The Weekly Hufflepuff #44

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Welp, this was a horrible, horrible week. I just want you to know that if you live in America and need to talk, my Twitter DMs are always open. Stay safe guys <3 (if you don’t live in America and also need to talk my DMs are always open too of course)

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Aaand I just realised I never wrapped up September and October, so I’ll just stick to what I read this week and then I’ll do a massive three month wrap up at the end of this one.

This week I read and finished One by Sarah Crossan and it was beautiful. I’d definitely recommend it. I’ve also read a bit of We Awaken by Calista Lynn which I’ll hopefully finish soon.

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The new term is starting tomorrow and I’m not really looking forward to it. Not just because last term was so busy that I need more free time to relax and catch up etc. but also because the new term just doesn’t sound that much fun? I’m not really looking forward to the classes. I’m trying to stay positive but it’s not really working.

I didn’t do much this week, since I really needed the rest so I just watched a bunch of stuff. I FINALLY watched Ghostbusters and I really enjoyed it. I’m also finally all caught up on The Flash and damn can we talk about this week’s Supergirl? I don’t want to spoil anyone so I won’t say anything but oh my God it was so good.

Oh and I reached 800 followers??? WHAAAAAT. Thank you guys so much <3 I really want to give something back but ugh money problems. If you’ve got an idea on how I can thank you guys without having to spend any money, please let me know!

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Can you believe I actually posted things I’m terrified I’ll disappear again after today hahaha (that’s maniacal laughter)

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I haven’t been able to catch up really, but here are some posts:

And that’s a wrap! With my new schedule I have a four day weekend so hopefully I can get some time in to blog, but the three days I do have class are really, really long, so I’m not making any promises. How has your week been? What did you read or watch? Let me know!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #43

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Hey guys! Well this week flew by. I’m going to try and do this wrap up as fast as possible, so if there are some typos you’ll know why. I have homework to get back to. I haven’t been active in the blogosphere at all; I really need to get back into my school routine, since I left most of my homework until the weekend even though I could’ve easily done some things before yesterday. Once I’m back into it (hopefully I will starting this week), it will be easier for me to respond to your comments and read your blogposts. Boy am I glad I scheduled posts for the coming weeks!

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I’ve been reading Timekeeper by Tara Sim and am really enjoying it. If it weren’t for school I would’ve finished it already. Oh and you know, I’ve been reading stuff for school. But it’s okay because it’s really interesting so yay!

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Soooo I hit my head last Friday. Yep that was FUN. I was on the bus and it abruptly stopped, so I flew forward and hit my head. At first my face just heard and I was annoyed because I knew it would result into a headache, but it only got worse and now pretty much my entire body hurts? And I’m dizzy and nauseous… I might have to go the doctor *sigh* Why the hell are there no seat belts on public busses

Besides that, I had an okay-ish week. My anxiety played up, but all my classes seem to be fun and interesting and my teachers so far are nice. I will have to do a lot of work, but I’m going to be on top of things starting tomorrow *nods* Unless my body decides differently because of all the pain *fingers crossed that that won’t happen*

Uuuh my memory is failing me again. OOOH OH OH. HOW COULD I FORGET. I GOT A JOB GUYS (I mean I didn’t forget this, but I forgot that I got the call this week haha). I’m starting this Thursday and I’m so excited. It’s at the Stedelijk Museum (modern art museum) where I’ll help organise events, workshops, hold tours etc. I’ll work every Thursday late afternoon/evening and one Saturday in the month, which is perfect because that way I’ll be able to combine it with school (and blogging and writing of course. Speaking of which I really really want to write but homework *cries*)

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And I’m afraid I’ll have to skip ‘elsewhere on the Internet’ since I didn’t read anything (I think? My memory is fuzzy. If I did read something it was like one post. Hopefully I’ll have loads to share next week, but no promises). So how was your week? Did you start school? How’s that going? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #42

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Welp it’s my last day of the holidays. Who here is freaking out with me?

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This is such a good question. Because I also posted my monthly wrap up this week I don’t remember what I read this week besides The Raven King. My memory is terrible guys

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Did I already mention that my memory is terrible? Seriously what even. All I remember is seeing my psychologist on Monday and going to an awesome book sale yesterday: sale by weight. Basically you pay five euros per kilo; it’s the best. But it might have been the last time that they did this? So I’m mourning. BUT LOOK AT ALL THESE BOOKS THAT ARE WORTH LIKE 170 EUROS AND I ONLY PAID 15 EUROS FOR:

Naturally I’m a happy bookworm

OH OH AND THE FOSTERS MID-SEASON FINALE. SO INTENSE HOW IT ENDED. But I’m not worried at all because I’m used to them giving us cliffhangers like this lol

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Aaaand that’s all because I’m still super behind. Like I mentioned in my August wrap up I’m in a sort of slump when it comes to both blogging and reading other people’s blogs. Hopefully that will change soon.

How has your week been? Are you starting school tomorrow as well and freaking out about it? What did you read? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #41

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Hey guys! It feels like it’s been a while, even though there were posts up on the blog all of them were scheduled. I didn’t mean to skip last week’s wrap up, but I haven’t been feeling well this week (yay for being a girl *sarcasm*). I’ve been feeling better, but I’m still exhausted from not sleeping well and feeling ill. This also means I’m super behind on reading blog posts again (I swear I’m either all caught up or not at all, THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN), but hopefully I’ll catch up again before school starts. It wasn’t all bad though! I had moments where I felt better and managed to schedule posts. I still need to do some more scheduling, but if I don’t get to that, at least I won’t disappear entirely once I go back to school. Anyway, let’s start this wrap up!

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Okay so you may remember that I’m participating in the ReadThemAllThon. I was really motivated when I wrote my sign up post and when the read-a-thon first started, but I lost my motivation oops. It also didn’t help that for a few days this week I had such a horrible stomach ache that I didn’t have the energy to read. So what did I read since my last wrap up?

  • I’m still reading Persuasion. It’s not that I’m not enjoying it, but the letters are tiny and since I wasn’t feeling well I didn’t want to read it.
  • I read Harry Potter Film Wizardry and loved it. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a post on it soon
  • I read Born to Magic and was thoroughly disappointed. Review coming up (it’s already scheduled and everything! I’m so proud!)
  • I read the entire Orange manga (there are only 5 volumes but still) in one night and it messed me up. IT WAS SO GOOD GUYS. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a post on it
  • I read Blue Lily, Lily Blue and if everything goes to plan I’ll go get The Raven King tomorrow since I still have a book voucher left
  • I started rereading Prisoner of Azkaban since I felt horrible and I needed Harry Potter

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So I have a crappy memory and I don’t remember everything that happened/I did, though not much this week besides staying home. Last week I did go to ‘Beeld en Geluid’ with my mom, a friend of my mom’s and his son (who I’ve mentioned before and is basically my brother from another mother haha). It’s a museum dedicated to Dutch television, but it’s also interactive since you can do things yourself as well, like reading the news. We had a lot of fun.

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You could also pretend to be in a car chase (top right picture) and in the kids zone you could pretend to be a princess or a knight, and I know it now looks like a side for girls and a side for boys, but in the knight one I was both a blue and a pink knight, and in the princess one I changed into some kind of dragon slayer (I DIDN’T WANT TO SLAY THE DRAGON I WANTED TO BE ITS FRIEND. I was so devastated to see the dragon knocked out haha), so they were showing kids that you can be both, though on the outside that isn’t too obvious and I doubt many boys would stand behind the princess dress :/

Hmm what else. I need to work on my memory guys. Em recommended me a book yesterday and when I wanted to add it to my Goodreads TBR, it was already on there. It’s odd because when it comes to studying my memory is really good? Not to mention all the random trivia I remember. But I have no idea what’s been happening in my own life lol.

I do hopefully have something exciting to announce soon. Angel and I are planning something really fun that we can’t wait to tell you guys about, but we just need to arrange a few more things before we can. BUT I CAN’T WAIT.

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Alright so that’s a wrap! After today I only have ONE WEEK left of Summer holidays – EEK. How are you going to spend your last days of freedom? How has your week been? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #40

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Two days late, but better late than never right? I was going to post this Sunday evening, but was suddenly too exhausted. Same story yesterday when I got home, so here we are! Let’s wrap up this week shall we?

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Oh boy, looking at my Goodreads shows me that this week wasn’t too good:

  • Darkness Reigns (The Kinsman Chronicles #1.1? Was this not the entire first book? What) by Jill Williamson ★
  • Magic of Thieves (Legends of Dimmingwood #1) by C. Greenwood ★
  • Crushed (The Witch-Game #1) by Kasi Blake ★

Yep. Thankfully Wink Poppy Midnight made up for it. Wink Poppy Midnight was my first book for the ReadThemAllThon hosted by Aentee and now I’ve started Persuasion.

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The weather was finally nice again on Wednesday, so my mom and I went out to enjoy the sun. I also took some bookstagram photos and some photos for a future Blogsterdam post. I felt like such a good blogger haha.

Sadly the nice weather was already over the next day when I went shopping with a friend. It was pretty much raining all day, but it didn’t bother us (that much haha). We had some delicious donuts, that had filling inside of them. I had a stroopwafel one (stroopwafels would literally translate to ‘syrup waffle’):

We’re definitely going there again; we want to try more donuts haha. Favourite quote of the day from my friend: ‘where are we going to eat next’. I’ve got the right friends haha (we’re most likely going to get pizza)

I’m also trying to work on my health, because even though I eat pretty healthy (SHE SAYS AFTER POSTING A PICTURE OF A DONUT OH MY GOD THIS IS SO UNBELIEVABLE 😂) I don’t do any sports or anything, so I’m trying to walk more. Bless Pokemon Go for existing, though I’m also going to try to just listen to music.

And what’s happening with my tv shows? I loved yesterday’s episode of The Fosters which focused on the girls’ robotics team and remember how in my post about tv shows that I’m currently watching I wrote that I couldn’t really get into Supergirl? Guess who finished the rest of the season within a week. I don’t know if the first three episodes were just slow or if I wasn’t in the mood to watch it, but I’m addicted. So while waiting for season 2 I’ve now started The Flash.

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I did pretty well last week, especially since all of these were scheduled. I think I’ve got one scheduled for this week? And I still haven’t scheduled anything for when school starts again – eek!

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And that was my week! How was yours? What did you read? Are you participating in the ReadThemAllThon? How are you doing? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #39

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I can’t believe time is flying by THIS fast. I only have a month of vacation left, and while I’m excited  to go back to school, I’m also not excited about how busy I’ll be, the amount of stress and the lack of sleep. Anyway, let’s start this wrap up!

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I FINALLY finished Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm. I thought I had started it this year, but apparently it was September 2015? I’m really bad at reading short stories guys. I have a post about it coming up this week. I also finished Anne of Green Gables. It took me a while since I found the beginning a bit slow and boring, but once I got into it I flew through it. Then today I started and finished The Hero, The Sword and Dragons, which was really bad. But hey, at least there were dragons.

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This was a pretty relaxing week; I don’t even really remember what I really did? I did get a lot of blogging done: I posted every day this week and have three scheduled for the next! I need to start focussing on scheduling posts for September though. I went to Primark with my mom and a friend of hers, where I bought a beautiful Harry Potter duvet, a cute Chesire Cat tank top and lots of cute socks. I also caught quite a few Pokemon: even an Abra which really surprised me. I thought it would teleport away immediately.

Because I’ve been so busy blogging, I’m super behind on all my tv shows, so I don’t have anything to rant/fangirl about. I’m going out with a friend this week and we’re probably going to eat donuts (she talked about a new donut shop and she sounded really excited about it haha).

Basically a very relaxing week. Oh be sure to follow me on Twitter to see my legacy though

And there are more (I need help this has become an addiction)

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I’m pretty much all caught up guys! There are a few posts left posted throughout the weekend, but other than that I’m good

And that’s a wrap! How has your week been? And how do you feel about flower crowns? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly (#38) and Monthly Hufflepuff: July

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I’m combining wrap ups again! Also I didn’t really mean to skip two weekly wrap ups, it just happened. Though yesterday was a bit intentional, since I wanted to focus on Camp NaNo. I could’ve posted after that, but I was exhausted (more on that later). Anyway, let’s wrap these past two weeks and actually the last month up!

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I could’ve read so much more this month, but I had quite a few days where I didn’t feel well mentally so I just didn’t feel like reading. Quality wise it was a pretty good month though! (quality over quantity right?)

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★★
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye ★★★

By now I’ve also reviewed most of the books I wanted to review from last month (Uprooted is coming up this week and if everything goes to plan I’ll schedule The Hidden Oracle for next week). I’ve already written my review for The Crown’s Game, so that will be posted soon as well (still torn about my rating. I’m leaning more towards 2.5 stars to be honest). I don’t think I’m going to review the first three

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I had my ups and downs these past two weeks (actually, more like last week, this past week was pretty good actually), but I had a good talk with my mom the Saturday before last and then she dragged me off to see Finding Dory (my cousin told me that there was no shark in it so it was safe for me to see – I’m terrified of sharks and thus haven’t seen the prequel). Though Zootopia is still my favourite movie of the year, I really enjoyed it.

I also met up with a friend who slept over at my house. We caught up, took a lot of pictures, caught up on Pretty Little Liars (we watch it together, so because of school we were pretty behind) and went to the park the next day since the weather was nice. Oh and my grandpa was my filter victim again

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Oh and last time I did a wrap up I only had Pikachu in Pokemon Go – boy has that changed. Here are some pictures of Pokemon I caught:

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If you follow me on Twitter you may have read about how Squirtle showed up in my living room and that the game froze before I could catch it *cries* BUT I ran into another one a few days later and managed to catch that one (I didn’t take a picture because I was too anxious that it would run away/the game would freeze again). And yes that Psyduck appeared at the toilet lol

I did a swap box with Em in which we sent each other stuff from each other countries, and hers arrived. I really love everything she sent me. I’ve already started colouring a bit and I can’t wait to try the chocolate and beans (I wanted to take a picture before I ate everything, but I was lazy. Also I didn’t want to open the beans because of the lovely message). I’ll save the instant hot chocolate for when the weather has cooled down (while it hasn’t always been sunny, it has been warm these past two weeks! Finally).

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I’ve also been watching quite some shows these past two weeks, even though I’m behind on some. The Fosters has been great as usual, and I started watching Jane The Virgin (I’m at episode 18 of season 1, no spoilers please!) and I LOVE it. I convinced my mom to watch it as well (wasn’t too hard actually haha) and she’s addicted as well. She’s almost caught up with me and she only started yesterday. I need to hurry up because I’m afraid that I’ll get spoiled by walking in on her watching an episode I haven’t seen yet. But seriously if you aren’t yet, start watching it.

A bunch of other stuff probably happened as well, but my memory is fuzzy. So I’m leaving it at this haha. Oh yeah I went to the beach with my mom haha. See, I almost forgot this happened. I’m not a big fan of the beach (I loathe sand) but it was still a nice day and I took plenty of pretty pictures (so far only two have made it onto my Instagram because I’m slow)

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Like I said before, I didn’t post yesterday because I wanted to focus on Camp NaNo. Unless you follow me on Twitter and/or Snapchat (writingmichelle), you might be curious about how it went. Well…

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Like I said before, I had days where I didn’t feel well mentally this month, plus days where I was just tired and lazy and of course days where I went out so I didn’t have time to write. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it, but during the weekend I had set my mind to it and well… I DID IT! I’m really proud and hope to continue writing like this. To celebrate I’ll be sharing several snippets later today.

It’s far from finished and it’s not polished at all since it’s a first draft, but I’m just so happy. Last month I had about 2000 words and no idea where I was even going with this story, and now I’ve written a little more than 25.000 words, an outline and plenty ideas. Plus I’ve gotten to know the characters so much better this month. Definitely a successful month.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the Young Writers Chat so far. You guys made it so worth it and I’ve had so much fun meeting you all and talking to you about our passion that is writing. This week’s theme will once again be decided by voting, so please RT and vote:

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  • I have read 59 out of 100 books for my Goodreads Challenge (help I’m only 1 book ahead now I’m scared)
  • Well, one of my goals was to write more in general and that I did (but I didn’t work on any of the projects I meant to work on woops)
  • While I posted two Discussing Hufflepuffs in June, I didn’t post any again this month. Honestly I thought I still had some time left to do so?? What happened to July *cue hysterical laughter*
  • On the other hand, I did post a Blogsterdam one again and posted a Q&A announcement! I’m also really excited to post this month’s so fingers crossed that I’ll get around to it
  • Okay so this was technically last month, but I didn’t realise it. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner is full with fairytale retellings. I’m aiming for 5-9 books for my Retelling Challenge, so I’m only one away from winning!

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SURPRISE! I’m behind again *sigh* Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up a bit today (I also want to schedule some posts so we’ll see how that goes). Let’s see what I can share with you guys, shall we?

Phew, I was afraid I wouldn’t have much to share, but apparently I read more than I could remember haha. I’m still super behind though. Part of me is annoyed that Bloglovin no longer shows you how many posts there are in your feed when there are more than 20, but the other part of me is relieved (there are also the WordPress blogs that don’t have Bloglovin of course. I’m really behind on those too). Anyway, me being behind is nothing new anymore. I really wish I could go back to being entirely caught up every day again, but I have to remind myself that I follow more blogs than I did when I first started out and that I shouldn’t stress over this.

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My last full month of freedom! I just had a deja-vu. Did I write the exact same thing in last year’s July wrap up when talking about August? Possibly. Anyway, I want to make the most of my freedom this month, but also not wear myself out. What’s the point of being on break when you’re exhausted on the first day of school because of all the stuff you did during the Summer? I am planning on blogging a lot, particularly scheduling a lot of posts at least during September. I don’t know yet how busy I’ll be (I know my schedule this Thursday eek!) but I like to have some posts ready just in case.

Also, just in case, a plea: I have no idea why you’d do this if I don’t mention The Cursed Child in my posts, but still just in case: PLEASE DON’T SPOIL ME. I won’t be getting the book until October, since that’s when I’ll see the play. I feel like it’s going to be really difficult to stay clear off spoilers, but so far it’s worked (it’s only been a day but still). Mainly I’m staying off Tumblr.

Woah, that was a big post. How has your month been? What was the best book you read? How many Pokemon have you caught? Let me know in the comments!

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