The Weekly (And Monthly) Hufflepuff #65 | Is This The End Of My Blogging Slump?

I’m so happy to be doing another weekly wrap up as I’ve really missed doing them! I’ll also be wrapping up December and January though, as I really want to get those out of the way. I’m going to try to keep things as short as possible, so don’t worry about having to read a short novel haha

This week I started and finished Snowsisters by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick as the publication date is coming out and I need to get started on my review. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this one at all, but I’ll be leaving all of that for the review. I’ve also been reading Northern Lights, as I got the His Dark Material series in one book from the university library. I remember liking the film (yeaaaars ago) and I’ve heard good things about the series, so I thought I’d try it out. So far I’m liking it.

DECEMBER

πŸ’›Β Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I am IN LOVE with this poetry collection. I’ve already raved about it in my review and my favourite books of 2017 postΒ so maybe you’re sick of my yelling about this one BUT I DON’T CARE. It’s beautiful poetry about gender, sexuality, politics, love and so much more and I will never get over this book

πŸ’›Β Always and Forever by Jenny Han ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The PERFECT ending to this charming, lovely and fun trilogy that captures what it’s like to grow up and go off to college so well. Had everything I wanted tbh except a guide to find my own Peter yes please and thank you

πŸ’›Β Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I never ended up reviewing this one and I don’t think I will, as unfortunately it was very triggering for me and affected my mental health terribly. It’s well written though and there are definitely things I loved about it (thus the four star rating) but in the end it made me feel like crap. Guess it hit a bit too close to home

πŸ’›Β None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio ⭐⭐⭐ – an important, fun and quick read, just needed a little more development to its character and plot. I felt like the story wasn’t over yet. Read my review here

πŸ’›Β Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson ⭐⭐⭐ – another one that didn’t feel over to me once I finished it. There were so many plot points left unexplored! It was still an interesting read and it was fun to read a book set in Trinidad and Tobago. Read my review here

πŸ’›Β The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – ABSOLUTE PERFECTION IT HAS EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE I LOVE THIS BOOK TO THE MOON AND BACK AND AM SO UPSET THAT I HAVEN’T HAD THE TIME TO REVIEW IT YET. Buuut I did rave about it in my favourite books of 2017 post so if you want to know a lil bit more about how I feel about this book, you can click here

REREADS:Β Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
COMICS: DC Bombsells #60Β 

JANUARY

πŸ’›Β It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I absolutely loved What’s A Girl Gotta Do? so when I saw It Only Happens in the Movies at the airport when looking for a book to keep me occupied while waiting for my delayed flight, I knew this was perfect. And it absolutely was! Holly Bourne has done it again. It Only Happens in the Movies highlights abusive relationships as they are and doesn’t romanticise them once. As someone who’s very passionate about how fiction often romanticises abusive relationships I was so happy to read this book. EVERYONE needs to read this asap

πŸ’›Β The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson ⭐⭐⭐ (though actually 2.5 stars) – Ahh I was so happy to get approved for this one as it sounded delightfully creepy but alas, that’s not what I got. I do think this is a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’, as I can definitely see why people would love this. Read my review here

πŸ’›Β The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ⭐⭐⭐ – I have such mixed feelings about this one. The writing is without a doubt charming and magical, but there was just too much telling instead of showing, especially when it comes to the romance. Once the romance takes the center I started to lose interest as I just wasn’t feeling it.

COMICS:Β Giant Days #33 // Giant Days #34 //Β Lumberjanes #45 //Β America #9 // America #10 // Ms. Marvel #25 // Ms. Marvel #26 // Runaways volume 9 // Runaways volume 10 // Runaways volume 11 // Runways (2017) #1 //Β Runways (2017) #2Β //Β Runways (2017) #3Β //Β Runways (2017) #4Β //Β Runways (2017) #5

This week I just really needed to relax, so I only went out for class, groceries or dinner when I didn’t have anything in the fridge. There were a few days where I thought of going out, but I only wanted to go out because I felt like IΒ had to. You know, make the most of my time and explore the city, but there are already quite a few things I’ve seen, I still have time and I don’t have any classes next week. Plus, what good is it to go out and do things when you’re not feeling that energised? It would only make me more tired, so I’m glad I decided to take it easy.

Not to mention it meant I had a lot of time to blog, and I even wanted to! I’ve posted three times this week, four if you count this one and I’ve read quite a few blog posts. I also signed up for the 365 Commenting Challenge to get myself to be more active in the blogging community.

I’m super excited about blogging again and it makes me so so happy!

THIS WEEK

πŸ’›Β So this was technically posted last week, but oh well. I posted a not so quick update from Manchester where I talk about some random things that happened
πŸ’›Β I reviewed The Wren Hunt
πŸ’›Β I FINALLY shared my favourite books of 2017
πŸ’›Β And I finally posted another recap about Manchester, in which I go to the National Football Museum (who am I) and the Manchester Cathedral

DECEMBER

πŸ’›Β Reviews: Paintbrush // Vengeance Road // Take Me With You // Mini Reviews: Marked and Flame in the Mist // Dreams Beyond the Shore
πŸ’›Β Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers*: Part I // Part II // Part III // Part IV
πŸ’›Β Writing: All Hallows Write Tag // Winter Is Here Write Tag
πŸ’›Β Travel: London Day 3 |Β My Search For Baymax Continues and My Opinion On The CursedΒ Child

* Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers was a feature for the holidays in which I highlighted some amazing bloggers. This wasn’t limited to book bloggers and the order was completely random. Unfortunately due to my preparations for Manchester I didn’t get to highlight all the bloggers I wanted but I’ll definitely bring this back this Christmas!

JANUARY

πŸ’›Β Greetings from Manchester!
πŸ’›Β Manchester Week 1: A Beautiful Library and Town Hall And RIP My Wallet I Found The Disney Store
πŸ’›Β Review: None of the Above

πŸ’›Β Balie @ Nerd in New York described the zodiac signs as bibliophiles
πŸ’›Β Austine @ NovelKnight created a database for the online bookish community
πŸ’›Β Amber @ The Literary Phoenix wonders why there aren’t any girly girls in YA anymore
πŸ’›Β Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about her WIP and shares some aesthetics in the Winter is Here Write Tag // She also shared her book blogging essentials
πŸ’›Β Holly @ Nut Free Nerd wonders what it means to be a ‘relevant’ reader
πŸ’›Β Marta @ The Cursed Books talks about book piracy
πŸ’›Β Kat @ Life and Other Disasters talks about her WIP Arcadia
πŸ’›Β Briana @ Pages Unbound Reviews shares about four ways to spread love to book bloggers
πŸ’›Β Kayla @ Kayla’s Book Nook shares websites that every bookworm needs in their life
πŸ’›Β Ellyn @Β allonsythornraxx shares 5 LGBT books you should read
πŸ’›Β Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader wonders if blog-hopping can become a burden on book bloggers
πŸ’›Β Aimee @ Aimee, Always shares a step-by-step guide to read like a fangirl
πŸ’›Β Nola @ Pagefuls talks about why she no longer checks her stats
πŸ’›Β Inside My Library talks about J.K. RowlingΒ and diversity outside canon
πŸ’›Β Lu @ It’s Lu Again wonders if we should comment if we’re not diverse
πŸ’›Β Janina @ Between Worlds shares main movie characters who she thinks are Hufflepuffs
πŸ’›Β Sophie Li @ Sophie’s Corner wonders if we should keep each and every book
πŸ’›Β Em @ Yellow’s the Word wrote a beautiful poem called ‘To The Friends I’ve Lost’
πŸ’›Β May @ Forever and Every celebrated her 1-year blogoversary // She also shared some WordPress tips and tricks
πŸ’›Β Shannon @ Little Irish Book Cat reviewed Queerly Loving, a book we all need in our lives tbh

How has your uhh last two months and this week been haha? Read any good books? Any good blog posts I’ve missed out on? Let me know in the comments!

30 thoughts on “The Weekly (And Monthly) Hufflepuff #65 | Is This The End Of My Blogging Slump?

  1. Wow, that was quite the wrap-up! hahaha I totally get the needing to relax and not do anything. But you will be there for the entire semester, no? No need to do something every single day. It’s not like you are just there as a tourist, you live there now and you wouldn’t go sightseeing and exploring every day at home either, right? Enjoy it! Do the things you want to do, when you want to do them ;)
    Also, thanks so much for another shout out!!! <3

  2. (Note: 65 weekly wrap-ups, wow??? That’s so many!)
    I read His Dark Materials back in primary school (I have no idea how I managed all those hefty fantasy books but ah well) but I’d like to reread them so I can read The Book of Dust. :) I’m so glad you loved The Gentleman’s Guide, I really enjoyed it too! I want to be more active in the blogging community since I feel like I don’t comment much anymore. :(

    • (I know! Though if I had actually done one every week since I started it there would’ve been a lot more lol) Ohhh there’s a new His Dark Materials book? I didn’t even know that haha. Guess I chose a good time to read them then :P Wooo glad to hear :D Ahh I feel you Eve, I felt exactly like that. But don’t pressure yourself! If you don’t have the time/energy to comment much, that’s okay. Put yourself first ❀

  3. Aaah I’m so happy you’re wanting to blog again, Michelle! That’s really great to hear and I’m so glad to see your posts again. πŸ’•And aaahh poetry about gender & sexuality??? I HAVE to read this now ahaha.

    And omg yes I’ve been needing to relax a lot lately because I’ve been feeling so stressed & pressured, so I barely go out anymore. (Not that I used to in the first place lmao.) I want to do some relaxing things but there’s so much to do and I just ????

    HAVE A GREAT REST OF FEBURARY!!

    • WordPress has been deleting comments from my notifications so sorry for getting back to you only now! Thank you I’m so glad to be blogging again and reading everyone’s posts! Definitely missed reading your posts πŸ’• You definitely have to read Take Me With You it’s so beautiful oh my gosh <3

      Ahhh no definitely try to make some time to relax May! I know it's hard (I used to not do that, ever) but it's so so important. I get that you have a lot of things to do, but at some point you'll be so tired that you might not be able to do them anymore

      THANK YOU YOU TOO πŸ’•πŸ’• (I mean,, it's almost over by now but STILL. I wish you a great last few days of February)

  4. YAY what a fantastic wrap-up, Michelle <3 I am so happy yu're reading Nothern Lights, it is one of my favorite books and series of all times. Hope you'll love it :)
    I am so sorry that Eliza and her monsters was a bit triggering for you. I'm going to read this one soon and I personally can't wait, it sounds like the kind of book I could love :) I'm glad you still loved some things about it!
    AND YAY for It only happens in the movies, I LOVED THAT ONE SO MUCH! <3
    I think it's GREAT to take things easy and relax, you will be here for a little while and should take some time for yourself, to relax and everything else, too <3 That's so important <3
    I hope you'll have an amazing month!! xx

  5. Aww, thank you so much for the shoutout! I really liked Always and Forever, Lara Jean and None of the Above, and Eliza and her Monster and The Gentleman’s Guide are on my TBR, and I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I hope this month is great for you!❀️

  6. Hello Michelle <3
    I've had my eyes on The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue for a while, and I am glad that you liked it. Now I think maybe I should go and read this book :)
    Thank you so much for linking my blog post! :)

  7. Great Post! πŸ˜ŒπŸ’ž

    I’m so happy your slump is fading and you’re getting back into blogging. Slumps suck! I hope you have a lovely reading year and a great day!

    Thank you so much for linking back to my post!πŸ˜­πŸ’œ

  8. Ahhh I’m so happy to hear you’re excited about blogging again! I also feel like I finally regained my blogging mojo but we’ll see! (that Amy Santiago gif gives me life btw XD) I’M SO HAPPY YOU LOVED THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE I THOUGHT IT WAS SOOOO GOOD AND ANGSTY AND ADORABLE. I’ve been meaning to read Eliza but since I feel like it’ll affect me in the same way it affected you, I’ll wait until I’m in the right headspace for it.

    • Ohhh here’s to both of us getting back into blogging! (and hopefully remaining this excited about it haha) YES IT IS IT’S SO GOOD I NEED TO REREAD IT
      Oh no! Definitely be careful with Eliza in that case!

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