January Wrap up

I’m just going to apologize in advance for the length of the post. I hope it doesn’t scare you off because I really enjoy writing my wrap ups and I try to make them interesting. Unfortunately, I got carried away so now it’s absurdly long. BUT HOPEFULLY ITS VERY INTERESTING.
Also, this is a very interactive post. I ask for your opinion on many many things. I love hearing what you guys think! (so I hope you’re taking notes because there will be quizzes–joking I hope I didn’t scare you off)


I had an EXTREMELY good reading month…I really don’t know what happened and how it happened that I read so many books. But anyways. I managed to read 26 books, three of which were from my 2021 tbr (21 books I want to read in 2021). I’m also extremely happy how I did in reading diversely this month, especially at the beginning of the month.
Now, because I read so many books this month and my wrap up is so long anyways, I’m going to only mention the books that I have specific comments on here. Links to my goodreads reviews will be provided for every book, however.

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1) by Tracy Deonn
Amazon.com: Wicked Fox (9781984812346): Cho, Kat: Books
Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. This book was a really interesting idea. I loved the characters and the idea for the plot and magic system. However, there was a lot to keep track of and a lot of info dumps to explain it all. But if you enjoy complex magic systems and awesome characters, do read because this book was interesting! (oh yeah also I only read about 40 pages of this in January because I was trying to finish it at the end of December but got 40 pages short by midnight).
  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho. About time I read this! For those of you who don’t know, I got to see Kat Cho (and two other authors) talk at a webinar this summer (and I did my first blog post on this blog on that!). I never got around to reading any of the author’s novels until now. And Wicked Fox was super interesting, much better than I thought it would be (given that it centers around a romance).
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. I’ve seen this book all over and it looked super good (a murder in a school where learning is a game??? Yes, please). In reality, it was meh. I’m sort of disappointed but it may just be because Karen McManus’s books are superior and I’m used to those.
Amazon.com: Felix Ever After (9780062820259): Callender, Kacen: Books
Amazon.com: The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss (1))  (9781368036887): Shah, London: Books
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. Okay. That’s all I had to say. Read it, please and thank you. Okay, more thoughts: The love triangle was annoying (aren’t they always?) but bearable. Also: A M A Z I N G rep!!!
  • Enola Holmes (book one) by Nancy Springer. Yeah, so earlier this month I got tagged for the Enola Holmes book tag and I’d watched part of the movie but not read the book and we had this book out from the library at the time so I just picked it up and read it in like a day. It was pretty good.
  • The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah. I’ve been wanting to read this since approximately April and I’m glad I finally got a chance! It was pretty good! A REALLY unique book. (And can we just PAUSE for a moment and appreciate THAT COVER??? LOOK HOW AWESOME IT IS!)
1984 - Kindle edition by Orwell, George. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks  @ Amazon.com.
Amazon.com: The Liar's Guide to the Night Sky: A Novel (9781510757806):  Shrum, Brianna R.: Books
Amazon.com: Concrete Rose (9780062846716): Thomas, Angie: Books
  • 1984 by George Orwell. I had to read this for school. Twice. I know there are some people who like this book but I just can’t get past the things that Winston kept thinking at the beginning (about Julia). I do LOVE the ending, however, and it has my favorite quote of all time. “Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.”
  • The Liar’s Guide to the Night Sky by Brianna R. Shrum. Second survival story I’ve read this year (two more than last year!) and really good! Plus, it has extremely good rep – one of the main characters was aromantic, pansexual and polyamorous.
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas. Aaaah, a Hate U Give prequel and just as good! I have no idea how Angie Thomas does it but she just has the most amazing way with words. Prequels are not something I usually enjoy but WOW.
Amazon.com: Radio Silence (9780062335715): Oseman, Alice: Books
Amazon.com: These Violent Delights (9781534457690): Gong, Chloe: Books
Amazon.com: The Inheritance Games (9781368052405): Barnes, Jennifer Lynn:  Books
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time. And I absolutely loved it, but wow was it different than I expected.
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. Aaaah this book had so much hype around it and it did not disappoint! It was really fun to read Romeo and Juliet at the same time as this (thanks, English class) to see the similarities and differences
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Meh. I really wasn’t feeling this book, it’s supposed to be a mystery but it’s really only a mystery half the time and even if it was high stakes, it didn’t seem high stakes for some reason.

~Other Books I Read This Month~

Graphic Novels

Amazon.com: Displacement (9781250193537): Hughes, Kiku: Books
Amazon.com: Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel (9781534444959): Reynolds,  Jason, Novgorodoff, Danica: Books
Amazon.com: Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir (9780062685094):  Ha, Robin, Ha, Robin: Books
Amazon.com: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Classics Graphic Novels)  (9780763659486): Hinds, Gareth, Hinds, Gareth: Books
Amazon.com: The Prince and the Dressmaker (9781626723634): Wang, Jen: Books
Amazon.com: The Deep & Dark Blue (9780316486019): Smith, Niki: Books

Middle Grade

Books by Julia: I Am Princess X, by Cherie Priest
The Magic Misfits: The Fourth Suit (The Magic Misfits, 4): Harris, Neil  Patrick: 9780316391955: Amazon.com: Books

Young Adult

Amazon.com: The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, 2) (9780062338082):  Johnson, Maureen: Books
Amazon.com: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea (9781536204315):  Tokuda-Hall, Maggie: Books
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly
ARC for A Bite of Revenge by Setayesh Kazempoor on Booksprout

~The Monthly Book Awards~

Those of you who’ve seen my blog since the last wrap up know what the monthly book awards are but for anyone new, I’ll explain them really quickly.
These awards are basically just short little things I do where I ‘award’ a character, a world, a book, etc. if it’s the best one of the topic that I’ve read that month. Down below, you can see all the categories and the award winners for each one!
Note: all awards are my own opinion
Also: While this is my creation, anyone who wants to participate in the monthly book awards is completely welcome to do so on their own blog! Just make sure to credit me, but other than that I’d love to see everyone else’s award winners!

Best Character: Jihoon, from Wicked Fox by Kat Cho. Honestly, I was going to choose Miyoung for this but then I thought about Jihoon and…he’s just such a sweet character, honestly. He’s so wholesome, and funny too.
Worst Character: Winston from 1984. I just…didn’t like 1984 much and while Winston was doing his ‘questioning society’ thing and was smarter than a lot of other people in there, he still said some things that really made me dislike him.
Most interesting character: I think for this one I’ll say Stevie from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. She’s a teenager who studies crime as a hobby basically and I’m not saying this isn’t something that people not in books do, it’s still a very interesting hobby.
Funniest character: I honestly forget which character it was or even if it was a specific character–perhaps it was just how it was narrated–but while reading Radio Silence by Alice Oseman I found myself laughing a lot of the time.

Best villain: Honestly, I’m going to say the ‘villain’ or at least ‘villainous actions’ in 1984. I gotta say, that book is not great but THAT ENDING. I LOVE THE ENDING.
Worst villain: Hmm, for this one I’m just going to say the villain (villains?) in Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly. Sophie was so naive at the beginning at that and somehow the villain didn’t manage to kill her?
Most original villain: How could I not say These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong? Honestly, at this point, I’m still not entirely sure who/what the real villain is. Though that may just be my memory being terrible. If the villain was revealed, someone please tell me in the comments.

Best plot: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. Yeah, I don’t really know what to say except that this plot was great.
Worst plot: Honestly? Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare). I know that it’s a bit weird since I JUST said that These Violent Delights was the best one this month, but that plot was changed a lot. Romeo and Juliet is just insta love and death.
Craziest plot twist: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson. Maybe I’m just terrible at guessing mysteries but wow that one was a shocker.
Most original plot: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. While the execution of this plot wasn’t great, the idea for the plot was pretty interesting.

Best worldbuilding: The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda Hall. I mean, it was just another fantasy adventure but I find that those have the best worldbuilding, oftentimes.
Worst worldbuilding: I legitimately don’t know what worldbuilding was bad in the books I read…I don’t think I really read any bad worldbuilding.
Most interesting world: The world in ‘The Light At the Bottom of the World’ by London Shah. Well, it’s sci fi so it’s actually our world but now it’s underwater and the way the author described everything was so beautiful.

Best romance: I’ll say Miyoung and Jihoon from Wicked Fox by Kat Cho for this one. I just…I think they worked well together. (me, who does not particularly like romance, trying to say something nice about it)
Worst romance: Dare I say it? …of course I dare! (no, I don’t know what that was, I’m tired okay?) I really really really do not like the romance in Romeo and Juliet. I know there are people who love this book but it’s waaaay too insta-lovey. Also, Romeo is like 16 or 17 and Juliet is 13??? When they’re older this is a fine age difference but at this age…no thank you. Also they get married after knowing each other for a day. I–
Most unexpected romance: Stevie and David from Truly Devious. There was no chemistry at all and it was just at an awful time and…no 🙂
I’d also say it was the second worst romance. At least they KNEW each other for more than FIVE MINUTES before they kissed though.

Most diverse book: This one is EASILY Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. I LOVED all the diversity in this book and it was especially awesome to see demiboy representation since that’s really not something that I’ve ever seen before in a book.
Least diverse book: I don’t really know what I mean when I’m saying ‘least diverse book’ because a lot of books are diverse in their own rights but I suppose I’ll go with 1984 by George Orwell. I’d say Romeo and Juliet as well but I actually read a graphic novel adaption of it and the artist chose to portray the main characters as different races to provide a little diversity so that was nice.

Best book overall: So I actually only rated two books 5 stars this month but this is still a super hard choice and I feel like the fact that I’m also considering a book I rated 4 stars means I should probably bump it up to 5 stars but I’m lazy so I probably won’t. But I think I’m going to choose Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. It was just such a good book and like I mentioned above, the diversity was STELLAR. (runners-up: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas and The Liar’s Guide to the Night Sky by Brianna R. Shrum)
Worst book overall: Just as shockingly as my small amount of 5 star reviews, I have one 1 star review and three two star reviews (I was harsh this month, I guess). I feel like I’ve said Romeo and Juliet too much and it seems unfair to name a book I read for school for this, so I’m going to go with The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I just didn’t like it. The mystery wasn’t very exciting and it barely felt like a mystery–they spent so much time doing other things
Most interesting book overall: I’m going with Legendborn by Tracy Deonn for this one. Legendborn had a lot of super awesome elements, including an amazingly intricate world which is why I’m choosing it for this award, however because of said world there was a lot of info dumping and it was a little hard to keep track of.

~Posts I enjoyed~

~Blogging updates~

Okay! I have a few blogging updates for all of you!
First of all, I’d like to thank every single person who follows me because I’ve made it to 100 followers! I love all of you so much and thank you for your support and love of my blog–it means everything to me.

Second, I need your opinion. On two things, actually.
First of all, I have designed another logo for my blog, like where I put the logo at the very top now. But I’m not sure if it’s better. So please, if you would, vote on this really really short poll just to let me know which image you like better. Here are the two images:

Current Image
New image

The second thing I need your opinion on is what posts YOU want to see ME do more of. I have a LOT of posts planned for the next few months. Unfortunately, though my brain is full of ideas, I don’t actually have time to write all these posts–thus why I am posting only once per week. Because of this, I want to know which posts YOU want. Please vote on the poll below to tell me your opinions (check as many as you want):

You guys may remember the bingo card that I showed you all at the beginning of the month? The one hosted by The Colorful Bibliophile? Anyways, I thought I’d share my completed board for this month–I think I did pretty well! Here it is:

I loved this idea for a bingo card so much and I will definitely be participating in February’s–post found here. I hope that all of you can participate too!

Lastly, Riddhi @Whispering Stories is doing a series of blogger interviews on her blog and today she interviewed me! Please pop over to her blog if you want to learn a bit more about me and check out some of Riddhi’s other posts as well! Here’s the interview.

~February Goals~

  • Spend more time writing
  • Go on more walks
  • Study more for test (I’m so bad at studying…)
  • Follow at least 2 more blogs (I’m always looking for awesome new blogs!)
  • Reach 130 followers

(My first three goals are ‘do more’ of something. Is there enough time in the world for me to do everything? aaah)

~Life Updates~

Well, I’m finally done with my term finals! I’m halfway through the year aaah I cannot believe that that is true already, it’s almost surreal! I feel like this year has been going by so fast. I didn’t really do many interesting things this month but here’s what I did do:

  • Re-watch Julie and the Phantoms. You guys may know my obsession with this show. Maybe. I really really really love it. It’s awesome. The characters are all so lovable and the music is great and the plot is great and just AAAH. I could watch it a million times (well, probably not because I might be dead before I even could watch it that many times but I would if I could). If you have watched this, I am eagerly awaiting your comment below so we can start raving about it together. If you have not watched it….what are you still doing reading this post, go watch it right now! I can wait for your comment! (but don’t take toooo long)
  • Finished term finals. Yep, this week was a busy one for me, as it was the end of term and I had a whole lot of quizzes, tests and projects. I’m finally over one of the busiest weeks of the school year and thank goodness for that. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some more reading and writing done (who am I kidding, I’ve been reading anyways)
  • Wrote the first two or so paragraphs of my book. Yeah, that’s not that impressive. Two paragraphs. But like I said, I had term finals. Hopefully I’ll have more time to write this chapter since I need to finish it by around mid February if I have hope in applying for a summer camp-like thing for writing.
    I actually need everyone’s opinion on this, so if you would read the below excerpt and tell me what you think in the comments, what emotions it’s making you feel, what you liked, what you think could be changed, that would be so so so awesome. Here it is:

If our battles were on land, blood would pool at our feet. The fields we fought on, once grassy and green, would be sticky with the ichor of fallen soldiers. I can almost imagine my spear slicing through air as easily as it does flesh, soldiers falling, gravity pulling them down to the dirt. 
But we are not fighting on land. 
The scene is a mass of writhing tails and flashing spears. Blood blooms outwards from wounds, the entire scene painted red.
We fight in the ocean.

Because I’m on a roll with polls (I couldn’t get that to rhyme, sadly), I’ve decided to give you two more. This wrap up is absurdly long and I need to know what parts of the post you think that I can/should get rid of to make it shorter. Also, I’ll be asking your opinion on my ‘bookish awards’ part of the post since that takes up a big part of my wrap ups and I need to know what people think of it and if I should keep it.

I’m hoping no one chooses that last one but if it’s how you really feel…
If you have anything else to say, please leave a comment!

Well, I think that that’s my wrap up. Hopefully. I swear, as soon as I post this I’m going to remember something else I wanted to include in this thing. But since I don’t want to drive you away by writing such a long post, I’ll just end it here. (In case any of you are interested the word count is 3150–eek!)
What did you think of this post? How’d you like my writing excerpt? How was your reading month? Leave a comment, I don’t bite!
Thank you so much for reading–it means the world to me. As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

138 thoughts on “January Wrap up

  1. Whoa, you read so much good stuff this month! Congratulations! I’m so glad you liked Enola Holmes 🙂
    And CONGRATULATIONS ON 100 FOLLOWERS! (Thanks for the shoutout, too!) Also, that’s so cool that you started a book! Give yourself a pat on the back for conquering the blank page 🙂

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  2. Yay congratulations on 100 followers! I’m so happy for you! And I love the new logo you made, you should totally go with that! And omg I love Julie and The Phantoms too! Ahhh I absolutely loved this post!

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    1. Thank you! Ah, yeah, I do really like the new logo I was just worried about the fact that there’s not much color in the center? I don’t know. We’ll see what people say.
      YES YES ANOTHER FANTOM YAYYAYAYAY WHOS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER WHATS YOUR FAVORITE SONG WHATS YOUR FAVORITE EPISODE.

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      1. I like it either way! OMG ALEX IS THE BEST. AND REGGIE. HONESTLY EVERYONE IS AWESOME. I CANT CHOOSE A SONG DAMMIT. THEY’RE ALL TOO GOOD. But probably Wake up. Ooh favourite episode definitely has to be the last one. That ending oh my god.
        What about you?

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      2. YES ALEX IS THE BEST. Well actually my favorite character is Willie but Alex is a VERY VERY close second. Definitely in Alex Reggie and Luke, Alex is the best (and proof of that is in the second episode when Julie tells Luke to stop trying to look in her dream box and luke says, ‘girl stuff’ and reggie goes, ‘ooh like butterflies and glitter’ and alex just goes ‘I am SO SORRY about them’). Aaah I know all the songs are great. I like Edge of Great and Stand Tall best, I think. I just really enjoy all the songs where the band sings together. Oooh, Flying Solo actually might be my favorite. YES I agree that the last episode is the best aaah. I like a lot of the songs but my favorite performance is EASILY Stand Tall. I love it so much. I especially love when Alex appears in stand tall and Julie just looks over in shock and sorta smiles and AAAH I LOVE THAT PART. Plus, Alex’s solo in Stand Tall just YES. Ufff I love the whole thing. I’m sorta upset about the ending, it sort of feels like they just needed a way to resolve the problem at the end (so they could immediately create another problem of course) so they just did tHe PoWeR oF fRiEnDsHiP but honestly it’s way too adorable that ending to get upset about it.
        Ugh I know way too much about this show I’ve watched like all the video interviews aaaah.

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      3. Omg that scene was amazing 😂 and the way Luke looks at Julie every time they’re singing…ahhhh my heart. And that chemistry scene. “You OOZE chemistry” that was so good. Omg yes Alex singing was totally awesome. He totally needed a solo in a song. Ahahahaha I’ve seen SO MANY interviews. I still rewatch them. I’m obsessed 😂

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      4. Ah YES. Oh my gosh okay if you’ve seen a lot of interviews you may already know this but: the chemistry scene??? That was improvised. Well, not completely, but apparently Charlie Gillespie was trying out different things as luke for the ‘trying to convince them he has chemistry with everyone’ scene and like someone who worked on the set suggested the kiss your fingers thing. he didn’t tell jeremy that he was going to do that and everything after that was completely improvised. like, JEREMY IMPROVISED THAT REACTION HOW. Though apparently part of that reaction was the real thing because it was so shocking to him. But also like the gay joke that Alex made (girls, am I right? ‘no’) was improvised. whattttt.
        YES. A lot of people REALLY want Alex and Willie to have a duet song. Including Cheyenne Jackson haha.

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      5. YES I KNOW. Quite a lot of scenes were improvised actually. Even the one where Reggie is asking Luke (I think? Or maybe it was Alex. Ugh I can’t remember) about the “deep dish” in Julie’s song for Flynn, that was improvised too. Jeremy just kind of blurted it out and they put it in the show anyways. And Charlie and Mads wrote Perfect Harmony together! I know you already know this but oh my god it’s so cute!!! Alex and Willie are literally the cutest couple ever. And the scene where Willie said he cared about Alex…I’m pretty sure I was crying because it was so cute 😭 and a duet would be so amazing!

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      6. Oh yeah yep I remember that. That was pretty funny, especially because that’s actually what the actors (or at least the boys) really thought haha. Yeah, it was Reggie…because Alex was off meeting Willie at that time. Yeah I know! They’re really good song writers its funny that Kenny thought they got that online or something. I knowwwwwww Willie is just the sweetest character. Honestly, Booboo Stewart is like that too like in some of the interviews I watched he just idk gave off a very sweet vibe.
        Have you watched that video where they basically played flying solo with the actors there like commenting on each of the scenes? I thought that was SUPER awesome and i want them to do more of those videos aaah.

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      7. Haha yes! Ah yes I remember that! Yeah they’re really good songwriters, especially Madison. Like, even Kenny said she was special! Booboo Stewart is a really sweet person! I loved him in Descendants and I loved him in JATF. Yeah I think I have. Is it the one when Charlie and the boys are praising Jadah and Mads on managing to dance in such a small space? I don’t know why that stuck out to me but it did 😂

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      8. Yeah, it’s crazy. Also…Charlie plays 8 instruments???? How?????
        I know. I actually haven’t watched Descendants yet, is it any good? (also what’s the age range since I usually watch stuff with my younger sister. She’s watched JATP). Yeah, I really liked those videos I really want them to do more but they’re probably (hopefully) filming season 2 right now. Lol yes that did happen in that video. I can’t believe it took them so loooooong to film this. I find it funny like when Reggie and Luke were singing together like on the same microphone and Owen just goes, ‘whenever jer and charlie sing together like this, you can just see this FIRE in Charlie’s eyes’ I laughed so much oh my gosh.

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      9. OMG ikr! It’s crazy! Ooh yes Descendants is really good! I would say it’s about 12+ it’s Disney so I think you can watch it with your sister. Yeah I really want a season 2. I mean, there’s obviously going to be one after THAT ending. Haha yes that was so funny! I almost fell off my bed 😂😂

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      10. I know like how–I play one and that’s enough! Hmm, okay, I might try it…I have a lot of shows to watch, though, so it may be a little bit before I get to it. THERE BETTER BE A SEASON TWO. Well it was renewed on netflix, right? so there will be. supposedly, the release date is in september but im worried its gonna get pushed back or something. because of netflix renewing it in like mid october or actually later than that, like november? they might not have that much time to film it. idk. let’s hope.
        Also, who do you think are the best singers in the show? Like they’re all very good but…rank them (I feel so evil lol)

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      11. I don’t even play an instrument 😅 which one do you play? Yeah I think it might come out sometime late this year or even early next year (but let’s hope that doesn’t happen)
        Oh god how am I supposed to do that? 😂
        Uhh so first is definitely Madison, then Charlie, and I can’t choose between Owen and Jeremy so they have a tie. Now let’s see you do it 😉

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      12. I play violin…just like so many other people haha. Yeah I hope it comes out in September like the release date is set at (or earlier but no way are they going to move the release date UP) but I REALLY hope I don’t have to wait until NEXT YEAR.
        Okay, I’ve actually already thought of this so ha.
        Oops you know you were allowed to rate the other singers in the show too…that’s what I meant.
        Anyways
        I’d say Madison, Cheyenne (he’s a REALLY good singer and I’m sad that he only got two songs, plus you got nothing to lose was AWFUL he just sorta says, ‘badada’ and other weird things like that), Charlie, Savannah and then you don’t really get to hear Owen and Jeremy sing separately from the rest of their band (Alex’s solo was too short).

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      13. Ooh that’s interesting! Yeah it’s really unlikely that they prepone it. God please let it not come next year! Oh oops haha! But yeah, Cheyenne is a REALLY good singer and if I’m not mistaken, he was also in Descendants 3 and his singing was just perfect in that movie. Alex’s solo was REALLY small. I really hope they give him either a longer solo in the next season or at least a song to himself because that would just be beautiful.

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      14. Yeah, just wishful thinking haha. Pleeeeeease just let it be September, no later.
        Yeah! Ooh wow he’s in a lot of shows I think…he’s also in American Horror Story and some other show as well (I haven’t actually watched AHS but my friend who I’m about to start watching JATP with is watching it currently). Uf I asked my sister and she said she’s not that interested in watching Descendants…I might be able to get my friends to watch it.
        YES. *chants* Willex duet, Willex duet, Willex duet!!!
        Ooh are you pro or against Dirty Candy’s music?

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      15. YES I can’t wait for so long!
        Yeah he’s in quite a lot of shows though even I haven’t watched AHS (not a big fan of horror). Oop haha that’s okay! Descendants isn’t for everyone! YESSS Willex needs a duet like, right now. I would be playing that on repeat for the rest of my life!
        Hmmm I think I like their songs. They’re really catchy, and their costumes my god 😂 some of them were said to be inspired by Kpop! So yeah, I think I’m pro. What about you?

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      16. Yeah. Oh, I don’t want to watch AHS either I don’t like horror as well.
        Hahaaa have you heard of Owen’s evil plan for season two? Like the *drama* he wants to happen between Alex and Willie? I both hate him for saying that but also it’s a pretty good sounding idea honestly.
        Yeah, I also enjoy their songs. They’re good songs in general, just the words, hahaa. Oh, I didn’t know they were inspired by Kpop! (but I can totally see it now). But All Eyes On Me was honestly just amazing because of Alex’s awesome dancing lol.

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      17. Hahah what really? I didn’t know that! I mean, it’s a good idea honestly, but at the same time I really don’t want it to ruin their relationship 🥺 omg Alex’s dance was just so good! I couldn’t stop laughing at that! And do you remember that scene where Luke booked the gig for them and they are were called on as “Julie and the Fat Ones” omg I almost cried 😂😂

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      18. Yeah, he wanted Alex to meet a different ghost and get in a relationship with that ghost and then run into Willie and have to explain this ‘new love’ (his words). Aaah I was so angryyyy but also it’s kinda smart. If I were the JATP writers I’d do it because I’m just an evil writer (everyone is suddenly very glad that I’m not)(I’ve actually thought of it and I don’t think I’d be a very good screenwriter).
        Haha yessss. That was funny but really if you think of it, how do you get ‘fat ones’ from ‘phantoms’? It sounds similar but isn’t written very similarily…unless it was ‘fat’ with a ph. Like phat ons? I don’t know.

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      19. Omg nooo I would be so sad if that happened! Yeah it’s pretty smart though. (Eh I’ve tried writing scripts before. Didn’t go so well…) exactly! Like come on, Luke’s handwriting can’t be that bad right? And how do u see fat ones from phantoms? I don’t know either. Phat ons honestly makes the most sense right now. I don’t know if you’ve seen the video where Charlie, Owen and Madison are doing the 8 bit melody challenge, but Owen and Charlie were travelling together! I don’t remember the place, I think it was Maui or someplace. But omg I love how they’ve grown so close together!! It’s really beautiful to watch!

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      20. As long as Willex gets together in the end I’m okay with a little drama…but STILL. (I haven’t even tried writing them….I just can’t think of any dialogue that would go together). Yeah, I think they just did ‘fat ones’ since it sounds like ‘phantoms’. WHAT THERES A VIDEO I HAVENT WATCHED??? Awwww that’s so cute haha. In some videos they joke about getting married lol. Yeah Owen and Charlie seem super close together (curious as to why the heck they were traveling during the pandemic but….okay….). Yeah I love how well the cast gets along. Ahaha it was funny during one of the interviews though, the interviewer asked them to say 1 thing they love about each of them and Owen said to Charlie, ‘I love when you’re really far away from me like now’ because Owen was in Oklahoma and Charlie was in Canada haha. And Charlie said to Owen, ‘I love when you pick your clothes up off the floor’ because they’d roomed together during filming.

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      21. Haha yes I need them to be together! (You’d probably be good at it. You should try it sometime!) Haha yeah it’s on the Seventeen YouTube channel and it’s so funny! Omg I love that! (I was thinking the same thing but I think it was a month ago so it was safe to travel or something) I know right! Their relationship is THE BEST! And I love how they’re always supporting each other when they’re recording a song or something!

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      22. Eeeh, I mean for screenwriting, it’s just really hard for me to get all the dialogue and then use the scenes for the rest. I think I’ll just stick with writing novels. Though I do have some ideas…they’re not theories for JATP but like ideas for what the writers could have happen in season 2. Ooh, cool, I’ll have to check it out! (actually I’m trying to avoid watching JATP videos because I get sucked into a wormhole but the next time I can’t resist haha). Yeahhh I know…that’s a relationship that doesn’t happen much ever and it’s adorable that it happened to the entire cast (it feels VERY weird to call 20-year old or more men adorable but… *shrugs*). Oh my goshhh have you seen like videos of the cast members recording??? Charlie literally cannot stand still it’s hilarious. (maybe he’s Standing Tall instead ha!) And Owen always gets so nervous.

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      23. Hmm yeah that makes sense. Ooh that sounds interesting! (haha JATP videos are my guilty pleasure lmao) OMG YES I HAVE. It’s so funny and cute at the same time! Honestly, they have the best friendship ever.

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      24. Yeah, I mean my biggest idea for what could happen in season two is that Willie gets sad that he helped Caleb and hurt Alex and stuff and so he sorta sets off trying to find his unfinished business and then like Alex gets sad or whatever…but I don’t have any other ideas really. Oh except maybe Carrie finds out about the phantoms. Well, we need something with Bobby since he’s obviously shocked…and we need music still. That’s why I couldn’t be a screenwriter for JATP because I can’t figure out where I’d put all the music. haha JATP videos are my guilty pleasure as well but whenever I watch them and then force myself to stop I can never get anything done afterwards because I’m just thinking about the videos. So I try not to watch them much.

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      25. Omg that’s actually a really great idea. If not a script, you should totally write a fanfiction on it! (I would totally read it!) haha yeah the music is a really important part of the series. Hmm yes I get what you mean. That’s the case with me most of the time XD

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      26. Aaah I can’t write fanfic. I’m terrible at it first of all and second of all I dunno it always feels weird. Like these aren’t my characters…I like having my own characters. Plus I feel like JATP is just the sort of thing that is better as a TV show than a written story since there’s music and stuff.

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      27. Ah that makes a lot more sense. Yeah, with a fanfic a lot of your writing is restricted so I get what you’re saying. And yes then there’s the song. Eh it’s probably better if we leave it to the screenwriters 😂

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      28. Yep, exactly. Haha that sounds like a good idea.
        I just looked up the summary of Descendants…it looks…weird? I dunno, it certainly doesn’t look like how I expected (I thought it was a TV show oops). I don’t know if I want to watch it…like it doesn’t exactly look like something I’d like but then again it’s directed by Kenny Ortega (okay the only thing I’ve seen that was directed by Ortega is JATP but like JATP IS REALLY REALLY GOOD)

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      29. Haha yeah. I don’t know really, I thought it was interesting because it’s about the kids of Disney villains but at the same time I understand that you would find it weird. It takes a little time to get used to whole thing honestly. (Haha no it’s a movie series) that’s okay if you don’t want to watch it, it’s definitely not for everyone 🙂 Yeah it is and that really sets the bar high. (It has a lot of songs too and they’re REALLY GOOD) If you’re not watching it, I would recommend listening to them.

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      30. Yeah, it sorta looks interesting but also idk just for younger kids. Okay but tbh if I do watch it it honestly is just gonna be really weird to see Booboo stewart playing someone other than willie. And singing??? He just doesn’t sing in JATP though he might sing in the next season idk that’s weird for me.

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      31. I guess it would be a little weird to see him because his character is so different from JATP. Like, it’s almost the opposite. Yeah he does sing in those movies, so I get it. It’s really different.

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      32. Oh my gosh he plays someone who’s like the opposite of Willie??? Aaah yeah idk if I can watch it.
        It was really funny because I was showing JATP to two of my friends last night (through teleparty) and we were watching the third episode and when Willie comes in my friend, who has watched Descendants, went,
        “OH MY GOD. ITS BOOBOO STEWART’ it was so funny just her reaction haha.

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      33. Haha yeah, he plays a villain’s child sooo…
        Omg that’s so funny 😂I had a similar reaction when I saw him because I started watching it without looking at the trailer and when I saw him I was like “That’s the Descendants kid!”

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      34. Hmm, true.
        Haha yeah since I barely watch anything I didn’t know ANYTHING about ANY of the actors (though…only Booboo Stewart and Cheyenne Jackson ever really had big roles in shows/movies before this I think? I mean I think the actor who plays Carlos was in some things…and maybe the actor who plays Ray?)

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      35. Yeah same. (I don’t know about the actors who play Carson and Ray, but yes Booboo And Cheyenne have a lot of roles in quite a lot of movies and shows)

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      36. Aaaaah okay so yesterday I went and watched some more JATP videos because I could (even though I prob shouldn’t). Anyways, one of the things I watched was two instagram lives that was put on youtube from around a week ago (Jan 30/31). And SO. The first instagram live was the boys and Madi. And the boys were ALL IN ONE PLACE TOGETHER. LIKELIKELIKE DO YOU SEE WHAT THIS MEANS. THEY WERE IN ONE PLACE. SO LIKE THEY WERE PROB FILMING OR SOMETHING. But actually I have more concrete evidence than that because in the second one, Jeremy goes, ‘we had a long day, we were practicing some things that you guys might eventually see.’ AAAAAAH. Poor Madi isn’t there yet though or something. But STILL AAAAH
        Also man those people are crazy. They were watching JATP in a Tesla in a garage because apparently Owen’s neighbors are really mean??? And Jeremy kept making all kinds of funny comments to Charlie while they were watching. Like once he said something like ‘Charlie, it’s so hard not to have a crush on you in this show.’ Also it was so funny Charlie went ‘Why do I always play the cool guy in shows?’ and Jer just went ‘I can assure you when he’s not in the show he’s most certainly NOT the cool guy.’

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      37. OMG REALLY???? AHHH THEY HAVE TO BE FILMING!!! Yeah maybe she has something else going on? Ahahahaha omg I’m so happy right now!!!

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      38. YEAHHHHHH. I mean since he said they were practicing they may be, like, memorizing lines or figuring out some scenes that need polishing or maybe like composing some music since I know that they wanted more music that the cast members wrote in the second season. BUT WHAT MATTERS IS THAT THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER AND WORKING ON JATP THINGS AAAAAAAAAH. Yeah, since Madi is still in high school she probably has a bit of a different schedule than everyone else…she probably has to spend way more time doing school things, etc. plus she still lives with her family and yeah.
        Honestly, those instagram lives are so fun to watch since it’s just the cast being…the cast. On the first one, when they got Madi to show up as well, she was like ‘I’m gaming right now and I’m about to lose because of this but it’s okay, I’d lose a hundred games for you all’ awww that part was so sweet. Also just the things that the boys say when they’re together hahaaa. Since they were sitting in the car, Jer and Owen were sitting in the front seat and Charlie was in the back and they had two different phones in that car on the instagram live, one of which was Charlie’s, and there was a time when Owen and Jer were just like talking and laughing and Charlie turned the phone to face him, really close to his face, and went, ‘I feel like I’m, like, third wheeling right now’ hahaaaaa

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      39. Omg that’s literally so awesome! Yeah she’s sixteen so I’m pretty sure she has to a lot of schoolwork too. Yeah it’s so wholesome watching them just be themselves and have so much around each other. MY HEART IS MELTING. OMG THATS SO CUTE!!! Ahahahaha third wheeling 😂😂 I totally ship them tho XD

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      40. Yeah, I hope that she can start rehearsing soon though! There’s only so much of the show they can film without her. I wonder when they filmed it last year, like did they do it all during the summer or what???
        Haha it really was adorable and awesome. Hmm but I feel like it’s a little weird to ship people…also I think that Charlie and Owen are the ship, not Jeremy and Owen. Jeremy’s already married. It was soooo funny like all the things Jeremy kept saying to Charlie though, haha. At one point he went, ‘Charlie, I didn’t like you until I saw the show’ talking about julie and the phantoms lollll

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      41. I really hope so too! Exactly! She’s a really important part of the show! I think they did because Madison would have school the other days. Haha I know he’s married and it’s a little weird but it’s fun honestly, to see how they’ve all bonded over this period of time. Ahahahaha.

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      42. Yeah. Wow, filming that all in the summer though…that’s impressive, that’s a lot of filming to do, WOW. Like all of JATP is 4 hours 43 mins and then…there’s deleted scenes and obviously they weren’t gonna get everything right on the first try…and like scenes like Flying Solo took them over the entire season aaah how did they do that? They must have been working really hard that’s crazy.
        Yeah, I love seeing how close they all are and stuff it’s really cute (also the fact that I’m using the word ‘cute’ about 20-something year old men is VERY weird haha)

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      43. Yeah it’s really impressive. I know, they must have worked really hard! Haha that’s honestly a problem with a lot of the audience 😂

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      44. Oh that’s an interesting question. To Madison I would probably ask “what did it feel like when you got the part?” Because it’s a really big thing honestly.
        I’m not going to lie, I have literally no idea what I would ask them. I’d probably take like days coming up with questions. Do u know what you would ask them?

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      45. Oooh that is a smart question! Have you watched the ‘Behind the Band’ videos? In the first one you sorta see her reaction but yeah that’s a good question.
        Honestly, I don’t really know what I’d ask them either. All I know is that I’d ask Owen ‘Are you a Diamondbacks fan’ and that sounds really weird but I’m a super big baseball fan and in some of the videos I saw Owen wearing a dbacks hat but like I also know that he just really likes hats so I wanna know if he’s actually a baseball fan haha that’s a weird question. Maybe I’d ask Madison and Charlie what the process of writing Perfect Harmony was like, I mean I know one of the behind the band episodes was about that but I’m talking about actually WRIITNG the music that seems hard.

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      46. Yeah I have seen those videos. I don’t remember if I’ve finished all of them but I do remember seeing her short reaction.
        Oh I didn’t know that but that actually is a pretty good question! Oh my god yes that question is perfect! I would love to know the answer to that! I never understood how they managed to write it because that song is so good!

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      47. Yeah, it is a very short reaction, it would be cool to see more of her reaction.
        See, this is the one time that I wish I had social media, like usually I’m fine without it but then it’s like this where the people on social media get the new info, etc. on these actors and JATP first and I just…don’t know anything till days later at the earliest.
        Yeah! I can’t write music at all, just the way they were able to get the words to sound good and to be sorta mixing together, etc. and stuff like that, I’d love to know how they managed to do that!

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      48. Yeah it was pretty short.
        Same. I don’t have any social media either (except Pinterest, but I don’t think that really counts) and it never bothered me before. But gradually I’ve started feeling as though it would be better to make an account so that I can be up to date on these type of things.
        Yeah writing music is definitely something I can’t do. Exactly! And then adding instrumentals and background music to it is just…yeah I really wish I could do that too!

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      49. Yeahhh. I mean I probably would have made accounts if I could but my mom won’t let me make social media accounts so….yeah. Usually I’m actually glad for that because social media can be a crazy place but just…I need my daily JATP doses haha.
        Yep. I’ve tried writing music before, we once had an assignment for it in school. It was….well, not terrible but not great. Plus, it was only for one instrument and there was no singing or anything so it was a lot easier than Perfect Harmony must have been to write.

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      50. Same. My mom won’t allow me to make one and I mean I think it’s probably for the best. I would get very distracted otherwise. Haha yes we all need our daily JATP content.
        We’ve been told to write raps in school. I don’t know if that counts because I sucked at it.

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      51. Yeah, I’d probably be very distracted. I use to go onto instagram without an account all the time to look at like pictures people posted but now instagram has made it more difficult to look at what people posted without having an account, like you can’t see anything on insta now without an account which is a bummer. Well I’ll just have to continue searching youtube for instagram live streams from the jatp cast that people have posted on instagram haha. I mean and there’s also a lot of behind the scenes things that crew members from jatp are posting. Hmm i wonder if we’ll get behind the scenes content BEFORE JATP season 2 comes out this time hmmmm hopefully!!!
        Oh, raps are cool! I could never write a rap, haha. But that’s cool! Yeah it’s just the complexity of getting all the words and music etc. all together that I couldn’t do.

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      52. I still do that sometimes. But then yeah I can see stories or live streams without an account. So YouTube is kind of the only place I can get content. Ooh yes we should totally get behind the scenes! Honestly, more than that, I want the trailer. I’m sooo excited for it.
        Haha I couldn’t write a rap either! Yeah writing a song is hard. I wouldn’t be able to do it either.

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      53. Ooh wait I have just never been able to get onto instagram to see anything without an account anymore??? Yeah, youtube for the win haha.
        I know that would be sooo fun. Ooooh a trailer would be awesome, but it’s prob not gonna come till after they completely finish filming…the trailer for the first season had clips from all over the show including places like the ninth episode and stuff.

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      54. Really? I can see account profiles and posts but I need to make an account to see the stories and lives. Haha yes. Yeah it’s going to come like a few weeks before the season releases.

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      55. Hmm I don’t know. It was like that up until recently but today when I tried it told me to sign in to see the accounts and stuff.
        Yeah, we must waitttttttttt.
        Today I was watching an interview with Cheyenne Jackson and Booboo Stewart and the interviewer asked booboo, ‘do you think there is budding romance between willie and alex,’–like…YES?? IS IT NOT OBVIOUS??? HELLO????
        Aaah but now I’m watching more livestreams and okay so apparently that thing where they were all together…they’re not in Vancouver but at Owen’s apartment in Oklahoma…but I think they’re still like practicing stuff for the show? This live was also from near the end of January like January 29 and…I don’t know why they were watching JATP so much, they just keep watching it over and over it seems! I wonder how many times they’ve watched it…haha I’d never want to watch myself on TV. During the livestream, Charlie asked Owen ‘do you like watching yourself on TV’ (or something like that) and Owen went ‘I hate watching myself but I love the show’.
        That also very much explains why Madi wasn’t with them since I highly doubt her parents would be okay with her just heading to Oklahoma to hang out in an apartment with three 20-something year old boys even IF they were very close friends with her haha.

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      56. Hmm that’s weird.
        I know I hate waiting.
        Budding romance? Like dude, we’ve already shipped and married them! How are u so behind?
        Ooh that’s interesting! Haha that’s kinda like me. I hate watching videos of myself but it’s feels nice to revisit those moments sometimes.
        Well, obviously. That would just be very weird.

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      57. Hahaaa I know right I was just like…did you watch any of the show? Like, did you just shut off the show right after Alex met Willie? Because even right after they met when Willie left, Alex goes ‘he’s cute.’
        Yeah oh my gosh watching videos of myself is just…no thank you. Sometimes I have to record videos for orchestra and it’s literally a struggle to watch those after I’ve recorded just to check I did everything well haha.

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      58. Exactly! There’s no denying their *chemistry* god I still can’t get over that chemistry scene XD I know! It’s so wholesome!
        Oh god yes I don’t know why but my voice becomes so much more high pitched in videos than it is in real life. It’s really weird.

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      59. I know right. Oh my gosh that scene in episode 5 where Caleb says, ‘you boys have some magic of your own’ and Alex completely misinterprets it–oh gosh that awkwardness. Ahahaha the chemistry scene is def the funniest scene in the whole book, it’s sooooo funny. I still can’t get over the fact that that was Jeremy Shada’s actual reaction to Charlie doing that and that was improvised.
        Saaame. I mean I think that happens to everyone and it’s just like our voices sound different in our heads but oh my gosh my voiceeee on videooooo sounds so high and small and cringey.

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      60. Oh my god yes! The way he was stuttering afterwards was just so funny! And Willie was just like “uh no not that” and I’m just here on the floor dying from laughter. Ahahahaha yes! I know right!
        I know! It’s just so cringey! And the videos of when you’re like a baby are even worse! And then you’re just like “what was I thinking?”

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  3. ahhh fabulous wrap up Phoenix!
    we read romeo and juliet for class last year and ick. by far my least favorite play from Shakespeare. it’s creepy and just ick. we’re also reading 1984 for school right now and i’m not vibing with it either. school really has a knack for choosing the most mediocre books ever.
    yesss stevie and david was an unexpected and unwanted romance. like y’all just met a minute ago, can you chill your biscuit??
    i’ve been meaning these violent delights and felix ever after for ever!! i might need to actually read them soon! i’m glad you enjoyed!
    thank you for sharing my post— much appreciated!
    ok i have only watched the first episode of julie and the phantoms (it was ok) but i’m so excited to keep watching ahhhhhh
    ooh i like the first two paragraphs you have! i really like the imagery you have going on there
    lovely wrap up and CONGRATS ON 100!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you!
      Yep, I totally agree. It was the most insta-lovey thing I’ve ever read and nope. Yeah, 1984 is an interesting concept and I like the ending (by which I mean the last sentence which just drops a bombshell) but the whole society was just bleh and reading the thoughts of an old white man written by an old white man is not the most appealing to me.
      Yes. HELLO SOMEONE JUST DIED OKAY LETS KISS NOW. Okay but I haven’t read the third book so no spoiling for me if anything happened.
      Ooh. I think you’d enjoy These Violent Delights since it’s a shakespeare retelling and you like retellings. Felix Ever After is one of the best realistic fiction books I’ve ever read it’s just soooo good.
      No problem!
      Aaaah I mean I get that the show may not be the sort of thing everyone enjoys watching…I actually didn’t think it was the type of thing that I enjoy watching since I honestly am not entirely sure I’ve ever gotten through a tv show that was not animated (the number of shows I watch is miniscule). BUT I REALLY ENJOY IT. It’s okay if you don’t but I hope you keep watching it! (Just hang on at least until the third episode just wait until you meet willie willie is the best character).
      Thank you and thanks for reading this absurdly long thing!

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      1. every time we talk about it during class I swear I’m loosing brain cells. like bleh bleh bleh dystopia. I’m hoping it gets better, but I my expectations are low.
        right?? it was super weird, like priorities??? I hope you’ll like the third book!!
        yesss we do love retellings!! these violent delights is on the top of my tbr (not that I’ve ever consistently stuck to my tbr… like ever… but that’s a different problem lol)
        Ok I watched episode two last night and its getting better hehe!! I have absolutely no chill when it comes to not finishing things, so I’m def going to keep going. I’m excited for this willie willie you speak of…

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      2. Ahaha oof you actually have to read it in class. We read it for summer reading but now I have to write this giant essay on it (5-7 pages no thank you) so I have to read it again. But we don’t ever really discuss it in class. Still, I think the essay may be more work….
        I hope so too! (that reminds me, I actually have to order it from the library…)
        I hope you enjoy it! (yep, me too, I’m awful at actually following a tbr)
        Yay! I’m glad you like it better. I think the third episode is super awesome, but really the seventh or ninth is the best. I really enjoy it because it’s so funny (and the characters are great and the plot is great and the songs are great). Aha his name is actually just Willie, I was just lazy and not using proper punctuation and had to say ‘Willie’ twice in a row. But yes he is the bestest and also the sweetest and yeah you’ll see. Can’t wait to see what you think of the show as you continue!

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      3. oh yea. we do daily discussions and right now we are writing an essay comparing the dystopian society to social media and my soul is crying.

        yea my tbr is more of a suggested reading list and less of i will read this because i have the reading focus of a walnut

        looking forward to it! oop i’m looking forward to meeting just singular willie then lol

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  4. Looks like a good month! Also, wow, 26 books???? That is amazing. *hands you some kind of award because you definitely deserve one but Idk what to call it*
    I still have yet to see Julie and the Phantoms. It’s on my to-be-watched list. I do watch a lot of shows, though, so, if you ever need recs, feel free to ask, lol.
    Ooh, that snippet is incredible! So intriguing. You have such a poetic way of writing things.

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    1. Thank you! Haha I don’t know what happened but I started at least 3 of those in December so I don’t know if they count. *accepts award gratefully*
      I hope you watch it soon! Hmm yeah I don’t watch many shows and really when I do I just watch ones that my irl friends tell me or whatever…I almost always watch shows with my younger sister so it feels a little weird to go, ‘a person online told me to watch this,’ you know? Also we already have a list that’s basically just animated hyped shows that we need to catch up on (basically just ATLA, Korra and she-ra). Thank you for offering!
      Aww, thanks! That writing snippet is the product of like a week of trying to figure out what to say so I’m glad it’s good haha!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Wow, what an amazing selection of books you read! I keep hearing people say how Concrete Rose has this amazing writing style that pulls you in, so I want to read it even more now.

    And I agree with The Light at the Bottom of the World having a beautiful cover! That’s pretty creative how the jellyfish are floating around like stars in the sky.

    I’m interested in this underwater battle you speak of in your book! You did a good job describing the scene so far. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I mean all of Angie Thomas’s writing is absolutely beautiful, I really don’t know how she does it. Have you read The Hate U Give and On the Come Up?
      Yeah! Oh, I didn’t even think of the jellyfish being like stars but that’s true, they are!
      Thank you! I hope that in the future I’ll be able to share more writing snippets with all my readers–if I’m ever able to get around to writing more ah I’m so busy.

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      1. I haven’t read The Hate U Give and On the Come Up yet, but they’re on my TBR. I definitely want to read more diverse books like those after I catch up with some series.

        Haha I can relate to wanting to write but being too busy!

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      2. Ooh, okay. Yeah, I think you could read Concrete Rose or The Hate U Give first, I don’t think it matters. THUG was of course the original one but since Concrete Rose is a prequel I think it’s okay to read that first. Though it’s pretty cool seeing how all the storylines connect up in Concrete Rose after reading THUG.

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    1. Yesss I totally agree. Felix Ever After…it was just so interesting and aaaah. Honestly I think everyone should try reading These Violent Delights while reading Romeo and Juliet it was actually really interesting!
      Thank you, and for you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Ahh Phoenix, I love this post so much!! I totally agree with you about Romeo & Juliet – it’s way too insta-lovey for my taste, and I feel like Chloe Gong really improved the story with These Violent Delights, and changed it from getting married in a day to an amazing slow-burn romance!! HAHA I LOVED READING ALL 3150 WORDS OF THIS POST 💖💖

    Also congratulations on starting with your WIP, that’s amazing!! I can’t wait till you decide to share it!! and OMG YOU HIT 100 FOLLOWERS!?! That’s so cool!! I also loved filling out all your polls!! I hope February treats you well 💝✨

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I mean some people love R&J and I can see that because idk ‘young love’ and ‘true love’ and things like that but ajklawejnmewp it was just still too fast for me. I totally agree and I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book of These Violent Delights! Hopefully we’ll get the second half of the story! (honestly, I really thought that Marshall, Benedikt and Tyler were gonna die at the end of TVD since that’s what happens to the parallel characters in R&J…but maybe since they haven’t died yet Gong will be nice enough to not kill off Juliette and Roma at the end of book two???

      Thank you! I KNOW I DONT KNOW HOW THIS HAPPENED AAAH! Ha, glad you enjoyed filling out my polls. You as well! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  7. OMG another Julie and the phantoms fan?? HELLO. I actually really enjoyed this long wrap-up! I don’t mind longer posts but if it bothers you, maybe you could do the awards on another post just after your wrap-up? BUT I DO LOVE THEM! I think it’s a wonderful idea! Aslo you read 26 books AND you were busy?? Teach me your ways haha 😂 And congratulations on reaching 100 followers!!
    The hardest part of anything is actually starting and even if you “just’ wrote two paragraphs of your novel, you still wrote and took some time out of your busy schedule to do so; give yourself some credit 🥰 Legendborn and These Violent Delights are on my TBR and I’m hoping to get to them soon!
    Great post! 💕

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    1. YES HELLO ANOTHER FANTOM AAAH. Okay now I must ask you the must-ask questions: favorite character, song and episode?
      Okay, that’s good. I don’t actually mind the long posts either, I’m just worried that it’ll scare people off or bore people if they see it’s so long. Thanks for the suggestion, I was considering that but I’m not entirely sure when I’d publish the awards post…I may try that. Thank you!
      Yeah, I have no idea how I did that there. I think I sort of just took a step away from my computer more often…also in between classes I’d read a few pages so that I wasn’t staring at screens…we’re all virtual and have a ten minute break between each class so I try to read for those ten minutes. Thank you!
      Aww, thank you. Starting is DEFINITELY the hardest part, and I’ve started but now I don’t know where to go from here aaah. I have finished this first chapter as a draft but now I’m all changing it up and it’s so harddd to write haha.
      I hope that you enjoy them if/when you read them! Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. Favourite character Luke, favourite sont Finally Free and Favourite episode was episode 9 because it nearly made me tear up and it was action packed but I actually love all of the songs and all of the characters haha 🥰 wbu??

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      2. Hmmm interesting, I don’t actually think I’ve heard anyone say their favorite character is Luke OR their favorite song is Finally Free. When I first watched JATP I was actually disappointed with Finally Free because for some reason I thought it was, like, way worse quality than the other songs that the band sang together? I don’t know. I think of all the 5 songs the band sings together, it is still the worst but also all those songs are good and how could I possibly rank them. ANYWAYS. My favorite song is probably Flying Solo, I just thought it was super sweet and I dunno, I just liked it. YES episode 9 is definitely the best episode. I both love the ending (like, the ending for the band, not that nasty little epilogue thing) and dislike it because it feels like they took the easy way out just with the PoWeR oF fRiEnDsHiP but also it was super sweet. My favorite character is either Willie or Alex. Willie is just so adorable and sweet but also Alex is just…I dunno. He’s definitely the best of the phantoms in my opinion.
        Haha sorry for this long comment I get so carried away when talking JATP.

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      3. I LOVE flying solo too! I liked the whole scene where it’s played too. It used to be my favourite song after I watched the show for the first time but I love when Julie and Luke have their solos together and I thought it was such a beautiful scene! I thought that everyone’s favourite was Luke because of Charlie Gillespie but I’m glad to hear that’s not the case! I also did think the epilogue was a little weird and now I won’t rest until we officially have a season 2!

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      4. Yeah! I just love Julie’s friendship with Flynn and I dunno the song is just so uplifting and catchy! Yes, Julie and Luke’s solos are awesome. Hmm yeah there are a lot of Charlie-obsessed people out there lol but I am not one of them. (Luke is my least favorite phantom ha…) Yeah ajkslahksps whyyyy Caleb! Do you have any theories for season two and what’s going to happen from there?

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  8. Ahhh You’ve read some incredible books!! Felix Ever After & Concrete Rose are high on my need to read asap! 100 followers HYPE!! ❤ And congrats on making Bingo thanks for joining along!! I hope this month goes just as great for you!! ❤

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  9. Wonderful post!! I had similar thoughts on Truly Devious, I just don’t get the hype.Glad you enjoyed Radio Silence, I’m hoping to read that this month! Congrats on 100! ~Em

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    1. Yeah, it was good overall but could have been better. I blame Karen McManus, I now expect all mystery books to be as good as One of Us is Lying and THEY NEVER ARE BECAUSE HOW COULD THEY BE.
      Hope that you enjoy Radio Silence when you read it! Thank you! Thanks for stopping by Em, and leaving a lovely comment ❤

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  10. Wow, your reading month sounds amazing! I also really enjoyed Felix Ever After, and can’t wait to get to Concrete Rose! And I do agree that Romeo and Juliet is slightly ridiculous! But those hilarious nurse scenes kind of made up for the instalove, in my opinion 😁 Also, including all these polls was such a fun idea!
    Good luck with all of next month’s goals!

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  11. Whoa. That was a lot to take in 😂
    When you said you read 26 books, is that in January alone, this year! 😳
    Plus i know that Romeo and Juliet is kinda a weird story but come on you can’t possibly not love the play and story it’s like a classical British thing 😞

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    1. Haha yeah sorry for that super long wrap up.
      Yep, all 26 in January. Though to be fair, 6 of them were graphic novels, one of them I just finished the last 40 pages in January and two others I’d already started them a little bit in December. So more like 19 but still.
      Ehheh I’m not British though…and I just I don’t know. I get how some people love it with all the ‘young love’ and ‘true love’ and stuff like that but I don’t know it was just way too fast for me and I’m not a big romance fan (at all) so it wasn’t very appealing to me. Plus, I’ve never been a big fan of Shakespearean english.

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      1. I know exactly what you mean, as it’s really not realistic in any sense but I don’t know why but it’s just Shakespeare and also very emotional 🙂
        If you haven’t guessed I cry (a lot) over books etc, so everything is rollercoaster experience

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  12. Phoenix! You’re totally rocking the long post! Ahh yes I had similar sentiments about Legendborn, truly the info dump spoiled the book the most for me… and yes THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS WAS INCREDIBLE… I’m truly happy to hear about Concrete Rose as well and the fact that you enjoyed it despite not usually gravitating towards prequels is so heartening to hear!

    DID I HEAR 100 FOLLOWERS! PHOENIX THAT IS SO AWESOME, congrats! All the best for Feb!!

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    1. Haha thank you! Yeah, I mean even after the info dumps I just couldn’t remember all the differences between like a squire and a scion just because it was explained so fast all at once and then never again. Ooh, have you read Concrete Rose yet?

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! You too, can’t wait to see what you read and what your blog brings in February!

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    1. Oooh I hope that you enjoy the book when you read it! Aah, I mean I think that the reason that like Tybalt and Merkutio and Benvolio all died right after they got married was to show like all the tensions between the houses still, like even though they got married the houses still hate each other and they’ll go THIS far, killing each other, because of this

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      1. I guess so, I just don’t understand why Juliet is is cool with it. Like they get married and immediately after Romeo kills her cousin and she doesn’t even seem to care. Oh, and not to mention him killing Paris, who if I’m not mistaken is related to Mercutio. I can’t quite remember the details because I read it 2 years ago, but I think they are. Its a bit odd to me, Shakespeare seems determined to kill off almost all of his characters. Like in Macbeth, almost everyone dies 😅

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      2. Yeah I think idk it’s like love triumphs death and that’s why they all die? I mean to be fair, Tybalt also kills Merkutio and Benvolio and one of them (I forget which) is related to Romeo. But yeah I guess they were just so madly in love or whatever haha.

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  13. you read so many great books in january ahh! i’m so glad you enjoyed felix ever after and these violent delights (i love those two so much) — and i’m super excited about concrete rose so i’m happy that wasn’t a disappointment either. and congrats with finishing your term finals! i hope you have a great february ❤

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    1. I hope you do and you find some ones that you want to read! Thank you! Oh, thanks for tagging me, I’ll try to do it as soon as possible (but because of the number of tags/awards I’ve been tagged to do, the earliest I’m going to get it out is May but no promises on it being that early either…sorry! We’ll see when I can publish it!)

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  14. This was such a nice read! I got to know about your blog from another blog, and your blog is so interesting and I love the style of your writing lol. I keep seeing the book 1984 everywhere, it’s 2021 but people still want to read 1984, so I’ll prolly go read that lol. You read such good stuff, like the moment I stop reading webtoons (that wont happen, dont count on it lol), I’ll go ahead and read everything you’ve read. I’m not really a book blogger, a bit of everything, but I find that all the books recommended/read by most book bloggers are just so wow. Like the variety is just wow!!<3

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    1. Thank you so much! Wow, this means so much to me, this was such an awesome comment to get! I’m glad you enjoy my style of writing, I try to keep it interesting! Ugh, 1984 isn’t good at all, I just have to read it for school. you can totally try it if you like, it’s interesting to see what a guy from the 1940s thought that 1984 would be like but it’s really a pretty boring book. Some people enjoy it though! Aww that means so much to me, thank you so much! Thanks for the lovely comment, I’m glad you enjoy my blog and I hope that you continue enjoying my content!

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      1. I heard good reviews about it, and I liked the different book covers lolol, so maybe I’ll just read a sample and see how it goes hehe. I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading your posts, I love the range in topics !<3

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