💘 Blogs to Love This Valentine’s Day 💘

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate I decided to share some blogs I love with you 💘 Of course there are many more blogs that I love, some of which I’ve already talked about in my Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers series in 2017, so it’s impossible to cover every blog I love in one post. There is no order to this list: every one of these bloggers is so lovely and deserves the world, starting with your follow if you don’t follow them yet 😜

Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers Part I // Part II // Part III // Part IV

CW @ The Quiet Pond

The cutest blog?? The Quiet Pond is so much more than a book blog: it’s a magical world with the CUTEST inhabitants (I would die for all of them) and it’s so easy to get lost in. Say goodbye to whatever you had planned for today, you will be scrolling through The Quiet Pond.

All of CW’s post are so well-written and she’s a huge advocate for diverse books. There’s a good chance your TBR will be a lot bigger after visiting her blog.

Some of my favourite posts:
💛 Meet the Inhabitants of the Quiet Pond
💛 It’s a Corgi Christmas at Gen’s Art Garden!
💛 BLOG TOUR: The Weight Of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf – A Malay Teen Searches For Her Mother During the Malaysian 1969 Riots (Book Review & Author Interview)
💛 The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Experiences of Balancing Blogging and Life – Part I

Julianna @ Paper Blots 

Julianna already deserves all the love for making me want to read Ace of Shades (thank you!!) but obviously there are many more reasons why she deserves a shout-out. I just love her writing voice, the topics she comes up with for her posts and she always cracks me up.

Some of my favourite posts: 
💛 Fairytales/Myths/Folklore That Should Be In Young Adult Retellings More
💛 Writing Updates [3] 10 Things About My New WIP
💛 The Rising Author Tag // My (Nonexistent) Writing & Aesthetics (!!) & Awkward Snippets
💛 Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody [review] (This was amazing?? One of my favs??)

Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

Ilsa recently got a new design which is so cute and colourful, but her ice cream linebreakers also make me very hungry* Ilsa is just so honest like when she exposed herself for saying she loved certain hyped books when she didn’t?? Iconic

* I just remembered I have ice cream in the freezer… hmm……..

Some of my favourite posts: 
💛 My Favourite Romantic Relationships in YA (I will go down with these ships!!)
💛 Do people think I’m genuine in my reviews? // a discussion
💛 Books I lied about loving because of the hype // I feel guilty but I’m exposing myself so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
💛 The Rising Author Tag // crafting my characters, why i love writing + snippets!!

Lu @ It’s Lu Again

Lu is just so funny and lovely, they always manage to put a smile on my face. They also had a great coming out series in which they discussed LGBT+ topics in YA which I can’t recommend enough. Read them!! And the rest of their blog obviosuly

Some of my favourite posts: 
💛 Screaming About My WIP To Motivate Myself For NaNo! (With Actual Snippets)
💛 7 Fantasy Expectations That I’ll Pine Over |Diversity, Stabbing, Characters, and More. E.g Me Handing My Heart Over To The Dark Side (#No Regrets)
💛 Coming-Out-Series (P4): Is LGBTQIA+ Rep In YA Books Varied Enough? Ft. Pride Month Screamings(!!)
💛 ARC Discussion: Pressure To Read And Pressure To Like // Why I’m No Longer Reading ARCs (Controversial??)

Olivia @ Purely Olivia

Olivia’s blog is just so soft, which captures her and her blog so well. She has great contemporary recs and such thoughtful discussion posts with unique topics. She’s also a huge Potterhead and has written some great posts on Harry Potter that are worth checking out.

Some of my favourite posts: 
💛 Insta-Love vs. Slow Burn Romances // Which Makes For a Better Love Story in YA Contemporary
💛 Review: A List of Cages // My New Favorite Book & A Must-Read
💛 What Does It Take For Me to Cry Over Books? // + Books I’ve Shed Tears Over
💛 5 YA Contemporaries You Should Be Reading // Mini Reviews!

Madeline @ Caffeine and Writing Dreams

Madeline’s blog is every writer’s dream, or at least it’s MY dream. All of her posts are just so helpful, inspiring and motivating. She really reminded me of why I love writing in the first place. Her blog is so easy to get lost in – one day I will have read all of her posts ever published.

Some of my favourite posts: 
💛 How I Finally Stopped Comparing Myself to Other Writers
💛 3 Easy Steps to Creating Awesome Character Arcs That Hit Ya in the Feels
💛 How to Cut Adverbs for Stronger Writing // & When It’s Okay to Use Them
💛 An In-Depth Look at My Color-Coded 3-Level Revision Process

Kat @ Novels and Waffles

You might want to avoid Kat’s blog if you’re hungry, because… LOOK AT IT. She takes her blog name very seriously which I respect. Her graphics are just so good and cute and unique and?? Speaking of graphics: she also recently started a new feature in which she interviews the artists behind book covers, giving these people the love they deserve.

Some of my favourite posts: 
💛 20(ish) Books For Readers Who are 20(ish) // A List of NA Books Written in the YA Style
💛 Going Undercover // An Interview With Book Cover Illustrator, Maike Plenzke
💛 A Fiction Feast // The Five Best Books I Devoured in 2018
💛 Why I Still Read YA Fiction in My Mid-20s: A Call To Action Regarding New Adult Books

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads

I haven’t been following Vicky that long yet, but I’m already in love with her blog. From her nice, soft design to recs of books I had never heard of before to her Writer Wednesday feature, in which she puts 2019 authors in the spotlight.

Some of my favourite posts: 
💛 Writer Wednesday: Ask Hannah, an Advice Column for The Dead Queens Club (+ INTL Giveaway!)
💛 If You Liked #12: Mental Health Awareness Edition!
💛 What NOT to Do When Describing Race in Novels
💛 Fantasci Book Recs: Books In Between Science Fiction and Fantasy!

GO CHECK ALL OF THEM OUT!! I hope I did them a bit justice, since I suck at putting into words why I love something, because they’re all amazing and deserve your love

Do you follow any of these blogs? What are some of your favourite blogs? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #73 // I Got An Internship???

A day late but oh well

I wanted to post this yesterday but I was tired before I went out, then when I came back I was even more tired adgnjs

I FINALLY finished Ace of Shades and I’m pissed at my reading slump because I really did love it and I could’ve finished it so much faster?? I also finished Two Spells, which I reviewed on Goodreads. I didn’t enjoy that one at all, nor did I enjoy Honey, Baby, Sweetheart. It was free on Riveted (might still be? I don’t think this one is up for the entire month) and it had an interesting premise (abusive relationships, ‘kidnapping’ an old lady to reunite her with an old love and a road trip) but boyyyy it was a mess and so is my review on Goodreads thus why I’m not posting it here as well.

I finally read The Brightsiders (I have no idea why it took me so long considering Queens of Geek is one of my favourite books and this was one of my most anticipated releases?) and I loved it SO FRICKIN’ MUCH. The bi rep was amazing, just like in Queens of Geek, great relationships (platonic and romantic), abuse rep on point, anxiety rep, so much queer rep, multiple non-white characters (Chloe owns my heart I love my black bi non-binary child) and just?? It was everything? It’s SO QUEER I love it so much. Full review to come hopefully soon*

Lastly I’m rereading the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy before the movie comes out this Friday (!!) to sort of stay patient because I can’t wait for the movie I love this series so much

Oh and I started Sadie, since that’s coming out next month and I don’t want to read it at the last possible moment. I’m not that far in yet but so far I like it.

* No one remind me of all the books I read in June that I still haven’t reviewed hsjfdhsj

GUYS I GOT AN INTERNSHIP???? It’s at an art magazine and I’m just so excited!! I won’t be writing anything for the magazine itself as everything is planned and written far in advance so it’s not really do-able for me to write anything, but I may get to write something small. I will be writing for the website though, so that’s exciting too.

I also got a job??? As of this week I’ll be working at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not and I still can’t believe (haha see what I did there) I actually got hired?? I’ll still be working at the Stedelijk Museum when I can, but that was already freelance work anyway after my first year ended last Summer so I wanted something a bit more stable.

Other than that… I’ve been going out with friends and family, doing some fun stuff here and there, relaxing… I have terrible memory so I remember like 10% of it but last week I spend a few days at my best friend’s house since she lives at the other side of the country (which is not that far compared to most countries but it still a few hours away with the train and since we don’t get free transport during the Summer it’s not that easy to see each other. Highlights: my friend repeating ‘behhhh’ over and over again at goats, feeding cute baby goats, making edible cookie dough (and eating it duh), me sucking at Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (I’m so sorry I did you dirty Yoshi please don’t cry), eating THE BEST fries I’m in love why are they on the other side of the country and obviously just spending time with my friend. Other than that who knows what I did not me adbjhs This is why I try to do wrap ups each week but I’m lazy

🐝 The Writing Hufflepuff 🐝

💛 Let’s Celebrate Winning Camp NaNo With Some Snippets! // Part I
💛 Summery Contemporary Mini Reviews // The Summer I Turned Pretty, Alex, Approximately and The Museum of Heartbreak
💛 5 Books That I Need To Be Turned Into Anime
💛 The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag // You Want Me To Pick One For Every Question??

📷 Aesthetically Dreaming 📷

📸 Tips for Studying Abroad
📸 Dreaming About These Aesthetic Instagrams // Surrealism Edition
📸 Nalini Malani and Immigration and the Oppression of Women

💛 Lu @ It’s Lu Again shares her 7 fantasy expectations
💛 Olivia @ Purely Olivia talks about her one major problem with Harry Potter and shares other thoughts related to the series
💛 Amy @ Bursting With Books is back!
💛 Eve @ Twist in the Taile shares their YALC 2018 recap
💛 Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams talks about why we need (more) confident female characters
💛 Em @ Yellow’s The Word talks about her trip to Amsterdam. I linked back to Day 4 because it links back to all the previous days so you can easily find those
💛 Amber @ The Literary Phoenix shares five things she learned from Camp NaNo
💛 Elm @ Just Call Me Elm Or Something talks about when writing becomes stressful

How has your week been? Read anything good? Are you excited for the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie? Let me know in the comments!

The Monthly Hufflepuff July // I WON CAMP NANO

I GOT A VIP TICKET TO SEE LESBIAN JESUS I REPEAT 30 OCTOBER I WILL MEET HAYLEY KIYOKO 😭😭😭

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

This is due to several reasons:

💛 As you know I’ve been trying to focus on my writing (thus my lack of blogging)
💛 The weather has been uncomfortably hot and it’s hard for me to concentrate
💛 Trying to live more in the moment and do fun things
💛 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??
💛 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

💛 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

💛 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

💛 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

💛 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

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

YA GIRL WON CAMP NANO ON THE VERY LAST DAY LIKE SHE DOES EVERY YEAR BECAUSE PROCRASTINATION IS HER BEST FRIEND

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 🐝

Reviews

💛 Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour // Not Really That Epic?
💛 Fawkes // Bored and Confused??

Bookish

💛 The Book Blogger Insider Tag // Did I Just Expose Myself As The Bad Blogger I Am

Writing

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

Wrap ups

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

📷 Aesthetically Dreaming 📷

📸 The John Rylands Library // Absolutely Gorgeous and Magical
📸 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!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #70 // I’M A FREE ELF also 21 now ahhhh

Exams are over and though I’m still waiting on one grade I’m like 99% sure I passed it so guess what

I’m really trying not to think of the fact that I should look for an internship soon hahaha *help me*

It’s been a while since my last wrap up. Last time I had just started Autoboyography – by now of course I finished it and it was beautiful I still haven’t written a review because 1) what are words 2) exams 3) i’m exhausted 4) words???

Seriously I have no idea how to formulate my thoughts. Which is fun because meanwhile I have read other books I want to review but guess what!! Words?? I don’t have any! Okay dramatics aside I think I will be able to review at least some of them, we’ll see. I’m really trying to listen to my body and not push myself to much, so it’s possible that not all of the books I want to review will actually be reviewed, but we’ll see.

I’ve also read Tash Hearts Tolstoy, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead and Leah on the Offbeat and I loved all of them very much. I’m still very emotional about the latter two (though Tash was a lot of fun as well!) and uhh hopefully review to come?? I really do want to review them but we’ll see what happens. Oh! I’ve mentioned it in other postsbefore but in case you missed those: Autoboyography and Tash Hearts Tolstoy are up for free on Riveted this month! There’s no catch, you just need an account and then you can read a new selection of free books each month.

Oh and I started I Was Born For This yesterday! I’m not that far in yet but I like it so far.

Oh boy it’s been a while so a lot happened but my memory is terrible so we’ll see. I’m in the mood for some bullet points so let’s go with that

💛 I almost dragged my literature teacher (you may recall that I had to read an islamophobic, sexist and homophobic book and that my teacher loves this book) on my literature exam as we had to write a review (unexpectedly!! the entire term all the teachers were like: we’re not going to teach you how to review literature/film/art but guess what!! my literature teacher lied!!) on the book and I legit started to write something along the lines of ‘islamophobes would definitely enjoy this book but if you’re a little bit smart and know something about Islam you wouldn’t and then I realised that I was calling the person responsible for my grade islamophobic and stupid adbgsdh Like she deserved that drag but this woman is super petty and I needed to pass so that I didn’t have to reread that stupid book. But I did politely ‘drag’ her in my survey on the class, where I criticised the class itself (we’re really going to study one book, by a white straight cis man who is also islamophobic, sexist and homophobic. All she said about it was that she thought he was none of those things. That was in the first class, before anyone of us had started the book and she wanted us to form our own opinions. Then she never asked after those opinions) I also mentioned the homophobic comments because what she said was not okay!! (she read a homophobic line from the book as an example of ‘humour’ in the book and described another author as ‘actively homosexual’ like did y’all know i was passively bisexual apparently so!!) I really hope something will be done but I don’t have much hope. At least I said something.

💛 I had my exams and so far passed with flying colours?? So yeah studying my ass off was worth it! Sorta. Did I mention I’m exhausted

💛 I saw Love, Simon again and loved it even more this time around which I didn’t think was possible but here we are

💛 It was my birthday but I keep forgetting that I’m now 21 and keep calling myself 20. But hey that’s progress because before my birthday I would sometimes call myself 18 and that’s very very wrong

💛 I caved and bought a Nintendo Switch with my birthday money because LET’S GO PIKACHU. A NEW MAIN POKEMON GAME NEXT YEAR. A NEW ACE ATTORNEY GAME (when though??). For now I got Mario Oddysey because my mom was like ‘you should buy a game or what is the point’ and she had a point there. It’s been a long time since I played games like that but it’s so much fun?? Incredibly frustrating and I’ve been cursing like a sailor but fun!

💛 I also was given books of course! I’m too lazy to take a picture so here’s a list: Starfish (because I needed a physical copy), Leah on the Offbeat, The Brightsiders, I Was Born For This, Children of Blood and Bone, Ace of Shades, A Thousand Perfect Notes and Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil #4)

me this summer

💛 There was an event at the museum where I work so I took my best friend with me and uhhh it was basically a sitcom episode sdfbj It’s a long story but it involves me running away from tour guides (colleagues that I had never met before and hopefully never will again), them seeing me both times, my friend cursing my lack of sneakiness and my friend who’s not interested in art practically running towards an art work because I told her someone had slashed a knife into it years ago and losing me in the progress. Basically it was a mess but it was hilarious.

I probably forgot some stuff (a lot of stuff?) but uhh these are the highlights? I think? They’re the ones I remember anyway. I did struggle with my mental health again but as I’m feeling better today I don’t really want to talk about that.

I can’t believe I’m actually adding a writing section!! Of course I haven’t really been able to write thanks to school and exams, but yesterday I was suddenly hit by a burst of inspiration for a WIP I’ve been stuck on for a very long time now. It’s one of my very first WIPs (I kind of count it as the second one since it’s the second one I actually sort of finished (as in I finished the first book and started the second but then started to rewrite the first one. And then started to rewrite the first one AGAIN)) and I hated the plot. Absolutely hated it. It’s pretty much a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rip off (I was like 12 or 13 I didn’t realise it at the time ok), full of plot holes and a lot of stuff just doesn’t make sense. Oh and horrible tropes that I can’t stand now. I was ready to just let it go, except I loved my kids. I actually wrote a post about this last year

So a while ago I sorta got a lil bit of inspiration already, but there wasn’t really much there yet. But yesterday? Out of nowhere something came to mind and now I have almost three pages in Word with ideas and I’m PUMPED. I’m not going to write it yet as I want to work on my current WIP and finish that one first (and maybe write the sequel first too) but I’m just so excited?? I’m so happy I found a plot that so far works for my kids.

me yesterday

For years I called it The Chosen Ones but my current working title is ‘the not chosen ones’ because they’re no longer chosen lol. There’s still a lot I need to figure out but that’s okay. I’ve got something and that already makes me so happy. It’s VERY different from the original, which is weird but since I hated the original I’m more than okay with that.

This is the current blurb:

Rose Clark vividly remembers the night her parents were murdered – and now it seems their killer is back. Determined to catch the killer herself, Rose finds herself caught up in something she would’ve never dreamed of.

It’s very short but I like it so far. I’ve never written a blurb for the previous plot but basically it was about two teenagers (one of them being Rose) who were ‘chosen’ to prevent the devil from returning to earth. Over the years things already changed a lot from the original WIP, but now??? I barely recognise it lol. But it’s good because for the first time in a long time I’m excited to work on this WIP again!

🐝 The Writing Hufflepuff 🐝

💛 LGBTQIAP+ Comics You Should Read Part I
💛 My Current Writing Ideas/Projects That Are All Gay Duh + Aesthetics!
💛 LGBTQIAP+ Books That I Want To See Turned Into Movies
💛 Cinderella Boy // Genderfluid Cinderella and Queer Kids Fighting Back

📷 Aesthetically Dreaming 📷

📸 I shared some of my favourite Instagrams (theme: Paris)
📸 I talked about the struggles of being a photographer
📸 I shared my photography essentials
📸 I shared 6 LGBTQIAP+ artists for Pride
📸 I looked at the pros and cons of a Canon camera and iPhone 6

I’ve barely read any blogposts since my last wrap up which is really annoying because I was keeping up with posts so well?? I haven’t really had the energy or been in the mood to read posts since my exams ended this Tuesday, so I don’t have that many to share

💛 Mel @ A Word and a Whisper created The Pride Tag
💛 Kat @ Life and Other Disasters celebrated her fifth!! blogoversary
💛 May @ Forever and Everly shares her Pride month recs and their own Pride TBR
💛 Olivia @ Purely Olivia talks about why she loves multiple POVs and shares a few favourites
💛 Aurora @ Aurora Librialis shares 5 non-canon ships aka the gay ships we deserve
💛 Lia @ Lost in a Story shares her Pride Month TBR
💛 Bridget @ Bridget and Books shares some recs based on ‘if you liked this’

Wow that is one big wrap. Or at least it feels that way. Sorry about that?? I had a lot to talk about I guess. How has your past few weeks been? How is your Pride so far? My rainbow shoes gave me huge painful blisters even though I’ve worn them quite a few times now this is homophobic especially since it’s Pride!! What have you been reading? Are you prepared for Camp NaNo? (why did I have to bring up Camp NaNo I’m not prepared AT ALL) Are you done with school for the year? Let me know in the comments!

The Monthly Hufflepuff May // I First Wrote Mufflepuff Afbadjfh

Hello, it is I, The Writing Mufflepuff. Mufflepuff was founded by Melga Mufflepuff. Mufflepuffs are particularly good finders.

Anyway…

How is May over already (well, almost, it’s technically still May but ssh). But it being June is very exciting though! 1) it’s Pride month! 2) My birthday is June 6th!* and 3) School ends this month! Hopefully! If I pass everything! Please teachers I beg of you I will do anything!**

* Even though I don’t want to turn 21 because uh yes hi the past year I kept forgetting I wasn’t a teenager anymore do you have any idea how even more embarrassing that will be if I’m 21
** And by anything I mean show up at your house and cry until you give me a passing grade

Anyway, how was May?

💛 My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley ⭐⭐ – Turns out Worsley’s books are not for me. This was the second book of hers I read and both times I had similar problems. There just isn’t much plot, which meant I was quite bored. The plot twist at the end also ruined my experience

💛 Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson ⭐⭐⭐ – Uh a bit of a let down? *hides* I have a full review (possibly a mini review) planned but yeah. It took me SO long to finish this one. This book is partly at fault for me not reading as much as last month. I just felt like it was way too long, with not that much happening.

💛 Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision ⭐⭐⭐ – FEMALE PIRATES KICKING ASS, STEALING STUFF, JUST BEING PIRATES HECK YES. This one was a lot of fun, but unfortunately it was a bit underdeveloped. I definitely do recommend it though

💛 Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – THIS BOOK. WHAT EVEN. WHERE IS THE HYPE. WHY ISN’T EVERYONE READING THIS AND YELLING ABOUT IT IT’S SO GOOD. IT’S A GIFT. I’M SORRY THAT PUN WAS TOO EASY.  PLEASE DON’T LET THAT PUT YOU OFF OF READING THIS. DON’T SLEEP ON ANGER IS A GIFT

💛 All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor ⭐⭐ – Well this was a disappointment. I wasn’t fond of the writing style (though the format was interesting) and I found the characters very flat. There was barely any difference between them. Then there was the plot twist that really disgusted me so yeah. Full review hopefully coming this Saturday!

COMICS: Giant Days #38 // Lumberjanes #50

I usually don’t talk about personal stuff in my monthly wrap ups, because I usually do that in my weekly ones already so I don’t want to repeat myself*, but I just want to talk about what a weird month May was? Like at the start of the month I finished and handed in my final essay, truly ending my period abroad which is so odd. First of all it just doesn’t feel like that happened this month. Not that it feels longer ago, but it just feels like this separate thing? I don’t know how to explain it. Second, this was my first full month back home which is so odd? Sometimes it feels like I never actually went haha. Anyway, I got another grade back and I passed that one as well, so now I only have to wait for the final one *fingers crossed*

If you read my last wrap up you know my mental health wasn’t that great last week, and honestly it kind of continued to be bad. Thankfully I started feeling better on Tuesday.

* Unless of course I haven’t written a weekly wrap up in forever which actually happens quite often lol

Reviews

💛 My Name Is Victoria // Two Victoria’s, One Queen, An Alternative History
💛 Starfish // The Best Anxiety Rep I’ve Ever Read
💛 Over Raging Tides // Female Pirates Kicking Ass
💛 Anger is A Gift // A Powerful Look On Police Brutality (Also It’s Hella Queer™ )

Bookish 

💛 Finally Attending Hogwarts // My Hogwarts Mystery Reactions
💛 Books I Loved But?? Memory?? ERROR CANNOT BE FOUND

Wrap ups

💛 The Monthly Hufflepuff April // Great Reading Month, Baaaaaad Blogging Month*
💛 The Weekly Hufflepuff #67 // Uhhhhh *insert witty title* **
💛 The Weekly Hufflepuff #68 // My Mental Health is Currently That Gif Of Captain Holt Saying ‘Everything is Garbage’

Other posts

💛 Monthly Mixtape // Mellifluous: Sweet and Cute Songs

* I wonder if I got the amount of a’s right in ‘baaaaaad’
** Now I’m wondering the same thing about ‘uhhhhh’ also what a great post title

Well that isn’t too bad! I have no idea what will happen next month. I want to be really active, especially with Pride, but I also have exams coming up, so we’ll see? I might end up posting a bunch of Pride posts at the end of June after my exams lol

I added my lil bees and hearts but I have no idea why because I have nothing left to say? Uhhh buy and read Anger is a Gift

How was your month? Best book you read? Or the worst? Are you going to read Anger is a Gift?

The Weekly Hufflepuff #68 // My Mental Health is Currently That Gif Of Captain Holt Saying ‘Everything is Garbage’

How is May almost over already what is this sorcery what even is time

I finished Anger is a Gift and I’m dead. So so intense, but so so good guys. Please pick it up (it’s out already because I’m slooow but hopefully I’ll have my review up this Thursday). I pretty much immediately started All of This is True because it’s coming out this week. I’m definitely getting my review for this one up after the release date as well but oh well 🤷🏻‍♀️ Can’t be helped. I’m not really sure how I feel about this one yet? It’s intriguiging but also a bit underwhelming, mostly because of the writing which I’m not really impressed with. But we’ll see!

Well this week was terrible! My anxiety has been through the roof and today I’m still not doing so great. I can’t really talk about what happened, but something triggering happened this week that honestly made me feel like I took SUCH a step backwards when it comes to my mental health and now I’m just,, really struggling.

That said, it wasn’t entirely garbage, as I went to the Moco Museum with my mom yesterday which was fun and I also had to work on Friday evening, which was a welcome distraction. But my anxiety won’t really,, go away. I mean, it never truly goes away, but it’s been very present this week no matter what I do or what happens.

Fingers crossed that this week will be better

Oh but on a lighter note, I really love my new design and am so so happy I decided to change it already after all! I had been sick of my old design for so long now, but I had trouble finding a theme that I really liked. I don’t know why the current theme didn’t catch my attention earlier? Oh well I’m using it now and I’m happy with it

Two posts, which I’m honestly happy with! I used to post three times a week plus a weekly wrap up, but that’s just not do-able for me right now, so I changed my schedule to twice a week (plus a possible wrap up, depending on how I’m feeling on Sunday) and look! I made it!

💛 I reviewed Over Raging Tides, a fun female pirates book
💛 I talked about books I apparently loved according to Goodreads but I don’t remember them

💛 Julianna @ Paper Blots talks about her writing in the Rising Author Tag
💛 She also talks about some tired and overused discussion topics
💛 Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings did my Your WIP in Gifs tag (Irish Folk retelling of The Little Mermaid)
💛 And so did Savannah @ The Book Prophet (#OwnVoices Native American rep)
💛 Vivian @ Writing With Style talks about writers influenced her the most
💛 The Orangutan Librarian gives some great writing advice
💛 Annie @ Blossoms and Bullet Journals shares 7 reasons why she loved Summer of Salt
💛 Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about her WIP in the Milestone Writing Tag
💛 Farah @ Smiling Dreamer is back!
💛 Chiara @ Delicate Eternity shares 5 reasons why you should watch When Marnie Was There
💛 Olivia @ Purely Olivia shares 5 reasons why she still reads and loves middle grade fiction
💛 Cait @ Paper Fury talks about her favourite and worst things about being an author

Despite my struggles with my mental health I’ve actually been kinda throwing myself into blogging?? Why can’t I do that when my mental health is better adlgkfsj I’m actually kinda keeping up with the blogs in my wordpress and bloglovin feed and even trying to branch out and find other posts to read. I’ve actually kinda been neglecting school, though also not really because I DO feel like I’m kinda keeping up with it, but I’m just used to giving it my all, putting all my time into it, working ahead etc. so now it just feels weird?? My anxiety is of course not helping because it keeps telling me that I’m behind!! And I should work on school!! Or I’m going to fail!! Which is ridiculous because I know I probably won’t (did you notice the ‘probably’ because I did sdkgjh) but… Ugh

me @ my anxiety

I just can’t wait for school to be over for the year tbh even though that means I’ll have all the time worry about next year and internships and freelance work and then graduating hahaha

How are you guys? Hopefully doing better than me, if not sending you lots of hugs. Read anything good? Find anything good to watch now that B99 is on hiatus? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #67 // Uhhhhhhh *insert witty title*

Yes a weekly wrap up on a Monday but it’s okay

It’s been over a MONTH since my last weekly wrap up and?? I don’t know how that happened?? I did talk about some personal stuff in April’s wrap up (IT’S ALMOST TIME TO WRAP UP MAY HOWWWW) but I didn’t share any blog posts that I read?? Be prepared to get lots of great posts thrown in your facesMy memory is failing me and I have no clue what I’ve read since my last wrap up (both weekly and monthly) so I’ll just talk about what I’m reading right now which is okay because it’s SO GOOD. I was hooked from the first page and I immediately knew Anger Is A Gift would be a new fave. It’s coming out tomorrow so I should have finished it by now so I could have my review up but… I requested it not that long ago thinking I wouldn’t get accepted anyway, but then I DID and now I’m kinda screwed. But I’m halfway there so my review should be up next week at the latest*

* That’s what I thought when it came to Starfish and that took me a MONTH hahahaSo last wrap up I didn’t talk about what classes I’m following this term, which surprises me because I remember being prepared to RANT but then I just forgot because school is eating my brain. Oh well

Anyway, in either your third or fourth year you need to choose a specialisation. I chose culture, which means I’m taking fine arts, film, literature and philosophy of culture. Fine arts and film are a lot of fun, philosophy of culture is okay – it’s not a lot of philosophy, mostly it’s history and a lot of it I already knew? And then there’s literature

Now I know what you’re thinking: ‘Michelle, you’re a book blog! Are you saying you don’t like your literature class?’ hahahaha

That’s exactly what I’m saying

Okay but hear me out. My entire class is focusing on ONE book. ONE. A book of course written by a white, abled straight cis man, who also!! Is incredibly islamophobic, sexist and homophobic!! So the book we’re reading?? A MESS. My teacher? LOVES IT. My anxious ass? QUIET. I really wish I could speak up but,,, ugghh. Anxiety. The teacher doesn’t seem to have a problem with the book at all. She even went out of her way to say that she doesn’t think it’s islamophobic. Oh and the sexism?? ‘so absurd that it’s unrealistic’ yeah the main character thinking women shouldn’t vote is so unrealistic hahahahaha and the objectifying of women? Doesn’t happen!!! Never!! But to make matters worse there was this:

”Do you guys think there’s any humour in this? I do”*proceeds to read aloud a quote that I personally found homophobic/lesbophobic but apparently she thinks it’s funny!!*

And of course a few people laughed

Meanwhile I felt like I had been slapped in the face and was about to cry

So yeah. FUN

But my other classes are a lot more inclusive! Not as much as I’d like, but still. Plus at least they’re not this woman :) We have to fill out surveys for each class each term, so I’m definitely going to say something about her and her class. Maybe I’ll find the courage to speak up in tomorrow’s class now that I’ve finished the book but that woman makes me really anxious (speaking up itself already does sdjgh)

Anyway what else happened?

💛 EUROVISION. Eurovision was once again a blast, though there was not enough weird Eurovision stuff, glitter and gay. Also I don’t like the winner. I had SO many faves why did my two least favourite ones end up first and second. Countries were robbed. Not enough meme material. But it’s Eurovision and I will always love it

💛 MY OTP GOT MARRIED AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT AND GINA RODRIGUEZ FINALLY APPEARED ON B99 AND IT WAS PERFECT AND ROSA’S REACTION WAS ICONIC AND RELATABLE AND SUCH A MOOD (don’t want to spoil anyone so I’m being vague lol)

💛 Two weeks ago I had to take care of the neighbours cat and she was the CUTEST thing #blessed

💛 Uhhhhhhh

💛 I seriously need a PensieveSince my monthly wrap up I wrote four posts wow so much many posts much impressed

💛 I reviewed My Name is Victoria which was,,, okay? But the plot twist at the end ruined it for me
💛 I also reviewed Starfish which was INCREDIBLE and my favourite book of the year nothing will surpass it
💛 I shared my reactions to the Hogwarts Mystery game
💛 I shared another playlist for Monthly Mixtape

I can’t wait for summer break to get here and I swear if I don’t pass my exams and have to redo them my school is going to catch these hands💛 Emma @ The Book Crunch shares her favourite YA books that feature mental health issues
💛 LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks recommends some contemporaries that deal with mental health as well
💛 Julianna @ Paper Blots reviews My So-Called Bollywood Life which sounds like a great book so check out her amazing review
💛 Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink talks about her writing in the Rising Author Tag and shares some amazing snippets
💛 Annemieke @ A Dance With Books celebrated her blog’s third birthday
💛 She also wonders if these days 3-star ratings are bad ratings
💛 Eri and Alexis @ Lacy Literacy talk about their day at YALLWEST
💛 Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shouts about 10 books she rarely screams about but feels like she should
💛 She also wonders if you have to review books to be a book blogger
💛 Oh and of course she once again made me even more excited about her WIP by doing my Your WIP in Gifs Tag
💛 Amber @ The Literary Phoenix talks about the worst movies adapted from books
💛 Sarah @ Written Word Worlds talks about stereotypical YA characters and created a quiz to figure out which one you are
💛 Kat @ Life and Other Disasters wonders if you fight for your tv show
💛 She also created another great writing tag called The Milestones Write Tag
💛 May @ Forever and Every recommends YA Asian books 
💛 She also reviewed Furyborn and rants about the messy and vague bi rep which you should really read
💛 Ever wondered how to write a shipable OTP? Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings has a guide for you
💛 Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about book blogging as a feminist space
💛 Lu @ It’s Lu Again started a new blogging series called ‘Coming Out Series’ and I can’t choose which one to share so: Part 1 about LGBT+ Rep // Part 2 about 2018’s LGBT+ themed books // Part 3 in which she reviews Autoboyography
💛 Aimee @ Aimee, Always shares 5 things Children of Blood and Bone made her do 
💛 Vivian @ Writing With Style talks about how she avoids inconsistencies in her writing
💛 Amena @ Nerd in New York talks about how blogging changes the way she reads
💛 Inside My Library Mind shares all you need to know to start using Edelweiss
💛 Chiara @ Delicate Eternity gives 5 reasons why she enjoyed Ace of Shades
💛 Cristina @ Girl in the Pages talks about YA books set in college
💛 Fadwa @ Word Wonders shares how she manages to not drown under blogging and reading
💛 And last but definitely not least, Cait @ Paper Fury announced her second (!!) novel

I have four more weeks to go until summer break* but it feels sooo much longer. Probably because I never even got to properly rest from last school year dskngjhd I have so many blog post ideas and I’m so excited about blogging again, but it’s hard to find the time and energy to be honest. Even though I don’t want school to dominate my life (which I’m kind of succeeding in?) I just can’t bring myself to blog as much as I’d want to. I also really, really want to change things about my design** and technically I could make time, but I’d rather use that time to write posts and blog hop. It’s starting to bug me though, I really want to change things haha

* If I pass everything please I’m begging you
** You may have noticed I changed my ‘summary’ and ‘review’ banners in my review

So yeah after I scheduled this post I got reaaaally annoyed with my old design and realised that the new posts I’ve got planned (emphasis on planned I haven’t written anything lmao) wouldn’t be done justice soooo LOOK NEW DESIGN. And a few new graphics. It’s not done yet, as I need to replace a bunch of other graphics and I want to clean up my categories more (you may have noticed that my menu is a lot smaller, but I want to come up with more categories and just order everything better) So if you only see one post from me this week blame the new design lol 
Are you almost done with school? (please don’t tell me if you’re done this week I will cry out of envy) How are you hanging in there? Read any amazing books? Did you cry at the Peraltiago wedding? Let me know in the comments!

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

💛 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

💛 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 so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

💛 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!

💛 Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 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

💛 A Step From Heaven by An Na ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 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.

💛 All American Boys by Jason Reynolds ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 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

💛 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 ups 

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

Reviews

💛 Lady Mary // An Interesting Look At Queen Mary I
💛 The Radical Element // Twelve Stories About Badass Girls
💛 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!

The Monthly Hufflepuff February // Stress!! But I Also Met A Blogging Friend!!

So uhh while I did post this weekend before that I kind of?? Disappeared again? This gif sums it up perfectly:

So yeah I’m VERY stressed about my essays even though I got extensions BECAUSE I’m stressed* Whenever I get stressed about something (usually school) I just drop pretty much everything and focus on the thing I’m stressed on (yeah pretty much always school) and then I’m just too tired to do anything else. Usually that means I’m also too tired to read, but because I’ve got ARCs to read I HAVE to make time – while that may sound stressful, I’m actually grateful because last year around this time I was in a huge reading slump and pretty much only read comis. While I love comics, I really missed books. So yay at least I’m reading. But blogging? I WANT TO BLOG SO BAD. Like I said last month, I really missed it and found my love for blogging again, but my stress is eating all my desire to blog. But as you can see I’m trying! Cause I’m writing this post! And I posted during the weekend and I’ve been reading a few posts here and there**

Anyway, I’ll talk more about my stress and stuff later on in this post. Let’s get the wrap up started

* I thought to myself ‘boy, there’s a silver lining to having anxiety’ when I got my extensions but then remembered I probably wouldn’t need those extensions if it weren’t for my anxiety nsjdhd
** You may have noticed me reading and commenting on posts from February – that’s because I had a window open with posts to read except I didn’t find any time until now lol

💛 Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I absolutely love Geek Girl and Harriet, but this one felt a bit like a filler to me. Also some really frustrating stuff happens and just asfbjdh Also I really Harriet’s friends, but at least there was a lot of her family! Her parents are just so funny and lovable.

💛 Snow Sisters by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick ⭐TRASH GARBAGE NEEDS TO BURNED RIGHT NOW EXCEPT I DON’T HAVE A PHYSICAL COPY (THANK GOD) AND I DON’T WANT TO BURN MY PHONE. Incredibly transphobic, the transphobe is actually portraid as a victim and the authors are trying to get you to symphatise with her (I shit you not), bi-erasure, sexualities used as plot twists…   IT’S A HORRIBLE MESS

💛 Flight Season by Marie Marquardt ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Oh my goodness how am I gonna sum this one up?? Centers around a beautiful friendship between three kids (actually I’m not sure about all of their ages but they’re kids to me ok) who’d do anything for each other and how to live with grief. It’s honestly just a beautiful book. Also the MC is a lil bird nerd and I love her

💛  All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4) by Holly Smale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -I uh,, don’t remember this one that well?? My mind is just filled with the fifth one which I recently finished but Harriet makes new friends!! And I’m so happy for her!! Also she continues to be so cute and funny and relatable and I love her. There are also some great plot twists in here which I didn’t see coming at all. Harriet matured quite a bit in this one and I love seeing her grow so much through the series.

💛 Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I finally read it!! I’ve been meaning to read this forever, and then ended up reading The Unexpected Everything instead because there’s a pug on the cover (the pug BARELY appears don’t let the pug deceive you even though the book is worth it but don’t expect the pug to appear that much ok?)

COMICS: Lumberjanes #46 // Runaways (2017) #6 // Giant Days #35 // Ms. Marvel #27 // The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volume 7

So I accidentally skipped a few weekly wrap ups and now have so much to talk about?? Okay it wasn’t ‘accidentally’ – more like I didn’t mean to but I decided to skip them because every Sunday I was just too busy and tired. I thought of doing them on Monday instead but just didn’t have the time and before I knew it it was the next Sunday.

Anyway, my lack of weekly wrap ups is NOT because I have nothing to talk about: I did quite a few exciting things:

💛 I met Elly from A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts and her mom!! It was so exciting to meet them and it was just so lovely. Time went by way too quickly haha. We went to the cat cafe here in Manchester and oh my goodness I want to live there?? It’s just so cozy and relaxing and CATS also rainbow cake!!

 

I’m not a big fan of cake but 1) my gay ass needed this and 2) it reminded me of red velvet cake and that’s pretty much the only cake I like and I was right! It’s very much like red velvet cake. I couldn’t finish it though because it was just so sweet and if I kept eating I would’ve gotten nauseous

Also I have a LOT more pictures to share but I’m doing a separate post on the cat cafe because CATS

💛 I went to two museums: The Whitworth Art Gallery which is a modern art museum and the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. The Art Gallery of the Salford Museum wasn’t that exciting, but the museum has a Victorian street inside which was really cool!

💛 I went to see the dragon’s parade even though it was VERY stressful because I do not handle crowds well and got a few panic attacks here and there. It was still fun though!

💛 I saw Black Panther! AND BOY WAS IT GOOD. I mean I don’t need to tell you that because everyone’s been yelling that right??

💛 My mom and I booked her flight (and my flight back!) and got tickets to see Hairspray while she’s here and I’m so excited!! I can’t wait to see her, show her everything and to finally see Hairspray live as it’s my favourite musical and I love it so much

Other than that I’ve just been busy with my essays, but as this is my last week of classes I’ll have a lot more time for them now. My mom will arrive on the fifth of April so I’m hoping to have finished by then, but if not my first essay is due the 16th and my last the 4th of May so I do still have time.

I can’t believe that I’m going home already so soon! Thankfully I’ve seen and done the most important things I’ve wanted to do, and I still have time to do things once my mom is here, so I’m not too worried about that. While I’m not too homesick anymore I am definitely looking forward to going home.

💛 Reviews: The Wren Hunt // Snow Sisters // Flight Season
💛 The Reading Hufflepuff: It’s February So Obviously It’s Time To Share My Favourite Books of 2017
💛 Writing: Valentine’s Write Tag
💛 Michelle in Manchester: A Not So Quick Update From Manchester: I Continue To Be A Cryptid // I Went To A Football Museum? And A Cathedral Straight Out of Sleeping Beauty
💛 Other: Monthly Mixtape Schwarmerei

I do have quite a few posts from around the blogosphere to share, but I’ll leave that for the next Weekly Hufflepuff. I have no idea when that will be, but we’ll see!

How has your month been? Are you too busy with school? What have you been reading? Have you seen Black Panther?? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly (And Monthly) Hufflepuff #65 | Is This The End Of My Blogging Slump?

I’m so happy to be doing another weekly wrap up as I’ve really missed doing them! I’ll also be wrapping up December and January though, as I really want to get those out of the way. I’m going to try to keep things as short as possible, so don’t worry about having to read a short novel haha

This week I started and finished Snowsisters by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick as the publication date is coming out and I need to get started on my review. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this one at all, but I’ll be leaving all of that for the review. I’ve also been reading Northern Lights, as I got the His Dark Material series in one book from the university library. I remember liking the film (yeaaaars ago) and I’ve heard good things about the series, so I thought I’d try it out. So far I’m liking it.

DECEMBER

💛 Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I am IN LOVE with this poetry collection. I’ve already raved about it in my review and my favourite books of 2017 post so maybe you’re sick of my yelling about this one BUT I DON’T CARE. It’s beautiful poetry about gender, sexuality, politics, love and so much more and I will never get over this book

💛 Always and Forever by Jenny Han ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The PERFECT ending to this charming, lovely and fun trilogy that captures what it’s like to grow up and go off to college so well. Had everything I wanted tbh except a guide to find my own Peter yes please and thank you

💛 Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I never ended up reviewing this one and I don’t think I will, as unfortunately it was very triggering for me and affected my mental health terribly. It’s well written though and there are definitely things I loved about it (thus the four star rating) but in the end it made me feel like crap. Guess it hit a bit too close to home

💛 None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio ⭐⭐⭐ – an important, fun and quick read, just needed a little more development to its character and plot. I felt like the story wasn’t over yet. Read my review here

💛 Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson ⭐⭐⭐ – another one that didn’t feel over to me once I finished it. There were so many plot points left unexplored! It was still an interesting read and it was fun to read a book set in Trinidad and Tobago. Read my review here

💛 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – ABSOLUTE PERFECTION IT HAS EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE I LOVE THIS BOOK TO THE MOON AND BACK AND AM SO UPSET THAT I HAVEN’T HAD THE TIME TO REVIEW IT YET. Buuut I did rave about it in my favourite books of 2017 post so if you want to know a lil bit more about how I feel about this book, you can click here

REREADS: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
COMICS: DC Bombsells #60 

JANUARY

💛 It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I absolutely loved What’s A Girl Gotta Do? so when I saw It Only Happens in the Movies at the airport when looking for a book to keep me occupied while waiting for my delayed flight, I knew this was perfect. And it absolutely was! Holly Bourne has done it again. It Only Happens in the Movies highlights abusive relationships as they are and doesn’t romanticise them once. As someone who’s very passionate about how fiction often romanticises abusive relationships I was so happy to read this book. EVERYONE needs to read this asap

💛 The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson ⭐⭐⭐ (though actually 2.5 stars) – Ahh I was so happy to get approved for this one as it sounded delightfully creepy but alas, that’s not what I got. I do think this is a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’, as I can definitely see why people would love this. Read my review here

💛 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ⭐⭐⭐ – I have such mixed feelings about this one. The writing is without a doubt charming and magical, but there was just too much telling instead of showing, especially when it comes to the romance. Once the romance takes the center I started to lose interest as I just wasn’t feeling it.

COMICS: Giant Days #33 // Giant Days #34 // Lumberjanes #45 // America #9 // America #10 // Ms. Marvel #25 // Ms. Marvel #26 // Runaways volume 9 // Runaways volume 10 // Runaways volume 11 // Runways (2017) #1 // Runways (2017) #2 // Runways (2017) #3 // Runways (2017) #4 // Runways (2017) #5

This week I just really needed to relax, so I only went out for class, groceries or dinner when I didn’t have anything in the fridge. There were a few days where I thought of going out, but I only wanted to go out because I felt like I had to. You know, make the most of my time and explore the city, but there are already quite a few things I’ve seen, I still have time and I don’t have any classes next week. Plus, what good is it to go out and do things when you’re not feeling that energised? It would only make me more tired, so I’m glad I decided to take it easy.

Not to mention it meant I had a lot of time to blog, and I even wanted to! I’ve posted three times this week, four if you count this one and I’ve read quite a few blog posts. I also signed up for the 365 Commenting Challenge to get myself to be more active in the blogging community.

I’m super excited about blogging again and it makes me so so happy!

THIS WEEK

💛 So this was technically posted last week, but oh well. I posted a not so quick update from Manchester where I talk about some random things that happened
💛 I reviewed The Wren Hunt
💛 I FINALLY shared my favourite books of 2017
💛 And I finally posted another recap about Manchester, in which I go to the National Football Museum (who am I) and the Manchester Cathedral

DECEMBER

💛 Reviews: Paintbrush // Vengeance Road // Take Me With You // Mini Reviews: Marked and Flame in the Mist // Dreams Beyond the Shore
💛 Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers*: Part I // Part II // Part III // Part IV
💛 Writing: All Hallows Write Tag // Winter Is Here Write Tag
💛 Travel: London Day 3 | My Search For Baymax Continues and My Opinion On The Cursed Child

* Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers was a feature for the holidays in which I highlighted some amazing bloggers. This wasn’t limited to book bloggers and the order was completely random. Unfortunately due to my preparations for Manchester I didn’t get to highlight all the bloggers I wanted but I’ll definitely bring this back this Christmas!

JANUARY

💛 Greetings from Manchester!
💛 Manchester Week 1: A Beautiful Library and Town Hall And RIP My Wallet I Found The Disney Store
💛 Review: None of the Above

💛 Balie @ Nerd in New York described the zodiac signs as bibliophiles
💛 Austine @ NovelKnight created a database for the online bookish community
💛 Amber @ The Literary Phoenix wonders why there aren’t any girly girls in YA anymore
💛 Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about her WIP and shares some aesthetics in the Winter is Here Write Tag // She also shared her book blogging essentials
💛 Holly @ Nut Free Nerd wonders what it means to be a ‘relevant’ reader
💛 Marta @ The Cursed Books talks about book piracy
💛 Kat @ Life and Other Disasters talks about her WIP Arcadia
💛 Briana @ Pages Unbound Reviews shares about four ways to spread love to book bloggers
💛 Kayla @ Kayla’s Book Nook shares websites that every bookworm needs in their life
💛 Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx shares 5 LGBT books you should read
💛 Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader wonders if blog-hopping can become a burden on book bloggers
💛 Aimee @ Aimee, Always shares a step-by-step guide to read like a fangirl
💛 Nola @ Pagefuls talks about why she no longer checks her stats
💛 Inside My Library talks about J.K. Rowling and diversity outside canon
💛 Lu @ It’s Lu Again wonders if we should comment if we’re not diverse
💛 Janina @ Between Worlds shares main movie characters who she thinks are Hufflepuffs
💛 Sophie Li @ Sophie’s Corner wonders if we should keep each and every book
💛 Em @ Yellow’s the Word wrote a beautiful poem called ‘To The Friends I’ve Lost’
💛 May @ Forever and Every celebrated her 1-year blogoversary // She also shared some WordPress tips and tricks
💛 Shannon @ Little Irish Book Cat reviewed Queerly Loving, a book we all need in our lives tbh

How has your uhh last two months and this week been haha? Read any good books? Any good blog posts I’ve missed out on? Let me know in the comments!