The Monthly Hufflepuff: February

This was supposed to go up on Tuesday, but I haven’t been feeling well this week, both physically and mentally, though mostly the latter. I’m feeling slightly better though, and since blogging makes me happy I decided to give it a go.

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  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ★★★★
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston ★
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (reread) ★★★★★
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (reread) ★★★★★
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (reread) ★★★★★

A Thousand Nights was such a disappointment that I basically went on a reread marathon (I started rereading Cress this week but I wasn’t in the mood to read). I probably won’t review Miss Peregrine’s, since it’s been a while and I don’t really remember it that well. If I do review it, it will be a mini review.

2016goals

  • Write more in general: I wrote a little bit this month, but overall I’ve just been focussing on school. I’m just glad that I wrote though
  • One of my goals is to read the entire Miss Peregrine’s trilogy before Yalfest next month, so by reading the first one I’m one step closer
  • I’ve read one book for the retelling challenge (A Thousand Nights)

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I might take a short break from blogging; I do think that I’ll feel better next week, but I’ll be busy catching up on schoolwork. I will definitely not neglect my Shadowhunters reviews though. Hopefully I’ll have this week’s review up tomorrow.

Next Saturday I’m going to see a musical which I’m very excited about. It’s a modern take/parody of Puss in Boots and it looks hilarious. I went to another play of the same theater company last year and I loved it, so when we found out about this one my mom and I knew we had to go.

And at the end of the month it’s finally time for Dutch Comic Con! I’m really looking forward to it. I was originally going to cosplay as Hilda/Touko from Pokémon White, but since that will be too cold, I’ll be going as Rosa/Mei from White 2 instead.

How was your month? If you live in The Netherlands, will you go to Dutch Comic Con this month? Or if you don’t live here, are you going to a con any time soon? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly and Monthly Hufflepuff #21 | January

It’s time for a combined wrap up! I’m a bit shocked that I’ll be starting my third term tomorrow, but also excited to start all the new subjects!

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  • Ouran High School Host Club volumes 4-18 (reread) ★★★★★
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ★★★★
  • The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness ★★★★★
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali ★★★★
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (reread) ★★★★★

So I read 19 books this month, though most of those were manga volumes haha. My review for Shatter Me will be up tomorrow, Simon will be up the week after that and I’m contemplating to review the entire Chaos Walking trilogy in one review once I’ve read Monsters of Men (I need to get my hands on it. THAT CLIFFHANGER). And look, the lowest rating this month was four stars!

2016goals

  • One of my goals for this year is to write more in general. Friday I started a new novel (SOMEONE STOP MY BRAIN I WANTED TO FOCUS ON ONLY A FEW PROJECTS). Though I wish I had spent my time on The Chosen Ones, I had a lot of fun starting this new story.
  • One of my blogging goals is to post a Discussing Hufflepuff and Blogsterdam everyday. I did both this month this month! Click on the links in the first sentence to read them.
  • Another blogging goal is to schedule posts again. I have some posts scheduled not only for next week, but also the one after that! (it’s only one, but ssh)
  • I read Shatter Me and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for my YalfestNL Challenge, which means I’m 1/3 there!
  • I’ve read one book (Simon again) for the 2016 Contemporary Challenge

So far I’m doing pretty well on my goals!

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As you all know this month was pretty busy since I had exams, which meant I got to spent less time in the blogosphere. I’m happy to tell you guys that my studying has paid off so far! I haven’t got all my grades back, but so far so good

I went to visit my old school, since one of my friends is now in her senior year and I hadn’t had the chance to visit and give her her birthday presents yet (her birthday was the week before my exams and she had exams herself). It was really funny, ’cause we ran into five other people who had graduated last year and decided to visit that same day. What are the odds?

As you’re reading this I’m celebrating my mom’s birthday

THIS WEEK’S TEEN WOLF OH MY GOD THAT EPISODE. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. LYDIA AND MALIA HAD PROPER SCREEN TIME AND BRAEDEN TOO (Malia isn’t my favourite character by far, but it was really bothering me how little screen time the main female characters were getting). I do wish Kira had gotten more screen time, but oh well, you can’t get everything. Also can we talk about #StalkerDad Scott

Sorting is back on Pottermore! I reclaimed my old House and wand, but made a new account to do the new test since I read that it’s different than the old one. I’m still a Puff through and through though!

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  • I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but Angel and I are writing a book together! We’re still in the planning process and this week I spend sometime working on my character Amber
  • Like I mentioned in the ‘goals’ section I started a new novel – oops
  • I planned/outlined some things for the vague, mysterious project I mentioned in my 2016 Writing and Blogging Goals post
  • I spend quite a lot of time on Pinterest, finding a lot of inspiration for characters and stories alike

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This week I:

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Since I’m still catching up on blogposts, some of these weren’t published this week

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I have no exams in February and I have two days of from school each week (not counting the weekend of course). Though I will have to use those days to keep up with schoolwork, I do think I’ll have more time to blog this month! AND GUYS. STARS ABOVE WILL BE OUT THIS TUESDAY

And that’s a wrap! How was your week/month? What was your favourite book this month? Mine was definitely The Ask and The Answer (not counting my HP reread of course). Any exciting plans for this month? WHO ELSE IS EAGERLY AWAITING STARS ABOVE. I need to buy a birthday present for another friend this Tuesday, so I’ll probably stop by the bookstore on the way haha.

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: December

Woops this is a bit late! I meant to do it earlier, but I’ve been busy studying and I was so exhausted once I’m done. Plus I haven’t been feeling well (which I think I mentioned in my last weekly wrap up? Luckily my memory is a lot better when it comes to studying) I thought I was still going to blog these next few weeks, but I’m starting to think that that may have been a bit too optimistic haha. Oh well! I really need to prioritise school right now.

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  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo  ★★★★
  • The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ★★★★★
  • Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale ★★★★
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness ★★★★★
  • Ouran High School Host Club volumes 1-3 (reread) ★★★★★

Basically I have some reviews to catch up on… *gulp* Remember how I said I wasn’t going to read anything until I’m caught up? Yeah I broke already. But even though I’m behind on reviews, it was a good reading month!

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It’s time to look back on my 2015 goals! I could’ve done this in a separate post but… Nah

  • I finished translating The Army of Quermo into English, which was the only writing goal I accomplished, even though I had more of course. I already reflected on this in my post about my 2016 blogging and writing goals
  • I finished reading/caught up on 4 series (The Lunar Chronicles,Throne of Glass, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and The Maze Runner)
  • Dropped 2 (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson (though if I find the rest of the series for a very cheap price, I’ll still pick them up since they’re hilarious) and The Lorien Legacies)
  • And got 6 left, though I’m not sure if I’ll pick up Cormoran Strike #3, since I started reading The Silkworm in… November? It’s not like I don’t like it, but it’s just a slow read (just like The Cuckoo’s Calling) and there are so many books I’d rather read.
  • For the (Fairytale) Retelling Challenge I aimed for Big Bad Wolf which was 10-15 books and read 6, so that’s not that bad!
  • I completed my Rereads Challenge!
  • I completely failed my Classics On My Shelf challenge. I didn’t read any of the ones on my list.

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Some popular posts that I also liked writing:

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Like I already mentioned, I’m studying my ass off, which means less posts and probably me not visiting your blogs as much. At first I thought I’d still be able to read your blogposts, but I’m afraid that might not be possible, since school is also starting this week.  BUUUUT while it’s the month of exams it’s also really exciting because SHADOWHUNTERS. OH MY GOD IT’S ALMOST HERE NOW. A few other favourite shows have started/are also starting like Teen Wolf this week and The Fosters is starting again at the end of this month!

How was your month? Did you do anything exciting besides celebrating the holidays? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR SHADOWHUNTERS. Or anything else haha. SHARE YOUR EXCITEMENT WITH ME. For anything. Even if it’s ice cream (I understand your excitement)

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2016 Blogging and Writing Goals

I previously wrote a post about my reading goals, now it’s time to do a post about my blogging and writing goals!

BLOGGING GOALS

  • Change my theme – I’m getting a bit bored of the one I have
  • Keep up posting a Discussing Hufflepuff every month – I love writing these, but sometimes I forget
  • Post a Blogsterdam every month – uh, I haven’t posted one yet this month and I probably won’t. This will change in 2016. I will post one every month! (I really hope this sentence won’t come back to bite me in the ass)
  • Be more active on Twitter – I love talking to everyone on Twitter, but after a busy schoolday, even when I don’t have any homework or studying to do, I’m just too tired! I want to be more active though!
  • Be more active on Instagram – Meaning not only post more, but also comment more!
  • Write the last two posts about my trip to America – I can’t believe I haven’t written these yet
  • Bring back the writing prompts I used to do – Someone mentioned in my survey that they missed these, and I missed doing them! I already have a great idea for one, but for some reason (read: forgetfulness, laziness, procrastination) I haven’t done it yet
  • Edit old posts – I’ve seen typos guys *shudder*. Plus there are posts that I want to change to my current format so that it will all match! Needless to say this will happen after my theme change! Otherwise I’ll have to start all over again
  • Schedule posts before school starts – I used to be a pro at scheduling posts. I’d like to be one again haha

WRITING GOALS

  • Finish The Army of Quermo – This was a goal for this year too, but first of all I was an idiot for thinking I could do this being in my senior year. Exams were way too stressful and exhausting and even though I had a long Summer, I was too exhausted to write most of the time. When Summer was over, I started at a new school and my first term was incredibly busy (which you may have noticed as I barely posted), so I’m not surprised I didn’t accomplish this. Second, I decided to write in English halfway through the year so I had to translate everything I had written so far
  • Finish interviewing my grandfather for his biography – Um, another goal from this year. Woops. My grandfather has a lot of stories to tell. Also see the above point. Exams. Stress. Exhaustion.
  • Write more in general – After writing a few short stories this year I realised how much I missed writing those!
  • Work on another project that I’ve never talked about on here – Very vague, much mysterious (sorry not sorry for this). I’m very passionate about this and I’m scared that someone will steal my idea (not any of my followers, I trust you guys with all my heart! ❤ But anyone can find this blog and sadly there are people who will gladly steal other people’s work)

So these are my goals for next year! I’m curious to see how well I’ll do haha. Do you have any goals for next year? Let me know in the comments!

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2016 Reading Goals

Just like last year I decided to set myself some reading goals. I’ll also be participating in some challenges (I might end up participating in more, but we’ll see). These are my goals/challenges for 2016:

SERIES CHALLENGE

Just like last year, there are some series I want to finish/catch up on. All of these books have already been published, so I need to catch up! Some of these are series I didn’t manage to finish this year, others are new. Of course I might add series during the year or give up on others.

  • Geek Girl: (2/3)
  • Also Known As: (1/2)
  • Hex Hall: (1/3)
  • Princess Academy: (1/3)
  • The Selection:  (3/4)
  • The Grisha Trilogy: (1/3)

YALFESTNL CHALLENGE

I’m going to YalfestNL in April, and of the authors attending I’m only familiar with Stephenie Perkins works. I already wanted to read the other attending authors’ books though, so this seems like a good excuse to finally read them!

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • The Shatter Me Trilogy: (0/3)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: (0/3)

I might end up reading Lobsters and the Seeker series as well, as the authors of those books are also attending, but they’re not priorities.

RETELLING CHALLENGE

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

  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

I can’t believe I still haven’t read Fairest. Every time I’m at the bookstore they don’t have it, and instead of ordering it I keep spending my money on other books…Oops. Also I CAN’T WAIT FOR STARS ABOVE. AND HEARTLESS. I love how Marissa Meyer kind of dominates this list. ALSO SEQUEL TO ISLE OF THE LOST. MORE DESCENDANTS BOOKS- YASSS

THE 2016 CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE

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

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

The year may not be over yet, but I’m 100% that I won’t complete this challenge this year, so let’s try again in 2016!

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

GOODREADS CHALLENGE

Of course I’ll be participating in the Goodreads Challenge again next year! In 2014 I read 50, this year I read a little over 100, maybe I should aim for 150 this year? I DON’T KNOW I’M SCARED AND IT WILL PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON ME AND I HATE PRESSURE. I DEFINITELY DON’T WANT MY READING TO BE PRESSURED.

Basically, I’m not entirely sure yet. You’ll see once January 1st arrives haha.

So those are my goals and challenges for this year! Do you have any reading goals for next year? And are you participating in any of these challenges? Let me know in the comments!

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: November

THIS IS THE LAST MONTHLY WRAP UP OF 2015 HOW DID THIS EVEN HAPPEN. I feel like I start all these wrap ups with a freak-out about how fast time flies lately, but can you blame me. We’re almost in 2016. How.

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This month I only read two books, but I’m completely okay with that. I would’ve read more if Winter hadn’t put me in such a mayor reading slump!

I don’t have a picture this time because:

  1. I was too tired to blog for the majority of the day
  2. Now it’s too dark to take a proper picture!
  • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan ★★★★ (review will be published soon; I just need to take a picture but I keep forgetting to take one until it’s once again too dark)
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★

2015goals

  • While it was still November, I read (98/100) books for my Goodreads Challenge (I completed it yesterday)
  • I’m still reading The Silkworm for my ‘Finish These Series’ challenge
  • Speaking of which, I’m really not sure I even want to finish all the series on that list anymore!
  • I’ve read (6/10) books for the Fairytale Retelling Challenge
  • Thanks to NaNoWriMo I finished translating my wip, which was also one of my goals!

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Here are some posted I enjoyed writing and you guys enjoyed reading!

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Remember The Book Awards? I really want to know if you guys are still interested in the last round. I know I haven’t really done much with it the last few months (I was busy, I forgot and kind of lost motivation), but if you guys really want me to do it, I’ll make a post in which you guys can vote for the nominees! The winners would be announced in January (that sentence sounds weird, but it could be because I’m exhausted).

Anyway, this month I hope to blog a lot, but also write and read. I will soon have Happy Home Designer in my grabby hands, so I’m afraid I’ll be spending a lot of time designing homes for cute animals.

Guys, it really won’t surprise me if this is how I’m going to spend my holidays. If I disappear from the blogosphere, you’ll know why.

But if I don’t disappear (which I really hope) I’ll be doing posts in which I’ll look back on 2015 and forwards to 2016. I might do some Christmassy posts, but I’m not sure about that yet. There will be reviews (I’ve already written some, they just need pictures woops) and probably tags since I’ve still got a long list with tags to do (I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN ANY OF YOU WONDERFUL BLOGGERS WHO TAGGED ME. I PROMISE) and a bunch of other fun posts planned (but not written yet so it won’t surprise me if they won’t go up until May or something).

How was your month? What was your favourite book of the month? Mine was obviously Winter (it is tied with Made You Up as my favourite book of 2015). 

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The Monthly Hufflepuff | September

I can’t believe it’s October already. I know I have this reaction pretty much every month, but now we’re actually getting close to 2016. TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN GUYS

BUT IT’S THE MONTH OF HALLOWEEN SO THAT’S FUN. Even though we don’t really celebrate Halloween in The Netherlands sadly :( But I’m still excited (look look, I’m now called Spookchelle on Twitter! It sounds like a cute ghost Pokémon).

So what happened in the month of September?

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This was a pretty good reading month, mostly I think because of the Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon haha. Also I read more than this picture lets on. I sadly don’t own all the Tsubasa volumes yet, so I read most of them online (soon I will own them all though) nor do I own xxxHolic (and unless the next volumes are better I probably won’t buy them at all).

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – no rating yet
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles by CLAMP volumes 1-28 (reread) ★★★★★
  • Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts ★★★
  • All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts ★★
  • xxxHolic by CLAMP volumes 1-3 ★★★
  • Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts ★★★

I’ll hopefully write my review of QoS later today. I just need to write down all my thoughts before I can decide on a rating. I’m also planning a combined review for Circles in the Stream, All That Glitters and Cry of the Wolf as I read them together in an omnibus and a post on why you should read Tsubasa.

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I FINISHED MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE!!! So naturally I changed it to 100 books. I actually wanted to set it to 100 this year, but because I was in my senior year, had my exams and started at a new school, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. As of right now I’m 19 books away of completing this new goal *GASP*

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September wasn’t that good when it came to blogging. It wasn’t bad (like last May when I had my exams), but I just wanted to blog more. Sadly I was sick for three weeks (I’M FEELING SO MUCH BETTER GUYS. I STILL HAVE A COUGH BUT I HAVE MY ENERGY BACK) and I started a new school. Since I give a list of all the posts I posted during my weekly wrap ups, I’ll give you a list of my favourites posts this month:

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MAGNUS CHASE IS COMING OUT. SO IS CARRY ON. AND THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION  OF PHILOSOPHER’S STONE. ALSO HAPPY HOME DESIGNER CAME OUT YESTERDAY. I NEED MORE MONEY.

Okay let’s be more calm about this haha. This month I’ll have my first exams at my new school and we need to finish our magazine, so it’s probably (read: definitely) going to be busy. Now that I’m feeling better though I hope it won’t get in the way of my blogging (and writing. Oh my wizardgod I haven’t written since school started). Also! The Book Club of the Opinionated Hufflepuffs will be reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m very excited about that, since I’ve wanted to read it for quite some time now.

And that was September! How was your month? I siriusly need to catch up on all of your blogposts. I feel so bad for not reading all of them, but soon guys. Soon!

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: August

Why am I not on the Hogwarts Express. Dumbledore explain.

ALSO QUEEN OF SHADOWS

I probably won’t be able to get it today, as I’m at school until half past five, I’m not familiar with the city yet (and thus don’t know where I could get it) and once I’m back in Amsterdam the bookstore will probably be closed. Even if it wasn’t, I need to save some money first. Also I have no idea when I’ll have the time.

Anyway, let’s get on with the wrap up.

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I read a bit less than last month (I read 10 books then), but I’m still happy with 8 books since I usually read less during the school year. I would’ve read more if The Young Elites hadn’t put me in a slight reading slump.

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De Watermagiër by Anne West (reread) ★★★★
De Vuurmagiër by Anne West (reread) ★★★★
De Zwarte Magiër by Anne West (reread) ★★★★
The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani ★★★★★
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn ★★
The Young Elites by Marie Lu ★★★
The Warlock by Michael Scott ★★★★★
The Enchantress by Michael Scott ★★★★★

Review for Dash and Lily is coming tomorrow, I don’t know if I’ll write a review for The Young Elites and since it’s been a long time since I read the first four books of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel I don’t feel like I could do the last two books justice in a review, so I won’t review them (The Warlock and The Enchantress).

2015goals

  • I’ve read 44 out of 50 books for my Goodreads Challenge!
  • By finishing The Enchantress I’ve finished another series!
  • I’ve now read 5 books for the Fairytale Retelling Challenge as I read The Last Ever After
  • I wrote more about writing (which was a blogging goal)
  • I did a Discussing Hufflepuff and hopefully I’ll be able to keep that up!
  • Yesterday I did a post about my summer goals, so check that out if you want to know how I did on my summer goals!

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Since I give a list of all the posts posted during my weekly wrap ups, I’ll just showcase some popular posts this month:

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September is going to be such an exciting month! The first month of school, AUTUMN WILL START (can you tell I love Autumn? I might do a post on why!), I’m going to see Lifehouse, there will be a sale by weight at my favourite bookstore (FIVE EUROS PER KILO GUYS), Boekenfestijn in Utrecht (have never been, but they’re supposed to sell really cheap books!!), Queen of Shadows and other books are coming out… I’M READY FOR SEPTEMBER.

Again, I don’t know how active I’ll be on here. I’ll try to schedule as many posts as possible, but we’ll see how things go!

How was your month? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR QUEEN OF SHADOWS?! And do you love Autumn too?

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Summer 2015 Goals: How Did I Do?

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Summer isn’t officially over yet, but September just doesn’t have that summer feel anymore, mostly because the holidays are over. So how many goals did I accomplish?

Finish the second draft of The Army of Quermo – though I’d be happy with just writing a lot, not necessarily finishing it. EDIT: New goal is to translate everything I’ve written so far

So my initial goal was to finish the second draft, but then I decided to write in English and thus translate what I have so far. Sadly I haven’t translated everything yet, but I do hope I’ll be able to do this this year.

Finish the interview stage of my grandfather’s biography

Um yeah…

Read 22 books – why 22 you ask? Because there are still 22 books left until I’ve finished my Goodreads Challenge! (16/22)

While I’m typing this I’m still reading The Enchantress, but I might have finished this by the time this go up and then I’ll have read 17 out of 22, which is not bad. I wish I could’ve read more, but I’m happy with the amount I’ve read! I hope I’ll be able to keep up reading this much the coming months.

Redecorate my room – I wanted to do this before America, but now I really need to do it as I don’t have enough room for the stuff I bought

YES SOMETHING I DID DO! Pictures will follow soon(ish). There are still two bags of stuff that need to go to the attic in my room and there’s a photo I need to print out for a photo frame, but it’s pretty much done.

Blog a lot – though I don’t think this will be a problem!

I blogged almost every day. Sadly I doubt I’ll be able to keep that up now that school has started again.

Blog about my time in America

There are two posts left! Not including the posts in which I show what I bought. I almost accomplished this goal, so I’m pretty proud of that.

Blog more again about writing

I did the 777 Challenge, participated in both the July and August edition of Beautiful People, sorted the main teens of my WIP into Hogwarts houses, asked if you guys could pronounce a few names, I explained why writers can’t disconnect from the Internet and did the #WritersLife tag. All in all I’m pretty proud! I hope I’ll be able to do a writing post at least once a week.

Make photo albums – I have a lot of printed photos that I’d like to put in albums. There are also quite a lot that I still need to print, but that will cost a lot of money…

Sort of. I put a few pictures in my photo album, but a lot of my photos were too big for it… So basically I still have a lot of pictures haha.

Put pictures in the frame for my mom – quite some time ago I bought my mom this big frame where you can put in a lot of pictures (kind of like a collage – I have no idea how you call these frames), but because of school I haven’t had the time yet!

Uh yeah… Sorry mom! I did pick out some pictures for it.

Meet up with friends

And hopefully I’ll be able to see them regularly during the school year as well! It’s so weird to think that I won’t see them in the hallways anymore.

Celebrate my birthday with friends

I talked about this in my July Wrap Up!

Explore my city and have some kind of adventure (I don’t know, it sounds like fun and it feels like there are so many places in Amsterdam that I have never been or maybe I was just too small to remember)

Read my first Blogsterdam post to find out about my adventure!

Catch up on tv shows

I still need to catch up on Doctor Who (season 8 finale and Christmas special) and Reign, which are the tv shows I meant when I set this goal for myself.

Finish my Disney rewatch

There are still a few left, so I didn’t finish my rewatch either.

So 7 out of 14 goals were accomplished. Not too bad! Did you set any summer goals? How did you do? Let me know in the comments!

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: July

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S AUGUST ALREADY. This isn’t funny. I only have a month left before I’m off to study journalism (less: first schoolday is the 31st). Which is exciting and terrifying at the same time. There’s still a lot I need to do before I’m ready for school and I haven’t even completed my summer goals yet!

July was a pretty slow month, but in a good way. I’ve had a lot of time to relax, read, write and blog. I’ve also gotten back into Animal Crossing: New Leaf after a year (I’m siriusly shocked that none of my villagers moved out).

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I’m happy that I was able to read 10 books this month, even though that’s not a lot compared to other people haha. Almost half of these are rereads, and I loved reading them again.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins (reread) ★★★★★
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephenie Perkins (reread) ★★★★★
Paper Towns by John Green ★★★★
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan ★★★★★
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore ★★★★
The Death Cure by James Dashner ★★★★
The One by Kiera Cass ★★★★★
De Aardmagiër (The…Eartmagician? The Eartmage?) by Anne West (reread) ★★★★
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley ★★★★★ (actually 4.5)

Reviews for Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Magonia will be up soon (I’ve already written them and they’re crappy, because I waited too long oops). I’m also planning on writing a post about rereading childhood favourites inspired by De Aardmagiër. So look forward to that!

2015goals

  • I thought up a blogging schedule, which I may or may not follow this month, as I need to finish my Orlando posts first. This means one more blogging goal accomplished!
  • I read The Power of Six which means I’ve read (2/5) books from The Lorien Legacies. While I liked it I’m not sure if I’ll actually finish this series this year if at all.
  • I read The One which means once I’ve finished The Heir I can scratch another series from my Finish These Series Challenge!
  • I’ve reread four books from my Reread Challenge: Fangirl, Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and De Aardmagiër. Which only leaves the rest of De Macht van het Zwaard (The Power of the Sword) series!
  • I’ve read 37 out of 50 books for my Goodreads Challenge. Only 13 books left!
  • I’m almost done redecorating my room, which is one of my summer goals. I don’t have any floating bookshelves yet, but I’m going to order those once I actually have books to put on them, so that’s an plan for the future!
  • I’ve blogged almost everyday this month so my ‘blog a lot’ summer goal is coming along well!
  • Another summer goal is to blog about my trip to Orlando. I’ve got two posts left (not including the post(s) about what I’ve bought), so almost there!
  • I’ve celebrated my birthday with my friends

Looking back I did pretty well when it comes to my goals this month!

what I posted-2

My survey was the most popular post this month and I want to thank all of you again for being so sweet! There will definitely be more writing posts this month and there will be at least one Discussing Hufflepuff each month. I’ll also hold a Q&A soon and of course I’ll start my Amsterdam blogging series! I still don’t have a name though, so if you have any suggestions, let me know! I’m also going to start to do a weekly wrap up, starting from next week (it’d be a bit silly to do one tomorrow).

My Orlando posts were also quite popular. If you’ve missed them and are interested:

I also participated in Music Monday: Girl Power and Nostalgia and of course I wrote two posts for The Feministas. Our first theme of the month was female protagonists for which I wrote a post on Celaena Sardothien and the second theme was a free theme, for which I wrote a post about whether Snow White and Cinderella are good role models or not.

The Book Awards are still going on of course, with Best Stand Alone and Best Book Series. I promise more posts this month, but I do really need your help, so please take a look at this post to see which nominees I haven’t read. You can do a guest post or just tell me in the comments why a nominee should win!

I’ve also caught up a bit on tags this month, though I’ve still got a long way to go (damn I sound like Shang in I’ll Make A Man Out Of You haha).

personal

Like I said before in this post, I celebrated my birthday with my friends. I had planned a picknick and kept an anxious eye on my weather app, but the weather kept changing, which was really annoying. In the end it still rained and we only got to sit outside for less than a half hour. We quickly grabbed everything and went inside where we ate the rest, did karaoke and play this quiz game with a bomb (not an actual bomb of course. A tulip comes out. Can it get any more Dutch? Haha) which was a lot of fun. One friend gave me a Waterstones voucher which I’ll definitely spend this month and my other friend gave me Looking For Alaska, which I already had so she took it back with her haha. I thought it was  pretty cool that she knew my reading tastes since she’s not much of a reader herself (okay so I did mention that I had read Paper Towns but still). All in all it was a fun day!

This month was relaxing and stressful at the same time, as I would finally know for sure if I was accepted at journalism. I had to take a test in March and I got number 19, which sounded really promising, but I’m always afraid to start cheering before I know for sure, so I was still anxious to get my email two weeks ago! I was so relieved when I saw that email (if I had been rejected I would’ve gotten regular mail, so I spent the morning basically checking my email and the door all the time haha). So I’m officially a journalism student now! I got my books yesterday which are all very interesting and I’m very tempted to read them already, especially this one book about magazines (history of, making of, etc.).

Throughout the month I also went out with my mom to the market, the bookstore, shopping for school supplies etc. and of course I visited my grandfather. We also went to visit my aunt where I played with my nephew (who took me on an adventure inside ‘the forest’ which was basically just a few trees behind my aunt’s house haha. But it was very dangerous, because there were bears and dinosaurs!) and caught up with my aunt. The next day we went to the Amsterdamse Bos which is a park with a big lake where I met up with one of my friends and we spent the day swimming.

nextmonth

So this month is my last month of freedom. I have no idea how busy I’ll be and thus I have no idea how much I’ll be able to blog. I hope that I’ll get back in my old routine of scheduling posts during the weekend just like I did at my old school, but we’ll see what happens! I’m going to try to finish my Goodreads Challenge this month, but obviously I’m not going to push myself. I’ll definitely finish my reread of De Macht van het Zwaard series and for the Book Club of the Opinionated Hufflepuffs we’ll be reading Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. Aside from reading I’m going to try to write as much as possible, finish my Orlando blogging series and just blog in general. As promised: more writing posts, Discussing Hufflepuff, the first Amsterdam post and more Book Awards.

My cousin was busy with work last month so hopefully we’ll go and see Inside Out this month. I also hope to see my friends again this month, even if it’s just once. Most of all I’ll be enjoying my freedom!

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