The Monthly Hufflepuff: July

Guess what time it is: TIME TO FREAK OUT OVER HOW FAST THE YEAR GOES BY HOW AM I WRAPPING UP JULY ALREADY

I’ve said this before, but really it’s so much fun looking back on what I read nowadays because?? I have no clue? So this is as much a surprise to you as it is to me

💛 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★★★
💛 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali ★★★★
💛 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han ★★★★★
💛 Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1
💛 Gotham Academy: Second Semester #11
💛 Lumberjanes #39
💛 Voltron: Legendary Defender #2-5
💛 Ms. Marvel #20
💛 America #5
💛 Giant Days volumes 1-5 and #21 ★★★★
💛 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (reread) ★★★★★

Okay but… what ARE my goals?

💛  My only reading goal is my Goodreads Challenge, which was originally 100 books, but since I completed that I changed it to 200. I’m now at 133 (ignore my widget I need to update it manually and I’m lazy)
💛  Okay so my first and most important writing goal was to just write, which I did this month! Yay me *claps*
💛 ‘Finish at least one of my WIPs’ well, I’m making progress on it?
💛 I changed my design a bit: new header, social icons, new photo, biography updated and with more emojis oh and this new yellow hearts instead of those dark blocks! So yay that’s one blogging goal completed. At least I won’t be a complete failure at the end of the year 🎉
💛  Another blogging goal was to blog more regularly again, which was definitely a succes this month. But we’ll see how the rest of the year goes haha
💛  I’m sort of caught up on reviews? At least I’m working on it
💛  Hahaha I’m not caught up on tags AT ALL
💛  I’m scheduling posts again so I’m on my way to become the Scheduling Queen again!
💛  I’m not as caught up on other people’s posts as I want to be, but I’m working on it
💛  And finally I have become more active in the blogosphere again!

Well would you look at that? A pretty good month for my goals

💛 Reviews: The Dark Prophecy | BBC Class books | Queens of Geek
💛 Wrap ups: May and June | Weekly Hufflepuffs #49, #50, #51 and #52
💛 The Discussing Hufflepuff: What to Do With Books You Didn’t/No Longer Like? | We Need To Talk About The Supergirl Cast At Comic Con
💛  Writing: The 777 Tag – sharing 7 lines from the WIP | The Writer’s Tag
💛  Comics You Need To Read: Goldie Vance | Brave Chef Brianna | Zodiac Starforce
💛  Movies You Should Watch: Power Rangers (2017) | Disney Descendants
💛  The Artsy Hufflehoe: Zanele Muholi and The South African LGBTQI Community
💛  Tag: All About My TV Shows Tag (yikes only one and I still have so many to do rip)

Don’t mind me I’m just freaking out over the last month of Summer vacation :’) I’M NOT READY

Other than that? I don’t really have anything planned. Wow this is boring. When did this section get so boring. I USED TO HAVE ACTUAL THINGS TO SHARE

Tell me about your month! Best book? Worst book? Any exciting posts I missed? How are you doing on your goals if you have any? Anything exciting happen to you? Let me know in the comments!

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: May and June

Note to future self: Let’s not make this ‘two months in one wrap up’ thing a thing okay

We’re halfway through 2017 already?? I know these ‘I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by’ in pretty much every wrap up are getting old I’m sorry haha.

Nowadays it’s so exciting looking back on what I read since I don’t remember

So according to Goodreads May was not a good month: I only finished three comics. I did start Anne of Avonlea that month though, but still. I didn’t read much. June was a much better month

I completed my Goodreads goal! Which is not surprising looking at how many comics I have and am reading haha. My goal was to read 100 books, I read 113. I might change my goal to 200, but I’m not sure yet. While I’m loving the comics I’m reading, I do want to read more books haha

I thought I wasn’t doing so well when it came to my other goals, but hey I changed my blog’s design! Not by too much but it’s more colourful now which was my goal anyway.

Am I blogging regularly? No. Am I caught up on reviews? No. Caught up on tags? Hahaha *looks at tags from 2015* no. Let’s not even look at the other ones haha.

I didn’t post much during these two months so this should be a quick wrap up haha:

SUMMER VACATION. I have lots of plans and my back and neck pains (I mentioned those in my blogoversary post yesterday) better stop soon. Because I want to enjoy this vacation that I deserve after working my butt off all year. I’m already going to start a bit today by finally celebrating my birthday (which was June 6th so almost a month later haha) and my grandfather’s. While I’m still not feeling that well I am looking forward to it. Plus it will only be a small gathering with family so it’s okay if I’m not feeling that great.

Other than that I’ll be hopefully going to lots of museums, I also want to go to a castle, my mom and I will be going to a themepark next week and of course I want to read, write and blog a lot.

How has your month been? Any exciting plans for the summer? Best book you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: February and March

*insert intro about how time flies blabla sorry I have no inspiration for a fun intro so this will have to do*

Basically I read a lot of comics again.

Since I read so many comics I’m doing really well on my Goodreads Challenge. I’m 51 books ahead of schedule lmao.

Other than that? I haven’t made any progress but it’s not like I expected that since I barely blogged and wrote.

This feels a bit odd since it’s already the middle of April, but hey let’s talk about April! Right now I have less than 11 weeks left until Summer break and I’m so ready. So looking forward to that even though that more a next next month (or next next next? I have no idea). April means Doctor Who will be back though! I’m so excited for Bill (BLACK LESBIAN COMPANION) and I can’t wait to get to know her better (and I’m also glad that this will be Moffat’s last season #sorrynotsorry)

QUESTION: how do you pronounce lmao? When you’re reading I mean. I pronounce it as ‘luh-maa-ooh’. Who’s with me? Who’s against me? Kidding you’re not against me if you pronounce it differently. Are you? Let’s not fight about this okay it’s ‘luh-maa-ooh’.

The Monthly Hufflepuff: January

How is it February already what even. Also… HI I’M ALIVE. I wanted to post a lot more during January, even though I didn’t expect that I would be able to with all the assignments and my exam. The thing is, I actually could’ve blogged. All that time I spend binge-ing Jane the Virgin? I could’ve used it to blog. But I’m afraid I’ve hit a slump guys. I did want to blog, but I also didn’t? I was too tired, unmotivated and I decided that I’d rather read, watch tv shows and movies and play Pokemon instead of blog. But as you can see, I’m blogging now! Hurray. I hope that this term is going to be different. Not that it’s going to be less busy, definitely not. But I’m going to plan. I’m going to be on top of things. Things probably won’t go as planned, but I’ll definitely try.

I’m also super behind on replying to everyone’s comments – really sorry about that. And I haven’t read any blogposts in a while, so I definitely have some catching up to do. I haven’t forgotten about you guys!

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As you can see I read a lot of comics again. I wouldn’t say I’m in a reading slump per se, but I’ve just been in the mood to read lots of comics lately.

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Well, let’s see how I did? Spoiler: badly

The only reading goal I set myself this year is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Once again I’m aiming to read 100 books. So far 25 and am 17 books ahead of schedule. Bless comics.

Other than that I set myself some writing and blogging goals. Did I write? No. Did I blog? Barely. Did I accomplish any goals? Or at least work on them? Nope.

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I’m more excited about this term, since most of the classes seem more fun. I don’t really have anything to look forward to this February though. Maybe there are some exciting books coming out, but I wouldn’t know since I’m not keeping up with new releases at all. I’m much more excited for March, since I’ll be seeing Busted live! And Beauty and the Beast will finally come out!

So how has your January been? CATCH ME UP GUYS WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: December

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know we’re all glad 2016 is gone, but boy is 2017 off to a bad start. I hope everyone in Istanbul is safe!

Since it’s Sunday I’ll also be doing a weekly wrap up.

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This month I read a lot of comics and manga, since I had a huge slump and couldn’t read anything else. Beautifully Broken Things really got me out of it though! But I didn’t read that until the end of the month haha

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Yesterday I went to a cat cafe with my friends which was a lot of fun though now I am dead because THE KITTIES WERE SO CUTE. I’ll (hopefully) write a Blogsterdam post on it soon. It was also good to see my friends, because I haven’t seen either of them since the Summer.

I also helped at children’s ‘festival’ at work this week (I work at a museum) and it was adorable. Though also exhausting. The kids killed me.

I SAW MOANA AND IT WAS AMAZING. GO SEE IT IF YOU HAVEN’T YET.

I celebrated all the holidays of course, which was fun. I usually go into a lot more detail, but honestly I’m tired and a friend is coming over in less than two hours so I should hurry up haha. My nephew got his first Pokemon game though so while I’m really happy about that, it also means I have to help him out a lot. But I’m flattered that he thinks I’m The Pokemon Master™ which I am obviously.

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I actually wrote last week! Around 1500 words even. Hopefully I’ll have more time to write soon. I can write during my break, but I should really start with my schoolwork woops.

The project I worked on isn’t one I’ve mentioned on here before, but I’m really excited about it. I should really work out the idea more, build the characters and world and such, plot etc. before I continue writing though, because I have no idea where it’s headed.

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Oh boy. Let’s take a look shall we?

WRITING GOALS

  • Finish The Army of Quermo
  • Finish interviewing my grandfather for his biography
  • Write more in general
  • Work on another project that I’ve never talked about on here

Okay so I didn’t finish The Army of Quermo. IN FACT. I’m going to rewrite it *manical laughter because help me* I also started TWO other WIPs *whispers seriously help me* and I don’t think I really worked on that *secret* project woops. I DID write. Quite a lot actually, especially compared to other years. I even won Camp NaNo. So I didn’t fail, I just didn’t accomplish the goals 2015 me wanted me to accomplish.

BLOGGING GOALS

  • Keep up posting a Discussing Hufflepuff every month
  • Post a Blogsterdam every month
  • Be more active on Twitter
  • Be more active on Instagram
  • Write the last two posts about my trip to America
  • Edit old posts
  • Schedule posts before school starts

I think I was kind of active on Twitter? Definitely not on Instagram. Except during the Summer! I thought that was it, the turning point. Finally I was going to regularly post on Instagram *manical laughter*. Posting a Discussing Hufflepuff and Blogsterdam every month?? *more manical laughter* BUT HEY I FINALLY WROTE THE LAST TWO POSTS ABOUT MY TRIP TO AMERICA ONE YEAR LATER. And I edited old posts so.. Not a complete failure. Though I’ve definitely failed at scheduling last year.

SERIES CHALLENGE

  • Geek Girl: (2/3)
  • Also Known As: (1/2)
  • Hex Hall: (1/3)
  • Princess Academy: (1/3)
  • The Grisha Trilogy: (2/3)

Geek Girl has more books out now I believe woops. BUT I DID READ TWO BOOKS FOR THIS CHALLENGE. The problem is that I’m not sure I even want to continue all of this series? Most of them aren’t really a priority really. I do want to finish The Grisha trilogy (come on, one book left. I can do this) and I love Geek Girl, so I’ll continue that one. The others I’m not so sure of.

YALFESTNL CHALLENGE

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • The Shatter Me Trilogy: (1/3)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: (3/3)

I could’ve completed this one. I could’ve won. But I don’t own the other Shatter Me books and honestly while I did enjoy Shatter Me at the time, I don’t feel the urge to read the rest of the series? Maybe one day though.

RETELLING CHALLENGE

I’m participating again in Mel’s (Fairytale) Retelling Challenge! I kind of failed last year, but it was fun nonetheless! This year I’ll be aiming for the Goose Girl level, which means reading 5-9 books.

  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston ✓
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ✓
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novak ✓
  • Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner ✓

Please tell me there’s another book I read that counts as a retelling because seriously I’m one book short of winning. Nope I didn’t. Oh well.

THE 2016 CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE

This year I’m also signing up for The 2016 Contemporary Challenge hosted by Jillian and Montana. I won’t pick out any books in advance for this one, as there are always contemporaries I want to read! I’ll be aiming for Peony: 11-15 books.

Read: (8/11)

Three more books and I could’ve won. Oh well.

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

  • Persuasion 
  • Northanger Abbey 
  • Emma 
  • Mansfield Park
  • Sylvie and Bruno 
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 
  • The Lord of the Rings: Read (1/3)
  • Les Misérables 

I READ ONE. I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF. I SET THIS EXACT SAME CHALLENGE FOR 2015 AND I READ NONE. THIS IS PROGRESS. ONE DAY I SHALL READ ALL THE CLASSICS ON MY SHELVES (and other classics too).

Honestly, besides the Goodreads Challenge I won’t be setting myself any reading goals this year. It didn’t really work for me and it just gave me more stress and pressure which isn’t what I need. I do think I’m going to set myself some writing goals and maybe blogging goals too. We’ll see.

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I’ve started to catch up on some posts (slowly) so let’s see what I’ve got to share!

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SHADOWHUNTERS. SHADOWHUNTERS SEASON 2 AAAAAAH. FINALLY. I CAN’T WAIT. I’m planning on reviewing the episodes weekly, so hopefully school won’t get in the way of that. I do have lots of assignments and a tough exam ahead, so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to blog. I’m definitely going to try to blog regularly again though. I have some reviews to catch up on, two Blogsterdam posts to write, Discussing Hufflepuff ideas and so many other things to write!

How was your December? Did you accomplish all your goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments!

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: September, October and Oh My God November Too?!

Yes I missed three monthly wrap ups. Woops. BUT HEY LOOK WHO’S BLOGGING. This new term has been crazy as well. And it’s note even over yet. EEK. But now it’s winter break so hopefully I’ll be able to blog a bit. I also have a lot of school work and I need to relax, since I’m going to need a lot of energy after the break. I’m not even going to utter my hopes for next term in regards to blogging. We’ll just have to see and wait!

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What did I read during these three months in which you barely heard from me? Looking back September was a really bad month. I only finished The Raven King, but I did have a concussion, so that explains that.

Well, not bad! I did hit a huge slump during these months, but comics helped me through it. Also look at those ratings! Let’s end 2016 this way.

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I COMPLETELY FORGOT I HAD GOALS FOR THIS YEAR UNTIL A FEW DAYS AGO. So let’s see which ones I unawaringly completed (probably none, but hey, maybe I’m getting closer?)

  • I didn’t write at all during these months. No time at all. I did write today though! But it’s December so that doesn’t count for this wrap up
  • Let’s just completely skip my blogging goals okay
  • OH HEY! I READ A BOOK FOR MY SERIES CHALLENGE! Siege and Storm – woo go me!
  • And I read two books for my contemporary challenge *shoulder clap*

Seriously though, I don’t think I’ll set myself any challenges/goals for next year. They don’t really help and they only pressure me, until I entirely forget about them.

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I usually don’t do this section in my monthly wrap ups since I cover it in my weekly wrap ups, but there haven’t really been any weekly wrap ups so… Also I need to fill the empty space of ‘what I posted’ since I didn’t post anything.

I did do a weekly wrap up last month (oh and I forgot, but I did post something after that that I can share: What I’d Change In Winx Club (Besides Making it Gay) but some stuff happened after that! I don’t remember what! But I’m sure stuff happened.

Basically I’ve been busy with school – in my last wrap up I talked about how I wasn’t looking forward to the term, and it’s really not a fun one. Shout out to my friend for keeping me sane during this term. Apart from that I’ve wasted my time on tv shows I guess? And comics. I read a lot of comics, especially this month.

Is anyone else obsessed with Yuri on Ice? Please? I need season 2 like asap. Speaking of season 2… SHADOWHUNTERS. I’m going to try and review the episodes every week, so fingers crossed I’ll have the time. I had a lot of fun last season and it made me love the show even more.

Of course Christmas happened but I’m not wrapping up December so I’ll leave that for later.

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Technically I should talk about December here, but um… There are only a few days left so let’s not. Next month is January, which is 2017. What the hell. 2017 better be good. Or just better than 2016.  Like it won’t take that much to be better than 2016. Give us a break 2017. Please

GUYS. WHAT HAVE I MISSED. BRING ME UP TO DATE. LET ME KNOW. I MISSED YOU GUYS

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: August

What the hell why am I wrapping up August already and why am I not on the Hogwarts Express right now

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Bless Goodreads for existing because I barely remember what I read this month

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While I didn’t write as much as during July, I did write quite a bit, not to mention plan, write outlines, worldbuilding etc. I didn’t really work much on my still unnamed contemporary that was my Camp NaNo project, but I did work on The Chosen Ones. I’d share some snippets but honestly it’s such a mess and while I like where it’s going now and what I’ve written lately, I want to rewrite it woops.

Also I cancelled last week’s Young Writers Chat because I wasn’t feeling well, and honestly while I didn’t say anything about it yet on Twitter I’m going to have to cancel this week’s as well. I’m just super tired and not motivated :/ I haven’t really been motivated to blog/read other people’s blogs either. So hopefully there will be another chat next Saturday.

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Right, I set myself some goals for this years.

  • I set myself the challenge to read the classics on my shelves for 2015, I didn’t read any of them. So I set myself the challenge again this year, and I finally read Persuasion. Whatever happens the rest of the year, at least I won’t fail this challenge entirely lol
  • With Wink Poppy Midnight I read 5 books for The Contemporary Challenge. I’m aiming for at least 11 books, so I’m pretty behind
  • I scheduled posts before school starts yay! There are still posts left that I want to schedule, but I’m already quite satisfied with what I did
  • I finally wrote the last two posts about my trip to Orlando
  • And while I haven’t finished The Army of Quermo, I did work on it

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I only have a few days of Summer holidays left, so I expect to be really busy when school starts. Like I said, I do have some posts scheduled. I think I have at least 3 every week this month? I’m not entirely sure.

How has your month been? Read any good books? Did anything fun? Let me know in the comments!

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