why i changed my mind about the raven boys 🔮 september book wrapup

why i changed my mind about the raven boys 🔮 september book wrapup

why i changed my mind about the raven boys 🔮 september book wrapup

By Bryan Wright 100 Comments October 12, 2019


So Elisabeth is raised in a library and she gets to bang a sorcerer. Meanwhile, I go to the library every weekend and I have no man. I know looking at my sad empty apartment for the past two videos has been very depressing, but, fortunately We have a change of scenery today because I am dog sitting for my friend this weekend. Meg, if you’re watching this we can split the ad revenue of this video. Don’t worry, Sienna is sitting right beside me trying to ignore the fact that her dog sitter is a fucking loser by filming these types of videos. Today I want to talk about all of the books that I read in the month of September, but before we get into that I am contractually obligated to tell you that Glasses USA is sponsoring this video and thank fucking god they are because if you didn’t know, they sponsored me for a video a couple months back. They gave me three new glasses and I actually broke two of them, not because the material was cheap or anything but because I was a fucking idiot and I literally rolled over on top of the glasses in bed It was not their fault at all. It was just me being a dumbass but when it happened I was like “fuck”. Now I literally only have one pair of glasses and I’m probably gonna break that too but then literally a week after I broke those glasses the same guy from Glasses USA emailed me saying “hey, do you want to sponsor another video” and I was like “hell, yeah, I do, a bitch is blind”. It’s not even just for the money now. It is solely for survival. I now have three new glasses. I am wearing one of them right now. This is the Amelia E. Jesable. These are special glasses to protect your eyes from looking at screens too long. This is really good for reducing my eye strain and then they also have like anti-reflection coating. Digital block can be added to all frames, this is just the one that I happen to have but I want to show you the other two that I ordered. I wanted to change it up with a different style. This is called the Muse LA. If I’m wearing colorful outfit, I’ll wear the blue glasses. If I’m wearing like a more toned down outfit I would wear this. The last pair that I got was something that is kind of out of the box for me, but I really wanted to change it up. These are the Muse Raphael. If I’m feeling bold, like if I’m wearing a crazy outfit, then I’ll throw these on. For this specific outfit, I am gonna stick with these blue ones But if you are also interested in ordering glasses I have a link in my description. With this link, you can sign up for a special offer on your first pair. Okay, now let’s talk about all the books. First of all before we even get into anything, what the fuck is this cover. Hannah from Snow White Reader gave me this copy and I’m like, sis why did you give me the ugliest book cover of all time? Look at this shit. This looks like a reject Nickelback cover. Every time I look at it I can just hear the song Photograph playing. Also, is this guy not Jay Kristoff? This is literally Jay Kristoff in a preppy schoolboy uniform. I don’t know who these white boys are. I don’t know why Jay Kristoff is on this cover. I don’t know why there’s a raven that’s glowing from the inside. This whole cover is very unsettling. But still I trudge onwards to read this book for you, Hannah. I actually read the Raven boys two years ago But I barely remember anything from it because I rated it 3 stars. My initial impression when I read this book a long time ago was that I just didn’t see anything special about it. I found myself to be really bored and lukewarm about the book throughout. Considering that I have totally forgotten everything about this book I decided that this could be a way for me to give it a second chance and see if I can better understand the book and what the author was trying to go for which actually happened But let me talk about a summary first in case you are new. Basically, the Raven boys is about This girl who lives with a family of psychics. They all got powers, they all can feel your vibe. The vibes that I got from them is that they’re lesbian This is never explicitly stated in the book But I got strong sapphic vies from this household which goes to show that I am a much more intuitive reader now compared to two years ago because I did not pick up on this shit way back when, but now I’m reading this and I’m like these bitches are gay. The family tells Blue that if she kisses her true love that boy will die and I’m like Really? How convenient Man, I guess…I guess you’ll just have to stay away from boys. Where are you gonna do? Is this a psychic reading or are you just spreading your lesbian agenda? I think they just told her this so that she does not fuck with straight culture. They were like, my daughter will not be a hetero, especially when these boys look like this. I’m just imagining them sitting in like a circle and getting these visions. They start to visualize a couple faces and they see this shit They’re like, oh no, my daughter is not gonna be with Jay Kristoff So Blue is just like alright I guess I’ll never fall in love then and you know what? Good for her. Next time someone asks me why I’m single, I’m just gonna tell them the same thing. Why am I single? Um, actually my horoscope says that if I fall in love with someone, they will die So, how about you mind your own fucking business Karen. Another thing I realized upon rereading this. Is that the author probably made her live with a family of lesbians to balance out the fact that she suddenly Gets involved in a reverse harem with these boys. Blue’s life becomes more Complicated when she crosses the path of these four rich white boys who go to a prestigious school These boys are called the Raven Boys. They got daddy’s money. They’re cruising. They’re as privileged and white as the boys you see on CW. Imma break down the characters. Gansey is The main leader of the group. He is so rich that he’s dumb like he’s dumb rich. His friend, Adam, has a crush on Blue and he tries to get her to talk to him by offering money to her like she’s a prostitute You fucking idiot. You know what, that would actually work in LA. You can pay any Instagram baddie to hang out with your friend, but this is Virginia, okay? Read the room. Adam is the soft boy He is both quiet and soft, figuratively and literally, because his daddy beats the shit out of him. While all the boys are cruising, he’s cruising for a bruising. [booing sounds] Why are you booing me? I’m not wrong. Gansey tries several times to offer a safe place for Adam to stay at, but throughout the whole book, Adam is just so stubborn about it and refuses to get any help from Gansey and the reasoning is because he comes from like a poor family. He went to this school based on a scholarship, and he doesn’t want to feel like he owes Gansey anything. He doesn’t want to be in debt to him and I’m like, dude. So you’ll let Gansey offer money to a girl so that she can talk to you, but you won’t let him give you a place when your dad is beating the shit out of you? Did your dad knock you on the head too cause this shit don’t make sense. Ronan is the bad boy and you can tell he’s bad cause he’s bald. He saw his dad die and now has daddy issues. He runs around beating people up, shaving his head. He don’t give a fuck. I think a lot of people like Ronan, from what I can tell on the Internet, but I think I’m just too grown for Ronan’s angsty boy ways. I’m like, okay settle down, puberty. Why don’t you grow some hair first, okay? Noah is the fourth boy and he’s just there. This bitch is just checked out the entire time. For the first hundred pages, I was reading it and I was like, why is this guy even here? He doesn’t even do anything like it’s like he doesn’t even exist. I was buddy reading this book with Chanelle and we were talking about how pointless Noah is. Chanelle said, “Sometimes I forget he’s even there” and I was like, “yeah what if he’s a ghost?” and Chanelle said “What if he’s just a vision?” and I said “What if Blue was just high the entire time and the family of lesbians she lives with, are just stoners”. I think that’s the real explanation here. That’s the real plot twist of this book. Out of all the boys, my favorite character would be Gansey because the rest are just too angsty for me. I think I’m just too old for this shit because angsty teenagers are not appealing to me whatsoever. I’m like, oh you got daddy issues [disgusted noise] Peace out dude. I’m not here for that emotional baggage. In contrast, I like that Gansey is just a simple dude. He got money and he just wants to go graveyard hopping. He nearly gets killed later in the story and all he can complain about is that he broke his thumb. That’s the same kind of chill I want to radiate. One time, I crashed into a fence and the tip of the fence stabbed me in the throat and instead of going to the ER, I just watched a TV show for like an hour before my mom dragged me there. So, I feel like Gansey and I have the same priorities. Reading this book for the second time definitely helped me get a better understanding of the story and all the characters. When I first read the book, the biggest struggle for me was that I could not tell any of the characters apart and I don’t know if it was because there were so many that were introduced at once, but I don’t think this is the author’s fault. This is just because I have poor reading comprehension and I’m a reverse racist because if you put two white guys next to each other I’m gonna have a really difficult time telling them apart. But, if you put four white guys [sigh] I’m fucking lost like don’t even bother. But now upon rereading it, I was able to differentiate the characters from each other and better follow along with the story. I was like okay I get who’s who now. Gansey’s the leader. Adam’s a soft boy. Ronan’s a bad boy. Noah has no personality. Got it. Also, side note, This has nothing to do with anything that I just said about the story and I have no proof of this whatsoever, but I swear to God, I swear to fucking God, I think Adam and Ronan are gonna be a thing. There’s no scenes where like they interact that often, but I swear to God. I know they’re fucking gay. Adam has a crush on Blue and I’m just like mm-mm-mm No, you’re gonna be with the bald guy. I just fucking know it. You’re gonna give me four guys in a book. You think I don’t know the likelihood of at least one of them being gay? Mm-mm-mm. I took statistics in college and I got an A so I know these boys are gay. You know how in the Shadowhunters video that I made with Emma, I predicted right away that the brunette guy is gay. I’m getting the same feeling right here about these two. Turns out, I’m the psychic in this house. Overall, I ended up bumping my rating to four stars because, I think once I actually grew a few brain cells since last time I read this book, I could understand it better and I could appreciate it more. What’s interesting is that I am not attached this story emotionally like I don’t feel super passionately about this book. I’m not attached to the characters like so many other people are but I still appreciated this book objectively, like now I can really tell that it has good writing, it has good character development. It’s a very solid YA story that even though I might not be super into it subjectively, I can still appreciate it objectively. I am kind of open to reading the rest of the series, but I’m not in a rush to read it. Maybe I’ll continue it. I don’t know, you tell me. The next book that I read is “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”. This is a literary novel about a privileged annoying bitch who is depressed and when I read it I was like, wow, really? You’re gonna write about my life and not pay me any royalties? Rude. She is a conventionally attractive girl who is very well-off. She lives in a very nice apartment. She has a very nice job, but she just doesn’t give a shit about anything. She doesn’t want to do anything. She spends the majority of her job Just sleeping in a storage closet, during working hours and I swear to God I am just one fucking hairline away from being this girl. And then she decides one day, fuck it, you know what? I want to sleep forever. So I will sleep forever. That is what spurs her endeavour for her year of rest and relaxation where she just devotes an entire year to medicating herself so that she can sleep as long as possible and not deal with any real life at all. It’s very indulgent and gritty and I think that if you have ever been depressed, you know what a bitch feels like. Out of every book I’ve read, I would say this is the most accurate depiction of my depression. Obviously, everyone deals with it in different ways but this girl, this annoying privileged bitch, is me when I get depressed, I often deal with it by sleeping in excessive amounts and then I go through the cycle where I feel really guilty about wasting the whole day or wasting the whole weekend. Whenever I grieve that out to other people like friends or coworkers, the response is usually something along the lines of “oh, you probably needed that rest because you work so hard and you’ve been so tired”. They would say that this is a good thing and you got some rest and you got to relax and it’s hard for me to accurately respond in a way that tells them, no, this is like an actual problem. It’s not self-care to be sleeping 16 hours a day or decide to take a long nap in the middle of the day, just so that you wouldn’t have to deal with real life. What I thought was interesting about this book, is that it essentially dives into this nihilistic desire of what would it be like if you fully embraced this as self-care and you just decided to fuck it all and not associate with the world anymore. The book’s strongest point is the accuracy of the depression. There were so many similarities with the way that she thought about things and processed things. Her entire character is very bland but, that’s…that’s just how it be, you know? There’s a sense of monotony and lethargy and just the feeling that everything is just so pointless. She’s also a total bitch to her best friend, but I thought what was interesting about her best friend, Reva, is that, in a way, she was kind of the other side of the coin when it comes to unhappiness. Reva is dealing with problems of her own. She is dealing with a mother who is dying of cancer and she’s also very unhappy with herself, she’s always preaching about diets and comparing herself to other people, but the difference between the main character and Reva is that, Reva is the type of bitch who’s like “Live, Love, Laugh”. “You have to manifest what you want in life” You know, she’s just like the type of bitch who is so forcefully positive as a way to cope with her life and I thought that was a very interesting depiction because it’s something that I have often wondered when I look at people who are like that. My cynical depressed ass couldn’t help but wonder, is this just something that we tell ourselves to cope with life? Are all these positive mantras just something that we tell ourselves, so that life is a bit more bearable? As you can see, I am a very negative person and this is where I thought it was interesting how the main character contrasted so much to Reva because the main character is a lot like me, where she is extremely cynical and apathetic and just succumbs to inactivity, but Reva is someone who is trying to find meaning in just shallow bullshit, like looks or weight, or money, or fame or whatever, in order to cope with life. And there’s this one scene where Reva is upset with the main girl and she says “at least I’m trying”. It’s interesting to see how they are alike in the sense where they are both deeply unhappy with their lives, but they’re different in the sense where Reva actually is fucking trying to be a person and this bitch just gave up. That being said, I rated this book three stars. There were a lot of missed opportunities that the book did not take. Really, the hook of this story is that this is a very exaggerated form of taking a Mental Health Day, but in terms of like being insightful, I did not get that sense at all. I think the reason why is because there is not much pay off to the little subplots that the author puts, including the main plot. Normally, I would be fine with not having a payoff for this type of story because life doesn’t have a conclusion sometimes, but the ending which I’m not going to spoil has this weird tonal shift, where it almost feels like the author was like “oh shit, I gotta end this book. Let me wrap it up in a neat little bow and kind of, give some kind of conclusion” and it felt very abrupt, and, frankly, kind of misplaced. So, it’s not like this is some pointless book where she’s just miserable the whole time. The author tried to give some kind of conclusion towards the ending, but it felt so much out of nowhere. There’s some kind of symbolism towards the end that I won’t say due to spoilers, but it felt very tacked on. So, I think the author had this hook that she thought was interesting enough to pursue, but she didn’t really execute it as well, in order for it to be insightful. I think what would have helped is if she added a little bit more humanity to the main character, and extended a little bit more of the seeds that she planted because obviously the main character was grieving over her parents and had a very troubled childhood. She’s also projecting her self-hatred onto her best friend, I would have liked to see more of that exploration, in order for it to feel like a well-rounded 300-page book. There are mixed reviews about this book. I did see that a common one is that people just cannot stand the main character because she’s very annoying and privileged, but I mean that’s kind of like the point. The whole reason she’s able to take a year of rest and relaxation is because she’s a rich bitch. She has the trust fund money to just spend a whole year doing nothing and not pay any consequences for it. Her wealth was like a plot device in that sense, in order for the story to work. My problem wasn’t her privilege. My problem was more so there was a missed opportunity to make it a more purposeful portrayal. I think there’s something interesting about how you can have the success that other people vie for like money or looks or fame or whatever and still be fucking miserable. Depression is something that is not sexist or classist, it affects everyone. I would have liked to see just a bit more humanity to this girl, so that she just doesn’t happen to be conveniently rich, but also her upbringing has influenced why she is the way that she is. Overall, three stars. When I announced that I was gonna read this book, I did get a comment that was warning me that the book would be triggering, but honestly, I was totally fine when reading this book, but I think that’s just because like this girl, I feel nothing. And just like this girl, I also felt lukewarm about this book. The next book that I read is the “Book of Ideas”. This is a journal of creative direction and graphic design. I’m going to cut to a clip where I flip through the pages, so that you can see how pretty the book is. It is a book compiled by a designer who put together examples of his 3D work along with some pieces of advice that he would give to other creatives. They are divided by three categories like, work, creativity and mind. This would be between 3 or 3.5 stars. I love seeing the different artwork that he has produced. He is obviously super talented. I love the way that he uses colors and illustrations to put together a truly remarkable work, but for the content itself I just found it to be lacking. Instead of it feeling holistic, it just feels very surface level. Like, if you divided by categories of work, creativity and mind, that just feels so broad and abstract. Ultimately, that’s what his advice is in a nutshell. It’s too abstract for my preferences. When he puts all these visuals next to the pieces of advice, it would have been actually useful if he took it from a specific project where he applied that advice to. For example, if a piece of advice was talking about following your instincts as a creative, we should see a project where he followed that and some explanation of how he applied that for the specific case study. That way it feels a little bit more purposeful, you know what I mean? After that, I read “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig, cause a bitch needs one. September was a weird month for me. You can kind of tell the headspace I was in by reading these types of books. I was hoping that by reading “Reasons to Stay Alive”, I would…um… get one. Just kidding, I’m fine. This video is not a cry for help. I’ve just been feeling down and ambivalent about a lot of things, and so, I wanted to read this book because I had heard a lot of positive things about it, but I found it to be less profounding than what I expected. This is basically a series of thoughts and reflections that Matt Haig has when he comes to terms with his depression and anxiety, and figures out how to cope with it. It’s a little bit about like his life philosophy and how he deals with the revelation that he will always have depression. There are many positive reviews about it. Obviously, it has resonated with a lot of people obviously it is relatable, but I don’t know if it does anything more than that. I think this is the type of book that is more fitting for a person who is starting to come to terms with their depression. Like, maybe they didn’t realize that feeling awful every fucking day is not a normal thing and now they’re like “oh shit, I’m depressed, what now?” So, this is kind of like an introductory Depression 101 course for you to be on boarded, but I think I personally, have been familiar with the conversation and discourse around mental health for a while because this is something I’ve contemplated for Sseveral years. I don’t think it added anything new to the conversation that we’ve already been having about mental health. I rated it 3.5 stars because even though it doesn’t go as in-depth as I would like, I’m sure that it can help other people and it’s a very quick read nonetheless. After that, I read “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson. This was the book that I picked for Papercut Book Club. I had a live show about it on my channel, so you can go to that video if you want to see more in detail thoughts that I had along with Elias and Kat and Jordan, who all liked it better than I did. Elias rated it 5 stars, the other two rated it like 3.5 stars. I have like a flat 3, which is a shame because I loved the author’s other book, which was “An Enchantment of Ravens”. This one, I’m realizing that I think the author’s main strength comes from shorter, simpler, romantic fairy tale books. For this one, she was trying to do something different. I don’t know if it worked out. She was trying to write an epic fantasy story. It follows the main character, Elisabeth, who has grown up in these magical libraries where books are sentient? I guess? Like, they have a life of their own and they can sometimes fuck shit up. It’s like a very magical, whimsical kind of book. One day, she becomes implicated for a crime that she did not commit and she ends up having to be whisked away by this sorcerer who is supposed to be her “sworn enemy”. The sorcerer also comes along with this demon servant guy. She learns more about those two and she learns more about the library. She has to come to terms with the naive perspective that she has had of the world because she’s been so sheltered within these libraries and now she’s really figuring out how fucked up the world can be. So, Elisabeth is raised in a library and she gets to bang a sorcerer. Meanwhile, I go to a library every weekend and I have no man. I know why Elias was so thirsty for Nathaniel because there are some random moments throughout the book where he randomly says kinky ass shit. Like there’s a part where he is shackled and his demon servant has to uncuff him and he’s like “Thanks for getting me out again” and then the servants like, “At least you’re wearing clothes this time”, and I’m like [confused noise] bitch, what? There’s another part where he has to swallow a poison, and he kind of like throws up, and Elisabeth is like “oh my gosh, are you okay” and he’s like, “don’t worry, this isn’t the worst thing I’ve swallowed” and I’m like bitch. You kinky bitch. This is a YA, calm down. On paper, I should have liked it because it had magical world building, it had a snarky love interest, it had a demon that is secretly soft, and you know, I’m a hoe for those types of characters, but I was reading it and I could tell what the author was intending to do in terms of the world-building and in terms of the banter that she was writing, but it didn’t impact me as it intended. It was one of those things where I could see “oh, this is what you’re trying to do”, but I couldn’t feel that this is what she was trying to do. Basically, like, it just fell flat for me. It also is unnecessarily long. 450 pages. It could have been cut down so much shorter. The pacing dragged a lot. There were so many times throughout the book where I would be reading it and I was thinking like, “man, can this shit be over already?” I just felt very bogged down by it. I didn’t really care for anything, like I know the love interest was snarky, but he was like a very cookie-cutter type of character. Same thing for the main character, Elisabeth. Also, they had no romantic chemistry whatsoever. The only character that was like actually kind of cool was the demon servant. It’s funny because he had more chemistry with the other characters than the two had with each other. But, he was not enough for me to really enjoy this book. I might have liked it better if he was the main male character and the main girl got swapped out with somebody else who had a personality. The last book that I read for the month is “If We Were Villains” by M.L. Rio. This has been on my TBR for a long time. I finally got around to reading it. This is basically a mystery-ish, drama book about a group of characters who went to a college for performing arts. In present day, the main character, Oliver, is in prison because he supposedly had murdered a classmate. When his time is up, and he finally gets out of prison, the detective that was on his case approaches him and demands to tell him the truth, because he knows that when Oliver was arrested, there was more to the story. Because he is finally out of prison, and because that detective no longer works there, he tells the story about what happened years ago, when he and his group of friends were in that college. This is definitely the kind of book that is for theater kids, so if you love Shakespeare, if you love theater, I think you would love this book, but for me, as someone who is not in that realm, I still enjoyed the book, regardless, just because of the drama. It was kind of hard to differentiate the characters at first because so many were introduced at the same time. Luckily, Six of Hoes has trained me for this, so after a hundred pages, I got into it and I just found it very intriguing to watch the tension build up of one of their friends being murdered and guessing like, who did it and how this even occurred. Even though I know nothing about plays, I could still tell that the author was using the events of the story and the character relationships to parallel whatever play that they were acting in, like, Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet. Obviously, if I were like a theater nerd, I would appreciate it more because I would understand the nuances, but even as a noob, I was like I see what you’re doing. I don’t understand it, but I appreciate it. Life imitates art. At first, I was like, “oh no, we’re gonna read about a bunch of pretentious theater kids”, but then the drama happened and I was like, “okay, this shit is good”. There is this awful character in the friend group and he helps create so much tension that I was like, “all right, this bitch is definitely gonna die” because that just makes the most sense. If you’re a douchebag, you’re gonna get killed, but I kept on reading and I was like, “how is he gonna get killed though?” They had to put on the play for Julius Caesar and I’m like, oh shit, they’re gonna pull Mean Girls and they’re gonna be like, “we should totally just stab Caesar”. Lots of tension, lots of intrigue. I know that this is gonna be like a thing where I keep insisting that characters are gay in books, but I swear to God, my gaydar was so intensified when I was reading this because I knew Oliver and this other character had some weird fucking thing going on. Literally, the first scene where they were together I was like, “mm-mm, my gaydar”. I was like, the psychics from Blue’s house and I was like, “oh shit I have a vision”. There’s a scene where the two of them have to do a backhand exercise pretending to slap the other actor with your backhand in a way that seems real and it’s like this weird scene with tension and I was like, “uh-uh, I know what you’re doing. The backhand exercise is a metaphor for going through the back door”. I swear to God, trust me on this. If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about. I ended up rating this four stars because I found it an enjoyable book to read and, you know, that’s…that’s all you need. As long as you enjoy a book, why not? The reason why I didn’t rate it five stars because I felt like the plot twists and the murderer’s identity were predictable. It was one of those things where I think the tension and a mystery was a lot higher than the actual outcome, because you can pretty much see it coming from a mile away. But I still enjoyed it, so I gave it four stars. And those are all the books that I read for the month of September. For the month of October, I am reading two completely different books at the same time. One of them is “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and the other is “Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend” by Alan Cumyn. I’m reading them at the same time because I’m trying something out. I’m doing a little experiment. Bear with me here, I will report back on my results. But, other than those two, I am also reading “To Kill A Kingdom”, “Ninth House” which is the Papercut Book Club’s choice for October, on Kat’s channel. “Wilder Girls”, “A Pleasure and a Calling” and “You”. If I, somehow, have enough time to read another book, I would also like to try reading “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin, but we’ll see. Before I end this video, I want to give a shout out to small booktubers. I do this thing where, every time I hit a milestone, which is a thousand subscribers. I will shout out another booktuber who has a smaller following, so that they can get the clout too. Last time I did this, I had 48K. Now, I have 50K. Oh hi, you wanna join me? This is Sienna. She’s looking at me like, “how long are you be a fucking nerd?” I’m gonna wrap up soon and then we’re gonna go for a walk. I owe two shoutouts. The first booktuber I want to shout out is Blonde With A Book. She has a lot of great recommendations for female and female romances as well as Latinx books and even books that will make you cry, because she is also hosting Sobathon, and she recently got a literary agent because she’s working on publishing a novel. So, I just wanted to say, congratulations Rocky, keep doing you. You’re awesome. if you don’t know Rocky, go subscribe to her because she’s gonna do great things. The other booktuber I wanna shout out is Jashana C. Jashana is great, but the one video that I really really want to recommend, that I feel like should be required watching for everyone in the book community, is a discussion video that she made called “Do We Have To Defend Everything?” That video is a good example of what I love about her attitude and the way that she processes things. She basically talks about cancel culture and drama that is very prevalent in the booktwitter community and I’m going to be making my own video about it in the future but, I think hers is a great one to watch because we just have very similar sentiments and I just love her attitude, in general. So, those are the book tubers that I’m shouting out. Don’t forget to unsubscribe for my channel and subscribe to them instead. Bye.

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dubbie

bitch really pronounces it GAYnsey

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Books_andmel

I feel the same way about that cover! 😂 Would love to see you do a cover redesign like you did with Ninth House.

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Sasha is not a wise girl

'also, is this guy not Jay Kristoff? this is literally Jay Kristoff in a preppy schoolboy uniform" – Cindy (2019)
your comment made me laugh so hard

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GreenRobinL

I haven't read The Raven Boys but almost every booktuber that I watch who has read it, weren't super into it the first time they read it but enjoyed/like more the second time they read it. Which makes me think that The Raven Boys is the type of book you enjoy the more you reread it.
If We Were Villains is next to my tbr and I'm pretty excited it to read it!
I'm currently reading A Pleasure and A Calling, I'm only 100 pages in. I can't wait to hear what you think about the main character!

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Fae’s Finds

Grrrl, whether or not that I agree with your thoughts, I totally LIVE for them all the damn time. You the shiny flying snitch. <3

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The Book Dragon Reads

Good job being on top of your shoutouts ❣ I'm going to definitely check them out. And I cant wait for that ACOWAR content! 😂

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Anata no Shugo Tenshi

it isn't a book, but you should really check out the short story borrasca one day !! i have a feeling you'll have a field day with that piece of mastery (might not share my opinion, but you are an opinion channel-)

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ariette j

I have never thought about them being lesbians! Wow lol and Adam was my favorite, he seemed like the most relatable character. Gansey in return I thought was the most boring haha my take on the books would probably be the opposite of yours– I loved these books back then, but if I read this today I probably wouldn't enjoy it as much.

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A. S.

local 19 y.o. lesbian here to confirm that trc is indeed lesbian propaganda all i see on Pretentious Gay Prose Tumblr are bitches posting quotes from richard siken, sappho, and trc ON TOP of thirsting for Hot Cousin Orla
edit: im bitches

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neoeen

How gay do you want the book to be?

The Raven Boys: YES

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trinhsformerz

honestly i don’t need to read the raven boys series. i can just watch your reviews to know what the hell is going on 😂

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aw beans

great point about unhealthy habits =/= "self care"! its tough to admit that self care can be boring and tiring sometimes, but your future self thanks you for it, imo.

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The Fifth Eliot

omg, Cindy! you cant just mention "we should totally just stab caesar!" and not tremble with fury while saying it! lol

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Sabrina L

Cindy I think you have a better gaydar than me… and I’m a whole bisexual

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Sarah E

9:31 all the psychics at 300 fox way are quaking

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Katie Wright

Does anyone else see the parallel between gansey and Gatsby from the Great Gatsby? Or is it just me?

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roro min

BITCH REALLY SAID NOAH IS A GHOST AND SENT ME SOBBING

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Valeria Quintero

"jay kristoff… 'my daughter will NOT be a hetero' & lesbian subtext" are the holy trinity of this video

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David Rodriguez

“Are people just lying to themselves to make themselves feel better about life even if it isn’t grounded in reality” is like a constant thought process for myself too. I wonder how common that kind of thinking is among us depressed people. Is it the negative thoughts that skew our perspective to see what isn’t there or are the negative thoughts simply a result of facing the truth when others dare not do the same? Who knows lol? But it’s interesting to think about.

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eduardo wolf

For the record:
"six of hoes"
sounds way more interesting than
"six of crows"

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shara buller

Brah i know when i first started the raven cycle i was looking at the cover and thinking about how ugly it was lmao. Im about to get tbe hardcover just so i dont have to see them lmao

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A reader's diary

If you think that cover is bad check out the Bulgarian edition.

It was a clear case of "We don't have money for a graphic designer, but worry not, Laura from accounting watched one photoshop tutorial"

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Thursday Gonzalez

5:43 "while all the boys are cruising, he's cruising for a bruising " My senior quote for 2021. 👌🏾👀👀

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Bookish Otaku

Because of that "GAYDAR" that you have, I'm now excited to read The Dream Thieves which is the second book of the The Raven Boys.

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Nina

“Cruising for a bruising.”
Someone’s been watching teen beach

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Chandra

I will never listen to Nickelback's song Photograph the same way again after watching this video. 😂

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Ashleigh Crow

"He's cruisin for a bruisin" best line I've ever heard. Hands down best description of Adam chefs kiss

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Suha Nasir

You're the first person I've come across who doesn't have a straight up boner about this series (Raven cycles) but can still respect it objectively. I feel the same way. Im home

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Cristian J.

This is what I've been waiting for *screams in gay*. Also please give this series a shot for a Big Dick Energy Alignment Chart video

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Cristian J.

I don't know if you've read this book but try We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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TigerTT

The last time I ordered from GlassesUSA,which was way earlier in the year,it took over 5 weeks to receive the glasses and the prescription was wrong and I couldn't get a refund lol so that was $160 down the drain. After that I went back to Coastal.com and just stick with that site since they always get my prescription right and they don't take forever. Theres literally NO reason for glasses to ever take over a month to receive and with the wrong prescription,thats just a slap in the face.

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Zisha Tanzila

Well, my glasses never break when I roll over them in bed..

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catarinathebookworm

The hate for pre-pubescent Jay Kristoff was real in this video. I have to say your description of raven boys is waaaay better than any reading of this book that I could do – which I never did but why should I.
Also those glasses!!!! I love the bold ones you look amazing!!!

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moon book

At 2:00 they look so cool

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River Swan

I hope you finish the Raven Cycle series because Reasons, and I would wholeheartedly enjoy your review on it.
Also the author of Sorcery of Thorns is actually asexual and with the demon servant she wanted to portray platonic love. I didn't really buy the romance in the book and I wonder if that's why.

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School Sucks

"At least I'm trying"
Wow. That just made me think real deep. Some people face challenges and hardships just as well as maybe a depressed person does, but those people have the courage and bravery to overcome those challenges. They don't wanna let that one thing stop their life and make them depressed and miserable. While other people (just like the main character in A Year of Rest and Relaxation), face those same hardships, but cant see their way out of the problems because it's too hard or maybe they think there's no hope. That's not to say that the positive person doesnt suffer as much, they are actually just stronger. So being positive does not always mean you don't understand sadness. Maybe there are times people are positive because they're ignorant. But a lot of us are positive despite our life circumstances because we are strong.

Edit: I say this as a person who doesn't have depression. My analogy is not the same as a person who faces hardships vs a depressed person who faces hardships. It is simply one person who faces hardships vs another person who faces same hardships. Except one overcomes those hardships because he/she is stronger, not because they're ignorant of the negativity around.

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books and doodles

I've read two books in the Raven Cycle and I think they are ok. I like the main characters at least but Blue's family kind of pisses me off because sometimes I feel they are being mysterious just for the sake of being mysterious. If you know something that can help someone just say it! I get why people like Ronan, but I can't deal with so much angst and Gansey is also my favourite. I like that they all have flaws, but Adam, Ronan and Blue, in that order, are the ones I want to shake more often. I don't have feelings about Noah because, like you said, he's just there xD He doesn't seem to be as developed as the other characters. At least not yet.
I haven't read the other books. I was thinking about reading "Sorcery of Thorns" but after reading some reviews I don't think it will be for me. I am interested in "If We Were Villains".
I like how straightforward Jashana is.

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Alexandra Bowden

Do I smell a new 'redoing book covers' video since you complained about the Raven Boys cover xD

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Alexandra Bowden

Yoooooo Raven Cycle is gay?!?!?!? I am now interested in reading it.

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Typical Libra Books

Now that I saw this, I cannot unsee The Raven Boys awfulness. Good thing I have the hardcover version so I can ignore the cover. Maybe one day we could see you redo the cover?

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Sabrina M

Very glad you enjoyed If We Were Villains! 🙂 It's my favourite book that I've read so far this year and I feel like (though I'm sure I must be wrong) not enough people have read it. I 100% agree that the "twists" were predictable, but the tension + my questioning of James' motives at the end made up for that.

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D. M.

i was gonna talk about why i still haven't read the raven boys but that turned long and discourse-y LMAO so

great video as always, i've been interested in "my year of rest and relaxation" and your thoughts on it made me wanna check it out even more! & i haven't read that matt heig but i've read his "notes on a nervous planet" and felt the exact same way about it, it was insightful for someone who either doesn't experience these things or is wondering if they might have depression or anxiety but for me who's been dealing with it for years it wasn't particularly impactful. got wordy again haha, great video, thank you for sharing <3

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BooksRYey 99

GIRL!!! i tried to read the raven boys once and i couldn't get past the 3rd chapter bc I CANT TELL THEM APART! they're all the same in my head!

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loraisnotamazing

The Raven Boys is not relatable to you if you never wanted to devote your life to finding ley lines

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Frank McManus

You're the only youtuber who makes me laugh out loud every fucking time.

Also there's a REASON the cover has a RAVEN AND some BOYS on it!!

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A Cote

I love Gansey bc he's angsty but like in a more interesting, "unique" way than you usually see

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Stacie May

i will literally roll my eyes at any man's hetero bullshit if they pay me, call me a prostitute. you ain't getting that shit fo free bitch. #fuckyoupayme

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Jenna

U know I don’t wear glasses but I might just click the link to support ur survival

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Orphic

I watched and enjoyed your video. But I have nothing of substance to say. That dog is adorable tho

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Aidan Kleimola

"He got money"
So you finally reveal your true motives…

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katherine w

god you talking about my year of rest and relaxation was just such a mood like i felt so seen reading that book

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Tehriel

I depression sleep—but don’t feel any guilt c: 16 hours, yes please.

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new romantic

The vine Look at this GRAPh plays

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new romantic

Also ur top matches perfectly the raven boys

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new romantic

im going to steal that one as an excuse in case anyone asks me why i am single at the ripe age of 20…

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new romantic

Gansey has big grandpa energy.

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Grayson Dearborn

"Gansey is a simple dude" hooo boy its so fun to watch reviews pre character development 😂

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Grayson Dearborn

"Im always straight" "oh man that is the biggest lie you have ever told" dunno if you missed that but yea they gay af

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Renee Chong

Continue the rest of the books from this cycle you will find both the plot and characters developments improve a lot throughout the cycle.

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Kin Laison

Ahhh I'm glad you liked if we were villains! A book very similar to it is the secret history, it's actually even better in my opinion. And it has explicitly gay characters who are, just like in IWWV, dramatic bitches as well lmao.

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Ren Abulencia

10:53 this is me everyday 😑

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Treestump

I'm white and I can't tell white guys apart.

It's just my face blindness but still.

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Ray Raffiki

Can't tell these four white boys apart, but that one be gay

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Jessica

Great video as always!! PLEASE let us know what you think about Wilder Girls!! It was my favorite book I read this year and I think you’d love it 😄

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Suzzy Miller

“Depression isn’t classist or sexist, it affects everyone” that is so true. That is why everyone should care about mental illness.

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pinkcat reads

Thank you for this video! I laughed so hard!!! 😂

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Thea the T-rex

Read the Dream Thieves (sequel to the Raven Boys) Cindy, do it for the gays

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emilyreadsitall

Brave of Cindy to own up to her reverse racism, maybe now privileged white men everywhere can start to heal

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sapphhoo

imagine saying someone who lived through years of abuse and is now struggling with the resulting mental issues is just an angsty teen going through puberty…. can't relate. Ik it's supposed to be funny and all but adams behavior mirrors real reactions that victims show and the way she's lowkey making fun of it is just kinda insensitive to me

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Lyric LaPlante

Cindy please redesign the raven boys cover!!!

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Bullet Journal Owl

The Raven Cycle is my favourite book series and I totally understand your views on it! The first time I read it I was very emotionally attached but didn't quite see the value of the technical writing skills, and then the second time I read it I was just blown away! This is definitely the kind of story that gets better each time you read it because of the ridiculous amount of foreshadowing in the story and the development of the characters. Gotta say though, the first book was my least favourite of the series, probably because, yeah, it gave us angst without enough context for that angst to not feel somewhat silly(and then you read the rest of the story and now you can't help but cry along with them).

So if you do decide to continue on with the series(which I seriously hope you do with my very unsubtle plea of a comment here), I hope you enjoy it! The Dream Thieves is incredibly gay(but not the way you might think it's gonna be), Blue Lily Lily Blue has a hugeeeee tonal shift where things get serious serious, and The Raven King is the Raven King and I won't say anything about that one besides the fact that the cover is gorgeous, thanks✨

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Iva Jelencic

Best Raven review

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popprincess3601

Tell me how my dumbass hears Cindy's outro, thinks "I'd never unsubscribe", scroll and realizes that I never actually subscribed in the first place screams

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Dan Tat

HOW R U SO GOOD AT GUESSING SHIT ABT BOOKS LMFAO

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yas

i loved listening to you give your thoughts on my year of rest and relaxation. your mind is so !!!

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charlie

"AND I'M A REVERSE RACIST" LMAAAAAOOOOOOOOOO

but yes i have been waiting for your review of my year of rest and relaxation bc i wanted to hear your thoughts on the ending…i was so PISSED and it was just totally fucking random like??? i'm angry about it all over again thanks cindy!!!

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CelesMaria

I'd love to see you do cover redesigns for the raven cycle books! You always do a great job and also…those books genuinely need it lmao

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kristykun

I stopped reading books after I finished my literature degree almost 5 years ago. I was fucking burnt out. Wowzers. I love your videos and thanks for all the great book suggestions. I'm actually getting through some of them. !!! Also shout out to my local library, I hope you'll hire me one day even though I owe you money.

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Swoobat Fan

Welllll…
I got a B in Biostatistics so I'm probably almost as cool as you lol

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Deanna Campbell

You didn’t have to roast TRB’s cover like that 😂. But in all seriousness I love your reviews.

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Intentionally Bookish

“This is Virginia. Read the room.”

😂 5 min in and I’m DEAD. Your book synopses are always on point!

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Explosive Artist

When I first read the Raven Boys, I wasn't that impressed and also not that invested in the characters. But when I was about half way into the second book, the dream thieves, something like clicked and I adored it. Now retrospectivly I think that the Raven Boys is an amazing first book to this series..and about Ronan, I didn't quite get it, why people liked him so much, but after reading the second book, he became my favourite character. I just love this series so much, I really hope you'll continue with it, I would love to hear your thoughts! sorry about the rant…😊

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Ye Yes

Jay Kristoff in a uniform?? Are you not satisfied?!?

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Essica Rahman

I read these books last year because they were all at the library (which is rare, whenever I try to binge a series, the whole series is NEVER there) and I knew booktubers raved about it, so I decided, why not? Here's the thing, I didn't realize the "type" of magic this book was about…which was the first of many disappointments. Didn't like how "quirky" and "not like other girls" Blue was. Didn't like how all the Raven boys were all rich white dudes (except Adam). Literally forgot about Noah until you mentioned him. Didn't like Ronan either, although I was 21 when I read it, so I was probably over that angsty shit too by that point. The book was okay to me. Like you, I didn't get attached to the story or the characters. Not getting attached to the characters was the biggest disappointment because I thought it'd be like Six of Crows, where I ended up loving everyone in the "ensemble cast". Despite not liking the first book, I continued on with the series (because I thought it'd get better) and ultimately didn't enjoy it. Can't even remember much of what happened now. NO HATE to anyone who likes the series, everyone can like what they like and I'm glad these books give you joy 🙂

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Rosie Rogers

I actually love the series, but I do Hate the covers 😂

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The Odd Ninja

That thing about the soft boi was so smooth I-

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The Book Person

I to feel guilty about sleeping for that long. Sometimes I want to cry because I sleep too long.

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the__magpie

If you continue with The Raven Cycle (which you absolutely should!!!) you should do it soon, because it's best read as one continuous story! The first book is even better upon reread when you know what happens in the rest of the series, because there's crazy amounts of foreshadowing.

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Dimitri LK

ive been refusing to read this book bc im just not interested in the premise but now cindy's out here saying its actually good :^/… why u tryin to ruin my edgy booktube opinions pal

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lydia

your gaydar abilities astound me oh god I also sensed in the first trc book that ronan and adam were gay for each other but you accidentally predicted so many other small things in there what the fuck

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Сергей Комаров

I guess you've a hunch about what the worst thing which kinky Elias (Sorcery of Thorns) has swallowed. I wonder what could it be? 😉

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Chio R

That's really interesting. I never thought about "positivity" like that, where instead of a nourishing thing it can sometimes be about avoidance of confronting issues.

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Bea Marcelo

"i took statistics in college, and I got an A
so I know these boys are gay"

HOLYSHIT I WHEEZED LMFAO

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Slytherin Reader

From Becoming to Pterodactyl Boyfriend, we love a girl with range 👏🏼

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Real Mexican Food Shouldn't Give You Diarrhea

I read If We Were Villains after The Secret History. Both were good, but one I loved so much. (Cough) Secret History (cough)

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BBCotaku

Your plot-twist guessing powers are legendary.

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Elizabeth Ramirez

This vídeos are gold. Dunno if I will read trb but I am curious

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MalyunAndTheSapphire

Maybe you should try living in a library, and also maybe let me know if it works.

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inlalaland4

Cindy, as a 39 year old married woman, i can say with confidence you are never too old for Ronan's angst, 🤣🤣🤣

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Angel Nafeesa

how the glasses break that easily

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