Manga Monday: Koko Debut by Kazune Kawahara

I know its been a while since I posted anything. So here it goes !!!

 

Koko Debut by Kazune Kawahara

Rating :★★★★★

When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she’s going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her jock tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

 

 

The Review

I usually find some of the high school shojo manga annoying but I surprisingly enjoyed this one. I mostly think it was Haruna-san that made it fun.
Haruna in the past played softball and was more of a tomboy but now in high school she is determined to be more girly, have a boyfriend and some romance, you know! the usual. But everything she is trying is just not working out until she stumbles in front of Yoh who she thinks is so cool and then she does the unthinkable and asks him to be her coach. Then starts the fun of this really sweet story.

What did I think? I really loved this story. I enjoyed the pace of the story, although there were bits in the story that I didn’t think was needed. Haruna was just fun to read, her innocence was just so cute but also a bit annoying. I didn’t really like Yoh’s sister she was a bit too self-centered then again a lot of people I know are like that. I didn’t like that she (Yoh’s sister) took advantage of her innocence in some situations, but I also like that Haruna never took any of it to heart. I like watching how Haruna grows through the story and also how the different relationships and romance blossoms throughout the story.
It was a fun and entertaining story and compared to some other Shoujo this one was relatively short and sweet.

 

#BTT: Is my blog mobile responsive?

Hi Everyone, its  been a long hard slog to get back into blogging but I am back with a blogging tip for you this week

Let me start off by saying that when I started blogging I already had a bit of knowledge about websites and emails because of my day job, but I also realised that there are a ton of people out there that when they start blogging they just know the basics of setting up a blog and not all the other bells and whistles that go with it.

Smart phones & tablets are becoming more and more popular and not just that, they have become the extension of your arm and the must have tool for your everyday life.
I don’t like how much I rely on this my smart phone but I do like having the convenience of it. Bearing this in mind, when you are starting your blog or if you have a blog already make sure it is mobile responsive.

What does that mean? This simply means, it’s easy for people on the go to access and read your blog just like they would on their desktop computer.
It might sound like something hard to do but its really easy to do this.
Wordpress is pretty cool that within the settings for your blog you can just select the option to make it happen.
This option can be found ‘Appearance’ option. Just select Mobile and the option to enable your mobile theme can be selected. There are options to also view what it will look like although these are just general views and may not represent all the devices readers are using.
Another way for you to view a mobile version of your blog:
Go to http://quirktools.com/screenfly/

Pop in your blog URL bippity boppity boo!
It allows you to see your blog in a huge range of devices, and the best part is, it’s FREE to use!!!

If you are happy with what you see then all systems are go.

Did this help? Please leave a comment or if you have any blogging questions I can help with.

 

Book review: Editing Emma by Chloe Seager


Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

Publication date: August 10th 2017

Rating:★★★★☆

About the book

When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do…Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence…

The Review

After being in a reading slump for ages, I honestly never imagined a book like this would get me back into reading.

This is not a book I would normally read but after checking the synopsis I thought why not. Trust me I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is about 16 year old  Emma, she has just been dumped by the love of her life and here begins her process of dealing with it. From dating random guys to bad advice from friends, Emma is determined to get over Leon Naylor and move on to a better life. Do you think she can? or will she somehow find her way back in Leon’s life?

What did I like?

Where shall I start? Let me just say that this book is probably not for everyone, for me this book brought back memories of high school and how funny some of the things you did were. This felt like a teenage Bridget Jones to me, and of course that made it even more fun.

The book made me laugh so much and at times I was sad because I really wanted more for Emma, it also made me angry purely because now I’m older I know better and it made me disgusted….. uhm you have to read the book to work that one out.

My favourite characters were her best friend Steph because she was just rebellious and we all had or have a Steph in our lives. I also liked Faith because she kept it real all the time when she had to give her opinion. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the lead character- Emma, maybe because I always felt that she should know better or maybe because I saw a little bit of my 16 year old self in her.

I really enjoyed the pace of the book, even though I thought it was a weird way to blog but as a personal blog you can write it any way that suits you. The author openly writes about sex and the sexuality of the characters which made it quite realistic. These are the thoughts and pressures of the average 16year old, it’s not always roses and unicorns. Also the way technology has consumed our lives, I mean i could relate with a lot of what was in this book.

It had a nice realistic ending and also the growth of the main character made me smile while I turned the last page of the book with satisfaction. I really recommend this book to people out there but as I said, you either love it or you don’t! But I 100% loved it.

Book Review: Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn


Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn

Publication date: August 1st 2016

Rating:★★★★★

About the book

 Donnie Darko meets Pleasantville in this dark urban fantasy about sixteen-year-old Ben Howard. When Ben accidentally kills his father and is sectioned after a failed suicide attempt, he escapes the guilt by seeking solace deep within the recesses of his own mind.

Waking in a strange ethereal black and white world, where most people exist as living statues, Ben leaps from New York skyscrapers into African jungles without fear of injury, severed from his emotions, until he meets and falls in love with Alice. But, no sooner does he settle into this strange, new existence, he’s traumatically catapulted back to the brutal reality he left behind.

Nobody believes he’s spent the last six months in a Gray World. Not his neurotic mother, his policeman brother Gavin, or his friends Mitch and Wendy, and certainly not Dr. McKenzie who’s threatening to give him even more pills. They all think he’s crazy, and why wouldn’t they when he’s been in some strange coma locked up in a mental asylum?

The Review

So this will actually be my first 5-star review for the year.
Special thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this awesome title.
The story centers around 17year old Ben, he is about to be sectioned due to a failed suicide attempt. His family cannot understand why he doesn’t want to live. Ben blames himself for his father’s death and so he falls into despair and depression escaping his guilt when he accidentally wakes up in a gray world where there is no color and of course no more pain. Continue reading “Book Review: Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn”

Top Ten Tuesday : Top Ten Most Unique Books I have read

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by the cool crew at The Broke and the Bookish.

First off I really don’t get to read a lot of unique books, but i have come across a few that have left certain impressions on me. I struggled to get 10 books because I have been too busy reading YA I need to branch out and just read more abstract stuff.  And I’m a bit lazy today as I didn’t include the book covers.(I know I’m a bit off my game, desperately playing catch up)

1. Ghana Must go by Taiye Selasi
This is such as an awesome story. A bit slow at the beginning but such a moving narration of events that can alter your life forever. Highly recommended
2. Alive by Chandler Baker
I thought this was your typical YA book, but it was one of those that was just eerily creepy. Felt like I stepped into a scary movie, a bit dark but it highlights the fact that some things are better left unknown.
3. Diva by Carrie Duffy
I read this book a few years ago and I really enjoyed it. Maybe because it tells how the world of showbiz and celebrity lifestyles is not a walk in the park.
4. Bond girl by Erin Duffy
I really loved this book. Two reasons, a strong female lead and also the fact that she was kicking ass in Wall street which can be so full of testosterone.
5. Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom
This is an all time fave of mine. I can re-read this book over and over again. So many life lessons and advice you can apply to your life.
6. Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn
This was a spur of the moment read. I haven’t even reviewed it yet but it was just such an awesome book. I liked that it addressed mental health issues and how sometimes all we need is someone to give a crap about what we are going through or what we are trying to say.
7. The Hybrid by Venue Morales
Debut YA paranormal story with amazing characters. The female lead was just a bad ass and I really wish the author would send me book 2.
8. The Midnight sea by Kat Ross
I never like historical fiction but this one was different. I like that the main characters were not your typical Adonis and Aphrodite, They were just 2 ordinary people with disabilities doing extraordinary things with a lot of heart.
9. Dinner with a vampire by Abigail Gibbs
A fun paranormal YA story, actually it was pretty dark and a bit twisted when I think about it. But I remember enjoying it a lot for its weirdness. I mean who chooses to live with a vampire instead of your freedom?
10. The Five people you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Another stunning thought proving read by Mitch Albom. It makes you think about how the people in your live impact who you are. I can’t recommend it enough.

Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie

daybreakDaybreak: Flatlined by Elle Arcie

Publication date: December 21st 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

About the book

She’s supposed to be just a job… a useless pawn.

But to a Paul, she is everything.

19-year-old Lorena is just an ordinary girl trying to live her life. But when she meets Paul, a handsome and mysterious vampire, her world changes beyond recognition. But just when she thinks their relationship is going well, he leaves her without an explanation. To make things worse, she becomes a target because of the relationship she just lost.

Paul is struggling to find his footing amidst the radical changes in the vampire community. He wants to side with the angels so he can be human again. His superiors, however, are against it and will do anything to keep him from going to the other side. Now, he is faced with a difficult choice: stay true to his vampire instincts or work with the angels to save himself and the people he cares for.

Daybreak is a tale of two people fighting to keep their love alive as the centuries-old war between angels and vampires rages on. Will they succeed? Will darkness win or will light finally prevail?

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The Review

Apologies to the author for the delay in reviewing this title.

I don’t always read a lot of vampire books as they can a bit dry sometimes and the story lines are the same but this one grabbed my interest from the start.
The story centers around Lorena, she is a twin and is living some semblance of a normal life except her boyfriend is a vampire. And due to that, she is brought before the vampire council and their Leader Primus for questioning.
In the midst of it all, she realizes that she is part of something a lot bigger than she imagined. Lorena is part of a prophecy and the only person who can get her through it is a vampire named Paul. Racing against time and the vampire council it’s up to Paul and Lorena with the help of God to fulfill the prophecy that will redeem all flatliners. Continue reading “Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie”

#Fun Fact Friday: The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

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Happy Friday! I guess the weekend is on the horizon but first here is another infographic that you just might love. Now the words sound great, wish I could say the same about what they mean. Halcyon being a new fave of mine….

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Book review: Frostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

frostbite-sigilFrostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

Publication date: 8th March 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

Synopsis

Losing Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of her heart and discovering her true identity has made Elena Watkins’ life almost unbearable. However, new trials will test the 17 year-old’s strength and push her to limits she didn’t think were possible.

Only a mysterious offer from Blake Leaf, the Rubicon and a dragon predestined for evil, reveals there may be a light at the end of Elena’s dark tunnel.

With the life she thought she knew crashing down around her, Elena will have to face a monumental decision about the fate of Paegeia. She can either make peace with Blake’s demands or try once again to unravel the Queen’s secrets that lie deep within her dragon, Tanya La Frey’s, heart.

The third heart pounding novel in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods.

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*Please note this review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the series.

The Review

It has been a while since I was seriously addicted to a series and I will be honest, this series is like a drug for me. I will be really sad when it is completely over because I just love it soo much.
S0…. a brief recap from the previous book, Elena is not a dragon (Surprised?) first a Thunderlight and now she is changing into a Rubicon just like Blake. Plus Lucian is dead and Elena just can’t seem to shake off the sadness she feels, the only comfort she feels is when Cara shows up (Don’t worry it will all make sense). Master Longwei has asked Blake to help Elena and even though she knows Blake hates her guts she can’t help but be drawn to him, especially when he is being nice.
Elena still knows that Lucian found out something that can help with the claiming of the Rubicon which is going to happen soon and she is determined to find out what it is but first she must find the Queen’s long-lost dragon.

What did I like? So back again for the 3rd book and I tell you it just keeps getting better. The story picks up from where book 2 left off, although we spend quite a bit of time reminiscing about Lucian (I sound like I don’t care right? but I really do). Elena started to get on my nerves a bit with her pity party, and I guess having the dragon Cara in the mix it made things a bit more fun.
I liked Blake better in this book, maybe because he just seemed a lot more gentle until he decides to self-destruct then things take a turn for the worse.
There is still a lot of information in the book which I thought was pretty pointless as it seemed to just fill in space. It was nice for Cheng to have a much bigger role, I think I like him…..
As usual, the author just plays with my emotions, because whenever I think I have the plot figured, she does the old switcheroo. There is soo much to this series that you can’t help but be entertained.
I loved the end of the book, that just means book 4 will be way way way better and I just can’t wait.

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Top 10 Upcoming Releases for February 2017

Hola! 2017 seems to be an awesome year with the all the awesome book releases coming up.

To make it easy for you here are my top 10 releases for February.

1. The Witch’s Tears (The Witch’s Kiss #2) by Katherin Korr

Publication date : 2nd February 2017

I had a bit of difficulty getting into book 1 and so I put it down and perhaps I might try it again and maybe I might like it.

About the book

Can true love’s kiss break your heart…? The spellbinding sequel to THE WITCH’S KISS by authors and sisters, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She’s drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven; drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry’s not the only one whose fairy tale is over. Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So when strangers offering friendship show them a different path they’d be mad not to take it…Some rules were made to be broken, right? The darkly magical sequel to THE WITCH’S KISS burns wickedly bright.

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2. King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

Publication date: 7th February 2017

This has to be the most anticipated book for this year (or one of them). I am really eager to read this book and I do hope and pray that this is the final book in the series. If a book 4 is on the horizon I will really really really pissed.

About the book

In this breathless third instalment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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3. Wintersong by S Jae-Jones

Publication date: 7th February 2017

About the book

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Publication date: 7th February 2017

About the book

A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone.

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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5. My Not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Publication date: 7th February 2017

About the book

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

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6. Around the Way Girl : A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson

Publication date : 9th February 2017

And for a little non fiction, I thought this would be a really great book to read or even listen to (audio book).

About the book

From Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Taraji P. Henson, comes an inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.

With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both in the home and on DC’s volatile streets. Here too she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift.

Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor’s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

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7. Gilded Cage (Dark gifts #1) by Vic James

Publication date: 14th February 2017

What a great book to keep you entertained on valentines day….. if you don’t already have plans. I have an ARC of this book and reading the synopsis really got me interested in where the story is going. If you ask me it feels like a Red Queenesque type of story, magic powers and freeing the oppressed and all that.

About the book

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

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8. The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J Redwine

Publication date: 14th February 2017

For lovers of The Shadow Queen…. I am still not convinced Fairytale retellings are the best and i did’t hear great things about the first book from this author. Hopefully this one might be better. A little bit of Rumpelstiltskin to keep you company on valentines day.

About the book

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

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9. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E Schwab

Publication date: 21st February 2017

About the book

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab.

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

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10. Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gina Showalter

Publication date : 28th February2017

About the book

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

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What books are you looking forward to this February?

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Fun Fact Friday: 30 Inspirational Quotes

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Heeyyyy! #Funfactfriday is back again, and this week I have 30 Inspirational quotes from fictional teachers and mentors. Happy reading!

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