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Top Ten Tuesday – Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Are Hidden Gems

Now when I say hidden gems, I mean I think they should be talked about more. If other people talk about them lots or they had lots of publicity, I obviously missed it because they ended up on this list.

1. On the Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta. Ding ding ding ding. I bet no one is surprised this is once again at the very top of my list. At this point even I am starting to get annoyed with myself with how often I bring up this book, but really how can I leave it off the list. I feel like I am a lone person just trying to advertise this book by running down the street screaming its name.

2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. It was around when it first came out but it needs to be something I see everywhere for me to feel like it is getting the attention it deserves.

3. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This week is apparently just a list of my most favourite books so far. I wonder if they are my favourites because I haven’t seen a whole bunch of people talk about them and I went in with no expectations? Ignore that thought and go read the books anyway haha.

4. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Again, I feel like I just need to run screaming its name down the street or keep screaming its name into the void in the hopes that

5. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. Thinking about the books I have seen in the bookish universe, I don’t remember seeing this one pop up very much and I loved it so much.

6. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I know this is a big series by a big name author, but I never really see it mentioned anywhere so it gets a place on my list this week.

7. The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee. An actual hidden gem haha. I don’t think I have seen this book mentioned anywhere at anytime. I got it from the publishers and that was it. The second book was even better than this one.

 

 

 

 

8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Its won awards and stuff but I really don’t see it mentioned in any TTT’s or just in the bookish community in general, so I shall mention it.

9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As more time passes I feel like this book fades into the background and it needs to be pushed back to the front of the lime light.

10. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Ok guys hear me out. Yes it got good publicity but I feel like a lot of people snubbed it because it was by Stephanie Meyer and they thought it was going to be like Twilight. Guys this book is much better. I reread it basically yearly.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Binge Worthy Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Binge Worthy Shows

I am not so interested in writing my own list this week, as I am in seeing everyone elses lists. I don’t think I have done a list like this before with everyone else, so I am really interested in seeing if the people I know have similar book tastes have similar TV show taste as well! This list is in no particular order, and I am going to try and limit it to things that have just come out or are coming out soon.

1. Disenchantment on Netflix. I have completed all of this already and I enjoyed it. I don’t think it has reached its full potential yet, but I can see great things to come. If you like a darker Simpsons/Futurama then you will like this.

2. The Good Place on Netflix. About a girl who was supposed to go to hell or the bad place but ends up in the good place and chaos ensues. I wont say more, but this is just an awesome show. I can’t wait for the next season.

3. The 100. The show can be really messed but, and the latest season wasn’t the best, but god I love it. Its not one you want to do one episode at a time.

4. Game of Thrones. Yes, I know this didn’t come out this year and I don’t get more till next year, but I feel robbed by this skipped year and I hate it! I can’t wait to see how they end the series.

 

 

 

 

5. Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia. This is my households ‘family’ show. Myself, my partner, and our two housemates all get together on its release days and watch it. Safe to say we really enjoy it.

6. Shameless (US). Not to be mistaken with the UK one, which I cannot stand. I may be a season behind on this show (maybe) but when I watch it I fly through it.

7. Criminal Minds. Again I may be behind, but once I have a good amount of the show to watch I just sit and watch it until there is no more. I have watched the whole series more than once.

 

 

 

 

8. Modern Family. A nice more light-hearted show to watch between all the serious. Its one of my favourite break moments when it comes out.

9. South Park. For those who like that kind of thing, it can have some really funny moments.

10. Iron Fist on Netflix. I don’t know if I would binge watch this, but its the only other thing coming out that I like to sit back and watch.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Tags – Ultimate Book Tag

I googled for a tag to do this week and I came across the Ultimate Book Tag. My googling told me that this particular one was created by Megan on Goodreads and was made for Chapter Chicks YouTube Channel. Its an oldy and a long one but I am very excited to just jump right in.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

At times I do feel a bit ill but for the most part no I don’t get sick while reading in the car. I survived at least 2 hours in the car/bus going back and forth from home to school and back by reading.

2. Which Author’s writing style is completely unique to you & why?

I think I am going to have to go with Leslye Walton who wrote The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Just the way she presented the story and the overall idea and presentation of it is what made me decide on her.

3. Harry Potter or Twilight Saga? (3 Points to defend your answer)

So I still, even though I have started the first book, to actually read the Harry Potter series. While I don’t think its a master piece anymore, Twilight did make a really big impact on my reading life and I will always be thankful for it.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so what is in it? (Besides books)

I don’t tend to carry my physical books or my kindle with me anymore since I started getting more into audiobooks. But when I did they would go in my handbag and that generally always has the following in it:

  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Keys
  • Painkillers
  • A Pen
  • Lipstick
  • Compact Mirror
  • Headphones
  • Shopping Bags
  • And a few other random things that come and go.

5. Do you smell your books?

This is a dumb question because what person who has physical books is going to say no to this one?

 

6. Books with or without illustrations?

This depends on the age range and the book. I think childrens books require illustrations and anything older doesn’t need them. However, there have been some books in the older ranges who have had an illustration that really brought something to the book. If they are going to have them, they have to bring something. They can’t just be in there for the sake of it.

7. What book did you love while reading, but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

The first two series that pop into my head are Twilight and Fallen. While I would say I still like both of the series and might read them again, I can see now that they are not masterful books.

 

 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please Share

Its not funny, but I used to really struggle to read and spell (something I think related to dyslexia but I was never checked out) and hated every moment of people making me do these things in school. Then one day one of my favourite teachers brought in a program that for every certain amount of pages you read from a book, you got a book. This changed everything for me. I devoured books from this point on.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling at 105 pages.

 

 

 

10. Thickest book on your shelf?

The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody at 1108. Over a thousand more pages than my smallest.

 

 

 

 

11. Do you write as well as you read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Yes. But I don’t say this with much confidence. I have dabbled and written a few things, but I am just organising myself to write something for the first time outside of school and I am very excited and hesitant about starting it.

12. When did you get into reading?

I touched on this a little in question 8. I would have been in year 6 I think when this all started to happen.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Easily Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

 

 

 

14. In school was you best subject Language Arts/English?

Again see question 8. In my early school years it was easily one of my worst subjects. After my love of reading started though it became one of my best subjects next to art.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… What would you do?

I would keep it for awhile, then once I felt like it was appropriate to get rid of it, I would pass it onto someone else who wants it or donate it.

 

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Since I haven’t read Harry Potter I can’t say about it, and I have never really found anything to be like the Hunger Games. I don’t like to compare books in this way unless its just unavoidable though.

17. What is a bad habit you always do when blogging?

I procrastinate the entire time I am working on it. I will physically write down a review or idea in a book, but when it comes to actually getting it onto the computer it seems to take me forever. For example yesterday I wrote five book reviews down over the span of the day, but today I have only managed to put together three posts including this one and as of writing this question its already 7:12pm. I have been doing it pretty much the whole day.

18. What is your favorite word?

Oh god… why…. Ummm… dear lord…. Bubbles?

19. Are you a nerd or a geek?

Depends on what subject matter! I think overall I would be more geeky though as I am just a fan of most things and don’t actually do the things.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

If you had of asked me a few years ago the answer would have been Vampires 100%. The poor things have been just stripped and pulled apart in literature now though so I would have to go with Fairies. Not the happy go lucky I am always nice Fairies though. I believe Faeries can be down right nasty, ugly things.

 

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters. I have read very few Angel books I love.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Probably Werewolves but I don’t care much either way. I don’t tend to read much paranormal but I love supernatural things.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires 100% hahaha. Zombies are the most boring subject matter to walk the face of the Earth. They have tried to make them more threatening by making it so they move fast now but they still hold no interest for me.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love. That implies that they have things to overcome before they can be together if they actually get to be. I have seen so many bad love triangles.

25. Full on romance or action-packed with love scenes mixed in?

Depends on what I am more in the mood for. Some of my favourite books are ones where the love is just a side note to the story and enhances the main point, rather than it being the main point itself. I do however, really love a good romance novel.

 

And now we have come to the end! If you do this tag let me know so I can have a look at your answers! I hope you enjoyed it as much as me, this was a really interesting tag to do.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Set At School

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books Set At School

I found this list a bit hard to decide what direction to go in. Its been a moment since I was at school and I wanted to try and think of an interesting way to take the topic and was coming up blank. So I decided I was over thinking the topic and thought just being at school can be complicated enough, so why don’t I just focus on books that deal with the issue of just dealing being in that environment.

1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I just recently finished this series and it was everything I never knew I needed. I also think that it deals really well with how the topics in the books would happen for someone in school.

2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I am very happy putting this book at number 2 as I can totally see everything that happens in this book being actual things that people in high school have to deal with.

3. On the Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta. Really it takes place at a school, did you guys really think it wasn’t going to make the list? The situations are not really going to be something people will face though.

4. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. Yes this deals with things more complicated than just being at school, but its still set there and I loved it so it goes on the list.

 

 

 

 

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Yes the events are extreme, but in some lower economical situations or bad neighbourhoods, these can be challenges that kids will have to deal with.

6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This section of the list seems to be a bit depressing, and while the tapes are not something thats really going to happen but the topics faced in the book are real possibilities.

7.Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Again depressing, but it is dealing with those depressing things in the school setting which isn’t always the easiest place for people without that huge topic looming over their heads.

 

 

 

 

8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I couldn’t really make this list without this book on it.

9.  Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. This is in no way going to come up in normal everyday life, but it takes place in a school so its going on the list.

10. Losing it by Cora Carmack. What happens when a one night stand ends up being with your new professor at college? Read to find out!

 

 

 

 

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Feral Friday – Bookstagram

Hello my bookish lovelies!

This week I bring you a happy kind of feral. I always love it when things look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Be it my desk, window displays, the contents of a drawer. So imagine my utter joy when I discovered Instagram, and more specifically, bookstagram. It is literally just people arranging their books for a picture so that it is visually appealing. It was basically my life for a couple of months.

I was would spend hours looking at peoples accounts and commenting. Then I decided I wanted in on the fun and made my own account, then proceeded to spend some more hours trashing my house so I could get the perfect shot! It is a beautiful obsession.

Now I have taken a step back from bookstagram for the moment as I am trying to balance all my things together again rather than obsessing on the one thing for ages while I let all the other things collect dust from disuse. But it is still something I am very interested in and I will be adding back into my schedule very soon so anyone who is interested should check me out at ThWrittenWord. I would love to see anyone elses as well so be sure to link me in the comments! I always want more inspirational things to look at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Frequently Used Words In Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Frequently Used Words In Book Titles on my Shelves

This week you were supposed to pick a genre or a reading age group and find common words used in whatever you picked, but I thought it would be more interesting for me to look at what is on my shelves and find what words I am apparently attracted to. This list probably isn’t the most accurate as I found it hard to actually the words that appear more than once then keep track of which ones I have already counted. I have also counted plurals and singulars in the same group, for example, shadow and shadows have been mashed together. Lets get started after my large disclaimer~

1. Heart – Takes the winning place appearing on my shelves a total of 8 times.

2. Fire – Liking fantasy I think really helped out here with a total of 7 times.

3. Glass – 7 times. Series of books helped out a little here.

4. City – 7 times. Cassandra Clare is pretty much solely responsible for this word appearing so high on the list.

5. King – times. Again, fantasy.

6. Queen – 6 times. Gotta be equal. I will be honest and a say that my multiple copies of Red Queen helped a little.

7. Shadows – times.

8. Study – 5 times. Maria V. Snyder and her Study series making a strong appearance. It is literally every single one haha.

9. Storm – 4 times.

10. Court – 4 times. Sarah J. Maas pretty much holds this place.

What words are you attracted to when picking out books? I chose to leave out my manga because you can have literally 22 things with the same name and thought it would be pointless. I also didn’t use any words that were not a serious part of the title like ‘the.’

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Top Ten Tuesday – Liked Books I Don’t Remember

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Liked But Don’t Remember Very Much

I would like to thank Goodreads and my Reviewed and Rated list for helping me to remember the books I have read and forgotten about.

1. Every Day by David Levithan. This one easy takes first place for me because I have read it twice in a span of a couple of months, but only because I completely forgot I had ready read it. It wasn’t until I was already a little bit of the way through that I remembered. I enjoyed it both times though hahaha.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Excluding the first three and the one I didn’t like I don’t remember pretty much anything that happens in any of them, but according to my reviews I liked them. IM part of the way through number 10 and I remember nothing.

3. Keeping Her by Cora Carmack. I remember Losing It and I loved that, but for some reason this one just left my brain.

4. Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar. Literally nothing. It was about ghosts maybe?

 

 

 

 

5. The Perks of Being Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This one is on the list for a bit of a different reason. I feel like I remember a good amount of it, but I remember not liking it. Then I look at my review and rating and apparently I liked it?

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I read this one not long ago but I still could not remember enough detail to write a full review. I remember the ending and some parts but I couldn’t remember the clearly enough.

7. Whats Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I really need to reread this book so I can finish of the rest of the series.

 

 

 

 

8. The Dogs by Allan Stratton. Apparently ones about ghosts leave my mind. I think this book has ghost dogs in it.

9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I have been wanting to reread this one for the longest time cause I know everyone thinks its amazing but for some reason I never wrote a review and then I didn’t pick up the other ones because I didn’t write a review and now I remember nothing.

10. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. I remember being so very pleasantly surprised while reading this book by how much I loved it but I cannot for the life of me remember why I loved it.

 

 

 

 

It disturbs me how easy this list was for me to make.

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Thursday Tags – This or That

This weeks tag I found over at Books and Babbles with the lovely Ayla! She was tagged by someone who doesn’t write in English so I stopped looking for the original post at that point. I wasn’t tagged but I shall tag anyone who wants to do the tag because that’s mostly how I come across the tags I do. Its just for the funs. Moving on~

1. Audiobook or Text Book?

This one feels hard for me right now because I much prefer text. I love the feel, the smell, and displaying all my pretties. But in terms of what I am actually reading at the moment its pretty much solely audiobooks at the moment due to the amount of time I spend in my car and being unable to really settle myself enough to sit and read a physical book. I hope to change this soon though.

2. Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback! The spines are so much safer and they are generally more likely to be the same size and fit more evenly upon my shelves. They are super hard to read when they are like 400+ pages though.

3. Fiction or Non Fiction?

Fiction for sure, though I am starting to appreciate some autobiographies.

4. Harry Potter or Twilight?

Twilight. DON’T THROW THINGS AT ME. I have to answer Twilight as I have not read Harry Potter but I have read Twilight. I am currently making my way through the first HP book!

5. Bookshop or Online?

I love the experience of going into the bookshop and finding something really good randomly, but I have to go with online. In Australia the bookstores don’t tend to have hardbacks and that’s what I want the book to be in most the time so I have to go online to get them. They are also sadly cheaper there online because even our paperbacks are bloody expensive.

6. Standalone or Trilogy?

I think I have to go with standalone. You can easily make one book bloody amazing and while I may want more but I can be happy with what I got. I may get more with a trilogy but quite often the last book is a let down or the story goes on too long or there is something that puts a damper on the whole story.

7. Sweet and Short or Heavy and Long?

Oh god this is so hard. How long and heavy are we talking? Are we talking GoT heavy and long? Because then I would definitely go with sweet and short. But then I don’t really like novellas. Hmmmm. . .  Short and sweet then. Why are you doing this to me?

8. Cosy Read or Reading in the Sun?

When I enter the sun I turn into a tomato that has been grilled so I must go with cosy read! I want to be in bed and under a blanket with my cat for maximum cosy.

9. Hot Chocolate or Coffee?

Hot chocolate! Coffee makes me vomit :D

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Liked Books That Won’t Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read

Oh my gosh I think I will actually be able to get 10 out of this weeks list! In no particular order here we go:

1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I really enjoyed this book once I got over how confusing and trippy it was in the beginning, but I never see myself reading it again. I am really enjoying the TV show too!

2. Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This one got a 5 star rating from me and I really enjoyed it but I just can’t see myself being able to sit through the cringe again. The movie is on my list of things to watch.

3. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. This is the second book in a duology and I really liked both but the second fell a bit flat for me and the first one is an easy book to read by itself.

 

 

 

 

4. The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann. I read the book and really enjoyed it, but I read it because I loved the animated series as a child and I feel like I can leave it now knowing I liked it and just happily re-watch the series.

5. Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean. Apparently I really liked this book but I don’t remember it so I probably will never pick it up again.

6. The Returned by Jason Mott. I did it for the series, so my desire for the book isn’t high even though I liked it. I don’t think I ever finished the series. . .

 

 

 

 

7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. It ruined some of the first book for me and its fine by itself so I shan’t be doing this one again.

8. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I would like to think I would re-read this book and the second book in the series at some point because I love them, but then I will feel compelled to do the whole series and that is never going to happen.

9. The Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick. I am really looking forward to watching the movie though.

10. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. This goes at the bottom because I liked it well enough and as it stands I will not re-read it. But you never know, the rest of the series may blow my mind.

 

 

 

 

 

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Feral Friday – Mess

Hey guys!

I don’t know how many of you are sitting there not really expecting much from be being ‘back’ in blogland as my posting schedule has been iffy at best and my physical reading slump is still going strong. But the schedule isn’t actually because of the slump lately, it all has to do with how messy I am.

Deep in my soul I am a messy person. I can be tidy, but I have to really put effort into it to actually be tidy as my natural inclination is to just be messy. I have been working on ways to try and break my habits (and I would really like some suggestions guys). For the kitchen and the dishes I clean while my food is cooking. If I am preparing something that has to sit for a bit in the oven or the stove and I don’t have to pay attention to it I clean the kitchen. I do not allow myself to leave the kitchen unless the food is done or if I have finished cleaning. I live with 3 men and none of them do the kitchen, so quite often it doesn’t get completely clean but I accomplish a large section of it. With clothing I fold it and put it away straight away or it doesn’t get done. God forbid I go away though because I never unpack the bag straight away or a make a mess picking stuff and then I have to train myself back into the habit because by then its messy and I don’t care.

These two things haven’t affected my blog productivity, its my desk mess. Being in a house with a few people, I have very little room for my art stuff or just my stationary stuff in general. I have one major desk which is mine, and one glass (bleh) which I a housemates which I use while not in use by others so I can’t really use it to help store my things. And my desk I discovered the other day is now so old that the bottoms of the drawers are falling out so I cannot use all of them! This combined with just how much stuff I have means that to put it all away everything has to be buried under everything else and when I have a ‘project’ or just anything even slightly more complicated than a single pen or pencil everything goes to hell because everything must come out for me to get the thing. It doesn’t help that I don’t feel like I should put any of it away either because of the same issue. Here is how my space looked the past couple of weeks while I have been trying to get back into the swing of things~

Who on earth could be productive in a space like that?! Like I can to a certain extent, but I don’t want to be. So I decided it was time to take control of my space. I decided against getting a new desk while I still live in this house because of money and because I am super fussy with desks and I want to make sure it works in the space and when I move I can get a better one than one I could get in this current space. I was very limited with options. I rent so all the pretty wall organisations were out, and changing location was out as well. I pretty much had to work with what I already had.

Kmart to the rescue! I marched over to kmart and about $100 later I left with two three cube bookcases, some stationary (because I can’t help myself), some containers, paper shelving, clear removable wall hooks for the side of the bookcases, and some drawer dividers. So I spent my Easter going through things and throwing away a bunch of things I didn’t want or need anymore, organising it to be more functional, and making it just visually appealing.

Now I am not completely happy with the way it is yet. The hooks I bought are too fat to work with the white pen holders you can see in the top left corner. I want those to hang because there isn’t really enough room for them to have a shelf, as I also get ready for work and do my makeup at these desks so I need that top shelf just for my mourning routine things. After saying all this though I am still really happy with how it is at the moment. It is still really cluttered yes but everything can stay where it is while I do things I don’t have to pull it all out to use the things. It will get better the more I work on it and the more I find out what I like in my desk organisation!

And thats it for today I think. Would you guys be interested in seeing more stuff kind of like this? I have recently started trying my hand at bullet journaling and when I actually do it, I really enjoy it. So I might do a few journal posts here and there.

 

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