The Monthly Hufflepuff July // I WON CAMP NANO


On one hand I’m freaking out that it’s August already?? But on the other hand I now can’t wait till October soΒ Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― Plus Janelle MonΓ‘e in September!!Β Guess who has a bit of a reading slump

This is due to several reasons:

πŸ’›Β As you know I’ve been trying to focus on my writing (thus my lack of blogging)
πŸ’›Β The weather has been uncomfortably hot and it’s hard for me to concentrate
πŸ’›Β Trying to live more in the moment and do fun things
πŸ’›Β I’m trying not to pressure myself to much and just do whatever I want whenever I want, and apparently that means barely any reading??
πŸ’›Β I’d… just… rather… do other things? Who am I

I’m STILL reading Ace of Shades even though it’s really good and I’m enjoying it?? I know I could’ve finished this in a few days but,,, I don’t know what happened. I did have some trouble getting into it because I’ve gotten so used to the faster pace of contemporaries, but uhhhh It’s been over a month. I’m planning on rereading it at some point when I’m no longer in a slump

Anyway, I DID read during July despite still not having finished Ace of Shades, because I wanted to read Riveted‘s free reads of the month before they were gone. I also had to catch up on some of my favourite comics

πŸ’›Β Fawkes by Nadine Brandes ⭐ – I had to put Ace of Shades down for this one because it was an ARC. And I didn’t enjoy it one bit :’) They were planning to kill the thing but they barely did anything?? It was very boring and I wasn’t impressed with the worldbuilding

πŸ’›Β The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han ⭐⭐ – The only reason I gave this an extra star is because it was a very fast read, but I wasn’t impressed by this at all. Mini review coming up soon, but I’m in awe of how much Jenny Han improved after this? I wouldn’t have guessed this was written by the same person who wrote To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

πŸ’›Β Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – My favourite read of the month! This one was just so much fun, yet it also deals with more heavier themes like trauma. 10/10 would recommend

πŸ’›Β Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder ⭐⭐⭐ – Maybe more like 2.5? I don’t know I’m torn on this one. I barely remember anything sdbghs I’m going to try and write a minireview for it depending on how much I’ll remember

πŸ’›Β Cotton Candy by Ringo Hamano ⭐⭐⭐ – A very cute manga about two girls falling in love! It’s very short, thus my three-star rating since there’s not that much build-up, but let me just say that the title is PERFECT for it.

COMICS:Β Giant Days #39 and #40 // Lumberjanes #51 and #52 // Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #4


I’ve written little over 20k this month and I’m SO close to the actual end?? I might even finish it this week, but to be honest I might need a break from all the pressure and stress I’ve been giving myself over writing lol

I won’t share any snippets here, because I’m planning a post for that, so hopefully I’ll share some soon

As mentioned before, I decided to take a break from blogging this month. Even though I didn’t spend all of my time on writing, it did feel really good to not have that pressure and just enjoy my Summer? Don’t get me wrong, I still love blogging, but I do have a feeling I might reduce the amount of time I spent on it and pressure myself a lot less.

🐝 The Writing Hufflepuff 🐝


πŸ’›Β Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour // Not Really That Epic?
πŸ’›Β Fawkes // Bored and Confused??


πŸ’›Β The Book Blogger Insider Tag // Did I Just Expose Myself As The Bad Blogger I Am


πŸ’›Β Why I Often Don’t Write Even Though I Love Writing // A Cry For H e l p

Wrap ups

πŸ’›Β The Weekly and Monthly Hufflepuff #71 June // Sad Because Pride Is Over, Freaking Out Because CAMP NANO HELP ME
πŸ’›Β The Weekly Hufflepuff #72 // Writing What Is That I Don’t Know It

πŸ“·Β Aesthetically DreamingΒ πŸ“·

πŸ“ΈΒ The John Rylands Library // Absolutely Gorgeous and Magical
πŸ“ΈΒ Michelle Turns Art Into Memes

How has your month been? Did you participate in Camp NaNo? What was your favourite read? Let me know in the comments!

28 thoughts on “The Monthly Hufflepuff July // I WON CAMP NANO

  1. YAY CONGRATULATIONS on winning NaNo Michelle I’m so happy!! I can’t wait for that post with all of your wonderful snippets, I’m certain it will be amazing, SO. EXCITED :D
    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t love The Summer I turned Pretty, I remember enjoying it when I read it, years ago, but I have to agree with you: Jenny Han improved so much from that first book to the Lara Jean series! <3 I also so want to read that Jenn Bennett book :D
    I hope you'll have a fantastic August! <3 <3

    • Thank you so much!! I’m working on the snippet post (might be split up into two not sure yet) so hopefully it will be up soon!
      I think that if I had read it a few years ago I would’ve enjoyed it a bit more, but now it’s really not for me haha. Alex, Approximately is SO good I really think you’ll love that one :D
      Thank you, I hope you will as well ❀❀

  2. CONGRATS on wining NaNo! That’s amazing, yay! :)
    Also, I feel you about The Summer I Turned Pretty. I remember being so excited that there were more books by Jenny Han and then just not enjoying it all. Maybe I would have liked it more if I read it before the Lara Jean series?
    I hope you have an amazing month!

    • Thank you! :) Yeah that’s possible, but I think I’m glad I read Lara Jean first. I’m not sure if I would’ve picked up Lara Jean if I had read The Summer I Turned Pretty first… I guess we’ll never know :P Thank you, I hope you will as well!

  3. AAAHHH Michelle congrats on finishing Camp NaNo!!!! I… totally forgot that was happening this month (which says a lot about my writing life lmao). I’m so excited to read your snippets, your writing posts give me life <3

    • YESSSS I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT 😭 I finished it yesterday and I definitely loved it! I know that I could’ve finished it a lot faster, I have no idea why it took me so long. Sure, I had a reading slump, but I did read at the start of the month?? My brain works in mysterious ways haha. Definitely going to reread at some point so I can appreciate it even more

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  5. I think you read a decent amount of books and you did such a great job with Camp NaNo! I am so happy for you and hope you can get to that last bit of the story soon :D It’s such an accomplished feeling once you are just … done?
    I am also so excited for you to meet Hayley Kiyoko!!!!!! I want ALL the details!!

    • Thank you! Yeah that’s very true, though I’m also not entirely ready yet haha. Which is silly because I still have a TON of editing to do and at least one sequel planned, so it’s not like I’m saying goodbye to my kids forever, but still haha.
      Me toooo 😭 You will definitely get all the details!!

      • I get it! Emotional attachments and the hesitation that comes with writing doesn’t have to be rational!! I am terrified of writing endings and my book is a duology as well … sooo, lets just say I get it.

  6. Yay congrats! and also I’m kinda jealous, Hayley is awesome and I’m so happy for you :D One of my fave reads this month has been Autoboyography by Christina Lauren and it was soooo good. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already. Also, I’ve never participated in Camp NaNo but I think I will one day :)

    • Thank you! Ahh hopefully you’ll be able to see her one day too! :D Oh yes I read that in June and absolutely loved it! I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet because I just don’t know how to haha. Glad to hear you enjoyed it as well! :)
      Ohh good luck if you do participate in Camp NaNo one day – don’t be like me and procrastinate until the last moment lol

      • Then NaNo can definitely help with that! Though I’d definitely look into whether the regular one or Camp might be a better fit for you. I tried the regular one once but since November is a very busy month for me with school and all it just didn’t work and stressed me out instead πŸ˜… Plus I like that with Camp you’re able to set your own goal!

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