April Wrap-Up


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Note:All diverse books are marked with an asteriks

  1. The Reader by Traci Chee*Asian Mc and author



My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The amazing world building

What I disliked: It was a little slow at times which is more of a personal thing but it made it a little less enjoyable.

2.History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera* Gay and Bi characters, and Character with OCD



My Rating:5/5 stars

What I liked: The rawness of it and the character development.

What I disliked: I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the characters but it didn’t really render my enjoyability

3. The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle Van Asdale



My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The unique premise and mood.

What I disliked:It was rather slow and kind of anti-climatic

4.All The Forever Things by Joelle Perry



My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The tragic ending

What I disliked: The juvenility of the writing style which reminded me of a middle grade book.

5.The Siren by Keira Cass


My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked:  How intriguing it was and the unique concept and spin on sirens.

What I disliked:The writing style wasn’t the best but other than that it was really enjoyable.

6.The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanthan*Indian Character and Author


My Rating:3/5 stars

What I liked: Learning about an event in Canada that I had never heard of before.

What I disliked: It was kind of weird and had lots of random side plots and there didn’t really to be a point to any of the book.

7.Just Fly Away by Andrew Mccarthry



My Rating:3/5 stars

What I Liked: The  premise and the relationship between the Mc and her grandfather.

What I disliked: The awkward writing style and melodramaticness of the the Mc

8.Promises To Keep by Genevieve Graham



My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The fact that it was set in Canada and the amount I learnt about Canadian history

What I disliked:The romance could’ve been developed a lot more

9.The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J Church



My Rating:4.5/5 stars

What I liked: The unique spin the author took on Los Alamos and the characters

What I disliked: The affair wasn’t the greatest thing though I understand that it was important.

10. Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley



My Rating:5/5 stars

What I liked:The pettiness,the drama, the plot-twists, the characters, I loved everything

What I disliked:Nothing!

11.The Thousandth Floor By Katherine Mcgee


My rating:4/5 stars

What I liked:The premise,the intrigue and how fucked up the characters were.

What I liked: The incest, and the rushed ending.


What did you read this month?





The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley Book Review



Goodreads Summary:Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life…

As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

My Rating:5/5 stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


Despite the fact that I have only read three of Riley’s books she is still becoming one of my favorite authors.While her plots are oftentimes formulaic and cliche, there’s just something about them that makes me want to read a thousand of them.While it’s not the most unique books, they’re still pretty darn good.

This is the third book in a series following six sisters who’s adopted father,Pa Salt, has just died. None of these sisters are related by blood and have been all adopted from different part of the worlds. When he dies, he gives each of them a letter which will help them figure out where they came from.  The third one follows Star who discovers the life of a woman named Flora living in the early 1900s While this is a series, you’re able to read the books on their own as standalones though you will miss out on the overall plot of the stories. This is first one in the series that I have read but I do eventually plan on reading the rest.

Honestly the drama in the book was so petty but I live for pettiness. I love historical fictions featuring English drama,at this point I don’t know why I haven’t watched Downtown Abbey yet.Despite the fact that there was a lot of pettiness, it was really interesting and I learnt some interesting facts about English history.

Stories like these aren’t complete without some great plot-twists and I wasn’t disappointed.They weren’t the best but they were still pretty darn good.


I think my favorite part of  this book were the characters because I really related to them. Star is so similar to me and it was really nice to read a character with a similiar mindset,Flora was also very relatable and it’s always more enjoyable to read a book featuring relatable characters.I also loved all the side characters from the owner to the bookstore that Star works at to  all the historical figures that popped up in Flora’s life. I loved seeing both Star’s and Flora’s journey and really loved seeing Star’s evolution. In the beginning she is very attached to one of her sisters but then gradually she began to realize that the dependance that she had on her sister was unhealthy and began to distance herself a little more which was really nice to see.

Also this is random but I liked the way they casually mentioned sexuality and they even used the word asexual and I’ve like never seen anything like that in an adult book so that was cool. It could’ve been more prominent but it was nonetheless nice.

The Atomic Weight of Love By Elizabeth J Church



Goodreads Summary:In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era.

In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, space and time, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly.

Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb). In married life, though, she feels lost and left behind. She channels her academic ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. There in her canyons, years later at the dawn of the 1970s, with counterculture youth filling the streets and protests against the war rupturing college campuses across the country, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken.

My Rating:4.5/5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Manhattan Project has always something that has fascinated, so when I found it that this book portrayed an young ornithologist who follows her husband to Los Alamos I knew that I had to read it.I’m really glad I did because I absolutely loved it! I had no idea that they continued doing research after world war 2 and that they still have a research facility today.This book really focuses more on Meridan and not  anything that her husband does as his research is confidential, but it was nonetheless a really interesting read. I never really thought of  all the wives that followed their husband to Los Alamos, and how a lot of them had to give up their entire career and forgo the years of education and knowledge that they had. They could’ve been just as successful as their husbands and it’s amazing what women in those times sacrificed.


I absolutely loved Meridan’s character,loved seeing how she evolved as she got older, loved seeing her struggle. I loved how always upkept her passion for birds, and never let anyone take that away from her.I especially loved seeing all the things she managed to do in her long life.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the whole affair thing, but I did understand its importance and did appreciate the value of it more towards the end of the book.It’s just that I’m never a fan of cheating storylines,regardless of the situation.

I really didn’t like the husband and there were so many moments where I just wanted to scream at him because I hated him so fucking much

I also really loved Meridan’s friendship with her friend May, and it was really tragic to see the way that whole thing ended.


Promises We Keep by Genevieve Graham Book Review



Goodreads Summary:An enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war—from the bestselling author of Tides of Honour.

Summer 1755, Acadia

Young, beautiful Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm. Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi’kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war. But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes. Amélie’s entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships.

Fortunately, Amélie has made a powerful ally. Having survived his own harrowing experience at the hands of the English, Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in the British plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland. His sympathy for Amélie gradually evolves into a profound love, and he resolves to help her and her family in any way he can—even if it means treason. As the last warmth of summer fades, more ships arrive to ferry the Acadians away, and Connor is forced to make a decision that will alter the future forever.

Heart-wrenching and captivating, Promises to Keep is a gloriously romantic tale of a young couple forced to risk everything amidst the uncertainties of war.

My rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Despite the fact that I’ve been learning about Canadian history since like grade four,there’s still a lot of things I don’t know.I had heard about the Acadians but I didn’t much about them or what was done to them, so this book was a great way to learn some interesting things.I really want to read some more Canadian historical fiction as the only ones I have read are this one and The Book Negroes.

Not knowing much about the Acadians and their history, I can’t attest to the accuracy but I’m pretty sure that the author did a lot of research before writing this book.The author was able to describe the setting really well and really made me understand exactly what was happening. I had no idea what the English had done to the Acadians so it was really interesting to read about.

Another thing that made this book enjoyable was the writing. I’m not a huge fan of books set in a time era a really long time ago, but the simplicity of the writing style made it really easy to submerge myself in the story.


One thing I love in historical fiction novels are strong females who defy the social norms and fight for what’s right.Amelie was exactly that sort of character and it was really great to see.I’m still not sure how I feel about the love interest, because while I really enjoyed their personality and backstory, I found it was little insta-lovey but then again it’s like the 1700s so who am I to judge.

I really liked the connection between Amelie and her family, and found everything that they went through to be so tragic, and there were a lot of moments that had me tearing up.I especially like Amelie’s brother’s and father. Graham was really able to capture the struggle of the Acadians and I think she did a great job in showing all the hardships.

One thing that I really liked was the friendship between the Acadians and the native americans. I didn’t really know the extent of their relationship so it was really interesting to read about it.

Do you have any Canadian Historical Fiction recommendations?

Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy Book Review



Goodreads Summary:

When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, a eight-year-old boy named Thomas who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her life. Lucy can’t believe her father betrayed the whole family, or that her mother forgave him, or that her sister isn’t rocked by the news the way Lucy is. Worse, Lucy’s father’s secret is now her own, one that isolates her from her friends, family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she expected would truly understand. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.

Rating:3/5 stars

Disclaimer:I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


The more I think about this book, the more I realize that this could’ve been a really great book had it been written by someone like Morgan Matson or Stephanie Perkins.It had all the good aspects of a contemporary novel but the execution was really off and there was something really weird about the writing.I didn’t hate it which is why I gave it a three stars but there were a lot of things that were lacking.

One thing that I liked was the whole storyline with her grandpa,it was very sweet and I really liked seeing Lucy going to Maine and seeing her relationship with her grandfather grow. Had this been more of a central focus of the plot,I think I would liked the book a lot more because I feel as though the things that were focused on were shouldn’t have been the focus.

I think what really threw me off was the writing, it wasn’t outright bad but the way it was written rang really weirdly to my ears.One thing that really stuck out was the way Lucy kept describing food.I know this sounds really weird and normally I wouldn’t care but there was just something about the way she off-handedly kept mentioning the food she was eating  that rubbed me the wrong way. Once in awhile is okay but she legit described all of her meals and it was just really boring food like pizza.It was a weird thing to keep talking about and it was done in a way that made me feel as though the author had nothing else to write about.There also was this weird part where she was scared of these group of black people in new york, which was just like what the fuck and then she was like “idk if that makes me racist.” and it was just really out of blue and kind of hella offensive.


The main character,Lucy was a very typical YA contemporary character which there’s nothing wrong with but because of the writing and some of her actions it was very hard for me to relate her. I did enjoy her grappling with the fact that her father had a son that she had never heard of but I did find that at times her reactions were a tad bit extreme. As I said before, I loved her relationship with her grandfather and just really loved him as a character.

I wasn’t a huge  fan of the love interest, I found their relationship to be really weird and found that it wasn’t developed nearly enough.

There was also this really weird part where at the beginning of the story where Lucy gets mad at her best friend and then she just never mentions her again, and we know like nothing about her. I feel like it was a weird character to add to the story when there’s like no point to her.


A Mother’s Love

So we had to write something for english class and I kind of really like what I wrote,so I thought I’d share it with you guys.


A mother’s first moments with her child is supposed to be the most precious part of her life. But for the president of the Union one cannot afford such moments. Barely two hours after she gives birth, she is given an injection and is thrust back to her office. In the short hours that she’s been away, there already has   been two protests and one execution. They told her how risky it would be to have a child but they never told her that she’d be expected to carry on the same duties as before. She hadn’t asked  for much but even a day was like two years in the Union.


She closes the door behind her, shutting out the endless assistants and consultants. She turns to go to her desk but there’s someone already sitting there. She hasn’t seen her sister in years but her sister  still has the same smirk on her face. The president always felt as though her sister was laughing at her and could make her as if everything she did was wrong.

“You’re not supposed to be here.” The president says as she sits down in front of the desk.

“Well I’d say the same to you but apparently the duties of motherhood don’t apply to the president of the Union.”

“That’s unfair and you know it.”

What are you doing Chrissy?You’re not a mom, you’ll never will be. She’ll grow up thinking the nanny is her mom and that you’re just some woman she sees at dinnertime.”

“And you?Leader of the rebellion? Is that really place to raise a family? I’ve seen you on TV, bringing your twins to protests. You’re no better.”

“At least I’m there for them.You don’t deserve that child, you never will.”

“I could call  security. Have you arrested. How great of a mom would you be then?”

“You wouldn’t. You may be president,you may control everyone and yet I still have power over you. I always will. You’re still scared of me and you can’t figure out why.”

“I’m not the one with the million dollar award on my head.”

“You wish you were worth as much as me.”

“Why did you come? What are you trying to prove?”

“You just needed a distraction. You’re going to have a rough couple of weeks.” While the president tries to figure out what that means, her sister gets up and walks out the door. Only she would be able to escape the million dollar security.

The president sits down in her chair only to jolt up,realizing what her sister had meant. She runs as fast as she can, trying to figure out what to do, who to call, whether she had enough time. She gets into her car yelling at the chauffeur,praying that she’ll get there in time.She runs faster than she has  ever but it’s still too late. The deluxe crib in the maximum security nursery is empty. The supposedly safest crib on earth is empty. Her sister had  taken her daughter. While she was  fighting with her sister, someone had stolen her baby. She lets loose a shrill scream and collapses to the floor.


20 Years Later


The president didn’t know how her sister did it  but she had managed to hurt her in a way that no one else ever could.  She thought that she would forget after a while, thought that she’d be able to get over it but she had no such luck.She had the best people on earth to  try to look for her baby girl but they couldn’t. No one could. Her sister was able to do the impossible. Somehow she still hadn’t gotten caught and the reward just kept getting higher.

The president’s assistant walks into her office and smiles apologetically.

“ Turn on the T.V, I think you’ll want to see this.”The president turns it on. On the screen, stood her sister, her two sons and a girl who the president had never seen before.She swore that the girl looked familiar but couldn’t place the face.

“ I have decided to step down and give power to my daughter, Mara. I know that she’ll do everything in her power to fight the Union and bring justice to her people.” The president’s sister passes the microphone to the girl.

“I vow to do everything in my power to protect everyone that the Union ignores. I hope that by the end of the decade,I will eradicate the problem that is the Union and overthrow the leader. President Arabella if you’re watching this, I’m coming for you and when I do I will hurt everyone you love.”The president smiles sadly, for how can   Mara  hurt everyone the president’s loves, if the one she loves and Mara are one and the same?

Books I’d Love To See Be Turned Into Movies.


I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of book to movie adaptations but I personally love them so today I thought  I’d talk about some of the books I’d like to see adapted.

1.Aristotle and Dante Discovers The Secretes of The Universe.

If this were to be a movie, it’d probably be one of the most aesthetically pleasing movie ever. Just imagine all the beautiful shots of the stars, it’d be amazing. I think I’ve heard that there’s a screenplay being writing so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

2.Everything Leads To You

This is another one that could be so aesthetically pleasing. I feel like it would be the perfect indie film  and  I feel the girl who plays Laura on Carmilla would be perfect for the love interest. It would legit would be the cutest gay romance.

3. Radio Silence.

Honestly if this would be turned into a movie I would die. I guess I just really love aesthetically pleasing indie films because Radio Silence would totally be another one of those movies. It’d be the perfect teen movie filled with great references and funny moments.

4.More Happy Than Not.

This is probably one of the saddest books I’ve ever read so if this was a movie I would cry so much. I’d love to see how it would translate into screen and I think it had a really interesting plot and I think a lot could be done with this movie.

5.Far From You

This would be an amazing gritty film filled with teenage angst and mystery. I feel it could be very easily messed up but if it were to be done right it would be so good.

So those are some books that I’d love to see be turned into a movie. What books would you like to see adapted?

All The Forever Things by Jolene Perry Book Review



Goodreads Summary:“How many times have you saved me?” I ask Bree.

She grins. “Don’t you mean how many times have we saved each other?”

Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.


All the Forever Things has one of the most unique settings I’ve ever seen in any Young Adult, and that is a funeral home. With a setting like that, it’d bound to be an interesting read. This book follows Gabe a girl whose parents have owned a funeral home her entire life and her best friend Bree. Bree is really the only friend that Gabe has but tensions start to grow when Bree starts dating this guy that Gabe really doesn’t like  and their friendship begins to feel threatened. At first I was a little apprehensive of the story and felt it was kind of juvenile and just overall really annoying but it began to shape up in the last 150 or so pages. All The Forever Things is something that I would’ve devoured 4-5 years ago but my tastes have grown so I didn’t appreciate it as much. While I did find it to be juvenile, I think that their was a lot of good discussion about death and grief which is really important in YA. The main thing that boosted my rating was the ending. It was really unexpected and got really dark,really fast and it made a book that was predictable into something that was not.


While Bree’s and Gabe’s friendship was supposed to be one of the central focuses of the book, I feel like it could’ve been executed better. I loved what I saw, but I felt as though there could’ve been a little bit more of an expansion on their friendship. They shared a blog and while it was kind of briefly talked abut, it could’ve been a much larger aspect of the story. I felt very detached from the whole story and would’ve liked to have felt more sympathy for their broken friendship.

I really liked the love interest and thought the romance was really cute but I definitely think that it could’ve been a little better and a little less rushed. I very rarely say this but I think that it should’ve been the focus of the story just a little bit more


My Dream Panel


While living in Canada has a lot of advantages there are some disadvantages as well, particularly pertaining to book events. If any authors go to Canada they only go to Toronto which is hella inconvenient for all the other provinces, and plus I don’t even think that there’s any  book festivals(though I could be wrong). So I’ve never had the actual chance to see a book panel of any sorts. Recently  Eventbrite inspired me  to create   an imaginary book panel,  so I thought it’d be a fun thing to do today. I’ve never used it before but I’ve heard that it’s a great site to host events so if you’re interested in stuff like that check it out

My Theme: Contemporary Literature in both Adult and Young Adult Fiction

I love contemporaries whether it be Adult or Ya and I think it’d be really interesting to see diffirent authors from these two age ranges interact and compare experiences

The Authors:

Jodi Picoult:

Picoult is one of my favorite authors and she writes great books that talk about a multitude of issues that really get you thinking about your morals and beliefs. She is the person I think of when Contemporary so this panel wouldn’t be complete without her.

Alice Oseman:

While I know this is a wide stretch from the previous author, I love seeing Oseman’s opinions  and I think she’s a very articulate person. Her books are raw and an accurate portrayal of teenagers, and I think that Picoult and Oseman would compliment each other

Markus Zusak:

My Dream Panel not containing my fave author would be blasphemous so I just had to include him. Though his most popular book is historical, his other four are contemporary so I think that it’d be interesting to see how it differs from writing contemporary to historical and just see his perspective on the contemporary genre. Also I feel as though Markus Zusak’s books really land in the middle of Adult and Young adult so it’s an interesting perspective as well

Khaled Hosseni

Hoseeni is a brilliant writer and I think that he could offer a really diffirent point of view coming from a non-western standpoints and seeing how all his books are set in Afghanistan.  I think it would be really interesting to see his opinion on how he views contemporaries.

So there are my four authors that I’d love to see be on a panel together. I know it’s highly unrealistic but a girl can dream right?

What is your dream panel?



The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale Book Review




Goodreads Summary:

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts

Plot: The Beast is An Animal is one of those books that you have no idea what to expect going into it, and when you finish reading it you still have no idea what you just read. While sometimes that can be a bad thing, it definitely wasn’t for this book. I don’t want to spoil anything and I feel as though the summary kind of misleads you but basically it follows this girl Alys who at a young age encounters these souleaters in the forest and these creatures basically change her life forever. This is honestly one of the most intriguing fantasy novels I’ve ever read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think it really discussed how fear can change you and what it can to people in an interesting and perceptive way. It was very reminiscent of witch trials. I did find that at times it was a little confusing and I do think that the summary was very misleading as the things that are mentioned only occur in the last 50 pages or so, so it definitely could’ve been longer.


To be honest I wasn’t the hugest fan of Alys, she was a little boring and just kind of bland. I did enjoy to see her struggle with humanity  but other than that there wasn’t much to enjoy about her personality. I did enjoy the people that surrounded her and it was really interesting to see how morally corrupt the people in her village were.There were a lot of characters that I would’ve liked to seen more of as alys’ interraction with them was really basic and  could have been better because I really liked what I saw.Also the romance was kind of odd and not needed like at all. Stop unnecessary romances 2k17. One thing that kind of irked me was the way PoC were viewed, basically all Pocs were travelers similiar to Romanis and  they were viewed as dirty and gross and while obviously that reflected the views of the more close-minded people, these point of views were never corrected and it was just kind of annoying.