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Summer Book Haul + Updates

After having been a good girl for almost 6 whole months, I caved in June and started buying books again…and haven’t read a single one of them yet due to all the ARC’s that I made my priority *sighs*. It’s a hard knock life!

Speaking of the real hard knock life, for those of you that have read the personal posts on my current circumstances: my dad’s operation was successful, but sadly, they found out that the cancer has spread to his lymph nodes. He started his first round of chemotherapy almost two weeks ago now and I’m happy to say that the side effects have been extremely mild so far. We’ve even been joking around about the strict rules he has to follow while being on the meds (which will be for 6 months). He has to flush the toilet twice every time he takes a piss and then thoroughly clean the toilet seat. Seriously, it has never been this clean in there!
The doc prescribed urea cream in case his hands start to get sore and/or he develops a rash. We both immediately said he might just as well piss on his hands then if that happens. Except that if he does, if will both cause the rash and cure it at the same time??Time for some experimenting!
The specific meds he’s on are making him lose his fingerprints as well, so he’s seriously looking into all options on becoming a successful burglar (if anyone has any tips?). But yeah, it’s still hard, unfair, and an emotional roller coaster, but thankfully, we’re keeping the soul alive.
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Back to the books. Because of the aforementioned circumstances, I was forced to take a break from blogging and am still not up to full speed with it. Spending time with my family and trying to survive the summer in general have taken their toll: I’m terribly behind in my email correspondence (apologies to everyone who’s still waiting for a response, I just can’t seem to push my brain to start working at it at the moment!), and I’ve only reviewed six books in August. Then again, six books in one month with all that’s been going on? 200 (7).gif

My blogiversary was celebrated in style and I’m really happy about the amazing response that I got. Bless y’all! The winners have been picked, announced on my social media channels, and the prizes are on its sweet merry way to them as we speak.

Now on to the actual book haul!

Books that I bought:

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My book subscription loot! Minus Ink and Bone. I got an ARC for the second book in the series but the publisher never sent me Book One as promised. Which turned out to be better in the end because this cover is just…RAAWR!

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I bought Sons of the Devil after reading Magda’s review HERE.
In the aftermath of the last season finale of The Walking Dead, I just had to find out who gets pummeled to pieces in the end. This was my cue to finally start reading the comics. I think the books don’t mention Negan until Compendium Three, though. Plus, I already Googled it and know it’s Glenn who dies. In the book…OMG, IS IT OCTOBER YET?!

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Someone on Twitter told me I should really read Betty Neels’ books. I had never heard of the woman before but apparently, she wrote a shitload of English books that are set in Holland. So naturally, I had to get my hands on some of them. Of course, 2 out the 3 books I bought aren’t set in Holland at all…/epicfail.

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I got these from a thrift shop for 20 cents each or so. The first one can be translated into Women&Hormones: A Guide For Every Woman. How could I not buy such an emerald treasure (and make fun of it in my head every time I see the cover)?

Received ARC’s: 

Yes, apparently Fifty Shades of Tinsel is a thing. A horrible thing. Jill and I requested it from NetGalley for the heck of it. If anyone feels like joining in on this feast of smut at its worst?!

Books that I won/have been given to me:

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I won this from my blog twin Amanda@Chocolate Pages. Her review made me want to read it asap (=2017 >.>).

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Given to me by my mother-in-law in the hope of getting me back into posting recipes ;). Once I fit into my jeans once more without having to lie down first, I’ll start baking again!

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I won this from the brilliant Liis @Cover to Cover. Yes, I won this in April, so it technically wasn’t summer yet. I bet it was already fecking warm back then anyways, so it counts for me!

Books that I borrowed: 

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I borrowed these from my mother-in-law (she’s an avid reader as well). The first one is The Smoke Jumper, the second one a Dutch children’s book called The Mystery of The Pyramid, and the third one a humorous book called The Confused Guinea Pig.

And that was it! I’m sure I forgot some books again, but *shrugs*.

Have you read any/are you planning on reading any of these books?

About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

71 Comments on Summer Book Haul + Updates

  1. Anne your dad is a rockstar! I am so happy to hear he is fighting a good fight and I keep you in my thoughts constantly.

    I think reviewing six books a month is pretty damn good if I may say so! I have also picked up Throne of Glass but overwhelmed with ARCs. I thought I was caught up until I realized I had like 5 more coming for a book tour. But I would never complain about too many books 😉

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    • Bless you <3. He’s usually very down-to-earth thankfully. Except when there’s something wrong with one of our animals. He tends to cry like a baby then (don’t tell him I said that on a public blog). That’s what I thought as well! 🙂 Ha! You can never catch up. EVER!!!!! Which is okay idd ^^.

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      • Yes!!! Well I am super stoked he maintains his cool. I nearly fell apart when I became ill, and then I realized it just is counter productive. Of course what you father endures is on another level I know. I am sure he has an amazing support group that can’t be beat though ❤

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        • That’s very true! If you just wallow in self-pity you get depressed on top of it in no time. And, again, ain’t nobody got time for that ;). How and when did you become ill btw? Were you ‘just’ dizzy a lot and then had checked things out? His support group is rather small, but hopefully effective 🙂 ❤

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          • It began with the headaches about a year or so ago and progressed into the vertigo and now my ears ring nonstop. My hearing is almoat nonexistent in one ear and leaving the other. Really the vertigo is the worst though. I can’t drive or walk when it happens.

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            • Oh maan! I’m thinking of asking for a brain scan as well because I have the same symptoms. The tinnitus is killing me sometimes, my left ear is chronically inflamed and almost deaf now as well and the dizzy spells are scary aren’t they? I haven’t driven a car for over a year now thanks to it. But no surgery for you right?

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            • Anne you are my twin in an eerie way!!! No surgery. Multiple scans. I have a lesion byt they think I also have advanced bilatetal Meniere’s disease. You really need to follow up. I know how debilitating it is 😣 I am sorry.

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            • I went to the doctor’s office today because I had such an extreme bout of vertigo during the night that I had to crawl on the floor to be able to pee (not on the floor). Both my ears were almost completely deaf as well this morning. But they just don’t take anything seriously over here. I got a fucking nasal spray because my Eustachian tubes have filled up with fluids. Thing is, this is the 6th time in 2 years or so…they should really send me to a specialist :/.

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            • Really!! Sorry but ask them next time if they have ever heard of Ménière’s disease?! I am not sure if they are referred to as ENTs (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctors there, but see if you can find one who will take you. Those ass clowns.. sigh.

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            • My dad had that for a while actually (or he was diagnosed with it and they prescribed him specific meds for it as well) but magically recovered from it. Yeah, they’re called KNO’s over here :D. One of my physicians told me last year that if I get another ear infection, I would need to be sent to one an ENT. Four infections later and they still won’t give me a referral note. Ass clowns indeed…

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            • He must be in relapse (your father) Meniere’s never goes away(incurable), but can lie dormant in so people for long periods. My sister was told she had it and it jever affects her, yet they think I do and I am on the floor. Maybe you can find a self reffering KNO?

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            • Yeah, that’s what I thought, hence I already thought it was strange that he doesn’t have any symptoms anymore! Crazy illnesses. You always need a refferal because the insurance won’t cover it otherwise -.-. But I’ll cry some havoc over at the doctor’s office next week! (gonna be sick this one sighs)

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            • Go scream at them girl!!! I was lucky to have insurance that allowed self referral so I got into a great neuro who has me headed in the right direction. But man, what a long road sigh.. Keep me posted!

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            • As soon as I’ve recovered from another magical week of endometriosis-fest, which should start any minute now. YES! You leep me posted as well :). We’re babbling about our ailments like two old women for god’s sake :’).hands over the butterscotch

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            • Hehe.. we can babble about whatever we like 😉

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            • True! Because we’re adults! YEAH!!

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            • Yeah 😎😎😎

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            • Anne, actually.. this has really been sitting with me. You have no idea (or maybe you do) how much it has impacted me to know someone else is dealing with this! If you find out anything let me know girl. I am being scheduled to meet with an ENT Specialist at our “top dawg” hospital here. I hope I get some answers. I am driving maybe twice a week, but realistically know I need to probably give it up. Luckily my part time job is a 10 minute drive.. sigh. Hang in there!!

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            • ❤ I don’t tend to tell a lot of people about it because it’s always waved away with “OH, it’s all between your ears”. Which funnily, it is, because IT’S MY HEAD YOU NUMPTIES! I really hope you get some answers as well! Did they ever find out what caused the lesions to be there in the first place? Or just a ‘lord knows’ kind of approach? You are definitely lucky you live that close to your work :). But I know from experience that even those 10 minutes can already be too much. And you just don’t want to pass out behind the wheel? Do you ever pass out btw? I don’t, thankfully.

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  2. Barbera de Joode // 02/09/2016 at 20:35 // Reply

    ❤️ kusjes!!!

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  3. rashthedoctor // 02/09/2016 at 20:51 // Reply

    I’m sorry to hear about your Dads circumstances , glad you and your Dad are handling it so well , In both my parents case we had a terrible experience in handling the scenarios so I am happy to learn of your fight .

    If you don’t mind me asking what is your father’s provisional diagnosis . I hope your battle against this disease is won by your dad

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    • My mother has an early form of Alzheimer so it’s a lot to take on but could always be worse, thankfully. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with your parents’ situation :(. I’m sure you were a lot younger than I am now and that might have had something to do with it as well?
      He has stage 3 bowel cancer. Accidentally discovered by a national screening, and thank god for that or it could’ve been even worse already!

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      • rashthedoctor // 02/09/2016 at 21:33 // Reply

        Yeah i was young at the time of my Mother’s Leukemia , for my Dad’s Chronic Renal failure i was in my Med school either way both experiences were hard to handle .

        I pray your Dad wins the fight against cancer . Best of Luck to you and your Dad

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        • That’s horrible :(. Did your mom’s illness inspire you to become a doctor? Chronic renal failure is such an awful way to go down as well. When dialysis isn’t an option anymore and you’re just waiting to die…I’ve seen it up close and you have my deepest sympathy for having to endure all of that even closer to you. Thank you! ❤

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          • rashthedoctor // 03/09/2016 at 18:52 // Reply

            Actually it was my Mom’s final wish .

            Frankly i have never been much in love with the job , i didnt want to be a Doctor but it was my parents wish so i am living it now, but as i go about doing my job some moments arrive when i truly cherish this job

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            • Wow, that’s a high degree of being loyal to your parents then for sure! I’m glad you’re actually starting to enjoy it then cause having to work hard at something you don’t like -> grumpy old man ;).

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            • rashthedoctor // 04/09/2016 at 19:45 //

              OK that’s the 2nd time this week that a girl on internet has called me Grumpy OLD man , am i throwing some old man vibe? should i be worried? i am worried 😓

              Just kidding !

              Yeah , i think I’m old school with respect and loyality to your parents thing , but than again most Indians are that way in regards to their parents

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            • Oi, I said you had the potential of becoming one! 😉 Besides if you’re an old grumpy man, and I’m most likely older than you, then what does that make me?! :’)
              Oh, that’s definitely true. My dear old friend from India went to the US to study and make his parents proud. His mother even forged a fake ID for him so he would appear younger and get easier access. But what he really wanted was to be a musician! And then he ended up working on Wall Street to make his parents proud 🙂

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  4. Your dad IS a rock star. I’m sure with your very kind support and company you can keep things light-hearted in rather dark times. Always thinking of you and sending lots of hugs! 😘 ❤

    For some reason all the books you’re reading, or planning to read, have really cool looking covers!

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  5. Oh my gosh I see P.S. I Like You everywhere! I really need to get to reading it! lol you had a great Summer reading! ☺️

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  6. Thanks for mentioning me. I hope you love Devils Demise. That’s a whole load of books to enjoy, but a huge tbr is a good thing. Where would we be without one.
    Glad you are keeping your spirits up with your dad and I hope he continues to get better.
    Amanda.

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  7. 6 months? You go girl! I still haven’t gotten the real definition of a buying ban xD Every time I have to pick another book, I’m torn between the ARCs and my new babies. I’m looking for a sort of balance, but those poor ARCs are not reviewed before publication now, I’m a bad girl.

    I’m sending lots of good vibes and kickass moves to your father (not that I want to hit him, okay??) so he can fight the shit out of that cancer ❤ My mom fought and won against two of those nasty bastards, so we have great illness kicking moves 🙂

    6 books reviews sound like one of my regular months, haha! You’re doing extremely well in my humble opinion!

    Hey, I’m spotting Throne of Glass in here! I hope you read it faster than Jill :p I still can’t believe you went with 50 Shades of Tinsel xD

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    • I think it’s ‘Try and not buy books for an x number amount of time’. The “Oh well, I tried” is totally legit here xD. Haha ,it’s the other way around for me. Only ARC’s and my poor beautiful hardback copies are just gathering dust :'(. Thank you!! (yeah, no hitting XD) <3. Oh maan, you know the drill on this shit then. I’m so happy to hear your mom kung fu’ed the cancer away!! 🙂
      You’re doing a great job at covering it up then because you’ve written so many great reviews lately! It sure must be more than 6 :D. I know right! :’)

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  8. Sorry about your Dad cancer sucks big time. 😦

    The Walking Dead comics are great, I’ve only read the first two compendiums but both were awesome.

    Oh, and successful tips on being a burglar, always have an alibi and have a patsy in case you get caught, someone to take the fall for you! 🙂

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    • Yeah, it does and it doesn’t go away by swearing at it, sadly :(. Awesome, I know they won’t disappoint! 🙂 LMAO! Thank you for those brilliant tips, I’ll make sure my dad hears of them :’)

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  9. I hope your dad gets well soon!
    It;s great that you managed to post 6 reviews in August! And love the haul. I hope you get to read all of them real soon. 🙂

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    • I hope the meds will kill all those evil cancer cells and everything can go back to normal! Yeah flexes muscles 😀 me too!

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  10. I hope your dad gets better soon, and I hope you enjoy your new books!

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  11. bookheathen // 03/09/2016 at 17:56 // Reply

    Cancer’s not an easy thing to joke about. Your dad sounds like a really great guy that he can take it like that.
    Now, what is hubby saying about you having ‘The Magic of Reality’?

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    • We haven’t always gotten along great because we’re too much alike actually. But he is. I don’t know what we’d do without him. Hubby said Dawkins’ reality was being a sexist pig >.>. sigh

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  12. Your dad sounds like he’s in good spirit. I hope his chemo progresses well. It is one of the hardest things, and it is good that he is taking it in stride. Six books in August is amazing! I got absolutely nothing read all month.

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    • I truly hope it will do the job, but there are never any guarantees obviously. You went through the same thing didn’t you? Haha, oh well, it was vacation eh ;).

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  13. Yay for your dad (mostly!)
    How many times does he have to flush when he poops?
    You asked us for TIPS re: missing fingerprints? I lol-ed.
    Your haul is awesome!
    Please tell me 50 Shades of Tinsel has to do with Santa. Please. 😂

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  14. Oh sooooo many great books!! You’re so lucky to have won (or been gifted with) A Little Life. I have that book on my radar for a while and I hope you’ll like it, even though I heard it’s sad and difficult.
    Btw, I read P.S. I like You and really loved it. I hope you will too! 🙂

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    • It’s a thick one which will need my undivided attention once I get to it for sure! 😀 But I also heard it’s great, yet very sad at the same time. Shweet! I heard great things about it 🙂

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  15. First, very glad your dad is coping and you’ve both got a sense of humour – been there, and the ability to laugh at it all (at least sometimes!) is so essential. Best of luck to him!

    Onto the books… I was lucky enough to meet Victoria Schwab on the ‘This Savage Song’ promo tour – haven’t read it yet, but oooh it sounds amazing! Also drooling over your ARC of the Ink and Bone sequel – sadly wasn’t available here, so I’ll just have to wait! 🙂

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    • PS the cover of ‘To The Sky Kingdom’ plus seeing the company you’ve placed it in is making me very tempted to go request the ARC – and I’ve already got a pile to get through! Argh!! LOL! 😉

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    • It’s amazing how many people went through something similar! Then again, 1 out of 2 men gets some form of cancer in their life, and 1 out of 3 women, so with odds like that, it really isn’t much of a surprise, sadly :/. Thank you, though! Humour is always the #1 medicine to everything imho :). Omg!! I’m sooo jealous! 😀 I heard she’s quite the introvert which makes me like her even more :3. Now I’m just hoping I’ll like her books as well :’). But it does sound amazing! Haha, d’awwe! Well, it was still pretty good, but not as good as the first one :).

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  16. All the best to your dad! ❤
    And by the way, I think with everything you had going on, 6 books reviews are damn amazing!

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  17. Glad to hear your dad is doing okay for now. Keeping my fingers crossed! Great book loot btw! You have some reading to do! Except women & hormones, what were you thinking ?! as if a book can explain our behaviour. Oww it wasn’t for you, was it ;-?

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  18. Sorry to hear about your father. I hope things will turn out well though and that the chemotherapy will do its work. ❤

    I got Nevernight last month as well. Very curious about that one.

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    • Thank you, I sincerely hope so as well <3. Me too! My hubby already read it and enjoyed it very much (apart from the sex scenes, he skimmed over those), so that’s very promising ;).

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  19. Anne,
    I am wishing your father well, I hope he continues to do well during the chemo treatments and medicines. It is never easy #fuckcancer seriously. I hope you take all the time you need in order to spend it with loved ones and take a time out for yourself as well. You have been doing such a great job in keeping up with blogging but remember to always take time away from us and live! (I know I am giving you the same advice others are giving me) LOL.
    I have had family members go through cancer, and while no cancer is the same, it is something that effects people nonetheless, he is a real soldier, if it be his will, he will make it through a champion! I hope you continue to keep us up to date with his news and your wellbeing.

    I agree with your mom, you should start baking again, also if you want to be really creative and avoid pictures, just Youtube yourself baking ❤ lol. Easy enough?:)

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    • Thank you Shay-lon! This post is a few months old I think (but this means my new IN THE SPOTLIGHT feature must be working! does a little dance) and my dad is almost done with his 3rd round of chemo. 3-6 more to go, depending on how well he endures it. He started smoking again, though, which I am very pissed off about, but hey, he’s a grown man right. sings Let It Go. Thank you! ❤ My blogging schedule is basically non-existent now, I just post whenever I can. Which I’m not going to worry about too much to be honest. It’ll just give me wrinkles and I’m not ready for that yet!! (okay, I already have a few, but I’m not ready yet for more XD). Did you know 1 out of 2 men, and 1 out of 3 women get cancer these days? I thought it was absolutely shocking! (and glad I’m a woman ^^).We’re dreading his liver scan when he’s done with the chemo, but for now, we’re all just trying to live life as normally as we can (apart from all the precautions we have to take because of the chemo meds). HAha, I don’t know if I have the courage for that :D. I usually make really weird faces when being focused, lol. Thank you for this lovely comment babe! ❤

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      • Anne,
        isn’t totally obvious that no matter how old your post becomes, I still manage to read them. In fact I like reading people’s older post, means I stay on their page longer XD Although your spotlight feature could also be working shrugs.
        I did not know the stats for cancer, I guess it makes me happier being a female too, I never would have known this. Gives me a whole new prospective. Shit happens and sometimes we don’t have a say in it, ya know? what sucks, is we never know if tomorrow is our last day or today is our last hour. Your dad is a trooper, most people would give up, live life unhappy and depressed (which I would fall in that category if I were to have cancer) but he is doing the opposite, he is living life like he doesn’t have it, not allowing for it to define him and spending time with all of you because he is aware he doesn’t know when he won’t be able to open his eyes. I wonder how someone can be so strong during the hardest times, can come out with a smile even when they are scared and manage a positive attitude even when things aren’t so shiny.
        He can do it, he can do what many people can’t, he can live… ❤ I will continue to check in on the guy 🙂 virtually! ❤ & you keep your head up too, keep on smiling because he needs that even when he smokes, he needs your smile 🙂

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