The Monthly Hufflepuff April // Great Reading Month, Baaaaaaaad Blogging Month

Am I the only one who’s reading ‘baaaaaaad’ with a goat voice

Just me?

ok

πŸ’›Β Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I HAVE NO WORDS. Which is also resulting in me still not having finished my review*. That and that I’ve been busy with my final essays. But yeah, absolutely love this one. If you haven’t read it yet go read it now

πŸ’›Β Sugar Lump by Megan Gaudino ⭐ – Really disappointed by this one. I didn’t expect to love it, but I was very intrigued by the mystery surrounding the town and well, the mystery was ridiculous and over the top soooo… Also the characters were flat, insta-love for your ole regular brooding YA bad boy *eye roll*, token stereotypical gay character… I just can’t say anything positive about this one except that I liked the MC’s dad but he was ruined for me thanks to the mystery soΒ Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

πŸ’›Β The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed ⭐⭐⭐ – Incredible plot, very important and empowering, but I couldn’t really connect to it and the characters because of the writing style. Mini review to come at some point hopefully. This is definitely a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’ though, so definititely consider picking this one up!

πŸ’›Β Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali ⭐⭐⭐⭐ –Β Really loved this one! While it deals with a heavy topic (attempted sexual assault), it’s still at the same time a fun read, as it really balances the more serious moments with fun scenes with friends and family. Janna herself felt very real and I loved how much she grew. Mini review DEFINITELY to come as I’ve already written it

πŸ’›Β A Step From Heaven by An Na ⭐⭐⭐⭐ –Β I honestly don’t know how to review this one all I know is that the moment I finished it I felt like crying this book touched me without me even realising it before the last words.

πŸ’›Β All American Boys by Jason Reynolds ⭐⭐⭐⭐ –Β I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of this one before? It really deserves a lot more recognition, as it’s a very important book. I can’t really find the right words right now, so hopefully I’ll be able to come back to this later and write a better review than this, as All American Boys truly deserves that. If I never come back to it because I’m forgetful and lazy, do pick this up! I had trouble putting it down, as I wanted to know what happened next. It was interesting to read from the two different perspectives and to see how they came together. Plus, like I said, it’s just a really important story

πŸ’›Β Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Really enjoyed this one! Very empowering, covers a lot of important topics, discusses white feminism, inclusive, has girls supporting girls… Everything I love in a feminsit book, but the writing itself just didn’t really blow me away, thus the four stars.

COMICS: Giant Days #37 // Runaways (2017) #8 // Lumberjanes #49

* I have two sentences wow I’m so close to finishing it

All in all I’m really happy with my reading this month! I read quite a few books, which I all enjoyed except for one, and all of them (again, except for one) were very diverse, inclusive and important. I am a happy bookworm

I skipped two weekly wrap ups in a row, the first one because I was busy with my essay, and the second one because I was at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, an art museum, for most of the day and was too tired to blog when I got home. I’m really crossing my fingers that everything will calm down once I’ve finished my final essay*. After that I do have to catch up a bit on the schoolwork I neglected to focus on my essays and I am planning on hanging out with friends here and there and doing some other fun stuff, but still! I have a lot post ideas that I’m excited for, some of them already written out, so hopefully this blog will be up and running regularly again soon!

* I had planned on finishing it yesterday or today at the latest, but guess who just started today hahahahahah *whispers* h e l p

Speaking of doing fun stuff, I have been doing that! Like going out for ice cream after school with my best friend, going to an opening with my friend who’s usually not interested in art at all??? and she asked me??? #stillshook, going out on Kingsday* with my best friend, going to the art museum I mentioned before… I really don’t want school to become all I do this term, which is something I feel I say every term and then eventually fail, but still. Considering I only have three days of school I do feel like it’s actually possible this time!

* Kingsday is a national holiday where we ‘celebrate the king’s birthday’. I put that between apostrophes because mostly it’s just an excuse for people to go party and drink lots of alcohol. Not me though, nor my best friend. We walked around for a while and eventually escaped the crowds to go eat at a vegan food bar. I’m not vegan, but she is and she fell in love with that restaurant so I thought I’d give it a go. It was really good!

I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff, since I always do, but oh well. Anyway, wish me luck on my last essay! I curse myself for getting overexcited and collecting so much information

this is how i feel right now

Oh! I’ve also been working a bit on my photography blog, which will now also be an art and travel blog I’m not saying I won’t be sharing my travel adventures on here anymore, but I am transfering my art-related posts to that blog. It’s currently on private and all the posts have been deleted, but it will go live again the 28th of May!

Me: *can barely keep up this blog*
Also me: let’s make a new one!*

* Technically I made it last year but I barely did anything with it lol

April might have been a good reading month, but it was not a good blogging month lol. Five posts, two of which are wrap ups and the other three are reviews

Wrap upsΒ 

πŸ’›Β The Monthly Hufflepuff March // SUPPORT LESBIAN JESUS’ NEW ALBUM
πŸ’›Β The Weekly Hufflepuff #66 // I’M HOME

Reviews

πŸ’›Β Lady Mary // An Interesting Look At Queen Mary I
πŸ’›Β The Radical Element // Twelve Stories About Badass Girls
πŸ’›Β Sugar Lump // A Disappointing, Over The Top ‘Mystery’
I’ll be sharing posts from around the blogosphere again in the next Weekly Hufflepuff, once I’ve finished this essay. Since this essay needs to be handed in this Friday, that may be this Sunday, but since I have to catch up on other schoolwork and may want to do some fun stuff as well, it may as well be next Sunday instead haha

How has your April been? Did you read any good books? Or maybe terrible ones that you’d advice me to stay away from? If you’re Dutch, did you celebrate Kingsday? Let me know in the comments!

27 thoughts on “The Monthly Hufflepuff April // Great Reading Month, Baaaaaaaad Blogging Month

  1. I totally know the struggle of feeling like school is all I do… it’s so difficult to balance all of the others things I want to do! Hope you have a great month of May <3

  2. YES STARFISH AND A STEP FROM HEAVEN (omg i’ve never run across anyone in the blogging community who has read it this makes me so happy)

  3. But… you have to write more than two sentences of your Starfish review, I NEED TO READ IT? Please? Pretty please??? :P No pressure haha, I’m just really impatient to hear what you think of it :D
    Best of luck for school and your final essay, Michelle, you can do this! <3
    I hope you'll have a wonderful May! <3

    • Don’t worry Marie, since I got an ARC I feel like I can’t just post a review of two sentences πŸ˜‚ I’m hoping to write it today so fingers crossed!
      Thank you Marie, you too! ❀

  4. I loved Starfish too! And I need to write my review as well *sigh* Why are reviews the hardest thing to write!? Good luck having fun and balancing school! The museum and other fun things are great excuses not to write wrap ups!! ❀️

  5. You haven’t heard of All American Boys before??? Then you have missed my review and me constantly mentioning before The Hate U Give and Dear Martin came out hahaha
    Aaaaanyway, I am glad you liked it and that you also liked Saints and Misfits. I love both books.
    I hope you have a fantastic May!! :D <3

  6. I’m glad you read so many good books in April! It’s a bummer about that one star read, though. Hopefully that one bad apple didn’t spoil the bunch (am I now a 60 year old woman? Apparently).

    I am wishing you luck with your essays! And I must say it’s super hard not to let school take over, especially when you want to do well. I remember when I graduated high school I said that I wouldn’t be the same kind of student in uni. That I wouldn’t make myself learn every single thing and push myself for perfection. Yeah… that didn’t work. I think as students we have a certain mindset, and it’s super hard to break D:

    Unfortunately, I didn’t read any standout novels in April. BUT I have already read a five star read in May, which is really exciting. It was actually a re-read, and I had given it four stars the first time. I don’t think I’ve ever bumped UP a book upon a re-read. I usually rate them lower :O But I just really adored Unravel me this second time *.*

    • Yeah the 1-star is a shame, but it definitely didn’t spoil my other reads! They were so good they made me forget about it 😊

      Thank you! I finished them all now and got two back, which I both passed thankfully. Yeah, I know what you mean! I think I got even worse in college? It’s so hard not to let school take over *sigh*

      Oh that’s good! Shame about April though, but at least May is off to a good start 😊 Hopefully your next reads will be just as good!

  7. Hello Michelle!
    That’s great to hear that you’ve had a great reading month. I remember hearing good things about Starfish and it’s one of the books on my radar.
    It seems like you’ve had a busy month in school, so I think it is all right to skip a few posts here and there. After all, life happens right?
    Wishing you a wonderful May :)

  8. Looks like you had a pretty great reading month! I actually read and loved Starfish and Saints and Misfifts in April too πŸ’— The latter was one of my favorite reads of the month :) I hope you do a lot more fun activities to balance the stress school tends to bring!

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