The Weekly Hufflepuff #48

*really losing inspiration for intro’s for these posts send help* OH I CHANGED MY LAYOUT A BIT I CAN TALK ABOUT THAT. So yeah I created a new header as I was getting a bit tired of the old one and wanted more colour. I also created my own social media icons which was a pain but I like the result so it’s worth it. I also changed my ‘meet the blogger’ thingie as I was getting tired of my old picture. Also this one fits the blog’s name better haha

I finished The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan and well… I’m a bit disappointed? I absolutely loved the first one, but this one? I dunno I nee dto gather my thoughts so I can write a review, right now I’m not sure yet how I feel.

I finished my second year this Tuesday which is crazy. I’ll be a thirdyear already this September?? What?? BUT ALSO SUMMER VACATION. Boy do I need it. Looking back this term was pretty fun, it just wasn’t fun that my friend and I had to redo an assignment from last term. BUT WE PASSED THIS TIME. I passed all my classes from this year so naturally I’m happy.

To celebrate the end of the year my friend and I went to cat cafe Kopjes, which was fun though the cats weren’t really in the mood to be petted or play. I think it was a bit too hot for them haha. Most of them were up high sleeping. We only got to pet two cats which made us really sad haha.

This cutie was sleeping until I decided that I needed to pet it. I still feel super guilty for waking it (that second picture is how it looked at me when I softly touched it). My heart guys, I feel so bad (it let us pet it though it was sooo soft

I’m gonna move there and live among the kitties btw

ALSO WHO ELSE WATCHED DOCTOR WHO LAST NIGHT AND IS BITTER I SWEAR THEY BETTER FIX THIS NEXT WEEK

Since my last wrap up I posted:

I haven’t read any blogposts this week (or the previous weeks) so I have nothing to share for the ‘elsewhere on the internet’ part. Hopefully next week!

And that’s a wrap! What have you guys been up to? Any posts (written by you or others) you think I HAVE to read? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

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Obligatory ‘I’m Back!’ Post

Helloooo it’s me. I was wondering if any of you remember me

Is my blogging slump over? Am I going to rock combining blogging and school this term?

– Me, April 30th 2017

hahahahaha no I did not ‘rock’ combining blogging and school this term. BUT HEY THIS TERM IS OVER. FINALLY. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this term, but about halfway in my friend and I found out we had failed one of our assignments last term so we had to redo it and well… I decided I really didn’t want to redo it again next year because I just don’t have the time, so I really wanted to focus on school and make sure that not only would we pass this assignment, I’d pass this term’s classes too. I don’t know yet if we’ve passed the assignment this time around, but I did pass all my other classes (well, I’m still waiting on one grade but I really don’t think I failed that one so) so it’s officially summer vacation! (you only get two chances for every assignment/exam in a year so if we failed again we can’t redo it this summer anyway)

Last year I was pretty active on the blog. I don’t know if I’ll be this year. It’s not that I don’t want to, but I want to restart slowly, figure out what I want to do, change my blog’s design and well, do other stuff too. Besides writing and reading (how I missed reading omg I barely read any books except comics because I was too exhausted) I want to spend some time with family and friends and visit lots of museums. I also need to prepare myself because I’ll be studying abroad next year for one semester. Have I mentioned this here yet?? Honestly school has eaten my brain I don’t know anything anymore.

BUT YEAH I’LL BE DOING ONE SEMESTER IN MANCHESTER NEXT YEAR.

To be honest I’m a lot more excited for next year than I was about this one. This year was super hectic and honestly I feel like getting a (mild) concussion at the end of the very first week of the school year was just a sign of the year that was to come. That sounds dramatic, but I just never got into my usual school rhythm after my concusion (and during it of course). So while I do look back on this year fondly as I made a great friend and this last term was a lot of fun, I’m glad it’s over and I’m ready for summer vacation. One preferably without stress.

Meaning that I’m also not going to pressure myself when it comes to this blog. I’m excited to get back to it, but I don’t know how active I’ll be. I just need to get back into that ole blogging routine. Oh how I miss those old times haha

I’VE MISSED ALL OF YOU SO MUCH THOUGH WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO TELL ME. Also I will slowly get around to answer all your comments and read up on your blogs.

Starlight Blogger Award – Almost Two Years Late Woops

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know I’m really and I mean really behind on tags. Soooo… I was tagged for this in 2015!!!! Really sorry Cátia that it took me this long, but thank you for tagging me! Better late than never right?

RULES:

1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.

2. Answer the 3 original questions and then the 3 new questions from your nominator given to you.

3. Nominate your 6 favorite bloggers! In your nominees I would like for you to think at the light emanating from the stars the ones that truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you a true STARLIGHT Blogger.

4. Please pass the award on to 6 or more other Bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you.

5. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your Blog, please never alter the logo, never change the 3 original questions answer that first then answer the 3 new questions from your nominator and never change the Award rules.

6. Please don’t delete this note:

The design for the STARLIGHT Bloggers Award has been created from YesterdayAfter. It is a Copyright image, you cannot alter or change it in any way just pass it to others that deserve this award.

Copyright 2015 © YesterdayAfter.com – Design by Carolina Russo”

THE ORIGINAL QUESTIONS

1. If you could meet anyone from throughout history, who and why?

There are so many people I’d love to meet, but Oscar Wilde is probably at the top of my list. I just love him so much, both as a person and a writer and sometimes it really bums me out that we live in different time periods.

2. What is your favorite book and why?

If I had to choose one book (and not series) it would be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I just can’t help it. This book and Charlie resonate with me so much. It makes me feel things that not many books do and just fgkjdxgx

 

3. Who is your favorite fiction character from any medium and why?

Oh boy do I really have to choose? I have so many! Though right now I love all the kids on Andi Mack so I’m going to go with them because I love my babies

CÁTIA’S QUESTIONS

1. What book have you read that made you want to travel to the place in the book?

So many! Obviously Harry Potter made me want to go to Hogwarts, Anna and the French Kiss made me want to go to Paris, The Heroes of Olympus series made me want to go to Greece and revisit Rome (I mean I always want to go back to Rome but) and there are so many others! I just want to go to so many places and books set there (and in other places) just make me want to go even more.

2. If you could start your blog journey all over again what would you change or do differently? Would you have started earlier?

Part of me does wish I had started earlier, but things would have been so different. I would’ve been a different person, less aware of certain issues going around in the world, I had a different reading taste and well, I think this blog would’ve been very different and maybe not in a good way. Also I may not have met the people I’ve met now, because things would’ve gone differently and we might not have stumbled upon each other’s blogs – the idea alone makes me sad!

If I could start over I would be more organised – in planning and scheduling posts, my blog’s design, tags, categories, features etc. I also would’ve gotten involved in the (book) blogging community right away, as at first I had no idea there even was a community.

3. What is your biggest dream and how are you working on its realization?

Becoming a writer and um… by writing? Though not much? Being a writer is my biggest dream, but I also want to be a journalist and since that’s what I’m studying well… I have to focus on that throughout the school year. I’m really excited for this summer vacation so that I can get back into writing though!

I TAG… 

Closet Readers | May | Nisha | Balie | Krysti | Hannah

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

MY QUESTIONS

Almost forgot these woops haha

  1. What is your favourite book you read so far this year?
  2. What is a song that you can listen over and over to?
  3. If you could turn one book into a tv show/movie, which one and how do you picture it?

What about you guys? If you could meet anyone from throughout history, who would you choose? And what is your biggest dream? Let me know in the comments!

The Artsy Hufflehoe: Nalini Malani and Immigration and the Oppression of Women

The first post (hopefully of many) of my new feature all about art! Today I’m going to talk about one of my favourite artists, Nalini Malani.

I had unfortunately never heard of Malani until an exhibition opened in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam called Transgressions. I was immediately hooked when I read that her work focused on issues like immigration and the opression of women, so naturally I had to check it out. And guys I was immediately in love.

But let’s talk about Malini herself first. She is one of India’s most important contemporary artists. Born in 1946 in Karachi, Pakistan, she had to flee a year after with her family during the separation  of India and Pakistan. Till this day you can see this reflect in her work.

She was trained as a classical artist in Bombay, but when in the ’90s religious fundamentalism started to gain ground she changed her style and medium. She criticised these changes by working  with different mediums that were new for India, like her wall drawing/erasure-perfomances, experimental theater and video/shadow play.

As I said her work focuses on immigration and the opression of women, but also globalisation, poverty and many more. She often combines these themes with motives from classic literature and mythology.

Basically she’s awesome and I love her and I want all the books Stedelijk has on her but

I mentioned Malani’s wall drawings/erasure-performances. She made a drawing in the Stedelijk as well, at the beginning of the exhibition:

She made this a week before the opening. It criticises the current refugee crisis and combines that with her fascination for literary and mythological stories in which women play important roles. On the last day of the exhibition the drawing will disappear through an ‘Erasure Performance’.

My two favourite works of her at the exhibition are the installation Transgressions and the video ‘In Search of Vanished Blood’.

Stills of ‘In Search of Vanished Blood’

TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE

‘In Search of Vanished Blood’ is an incredibly powerful and emotional video in which you’ll hear the inner voice of a woman who has been brutally raped by a group of men (you don’t hear the actual rape). It’s inspired by the book ‘Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays’ by Christa Wolf and the poem ‘In Search of Vanished Blood’ by the Pakistani leftist intellectual and revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The video is about a collapsing society for which Cassandra offers a humane escape, if we would only listen and learn from past tragedies. Instead of the standard world map, Malani used a world map with the USA in the middle as a backdrop.

Honestly I felt like crying while watching this video (if I had been on my own I probably would’ve). It is so powerful.

The other work is Transgressions, which is the heart of the exhibition. It’s a beautiful installation that can’t be captured in pictures. And not just because of the projected images changing and the audio.

There is so much to see that you just can’t stop looking. It also felt very hypnotising, with the combination of  the turning of the cylinders and the voices of the woman and the girl who are constantly on repeat.

The installation covers the past and current situation of India, the trauma of colonisation and the beginning of globalisation. Seriously, it’s such a impactful work. I really recommend seeing it for yourself if you have the chance.

If you’re in Amsterdam somewhere between now and June 18th, you can still see the exhbition at the Stedelijk Museum. I couldn’t find out where the exhibition is headed afterwards, but I really recommend keeping an eye out for it!

Are you familiar with Nalini Malani’s work? Have you seen it? What did  you think? Who are some of your favourite artists? Let me know in the comments!

You Want Brains, You Want A Heart and You Courage – I GET IT | Review

Genre: Children’s | Fantasy
Series: Oz #1
Goodreads rating: 3.98
My rating: ★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival – will Dorothy ever see Kansas again? (Goodreads)

I’m not that familiar with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I think once upon a time I’ve seen The Muppets version and I’ve seen what Once Upon a Time with the story, but other than that all I know about Dorothy and her friends is from pop culture. This meant that a lot of this was new for me, which was really fun.

The story started out that way too. I flew through the pages, but at some point I really felt like the story started to drag. And repeat itself.

If I got a euro every time the four went ‘We’re on our way to see Oz, to get a brain, to get a heart, to get courage, to get back to Kansas’ or ‘if we don’t get to Oz I won’t get a brain, and I won’t get a heart…’ – well I don’t know how much I’d have, but I’d have some money besides my irritation. Towards the end I really rolled my eyes at it. I get that it’s a children’s story but children don’t need to be reminded of the protagonists’ goal every few pages okay?

Other than that, I just got bored once they had reached Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West wasn’t that wicked and was defeated really easily.

Another problem I had throughout the novel was that Oz wasn’t as magical as I thought it would be? The land’s a bit boring to be honest.

All in all it was a fun read, but I think I’ll give some of the movies a go instead.

Have you read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What did you think of it? Which adaptation is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly (#47) and Monthly Hufflepuff: April

And ANOTHER weekly wrap up! And a monthly wrap up! Is my blogging slump over? Am I going to rock combining blogging and school this term? WHO KNOWS BUT I’M EXCITED ANYWAY

Also I’m sorry that I once again have to freak out but… IT’S MAY ALREADY? Okay technically it’s still April but it feels like May since I’m wrapping April up. I’m kind of not ready for it to May already, because then soon it will be June and before you know it it’s June 6th and I’m turning 20

Peter Pan where you at mate

This month wasn’t very exciting when it came to books, though some good comic issues came out (I still need to catch up on some!). It wasn’t a bad month either though!

Zodiac Starforce was SUCH a fun comic I need more. I think there’s going to be a second series this year? Fingers crossed! Hopefully I’ll review it soon.

I read the 2015 Archie comics last month, so I started Jughead as well. While I do really love his character, I found it hard to get through. Also it made me really, really despise Riverdale’s Jughead even more. Not only did they erase his asexuality (and it seems like he’s aromantic as well, nor does he like to be touched) they completely erased his fun personality?? I will eventually pick up volume 2 though, because as I said I really love Jughead (also was anyone else really disgusted when in this week’s episode he said that Archie’s songs made you want to slit your wrists like that’s not okay??? Don’t joke about that??)

I really liked the first issue of America, but the second one? Wow. It was a bit of a mess story wise. There was so much going on that I got really confused. Still love the character though, so I’m not giving up (besides it’s only the second issue)

And I really, really need to get to reviewing Brave Chef Brianna and Goldie Vance as these comics are AMAZING. I’ll get to reviewing the BBC Class books as soon as I’ve finished Joy Ride. My review for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be up this week! I think I scheduled it for tomorrow?

This school week was so much better than the last! I’m really looking forward to this term now. It also helped that I only had three days of school (though I didn’t go to one of them because I was exhausted and needed to sleep) since Thursday was Kingsday and we had Friday of as well. This gave me plenty of time to do school work and blog – I scheduled three posts for this week again!

I missed Doctor Who yesterday (I’m already caught up though so here’s my weekly reminder that I love Bill Potts. Also the Doctor punched a racist bigot – iconic) because I finally went to see Hidden Figures! It was my most anticipated movie of the year, so I’m not sure why it took me this long. It was INCREDIBLE though. It exceeded my expectations, and my expectations were really high already. I need to see it again. It’s so powerful and just

I had no idea I posted this much this month?! I really hope I’ll be able to keep this up, because boy did I miss this.

And once again that’s a wrap! How has your week been? Have you seen Hidden Figures? What did you think of it? Are you enjoying Doctor Who season 10 so far? What have you been reading? Tell me all about it in the comments!

The Discussing Hufflepuff: Am I Overreacting?

Something that I often think when I see something sexist, racist, homophobic, etc. is: ‘am I overreacting?’ This has lead to me not pointing these things out, not tweeting about it, not writing blog posts about it… Nothing.

Last week I wrote a post on The Feministas about sexist Dutch magazines, and honestly? Before I wrote it I wasn’t sure if I should. Was I making a big deal out of nothing? Was the way women are being portrayed in these men magazines the same way women’s magazines portray men? Even though my female friend was just as outraged, even though I discussed it with the other members of The Feministas first, I still felt like maybe I was overreacting.

Now this doesn’t always happen. I know my reaction as to what happened to Arden Cho on Teen Wolf wasn’t an overreaction. I know that when The Real O’Neals made a biphobic ‘joke’ I was right to be angry and hurt (if you missed it, the protagonist Kenny was afraid that what his new boyfriend was going to tell him would be bad news. He was like ‘what if it’s money problems or webbed toes. Or worse! Bisexual!’)

So why is it that often or not I feel like I shouldn’t say anything? Is it because I grew up in such a sexist, racist, homophobic etc. society? My mom always thought me to speak my mind and is very outspoken about these matters as well. Did our society, that is constantly trying to silence minorties, get to me anyway?

Or is it because of my PTSD, because I’m terrified people will get mad and yell at me?

I don’t know why, but it’s something that’s been bothering me for a while. There are so many things that I’ve wanted to discuss before, but I was scared. Scared that I was wrong, scared that I was overreacting. Scared that people would attack me.

But if I felt hurt, violated and disgusted at seeing the way women are being portrayed as objects, sexual fantasies and entertainment for men, shouldn’t that count? Shouldn’t it count that my friend, another woman, also felt this way? Shouldn’t it count that my fellow Feministas were also disgusted after hearing about it? Why did I still worry about it?

Do you ever feel the same way? Let me know in the comments.