2014 Mid Year Book Freakout

August 22, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Features

I saw some of my favourite bloggers completing this fun Mid Year Book Freakout questionnaire, and thought it might present a great opportunity to recap on the books in 2014 so far. I’m fully aware that it’s now August and not mid year anymore, but you know whatever 😀

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.
Jeann – Without a doubt, it’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. What a beautiful, diverse and heartfelt book about two memorable boys falling in love. And because it’s cruel to make us only pick one book, honourable mentions are Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

Michelle – Oh gosh. Really? -_- I hate this question. Can’t we change it to “Best bookyou’ve read so far in 2014?” That sounds way better and I won’t have to spend so much time thinking of just ONE. I have so, so many. But my top four that are stuck at first place are Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (I will mention this book so much through these questions), Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke, This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl and A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. Go and read them, I’m begging you!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.

JeannCRESS! I LOVE the Lunar Chronicles series with a passion and Cress and Thorne had uber cute moments in the sequel, plus there were some awesome Cinder and Kai moments. I also loved the ending of the Night Huntress series with Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

MichelleTHE ONE! No doubt about it. Geez, that was the best ending to a trilogy that has ever been written. Kiera Cass literally got me out of my seat squealing millions of times. Everything was perfect and went smoothly! And… Everyone lived a happily ever after!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Jeann – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, because it literally just came out and it’s not out in the bookstores yet. I love everything by CoHo and she’s probably the best new adult author, ever.

Michelle – I’m going to have to agree with you on this one, Jeann. I haven’t read anything by Colleen Hoover yet, but this sounds like the one I’m going to begin with. I already have it on my Kindle, I can’t wait to begin it! Let me know what you thought of it below!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Jeann – This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. These Broken Stars was one of my favourite books of 2014, so it’s only natural. I can’t believe this one is coming out near Christmas, at least it’d be a great Christmas present to myself.

Michelle – Another agreement, Jeann! I devoured and adored These Broken Stars, especially because of its gorgeous characters and plot. I’m sure that This Shattered World won’t be a disappointment at all! (New characters, here I come!)

5. Biggest disappointment.

JeannOne Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker, because it just ruined Livie’s character and reputation. And there was prolific cheating from both parties. Luckily, I was warned about this prior to picking it up.

MichelleStrange Sweet Song by Adi Rule. I rarely give out 1 star ratings for books, but that one just deserved it. I DNF-ed it at 75 pages and I didn’t want to ever see the cover again. Some of you may enjoy or may have enjoyed it, but it was gross to me.

6. Biggest surprise.

Jeann – It has to be Four: The Divergent Collection. Allegiant was a major disappointment but I actually liked Four’s perspective and insight in this one, surprisingly. Maybe because Tris wasn’t there to confuse us.

Michelle – Hmm… That’d have to be Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. Yes, it was a 2013 released read, but I received it for Christmas and read it not too long ago and DNF-ed it before 100 pages. I was ready to love it and give it time to eat it up, but it just ended up so disappointing. I can’t believe my reaction to it to this day.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you).

Jeann – Krista and Becca Ritchie, I can’t believe it took me so long to read Addicted To You after constantly seeing raves everywhere. Their writing contains so much emotional depth and an accurate portrayal of character vices, and excellent character development. This is deep, quality stuff guys.

Michelle – Abigail Haas! I’ve just read Dangerous Boys, which I was totally in love with, and am on the lookout for her other books! This woman is full of madness inside that amazing mind of hers… Her writing is powerful and unique, and you’ll get instantly addicted to her dark stories of hers…

8. Newest fictional crush.

Jeann – I raved on and on about Lincoln, my book boyfriend from Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. He’s so sweet and chivalrous and the depth of emotion that I felt in this book was amazing. My heart literally soared during the ending. Also Sam from The Assassin’s Blade, but if I think about it I might cry.

Michelle – DORIAN AND CHAOL FROM Throne of Glass and DAEMON. Those men are so yummy that they will possibly haunt your dreams with their hot abs and catch lines… Oh, and who can forget about Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After!

9. Newest favourite character.

Jeann – I really liked Meg from The Others series, she’s a blood prophet who sees the future by making cuts on her body (which is kind of creepy). Physically, she isn’t much of her threat, but her strength is in her character and her innocence. She’s totally adorable.

Michelle – Katy from the Lux series! She’s a book blogger, and falls in love with the hottest guy you can ever read about. Daemon + Kitten= 100% OTP ship by Michelle. Psst… She also may or may not have strange powers that we don’t know about…

10. Book that made you cry.

Jeann – Searching for Sky. I meant what in the hell, this is the saddest book I’ve EVER read in my life.

Michelle – A unique hard-to-find book about a teenage girl who’s an ice-skater and who’s life suddenly turns all the way around called Before I Go by Riley Weston. Not many people know about this book, but the raving absolutely needs to be turned onto it. This is like another TFIOS.

11. Book that made you happy.

JeannThe Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, I loved how it brought back the wonder and wit of the Youtube series. Plus you can’t argue with more Darcy.

MichelleExile, by Kevin Emerson. That book just had such a cutesy-happy feel to it, and I loved the rockstar elements that combined with the romance. Every time I think of that book and its stunning cover and premise, I get all jumpy and excited inside.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Jeann – Definitely The Fault in Our Stars, it was a wonderful experience seeing it with other fans and experiencing those emotions with others.

Michelle – I haven’t watched The Fault in Our Stars yet (DON’T KILL ME, CRAZY BUT AWESOME FANGIRLS), so I’d have to say The Book Thief. Holy moly, that movie made me cry so hard at the theatre, all of the quiet ones starred at me weirdly. If you haven’t seen a good WWII movie adaptation yet, then I’d recommend seeing it… Beware the feels. 

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

JeannDangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, not because of the review but because it swayed a lot of people to read the book. That makes me super, super proud, my bookworms.

MichelleOf Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. It was one of the first ARCs I’ve ever received (next to Dissonance) and I was so happy to have read it and reviewed it for everyone else to see once the book has released! I hope it has convinced some. 😉

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

Jeann – It’s a toss up between these three beautiful hardbacks.


Michelle – ISLAAAAAAAAAAAA! I’m sure that this book is going to be perfect. I’ve been waiting forever and I finally have received it! *goes frantic* It’s beautiful inside and out!


15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Jeann – All of them. But more specifically, I embarrassingly admit that I haven’t read Days of Blood and Starlight or Dreams of Gods and Monsters yet. And I’m meeting Laini Taylor when she’s down in Australia next month. Yes yes, I’ll pick them up soon.

Michelle – Game of Thrones, Twilight (embarrassingly haven’t read any of them yet), everything by Laini Taylor (like Jeann mentioned), and Dangerous Girls. I’m so excited for the rest of this year’s reads

What are your favourite reads, book boyfriends and sequels this year? 

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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45 responses to “2014 Mid Year Book Freakout

  1. I STILL haven't read it, but I have little doubt that Aristotle and Dante will become a favourite of 2014 for me, too (so long as my anticipation for it doesn't rise it in my estimation so much that the book itself ends up being a fail read because my hopes are just WAY too high! I fear that a bit), but I can agree on Assassin's Blade. That was just incredible, and now I've got Heir of Fire lined up I'm so excited. Hopefully a smashout read, that!

    I really enjoyed this post, Jeann and Michelle!
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  2. Some incredible recommendations girls, I haven't read quite a few of those mentioned, but super excited for This Shattered World as well. Aristotle and Dante is definitely one of the books of 2014. Completely agree about The Winner's Curse cover, the prettiest by far this year. Michelle, I'd start with Losing Hope for your first Colleen Hoover, is by far her best book yet, really surprising and incredible emotional.

    Thanks for sharing girls <3
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  3. Weeee! This is such a fun survey. Definitely a refresher. Some of the books you've mentioned were new to me. However, I 100% agree that the Fault In Our Stars is the best book-to-movie adaptation I've watched as of this moment. But that's still bound to change once The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games and The Hobbit part 3 get released.

    I also have to agree with Cress. Mwahahahah. Read it during my hiatus and I would have fangirl over it on Twitter if I had just access to the internet. It's really surprising that I ship all the ships in the Lunar Chronicles series. I am normally not like that. My heart nearly stopped when Cinder and Kai got reunited. OMG! We still have a long waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to go until Winter's release. Argh.

    And as for Aristotle and Dante, it's still on my TBR. Been meaning to read it since I haven't read an LGBT book yet.

    And Michelle, you are in for big surprise. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you to like GOT, Twi and DOSB. These three all got low ratings from me. T_T

    Thanks for sharing. lovely ladies!
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  4. I have a soft spot for Lincoln from Attachments too. 😉 He's such a lovable, awkward, and endearing kind of guy. I still have to get around to reading Scarlet, and then Cress. I adored Cinder, so I'm surprised that I've taken this long to read Scarlet. :O

    Happy middle/end-ish of the year, Jeann! 😀 Best of luck with the rest of this year's reading!
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  5. Oh dear, I have barely read any books mentioned here D:

    Although I DID just buy Ari and Dante, so I am uber excited about finally getting around to reading that!

    And I also ADORE The Assassin's Blade, because it really and finally made me fall in love with the Throne of Glass series.

    YES, LINCOLN, JEANN. EEEEEK. He is so utterly adorable, and I love that book to pieces. Although I must say I adore Levi from Fangirl, as well ^.^

    The Addicted to You series is so freaking addictive I cannot even.

    It seems I need t get my reading on, though, because there are heaps of books on here that look amazing!
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    • Ah those are some very good choices out of the ones you have read Chiara, The Assassin's Blade was sooo good and we can both fangirl. Rainbow Rowell writes some really great guys doesn't she? I'm SO glad you are into the Addicted series as well!

  6. No problems Ebony, I had so much fun doing this survey and getting to know a bit more about Michelle as well! I do hope you pick up Dangerous Girls and Four, I really enjoyed them! OMG the leatherbound edition would be sooo gorgeous. I think you could make a sacrifice for another beautiful book on your shelf 😉

  7. Haha there are so many books to read and not enough time! I'm 10 books ahead in my GR challenge and still nowhere near the books I want to get through! OMG you haven't read TFIOS. I was late coming to the party, reading it last December but I still LOVED it.

  8. Haha yes, we know what you're doing Siiri but you know what, we're totally okay to be joining the Fizzle Force fan club, woohoo! I just loved Cress so much and can't wait for the sequel. ITS SUCH A LONG WAIT.

  9. Thanks Emily, I am so excited for you to read Dangerous Girls, it should be freaking awesome and YOU WILL LOVE IT. GUARANTEED. I just love the gorgeous editions of Alice in Wonderland about!

  10. I know! Christmas is coming sooner than we expect it to! Cheers to 2015 reads, I guess? Thank you, Tanja! They were all fantastic, but I agree—Anna's story really brought us to love this trilogy! I'm praying that an ARC of This Shattered World will be coming my way soon, haha!

  11. It's my first survey actually, and I'm in love with doing them! x) LOL it seems like you and I have a lot in common, Lexxie! I sometimes get books on my Kindle first and then work my way to getting them in physical copy, LOL!

  12. Chaol and Dorian are my husbands forever and always…. And Adam from If I Stay. 😀 HoF is going to be disastrous—in good and bad ways haha. There's supposedly a new male coming in, and he's going to ruin all of the relationships probably. 🙁 Cricketttt! <3 He appears in Isla, by the way. 😉

  13. OH NOOOOO! That sucks. I'd die! I ran to the bookstore the day after and found the last copy… 😉 Eep! I saw your review for Dissonance! I was surprised to see that you didn't like it because we usually have very similar thoughts on books! xD Yes! Go onto The Elite and straight to The One—you'll ASAP want to! YOU DON'T LIKE DORIAN AND DAEMON?! *points to the door* JK, lovely! Girl, spend your next Friday night watching The Book Thief—you will cry like a maniac! Thanks for your warm fuzzy! I'm going to pick up Dangerous Girls soon, and we'll see if your standards head up to mine. 😀

  14. LOL YES! It seemed like we were the rare two who didn't enjoy Strange Sweet Song. Yeah, I always feel guilt when I DNF a book, but I had to with that one. I'm still trying to calm myself over it!

  15. Jeann : Aristotle and Dante was so beautiful! I loved it so much.

    I haven’t read Cress yet, which I’m avoiding because then I’ll be impatient for Winter!

    Lincoln <3

    I was actually re reading LBD today xD Yes, it made me super happy.

    I agree, Jeann! Your Dangerous Girls review was awesome!

    And I haven’t read Days of Blood and Starlight either. :(((

    Michelle : I haven’t finished the Selection series, but I’m glad to know The One did a great job! I didn’t really click with the first book, but I’d still continue the series.

    OMG I didn’t know Katy was a book blogger. Now I really want to read it.

    I’m holding off on watching The Book Thief because I still haven’t read the book. *hides*

    I want to read GoT, too! Mostly because I’m such a fan of the series.

    Both : ERMAGERD I need to read Ugly Love and I CANNOT wait for This Shattered World. I NEED THAT BOOK SO MUCH.

    Wow, this comment is all over the place, lol. Wonderful post, girls!
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    • Oh my gosh I can't believe how you can restrain yourself from reading Cress, I read it like a week after release hehe. I'm glad you enjoyed my DG review hehe 🙂 YAY for LBD and Darcy 😉

  16. Awwww >:D< I'm so happy Searching for Sky made you tear up, Jeann (I swear I am not finding amusement from your pain…) it's just that I loved the book, too, and it also made me cry buckets. As in I got to THAT part (you know what I'm talking about) and till the end I was a sobbing, wrecked mess that I pretty much cried myself to sleep… hahaha.

    And Meg is bloody awesome. I really love this world of Bishop and all the characters in it. I can NEVER get enough of it.

    And I'm glad you found love in your heart for Abigail Haas, Michelle. She's such a brilliant author with a voice in her books that are far and few between in this market.

    Awesome choices, girls 😀
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    • Oh my gosh Faye, I saw your review and I am SO GLAD I DID. Because it prepared me for the heart break I was going to experience while reading it. I just can't believe how super emotional it was for me!

      I am so glad you love the Others series too, I normally wouldn't have picked it up but yes! All the love for it was totally worth it.

      Thanks lovely! xoxo

  17. Ahh, this is such an awesome post. I have to agree — I think The Fault In Our Stars was the best adaptation of the year that I have seen so far. However, I thought that Divergent was also really good, too. Shailene Woodley does an amazing job in both of those films. Gee, I keep hearing sooo much about Dangerous Girls! I swear everywhere I look there's another glowing review of it, another reason why I should buy it. Now I'm seriously considering it — the concept sounds really great. I'll probably cave in and get it soon.

    And oh, Sam. 🙁 Every time someone mentions him I get all the feels.
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  18. Haha I agree with many of these! I haven't seen any bookish movies this year – I need to! Also, I'm tackling Game of Thrones right now! It's super duper long, I'm halfway through. It's very good though. So I don't mind, except it's kinda messin with me bc I'm used to finishing books so fast. When it's been more than a week I'm like what's wrong with me?! Oh yeah, it's 800 pages.. Lol 😛
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  19. This was great, and yes Jeann Meg rocks. I read both Written in Red and Murder of Crows this year, and it has been my favorites thus far and totally wins new author too. Psst..I bought Allegiant on release day and never cracked it open..my fear is too great. #doorstop
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  20. Ahh, surveys are just fantastic! And I loved reading both of your answers – thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    Jeann: YES. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE. And I need a copy of Dangerous Girls already! I'm glad you enjoyed Four: The Divergent Collection – I definitely need to pick up a copy sometime soon. The Fault in Our Stars was such a fantastic adaptation! Oooh, those beautiful books are beautiful! I also own those editions of Looking for Alibrandi and The Winner's Curse and I've been tempted to purchase that edition of the Alice stories, but can't exactly justify it as I received the lovely Barnes & Noble Leatherbound edition for my birthday.

    Michelle: It's so hard to pick just one! Ooh, I have copies of This Star Won't Go Out, A Mad, Wicked Folly and my copy of Isla is on its way and now I'm even more excited to read them knowing how much you love them! I haven't heard much about Dissonance, but I know that the cover is to die for. I also love Katy! I think it's so cool that she's not just a protagonist that likes to read, but also a book blogger – so relatable! Ooh, and I loved the book-to-film adaptation of The Book Thief!

    Jeann and Michelle: YES. THIS SHATTERED WORLD!
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  21. Jeann – YEAH! SO excited to see Dangerous Girls as an honorary mention for the best book of 2014 so far! 🙂 And I am SO excited to read Ari & Dante – I requested a copy from the library and hopefully it will come in soon!

    Michelle – YES! Abigail Haas for the win – haha! 😉 And I am totally fangirling over Chaol & Dorian too! 😉

    And I am so excited for This Shattered World too! I absolutely loved These Broken Stars as well, and can't wait to see what the 2nd book has in store!

    Thanks for sharing ladies, and great choices! <3
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  22. I cannot believe it's mid year, or well past mid-year xD But yeah so much amazing books we have read. I loved Cress!! It was so good 🙂 Also I'm glad you enjoyed Isla Michelle 🙂 I did too, but still Anna's story is my fave. Also I cannot wait to read This Shattered World! Hopefully we'll love it. And Jeann yes I will have to read Dangerous Girls 😉 Great post, ladies 🙂
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  23. AHHHH I still have to read Assassins Blade *hangs head in shame* & I love the fact that your addicted to the Addicteds series too Jeann!

    Looks like you've read so many good books this year! I'm jealous!

  24. So much to agree on!! I have that copy of Alice in Wonderland too and I freaking love it! So damn pretty. I wasn't going to read Dangerous Girls but I keep seeing it EVERYWHERE so I'm seriously reconsidering my decision on this…

    Totally going to do this questionnaire now!
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  25. YES YES YES TO ABIGAIL HAAS AND ALL HER WRITING GENIUS. Both her two books are one my favourite-of-the-year-list. Ohhhh, couldn't be more happy. And Jeann, someone said they bought the book after reading my review too. So *hi fives* WE ARE AWESOME CONVINCERS OF PEOPLE TO READ BOOKS. 😉 lol

    I have to agree that Chaol and Dorian are just the best things that ever happened to the literary world. I'm still terrified to read HoF because…because….I don't want my ship to sink. I'm really excited for Isla too! Esepcailly since everyone seems to be loving it so far. 🙂 I loved Anna and Lola. Ohhh, Cricket, you sweet thing.
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  26. Jeann: I NEED to read Aristotle and Dante. If only I had $1 for every time someone recommended it to me… I would be stinkin' rich. Dangerous Girls–BRILLIANT. Maybe Someday–lol. I did enjoy ranting about that one. 😛 CRESS YES YES CAPTAIN THORNE. I still have yet to read Up From the Grave. >_< So, so excited for This Shattered World! <33 I don't think KA Tucker's my kind of author, but I still want to try some books by this author. Four? Nope, not a book boyfriend. xD Sorry for being a party pooper, Jeann! The Ritchie addiction is all Siiri's doing! I need more books by the twins! TFIOS was an okay book, but a BRILLIANT film. Tears. T_T Love those three hardbacks, especially the Lewis Carroll one! Yep. ALL THE BOOKS!

    Michelle: Eeeep! WHY DON'T OUR BOOKSTORES HAVE ISLA YET? *rages* I WANT! Okay, I didn't like Dissonance… But it did have a good storyline. A Mad, Wicked Folly's so cute! WOO! Going to buddy read The Elite with my co-blogger soon. 🙂 I read your review of Strange Sweet Song–so sorry you didn't like it! 🙁 I didn't enjoy Let the Sky fall that much–it was so-so for me. GO ABIGAIL HAAS! DORIAN? DAEMON? Nooooo. D: Buuut I agree with Josh, even if I haven't read Isla yet. 😛 I haven't read/watched The Book Thief yet. 🙁 But I have the DVD! Not a fan of the Isla cover, but I want the content! <3 Read Dangerous Girls–it's so much better than Dangerous Boys, IMO. 😉

    Awesome post, girls!
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  27. Darn straight The Assassin’s Blade gets an honourable mention! That book was EPIC 😀

    And Cress!!! Yes, Cress was the most amazing sequel!!!! And the Cinder and Kai moments . . . God, took long enough! Haha.

    Also, now you're addicted to Addicted To You, Siiri's plans for world domination are coming into effect 😉

  28. Maybe Someday was amazing. But I didn't really like These Broken Stars, though ironically that is the most beautiful book I received this year. That said I still want to read This Shattered World. I'm really excited for Ugly Love and Isla and the Happy Ever After too.
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  29. WOW, Michelle, seems like we have much in common! I hated that Strange Sweet Song book! It was awful. I have no idea why I didn't DNF it though. I guess I wanted to know the ending and stuff or just DNFed too many books at that time. And, Jeann, so so glad you loved Aristotle and Dante that much. It's good to see you enjoy LGBT books. If you want recommendations, you just have to ask, hehehe. ^_^
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  30. There is so much awesome in this post I don't know where to start!! Jeann, thanks to you and many other bloggers, I bought a copy of Dangerous Girls and it is beautiful (love that matte cover) and I can't wait to read it 😀 I also can't wait for This Shattered World – the cover is amazing, of course, and I LOVED the first book. Michelle, I definitely agree with you about Isla – what a lovely, cute, adorable, brilliant book 😀 And also, Aristotle and Dante has been my favourite book of the year as well. I'm still getting over it. TFIOS movie was amazing. I also can't wait to read Lizzie Bennet and The Assassin's Blade.

    OH, and I recently bought an absolutely BEAUTIFUL copy of Alice in Wonderland, and it is just…amazing. I can't wait til it arrives. That hardcover of Looking for Alibrandi is also really lovely.
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