of patd anymore but I’ve been obsessed with this song for like 3 years and can’t stop.


I got too many people I got left to prove wrong
All those motherfuckers been too mean for too long

Bastards by Kesha
An explicit cover and an explicit song, oh no! God, I love Kesha so much and I really adore this song.


If this is really how it’s meant to be,
Then movin’ on sounds good to me, baby

In My Head by Dierks Bentley
More country music, what can I say. This one is just catchy.


I remember how they took you down
As the winter turned the meadow brown

Mykonos by Fleet Foxes
I got really into indie folk the year before and after I graduated from college. Burlington, Vermont will do that to you.


And I realize the blame is on me
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
I think TSwift’s music is so catchy and I liked her back when she was doing country #originalfan (jk).
It’s not the chase that I love
It’s me following you
Kick Drum Heart by The Avett Brothers
See the whole Indie Folk thing above.
I tag whoever would like to do this!
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The Liebster Award #2

Thank you to Becky @ Strikeouts + Sprinkles for tagging me! 🙂

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Becky’s Questions:

  1. What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
    • Best: My digital camera! I haven’t used it in a while, but I adore it so much.
    • Worst: Hmm, I don’t know why this is such a difficult question! I literally can’t think of one single purchase, mostly because there are so many small ones I regret that just add up so much!
  2. Who is the messiest person you know?
    • This is another difficult one. Maybe my dad, but it’s mostly because he has so many things that it makes a mess!
  3. What are your thoughts on mascots?
    • When I think about mascots, all I can think of are the Washington Nats mascots and how scary they are.
  4. What’s the most useless talent you have?
    • I am extremely good at just barely starting hobbies and then completely dropping them.
  5. What was the last photo you took?
    • One of my sister’s cat, I think! Or a selfie to send my girlfriend, haha.
  6. What song always get stuck in your head?
    • Pretty much any song can get stuck in my head as soon as I hear it. Currently it’s I Know Somebody by LOCASH
  7. What’s your cure for hiccups?
    • Hold my breath and sip water.
  8. What movie quotes do you use on a regular basis?
    • Oh gosh, I don’t know but I’m sure there are a few I don’t even realize I’m using.
  9. What’s something you’ve done that you’re proud of?
    • Graduating college!
  10. Is there a show you used to watch and stopped watching and want to start again?
    • Grey’s Anatomy!
  11. What’s your worst example of procrastination?
    • Buying present for people AFTER Christmas.

Facts About Me:

  1. I’ve broken bones 4 times and have gotten ~40 stitches. I’m accident-prone.
  2. I think 5 cats is the ideal number of cats.
  3. My favorite flowers are lilacs.
  4. I like baseball.
  5. I grew up a few hours away from Canada, but my first time leaving the country was a day trip to Mexico (from San Diego) when I was ~12.
  6. I have always lived near a large body of water.
  7. I do not refrigerate cake, and recently learned that a lot of people do.
  8. I have an undergrad degree, and have been considering graduate school.
  9. When this posts, I’ll be on a plane to Texas.
  10. I love libraries.
  11. One time I saw Stevie Wonder in an airport on my birthday, and he sang happy birthday to someone else.

My Questions:

  1. If you could control the weather, how would the seasons change for you?
  2. What are you reading right now?
  3. If you could magically acquire a new talent, what would you choose?
  4. What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
  5. What is something you’re hoping to accomplish in the next year?
  6. What is your most used emoji?
  7. What was the name of your first pet?
  8. If you didn’t have to work for money, what would you do with your time?
  9. What is your favorite mythical creature?
  10. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  11. What’s your phone background?

I Tag:

  1. Jenna @ Falling Letters
  2. Madame Writer
  3. Destiny @ Howling Libraries
  4. Callum McLaughlin
  5. Ally @ Ally Writes Things
  6. Rachel @ pace, amore, libri
  7. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
  8. Fran L
  9. Lilly @ Lair of Books
  10. Melanie @ Mel to the any
  11. Sam @ Sleepy Sam Reads


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The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Rachel (who also nominated me last time!).

Rachel’s questions:

What’s the worst book you had to read for school?
This is going to sound like a cop out answer, but I don’t know! I can’t remember books that I’ve disliked reading for school, although I’m sure they exist.

Within your own country, where would you most like to visit that you haven’t already been?
San Francisco! It seems like such a nice place and I actually wanted to move there for a while.

What’s the best first line of a book you’ve ever read?
I have a really bad memory for stuff like this. Again, I cannot remember.

Do you have any tattoos and do you want any?
I have four (I keep forgetting and saying I have three, though)! There are definitely more I want, but I’m still deciding. Here are my current ones:

If you watch booktube, who’s your favorite booktuber?  If you don’t watch booktube, what’s your favorite thing to watch on youtube?
I’m an ASMR fiend. I find the videos so relaxing and try to watch them most nights before bed. My favorites are Sophie Michelle and Karuna Satori.

Which classic do you think more people should read?
The Stranger! I’m not big on classics but I enjoyed it, and it’s pretty quick.

What would you consider the most overhyped and the most underhyped book you’ve read in the last year?
Overhyped: Gone GirlUnderhyped: The Pisces, 10000%.

Would you like to work in the publishing industry, or do you prefer to keep books and reading strictly a hobby?
Part of me would like to, but I do think it would have a negative impact on my love of reading.

If you’re a writer, which author’s style do you think is most similar to your own?  If you’re not a writer, which author’s style do you connect with the most as a reader?
I think I really connect with Joe Hill’s style, which is why he’s one of my favorite writers. I just find myself so immersed in his stories.

What’s your least favorite book cover?
I don’t even know how to begin to answer this. Since I recently read The Woman in Black and had to deal with the very bad movie cover, I’ll have to say most movie tie-in covers.

Who’s your favorite actor/celebrity?
My fav celebrity is Griffin McElroy, he’s an angel and he and his wife are honestly relationship goals.

My questions:

  1. Do you listen to any podcasts? If so, what are your favorites?
  2. Do you genre hop when you read or do you tend to stick to the same genres?
  3. What’s the best movie you’ve watched so far this year?
  4. Earbuds or over-ear headphones?
  5. What’s your favorite way to treat yourself?
  6. Do you have a hobby that not a lot of people know about?
  7. Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate?
  8. What’s your favorite kind of weather?
  9. What’s your favorite mythical creature?
  10. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
  11. Are you a pumpkin person?

I’m tagging: Destiny, Anna, Jenna, Fran, and whoever else would like to participate!

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Podcasts Pt. 2

Last year, I shared some of my favorite podcasts. This year, I’d like to share a few more! Let me know if you listen to any of these, and share any of your own favorites that I’ve yet to include. 🙂


BRUNCH with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn

Neurotic pop culture from the original bad boys of podcasting.

Love You Like a Sister: The Podcast

Love You Like a Sister with Sam and Mindy

Do you miss the 90s and 2000s? Do you miss listening to Savage Garden on your DiscMan on the school bus while sipping the sugary goodness of Fruitopia? Do you remember expressing the agony of a heartbreak through a very passive aggressive burned CD shoved in your ex’s locker? Did you murder a million Tamagotchis? Just Sam? Cool cool cool. 

We miss it. So. Much. We want it back. Until we can convince soda companies to produce nothing but Surge, we’re fighting the good fight on our weekly podcast, Love You Like a Sister. 

Wonderful! with Griffin McElroy and Rachel McElroy

Wonderful! is a podcast for joyful and enthusiastic people that like hearing about the passions, big and small, of other people. Each week Rachel and Griffin McElroy will talk about things they love and invite listeners to write in with their treasured items of enthusiasm. Topics may include movies, television, sports, books, drinks, eats, animals, methods of transportation, cooking implements, types of clothing, places in the world, imaginary places, fictional characters, and fonts, to name a few.


Multiamory with Emily, Dedeker, and Jase

We offer new ideas and advice for multiple forms of love: everything from conscious monogamy to ethical polyamory and radical relationship anarchy. We combine the knowledge from our years of personal experience with the best information available and present it in a way that’s entertaining, thought-provoking, and easy to apply to your relationships.

Section 10 Podcast

Section 10 with Jared Carrabis, Steve Perrault, and Coley Mick

Their About section is empty (typical), so I’ll just say that this is an absurdly funny Red Sox podcast presented by Barstool Sports. I’ve met all the hosts at least once (Jared several times) and they’re all awesome dudes IRL. I highly recommend this podcast for all Sox fans!

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(All photos courtesy of the respective podcasts.)

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200 Follower Giveaway!


I’m incredulous at the fact that I’ve finally hit 200 followers! I am so grateful to be part of this community and am so glad you’ve all chosen to join me on my blogging journey. To celebrate, I’ve decided to do a book giveaway! The prize will be any one book less than $20 on Book Depository. The giveaway is international, but only includes countries that Book Depository will ship to. In order to receive the prize, you have to be comfortable providing me with a shipping address.

There are several ways to enter! To earn entries you can follow me on twitter, tweet about the giveaway, and/or comment on this post. In order to officially enter, please use the rafflecopter information provided below. Good luck to everyone, and thank you again for your support! 🙂

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The Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks so much to Hannah for nominating me for this! Please go check out her blog if you haven’t already, she writes very good reviews. 🙂

What is Mystery Blogger Award?

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous 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


  • Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

3 things about me:
1. Last year I got into baseball and this year I am officially a Big Fan of baseball.
2. My favorite animals are every single cephalopod.
3. I love pretty much anything having to do with cryptids.

My answers

What did you study at university or what trade did you learn?
I studied Psychology for undergrad, which I kind of regret and kind of don’t. I sort of wish I had ended up focusing on English or Gender Studies, but I’m also glad my life has brought me where I am now so I’m ok with how things turned out. 🙂

What was your favourite book growing up? And why?
This is so tough! I’d have to say the Harry Potter series, because I re-read it so much. I found it really easy to lose myself in the story and the characters and could stay up all night reading them even after I already knew what happened. My answer could definitely change depending on age, but as whole I think Harry Potter is the right answer.

If you could live anywhere, where would you?
This is also difficult because I haven’t had the opportunity to travel much. Ideally, I’d still like to live in Austin, TX someday. I have several friends there and visited once for a week. It was really lovely and I feel like I didn’t even come close to scratching the surface of what I could do there. I’d also love to have a rural home in New England someday, but only if I had a job where I didn’t have to drive anywhere in the snow! It would be nice to work remotely from a little house in the woods. 🙂

What is the greatest place you have ever been?
Again, I wanna say Austin, but more specifically: the Castle Hill graffiti park in Austin blew me away.

Which book recently surprised you? (Either in a good or in a bad way)
A Head Full of GhostsI borrowed the audiobook on a whim and ended up totally loving it. I listened to most of it in just a couple days. I didn’t have much in the way of expectations, so I ended up being completely blown away by how good it was.

I nominate:
Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog
Lilly @ Lair of Books
Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile
Destiny @ Howling Libraries
Jenna @ Falling Letters
…and anyone else who would like to do it! 🙂

My questions:
1. What’s your favorite animal?
2. What’s your favorite form of art, whether to create or to take in?
3. What’s the best inside joke you have with someone? Provide no context.
4. What’s your ideal vacation?
5. Who is your personal hero?

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The Liebster Award [tag]


Thanks so much to Alyssa @ Queerly Texan for nominating me for The Liebster Award! Alyssa has a great blog that covers a lot of topics, ranging from chronic illness to queer issues and more!

Alyssa’s Questions:

What is your favorite thing about the city/state/country you live in?

I love how old and historical a lot of the areas within Boston feel. There are a lot of cobblestone streets. It’s such a nice city to wander around in and I love going for walks.

How do you come up with ideas for new blog posts?

Almost all of my posts are book reviews, but my other posts are usually tags or wrap-ups, almost entirely inspired by other bloggers!

What song means the most to you?

This answer can vary a lot, but I’d have to say Home by The Dear Hunter. I was in a really bad place when I heard them play it live for the first time and it hit me on a level that surprised me.

What was your favorite game to play as a child?

Any kind of make-believe game. I’d always pretend I was an animal, or some kind of adventurer in the woods.

What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about you?

One time a small girl standing next to me pointed at me and said “WOW, you’re BEAUTIFUL” and it is probably one of the purest, most genuine compliments I have ever received.

What is a social justice cause you are passionate about?

There are several, but right now I’m working my hardest on learning more about racism, including how to fight against it as a white person.

Who is your favorite person to be around? And why?

One of my best friends, because he’s hilarious! He can always make me laugh and makes even the most otherwise inane days more fun.

Have you ever travelled abroad?

I live in the US and once I took a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico while visiting my great-grandmother in San Diego. I was about 12 then. My mom and I are going to Canada in a couple months, which will mark my second time ever out of the country. I actually only got my first passport for this trip, but I’m hoping now that I have a stable job and PTO that I’ll be able to plan a trip to Europe sometime in the next year or two.

What are you excited about this year?

Incredibly, we’re through almost four months of this year already! I’m really excited to go to FlameCon in NYC with a couple of friends in August and to go on my aforementioned trip with my mom. I’m also excited to go to a lot of baseball games this summer (I’ve been to two already this month!).

Would you ever want to be famous?

Only lowkey famous, like as a bookblogger maybe. I’m bad at confrontation and dealing with trolls (it’s hard for me to detach emotionally) and I know famous people deal with a lot of negative attention, as well as positive. I guess I’d like to have an influence and to be admired, but I also don’t want to live in a spotlight.

My nominees:

Wendy @ what the log had to say
Avery @ Red Rocket Panda
Anna @ reading peaches
Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile
Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Rules for if you chose to accept the nomination:

• Write about it on your blog and thank the person who nominated you. Write about their blog too.
• Display the award on your blog.
• Nominate 5 or 10 blogs which you feel deserve it.
• Let the nominees know that you nominated them.
• Don’t forget to create 10 questions for them to answer. Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they’ll know what to do.

Questions for my nominees:

• What hobby would you get into if time, money, and energy weren’t an issue?
• How would you describe your “aesthetic?”
• What fictional universe (game/book/movie) would you most like to live in?
• What is your favorite thing about yourself?
• What is your favorite thing to introduce people to?
• What’s your favorite article of clothing you’ve owned?
• What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
• What fictional character do you relate to the most?
• What’s the last text you sent?
• Do you believe in any paranormal creatures?

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