The Pride Tag! // In Which I Shower Becky Albertali With Love

Mel @ A Word and a Whisper created the Pride Tag, a super fun cute tag based on the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it’s Pride, what better time than to do this tag? Thank you again Mel for tagging me in the comments! And don’t forget to check out her blog if you haven’t yet

Red – Life – name an author who gives you life

Lately it’s definitely been Becky Albertali, which of course has to do with Love, Simon and Leah on the Offbeat coming out, but I’ve just been filled with so much love for this woman??

Orange – Healing – pick a book that helped you through a rough time

The first time I read Simon vs I didn’t know I was bi yet (had been repressing the hell out of it! Fun!) so the second time I read it when I had come out? SUCH a different experience and it helped me so much?? I could definitely use this one for yellow as well (then again I can use all of the books in this post for yellow except Anger is a Gift) but it’s healed me so much?? I can’t even describe it to be honest, but Love, Simon has had the same effect on me.

Yellow – Sunlight – pick a book that makes you happy

I could go with so many books for this question – most of the books I’ve chosen for this tag would fit this question, but I’ve decided to go with The Upside of Unrequited. While the protagonist herself isn’t queer, she has two moms who are planning their wedding (same sex marriage has just been legalised and everyone is just celebrating and it’s so wonderful?) and her twin sister is a lesbian who ends up dating a pansexual Korean girl. The book ends with a big gay wedding – what better way to end a book?

Green – Nature – what tropes, buzzwords, etc., are you naturally drawn to when choosing a book?

💛 If it’s queer you most likely got me
💛 Though I’m drawn to any kind of diversity tbh
💛 Writers and bookworms as characters!
💛 Boarding schools
💛 Friendship!!!
💛 Magic
💛 Road trips
💛 This is really hard because there’s so much??
💛 Enemies to lovers!
💛 Banter
💛 Cute animals that don’t die!! *looking at a certain author who traumatised me which I’ll never get over* I mean I literally bought The Unexpected Everything on a whim because there was a pug on the cover dskgj*
💛 There are so many more but I can’t think of any others?? Oh well this is too long anyway

* Don’t be fooled the pug is barely there :( There are lots of cute dogs in general though and I loved the book so it was worth it but the pug

Blue – Peace/Harmony – what is your ultimate OTP?

I wouldn’t call Leah and Abby my ‘ultimate’* OTP, but I do love them and shipped them a lot during Leah on the Offbeat – definitely an OTP!

* What even IS an ultimate OTP like I can’t have only one I love so many ships and it really depends on whether I’ve just (re)read a book because at some point I’ll slowly start to forget about it and obsess over the next ship?? Like half the time I even forget pretty much all of my ships because I’m a goldfish and if I don’t see them?? I forget they exist

Violet – Spirit – pick a book that speaks to you on a personal level

Definitely Queens of Geek! This was one of the first books I truly felt represented in multiple ways: both the bi rep and the anxiety rep was so so on point. Like Charlie never realising that she had crushes on female celebrities, just thinking she admired them a lot?? SAME.

Brown – POC LGBT Pride – pick a book featuring queer characters of color

Are you all getting tired of me yelling about Anger is a Gift yet because listen I still barely see it around so SOMEONE has to yell about it all the time and that someone is me because I love this book to pieces and it’s so important yet also so underrated *sobs* Please read Anger is a Gift all of the main characters are either brown or black and Moss’ friend group is very queer (even a trans friend and a nonbinary friend!!)

I tag whoever wants to do this!

Have you read any of these? Which books would you use for your answers? Let me know in the comments!

The Monthly Hufflepuff | Where Did 2017 Go

I think that it was about half-way through November that I realised that I had completely forgotten about my October wrap-up, so I guess I’ll wrap it up along with November 🤷🏻‍♀️

💛 Masked by J.D. Wright ★ – Yikes yikes and yikes. I went into a lot more detail in my review of course, but basically it had potential to be a fun read but instead it had a lot of problematic aspects

💛 Danger! Women Artists at Work by Debra N. Mancoff ★★★★ – Really interesting, fun and inspiring read, but I wish it had featured more women of colour and queer ladies. Frida Kahlo is featured, but her sexuality isn’t mentioned, so if you’re unfamiliar with her you wouldn’t know that. Maybe there are more queer artists featured in this, but at some point I got too tired to google every artist to see if she might be queer since until I quit none of them were (or at least it wasn’t known if they were)

💛 Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser ★★★★★ – I have so much love for this book. It’s such a refreshing read: realistic, a wonderful friendship between a boy and a girl without any romance, a healthy romance that didn’t overtake the plot, family, fun antics… 10/10 would recommend

Me throwing Chasing Eveline at all of you

💛 Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Prince #2 – uhhh I don’t really remember this issue woops. I love Zodiac Starforce though and I’m definitely enjoying this sequel

💛 Giant Days #31 and #32 – Have I shouted at you guys to read Giant Days yet because please do. I barely ever laugh out loud while reading comics and Giant Days made me laugh out loud multiple times. It’s about three amazing female college students, their antics and their wonderful friendship.

💛 Hi-Fi Fight Club #2 – woops another issue I don’t remember?? Again, enjoying this one though. It’s about girls working at a record store who have a secret club in which they solve mysteries and kick ass

💛 Ms. Marvel #23 and #24 – LOVED this team up and I love how they’re currently exploring how the past arcs are impacting Kamala. If you aren’t reading Ms. Marvel yet what are you doing

what u doing fam

💛 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Universe ★★★★★ – SO. MUCH. FUN.

💛 The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde ★★★★★ – For someone who’s been shouting for about four/five (?) years that I love Oscar Wilde I should really read more of his works. Thus I finally picked up The Importance of Being Earnest and I’m so glad I did. It was such a delight

💛 Runaways volumes 1 – 8 ★★★ for the first 7 and ★ for the 8th volume – The first seven volumes were fun and these kids definitely grew on me. The problem I have with this comic is the pace. I felt it was way too rushed and it took so long for the characters to grow on me. They felt pretty flat to me and so did their relationships with each other (something I find the tv show is doing a better job of so far). Don’t even get me started on volume 8 I found it such a mess yikes. I don’t even want to consider it canon, especially with the way they treated Victor

💛 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★★★ – Ahhh such mixed feelings. I knew there was a lot of controversy about this one before going in and I definitely get where people are coming from. I can’t say anything about it without spoiling it though. My mixed feelings aren’t just because of that controversial thing* but also because it felt very insta-lovey and there were times were I got bored, despite that at first I really liked the writing style and the different formats. No scratch that, I’m in LOVE with the different formats. Controversy aside, this book is so artsy. Besides emails it also has really cool illustrations?? I wasn’t expecting that

💛 Emma volume 1 by Kaoru Mori ★★★ – Fun and cute, but nothing special

💛 Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali (reread) ★★★★★ – For some reason I didn’t love it the first time as much as I loved it the second time around – I don’t know if it was the hype getting to me back then or my mood (sometimes I read/watch something and I feel a bit meh about it, but then the second time around I’m in love?? My brain is weird) or the fact that I wasn’t out yet and still struggling with my own feelings and couldn’t appreciate it as much as I could now. WHO KNOWS. Point is I love this book very much

💛 Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson ★★★  – The way this one handles grief is very powerful and the romance is cute, but it didn’t blow me away

💛 Lumberjanes #43 and #44 – What can I say about Lumberjanes without repeating myself? It’s still very much enjoyable, the magic and weirdness of it never gets old and I love my girls. FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX

💛 Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman ★★★ – Great action scenes, but unfortunately quite a few scenes in-between were a bit boring. Review will be up next week!

💛 Karina’s Silver Shoes by Denise Marques Leitao ★ – SO CONFUSING. I DON’T GET IT. AT ALL. If you want a few more details, you can find my review here

💛 America #8 – eh I dunno? I really want to love this comic, and some of the issues so far have been really good, but this issue had a pacing problem which more of the issues have.

💛 Lumberjanes 2017 Special: Faire and Square ★★★★★ – The girls and Jen go to a Robin Hood themed fair!! And there’s a pterodactyl!! Also they re-enact a telenovela to cheer up Ripley!! If you love Lumberjanes and haven’t read this special yet I’d definitely recommend it

💛 Lumberjanes 2016 Special: Makin’ The Ghost Of It ★★★ – It’s still fun because it’s Lumberjanes but I felt a bit meh about it?

💛 DC Bombshells #56 – #59 – Whyyy am I so slow when it comes to this comic while it’s one of my favourites.

💛 Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin ★★ – Mixed feelings galore!! This could’ve been a fun, cute read, and in a way it was? But it also wasn’t? Character driven novels are great, except when you don’t like the characters #woops Full review should be up soonish

💛 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali (reread) ★★★★ – Still as cute and fun and wonderful and wholesome as the first time around!! Read my review here

💛 What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne ★★★★★ – Just what I needed oh my goodness. THIS WAS SO GOOD. Okay so it made me feel insecure about my writing, but it was also so empowering, inspiring and fun and just ahhh. ALL THE FEELINGS. GOOD FEELINGS. BUT ALSO RAGE BECAUSE SEXISM. Anyway I can’t wait to review this one

Favourites of the month: Chasing Evelyne and What’s a Girl Gotta Do?

💛 Reviews:  Doctor Who Myths and Legends | Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith | Masked | Chasing Eveline | Swan Song | Karina’s Silver Shoes
💛 Writing: Recipe: How to Make Your Own Writer | When Books Make You Feel Insecure About Your Writing
💛 Travel: London Day 1 and Day 2

Holidays!! Last month of 2018!!* Last full month until I leave for Manchester!!

Can you tell I’m freaking out a bit!!**

I mean obviously I’m excited but ahhh I’m also panicking. I don’t know yet how much I’ll blog. Like I said in my last weekly wrap up, I hit a bit of a blogging slump last week. This week I’m actually doing fine? So who knows what will happen. The most important thing is that I’m enjoying myself 🙆🏻

* Where did 2017 go?? What happened to it?? Why is time going so fast??
** A bit?? A bit?? Try a lot

How has your month been? Are you freaking out over 2017 almost being over? Any exciting plans for the holidays, and for 2018? What was your favourite book of the month? Let me know in the comments!

The Upside of The Upside of Unrequited

No that title is not a typo, I didn’t accidentally write The Upside of twice – no it’s me trying to be witty and making a pun *finger guns*

Author: Becky Albertali
Genre: YA | contemporary
Goodreads rating: 4.08
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right? (Goodreads)

Becky Albertali has done it again. How does she manage to write such cute, fluffy, fun books, that are also important? I mean, I’m trying to do it myself with my current WIP, so I definitely look up to her.

Seriously though, The Upside of Unrequited is such a joy to read. My favourite thing about it is probably how diverse it is. Molly and her twin Cassie have two moms, of which one is black. They also have a little brother who’s also black (their white mom is their biological mom, while their black mom is their little brother’s biological mom), the family is Jewish, so is one of the love interests, Cassie is queer and of course so is her girlfriend Mina (to be specific she is pan), who is also Korean-American, Molly of course is fat and she also has anxiety (something I didn’t know going in) and there is so much diversity in the background too. Like one of Molly’s ex-crushes makes an appearance and he has a boyfriend. Also it basically starts on the day same-sex marriage is legalised which I absolutely loved.

Since I have anxiety myself, I was really thrilled to find out Molly has it too. Like I said in my Queens of Geek review anxiety is different for everyone, so of course there are differences between me and Molly, but I definitely related to her. Guys I’m so happy how many books are coming out lately with a protagonist who has anxiety (and they’re not necessarily about anxiety) – this is definitely a trend I don’t want to end (can we celebrate the end of abusive male love interests though)

Speaking of the end of abusive male love interests – I’ve noticed that this trend is dying out, especially because we’re getting such great male love interests lately. Of course they’ve always been there, but abusive male love interests are really popular in fiction (not just talking about books, tv and movies too) so I’m really happy to see less and less of them in books. Reid is such a cutie and he and Molly have great chemistry. I really hope this is the start of a new trend (as Jamie in Queens of Geek was a sweetheart too) and that abusive male love interests will be a rarity soon.

Another thing I loved was the focus on family. Molly and Cassie are very close, but throughout the novel they face some problems and Molly fears they’re growing apart. This was just as important to the plot as the love story and I feel like this is something a lot of people can relate to, though maybe with friends instead of family members.

The characters were all so much fun to read about. I loved all the little, quiet moments Molly had with her moms, where she confided in them and they were just there for her. My favourite moment is when one of them tells her that her getting a boyfriend at seventeen isn’t ‘late’, as Molly thinks and that it’s completely okay to not date in high school at all. I found this super important, since there’s a lot of focus on romance in fiction and media geared towards teens and a lot of them (me included, though I’m no longer a teen and I no longer feel that way) feel like there’s something wrong with them if they don’t date during this time. 

I also loved that Molly is basically a Pinterest Queen™ and loves crafting. I feel like there aren’t many YA protagonists with that hobby? Or at least that I’ve read about so it was a joy to read.

Basically: lots of diversity, focus on family, healthy relationship(s) (while there’s mostly a focus on Molly and Reid, the relationship between Cassie and Mina and Molly and Cassie’s moms are healthy too), positive messages, cute and fun oh and a big gay wedding

Have you read The Upside of Unrequited yet? What did you think? Any more books with great male love interests that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Blogsterdam: The Amsterdam Book Tag


This month’s Blogsterdam will combine Amsterdam and books (actually just like last month’s since then I talked about my favourite bookstore) in a tag I created!


Seriously guys it’s not funny how many cheese stores there are in the same street. DEFY THE STEREOTYPES AMSTERDAM. Anyway, my choice for this category is The Selection series, which can be quite cheesy but still ‘delicious’. Well the first three anyway, since I still haven’t read the rest.


I’m torn between Carry On and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.


Since I’m very emotional, a lot of books make me cry, so let’s just go with the most recent one, which was my reread of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Yep, that book does make me very emotional so a good choice for this one.



That awkward moment you realise THEY SHOULD’VE BEEN HORIZONTAL BECAUSE THIS IS THE FRENCH FLAG And the idiot of the year award goes to…


For this category you can go with fiction or non-fiction, I’m going with non-fiction since I want to choose De Kunst van Het Woord: Zijn Mooiste Brieven (literal translation: The Art of the Word: His Most Beautiful Letters), which is a book about Van Gogh and contains, like the title says, his most beautiful letters. I haven’t finished this yet since I haven’t been in the mood to read non-fiction lately, but I love Van Gogh so I’ll continue soon. It hasn’t been translated into English I believe (at least I can’t find an English edition on Goodreads), but it might be in the works.


I have a love-hate relationship with pigeons. On one hand I find them cute, on the other I find them annoying, especially at Dam Square where they tend to accidentally almost fly at your face. I found pretty much every main character in The Crown’s Game annoying to be honest (Pasha was bearable until the end). Review to come soon!


Marie | Em | Anne | Kat | Cristina | Cátia | Alex | Whoever wants to do this!

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? I hope you had a good time! Also: do you like cheese? Let me know in the comments!


YalfestNL 2016

Two weeks ago I attended YalfestNL 2016, the first kind of ‘book con’ in The Netherlands. I can’t believe it’s over already! I remember finding out about it in September or October and posting about it on here (read fangirling) and now it’s already May and I’m blogging about the actual event itself.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on here, but while I live in Amsterdam I don’t study here; I go to school in Utrecht, which is where YalfestNL was held. So obviously I had no trouble finding the venue right? Right?

almost went the wrong way. Almost. So that’s good right. I didn’t actually get lost. I almost did. I’m still ashamed though. But in my offence I don’t spend that much time in Utrecht so it’s totally okay.

Anyway there was already a line when I got there, but not a really long one so I quickly joined the one for the Writing workshop which I had signed up for. While finally entering I noticed purple hair so I figured that was Sophie from Dande Leander haha. I saw her again inside when I unknowingly sat down next to her for the authors’ event.

Since we had to wait for the event to start though, I decided to take a look inside the goodie bag.


The bag itself is probably my favourite item (next to the authors’ signatures). It’s just so cute and I love that everyone had the same bag. That way we book junkies were really united.


Everyone got a different new book from Blossom Books; I got Riders from Veronica Rossi. The other book consists of sneak peeks of some of Blossom Books’ new releases. Of course we also got some cute bookmarks and a quill that I already owned from the Efteling (a theme park here in The Netherlands).


Instead of having to drag your books with you to the event and stand in queue with the risk of not getting your books signed, we all got these to stick in our books. In order: Stephanie Perkins, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, Arwen Elys Dayton, Becky Albertali, Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen. We also got another bookmark. While I love the colour and the dress, the girl really freaks me out haha. Oh and actually my favourite thing is the sheep keyring that is also a flashlight. When you push the button he also bleats. It’s not funny how much I love it guys



Soon it was time for the main event with the authors. THEY WERE ALL SO CUTE AND FUNNY GUYS. Especially Becky Albertali. She is so smol and cute omg. And it was adorable how humble and in awe she was since Simon is her debut and that this was her first event outside of America.

The host first asked them all some general questions that they each answered. One of the questions was how they deal with negative reviews and poor Tahereh said that one time she just read ALL of the negative reviews for Shatter Me in one sitting and it still haunts her. She doesn’t recommend it.

After that it was time for a competition (I’m not sure what the price was, but it was some sort of candy). They had to answer questions about each other and their work and had to write down A, B or C, but they often just wrote down another answer and Ransom even drew his answers haha. One of the questions was about a story Tahereh wrote as a kid and what it was about, but she couldn’t remember it herself. You could see her eyes lit up when the host read the answers haha. Ransom won by the way, probably because of his drawings (wish I could’ve taken a picture but it was really hard to take proper pictures. The one below is my only good picture).


To end the event the audience was allowed to ask questions. I really wish I remembered everything in detail and could write it all out for you, but um. Yeah. My memory sucks. Oh! I don’t remember if this was an answer to an audience question or a question from the host, but Becky said that after writing she found out a certain Oreo dish didn’t exist anymore (I don’t remember what it was) so she had to change it to a different dish, which was really hard on her emotionally haha.

DID I MENTION THEY WERE ALL SO CUTE AND FUNNY BECAUSE THEY WERE. And it made me feel so guilty that I hadn’t read Lucy, Tom and Arwen’s books. And that I didn’t really like Hollow City. And was in the middle of Library of Souls and wasn’t enjoying it at all (review for the trilogy to come soon! I’ve written it, just need to take a picture) Oh and I realise I haven’t said anything about Stephanie Perkins specifically but she was really lovely too. It’s just that my memory is fuzzy and I can’t remember that many details. BUT THEY WERE ALL LOVELY. 

We had one hour for lunch and to take a look at the stand. There weren’t that many and they weren’t all bookish. There was one stand that sold jewellery and it had nothing to do with books at all. The other stand that sold jewellery did though, and they sold other fandom related jewellery as well. There was also a ‘tattoo’ stand (fake tattoo), a guy who wrote poems, a girl who drew portraits in a really cute style and a stand in which you could get covered in glitter (which didn’t really have anything to do with books either but of course there were bookworms covered in glittery runes and glittery lightning scars. I especially liked the latter). Sophie and I got poems written about us and I really like mine! I’m not going to translate it as it wouldn’t be the same anymore, but it’s about all the stories inside my head haha.

The writing workshop was… Well motivating, but honestly someone can just say the word ‘write’ and I’m fired up to write. So it doesn’t take that much for me to get excited to write. The woman who gave the workshop was nice, but she just didn’t say anything new, which was disappointing. Plus since it was a workshop and we were told to bring pen and paper I thought we’d be writing ourselves, but that wasn’t the case.

After the workshop was done there were some posters laid out on a table (they might have already been there but I didn’t notice them before) and I managed to snatch this beauty:


Ignore my ugly floor haha. I still need to put it up but I don’t have any poster buddies (do you call them that in your country too or am I just confusing all of you lol)

While we had a half hour break, we decided to stand in line for our photo moment (one half of the group had their workshop while the others had their photo moment and the other way around) so that we wouldn’t have to stand in line for long and that we could immediately get in line for the girl who drew portraits (we had already tried it before and while the line wasn’t that long, she took her time).

Of course we were quite anxious because we only had one photo and so many things could go wrong. As I got on the ‘stage’ I just looked down because I was so scared I’d trip and nervous to look the authors in the eye lol. Becky was once again adorable and cheerfully said ‘Hi!’. Oh and they all said thank you after I said thank you for getting a photo with them?? Like why are you guys thanking me. These authors are too precious for this world.


Isn’t the decor cool? It really fits Miss Peregrine’s setting haha.

There was a ‘store’ nearby the stage so we decided to take a look before we got back in line for our portraits


Yes this is all I bought haha. All the books they sold were in Dutch and I prefer to read in English. I really love these though, plus it was good for my wallet

So we got back in line to get our portraits drawn and it took so long that we were afraid that we’d end up without one. Thankfully we still got one though! I really love mine and need to look for a spot to hang it on my wall.


So yeah I forgot to take a picture of the drawing and now it’s too dark to take a proper one.. Oops. If I don’t forget I’ll post it in my weekly wrap up tomorrow though!

All in all it was a fun event and I still can’t believe all those lovely and amazing authors were actually in my smol country. I’m not sure if I’ll go next year though, as I don’t know any of the authors that they’ve announced so far. They’ll announce more, but I’m keeping in mind the possibility of the event being sold out before that happens. I’m already really happy I got to go this year though!

Have you been to a book event/con? Have you met any authors? Who would you REALLY want to meet? Let me know in the comments!




Okay I’ve calmed down a bit! (not at all *cough* *cough*) There’s going to be a Q&A moment with all the authors and they will be competing against each other, though I’m not sure about what haha. There are also four workshops (you have to choose one): Instagram & Photography, Writing, Vlogging and Calligraphy. Guess which one I chose ;)

There’s also a ‘photoshoot’ with ALL the authors!! How awesome is that? A goodiebag is also included and everyone’s getting ‘bookplates’ (cards signed by all the authors), that way you don’t have to stand in line for hours (possibly without even getting your books signed). There are also other activities, but so far they’re still unknown (at least to me haha).



Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison: the authors of Lobsters (which I haven’t read yet)

Ransom Riggs: Sssh! I haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s yet, but I will this month for The Bookclub Of The Opinionated Hufflepuffs! Besides I’ve only heard good things about it so I’m excited!

Becky Albertali: hopefully I’ll be able to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens before that! I’ve been dying to read it ever since it came out haha.

Tahereh Mafi: The Shatter Me trilogy has been on my Goodreads TBR for a while now, but for some reason I haven’t gotten to it yet! I still find it exciting that such a big author is coming to The Netherlands!

Arwen Elys Dayton: the only author who I’ve never heard of (nor of her work), but she is the author of Seeker and I’m sure she’s lovely!

According to the organisers there will be many more authors, so who knows who else they’ll announce!


For all you Dutchies: YALFest on Twitter, Facebook, their website that hasn’t launched yet and most importantly tickets (I don’t know if there are still any early bird tickets left- I was extremely lucky. Regular tickets should be on sale soon though!)