Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 11)

Many thanks to Meghan and Fizza for the nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here:

1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 78910


What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Me

  1. I used to be really into fonts. I could look at a website and tell you all the fonts they used and I probably had a good thousand or so on my computer. I still think fonts are fun, but I’m not nearly as obsessed as I was.
  2. It’s getting to the end of January and I’m still wearing Christmas socks. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
  3. I have a new special project at work and recently found out that several million dollars are on the line and am kind of freaking out. (But it’ll be fine.)

Questions from Meghan

On the spot: favourite book from your favourite genre?

YA contemporaries are my favorite, and Starry Eyes is my favorite YA contemporary. ❤

Favourite book of 2019?

I actually just answered this in a different tag! What are the chances. 🙂 My favorite of 2019 was Sadie.

Can an author’s reputation affect your thinking about their books? (I like this question so I’m going use it)

Yes and no. I mean, if I like a book, I like a book. I might not like the way Mackenzi Lee acts, treats her fans, or uses her status as a bestselling author, but I can still recognize that The Gentleman’s Guide was a really fun book. That said, do I have any desire to support her further? No.

Any end of the year goals you’re striving for?

Well, I’m getting to this tag a little late, so I’m going to talk about my goals for early 2020 instead. I have two immediate goals:

  • Get through my backlog of ARCs! I moved in September and got into a huge reading slump. I listened to a lot of audiobooks, but physical books are still difficult for me. I have a ton of ARCs I need to read and I’m making it a goal to get through one a week.
  • Finish my 2019 reviews. I was so backed up on reviews that at one point, I think I had like thirty that I had to write. I’m mostly caught up, although there are a couple from 2019 that I still need to get to. This weekend is my deadline!

Have you started thinking about your 2020 goals (if you make them)?

I decided to take it easy in 2020 and not overwhelm myself with challenges. I did a post about my reading goals here. In addition to that, I’d love to do some more collabs with authors (I’m so bad at making the first move, though), attend some more bookish events (I’m going to a Sarah J. Maas event in March!), and get back into blog hopping.


Questions from Fizza

Who is your role model?

Honestly, I don’t know that I really have one. There are a lot of qualities I admire in a lot of different people, but there isn’t one person I look at and say, “Hey, I want to be just like them.”

What is one place you have always wanted to visit? Did you visit it or is it still on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to go to Spain, and I’ve never been there. It’ll happen someday!

What was the best thing about 2019 and what are your hopes for 2020?

2019 was a year with a lot of changes. I made the decision that I needed to do what was best for me, so I quit my job and moved across the country. A lot of people had a lot of opinions about it, but I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.

My hopes for 2020 are that it will continue to be great! Now I’d like to find a good balance between work, fun, and relaxing.

If you could live anywhere in the world for one year where would you go?

Definitely Costa Rica. I spent some time there a few years ago and it was so pretty and so relaxing.

Who is your favorite fictional character?

Does Pusheen count?


Recent(ish) Posts That I’m Proud Of


I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular this time around, but please feel free to answer these questions if you’d like! Do you have a role model? What are some goals you have for 2020? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 10)

Many thanks to Shyla for the nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 789


What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Me

  1. I’m getting rid of over 100 books that I’m never going to read again. (I’ll be doing a post about it someday soon.)
  2. My least favorite vegetable is probably eggplant.
  3. Thanks to my boyfriend, I’ve been on more rollercoasters in the last six months than I’d been on in the last probably fifteen years.

Questions from Shyla

What is in your reader wheelhouse? You see it on a shelf, you can’t resist.

I’d have to say any kind of friends-to-lovers romance. I’m a little pickier about my enemies-to-lovers books, but friends-to-lovers is almost sure to please me.

What is the last book you read?

Right now, I’m about halfway done with We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar. The last book I finished was The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

If you could have one superpower, would would it be?

I have a standing answer for this question — teleportation. I’m in a long-distance relationship and both my mom and my best friend live in a different state than me. I’d be teleporting constantly if I could.

What horror/dystopia book or movie would you be most likely to survive through and why?

Well, I just watched The Conjuring with my boyfriend not too long ago, and I think I can pretty safely say that I’d survive that movie. Why? Because the second that dog refused to walk through the door of the new house, I would’ve been like… nope. Something’s wrong here. We’re leaving.

If you could invent one thing, anything at all, what would it be?

Ooh, good question. Going along with my superpower answer, I’d love to invent a way to teleport. Not only would I be able to easily visit anybody at any time, but I would also definitely be rich enough to retire and spend the rest of my life focusing on books and doing good in the world.


Recent(ish) Posts That I’m Proud Of


I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular this time around, but please feel free to answer Shyla’s questions if you’d like! Which horror movie would you survive? Which superpower would you like to have? Let’s talk in the comments!

Find me all over the internet: Goodreads | Twitter | Bloglovin’

Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 9)

Many thanks to Siobhan for the nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 78


What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Me

  1. I love to cook. As I type this, I have chicken and dumpling soup simmering in my kitchen.
  2. I hate conflict more than anything and will run and hide at the first sign if at all possible.
  3. I agree with Eline and Siobhan that I always feel really awkward making lists of facts about myself!

Questions from Siobhan

If you could punch a character, any character, who would you clock?

Oh, I have a pretty long list of characters I wouldn’t mind punching. Usually they’re the male leads in bad erotica. At the top of the list would be Justin (aka GeniusOne) from Troll by Emma Clark. Justin is a creepy stalker who breaks into Kyla’s house, disables her phone, holds her hostage, assaults her, and this is supposed to be romantic because he’s hot. I’m a pacifist, but I wouldn’t mind clocking him right in the face.

Which is your new favourite TV show?

I hardly watch any TV! I’m so far behind on all of my shows, but I think that the one I started watching most recently is Schitt’s Creek. I do really love it, but it’s been a few months since I watched an episode.

Which fictional food would you love to eat?

Well, let’s see. The thing about fictional food is that I get really excited about it while I’m reading, but then I don’t really remember it after I’m done. The only fictional food that I can really think of that I might want to try is butterbeer from Harry Potter. Not the most exciting or original answer, but it’s all I can think of right now.

Who was your first fictional crush?

You know, I’m not entirely sure who my first fictional crush was. I know my first book crush was George from Tamora Pierce’s The Song of the Lioness quartet. I’m sure there was someone from a movie or TV show that I thought was cute before that, but I have no idea who.

Which book are you afraid to read?

I’m usually afraid to read sequels of books I really loved (or later books in a series). Some examples are Vengeful and Before the Devil Breaks You. I’ve owned Vengeful for about six months now and Before the Devil Breaks You since October of 2017.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what book would you save for future generations to read?

Maybe a book like We Should All Be Feminists. It’s short, to the point, and provides a great starting point for discussion.


I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular this time around, but please feel free to answer Siobhan’s questions if you’d like! What’s an interesting fact about you? Which fictional character would you like to punch? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 8)

I was nominated by Laurel for the Mystery Blogger Award! If you aren’t following her, please check her blog out!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:  1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 67


What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma


The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts about Me

  1. When I was little, I wanted to be a marine biologist, a firefighter, a teacher, a doctor, and a veterinarian. I ended up doing none of these — I work as a medical coder.
  2. I decorate my desk at work with tons of pictures — I have pictures of almost all of my coworkers’ kids along with pictures of my cat and a picture of me and my boyfriend.
  3. At my high school senior awards ceremony, I was voted “best musician,” which is really interesting since I haven’t played an instrument with any regularity since I graduated.

The questions:

Do you share your blog with people you know in your real life?
The answer to this question used to be “absolutely not,” but things change sometimes. There are not many people from my real life that know about my blog, but there are a few: my boyfriend, his mother, and one of my good friends from work all know about it.

What are your ultimate blog goals?
My biggest goal with this blog is just to have a good time. I love talking about books and I don’t want this to ever feel stressful or like another job. That said, I do want to push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit by doing some collaborations and building relationships with publishers.

Do you see yourself blogging when you’re 50?
Definitely! I’ve been blogging for more than half my life and I don’t see it stopping any time soon.

Who is your role model, fictional or otherwise?
I think my mom is a pretty good role model. ❤

What are some books do you think are underrated?
Interestingly enough, I did a Top Ten Tuesday post about this not too long ago! Some books I included were You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman, The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin, and The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde.

Bonus: You find out the world ends tomorrow; what do you do?
Well, I’m not dying alone in my apartment, so I’m probably going to board a plane and go visit someone I love.

Recent(ish) Favorite Posts


I’m not going to nominate anyone, but if you’d like to answer Laurel’s questions, please feel free! (And don’t forget to link back to me so I can see your answers.) Do people in your real life know about your blog? What’s your favorite underrated book? Let’s talk in the comments!

Find me all over the internet: Goodreads | Twitter | Bloglovin’

Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 7)

Almost a month ago (sorry!) I was nominated by Mani for the Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you so much for the nomination!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:  1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 56


The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

My best posts (by views alone):


3 things about me:

  • I love socks. The socks I’m wearing right now have strawberries on them.
  • I would love to learn how to knit or crochet.
  • As you can see from my #2 most popular post, I love to plan. The furthest adventure I’ve planned as of right now is a Twenty One Pilots concert in June.

5 questions from Mani:

What is the most embarrassing book you have ever read?

I don’t think I’ve ever been embarrassed by something that I read.

What’s the oldest unread book on your shelf?

Probably Emma, which I bought in high school after reading Pride and Prejudice. I still haven’t read it at least ten years later.

What character in a book would you like to be best friends with?

I would love to be best friends with Lucy from The Hating Game! She seems like she’d be a really great friend, she’d probably always be up for doing something fun, she loves books, she works in publishing… what could be better?

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you?

One time in high school, I told a guy that I liked him and he blocked me on social media and literally left the room every time he saw me in public for probably a good year afterward. I’m still a little bit scarred from that one, although now that I’m older, I can recognize and laugh at the incredible overreaction. I was so upset by it at the time, but I can’t even remember what his name was now.

What are you most looking forward to in 2019 other than new book releases?

I’m most looking forward to May 30 – June 8, which is probably going to be the most exciting ten days of my life. There’s BookCon, a Twenty One Pilots concert, a musical, and who knows what else happening.


Since it’s my seventh time doing this tag, I’m not going to nominate anyone, but please feel free to answer these questions if you feel like it!

Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 6)

I was recently nominated by Jamsu for the Mystery Blogger Award! This means that it’s time to come up with some more facts about myself… I’m not sure if I’m an interesting enough person for this. But, as always, thank you so much for the nomination! ❤

You can see the previous versions of this award here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5


What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Okoto Enigma


The rules for the award are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny question (specify).

Here are three things about me:

  1. I drink a lot of coffee now, but I once didn’t drink coffee for four years out of pure spite. This guy my cousin was dating told me that it was impossible to finish college without regularly drinking coffee and I wanted to prove him wrong. So I did.
  2. I just took a road trip to Tennessee with my manager and I thought it was going to be weird but it was so much fun!
  3. I’ve never once broken or sprained anything, I’ve never fainted, and I’ve never had a cavity. Nothing ever happens to me, but in this case, it’s a good thing.

5 questions from Jamsu:

1. Do you have a best friend?
I do. Oh, you wanted more information than that? Okay.

My best friend that I see on an almost daily basis is my co-worker, Rhovena. She’s one of the only people in my real life that knows about my blog and also, she’s so much fun and she’s the only person I ever actually do things with.

My best friend that I hardly ever see that I’ve known forever is Brigitta. She loves books as much as I do, or maybe more, because she sometimes reads eight or ten books at a time. In fact, when we were in middle school, she would read while she walked to school and almost die on a daily basis.

And my favorite person is Daniel, who I met through this blog and just finally after all these months met in person. (I might still be crying about how great he is.) Daniel is the actual best person I’ve ever met in my life.

2. A book character you recently fell in love with?
Kvothe from The Name of the Wind.

3. What one superpower would you like to have?
Teleportation, because, see above, my friends live far away.

4. What is the 13th book on your shelf?
Depends on which shelf we’re looking at, but the one in my immediate view right now is A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole.

5. What is your favorite snack?
I just had another tag ask me this! Sour Patch Kids are my favorite but I can’t keep them in my house because I’ll eat the whole bag.


Since this is my sixth time doing this tag, I’m not going to nominate anyone. If you haven’t already been nominated, please consider yourself tagged! I would love to see your answers either in the comments or in your own post. ❤

Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 5)

Thanks so much to EricaClarissa, and Amy for the nominations!

You can see the previous versions of this award here: one | two | threefour


What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. –Okoto Enigma


The rules for the award are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma – link above).
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Here are three things about me:

(Honestly, with the number of facts about myself I’ve shared since starting this blog, any one of you could probably steal my identity.)

1. I mentioned once before that I made the terrible decision to join the dance team in seventh grade. I went through old photos when I was visiting my mom and remembered that the first song we learned a dance to was Party Up by DMX. Imagine a bunch of 12-year-olds in a conservative small town in Wisconsin (in a CATHOLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL ok, that “SMMS” stands for ST. MARY’S MIDDLE SCHOOL) dancing to “You come around, it’s like (what) I just gotta get my dick sucked / And I don’t know who the fuck you think you talkin’ to.” NOBODY SAID ANYTHING.

2. I do the majority of my blog hopping while I’m on hold at work! (Also most of my responses to comments.) The more active I am, the more phone calls I’ve had to make. And if I’m really quiet, it probably means that someone called out and I’m covering somewhere else or I’ve been in meetings all day, both of which are the actual worst.

3. One time an elderly patient in my office asked me if I was married and I told him that I had a boyfriend but wasn’t married. He told me that was a crime and proposed to me. He provided several reasons why I should marry him, my favorite being “I have Bluetooth hearing aids.” ❤ (My boyfriend’s response? “Well, Sara, if an 85-year-old man with Bluetooth hearing aids will make you happy, you should go for it.”)


5 questions from Erica:

If you’d recommend a book to a non-reader, what would it be?
I would probably recommend a book like Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s good, it’s entertaining, and it’s easy to read.

Is there a movie adaptation that you liked more than its book? Specify.
So, the thing is, I don’t watch that many movies. I also only tend to watch adaptations of books I really liked, so it’s pretty rare for me to like the movie more than the book. I can’t think of any adaptations I’ve liked better than the book, sorry!

What do you think is the most beautiful thing about reading?
I just think it’s amazing that I can shout about my feelings over a book on the internet and walk away with actual friendships. ❤

Your favorite drink/food when reading?
I don’t really eat or drink while reading! If anything, it’s my morning coffee. ☕️

Okay, here’s a fun question. What was the last book that made you laugh so hard? And what’s so funny about it?
The last book that made me laugh really hard was The Pawn by Skye Warren. It’s not actually a funny book, but I just couldn’t believe a lot of what was happening and I couldn’t believe that the main character actually referred to her love interest as a “virgin whisperer.”


5 questions from Clarissa:

Here’s my ‘funny’ question. If you had to pick a song from a Disney movie to describe your life, which would you pick and why?
I really have no idea, so I took a quiz at Oh My Disney. Apparently Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious perfectly describes my life, because “You are a fun person who doesn’t take life too seriously. Not that you can’t buckle down and do what needs to be done, but you know that simple changes can make life more magical. You know how to make a job into a game, and medicine into candy. Everybody could use a friend like you!” Okay.

My weird question. Team Edward or Team Jacob?! lmao. No, who is your book crush and why?
Everybody who has ever read my blog probably knows the answer to this. IT’S MICHAEL PHAN. ❤ ❤ ❤

What is the worst book you have ever read?
Distrust, easily.

What is the ugliest book cover you’ve ever seen?
Hmm, good question. I’m going to go with the terrible cover of a book I absolutely HATED, What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex.

Do you like to listen to music when you read?
Sometimes! It depends on what’s happening around me. If it’s quiet, I usually read without music, but if there’s a lot going on (like if I’m on a plane with a lot of loud people) I’ll definitely turn on some background music. I read Darius the Great is Not Okay with Melodrama blasting in the background because there were toddler twins three rows in front of me who literally screamed from the minute the plane took off until the minute it landed.


5 questions from Amy:

What three characters (from a book, TV show, or movie) would you like to have as guests at a dinner party?
Oh, this is good preparation for the dinner party tag that I’ll be eventually doing at some point!! Since I’m currently reading Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey, I’m going with Ian Fletcher. He seems like he’d make a really great best friend. (I’ll let Sam keep the benefits.) Also Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient, just because. My third choice is Davis Price from Arm Candy because I have to have some snark to balance out the sweetness of the other two attendees.

What fictional world would you most like to visit?
Hmm, a lot of my favorite fictional worlds are ones that I wouldn’t necessarily want to exist in. I think I’ll go with my old standby of Henrietta, VA. (Home of the Raven Boys.)

How do you get to your job/school now? If you lived in a fantasy world, how would you get to your job/school?
Since my boyfriend and I live together and work down the street from each other, we carpool. In a fantasy world, I would be able to teleport anywhere, anytime.

What are you most proud of?
I’m probably most proud of the fact that I’ve been taking care of myself since I turned 18. It’s not like I don’t get along with my mom (I really love her a lot), but when I moved out for college, I never really moved back. I think it’s made me a lot more independent of a person than I would have been had I stayed at home longer. I’m also rather proud of moving across the country at 22 years old. I don’t think I’d have enough courage and optimism to do that now.

(My “weird” question) What is your theme song?
Ah, yes, my theme song. I’m one of those people that likes to say “OH MY GOD THIS IS MY SONG” when I’m in the car, or at my desk, or walking through the grocery store, or whatever. My ultimate theme song is “Here” by Alessia Cara. It made my life when I got to see her perform it live last summer.

Anyway, this is actually me in any social situation ever. (OH GOD, WHY AM I HERE.)


My nominees:

TEN TO TWENTY PEOPLE? I DON’T THINK SO.

Ally ⭐️ Jamsu ⭐️ Hamad ⭐️ Alyssa ⭐️ Life With All the Books

As always, no pressure. Let me know if you like tags and also if you hate them!


My questions:

(I’m borrowing from questions I’ve been asked because I cannot think of any more questions right now.)

  1. Do you get any book subscription boxes? If so, which ones and do you like them? If not, would you like to?
  2. Who’s one fictional character (book or otherwise) that you relate to?
  3. Do you have any other book-related accounts? (Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Goodreads, etc) Feel free to share your links!
  4. What makes you happy?
  5. (I like Erica’s funny question!) What’s the last book that made you laugh really hard?

My best posts:

By stats alone, my three best posts are…