A Publisher’s Apology and A Chance to See My Old Blog #MPBooks

Celebrating an apology long sought after and you get to see which blog I used to run.

Hello everyone, today I’m in a celebratory mood as I finally received a public apology for the misprint trouble I had with a publisher and I wanted to share the joy with everyone 😀 !  For those that don’t know what happened you can read more details in this post (opens in a new tab) but I’ll give an explanation here.

Before I do that though I will say that in telling you what happened I can’t help but reveal the name of my old blog.  It shouldn’t be a big deal (it doesn’t feel like it to me) but it might seem like a big deal to one or two individuals who are following this blog…You see I’m terrible at keeping up with who’s following my blog and I only just properly checked my blog followers today and noticed that two or three names followed my old blog and now this one without knowing it’s me 😮  So I’m sorry if anyone feels weird that I didn’t tell you – I’m just really bad at noticing who my new followers are (plus I’m terrible remembering everyone’s screen names 😮 😦 !)

An apology worth fighting for…

Anyway let’s get to it.  This last month I battled to get an apology after a publisher printed my review in their catalogue while crediting another website! 

A long while ago the publisher Austin Macauley approached me for a review of their book ‘The Belt Boy’.  This book blew me away and I gave it a well deserved 5 star rating despite not being my usual taste in books (it’s a sports autobiography).  However the review was a success, gaining masses of views, especially when it was reprinted by two blogs which had asked permission first and linked back to my site Happymeerkatreviews.

That was last year, but this year, in early 2017, I was approached by the publisher of the book.  They loved my review so much that they asked to print it in their catalogue which was going to be distributed at the London Book Fair in March.  Of course I jumped at the chance and agreed (think of the exposure!) but only on the condition that it was clear that the review had come from my blog with a web address attached.

They agreed but March came and went and I assumed, having not heard from them (they promised to send me a copy of the catalogue if it appeared in there) that my review wasn’t used.  No problem I thought, but last month I decided to casually browse their online catalogue (available as a pdf download) and found my review there, word for word – it was definitely my review, but at the bottom it said: Originally review from the42.ie

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Review credited to another site 😦

Now the website mentioned is a very popular (given how many followers there are) sports website in Ireland.  I didn’t blame them and I’ve never contacted the website in question.  But I did contact the publisher.  As I’m sure you can all appreciate, I was very upset and wrote stating so, and questioned whether I should even review for them anymore.

They did apologise in the email, but I wanted more than a personal apology.  I wanted a public apology.  Plenty of people would have picked up their catalogue at the London Book Fair and might have wanted to find the writer of that review, so I wanted the mistake acknowledged publicly.  However the publisher wasn’t keen, not at first.  You can read more about the struggle I had in my previous blog post Is Sorry Really the Hardest Word? Does a Blogger Deserve an Apology?

I don’t want to go into details of what happened next, but a lot more conversation continued until finally the publisher agreed to give the apology!  They apologised on both Twitter and Facebook last week and although it took longer than I thought it would, they’ve finally admitted their mistake.  They’ve also amended the online catalogue so it now shows the right blog and address:

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Review now credited to Happymeerkatreviews 🙂

Why was it important to get an apology?

Apart from the fact that it is a violation of copyright law to post something without giving credit to the creator of the work (if those are the conditions of the permission given), I also didn’t want to be seen as plagiarising another website.  You see, this other sports website has far more followers than Happymeerkatreviews and if people believed the original review came from there, they might have thought that I had copied the review onto my site – not a good thing at all!  So it was important for the mistake to be clearly acknowledged.

Now, if I’m honest I could still be picky about how long it took them to apologise or about how some email conversations went, but I’d rather focus on the future.  Should this mistake have happened in the first place?  No.  Should they have apologised earlier?  Yes.  But the problem’s been fixed as much as it can and I feel it’s more important to move forward and feel positive than focus on the negative details of what happened (not the way I used to think when I run Happymeerkatreviews – improvement no? 😀 ).  Besides, there’s always the option of ranting one day if things turn sour, lol 😛

One message has come out of all of this for me though and it is this:

If you believe something is worth fighting for.  Fight for it. – MyPeacockBooks

I’m sure that quote’s been used a hundred times by a hundred different people, but I’m saying it today and I stand by it!

So, there it is!  An apology on both Twitter and Facebook (shown below) and now everyone knows what blog I used to run too 😮  I’m thinking of writing up a blog post about why I quit my old blog, a bit of insight into the pitfalls of blogging and what to do if you feel trapped/fed up (no you don’t have to start again like I did! 😛 )  So watch out of for that.  Plus I have an amazon related blog post that’s in the middle of being written – something to look forward to as well as more book reviews and stuff including a new book haul!! 🙂

Here are the apologies:

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Apology on Facebook
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Apology on Twitter

Let me know what you think about what happened, I’d love to hear all opinions so let’s talk.  If you’re an old follower of Happymeerkatreviews, I’d love to hear from you too.  How do you like the new site, and my new attitude? 🙂 

I want to thank you again for everyone who follows this blog and a special thank you for all the support I’ve had through this publisher issue.  Your support means a lot to me and I hope you continue to enjoy reading My Peacock Books.  Phoenix says thank you too…

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“Thank you for following My Peacock Books!!  We love having you here” 🙂

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My Recent Absence & July 2017 Round-up #MPBooks

A slightly early sum up of July plus what’s planned for next month and why I’ve been away.

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Hi everyone!  Sorry for my recent absence.  Some of you may have noticed I disappeared for the last week or two and have only visited one or two blogs briefly.  I didn’t think I was going to be away, a lot of things happening personally plus a lot of packing as I’m moving soon (fingers crossed).  I’ve had several things happen both online and offline and it kept me away from the blog but I hope you don’t all think I’m ignoring you 😦 , I just haven’t had the time to blog anything recently, apart from that one blog post for ‘The Upstairs Room’ yesterday.  So I thought I’d do my July round up a few days before July ends, to let you know what’s happening now I’m back into blogging and I hope you’ll all want to stick around and read some of these posts.

Typewritter sorry messageSo, the first BIG news is that problem I’ve been having with a certain publisher who gave credit to someone else for an old review I wrote (on my previous blog) has been resolved!  You can read more about the issue here, although I’ll be putting up a new blog post very soon to let you know what happened.  Amazingly the post about this issue has been July’s most popular blog post!

Girl happy at laptop deskArticles have once again been the most popular posts this month.  My article Commenting on WordPress Blogs without using WordPress has been the second most popular!

Invisible headI personally loved writing my article Do You Have Ghosts following you? which was inspired by a fellow blogger’s post about those pesky ghost followers that never seem to interact with your blog.  I’d recommend it for a bit of a fun read!

A lot of the books I planned to leave reviews for this month got left in the drafts folder on wordpress.  I’ve written the posts but needed to add the photos to a lot of picture and colouring books posts and because I wasn’t logged in to WordPress for long enough to do anything they remained in the drafts folder until next month! D’oh!  This of course means I have a whole bunch of book reviews I’m going to flood at you this week and next, so I hope you don’t mind that, I know there’s a lot of you who love the picture book reviews so I hope you’ll enjoy them!

Speaking of picture book reviews, my favourite picture books of this month have been The Greedy Goat and Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day.

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I have no idea why I liked these two books so much but something about them touched me, especially the funny pictures in ‘The Greedy Goat’!

Nemesis book coverI also loved the sci-fi thriller YA Nemesis which had just the right amount suspense and intrigue to really keep me hooked and reading it!  I’d recommend it but it’s a bit of a cliffhanger ending, there needs to be another book written and I’m not sure if one is planned yet so I’m crossing my fingers!

I have a lot of things planned for the next month, I’ll hopefully get out all the existing reviews I left behind so will hopefully catch up with all that, plus I am really hoping to be able to write some articles that have been in my head for some time.  I want to go further with my What Makes a Book YA/Young Adult Versus Just Adult? which is still my most popular blog post to date – thank you everyone who’s read it! 😀  I’ve got an idea about a couple of Amazon related posts to do with reviews which might interest anyone who uses amazon.  I also have some other stuff planned in my head but how much of that will happen depends on how much time I can get to write it all.  But of course I’ll be writing about the Publisher issue soon.

I also hope I’ll be able to participate more with you guys in the future.  I’ve been thinking about a collaboration (perhaps with lots of other blogs in the future) although I wanted to apologise to the wonderful Bella for not being able to get into it this month – hopefully next month ❤   I might also take part in a book tag post – I’m not usually into Awards and Tags but this one I might do as I think answering the question will be fun! :p

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I also hope to write more creative stuff for you.  I’m a bit disappointed that a poem I put a lot of heart into – Goodbye Dear Soul – wasn’t really enjoyed by many people this month, but it seems my darker poetry has more fans than the more heartfelt/lighter poems.  😮

And of course lots more reading is planned, though I hope I’m not plagued by any more headaches which made reading in the last two weeks (when I had time) very difficult 😦 .

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Thank you to everyone who follows, likes and comments this blog, most importantly thank you to anyone who reads what I write.  I really appreciate having you guys reading my work and I look forward to reading yours too 🙂

I almost forgot…One more great thing that happened is this blog has now had 2,000 hits!  Okay, so that might not be much to some of you, but I celebrate every little achievement so whooo!  And thank you! 😀

Let me know how your July has gone in the comments below.  What are you looking forward to in August? 


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Mid-July 2017 Round-up #MPBooks

A quick catch-up with what’s been happening.

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Okay so I don’t usually do a mid-month round-up and I’ll still do a proper one for July at the end of the month but I thought I’d give everyone a quick explanation of what’s been happening as I’m sure some of you have noticed my absence this past week.  It turns out my summer’s become very busy and my blogging and reading has taken a bit of a backseat while everything’s happening.   I’d like to first apologise for not visiting everyone’s blogs much recently, to those I follow I will do my best to catch up, I’ve just been so busy I’ve not yet had time to reply to messages but I will ❤

I’m still going to be blogging but for the next few weeks I might be a little on-off with how often I can get blog posts out.  I’ll be setting up posts by scheduling them to go up at 9am as often as I can.  That’s my usual time for posting a blog entry in case anyone likes to know.  However the occasional blog post might mistakenly be published at the wrong hour (like this one) if I hit the ‘publish’ rather than the ‘schedule’ button.

I’ll post as often as possible and I might be able to schedule quite a few blog posts so it won’t appear like I’m offline much but I just wanted to warn you as I might be a bit slow in replying or reading other’s blogs.  As far as reading other blogs I realise I’m a Late or Busy Ghost – that will make sense in tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) blog post so please check it out, you might find it funny.

Nemesis book coverI’m currently reading ‘Nemesis’ by Brendan Reichs a YA thriller which has me hooked at the moment.  I’m almost completely finished reading it (I was supposed to have read it already but am behind with all my reading!) so when I’m done look out for a review of this book.

The Upstairs Room book coverAnother book you can look forward to being reviewed this month is ‘The Upstairs Room’ by Kate Murray-Browne.  I’ll be happy to give everyone a review of this soon as it’s coming out at the end of the month so watch out for that post!

 

I’ll be bringing you a belated book haul post too from the wonderful Walker Books.  If you head on over to my instagram page you can get a sneak peak of the books that’ll be in the book haul post and of course you can always give me a follow if you like 😉   I’m still new to instagram, not the most fabulous photos yet but I am sometimes a little creative with my shots 🙂

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Is Sorry Really the Hardest Word? Does a Blogger Deserve an Apology?

Apart from that I have got a few blog posts in mind (apart from the usual ones) one of which is a further development in what’s happened with the publisher who refused to apologise for wrongfully crediting my review to another website.  If you haven’t read about it already please do (click here) and give me your thoughts, I’ll certainly be posting mine up soon.

That’s it for my quick July mid-month round-up.  I want to thank everyone who follows this blog and thank those who like and comment here too.  It’s knowing someone is reading these posts that keeps me coming back here.  I’ll be as active as I can over the summer (at least the next few weeks) and hopefully all will settle down soon and you’ll not notice my recent absence 🙂

How is your July so far?  Got anything planned for the rest of the month?

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By the way – is anyone watching Wimbledon this year?  If so who do you/ did you want to win?  Let me know I’m tennis mad I am 😀


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June 2017 Round-up (Sorry I’ve been away!) #MPBooks

A sum up of June and what to look forward to in July.

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Hi everyone!  Sorry for being away for this past week.  I’ve been busy, busy sorting out a few things and ran out of posts to schedule on this blog.  I’ve been posting daily at 9am on here but if I run out of content then it just stops so I might have to rethink when I post so there’s always something coming soon for you to read.

Apart from a hectic few days I’ve been dealing with a bit of a copyright issue.  Some of you on social media might have seen me ranting on about this but for those that don’t know, my previous blog is still up online (containing all sorts of book reviews and other things) and a review from there was used by a publisher for promotion.  Long story short – they credited some other site instead of mine which left me both a bit upset and frustrated with how long it’s taking to sort it out.  I’m still talking it out with them and hopefully the trouble will be resolved soon but I’ll let you know what happens.

So this month was a great month for this blog!  I’ve written some articles/discussion posts as well as read some great books and of course some poetry.

This month’s highlights…

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I love the fact that my May article What Makes a Young Adult book Versus Just Adult? is my most popular to date!  It’s the most popular post of June and I hope you all enjoyed reading it.  I’m thinking of follow up posts at the moment to go into more detail about YA books and others!

In June I wrote two articles one focussing on books Paper or Digital? I gave my personal experience of the two and which one I ultimately prefer.  Please read it if you haven’t already and let me know which you prefer 🙂   I’ve also got a special thank you for that post as it’s had the most shares to date from Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn!  So thank you to everyone who shared it ❤ 🙂

Grenfell Tower Wide imageThe other article I wrote focused on the terrible fire in a tower block which left many people dead and the survivors without homes.  There was controversy surrounding the fire and I wrote my own opinion and feelings about this in Was Grenfell Tower a Disaster Waiting to Happen?

June book highlights…

Apart from articles I wrote some more poetry, both happy and sad and lots more book reviews although I admit most of my ‘June book hauls’ haven’t yet been reviewed in June 😮  Sorry, I’ve been behind this month but hopefully will catch up now in July.  So which books were my favourites of June?  These 😀  :

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A Singular Baptism A hilarious comedy of errors.  This book is pure farce and perfect for those who want to enjoy a good laugh at some silly over the top situations.  It has a great ending that’s just a little bit heart-warming too 🙂

 

The Lost Sentinel book coverThe Lost Sentinel The first in the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’ this book is perfect for dark fantasy lovers.  It’s so engrossing and so dark that you just can’t predict what will happen, including some very unexpected deaths! 😮

 

Julius Zebra Bundle with the Britons book coverJulius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons Although aimed at a middle grade/older children audience, this was just so silly that I loved it!  It’s a silly story based in Roman Times but it’s not at all serious and has some great and funny illustrations.

 

Kancil The Mouse Deer book coverKancil The Mouse Deer This children’s picture book is short but a little like ‘The Gruffalo’ and I think I just fell in love with the illustrations even more than the story, though that is cute and fun too.

 

And June’s favourite poem…

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This month’s favourite poem Life With You is the first I’ve written on this blog that’s with a twist!  It’s had quite a few views and amazingly shares on wordpress as well as other places.  It’s also the first poem I’ve written that hasn’t completely followed my usual 1,2,3,2 or 1,2,1,2 rhyming style so I’d love to know what you think of it if you haven’t already read it.  Be warned it’s emotional though!

Plan for next month

Those of you who are observant might have seen that I haven’t kept up the #MondayMotivation posts every week.  I’ll admit it’s been hard for me to keep these up.  I guess I’m just not that motivated lol! :p  I think motivation posts are things that I can write but just not once a week.  there are other bloggers far better at these sorts of posts than I am.  I’m still going to keep up with some #MondayMotivation posts but maybe limiting it to one or two a month.  I’m still thinking about the details 🙂

As for reading, I’ve got a ton of that to do!  Lots of books already to read including some big releases coming up like ‘The Upstairs Room’ and ‘Nemesis’ in paperback which I am reading soon as well as all those books I still have from June’s book haul.

As well as all that I’m still going to bring you some poetry and colouring and anything else that I feel like writing.  I’ve got lots of articles/discussion posts planned in my head, some for readers, some for writers and some purely random things so hopefully I’ll get those written and out this month.  I’ll also send news of what’s happened to that previous wrongfully credited review…Copyright issues and stuff going on there – no fun :/  I might even go into more detail about my old blog and reasons for starting over.

I hope you all have a great July and that your June was a great one!

Let me know what your highlights of June have been and what you’re planning for July.  I’d love to hear from you!


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Blog Celebration! #MPBooks

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I have something to celebrate on this blog!  I have officially reached 100 wordpress followers! 😮 😀

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100 WordPress followers!

I got this fancy badge in a notification today and just wanted to spread the joy!

But that’s not the only news my blog has and I also have two other milestones!

 

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500 Likes!

 

This badge came a few days before the 100 followers badge and I know it might mean little to some people, I’m really happy to get any kind of badge 🙂

 

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Over 1000 hits!

The last little ‘yay’ moment has been My Peacock Books reaching 1000 visits to the blog!

Okay, so these milestones aren’t exactly huge, and I used to run a blog that had waaay more hits and followers than this one does, but for a blog that only began in April and hardly had any visits in the first weeks, I’m very happy with these badges and hope that more people will visit, like and comment on this blog 🙂

I’d like to thank every single person who’s made a visit to this blog and especially to my wonderful followers.  If it wasn’t for you guys this website would be a kind of diary rather than a blog and I really appreciate every single one of you and your visits and comments. Thank you, thank you, thank you ❤

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Oh and Phoenix says ‘Thank you’ too 🙂

 

 


 

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A Late May 2017 Round-Up #MPbooks

A (very late) round up of May and some news about the new month

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Hi everyone!  I didn’t think I’d be away from my blog for this long but thankfully I’m back…sort of.  Well I’d be back if it wasn’t for my sketchy internet connection which keeps cutting out 😡  Anyway I thought I’d do a quick round up and look forward to next this month (June).

So, how was your May?  Mine was pretty good.  My definite highlight was this book:

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This amazing fantasy book swept me up so much that it’s the first book I put in my blog’s new section called Best Ever Books!  There’s plenty of books I’d give 5 feathers to but sometimes there’s one like ‘Strange the Dreamer’ that you just can’t get out of your head and it’s a firm favourite for now and possibly the rest of the year unless another book can top it…? 😕

I’ve also added a new Poetry section to my blog too!  I’ve made it easier for you guys to find my poetry and I’ve even separated it into Light and Dark poems so you can pick what to read based on your mood 😎

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And it’s a big deal for me but I wrote my first article/discussion post about YA books!  What Makes A Book Young Adult / YA Versus Just Adult? Please check it out if you haven’t already, I’m pretty proud of my article especially as it’s had quite a few views and is my most popular post to date 😀 !

So looking forward to June I’ve got some exciting books to read!  I’m actually drowning in books (can never have too many books >:D ) I’ve received lots of book post recently and have a pretty long list of books to read and take pictures off.  I’d post details here but it’s taken me literally hours to write up this post thanks to my internet and wordpress freezing on me 😦  But I can tell you I’ve got some pre-release books coming up!  Including these two indie titles, the first a fantasy book and the second a (I think farcical) comedy! :

The Lost Sentinel book coverA Singular Baptism book cover

So What books are you looking forward to reading this month?  Anyone read Alex Rider?  Is it any good?  I confess I never have but will be reading ‘Never Say Die’ thanks to Walker Books (check out tomorrows book haul post!)  And as usual a whole bunch of kids books picture books and I got more colouring books Yay! 😀

So what books and what kind are you reading this month?  Any big well known titles or are you looking forward to anything specific?

PS Have you noticed I learned how to use all the wordpress emojis 😮 😳 !! What’s the point of this one though? ➡

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April 2017 Round-Up ~MPBooks

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Hello everyone!  How has your week been?  Mine’s been pretty uneventful.  I’m not sure if anyone noticed my complete absence this last week, maybe nobody has as this blog’s still pretty new, but if you guys have well I’ve been a little under the weather…Well a LOT under the weather.  I’m not sure what happened but I was so ill I was stuck in bed and couldn’t even stare at a computer screen as it just hurt my eyes from the intense and horrible headaches and the ‘highlight’ of my week was almost vomiting into my dinner…Ok sorry for the gross image but that did happen…almost.  Anyway I’m better now (…I hope) and thank goodness, and I’m ready to start blogging again.

I thought I’d do a little celebration round up seeing as it’s the last day of the month 🙂  April’s been a great month for me and this blog, despite the week off ill.  On 8th My Peacock Books was officially launched and since then I’ve read a handful of great books and had some amazing people like, comment and follow this blog.  I’ve also attempted to write more poetry given the fact it was National Poetry Month and of course it was Easter too which is just fun all by itself 🙂

So what’s in store for next month?  More of the same of course, although I hope to not be sick during any of it.  I still have a bit of a mammoth book pile to get through, with a lot of books from Walker Books thanks to the super book haul I got a few weeks ago: check it out!  I’ve also got a few NetGalley books to review which aren’t quite out yet, but I’ll let you know about them when I’m closer to reviewing them 😀

Of course my blog’s not all kids and YA though, and although I love them, I was pining to read some fantasy books and I went to my local library and checked these out:

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Strange the Dreamer
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Caraval UK book cover

I’m so excited I’ve started reading Strange the Dreamer already and I’m just loving it!  It’s got blue sprayed pages and it’s just soo engrossing, I’ll probably spend the next day or two just reading it and doing nothing else 🙂  I’m easing my self into next week, so I’m not 100% sure if I’ll have a post up for Monday Motivation this week but I hope to visit some blogs and I hope you’ll want to stick around and read anything I do post up ❤

So how has your week been?  What are you going to be reading?  Have you read Strange the Dreamer or Caraval yet?  Do you want to?  Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to have a conversation with you 🙂


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