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Recently I saw an interesting post on Nick & Neyreda’s Infinite Booklist where they revealed their blogger confessions. It inspired me to do a post on it as well because I realised I have quite a few myself, and wanted to see if perhaps some of you might share the same ones or what different ones you have. 🙂

Please don’t take anything personally, every confession is relative and situational! 😀 I thought it would be a great opportunity to share these thoughts, and perhaps talk about things we don’t normally talk about. I’d love to hear some of your confessions!


  • I sit/lay/starfish in really weird positions when I’m reading.
  • I don’t have that many books on my shelf because I used to read everything on my Kindle.
  • I actually haven’t read that many books because I only started reading intensively 2 years ago, and even then I stopped for over 8 months in between (my final year at uni was too hectic).
  • I love knowing about the person behind a blog, and always read the “About Me” page on my first visit.
  • I hate having one book in paperback and one in hardback. If it’s a series, I want them to all be matching.
  • I need to have all my favourite books in hardback. If I really love it and I only bought it in paperback, I will order the hardback. It’s counterproductive and wasteful, I know, but they are my babies. Plus, wasting money on books is the best way to waste money, right? 😉
  • But preferably I would like all my books in hardback.
  • It annoys me when one cover (UK/US) is so much nicer than the other. I will always need the prettier one.
  • I really don’t give a flying hoot about ARCS and have never privately contacted a publisher. This has changed since I started FairyLoot, but they are mostly for potential upcoming boxes.
  • I think commenting back is incredibly important and if a blogger doesn’t comment back after a few comments I find it rude and don’t bother visiting their blog again. If you won’t bother giving me the time of day, I won’t either.
  • I have no method to the way I plan my blog posts, and have only recently started taking notes when reading books (most of which haven’t even been useful, haha! In the notes for one book, I think I wrote “confused” in 6 bullet points – clearly, I was very).
  • I love reviews with a lot of animation and emotion, not just breaking down the facts and sounding all formal.
  • I want to swear more in my reviews but feel guilty when I do, so I always end up removing them.
  • I like the GIFs in my reviews to be matching, either from the same series or movie or whatever.
  • I like text that is broken up and easy on the eyes and I don’t enjoy reading really chunky reviews.
  • Blogs with constant promo blitzs and promotions turn me off; they come across as marketing platforms and are very impersonal.
  • I often think my reviews sound repetitive and get nervous wondering what people will think of them (especially the pictures I take with my books).
  • I am genuinely terrible at taking pretty book pictures and far too lazy to get better at it.
  • I am seriously considering doing a video review one day, just to see how it would be but I’m friggin’ scared.
  • I need my books to be in perfect condition and detest bending the spine so as you can imagine I spend most of the book reading at a rather inconvenient angle.
  • I will literally dive across the room and tackle you if I see you trying to hurt my books.
  • I have met some incredibly unique and intelligent people in the blogosphere, which I never thought would happen but am so happy it did.
  • I think my reviews could be more harsh/critical, but that with each book I read I get better at expressing that and it gets better with the more books I read.
  • I am still genuinely surprised everyday that people read the stuff that I have to say, and it makes me feel so happy and grateful.
  • I have become incredibly proud of my blog.

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  • Reply
    Kristyn @ Reading to Unwind
    January 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I agree with so many of your blogger confessions. I need my books to be in perfect condition as well. I can’t imagine someone doing the dogears to my book I might lose it!

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      YES, dog ears would be the worst!!! Or when people put cups/glasses on my book… like… THAT IS NOT A COASTER. xDD

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    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages
    January 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. You wrote down a couple confessions that I can wholeheartedly agree with! 😀 I love it when my books are matching – covers, sizes and editions – but it’s definitely not a MUST for me … however, I’m always trying to get the same books so yeah, haha.

    The repetitive thing is something I’m worried about as well … I feel like I constantly write the same things and it disturbs me? Ugh. English is not my native tongue so I’m already having difficulties – even though I don’t think my english is that bad – but I’m trying really hard. It’s just not so easy!

    Amazing post, as usual! I love these! ♥

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much!! ♥ Your reviews are not repetitive, and for English not being your native tongue it is freakin’ good, like seriously!! 😀 YES, matching books = priorities!!

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    Brittney
    January 24, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    You definitely wrote down confessions that I can whole heartedly “amen”.

    I definitely hit the about page first if the homepage site is beautiful and something I can connect with. I ‘starfish’ or curl up in really awkward-looking positions to get comfortable for good long read. I read nearly everything on my Kindle. I have met some really awesome folks in the blogging realm. I love GIFs (but don’t use them. I probably should because sometimes they convey emotions better than a paragraph ever could).

    However, I do hoot about ARCs! Not for the sake of getting my hands on a book first. But ARCs make books accessible to me when I can’t afford them or access them due to traveling.

    Shoot, this is turning into a confessional. Maybe I should just do my own #bloggerconfessions.

    At any rate this is awesome and YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR BLOG. It’s a beauty. 🙂

    • Reply
      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you so much!! Andddd, you should definitely do a post on your blogging confessions! 😀 It would be so much fun to read! So glad to find another who reads in really weird positions too haha, I’m like a monkey when I read I swear! xD

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    Nikki Wang
    January 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Aghhhhh I feel like this so mny times, although I have to disagree about the ARCs. Honestly I wish I didn’t care but it’s hard not to when it’s such a big factor in blogging haha. I HAVE NEVER USED GIFS IN MY REVIEWS and i feel like I should but I feel like it’s just not in me ;_;

    And oh my GOD yes about the matching formats. A SERIES MUST ALL BE THE SAME HOW DARE A PAPERBACK INFILTRATE MY HARDBACK SERIESSSSS

    And omg so sorry about this late comment back I’ve been so hectic ahhh. But also somehow this is my first time visiting your blog and oh my gosh it is SO GORGEOUS I LOVE IT. Like holy crap BLOGGING GOALS

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      NIKKIIIIIII WHUT like thank you so so much!!! YOUR WORDS ARE TOO KIND XDD And YES, how dare a paperback infiltrate my hardback series (I loled way too hard at your comment there hahah). So so glad I came across your blog! ♥

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    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    January 24, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t have many physical books either! I feel like there’s some unspoken rule that book bloggers are *supposed* to have massive shelves, but I just don’t let it get to me because I couldn’t afford as many books with physical books, and I actually *like* reading ebooks.

    I also visit the about page, usually on my first visit, because I like knowing who’s behind the blog too 🙂

    I don’t know how I feel about commenting back? On the one hand, I don’t *expect* everyone to comment back. But on the other hand, if I leave comments often and the person NEVER comments back, I do sometimes get offended and stop bothering.

    I ALSO EDIT THE SWEARING IN MY REVIEWS. Lol. I guess I feel like there are so many bloggers out there who are young and only read YA and what if one of them happens to be really anti-swearing and then reads my review and is bothered by it? Which is a stupid thing to worry about probably since it’s MY blog and the reviews I would be swearing in are generally not the YA ones… but when you’re typing and consciously choosing each and every word, it’s so different than speaking in real life.

    Promo blogs also turn me off. And I agree with some others but this comment is getting way too long lol. Great confessions 🙂

    • Reply
      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Yeah, the whole commenting back thing is only an issue if I’ve made the effort multiple times and they never bothered… I find it sooooo rude x(

      LOL. We should so show each other our original reviews one day with all the swearing, I curse like a sailer its ridonculous. I edit them for the same reason as you, what if someone younger reads it and it’s just.. eh. But I might include a bit more in the future haha.

      You should totally write your own confessions post!! I’d love to read all of yours hehe 😀

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    Kelly
    January 24, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I always thought I was the only one about finding matching GIFS. That’s why I hardly ever use them. I like them to have the same theme and they HAVE to be the same size. My little OCD heart can’t take it otherwise. I’m he crappiest book photo taker there is, I can’t be assed either to fiddle around and pose books to make them look all pretty. Gosh, not only am I too lazy, but I’m tired at the end of the day and the last thing I need is book posing. I sound absolutely insane now.

    Loved these Anissa and thanks so much for sharing Lovely<3 <3

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      SAME. I hate it when they’re not matching at all in my reviews.. But for other types of posts (like lists) I don’t need them to be matching. They have to be similar sizes though lol. I KNOW, it’s so difficult taking nice pics of books… Also, IM SO LAZY haha. Thank you so much!! 😀 ♥

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    Denise
    January 25, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I want my books to be in hardback and it annoys me too when they are not the same size! I can’t always buy hardbacks though; it’s too expensive! So I only buy hardbacks of books that I really really love! The comment on other blogs… I don’t always do that. I mean, I get really happy when someone comments on my blog, but I just get shy, you know? Then whenever I compliment and tag the blogger or something, I immediately shut off everything because this happens “omg I tagged him/her AHHHH” all the time. I’m trying to break that habit this 2016. 🙂

    Love your post!

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      I know, if I could only buy hardbacks I so would!! Haha. Awww, I think the comment thing for me is only relevant if I’ve commented a few times and they never bother to do it back… I can’t get to know them if they don’t respond, and that’s what the whole blogging community is about.. interaction, right? 😀 Thank you so much Denise!! 😀 ♥

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    January 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I 100% agree with commenting back. I get that real life sometimes gets in the way and bloggers cannot reply on every comment or visit all the blogs every time. But if they never even visit my blog and say hello after I have been constantly commenting on their blog… that is rude.
    And I feel the same about blogs with constant promo blitzs and promotions. I have to admit that when I started blogging three years ago I did a lot of promo posts at he beginning but than I started to feel as marketing tool not a person so I stopped and changed content of my blog radically because I realized that noone reads blogs who do nothing but promo posts.
    Also, my confession…I dont like when some blogger says something on her/his blog and those who dont agree starts bashing his/her opinion online. This has to stop. If you dont agree, that is okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinion or to write contra post defending your own opinion. But it is not okay to tell others their their opinions are wrong and be hateful about it. Opinions are not good or wrong. They are opinions, not facts.

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Commenting back is so so soooo important! I’m so glad you agree, it is such an important part of blogging 🙂 I haven’t actually seen that much bashing, but I don’t like that either. It isn’t necessary to tell people their opinions are wrong, especially in a rude or hurtful way – that isn’t to say we always need to agree, but there is a time and place and way to say something 🙂 Totally agree with you! ♥

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    Alise
    January 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Great post, Anissa 😀 I definitely share a lot of these. “If you won’t bother giving me the time of day, I won’t either.” THISSSS. I used to get so discouraged when I first started blogging and no one responded to me. To this day I never visited those blogs again. It just makes me so mad. I’m definitely guilty of writing boring reviews, probably because I struggle with writing reviews in general. I wish I could take nice pictures but my phone camera sucks and I’m too lazy to get out the actual camera xD I also prefer my gifs to be from a matching series but don’t mind if they aren’t. But something just makes me feel like I’ve done something right when they do xD One weird thing for me: I’m obsessed with having even numbers. I’ve actually deleted comments before to get to an even number of comments D: I’m a terrible person.

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      OMG. I literally LOLED so hard at your confession ahhahahahahahah *dies* I can’t believe you do that!! I find the odd numbers a bit annoying too… actually, but I don’t think I would ever delete them LOL. Oh Alise, you are a star!!! ♥

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    Omobola
    January 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Anissa, I think you are definitely in my thread family because I am in a way like that and I so like your confession and I’m thinking of writing one myself because of you. I like reviews with GIF images too but I’m too lazy to include them and I find my reviews kind of boring without them. I feel I need more soul too.

    • Reply
      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      YES. We are definitely threadsisters Omobola! 😀 So glad you agree with so many!

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    Cait @ Paper Fury
    January 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

    That is so so awesome you’re proud of your blog. IT IS A GORGEOUS BLOG!! YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO BE PROUD OF. ;D I used to be very intensely interested in ARCs. But now, honestly? I prefer not having them and not having the pressure of reviewing them and sending feedback and things, hehe, but I think it’s good in a way. If I stop wanting ARCs it frees them up for people who really want them. YAY.
    I also like really fun and interesting and creative reviews. 😀
    And omg HARD BACK LOVE FOREEEEVER. <3 If I was rich (omg, dream dream) I would only own hardbacks because they are SO beautiful and the spines don't get damaged when one reads…like paperbacks do. XD

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • Reply
      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      HEHEHEHE thank you so much !! I know, I would so have every book in hardback because that would just be amazing and also YES the spines stay beautiful forevverrrrrr. ♥

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    Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    January 26, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Love, love, love this post Anissa, and I completely agree with everything you’ve said here! Commenting back is so important. After all, the reason we all started blogging in the first place is to share our love of books, and commenting is such an essential way of doing that. And regarding reviews: for me, it depends on the blogger. As long as a blogger’s reviews match their personality, then I’m fine. xD (Your reviews are awesome BTW. I love reading them!) Thanks for sharing this and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

    • Reply
      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you sooo much, Zoe! It means so much to me!! 😀 😀 *flails* Commenting back is definitely so important! I’m so glad you enjoyed this! 🙂 ♥

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    Wattle
    January 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I agree with a majority of these! I always feel like my reviews are the same too, and I hate blogs that are just blitzes and promos. I actually have a blog post coming up that is a review, but it’s also a push for the rest of the series (I wasn’t aware of that requirement when I signed up for the tour) and I already feel bad about it 🙁 I mean…it IS a good series but it feels so promo heavy, even though the bulk of it is my review 🙁 I probably won’t be doing one of those again – though I do find tours a good way to read books I wouldn’t have otherwise (and I’ve found some great authors that way!)

    Commenting back is definitely important. I find myself not visiting others again if they don’t comment at least every now and then. We all want that interaction and if you’re not getting it, why bother to waste your time?

    I read a book the other week where the spine was glued in such a way, I had to crease the cover in the wrong place just to open it D: it was mortifying!

    Wonderful post Anissa, thank you for sharing your views in such a positive way 🙂

    • Reply
      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      I’m so glad you agree with a lot of these, and that you enjoyed this post!! 😀 Really it means so much to me! ♥ A promo post here or there isn’t too bad in my eyes, the worst is blogs where it’s literally a promo every post.. x( The book you read the other week glued in the wrong way sounds like a scarring moment haha x((

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    Gabi @ Let's Gab About Books
    January 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    OH man, do I agree with the wanting to swear more (then deleting them in editing), and also about wanting to be more critical in a polite way. I also love what you say about the promotion / ARC things, because it reminds me to come back to why I started blogging, which is just to share my thoughts and opinions about the books I read, and reminds me to check myself when I start to worry about other stuff. Great list, Anissa. I appreciate the transparency/vulnerability that comes with some of things you mentioned!

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      HAHA, looks like I am not alone in the swearing department!! We should totally exchange reviews one day with the original swear words in it haha. Yeah, for me blogging is all about sharing my thoughts about the books I read.. Somehow do not care about ARCS at all haha, seems like another world to me! Thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! 😀 ♥

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    Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
    January 27, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I definitely agree with you about having matching sizes/formats/covers for books! It is one of my biggest pet peeves! I also have no method for blogging, but I want to be more organized!

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      It’s so hard to get organised with my blog haha, I am trying though xD I write notes for blog post ideas sometimes… But have also lost many of those. Whoops!! xD

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    Emily @ Loony Literate
    January 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    YES I’d like to swear more in my reviews as well. I think people would be shocked at how much I swear in real life LOL.

    Hardbacks <3 <3 They're such a pain to read but they look AMAZING on shelves (and in pictures, not gonna lie). They're so expensive in Australia but worth it, right? 😀

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      Anissa
      January 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      LOL, SAME. In real life I swear way too much!! xD I guess I’m not alone in the swearing department!! We should totally exchange reviews one day with the original swear words in it, it would be hilarious! xDD YES. HARDBACKS FOR LIFE. ♥

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    Suze
    January 28, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Great confessions! I actually injured my hand because of my spine saving habits ;). I’m careful with my books, I want them to look nice and I never read my signed copies. If I have one I buy another copy to read. I love that you buy hardbacks of the books you love most. There’s no better way to support the author as well.

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      Anissa
      February 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much!! 😀 Hahaha, omg, BOOKS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN HEALTH & SAFETY. I don’t mind reading my signed copies, but if I read it before I get it signed I will buy a new one to get signed haha. WE ARE SIMILAR 😀 I am currently buying so many hardback books, and they’re already books that I own but I just love them. I don’t spend money on clothes anymore, so it’s all books hehe. <3

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    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
    January 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I sit in really weird positions when I read too! I usually get back or leg pain from my strange positions xD I love knowing more about the blogger behind the posts too, I sometimes wish bloggers would add a bit more of themselves to their posts, I love personal posts! Commenting back is so important I can’t stress that enough. Actually I am FINALLY commenting back from when you left a lovely comment on my blog back in October *cringes* I am SORRY it took this long. Senior year has slayed me :0 But I really really like your blog and I can’t wait to read more 🙂

    It’s so hard not to care about ARCs, and I’m trying to get better at letting them go. I want to focus on backlist titles again and you don’t even need an ARC to do promotion for an upcoming release. Sometimes UK covers are significantly better than US covers (Rebel of the Sands), and I yearn to get that copy. Penguin USA actually switched to the UK version of Rebel cover, and I am ecstatic!!

    Lovely post!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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      Anissa
      February 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Haha, sitting in weird positions is the best! People who see me are often like “erm, aren’t you uncomfortable or in pain?”. I think I might be a monkey. HAHA. Thank you so much ♥ and I totally understand, in my last year/semester at uni I wasn’t even present in the blogosphere! 😀

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    Briana @ Pages Unbound
    January 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Great post!

    I’ve been blogging for four and a half years but don’t request ARCs either, besides occasionally from Netgalley. As an English major and now English grad student, and someone who sometimes has publishing internships on top of that…I have a lot of required reading. I’d rather not read to a schedule for my hobby, as well!

    I agree about commenting back, or at least receiving a response to my comments on the other blogger’s blog. I know we all get busy, but if I leave multiple thoughtful comments on the same blog, and the blogger never replies, I definitely stop commenting. I may or may not stop reading. But it’s definitely discouraging and makes me feel as if they’re not reading my comments/not valuing them.

    I worry about my reviews sounding repetitive, too. I wrote a discussion post about it once, but I’m not sure I came to any grand conclusions!

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      Anissa
      February 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much! I agree, I am occasionally on Netgalley but often if I do get an ARC on there I never end up reading it… The pressure always puts me off! Haha. Commenting back is definitely really important 😀 I’m glad so many people agree. <3

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    Brittany
    February 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I love this list, and I feel the same way as you do on a number of topics! I absolutely can’t stand paperback books and only buy books I love in hardback. I also want to swear more, but one of my co-bloggers is my younger sister and I have younger followers who read the reviews as well, so it’s setting a bad example if I start cursing like a sailor! XD haha.

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

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      Anissa
      March 13, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      HARDBACK BOOKS ARE JUST SO AMAZING. I recently got my HB copy of Rebel of the Sands and it is just soooo much nicer it’s incredible. *heart eyes emoji* Haha yes, swearing is difficult! I often go back and remove the words or change them to less “bad” bad words haha.

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    Amy
    February 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Anissa,
    I absolutely love this post! It’s really eye-opening and I feel like I know you better already 😀 mind if I do my own list on my blog? I can think of loads! E.g. I can count the number of books I’ve actually READ on two hands, I cheat and listen to them instead lol. Who says a reader needs to actually read ey?
    Great blog! I love the colours, the lilac/lavender is so relaxing! Also, I love how your menu is so tidy!
    Have a great week,
    Amy x

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      Anissa
      March 13, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Amy! Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean so much to me! 🙂 And of course, I’d love it if you did your own confession post! Oh wow, that’s so cool that you listen to so many books. I really need to try it sometime. Thanks again for your lovely comment, Amy! xx

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