The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag! (because we all have bookish sins…)

Whazzup blogosphere! I was tagged to this tag a long time ago by Ashley @ Book Tales, a most loverly blogger with whom I initially bonded over our love for Song of Achilles, as well as our mutual dislike of Caraval. πŸ˜‰ I highly recommend checking out her blog, though she sadly seems to have gone on hiatus while I was gone. (Miss you girl!)

So let’s jump into this tag. I’ve been absent from blogging lately as my family dropped in without warning (why do they treat my place as though it’s a theme park?), so I feel now is the perfect time for me to yank this tag out of the bag.


What is the most expensive book you own? Which is the least expensive?

I bought this Folio Society edition of The Once and Future King by T.H. White last year.Β  It’s been discontinued for almost a decade now, but I’d been eyeing a really nice mint copy on Ebay, and I finally decided to splurge. It was $80 by the way, but in my defense, this is one of my favorite books in the world, and I collect different editions of it.

As for my least expensive book, it would be The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. It was a huge childhood favorite (still is), and it was only a dollar fifty at my local library.


What book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. These books are hilarious, they’re perfect for a good cackle (or cry), and the spines are super cracked.

Also Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Duh! This is my favorite installment in the series because it coughs up so many fun details, and I used to haul it down to breakfast every morning from the ages of 9 to 12. (I legit pored over it like it was the Bible.)

Lastly, The Chosen by Chaim Potok. It’s such a good standalone, highly recommend!


What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?

I admire witty characters. Maybe it’s because I have absolutely no sense of humor myself, but I find that even terrible books are alleviated by good doses of humor and snark, so funny characters are a literary lifeline for me. Not to mention, witty characters are more pretty chill than melodramatic, the latter being a trait that I find wildly unattractive.


What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

Eh, I’m really trying to avoid buying more books right now, but gun to my head, I’d go with The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I want to check out more epics, and I feel in my gut that this is a book I’ll want to permanently add to my collection.

Also, this Folio Society edition of The Little Prince! I don’t know, it’s just so cute.


What book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?


Fifty Shades of Grey.

Any day.

No but for reals, anybody who can crack (and actually enjoy) Dune by Frank Herbert is an intellectual reader in my books. I tried knocking them out when I was 15, but I ended up being the one knocked out instead. Anyone who gets this series…I respect you sensei.


What book or series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Uhhh…I don’t think my lack of reading has ever been due to laziness, but more a fear of being let down? I’m honestly too lazy to think up another answer right now….

But I do have to mention that I’ve been avoiding re-reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy for over 10 years. I read them when I was 11 and hated them (lol to be fair I read them in 3 days without really digesting ’em, and I did love The Hobbit), so that initial trauma might’ve contributed to me being too lazy to re-read them. One day though….one day.


What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Laini Taylor. I’ve literally read only one of her books (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), and it brought me to the edges of extreme ecstasy and despair all at once. I mean, her prose is so phenomenal (hand down one of the best in YA), but her sappy romance made me want to cry with just how cliche it was. I don’t think I’ve felt so betrayed in my life. πŸ˜‚

Also, J.K. Rowling. Even as a child, I never believed in idolizing authors, so I was always of the opinion that JK retconned too much and that she’s a li’l snobby. But to be fair, you can’t deny her talent, and I feel kinda bad that she’s facing so much backlash nowadays. I mean, her fans were the ones encouraging her retconning via Pottermore since Day 1, so I find it weird and hypocritical that they’re jumping onto the hate bandwagon only now.

And the thing is, if you don’t like what she says, don’t give her attention. If you don’t want her retconning to become canon, don’t give her attention. People stirring up a fuss every time JKR even remotely sneezes is starting to annoy me just as much when they were blindly putting her on a pedestal. She’s always been this thick, SO CHILL OUT.


The end.

Okay, I kinda felt the wrath on that last one. I have no idea why I decided to rant about the J.K. Rowling topic right then and there, but I ain’t apologizing for it.

But now, I nominate the following bloggers. You know the drill: no obligation to do this tag if you don’t want to or have already done it. I’m just tapping ya’ll cuz I appreciate you.

Angelina | bookforager | Gerry| BP Reviews | Kaya | Jerry | Orangutan Librarian | David | bookgraphy | Madge | LizScanlon| Xandra | Kelly

So that’s the end, for reals! I will be back to blogging once my family pisses off (that, or I kick them out), so until then, adieu.


  1. I feel exactly the same way about JKR! I definitely don’t like a lot of the things she’d said/done, but the way people react to it is so infuriating πŸ™„
    I also love a good witty character – makes the book so much fun to read! πŸ˜€

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    1. Witty characters literally save bad books for me! They make any experience bearable. πŸ˜€
      And same, I’ve never liked JKR (just her books), but I think the backlash against her is getting excessive. I frankly think it’s bandwagoning hate at this point since no one had the guts to say anything before now, but now that her last few projects have been iffy, everyone’s making snide comments at every opportunity they get. Kinda annoying to watch imo. :/


  2. Thanks for the tag, I appreciate it! One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…damn, I forget that this book is funny. Maybe it’s because the end is so harrowing, but it really was fun until then. And I agree with your take on HP! I don’t like JKR’s retconning, but it’s no reason to bully the woman, especially as we’d been practically encouraging her to retcon all this time. I guess it’s always easy to take a nip at low-hanging fruit, and even more so when everyone else is doing it.

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    1. Oh I absolutely loved One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest! I didn’t have any idea of how it would end going in, so I was just laughing my butt off at the shenanigans in the first half of the book. I agree it’s mostly dark, but still, great fun. πŸ˜‰

      Yes, that’s exactly my thoughts on JKR. I feel like fans have been blindly praising her retconning since day 1, so I find it weird that they’ve turned on her for that very reason. The bandwagoning is strong, and that annoys me more than the retconning itself. πŸ˜‚

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  3. I love My Lady Jane and Gentleman’s Guide! They’re so funny. And Goblet of Fire is one of my favorites in the series too! The plot is super exciting, and I love the tasks.
    Great answers! My family always drops in all the time without calling me too, and I know how hectic that can get. Hope you can return to blogging soon though! ❀️

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    1. Oh yes, My Lady Jane is super cute (have you read the sequel?), and GG is one fun romp! Oh and I know, I’ve been running around like a headless chicken since my family dropped in; it’s like having toddlers in the house. πŸ˜‚ Thanks so much love, I really appreciate it! ❀

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    1. Yeah, she really needs to stop. Again, the bandwagon hate against her is irksome, but hopefully she learns her lesson from that. I mean, some of her comments are ridiculous to the point of laughable, and it’s reflecting badly on her and HP.


  4. My most expensive book would be ‘A song of ice and fire’ series! And as for LOTR, it bored me to death! I still have to read the third one but as you mentioned, i don’t feel like reading it due to laziness.
    And i don’t really like J.K. Rowling anymore but the way people have been reacting can be called hypocrisy, i dare say. First, they want her to expand the world and have extra stories for different characters but when she does so, they backlash at her!

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    1. Ooh, what editions are your Song of Ice and Fire series? (I love checking out people’s books haha) And yeeeep, I hated LOTR as a kid because there were too many unnecessary details about people’s ancestries for my taste, so I get you. Have you read The Hobbit btw? I found it much more enjoyable, so maybe you can give that a go. πŸ˜‰

      Same! I found JKR snobby right from the beginning (and she seems a little defensive), but what annoys me now more than her retconning at this point is people bandwagoning against her. I hate bullying and pack mentality (and people WERE asking her for more background HP stories) so I find it pretty hypocritical that they changed their tunes just because everyone else was hating on her. People really need to learn to think for themselves lol.


        1. Oh same, I posted that I’d be coming back to blogging twice, but then I bailed for another few months afterwards. πŸ˜‚ I think you and I are one of those people who blog totally depending on the mood, but that’s okay! It’s always good to see you back whenever!


  5. I enjoyed your answers, thanks for the tag. I too did not particularly enjoy Dune nor Lord of the Rings at a younger age, but a re-read helped me see the light. Mists of Avalon also is a good choice if you like The Once and Future King; I find both are very character-driven retellings, so I’m sure you’ll like it.

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    1. Thank you! ❀ Have you re-read Dune then? Any thoughts on whether it's more palatable as you get on or become older?

      Mists of Avalon I actually did start (sadly had to dnf due to time restraints), but I absolutely loved it! It really is in line with Once and Future King, and I totally agree both are equally character-driven. I hope to finish it sometime this year. πŸ™‚


  6. Oooh thank you for the tag! I can’t wait to get stuck into this one! I loved your answers and fully endorse your love of witty characters. I love snark in all its forms; giving, receiving, reading, writing so I’ll take witty and slightly caustic characters any day of the week.

    I see your Folio Society showing πŸ˜‰

    I couldn’t crack Dune, I tried maaaaany years ago one hot summer and just couldn’t do it but it was over ten years ago and I wonder if I tried again would it go differently?

    I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my psychical TBR, I just haven’t got round to it yet but I’m nervous and excited because I’ve been hearing some mixed things.


    1. Is it really sad that I read all of Dune and the only thing I remember are the first three pages? (something about a box and the MC being threatened with a poisoned needle to keep his hand inside that box πŸ˜‚) I normally don’t get intimidated by books in general because I believe any book can be cracked if we just pay attention, but Dune…it scares me lol.

      Oh, and don’t be nervous about Daughter of Smoke and Bone! It’s written beautifully (the world-building and characters are delightful), but it’s really a matter of taste whether certain developments will ring with you or not. Like, there’s a tonal shift that happens in the middle of the book that has people divided, but it’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination (I respect it). Hopefully you’ll enjoy it because I did at some points! ❀

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      1. Spice. That’s all I remember. The darn Spice. Maybe I’ll do a drunk re-read of Dune. That will go well *arches solitary eyebrow*

        Ok, ok…I’m more reassured now… I’ve not been putting it off but sometimes when things are so mixed they get confusing. I’ll still definitely read it because I’m more intrigued than not and I hope I adore it. Hmmm. I can get on board with a tonal shift!

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        1. Pwahahahaha I don’t even remember what the hell spice has to do with Dune, that’s how horrible my comprehension of this series is. Maybe I’ll join you for the re-read with a juice box in hand. πŸ˜‚

          Oh and totally, your perception of a book can get rather confusing when people are both loving and hating on it. I think you’ll enjoy it well enough though. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Yay!! Thank you for tagging me! I was already going to comment that I wanted to do this coz it looks so much fun!! Squee …
    Same as you with LOTR – my decision: life’s too short, I’m going to stick with The Hobbit and not worry that I’m never going to read LOTR again. I AM going to keep my Dad’s copy of it though because I really like how it feels, and smells, and looks (even though rather dog-eared). πŸ˜€

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    1. You’re very welcome! I really enjoy your blog, so I wanted to tag you as appreciation. ❀

      Ooh, you've read the LOTR then? Because I'm genuinely wondering if I was just too young to appreciate them, or if I really hated them lol. I think I had valid things to dislike about those books, but then I did like other things… (lol my feelings are super vague) πŸ˜‚

      By the way, dog-eared books are the best! It means they were well-loved. πŸ˜‰

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      1. I wasn’t super young when I read LOTR (about 16 – 17 yrs old, I think), and I remember finding it pretty boring in places. If I remember rightly (and I’m not going to read it again to check!!) Pippin and Merry did A LOT of talking. If I’m 100% honest, I like the films a lot better. πŸ™‚

        Right back atcha with the love <3! I enjoy your blog very much. x

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  8. Thank you so much for tagging me! That copy of The Once and Future King is beautiful! It was totally worth it. I’ve never read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I do love Strange the Dreamer. Her writing is good enough to make me over look most things I guess lol

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    1. You’re welcome! And yes, I totally feel you on that. Laini’s prose knocked my socks off (and I loved the protagonist), but my high expectations made me slightly disappointed with the romance in DOSAB – nothing majorly bad about it though. I definitely recommend you try it; I’ll absolutely be endeavoring Strange the Dreamer myself since like you said, Laini’s writing is too good to ignore. πŸ˜‰


  9. I don’t respect JK Rowling anymore ever since she defended Johnny Depp as her casting choice for Fantastic Beasts. He beat his wife, and she still sticks up for him? Not a fan. But I agree that her retconning was encouraged by her fans.

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    1. That’s totally fine! I think most people are on your side, though in this case I’m inclined to reserve judgement on Johnny Depp since several people who don’t have much afiliation with him have come out saying that his wife is a bit of a troublemaker. There’s a thorough Youtube video series that refutes her claims as false, so I’m thinking there are two sides to this story. I normally would believe the victim of course, but there seems to be too many inconsistencies in her story (as well as her witness’s) for me to do so. But again, we’ll have to see. πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!

      (Btw, here’s the link to the video I’m talking about, just for reference:

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  10. I laughed loudly in an embarrassing way at “Fifty Shades of Grey” as an option for intellectual book. It does provoke discussion, but not exactly the mentally stimulating kind.

    I also can’t stand melodramatic characters! Witty ones that bring lightheartedness and fun are the best by far. When someone is always coming on page to stress and complain … well, I’m going to stress and complain. Aaaand I have many times said to huge LOTR fans, “Oh, I’m definitely going to read the books,” to avoid a lecture on “the books are better/important, how can you just watch the movies!!!!” but … I don’t really think I want to read the books. I love the movies though!

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    1. Hahaha it DOES provoke discussion! I was totally oblivious to all this BDSM stuff until Fifty Shades of Grey, but after watching rant reviews by The Dom (a book channel on Youtube), I felt thoroughly educated on how it’s not meant to be an innately abusive practice. πŸ˜‰ One good thing there.

      Oh and I’m in the same boat as you. I loved the movies so much that I ended up reading the books, but then I felt completely lost. This is a case where I feel the movies are better than the books (as in, more character-driven), but it’s totally a matter of taste. I don’t feel there’s THAT much to miss from what I remember, so give it a go only when you’re in the mood. (Though I do actually recommend The Hobbit; it’s very entertaining, and MUCH better than the movies imo.) ❀

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      1. Same here! Of course, at the time I was maybe 16? So I definitely wasn’t planning on learning about BDSM practices, but somehow everyone my age was reading Fifty Shades (intro discussion about how books are marketed to certain audiences and what is appropriate). So I ended up reading some articles on how the book didn’t accurately represent the BDSM community. Either way, I got a lot of clarity on some topics at an early age, which for sure I wasn’t getting in school.

        Good to know I’m not alone on this one! I might get to the Hobbit one day (it’s much shorter, so there’s a greater chance). But for the time being I think I’ll comfortable enjoy the films.


  11. That copy of once and future king is one gorgeous looking book! And I love the thief lord πŸ˜€ The Bartimaeus trilogy was fun! And goblet of fire was my fave too. And I *love* the chosen. U absolutely love witty characters as well. hahaha fifty shades of grey is especially intellectual πŸ˜‰ yeah I really hear you about the whole Rowling thing- I’ve had this issue for years (mostly cos I’m a dork and it’s not in line with literary theorists, like Barthes, who basically argue the author is dead and shouldn’t be able to retcon their work… well I may have paraphrased a bit, but that’s basically the idea πŸ˜‰ for me, it really stands in the way of any interpretative value we can get from the books if we’re just told the “answers”- and also it’s hard to see it as the answers when there isn’t direct evidence from the books/there’s contradictory evidence in the books. Oops I just got into the rowling topic too- it’s easy to do πŸ˜‰ ) Great post!

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    1. I *worship* The Chosen – it’s such a fantastic book. πŸ˜‰

      Oh and yes, that’s basically the issue I have with retconning myself! I love being able to theorize and interpret the open-ended questions that authors leave us with at the end of their books (essentially writing fan fiction about what happens afterwards), but then retconning tends to take the fun out of that. Too many questions answered, and the story becomes a textbook. I’ve always said that Pottermore should be burned for that reason alone. πŸ˜‚

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      1. It really is!

        Yeah for sure!! That’s part of the fun of reading. And I really agree with your point about it becoming a boring textbook otherwise. The problem for me also extends to the fact that an author’s interpretation is just that: an interpretation. But because they’re the author they often feel like they have final say and their opinion has more weight- regardless of whether they have the evidence to back it up (Rowling is a good example of this, for instance when she said she never specified Hermione was white and fans had to point out she did). Basically an author can be wrong about their own work, because not only can their intention not make it onto the page, but they can misremember things (oh dear, looks like I went into rant mode again- it’s too easy! πŸ˜‰ )

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        1. Oh yes, I absolutely agree. The one thing I’ve always found off-putting about JK Rowling isn’t so much the retconning, but her attitude that her word is the law. Yes, she’s the author, but much like how readers find different interpretations within the same book, hers is also an interpretation. That’s why I would say she’s snobby (arguably arrogant) sometimes.

          And girl, don’t get me started on the Hermione thing! I loved how they chose a black actress for Hermione (I think it would be sad if black actors only got to play black roles, because that would limit their choices), but JK’s justification for this was that she never specified Hermione’s skin color? Then why did she specify Dean Thomas as a “tall black boy”? She clearly implied Hermione as white, so she needs to know how to admit her mistakes because it otherwise makes her look super…arrogant. There’s that word again. πŸ˜‚


  12. Oh, I absolutely know what you mean about witty characters- I devour them, I love and worship them because they be legends! I wish I could be as funny/hilarious as some of the characters I read about, alas I ain’t even going to try/fake it.. that would just be cringe πŸ˜€

    Dune… you know, I’ve been wondering about the books… I totally should!

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    1. Hehe I know right? I myself tried to emulate the spirit of witty characters, and it only came off super awkward and embarrassing. I don’t try anymore. πŸ˜‚

      I’ve been contemplating Dune for a while too. I like a good challenge, so I might jump in this year. πŸ˜‰


  13. Nah, let’s be fair – J. K. Rowling “has not always been that way”. I mean, really? That author has become so political, expression her opinions on Russia and Jeremy Corbyn as though she has become a newly elected Prime Minister – that never happened before and she twists the truth only now. Reading HP in late 1990s I never imagined that author venting her anger or disgust in such a discriminatory and stereotypical manner. Fans are right to be concerned what is going out of her mouth. So, what if fans encouraged her expressing her views in the first place? No one knew she can be so narrow minded in her opinions.

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    1. Imagine Kazuo Ishiguro or Arundhati Roy starting venting their feelings in a similar manner? That would be ludicrous and unbelievable. Rowling should know better what topics to approach and what topics not.


    2. Hmm, I actually wasn’t referring to politics at all, but instead JK’s tendencies to retcon Harry Potter at the encouragement of her fans. She has been retconning and making unfounded claims about the series ever since it ended, so yes, I DO feel she’s always been this way.

      As for politics, I’m of the belief that celebrities should be allowed to express their views without being told they shouldn’t. If their viewpoints are horrible, people are allowed to criticize them, but to tell them they’re not allowed to express their political viewpoints at all simply because they’re celebrities…I don’t believe in that. Celebrities are human beings too, they should be allowed to use their voices, much like you are allowed to criticize JK for her politics. It’s a two-way street imo. πŸ™‚


      1. She is the creator of the series, she can do whatever she wants with it. If only she were only expressing her political views; she is downright insulting and outrageously disrespectful. Some of her political statements are so shocking in nature and degrading for some countries, I wonder how a person of such universal standing, admiration and respect can just turn around and pour tons dirt on the very people who love her.

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  14. First of all, sorry it took me this long to answer this, college has been keeping me extremely busy. Thank you so much for tagging me ❀ and OMG THAT EDITION OF THE LITTLE PRINCE!!!!!! I'm on a book buying ban after kind of breaking it yesterday for my birthday hahaha, so it will have to wait until I try to get it. I also love witty characters, they bring life to a book haha

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    1. You are very welcome! And lol no need to be sorry! I tag people with no pressure. πŸ˜‰ I hope finals are going well for you!

      Ohhhhh I know, right? ❀ ❀ That edition of Little Prince is one that I really don't need…but I need it at the same time. Like, desperately. πŸ˜‚


  15. *softly screams as I look at the date of when this was posted* I’m so sorry it took me this long to get to your tag! I swear I have had it open in a tab for at least a week, but I just kept forgetting! But thank you for tagging me!

    First of all, I am jealous of your version of The Once and Future King. I am a sucker for both pretty books and Arthurian legends, so naturally, I love it. (I also haven’t read it yet, but I probably will soon.)

    I love your story about Goblet of Fire! My favorite book in the series is constantly changing, but when I read them for the first time, I brought them everywhere with me, too!

    I have been thinking about reading Lord of the Rings for years now, and I own all three of them, but I’m worried it might feel too slow for me! I started The Fellowship of the Ring a few years ago, and I think I got 50 pages in. It was good, but maybe a bit too descriptive for me, or something. I would definitely like to try again sometime.

    And I am also tired of hearing about JKR so much. I don’t always like what she has said in recent years, but I don’t think it’s as horrible as some people are making it out to be. A lot of authors and celebrities are like that, and I’m mostly just sad that she became someone who feels like she has to be on Twitter, talking about her opinions, at every moment. I mean, I love Harry Potter so much, but it’s gotten to the point where I’m embarrassed to say so just because so many people hate the author now.

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    1. lol no worries! I’ve accidentally skipped over some comments and tags (and discovered so months later) so I totally understand πŸ˜‰

      Thank you! I would highly recommend The Once and Future King as it’s a delightfully funny (though admittedly slow) read. It’s also the source material for Disney’s Sword in the Stone, so it’s quite similar to that if you want to watch the movie first. πŸ˜‰

      Oh and yes, same! I literally had books 1 to 4 memorized beat for beat because I took them everywhere with me. My favorites keep oscillating between Book 3 and Book 4 though; how about you?

      I got my mom to start Lord of the Rings, and she feels it’s unnecessarily slow too, so I don’t think it’s just us. I thought it might be me complaining about them as a kid, but I think there’s merits to people saying how slow it is. Definitely giving it another chance though too!

      Ahh JKR. Kinda sick about hearing her too. I read an interview about her saying how Dumbledore and Grindelwald had an “intense sexual experience”, but in the context of the interview, it didn’t sound super absurd; but then the next day, people were up in arms about it without having read the interview, and I facepalmed. People need to chill out and do their research, though again, JKR doesn’t make it easy for herself. She’s always been too prideful for her good, which IS actually embarrassing for me as a fan of her books; lady doesn’t know when to admit when she’s wrong. πŸ˜‚

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