bookish birthday tag

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I turned 20 today.  It’s a bit unreal to me, seeing that zero because it means I’m officially out of the teen years and have moved into the ‘twenty something’ stage of life. (Also, I’m now as old as Darry from The Outsiders.  YESSSS.)  I definitely feel like I’ve matured over the past year (in some areas anyway) because so much has happened in my life and that’s always conducive to personal change and, hopefully, character growth.  I didn’t feel like writing some deep, philosophical post, so I’m answering the ‘Book Birthday Tag’ which I found on Brilliantly Bookish.

BIRTHDAY CAKE: A BOOK WITH A PLOT THAT SEEMS CLICHE, BUT YOU ADORE IT ANYWAY

The Siren is a pretty straight-up YA romance (even if one half of the main couple is, y’know, a siren) but I almost loved it (as opposed to just liking it).  I definitely enjoyed it more than The Selection (also by Kiera Cass).

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PARTY GUESTS: YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE FOR THIS YEAR

I just learned yesterday that Scott Westerfield plans to release four more books in the Uglies series.  The first one, Imposters, will be published in just a few days and I can’t wait to read it and spend more time in the Uglies universe and with Tally Youngblood.

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BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU WITH HOW MUCH YOU LOVED IT

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland (and when I first read Heartless I hadn’t seen any of the movies either) so I didn’t really know what I was getting into with Marissa Meyer’s most overlooked book.  But it was breathtakingly beautiful and tragic and I love it so, so much.

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG: A BOOK THAT CERTAINLY DESERVED ALL THE HYPE IT GOT

The Hunger Games.  It’s a brilliant feat of storytelling.

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HAPPY MUSIC: A BOOK WITH SOME VERY BEAUTIFUL AND TRULY MEMORABLE QUOTES

I couldn’t not give The Book Thief as my answer.  Incredible prose and stick-in-your-head-forever-and-ever narrative, dialogue, and metaphors.

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GETTIN’ OLDER: A BOOK THAT YOU READ A LONG TIME AGO BUT YOU THINK YOU WOULD APPRECIATE MORE IF YOU READ IT AS A MORE MATURE READER

I tried reading The Count of Monte Cristo several years ago but eventually gave it up because I was bored and confused.  I think I’d enjoy it much more now.

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SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU INCREDIBLY HAPPY DURING A SAD OR DEMANDING PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE

I don’t know if there’s really any book that fits this category, but I do remember that The Outsiders and A Monster Calls really spoke to me and moved me in the summer of 2017 as Dad became sicker and sicker.  But no book made me ‘incredibly happy’.

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Have you read any of my book choices?  When is your birthday?

Eva

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the get to know me tag {writer’s edition}

Kinsey at Over the Withers graciously opened up this tag for anyone and I’m totally down for it.

Rules:

  • link back to the person who created the tag: Savannah
  • thank the person who tagged you: completed above
  • share the tag graphic below
  • tag 11 bloggers

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THE QUESTIONS

Appearances!

Name: Eva-Joy “Eva” Ruth Schönhaar.

Nicknames: Well, pretty much everyone online calls me ‘Eva’.  And my dad had a nickname for me, but I don’t feel like sharing it here for various reasons.

Birthday: September 3rd!  Less than a month until I turn twenty!!!  I share my birthday with a lot of people (duh), but my three favorites are Alan Ladd, Mort Walker (creator of ‘Beetle Bailey’, one of my favorite comic strips), and Garrett Hedlund.  Also, WWII began on my birthday (several decades ago, obviously).  I don’t know if that’s cool or not.

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The handsomeness!

Hair color and length: My hair is brunette and a little shorter than chin-length.

Eye Color: Blue.

Braces/Piercings/tattoos: I did have braces once upon a time, but now I just have two tiny wire retainers behind my top and bottom teeth.  I’d like to get my ears pierced.  And I don’t have any tattoos.

Righty or lefty: Righty.

Ethnicity: Caucasian.  British, German, and American roots.

First…

Novel Written: Well, I wrote several novellas (probably more like long short stories, tbh) but I believe the first novel-length work I finished was a dystopian novel (first in a trilogy, of course).

Novel Completed: That dystopian thing and as to when it was completed, I’m not entirely sure.  I believe it was some time in 2012 or 2013.

Award for Writing: I won a short story contest at the local library several years ago.  It wasn’t an award exactly, but it’s something anyway.

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Publication: I have nothing to say about this at the present time. (Though the aforementioned short story was published on the library website.)

Conference: No. 😦

Query/Pitch: *shrugs*  I won’t think about that now…I’ll think about that tomorrow.  After all, tomorrow is another day! *music swells*

Favorites!

Novel (that you wrote): The one I’m currently working on – The Resistance of Lili Verre – has my heart, obviously.  I’m also partial to my next NaNoWriMo project, a Christian dystopian based on the life of the Apostle Paul.  But I think my favorite novel I’ve written so far is The Bounty Hunter.  It’s a western.  Very first draft, but the characters are the literal best.

Genre: Westerns!  I’m also very partial to sci-fi and most historicals.

Author: Soooooo many.  Jane Austen, Harper Lee, Nadine Brandes, Suzanne Collins, Marissa Meyer, Baroness Orczy, Louis L’Amour, Rachel Kovaciny, Markus Zusak…and on and on and on.

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Writing Music: Movie soundtracks!  My Spotify playlist for The Resistance of Lili Verre includes music from ‘The Book Thief’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Ratatouille’, and ‘Cinderella’ (2015).  Or sometimes I’ll just go and pull up someone else’s random playlist and write to that.  Love.

Time to write: That’s something I’ve been working out in my head, as I want to take my writing a lot more seriously and devote more time to it.  Right now, I mainly write between eleven and twelve in the morning, scattered throughout the afternoon, and sometimes in the evening.  I need to get a firm schedule though.

Writing snack/drink: Coffee.  That’s pretty much it.  I don’t like eating as I write, because it tends to get my keyboard sticky or crumby.

Movie: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (original).  And tons of others.

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Writing Memory: I remember having a lot of fun with a western story about a bank examiner that I wrote a few years ago.  Lots of coffee and early mornings and Jerry Goldsmith music.

Childhood Book: Again, there’s many.  Little Men would be up there, along with A Little Princess.

Currently…

Reading: Gone With the Wind and The Wendy.

Writing: This blog post, my Rogue One WWII AU, and The Resistance of Lili Verre.

Listening to: My little brothers talking.

Watching: My Gmail inbox.

Learning: Nothing much at the moment.

Future!

Want to be published: Before I’m twenty-five.

Indie or traditional: Traditional is my goal right now.

Wildest goal: To have as loyal and devoted a fan-base as Nadine Brandes does.

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Like Kinsey, I’m going to leave this tag open for whoever wants to do it. 🙂

Eva

liebster award (for the…third time?)

Grace and Katherine over at The Maidens of Green Gables nominated me for the Liebster Award.  Their questions are really cool but thinking of eleven random facts about myself is always such a drag so I’m just going to give you three.

  1. The last movie I watched was ‘A Monster Calls’.  Cried SO much over it.
  2. I just entered a short story contest.
  3. My current favorite movie soundtrack is the ‘Ratatouille’ score – thanks so much to everyone who mentioned/recommended it in the comments section of my post about Michael Giacchino!

Grace and Katherine’s questions:

1. What is your favorite quote?

I really dig this one:

“Well, this is a very personal opinion about seizing the moment. I think it has been one of the most damaging aspects of western society you know, the notion of seizing the moment. It has made us burn the forests that we have in front of us…it has made us live the now as if there was no tomorrow. As if we’re not engaging with a responsibility that freedom gives us to know that there’s a future. And there are people that will come after. It is not a rush, life is more, it’s more a craft. Seizing the moment sometimes makes you fall into a trap that it is now or never. And there’s moments that it is now or never but you know when that is. It’s not that there’s a rule that you have to follow that path.” -Gael García Bernal

2. Share your most used recipe?

I really would share it but I’m downstairs and the recipe book is upstairs and this post is pretty long already.  But this recipe is either really close to the one I use or the exact same – I can’t remember at the moment.

3. Are you a writer, and do you have any published works?

I am indeed a writer.  As for the second part of the question…no comment. *cough*

4. What are some of your hobbies?

A few months ago I might have said “writing”, but I’m taking my writing way more seriously now.  My goal is to be traditionally published before I’m twenty-five. (A girl can dream!)  So right now the only hobby I can think of is collecting little action figures, Funko Pops, etc.  Each one has a special meaning for me and I love ’em all.

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5. Are you a fan of musicals?

YES.  Always.

6. What fond family traditions would you like to continue when you get married and start a family? Or if these joyous series of events have already arrived, what have you implemented already?

*shrugs* I like the tradition of everyone in the family receiving a book on Christmas Eve.  That and family devotions (of course) would be the most important to me.

7. What is one particular character trait that you would like to train your future/present children in?

Honesty.  Definitely.

8. What is a boy’s and girl’s name that you like?

I have to limit myself to one each??? *sigh*  Boy name – Paul.  Girl’s name – Marianne.

9. Tell us a favorite joke?

“Why did Zac Efron cross the road?”  “To get to the other side.”  HAHAHAHA.  I always grin so hard whenever I think about or tell that joke.

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10. Recommend three books?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. (The first and third have some Adult Content, fyi.)

11. What is a period drama you love?

Soooooo many.  I’m going to go with ‘Little Women’ (1994) because it’s literally perfect.

My questions for the tagees:

1. Who are your top three favorite superheroes?

2. Who are your top three favorite superheroines?

3. Cake or pie?

4. Round cookies or cookie bars?

5. When was the last time you laughed really hard?

6. How many books have you read this year?

7. Animated or live action?

8. Drawn animation or CGI?

9. Have you read Do Hard Things?

10. What’s your favorite fabric?

11. Plaids or stripes?

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Random pretty picture I took in Montana.

I’m not going to tag eleven people, because duh.  So if you think my questions look fun, feel free to participate!

Eva

P.S. I believe this is actually the fourth time I’ve done the Liebster Award.  Wow.

‘the greatest showman’ book tag

Basically like the last tag I did.  Rules are: answer the questions and tag whoever you want.  Using my graphic is optional, but recommended. 🙂

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~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  Probably my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles.  Intense and interesting.

~’A Million Dreams’: Name a book that’s set in a fantastical world

I haven’t read much fantasy, so I’ll have to go with Gregor the Overlander (+ entire series).  I mean, the Underland isn’t toooo much different from the world up here.  Except for all the giant animals.  And the pale skin and violet eyes on the humans.  It’s a little strange and a little scary and a little magical (though not literally – there’s no actual magic in the series).

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~’Come Alive’: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

I don’t know about ‘outrageously’.  But The Blue Castle (by L.M. Montgomery) is a wonderful book.  It doesn’t start happily, but it definitely ends that way and it always cheers me up.

~’The Other Side’: Name a book that changed your mind about something

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery.  I used to think that all the books after Anne of Green Gables were boring.  Ha!  Now the entire series is one of my very favorites, and Rilla of Ingleside is one of the best of the lot in my opinion.

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~’Never Enough’: Name a book that you’ve re-read more than once

Soooo many.  I’m going to go with While Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh because I’ve re-read the entire Songs in the Night series at least three times.  Probably more.  And you want to know why?  Because it’s GOLD.  Historical fiction gold.  I love it so, so much.

~’This Is Me’: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

That’s tough!  Maybe Liesel, from The Book Thief (by Markus Zusak)?  We both read and write and love books and Max and Hans and Rosa and Rudy.

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~’Rewrite the Stars’: Name a book with a forbidden romance

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  Cath is supposed to marry the King but then Jest comes into her life, with his eyes the colour of the lemons that grew in her bedroom and, well, he sweeps her off her feet by being simply…Jest.  Their romance was doomed right from the start, what with Cath destined to become the Queen of Hearts and all, but it didn’t keep me from rooting for them and loving their relationship.

~’Tightrope’: Name a book with an adventurous main character

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.  Duh. 😉

~’From Now On’: Name a book with a wonderful family (related or otherwise)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  I know, I know.  I’m frightfully unimaginative.  I use this book as the answer to everything. (Which it kind of is.)  You’ve got the Curtises as a family, but then you’ve also got the larger family of the gang.  Darry, Sodapop, Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Steve, Two-Bit.  Together, they form one of the awesomest, most tight-knit families in all of literature.

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I tag:

And here are the questions again (for your copy-and-paste convenience):

~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus

~’A Million Dreams’: Name a book that’s set in a fantastical world

~’Come Alive’: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

~’The Other Side’: Name a book that changed your mind about something

~’Never Enough’: Name a book that you’ve re-read more than once

~’This Is Me’: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

~’Rewrite the Stars’: Name a book with a forbidden romance

~’Tightrope’: Name a book with an adventurous main character

~’From Now On’: Name a book with a wonderful family (related or otherwise)

Eva

the les mis book tag

Stole this from Twist in the Taile.

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~I Dreamed a Dream: a book that didn’t live up to your high expectations

If We Survive by Andrew Klavan.  This book had the potential to be so good!  Four Christian teens on a missions trip in a South American country and a bitter, disillusioned Marine must band together to reach home when a revolution breaks out in said country.  But the characters killed the book.  They were cardboard cutouts, stereotypes of the worst kind, and it was painful to read. (The only good character was the aforementioned Marine.)  Such a disappointment.

~The Confrontation: your favourite literary duo

This is actually a trio, but I LOVE the Baudelaire siblings in A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Actual siblings goals.  For real.

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~Castle on a Cloud: a book that comforts you

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass and any book by Katherine Reay.  The Candymakers has been special to me ever since I read it for the first time.  Logan’s sweetness (haha!), generosity, and ability to look squarely at the world even when the world ducks away from him speaks to my heart.  And Phillip makes me cry.  Ditto for Miles.  And Daisy…Daisy adds sugar and spice to the group.  As for Katherine Reay, her books are gentle reads that at the same time aren’t afraid to talk about real issues and struggles.

~Red and Black: an unpopular bookish opinion

Jo. And. Laurie. Would. Have. Been. Horrible. As. A. Couple.

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~Do You Hear the People Sing?: a book you read because of hype

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Never should’ve read it. #regrets

~One Day More: a book that kept you reading into the next chapter (and the next and the next)

Fear is the Key by Alistair MacLean.  Such a nail-biting read!

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~On My Own: a ship of yours that isn’t canon

Everyone in The Hunger Games + happiness.

~Drink With Me: your favourite bookish friendship

Hamlet and Horatio keep coming to mind, for some reason…

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~Bring Him Home: that one character you will do anything to protect

Johnny from The Outsiders.  He’s a precious cinnamon roll with a heart of gold, also horribly abused by his parents and he wouldn’t know what love is if the guys didn’t take care of him and THAT LETTER and basically he deserves all the hugs.

~Empty Chairs at Empty Tables: a character death you don’t think you’ll ever recover from

SO MANY.  Honestly, there are probably dozens.  Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities), Dan Kean (Jo’s Boys), Finnick Odair (Mockingjay), Johnny Cade (The Outsiders), Rab Silsbee (Johnny Tremain), everyone who dies except Bane (Underland Chronicles), Queenie (Code Name Verity), Jest (Heartless)…and the list goes on.  Please commiserate with me in the comments.

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If you’re a fan of Les Mis, you’re tagged!

Eva

just a little tag

Snatched this tag from An Attempt to be Classic.

1. Do you have a favorite fictional couple? (If so why do you like them?)

Robin & Marian.  Any book, any movie, any TV show.  No matter what incarnation, this couple has my heart.  Their love story is sometimes troubled, often tragic, always beautiful.

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2. If you could have any animal (safely), as a pet you would have a…

Cat.  Boring, I know.  But cats are awesome!

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3. You get to live in Middle Earth, what race are you a member of?

I haven’t read or watched Lord of the Rings, so I have no idea.

I do love this song, though. 

4. In an ideal situation (you don’t have to worry about living too far from family or money concerns) where would you live? (It can be fictional.)

The Underland, post-Code of Claw.  Except for all the fighting (and with the humans/gnawers bonded, there would be much less), the Underland is an insanely cool place and I’d enjoy living there so much.  Regalia is beautiful and I’d be able to meet so many favorite characters. (As for IRL places, probably Ireland.  Or America.)

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5. Do you have a favorite ‘vintage’ movie? (As in, filmed before 1960.) What is it?

Haha!  So many of my favorite movies are ‘vintage’. (Though I classify that as pre-1970, not 1960.)  I’m going to go with ‘The Vikings’ (1958).  THIS MOVIE WAS MY CHILDHOOD.  I love it so much and, unlike some childhood favorites, it’s actually a good movie with a stellar cast and awesome soundtrack. (It wasn’t until recently that I realized Ramsey in ‘The Great Escape’ is played by the same guy who played Egbert and it made me smile.  ‘The Vikings’ and all its cast are just plain special to me.)

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6. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t really know that I had any big aspirations. 🙂 *shrugs*

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7. You can be ‘the best’ at any sport (e.g. gymnastics, curling, synchronized swimming etc.), what do you choose?

Capture the Flag. (I don’t really know, though.)

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8. List three things that you wish people knew about you but will never ask. (Or just three random things. ;))

Think, think, think…

  • I started wearing mascara only a few days ago.
  • This movie is also my childhood. #nojudgement
  • Spotify is my new favorite app.

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9. Share a favorite quote!

“It really doesn’t matter whether it’s the villain or the hero. Sometimes the villain is the most colorful. But I prefer a part where you don’t know what he is until the end.” -Glenn Ford

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And he was one of the best at playing that type of character.

If John Williams (composer, not actor or that crazy guy I know) can make you cry, please do steal this tag!

Eva

the zombie apocalypse tag

Found this tag over at Hammock of Books and since I’m feeling sick and this tag looks easy/fun, I obviously had to do it.

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Rules:

~Choose 5 books
~Randomly set up your books in order
~Flip to a random page in the book and write down the first two names you see
~Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them
~Cry at how doomed you are

Books chosen:

~Cloaked by Rachel Kovaciny
~Cinder by Marissa Meyer
~Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
~A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes
~The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

First Person To Die: Mary Rose (Cloaked).  How did this happen!  Mary Rose is an intelligent and swift young girl.  If the zombies take her down so quickly, there’s absolutely no hope for the rest of us.

The First Person You Trip To Escape the Zombies: Jubilee (Cloaked).  Ouch.  Tripping an elderly woman so that I can make my escape.  Just…wow, Eva.

The Person Who Trips You To Escape the Zombies: Cinder (Cinder).  I can actually kinda see Cinder doing this and I’m not sure what that says about her.  Suffice to say that her survival instinct is strong and she was probably angry about the next category.

The First Person To Turn Into A Zombie: Kai (Cinder).  Awwww.  I like Kai. (Not as much as Wolf or Jacin, but I do like him.) *sigh*

The Team Idiot: Peeta (Catching Fire).  WHAT?!  I guess we’re dealing with drugged/brainwashed Peeta, then, because Peeta is not an idiot. (Except when his love for Katniss makes him do foolish things, but Katniss isn’t on our team so, yeah, it doesn’t make sense.)

The Brains of the Group: Effie (Catching Fire).  Why, oh why couldn’t Effie and Peeta’s positions be switched?  That would make so much more sense.  At least Effie would make sure we all kept moving at a steady clip.

The Team Medic: Jude (A Time to Die).  Does he know anything about healing?  It’s been a while since I read ATtD and I can’t remember. *shrugs*

The Weapons Expert: Willow (A Time to Die).  Yep, we’re dead.  Willow’s never even held a weapon in her life when Parvin first meets her (IIRC).

The Brawler: Hans (The Book Thief).  No, no, no.  Hans isn’t a brawler!  He’s one of the sweetest, gentlest, kindest men you’ll ever meet in a book.

The Team Leader: Max (The Book Thief).  Max is a brawler, but I can’t reeeally see him leading everyone.

My Zombie Team is: Mary Rose, Jubilee, Cinder, Kai, Peeta, Effie, Jude, Willow, Hans, and Max.  Our strengths would definitely be Cinder, Peeta, Jude, and Max.  But I don’t think we’d last too long.

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If you want to do this tag, go ahead!  It’s quite fun.

Eva