The Monthly Hufflepuff March // SUPPORT LESBIAN JESUS’ NEW ALBUM

yeah so my title is basically just promoting Hayley Kiyoko and I have no regrets – besides I do talk about her album so???

Uhhh I’m going back home in less than two weeks??

I honestly can’t believe how fast these months have gone by! But I’m getting ahead of myself, I’ll talk about that more later on in this post

๐Ÿ’›ย More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer โญโญโญย An important read that deals with abuse, but a bit too heavy for me. I personally needed a bit more of a balance between lighter and heavier moments, but that may be because abuse is a topic very near to me.

๐Ÿ’›ย Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale โญโญโญโญโญMy favourite of the month! Not that it had a lot of competition with all these three star reads haha, but still! That doesn’t make me love this one any less. Harriet has grown so much, which is very apparent in this book. It was just such a fun read, which I really needed. I love Harriet, her friends and especially her family so much, I’m so sad that I only have one book left!

๐Ÿ’›ย The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip PullmanโญโญโญSo this took me over a month to read. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it at all, but it was just very,ย veryย slow for me. The edition I borrowed from the uni library has all three books, but honestly I don’t have the time or energy to try and get through the rest of the trilogy, which is really a shame as I was really excited to try this series. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try again.

๐Ÿ’›ย Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polishโญโญโญ This one has SO MUCH potential! It’s a queer Peter Pan retelling: Peter is trans and in love with Mir, his Enbyfriend; Gwen (based on Wendy) is in love with Tinkerbell who’sย an asexual lesbian computer interface, Hook is a bisexual cyborg and two of the Lost Boys are also pining for each other. Unfortunately this is really short and underdeveloped, leaving me with a lot of questions about both the world and the characters themselves. While I loved the diversity, the characters were very flat.

๐Ÿ’›ย Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat! volume 1 โญโญโญโญย – Below I just briefly mention the comics I’ve read that I’ve already talked about before and don’t really have anything to say about each month, but Patsy Walker is a new one, so I had to discuss it. Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat has been on my tbr for quite some time now, but I didn’t get to it until now and boy do I wish I read it sooner! It’s such a fun read. Patsy A.K.A. the superhero Hellcat, decides to start a Temp Agency for superheroes and regular people with powers. It’s a great balance between slice of life and superhero, is very diverse and just really cute. If you love Squirrel Girl, I definitely recommend this one as it’s humour really reminded me of it.

๐Ÿ’›ย Nothing But Sky by Amy Truebloodย  โญโญโญย – Definitely a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’. I couldn’t really connect to the characters or the writing, though I did enjoy this one! There’s a lot of love about this one: a kickass girl who constantly challenges the patriarchy and is a wing walker, a love interest who deals with PTSD, a crew who supports each other no matter what and is more like family… I’m really sad I didn’t enjoy this one more!

๐Ÿ’›ย The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) โญโญโญ– Full review should be up sometime next week (I hope haha), but this was a lovely anthology of kickass girls. Some short stories were less good than others of course, which always happens, but overall I’d definitely recommend this one.

๐Ÿ’›ย Lady Mary by Lucy Worsleyย โญโญโญ – As I didn’t know anything about Queen Mary I going in, this was very interesting to read. It also shows us a different side of the affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Everything I knew about that affair focused on the two main players, but I didn’t know anything about what Henry’s daughter Mary went through. The writing style was a bit too simple for me and I was bored at times, but all in all still an interesting read. Full review to come next week!

COMICS:ย Lumberjanes #47 // Lumberjanes #48 //ย Giant Days #36 // Ms. Marvel #28 // Runaways (2017) #7

Can you believe that I’m going home so soon already?? I can’t! I haven’t finished my last two essays yet, but I’m hoping to start writing the third one tomorrow as I’m mostly finished collecting all my information. I’m a bit worried having to balance writing my last two essays and the schoolwork of my new classes once I get back, but I’ll figure it out somehow.

My housemates have left for the Easter Break, except for one. He was actually gone at the start of the week – for almost three entire days I had the entire place for myself and no offense but it was so nice. Anxiety aside, while my housemates are friendly enough, they just don’t think of anyone but themselves. Two weeks ago they came back from going out or something in the middle of the night and were superloud.* Two of them decided to game, and after that watch football. They turned up the volume real loud and were yelling too, until about five in the morning. My anxiety is just too bad for me to go out and say anything, so I just,, had to suffer. Also I just wish they’d keep the kitchen clean? Like I can handle messy, but it’s just,, gross. I knowwww that that’s what a stereotypical students’ dorm looks like, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! When they were all gone I cleaned the kitchen, because I thought no one would be able to make it dirty again. Until that evening when one of them came back. Next morning it was as if I had never cleaned it

* This is sadly not a rare occurance by the way my sleep here is,, not great

Thankfully my mom is coming soon, and she’s just,, ready to fight him lmao. If he turns up the music again in the middle of the night (like he did last night thanks mate) she’s just going to go the living room, say ‘excuse me’, pull out the plug and then if he says anything she’s just going to pretend to not speak English adsfbsgn*

* I don’t think I really make my pettiness known on this blog as it doesn’t really come up, but in real life I’m quite petty, especially when I’m with my best friend and like,, I definitely got it from my mom sdjdgf

Speaking of my mom!! I’ve been looking forward to her coming since,, pretty much ever since I got here lol. I’m really close to my mom, so even though I Facetime her multiple times a day I still really miss her, especially since I’ve never been away from home for this long. I can’t wait to show her around the city, see Hairspray and Love Simon!!

Friday evening I decided to treat myself after being so busy with my essays all week and go to shopping mall to (hopefully) buy Hayley Kiyoko’s Expectations. I also had to go to Boots because my hair dryer was broken, as in, smoke was coming out.

I could’ve gone sooner that week, but Expectations was coming out Friday so… I was a bit worried they might not have it since the HMV website said it was out of stock but…

So uhh yeah I haven’t been listening to anything else since Friday.ย I honestly can’t pick a favourite song? They’re all so good?? And all the songs sound so nice together?? It’s truly a masterpiece #supportlesbianjesuspls

Once I got a new hair dryer I decided to see if Claire’s had any new Doug the Pug plushies – I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but I found out that Claire’s sold them a few weeks ago and immediately went to the one in the shopping center to see if they too had them and there were exactly two left!* So today I took a look to see if they had a different one and well…

This is the nineth plushie I bought while here in three months adfjbsh In my defense one of them is for my mom like I said and also LOOK AT HIM WEARING A DUCK OUTFIT HOW COULD I RESIST**

* My mom wanted one as well to turn into a keychain and hang it on her bag
** I’m turning 21 in a little over 2 months gsnbdhg

On my way out of the shopping center I saw an ad for Love Simon and then when I got off the bus I ran into a cat. Literally. We looked at each other and it ran towards me, wanting to be pet #bless

Also Keiynan Lonsdale released a new song called Kiss The Boy and not only is it SUCH a bop but it’s also so beautiful and boy he got me crying please listen to it

On Saturday I met up with my friend from the exchange students group and a friend of hers who I had met before when we went to see Black Panther, because they’re both going home today. It was a fun day and a much deserved break from my essays haha. In the evening we met up again to eat together.

๐Ÿ’›ย I created a new writing tag called ‘Your WIP in Gifs Tag’
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed More Than We Can Tell, an important story about abuse
๐Ÿ’›ย I wrapped up February and talked about meeting a blogger friend, cats, Chinese New Year, Black Panther and other stuff
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Lost Boy, Found Boy, a futuristic Neverland where no one is straight
๐Ÿ’›ย I shared another monthly mixtape, this time with the theme ‘petrichor’: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Nothing But Sky, a historical story about a kickass girl wing walker, though it fell a bit short for me

So I usually reserve these for Weekly Hufflepuffs, but who knows when I’ll have the time for one of those!

๐Ÿ’›ย Sarah @ Written Word World talks about the downsides of ARCs (= Actually Reviewers Crying)
๐Ÿ’›ย Fadwa @ Word Wonders reviewsย The Summer of Jordi Perez, a cute f/f romance with fat rep, though she also warns about the erasure ofย multi-gendered attraction
๐Ÿ’›ย Analee @ Book Snacks has some important questions about American high school in YA fiction
๐Ÿ’›ย She also talks about the pressure of writing #ownvoices reviews
๐Ÿ’›ย Elise @ thebookishactress talks about the #BuryYourGays trope
๐Ÿ’›ย Kat @ Life and Other Disasters talks about Netflix’ On My Block, which is an amazing show that you HAVE to watch so read her post to find out why
๐Ÿ’›ย Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books went to Paris, where she went to her first book fair and met some amazing authors
๐Ÿ’›ย She also wonders if book blogging is still relevant
๐Ÿ’›ย Lu @ It’s Lu Again did the Rising Author tag and talks about her writing
๐Ÿ’›ย She also talks about why better body image and other rep in books will help you love yourself
๐Ÿ’›ย Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about some London bookshops
๐Ÿ’›ย And she wonders if celebrities have corrupted the feminist movement
๐Ÿ’›ย Vivian @ Writing With Style rates writing tools
๐Ÿ’›ย May @ Forever and Everly also did the Rising Author tag in which she talks about her writing
๐Ÿ’›ย Hannah @ Mortal Reader talks about anxiety and toxic friendships
๐Ÿ’›ย Bridget @ Bridget and Books gives the in’s and out’s of self-hosted blogging
๐Ÿ’›ย Melissa @ Bookish Wandered did the Your WIP in Gifs tag
๐Ÿ’›ย And so did Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Have you been listening to Hayley Kiyoko’s new album? Or Keiynan Lonsdale new song? Do you have a plushie obsession? What have you been reading? How was your month? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #58 | Meh Reading, School, Periods, and Doug the Pug

I’m so grateful to past me for scheduling so many posts. Seriously bless past me

Reading-wise this was an okay-ish week. Thankfully I got to read Giant Days‘ latest issue, brightening up my week (and mood) because my other two reads were meh. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Flame in the Mist, and I kind of loathed Daughter of Smoke and Bone? I’ve already written my review for the latter and it will be up at the end of the month I believe, but I still need to gather my thoughts of Flame in the Mist

Unfortunately I didn’t finish a single path for The Reading Quest, but I came very close (4 out of 5 books) and honestly, I did better than I expected haha. I read 6 books in total, got 100 EXP (level 2) and 235 HP. Not bad for someone who usually sucks at readathons haha (I just hate the pressure? But at the same time they’re so much fun? Especially themed ones like this?)

School started again this week, and so far it’s been okay. Starting from this year we decide which path we want to take, which term we’ll take which classes, when we’ll intern etc. This term both my friend and I (along with the rest of our class) will be making our own versions of already established Dutch magazines. My friend and I are thankfully in the same group, and we’re creating our own version of ‘Opzij’, which is a feminist magazine. I would’ve prefered De Groene Amsterdammer, since that one doesn’t just cover feminist issues, but this one was my second choice so I’m still happy. Our group seems nice too and so far everyone seems to be hardworking and to take it all very seriously. Apart from creating our own magazine, we also have a research class and a class on multimedia storytelling. Thankfully we didn’t have that much to do outside of class yet, which is not only a nice way to start but also really convenient since I got my period

My friend gave me a beautiful and inspiring book on photography and a transparent phone case with a cat on it that seems to play with the Apple on my phone for my birthday (which was back in June but she forgot it at home twice and then she went on holiday haha). The book really made me want to go out and take pictures, but alas. School is back in session. It wasย her birthday actually this week, so on Thursday evening I went shopping for her birthday and my mom joined me. I found some great presents for her, but unfortunately I also found some stuff for me (I say unfortunately because I want to save money) It’s not like I couldn’t afford it but I wanted to put my salary from last week on my savings account haha. I’m really happy with it though!

I got this cute lightbox on which you can arrange your own message (mine right now says ‘Hogwarts is my home’ accompanied by stars and a heart) at the CUTEST store ever. They have so much great, fun, cute and AESTHETIC stuff I’m in love

I’m not joking the further I got into the store the more I started to not only love, but also hate the store because I NEED TO SAVE MONEY NOT SPEND IT

I also found a Doug the Pug notebook and pen case (not at that store), which wasn’t too expensive thankfully. You may know by now that I’m obsessed with pugs, but Doug the Pug?? Love of my life. Massive fan right here. First thing I check on Instagram in the morning? Doug’s account. I’m not even joking

๐Ÿ’›ย I shared the blog post I wrote for Stedelijk Journal, on Jordan Wolfson’s Female Figure and it’s take on the violence of objectification
๐Ÿ’›ย I wondered if we need to read all the blog posts. Thank you to everyone for making me feel better about this and giving me adviceย โค๏ธ
๐Ÿ’›ย I did the Little Engine Tag in which I talked about pet peeves, my favourite (gay) song at the moment, ideal pets (I wonder what it could be…) and more

๐Ÿ’›ย Jordon talks about pet peeves in books
๐Ÿ’›ย Mikaela talks about the dilemma of reading diverse books as a diverse reader
๐Ÿ’›ย Marie talks about relatable blogging worries and anxietyย 
๐Ÿ’›ย And also shared more about her WIP and AESTHETICS!!
๐Ÿ’›ย Inside My Library Mind shares a reading list for Hermione Granger
๐Ÿ’›ย Fadwa talks about Muslim representation she wants more of
๐Ÿ’›ย Analee talks about fictional schools she wants to attend
๐Ÿ’›ย Elly posted again!! And it’s another lovely playlist, this time for the month August
๐Ÿ’›ย Annemieke went to Harry Potter The Exhibition
๐Ÿ’›ย Shouni wonders if authors should keep expanding their own universes
๐Ÿ’›ย Bridget shares her blog design resources
๐Ÿ’›ย A.J. has a guide for LGBTQ+ book spine colours for Bookstagram rainbows
๐Ÿ’›ย Charlotte talks about her Melbourne Writers Festival Experience
๐Ÿ’›ย It’s the end of May’s writing challenge she hosted, and thus she shares writing advice and snippets of beautiful writingย 
๐Ÿ’›ย Ilsa shares 10 perfectly fool-proof ways to encourage people to leave comments on your posts

How was your week? Favourite post you wrote/read this week? Did you read any good books? Most important question of the day: do you love Doug the Pug? Let me know in the comments!