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The Olympic Book Tag

Olympic_Book_Tag

I am finally doing this tag created by Shannon! I love it because it really puts me in the Olympics mood, even if the Olympics are almost over and I haven’t really watched many of the events. Sad. 😦 I guess there’s always two years from now in the case of the winter olympics. Those are my real favorites. Kind of. Okay, enough talking, time for the tag!

Opening_Ceremony

Just Like The Movies

This is one of my favorite Contemporaries ever. I really did love it from the first page. Really, the first line.

Speaking of which, the first sentence: 

he music practically floats out of the speakers, it fills up the fenced yard, flies over the swing set, and spins into eddie under the deck.

It’s a light, fun YA with depth too.

Cycling

Run_Kody_Keplinger

This was the first road trip book I read. Well, besides An Abundance of Katherines, which definitely does not win. Ha. It really helped with the differing

Triathalon

To all the boys I've loved before

I really have no real answer for this, so I’ll go with TATBILB. Even if I was totally not into one of the guys. At all.

Handball

An Abundance of Katherines

I mean, I got it, but…I just kind of hated it? It’s really how the main character only ever dated Katherines, all the way from Kindergarten. Like, that’s not normal. How is the name THAT common? I don’t even believe it’s that common. Plus it’s not like he moved around and met these people, no, he grew up in the same city, I believe his whole life. It’s just really weird.

Beach_Volleyball

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

These books immediately came to mind. I love them, at least, I believe I do. I meant to re-read the first one years ago and was a bit surprised at how un friendshipy the characters seemed at the beginning. Oh well, still faces.

Fencing

The Hunger Games

This is pretty much the only book I’ve read with a lot of fighting and bloodshed.

You can blame my Contemporary heart.

Surprisingly enough, many Contemporaries don’t share fighting that isn’t drama related and definitely no bloodshed.

Gymnastics

Every Ugly Word

This book. Oh my gosh, so many unsurprising things. The ending, the ending. It’s a must read.

Swimming

All The Bright Places

This goes without saying really.

Golf

Because You'll Never Meet Me

I still love you! It’s only slow in the beginning! Then it picks up, quite fast. At least for me. 🙂

Trampoline

Babysitters_Club

These are basically the only books I read in childhood really. In addition to the Fear Street series that always scared me and made me not sleep. Ha.

Equestrian

Animals, animals. . .

Oh!

100 Days of Cake Cover 

There’s a little hermit crab in the book! I really liked it because you never really read about hermit crabs in books.

Hurdles

Lola and The Boy Next Door

I just. Yes. It’s not the book’s fault, it’s my fault.

No. No, I think it’s the book’s, actually. . .

Synchronized_swimming

Emmy and Oliver

It has two good friendships in it. One with the main character Emmy and Oliver and one with Emmy and her current (?) best friend.

Bonus

Tumbling

I need to seriously read this book. I love the olympics and gymnastics and multi-POV books and girls in books, it sounds fantastic.


Have you read any of these books? What do you think about them? Are you into the Olympics? Favorite participating sport?


Hamilton Book Tag

Hi! I am finally doing the Hamilton Book Tag, with as obsessed with it as I am, it’s a bit surprising I didn’t do this a long time ago. I don’t know where this originated, I think Youtube? So I take no credit for this. 😉 And I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but that’s a minor detail.

~Hamilton Book Tag~

The Room Where It Happens

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A Book World You Would Put Yourself Into

Crystal Tokyo from the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.

PGSM_1

The Schuyler Sisters

The_Schuyler_Sisters

An Underrated Female Character

Rory from Free To Fall

Free To Fall

My Shot

My_Shot

A Character That Goes After What They Want and Doesn’t Let Anything Stop Them

Hmm… N/A

Burn

Burn

The Most Heartbreaking End To A Relationship You’ve Ever Read

All The Bright Places

Big surprise, I know.

You’ll Be Back

Youll_Be_Back

Sassiest Villain

N/A. I don’t know many villains.

The Reynolds Pamphlet

The_Reynolds_Pamphlet

A Book With A Twist That You Don’t See Coming

Every Ugly Word

Most definitely didn’t see this coming…

Non-Stop

Nonstop

A Series You Marathoned

I haven’t marathoner series since I was in high school. I marathoned the Notes From A Spinning Planet series and The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series.

Notes_From_A_Spinning_Planet_Ireland Notes_From_A_Spinning_Planet_Papua_New_Guinea Notes_From_A_Spinning_Planet_Mexico

Bad_Connection_Secret_Life_Of_Samantha_McGregor Beyond_Reach_Secret_Life_of_Samantha_McGregor Playing_With_Fire_The_Secret_Life_of_Samantha_McGregorPayback_The_Secret_Life_of_Samantha_McGregor

Satisfied

Satisfied

Favorite Book With Multiple POVs

Because You’ll Never Meet Me, I’ll Meet You There, All The Bright Places

Because You'll Never Meet Me I'll Meet You There All The Bright Places

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?

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A Book/Series You Feel Like Will Be Remembered Throughout History

Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone A Song of Ice and Fire Game of Thrones The Hunger Games

I think any of these series will be remembered for a long time.

Stay Alive

Stay_Alive_Reprise

A Character You Wish Was Still Alive

Oh gosh… I’m lucky that I read a lot of books where no one dies, like, almost any. At least big character wise, not counting smallish random characters. So another N/A.



I tag…

Holly, Rashika, Shannon and Val.


Halsey Book Tag

Badlands - Halsey

Holly tagged me for the Halsey tag last week! I don’t know who gets credit for this tag.

I haven’t done a tag in a while, so this should be fun.  This tag is for the singer, Halsey. If you’d like to know my favorite songs by her, they’re Empty Gold and Is There Somewhere.


 

1. Castle – Your favorite queen. 

I haven’t read many books with queens, so I’ll go with Levana from Cinder because she sounds pretty awful.
Cinder Stepmother
2. Hold Me Down – A series you just can’t seem to quit no matter how hard you try. 
I don’t read many series either (You can already tell how well this tag will go for me). Can I pick a TV series that was a book series?
Pretty Little Liars Pretty_Little_Liars_DVD
3. New Americana – The fictional friend group you’d want to be your fight the apocalypse squad. 
I pick The 100 group…even if not all the characters exist…
The_100_Kass_Morgan The 100 poster 
4. Drive – A couple that needs to communicate (better).
I should know this, I should know this…
Hmm, I’ll go with Josh and Sky even though they’re technically not a couple.
I'll Meet You There
5. Hurricane – Favorite standalone. 
Ever?
Here’s one option:
Perks of Being A Wallflower
I love this book a lot, it was written a while ago, but it’s still relevant and a great coming of age story.
6. Roman Holiday – Cutest contemporary couple. 
Faking Normal
I adored the way Alexi and Bodee helped each other and were so supportive of each other. Their relationship was really sweet to watch play out, even though there were pretty serious things going on.
7. Ghost – Most tragic break up. 
Oh…
There are ways of breaking up and then there is…this:
All The Bright Places
8. Colors – One of your faves who hurts you a lot because they make TERRIBLE decisions. 
I wouldn’t say Bianca made terrible decisions but she did things that made me shake my head.
The DUFF
9. Strange Love – Character a lot of people don’t get but you absolutely love. 
I don’t think people like Whitley very much, but I loved her.
A Midsummer's Nightmare
10. Coming Down – Best sexy times scene. 
I haven’t read many, but um, I’m going with this one:
Firsts
11. Haunting – A book or character you’re still thinking about. 
I’m definitely still thinking about this book a year later.
All The Bright Places
12. Gasoline – Favorite (self-)destructive character.
I loved the portrayal of Alexi’s self-destructive behavior in Faking Normal.
13. Control – Best villain.
N/A answered with #1
14. Young God – Characters that secretly worship each other.
N/A, I don’t know any characters. 😦
15. Walk the Line – Best retelling/reworking.
Ugh, another N/A answered with #1
16. Is There Somewhere – OTP with obstacles. 
Everything Everything
There are physical obstacles occurring that keeps characters from being together.
17. Empty Gold – An OTP that became a notp. 
Gosh, I don’t have anything for this one.
18. Trouble – Toxic relationship you ship even though you know better. 
I’ll be going with a tv series and friendship instead of an actual relationship.
Pretty Little Liars, again. While I hate how this one girl is in charge and cruel to the others, I like her charisma and manipulative behavior. Her relationship with the girls is very toxic. It still is.


I tag anyone who hasn’t participated yet, but wants to.
 

One Day I Will Take Pretty Pictures (The Bookshelf Tag)

The Bookshelf Tag Shannon
Yay! I was tagged by Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight! Thank you! ❤ That’s obviously her lovely picture at the top. 🙂 I figured I needed at least one nice picture here. Haha.
This would be a bit more fun, haha, if I had good lighting and all my books on shelves that were all in the same area. As it is, I have horrible lighting, this isn’t even ALL my books and they’re definitely not all in the same area. Or even on the same “floor”. 🙂
~Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from~
Here is half my bookshelf! My actual bookshelf I mean. The majority of these shelves are made up of books I won (I know, I’m insane) along with some that I’ve traded and a few that I actually (wait for it), BOUGHT.
I have this weird thing where I like to keep things (dvds, books, cds) sorted by when I got them. So at the beginning of the top shelf began in January-ish, then towards the end of the second shelf, I put books I previously owned that I just stuck up there, but Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between is my most recent book I’ve obtained. 🙂 Wow, I hope that makes sense! Oh and my mom bought this book shelf for me!
Bookshelf
I have a couple other shelf type things that I pass off as bookshelves as well. Here’s one. Ignore the cup. I thought I moved that cup. And ignore all the other non books up there…
Photo on 2015-07-10 at 17.33Um, no real rhyme or reason to this shelf other than my cousin moved the desk, henceforth ending up rearranging my ending books (that you can’t see…) and my leatherbound hardcovers (I had one at each end to keep the books from toppling off the desk. My mom’s friend gave me this desk so that’s where I got it from. 🙂

~Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?~

Well, I said before that I have this weird thing where I like organzing things depending on when I got them. That’s so weird. One day, when I have my bookshelf actually in my room (it’s in my mom’s room right now) and bracketed, I’ll organize my books by genre.

~What is the thickest/biggest book on your shelf?~

I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS QUESTION.
Les Miserables William Shakespeare Complete Works
 At least 1200 and more but I’m really counting Les Mis for this one because 1. It’s Les Mis and 2. It’s a SINGLE work that is the longest<3
For the record, Les Mis has 1,232 pages and Shakespeare has 1,280.

~And the thinnest?~

Short Stories
This has less than 60 pages.

~Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?~

I knew I should have put the newest book I just received yesterday from my friend on the bookshelf. . .Adding it in anyway. I picked through some old books she was taking to the Friends of The Library drop off box (for the annual sale) and found Best American Short Stories and thought “Hey, I kind of like short stories”. So I took it. Who wants to guess the time period it will take for me to actually read it? 😉
Howl's Moving Castle / Best American Short Stories
As well as:
Books from Friends
From Holly and Val.<3
Oh! I also won The Wrong Side of Right in one of Holly’s giveaways too, so, count that one as well. 🙂

~Most expensive book?~

Er.
Leatherbound
Barnes and Noble leatherbound editions, $20 each. I bought two at a time. Er.

~The last book you read on your shelf?~

Er…Technically the last book I read that I now own is:
Fans of The Impossible Life
OH. And Because You’ll Never Meet Me, that was the actual last eARC I read. I haven’t…read any of the books on those shelves recently.

~Do you have more than one copy of a book?~

Nope! I traded away my only two double copies. 🙂 I do have a few Kindle copies though.

~Do you have the complete series of any book series?~

YES. I have a mixed copy complete series of The Hunger Games. THG is regular paperback, CF is large print paperback and MJ is hardcover. 🙂

~What’s the newest addition to your shelf?~

Best American Short Stories

~What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?~

A Million Miles Away

 A Million Miles Away was published yesterday!

~The oldest book on your shelf?~

LES MISERABLES, as far as being written. If you’re talking about the oldest book I’ve owned, I have no idea. Oh! I lied. That would be Perks of Being A Wallflower, which you can kind of see at the very end on my bookshelf. It launched me into buying books again years ago. 🙂 As far as my bookshelf goes.
I don’t know the oldest book (that I’ve owned)  on my desk in the second picture. It would probably be The Last Song, Charlie St. Cloud, Anything But Normal, the green writing book or Sabrina. I have no idea.

~A book you won?~

The majority of the books on my bookshelf have been won. 🙂

~A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?~

Les Mis is mineee.

~Most beat up book?~

My sister borrowed my copy of If I Stay (which you can’t see, but I think it’s behind some of the books in my second picture) when she went to a friend’s house and it came home all beat up. 😦 Water on the pages, the cover’s messed up, kind of torn. Sad. Either way, it didn’t happen because of me, but it could have been left on a table and then something to spilled on it at home when she came back. 😦 I loved that book!

~Most pristine book?~

ALMOST ALL OF THEM on my actual bookshelf. 🙂

~A book from your childhood?~

None of those.

~A book that’s not actually your book?~

Howl’s Moving Castle is my friend’s that I borrowed years ago (and haven’t read it…), but it’s okay because she has one of my books that she hasn’t read. 🙂 From years ago. Haha.

~A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?~

Leatherbound

~A book that is your favorite color?~

Mockingjay is blue and I love blue!

~Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read?~

I don’t knowww. Stop asking me these kinds of questions! I know I have a lot of unread books, goshhh.
Okay, on my actual bookshelf, that book would be this one, though I did start it…a while back:
My Heart and Other Black Holes

~Any signed books?~

Yes!

photo 2 (3)Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Oh my gosh, who do I tag? Okay, let me think. Got it!
 
Crystal @ Book Emoji
Lyn @ Great Imaginations
Kaitlin @ Next Page Please
Nori @ Read Write Love 28
 
You’re tagged!

Okay, I cannot be the only one with my books all over the house. Or can I…*imagine creepy music*

So! Tell me where you keep your books at? Do you have *gasp* actual shelves or are they scattered about! How are they organized? Are they organize? Do you organize? Do you have any special pretty fancy books like my Barnes and Noble leatherbound editions up there? Tell me everything about your books!


The Cinderella Book Tag

The Cinderella Book Tag
I’m so happy Val @ The Innocent Smiley stole this (and by stole, I don’t mean literally “stole”, she’s just doing it without being tagged in it) and tagged me in it! Speaking of Val, she created this lovely banner above! So thanks Val for tagging me and letting me use the awesome banner! And of course, thanks Tiffany @ About To Read who created this awesome disney tag.
P.S. For Readers/Friends, I am a sucker for all things disney tag related so if you see a disney tag, you can totally put me down for that. 🙂

Evil Stepsisters:

A book with characters you just hate

A Cinderella Story

None of The Above

NONE OF THE ABOVE. NONE OF THE ABOVE. AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL CHARACTERS!
Ugh!

Prince Charming:

A book with a gentleman

Positively Beautiful (Wendy Mills)

Hmm… Untitled guy from Positively Beautiful whose name I seriously cannot remember. Haha.

A Cinderella Story

Cinderella:

A character that is graceful, kind, and defiant

A Cinderella Story

Maybe One Day

Let me think, let me think, this one is hard. I’m going with Olivia from Maybe One Day. 🙂 She was definitely graceful and kind in that book given her circumstances. I’m not sure if she was defiant in the general sense, but I do think she was defiant in some cases.

Fairy Godmother:

A character that always has someone looking out for them

A Cinderella Story

Skye always has Marge there looking after her.
I'll Meet You There

Helpful Creatures:

Something that makes you happy when you’re sad

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? IN GENERAL? OH, I’VE GOT IT.
Breathe In Breathe Out Hilary Duff
(You saw this coming, right?)

Ashes:

A book you didn’t care for

A Cinderella Story

Lola and The Boy Next Door

Yeah…I just…did not click with this book at all.

Pumpkin:

A character with a transformation

A Cinderella Story Dress

Erin from Positively Beautiful (Wendy Mills)
Definitely the number one character I know to have gone through a transformation! It was great. 🙂

Impossible:

A book with an ending you didn’t see coming

Without a doubt:

More Happy Than Not

The whole book was surprising.

Just Breathe:

Something that inspires you to be courageous

A Cinderella Story speech

Anything Could Happen

Hmm…Maybe Anything Could Happen by Will Walton. You know, because anything could happen. 🙂 #CheesyIKnow

Happily Ever After:

A book with a perfect ending

Because You'll Never Meet Me

A little bit at least. ❤

A Cinderella Story

Who do I tag? Hmm…
Kaitlin @ Reading Is My Treasure
Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
Maddie @ Forever Lost In Other Worlds
Sarah @ Words With Sarah
Lyn @ Great Imaginations
Nori @ ReadWriteLove28
Bee @ Istyria Book Blog
Danielle @ Love At First Page
Elena @ Novel Sounds
Kayla @ The Thousand Lives
Crystal @ Bookiemoji

Musical Book Tag!

Hey everyone! I had the idea to create this musical book tag after randomly getting some inspiration last week! I love musicals, like love them, like I wish my life were one, because there are NEVER bad singers in musicals. 🙂
The rules are pretty much like all of the other rules.
Rules:
1. Tag at least five people. You probably want to tag them on Twitter so they’ll know that way too. 🙂
2. Thank the person that tagged you.
3. Be sure to give me credit for what I’m sure is going to explode throughout the blogosphere, just kidding. 😉
Without further ado, here’s the tag!

 1. ~There’s A World~ (Next To Normal)
A book with a great world you want to be part of.
Sailor Moon Manga
You: “But Amber, that’s not a book! That’s a MANGA!”
Me: “My tag, my rules, I JUST REALLY WANT TO LIVE ON THE MOON OKAY AND LIVE IN TOKYO AND CRYSTAL TOKYO (ON THE MOON), IS THAT SO WRONG?”
You: “Manga’s fine”
2. ~What You Own~ (RENT)
What author do you have to own all the books by?
Hmm… Jennifer E. Smith or Kody Keplinger probably. 🙂
3. ~No One Mourns The Wicked~ (Wicked)
The character you hate most from a book
That guy in
 Rites Of Passage.
I can’t remember his name but omg, I hated him so much.
4. ~All I Ask Of You-~ (Phantom of The Opera)
Who is your favorite romantic pairing in a book?
Sky and Josh from
 I'll Meet You There
5. ~I Should Tell You~ (RENT)
A book that you think you should keep your feelings hidden about out of fear OR a book you haven’t read that everyone else has.
Harry Potter and Anna And the French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door
6. ~Dancing Through Life~ (Wicked)
Your ultimate pick me up/feel good book
Hmm…. Just Like The Movies
7. ~Think Of Me~ (Phantom of The Opera)
The last book you couldn’t get off your mind after reading it.
Anything Could Happen and Challenger Deep
8. ~What Is This Feeling~ (Wicked)
A book that you weren’t sure you would like, but you LOVED it.
Every Ugly Word
9. ~Didn’t I See This Movie?~ (Next To Normal)
Your favorite movie adaptation/retelling of a book OR a book that strongly reminds you of a movie.
My favorite movie adaptation: 10 Things I Hate About You, adaptation of The Taming of The Shrew
10. ~La Vie Boheme~ (RENT)
A book that features an interesting/quirky cast of characters
Perks of Being A Wallflower
11. ~He’s Not Here~ (Next To Normal)
A book where one of your favorite characters dies (don’t list the character)
Hmm, I have to think about this one…Oh…No, I can’t say that one….I apparently don’t read many books where characters die (Lucky me!) I choose this one though:
Free To Fall
12. ~Epiphany~ (Bare: A Pop Opera)
A book that changed your perspective, taught you something or was extremely thought provoking,
Every Day (David Levithan)
 This book made me think a lot as A changed bodies and “characters”.
13. ~It’s Gonna Be Good~ (Next To Normal)
A book you’re so excited to read!
Every Last WordNever Always SometimesP.S. I Still Love YouA Thousand NightsAll The RageI Crawl Through It
14.~You’re Timeless To Me~ (Hairspray)
A book you consider a classic for you.

Perks of Being A Wallflower

15. ~Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind~ (Spring Awakening)
A book that was NOT a tearjerker for you despite (possibly) being sad.
Okay, this is a hard one for me…Oh, wait, got it!

When Reason Breaks

16. ~How Could I Ever Forget~ (Next To Normal)
A book that you read years ago that you had forgotten about

Blue Is For Nightmares


I tag
1.Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway
2.Val @ The Innocent Smiley
3. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
4. Lauren @ Bookmark Lit
5. Kaitlin @ Reading Is My Treasure
6. Cait @ Paper Fury

Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award/Tag

Sisterhood_of_the_World_Bloggers_AwardsI have been tagged by Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award/Tag. Thanks Holly.<3
The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their website.
2. Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions you have been asked.
4. Nominate ten other bloggers and ask them ten other questions.
~Holly’s Questions~
1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging after I discovered the great book blogging community. Before then, I had thought of starting a blog, well, another blog since I’ve had previous ones and a book blog was among my interests. I never really went through with it, before finding this community. “Booktube” was also a push in this general direction and that was also an option, I found out I liked the idea of actually typing my blog a lot better than recording myself and posting it online. 🙂
2. Do you have any quirky reading habits?
I can’t say I really have any quirky reading habits.
3. What book have you reread the most?
I don’t re-read many books since I started blogging. When I was a teen I used to re-read the Young Adult books by Melody Carlson a lot.
4. What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?
Cry. No, just kidding. 🙂 I try different books and hope something breaks it. I may stop reading for a week or two and wait for my reading urge to come back.
5. Do you judge a book by its cover?
I definitely do. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cover and it will definitely peak my interest in reading a book.
6. If you could live in one fictional world, what would it be?
I’m not one for fictional worlds, I don’t read too much fiction. I think I would choose to live in the Hunger Games universe or Free To Fall’s slight futuristic time period.
7. What’s one of your pet peeves in books?
Oh gosh. Where do I begin?
 
Love triangles, cheating, oblivious characters, whiny characters…
 
Oh wait, you said one. 😉
8. When thinking about reading a book, do you research it and ask friends about it, or do you like taking chances and going in blind?
I definitely research it online with reviews and such, however, because I’m spoiler prone, it always ends badly. I don’t really have any friends that read too much Young Adult fiction to ask their opinions of. I go in blind a few times too.
9. Which fictional character would you love to spend the day with?
Hadley from The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
10. Who is your favorite OTP (one true pairing)?
Rory and North from Free To Fall by Lauren Miller. Currently.
My Nominations:
Lauren @ Bookmark Lit
Lola @ Hit or Miss Books
Jamie @ The Perpetual Pageturner
Jessica @ Such A Novel Idea
Bee @ Istyria Book Blog
Lara @ The Paperback Palace
Erin @ The Hardcover Lover
~My Questions For You~
  1. What is your favorite part of blogging?
  2. Have you had any other blogs?
  3. What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from book blogging?
  4. Has book blogging changed your life? If so, elaborate. 🙂
  5. What is your biggest blogging milestone?
  6. What are some of your favorite book blogs?
  7. Do you have any blogging tips?
  8. What is your favorite genre to read?
  9. What books do you like to review most? (ARCs, new releases, older books that may not get much attention, etc.)
  10. What book do you wish would be turned into a movie?

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