The Weekly Hufflepuff #58 | Meh Reading, School, Periods, and Doug the Pug

I’m so grateful to past me for scheduling so many posts. Seriously bless past me

Reading-wise this was an okay-ish week. Thankfully I got to read Giant Days‘ latest issue, brightening up my week (and mood) because my other two reads were meh. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Flame in the Mist, and I kind of loathed Daughter of Smoke and Bone? I’ve already written my review for the latter and it will be up at the end of the month I believe, but I still need to gather my thoughts of Flame in the Mist

Unfortunately I didn’t finish a single path for The Reading Quest, but I came very close (4 out of 5 books) and honestly, I did better than I expected haha. I read 6 books in total, got 100 EXP (level 2) and 235 HP. Not bad for someone who usually sucks at readathons haha (I just hate the pressure? But at the same time they’re so much fun? Especially themed ones like this?)

School started again this week, and so far it’s been okay. Starting from this year we decide which path we want to take, which term we’ll take which classes, when we’ll intern etc. This term both my friend and I (along with the rest of our class) will be making our own versions of already established Dutch magazines. My friend and I are thankfully in the same group, and we’re creating our own version of ‘Opzij’, which is a feminist magazine. I would’ve prefered De Groene Amsterdammer, since that one doesn’t just cover feminist issues, but this one was my second choice so I’m still happy. Our group seems nice too and so far everyone seems to be hardworking and to take it all very seriously. Apart from creating our own magazine, we also have a research class and a class on multimedia storytelling. Thankfully we didn’t have that much to do outside of class yet, which is not only a nice way to start but also really convenient since I got my period

My friend gave me a beautiful and inspiring book on photography and a transparent phone case with a cat on it that seems to play with the Apple on my phone for my birthday (which was back in June but she forgot it at home twice and then she went on holiday haha). The book really made me want to go out and take pictures, but alas. School is back in session. It wasΒ her birthday actually this week, so on Thursday evening I went shopping for her birthday and my mom joined me. I found some great presents for her, but unfortunately I also found some stuff for me (I say unfortunately because I want to save money) It’s not like I couldn’t afford it but I wanted to put my salary from last week on my savings account haha. I’m really happy with it though!

I got this cute lightbox on which you can arrange your own message (mine right now says ‘Hogwarts is my home’ accompanied by stars and a heart) at the CUTEST store ever. They have so much great, fun, cute and AESTHETIC stuff I’m in love

I’m not joking the further I got into the store the more I started to not only love, but also hate the store because I NEED TO SAVE MONEY NOT SPEND IT

I also found a Doug the Pug notebook and pen case (not at that store), which wasn’t too expensive thankfully. You may know by now that I’m obsessed with pugs, but Doug the Pug?? Love of my life. Massive fan right here. First thing I check on Instagram in the morning? Doug’s account. I’m not even joking

πŸ’›Β I shared the blog post I wrote for Stedelijk Journal, on Jordan Wolfson’s Female Figure and it’s take on the violence of objectification
πŸ’›Β I wondered if we need to read all the blog posts. Thank you to everyone for making me feel better about this and giving me advice ❀️
πŸ’›Β I did the Little Engine Tag in which I talked about pet peeves, my favourite (gay) song at the moment, ideal pets (I wonder what it could be…) and more

πŸ’›Β Jordon talks about pet peeves in books
πŸ’›Β Mikaela talks about the dilemma of reading diverse books as a diverse reader
πŸ’›Β Marie talks about relatable blogging worries and anxietyΒ 
πŸ’›Β And also shared more about her WIP and AESTHETICS!!
πŸ’›Β Inside My Library Mind shares a reading list for Hermione Granger
πŸ’›Β Fadwa talks about Muslim representation she wants more of
πŸ’›Β Analee talks about fictional schools she wants to attend
πŸ’›Β Elly posted again!! And it’s another lovely playlist, this time for the month August
πŸ’›Β Annemieke went to Harry Potter The Exhibition
πŸ’›Β Shouni wonders if authors should keep expanding their own universes
πŸ’›Β Bridget shares her blog design resources
πŸ’›Β A.J. has a guide for LGBTQ+ book spine colours for Bookstagram rainbows
πŸ’›Β Charlotte talks about her Melbourne Writers Festival Experience
πŸ’›Β It’s the end of May’s writing challenge she hosted, and thus she shares writing advice and snippets of beautiful writingΒ 
πŸ’›Β Ilsa shares 10 perfectly fool-proof ways to encourage people to leave comments on your posts

How was your week? Favourite post you wrote/read this week? Did you read any good books? Most important question of the day: do you love Doug the Pug? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “The Weekly Hufflepuff #58 | Meh Reading, School, Periods, and Doug the Pug

  1. DUDE, I’m so obsessed with Doug the Pug it’s ridiculous. Or…basically just pugs in general. (A relative of my has a pug and he is actually the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen, so I demand pictures/stories ALL the time.) I love them to BITS. Oh, I missed that blog post on, um, blog posts, but I so agree! I used to stress myself out SO much about reading ALL OF THEM and it was just…not healthy. So I stopped forcing myself, and now I’ll only read them if I WANT to. (And comment even less — sometimes, if a post already has a lot of comments/said I was thinking, I might not comment at all.) And I feel so much better for it! I want to remain active in the blogging community (but also bc of health right now that’s HARD) but it’s also so important to not get too stressed over them. Okay…slightly off topic from this post, but I wanted to give my two cents. :)

    BUT OMG. Doug. The Pug. I’m not even kidding either when I say that I, too, check his Insta/Facebook the moment I wake up. Like, if he ever came to my country/city, I kid you not, I’d line up for hours to meet him. Haha.

    • Oh my goodness if I knew someone with a pug I’d stalk them all the time and try to go over there as much as possible haha
      Yeah you’re right, stressing yourself out over reading all the blog posts is definitely not healthy – blogging is something most of us do for fun and when you’re stressing yourself out like that… It’s good to put your health first though! ❀️

      Haha I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s that obsessed! I got SO close to meeting him. I went to London last year and a few days after I went he was there. I was devestated that I missed him haha

  2. I’m sorry you didn’t love Flame in the Mist and Daughter of Smoke and Bone – if the first one does get tons of mixed reviews, the second one is really loved, so I’m curious to hear your thoughts about it. About both of them, really :)
    That magazine project sounds really, REALLY cool, I hope you’ll have tons of fun putting it together :)
    Thank you so much for sharing my posts, Michelle, that’s so sweet of you, so glad you liked them!! <3 <3

    • Yeah before I started Flame in the Mist I had already seen some mixed opinions on it, so it didn’t really surprise me (though of course I’m disappointed because I really wanted to love it), but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is incredibly popular, so I didn’t really expect it, especially since it started off really strong
      I hope so too! Right now I’m excited about it :)
      You’re very welcome ❀❀

  3. The magazine project sounds amazing and I hope it’s perfectly fun, because it seems like something you could be really passionate about and writing really great pieces for!

    Your new board is adorable. It’s okay to splurge on wonderful things every once and a while and treat yourself!

  4. Thanks for sharing my post. I loved doing The Reading Quest. I think this one was better because it was a month long so it does put down some of the pressure. I ended up completing 2 paths.

    I wasn’t really feeling Flame in the Mist either.

  5. Psssst I didn’t like Daughter Of Smoke And Bone either… At all. I loved the descriptions in the beginning, but then the romance took over the story and made me want to throw my kindle against the wall. xD

    • Yes yes yes!! The romance is exactly what ruined the book for me. It had such a strong start and then it just… went completely downhill? It’s such a shame since it had so much potential *sigh* Glad I’m not alone though haha

      • My thoughts exactly! Loved the beginning and I was totally understanding why so many love this series and then the whole thing just imploded. Ugh. Oh well, one less series to continue. xD

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