The Monthly Hufflepuff March // SUPPORT LESBIAN JESUS’ NEW ALBUM

yeah so my title is basically just promoting Hayley Kiyoko and I have no regrets – besides I do talk about her album so???

Uhhh I’m going back home in less than two weeks??

I honestly can’t believe how fast these months have gone by! But I’m getting ahead of myself, I’ll talk about that more later on in this post

πŸ’›Β More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer ⭐⭐⭐ An important read that deals with abuse, but a bit too heavy for me. I personally needed a bit more of a balance between lighter and heavier moments, but that may be because abuse is a topic very near to me.

πŸ’›Β Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My favourite of the month! Not that it had a lot of competition with all these three star reads haha, but still! That doesn’t make me love this one any less. Harriet has grown so much, which is very apparent in this book. It was just such a fun read, which I really needed. I love Harriet, her friends and especially her family so much, I’m so sad that I only have one book left!

πŸ’›Β The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman⭐⭐⭐So this took me over a month to read. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it at all, but it was just very,Β veryΒ slow for me. The edition I borrowed from the uni library has all three books, but honestly I don’t have the time or energy to try and get through the rest of the trilogy, which is really a shame as I was really excited to try this series. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try again.

πŸ’›Β Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polish⭐⭐⭐ This one has SO MUCH potential! It’s a queer Peter Pan retelling: Peter is trans and in love with Mir, his Enbyfriend; Gwen (based on Wendy) is in love with Tinkerbell who’sΒ an asexual lesbian computer interface, Hook is a bisexual cyborg and two of the Lost Boys are also pining for each other. Unfortunately this is really short and underdeveloped, leaving me with a lot of questions about both the world and the characters themselves. While I loved the diversity, the characters were very flat.

πŸ’›Β Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat! volume 1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Below I just briefly mention the comics I’ve read that I’ve already talked about before and don’t really have anything to say about each month, but Patsy Walker is a new one, so I had to discuss it. Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat has been on my tbr for quite some time now, but I didn’t get to it until now and boy do I wish I read it sooner! It’s such a fun read. Patsy A.K.A. the superhero Hellcat, decides to start a Temp Agency for superheroes and regular people with powers. It’s a great balance between slice of life and superhero, is very diverse and just really cute. If you love Squirrel Girl, I definitely recommend this one as it’s humour really reminded me of it.

πŸ’›Β Nothing But Sky by Amy TruebloodΒ  ⭐⭐⭐ – Definitely a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’. I couldn’t really connect to the characters or the writing, though I did enjoy this one! There’s a lot of love about this one: a kickass girl who constantly challenges the patriarchy and is a wing walker, a love interest who deals with PTSD, a crew who supports each other no matter what and is more like family… I’m really sad I didn’t enjoy this one more!

πŸ’›Β The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) ⭐⭐⭐– Full review should be up sometime next week (I hope haha), but this was a lovely anthology of kickass girls. Some short stories were less good than others of course, which always happens, but overall I’d definitely recommend this one.

πŸ’›Β Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley ⭐⭐⭐ – As I didn’t know anything about Queen Mary I going in, this was very interesting to read. It also shows us a different side of the affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Everything I knew about that affair focused on the two main players, but I didn’t know anything about what Henry’s daughter Mary went through. The writing style was a bit too simple for me and I was bored at times, but all in all still an interesting read. Full review to come next week!

COMICS:Β Lumberjanes #47 // Lumberjanes #48 //Β Giant Days #36 // Ms. Marvel #28 // Runaways (2017) #7

Can you believe that I’m going home so soon already?? I can’t! I haven’t finished my last two essays yet, but I’m hoping to start writing the third one tomorrow as I’m mostly finished collecting all my information. I’m a bit worried having to balance writing my last two essays and the schoolwork of my new classes once I get back, but I’ll figure it out somehow.

My housemates have left for the Easter Break, except for one. He was actually gone at the start of the week – for almost three entire days I had the entire place for myself and no offense but it was so nice. Anxiety aside, while my housemates are friendly enough, they just don’t think of anyone but themselves. Two weeks ago they came back from going out or something in the middle of the night and were superloud.* Two of them decided to game, and after that watch football. They turned up the volume real loud and were yelling too, until about five in the morning. My anxiety is just too bad for me to go out and say anything, so I just,, had to suffer. Also I just wish they’d keep the kitchen clean? Like I can handle messy, but it’s just,, gross. I knowwww that that’s what a stereotypical students’ dorm looks like, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! When they were all gone I cleaned the kitchen, because I thought no one would be able to make it dirty again. Until that evening when one of them came back. Next morning it was as if I had never cleaned it

* This is sadly not a rare occurance by the way my sleep here is,, not great

Thankfully my mom is coming soon, and she’s just,, ready to fight him lmao. If he turns up the music again in the middle of the night (like he did last night thanks mate) she’s just going to go the living room, say ‘excuse me’, pull out the plug and then if he says anything she’s just going to pretend to not speak English adsfbsgn*

* I don’t think I really make my pettiness known on this blog as it doesn’t really come up, but in real life I’m quite petty, especially when I’m with my best friend and like,, I definitely got it from my mom sdjdgf

Speaking of my mom!! I’ve been looking forward to her coming since,, pretty much ever since I got here lol. I’m really close to my mom, so even though I Facetime her multiple times a day I still really miss her, especially since I’ve never been away from home for this long. I can’t wait to show her around the city, see Hairspray and Love Simon!!

Friday evening I decided to treat myself after being so busy with my essays all week and go to shopping mall to (hopefully) buy Hayley Kiyoko’s Expectations. I also had to go to Boots because my hair dryer was broken, as in, smoke was coming out.

I could’ve gone sooner that week, but Expectations was coming out Friday so… I was a bit worried they might not have it since the HMV website said it was out of stock but…

So uhh yeah I haven’t been listening to anything else since Friday.Β I honestly can’t pick a favourite song? They’re all so good?? And all the songs sound so nice together?? It’s truly a masterpiece #supportlesbianjesuspls

Once I got a new hair dryer I decided to see if Claire’s had any new Doug the Pug plushies – I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but I found out that Claire’s sold them a few weeks ago and immediately went to the one in the shopping center to see if they too had them and there were exactly two left!* So today I took a look to see if they had a different one and well…

This is the nineth plushie I bought while here in three months adfjbsh In my defense one of them is for my mom like I said and also LOOK AT HIM WEARING A DUCK OUTFIT HOW COULD I RESIST**

* My mom wanted one as well to turn into a keychain and hang it on her bag
** I’m turning 21 in a little over 2 months gsnbdhg

On my way out of the shopping center I saw an ad for Love Simon and then when I got off the bus I ran into a cat. Literally. We looked at each other and it ran towards me, wanting to be pet #bless

Also Keiynan Lonsdale released a new song called Kiss The Boy and not only is it SUCH a bop but it’s also so beautiful and boy he got me crying please listen to it

On Saturday I met up with my friend from the exchange students group and a friend of hers who I had met before when we went to see Black Panther, because they’re both going home today. It was a fun day and a much deserved break from my essays haha. In the evening we met up again to eat together.

πŸ’›Β I created a new writing tag called ‘Your WIP in Gifs Tag’
πŸ’›Β I reviewed More Than We Can Tell, an important story about abuse
πŸ’›Β I wrapped up February and talked about meeting a blogger friend, cats, Chinese New Year, Black Panther and other stuff
πŸ’›Β I reviewed Lost Boy, Found Boy, a futuristic Neverland where no one is straight
πŸ’›Β I shared another monthly mixtape, this time with the theme ‘petrichor’: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather
πŸ’›Β I reviewed Nothing But Sky, a historical story about a kickass girl wing walker, though it fell a bit short for me

So I usually reserve these for Weekly Hufflepuffs, but who knows when I’ll have the time for one of those!

πŸ’›Β Sarah @ Written Word World talks about the downsides of ARCs (= Actually Reviewers Crying)
πŸ’›Β Fadwa @ Word Wonders reviewsΒ The Summer of Jordi Perez, a cute f/f romance with fat rep, though she also warns about the erasure ofΒ multi-gendered attraction
πŸ’›Β Analee @ Book Snacks has some important questions about American high school in YA fiction
πŸ’›Β She also talks about the pressure of writing #ownvoices reviews
πŸ’›Β Elise @ thebookishactress talks about the #BuryYourGays trope
πŸ’›Β Kat @ Life and Other Disasters talks about Netflix’ On My Block, which is an amazing show that you HAVE to watch so read her post to find out why
πŸ’›Β Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books went to Paris, where she went to her first book fair and met some amazing authors
πŸ’›Β She also wonders if book blogging is still relevant
πŸ’›Β Lu @ It’s Lu Again did the Rising Author tag and talks about her writing
πŸ’›Β She also talks about why better body image and other rep in books will help you love yourself
πŸ’›Β Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about some London bookshops
πŸ’›Β And she wonders if celebrities have corrupted the feminist movement
πŸ’›Β Vivian @ Writing With Style rates writing tools
πŸ’›Β May @ Forever and Everly also did the Rising Author tag in which she talks about her writing
πŸ’›Β Hannah @ Mortal Reader talks about anxiety and toxic friendships
πŸ’›Β Bridget @ Bridget and Books gives the in’s and out’s of self-hosted blogging
πŸ’›Β Melissa @ Bookish Wandered did the Your WIP in Gifs tag
πŸ’›Β And so did Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Have you been listening to Hayley Kiyoko’s new album? Or Keiynan Lonsdale new song? Do you have a plushie obsession? What have you been reading? How was your month? Let me know in the comments!

30 thoughts on “The Monthly Hufflepuff March // SUPPORT LESBIAN JESUS’ NEW ALBUM

  1. You are already going back!?!? Whaaaaaat???
    I so hear you on the roomie dilemma! My first apartment in Vancity had similar issues. One of my roommates worked as a server in a bar, so she got home super late and brought along her colleagues and they’d start listening to music and watch super loud TV at 2 AM. I was just lucky because I literally had no one to answer to about when I got up in the morning hahaha
    I love the music focus this week! Bless both of those great talents, but especially Keiy, because he is the nicest person irl and takes so much time when people ask him for pics. <3 Always going to be grateful he was the first one I met on set.
    Thanks so much for featuring not just one but two of my posts!!!
    Enjoy the time you have left before going back! And I seriously hope you journeled the heck out of that time. You are going to appreciate it in the future. (If you haven't, it's not too late to start)

    • I knooow and now I’m back!! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by haha. Ahh no that sounds unpleasant!
      I’m so happy to hear that! I absolutely love Keiynan, one of the reasons being that he just seems so nice and lovely, so I’m glad to hear he really is like that :)
      I’m not really much of a journal…er? Haha I don’t know the word πŸ˜‚ I had planned on writing down everything on here while I was there though – I didn’t get to that but I’m still planning on writing those posts! :)

      • It really feels like just yesterday that you left in the first place. I am not usually a journaler either (sure, let’s make that a word!) but for the experience it was so worthwhile. It’s little details that you TOTALLY forget after a while, but that will seem hilarious in the future. But you do you ;)

      • Haha I know! Yeah I get that, but I always feel so awkward when trying to write things down haha, that’s why I prefer blogging, because at least then it doesn’t feel like I’m talking to myself haha

  2. Wait, what? You’re going home in less than two weeks? THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE??? It’s crazy how months fly. I hope you will enjoy these last weeks here and yay for your mom coming soon, I hope you’ll have tons of fun together!! <3
    I feel like we should create an "I have a plushie addiction" support group or something. I'd join with you because I GET WHY YOU COULDN'T RESIST, I have the hardest time resisting these kind of things as well??
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my posts, you're the sweetest!! <3
    I hope that you will have an amazing April <3 <3

    • Haha and now I’m home!! I know it feels like just yesterday when I was on the plane and realised I was really going haha. Thank you Marie, we had a great time ❀

      Oh my god yes please I (and my wallet) need that. In the end I bought 13!! plushies. I would’ve bought more if I could’ve brought them and didn’t have to worry about money πŸ˜‚
      You’re welcome! ❀ And thank you ❀❀

  3. Ahhh I literally just bought Hayley Kiyoko’s album this morning!! It is so so queer and so so good! I am also debating picking up my queer bookish WIP for Camp NaNoWriMo this month and have already decided that Expectations is the perfect soundtrack. If I HAD to pick a favorite song, I’d probably go with either Sleepovers or Curious but all are good :))

    • Yesss I still haven’t stopped listening to it on repeat, nor have I listened to anything else haha. Ohhh Expectations is a great soundtrack for a queer book :) Those are definitely among my favourites, but then again they’re all probably my favourite πŸ˜‚

  4. I downloaded expectations on Apple Music last week! I’m super excited, so far I’ve only listened to a couple of the full songs, but I’m planning to listen to music more than I usually do this week with my gay af playlist aha. So far Curious is my fave.
    Also I’ve heard Keiynan Lonsdale’s Kiss the Boy and omg its so good!!!
    I saw Love, Simon the other week and he was so good in it, I think he’s going to be a new actor I try and watching everything he’s in for, thought The Flash writers are making that a struggle…
    Great post! I’ve now found a bunch of new blogs to follow so thank you ahah
    Hope you’re mum gets an excuse to go off on your roommates, they sound awful and exactly like my siblings! Every time my parents announce that one of my siblings are moving back home my response is usually “But we just got rid of the last one!”. They’re all a nightmare and messy as all hell and self-centered, it drives me mad! So I feel for you! Hopefully after a good telling off from your mum they’re change their ways!

    • Yesss hope you listened to the entire album by now :)
      Yes Keiynan is SO talented, The Flash writers really didn’t do him or Wally any justice :/ I hope Legends of Tomorrow is treating him better – I still need to start that show.
      Ahhh no I can’t imagine having to live like that all the time! The fact that it was only for three months was what kept me going. One of my housemates got really loud one night and my mom complained loudly, but in Dutch πŸ˜‚ She wanted to confuse them hahaha. I doubt they changed their ways, but at least I’ll never have to live with them again. I hope your siblings will change their ways though!

      • I think I have ahah but I might have to listen to just the album start to finish and not just shuffled in my playlist ahah
        He is!! I know πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
        Oh I did see that he was in an ep of Legends I just thought it was a crossover ep. I might just have to switch to legends instead. I used to watch it when it first came out.
        Your mum is the best πŸ˜‚
        Oh yay!! I’m glad you don’t have to deal with them anymore! Hopefully you’re next group of roommates are much better!
        I doubt it, they’re pretty set in them πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ oh well, I’m happy keeping my distance ahah

  5. Oh my gosh, you are already going back? But it is only April. That is so quickly! I hope you have some great last two weeks. (And may it be filled with silence in the dorm)

    • Haha yep! Usually the term abroad is 5-6 months, but since I went to the UK it’s 3 months since they have trimesters. Thank you, I did! :) The dorm was quieter than usual, but unfortunately my housemates all came back at some point πŸ˜… At one point one of them was really loud during the night but my mom just started complaining in Dutch very loudly and that shut them up πŸ˜‚

  6. Thank you so much for including a link to my post love! Also I have never heard about Hayley Kiyoko so I have just searched her and I am loving her songs, HOW HAVEN’T I HEARD OF HER?!!!

  7. Gah, I’m going to college in August, and one of the main reasons why I’m probably not going to apply for a dormitory is because I’m totally scared of insensitive roommates. I need a lot of time to internalize when I do homework, and generally, I need to have time just for me, and insensitive roommates are going to ruin that. :/

    • I completely get that! I’m the same and am so glad I don’t have to live in dorms back home. Pretty much my entire building seemed pretty insensitive and selfish, so I wonder if most students are like that :/ Good luck starting college though!

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  9. I feel your pain when it comes to roommates that are messy and annoying! Been there done that! The futuristic Neverland sounds intriguing but it’s a bummer that it fell short for you!

    • Ahhh I’m so sorry to hear that you had to go through that as well. It definitely put a downer on my experience of studying abroad, but oh well, you learn from every experience right? *trying to be optimistic lol* Yeah it has such an intriguing concept, I just wish it had been developed a bit more!

  10. 1) HIIIIIIII 2) OMG SORRY IT’S TAKEN ME SO LONG TO GET THIS I HAVEN’T BEEN BLOGGING IN LIKE,,, 735639 YEARS AND I SUCK :((( 3) I NEED TO STOP THE CAPS LOCK I KNOW SORRY. 4) okay that’s sorted. 5) amazing reading month??? like??? i am jealous x4000000% i cannot. just,,, yes. 6) thank you so much for linking to my posts from last month!! 7) YOU’RE SO SWEEET <3 <3 8) Thank you again!! 9) I hope that you're having another great reading month / month in general / life / having loads of cake / cozy blankets <3

    • DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT YOU DON’T SUCK AT ALL OKAY I’VE BEEN TERRIBLE AT BLOGGING TOO AND EVEN IF I HADN’T IT STILL WOULDN’T MATTER BECAUSE LIFE IS BUSY AND SOMETIMES BLOGGING JUST DOESN’T FIT INTO IT OR WE’RE JUST TIRED AND DON’T WANNA BLOG. Yes I was very lucky last month! This month is going pretty well as well, if you ignore that 1-star read (which I’d gladly do because I want the time I spend on it back) You’re welcome!! I really enjoyed your posts so obviously I had to share them 😊 Thank you so much I hope the same for you ❀❀❀


        awww thank youuuu (for the 38258325 time) you’re amazing <3 <3 <3

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