The Disney Princess Book Tag

Thank you Cátia for tagging me for this awesome tag! I think most of you already know that I love Disney so this tag is perfect.

3 Princess Facts

  1. I can’t choose a favourite Princess. I just can’t. I love them all, though not equally and for different reasons, they hold a special place in my heart. And my favourites? Um. Yeah. I can’t even make a top three. It’s impossible guys
  2. That said I can’t choose a favourite Disney Princess movie either. Then again I can’t choose a favourite Disney film in the first place
  3. I used to have an Aladdin themed room and thus had a big tiger plush named Rajah as well

Snow White – What’s your favorite classic?

The Picture of Dorian Gray, hands down. I really need to read more of Oscar Wilde, I love what I’ve read of his so far and he’s one of my favourite authors and people (who has a TARDIS that I can borrow so I can go meet him)

Cinderella – What book kept you up
way past your bedtime?

My memory is terrible, but I think it was Winter by Marissa Meyer. That book guys. That book. HOW COULD I PUT IT DOWN.

Aurora – What’s your favourite classic romance?

I actually haven’t read that many classic romances, so I’ll go with Pride and Prejudice which I did really enjoy

Ariel – Name a book about making sacrifices
and fighting for your dreams

Well it depends what kind of sacrifices and dreams you’re talking about. There are sacrifices and fighting for dreams in Harry Potter and The Lunar Chronicles for example.

Belle – Name a book with a smart,
independent female character

I wish I could give you an answer that isn’t Hermione Granger but honestly I can’t.

Jasmine – Name a book with a character that challenged the social conventions of his/her world

I’m going to go with the same answer as Cátia and say Alec Lightwood

Pocahontas – Name a book whose ending
was a roller coaster of emotions

Hahaha which book wasn’t (of course there are also a lot of books that weren’t). The latest book that would fit this would be The Ask and the Answer. That ending adnjfs. And I still haven’t gotten my hands on Monsters of Men yet. What is this sorcery

Mulan – Name a book with a kickass female character

How can I choose? I love that it’s hard to choose though, because that means we have a lot to choose from. I’m going with Celaena/Aelin (did I spell her name right oh my god it’s been years and I still doubt my spelling skills when it comes to her name. Thankfully her real name is much easier to spell thank you Sarah)

Tiana – Name a book featuring a
hardworking, self-made character

Alex from Made You Up. She worked really hard to fit in and do well at school.

Rapunzel – A book that features an artist

It took me so long to remember Clary Fray haha. How could I forget her?

Merida – Name a book that features
a mother-daughter relationship

Why is it taking me so long to come up with one?! Oh yeah, because mother-daughter relationships are almost non-existent in (YA) books. OH OH. Molly and Ginny. How could I forget?

Anna & Elsa – A book with a great
relationship between siblings

The Weasley’s are my favourite fictional family and I love the sibling relationships, but I also really love the Lightwoods siblings, especially on the tv show.

Now it’s tagging time! I tag:

Elly | Sophie | Kat

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

Who is your favourite Disney Princess? Or are you like me and you can’t choose? Speaking of Disney Princesses, are you excited for Moana? I just can’t wait for it (and I have been waiting ever since it was announced haha). Let me know in the comments!

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The Rip It Or Ship It Book Tag

Thank you Analee for tagging me! I always thought this tag looked like fun, so now I’m finally doing it! If you’re not familiar with this tag, you have to write down a bunch of characters names and pick two at random without looking. You either ship that couple or rip it. Since I’m lazy I used a random group generator that did all the work for me haha. Let’s take a look at the ships, shall we?

Carswell Thorne + Cress 

Don’t you love it when this happens? As you may know I absolutely love Cresswell, so this makes me very happy. Obviously, I ship it.

Percy Jackson + Magnus Bane

I have one word for you: Malec

 

Wolf + Scarlet Benoit 

Once again, don’t you love it when this happens? While I ship Cresswell and Cinder and Kai more (what is there shipname? I thought long and hard about it but… Kainder? That sounds so much like Grindr lol), I love Wolf and Scarlet together. I ship it

Kai + Annabeth Chase 

You know, I actually really like this. If I put Percabeth and Kaindr (lol) out of my mind, I really like this. I think they’re pretty compatible. Annabeth and Cinder have quite some things in common, and so do Kai and Percy, so I think they’d hit it off.

But only if Percy and Cinder don’t exist.

Simon Snow + Hermione Granger 

Since Penelope is a lot like Hermione, I think Simon and Hermione would be great friends, but I don’t think it would ever be more than that. I ship their friendship but I rip their romance

Isabelle Lightwood + Alec Lightwood

I do wonder why I put Magnus and Alec in the generator if I was going to go ‘nope Malec’ anyway? I sometimes don’t understand my own brain. But this was a lot of fun! I loved that two out of three Lunar Chronicles ships were put together automatically.

TAG TIME

YOU

Because this is fun and you should all do this. Not at all because I’m too lazy to tag people

Do you ship any of these ships? I hope you don’t ship the last one… 

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Chronicles at Hogwarts: Epilogue

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I can’t believe the project is already over! I had such a blast creating and writing Min Hye and her and the others’ story and of course meeting amazing new bloggers. I was actually supposed to post this yesterday, but things didn’t go as planned. Woops. Better late than never though, right?

Disclaimer: None of us own Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling does. We do however own the words we have written and the characters we have created ourselves. 


 

Previous chapters: Chapter I: Indira | Chapter II: Aislin | Chapter III: Min Hye | Chapter IV: Yoki | Chapter V: Percy | Chapter VI: Dalton | Chapter VII: Ashley

Epilogues (in chronological order): Ashley | Yoki | Indira | Aislin | Min Hye | Percy | Dalton

 


 

EPILOGUE: MIN HYE SUMMERS

Min Hye had to admit that she was a bit bummed out that Hufflepuff had lost the match. Of course she was happy for Aislin, who had played spectacularly, but she was a Puff through and through; naturally she had hoped her own House would’ve won.

”Better luck next time.” Percy walked towards her, a big grin on her face. Min Hye glared at her, but a good natured smile formed on her face.

”We still have a chance at the cup.”

”Keep telling yourself that.”

They discussed the match a bit, waiting for Aislin to join them so that they could all go to Hogsmeade together. The Hufflepuff team quickly made their way past them, before Min Hye could call them out. Angelica Rivera quickened her step when she noticed the fellow Hufflepuff; clearly she hadn’t forgotten Min Hye’s ‘threat’.

”I was just kidding!” Min Hye called after her, Percy laughing beside her.

Min Hye shook her head at the new Keeper, when she noticed Aislin not too far away from them, watching Brian Langley’s back. Min Hye nudged Percy, nodding towards the two Ravenclaws. Percy’s eyes sparkled at the sight of the two of them and grinned at the small Puff.

Aislin smiled at them as she joined them and Percy congratulated her. Aislin promised the younger Ravenclaw that she would teach her her signature move (Min Hye had rolled her eyes when Aislin had said she didn’t even know how she did it. Sure, Aislin, sure. It’s not like you do it at every match, the Hufflepuff thought to herself).

“Ahem, more importantly,” Min Hye interrupted, linking her arm around Aislin’s, “What’s going on between you and Langley?”

Aislin sputtered before she started laughing, “What? There is nothing between us. At all.”

Min Hye and Percy exchanged knowing looks, and Aislin continued to protest as they left the pitch.

”So there’s nothing, huh?”

No.” though Aislin’s face was so red it looked like she was supporting Gryffindor instead of her own House.

”I wonder why you’re so red then?”

”We beat your little Hufflepuff ass.” Aislin quickly said, knowing that this would immediately distract the small girl. And indeed, Min Hye gave her her glare that made her known as ‘The Demon Puff’ among the younger students, though it didn’t scare Aislin.

”Like I told Percy: we still have a chance at the cup.”

”So are you going to go after Rivera?” Percy asked, stifling her laughter since she already knew the answer.

”Merlin’s beard! I was kidding! I don’t take Quidditch that seriously.”

”Riiiight.” both Ravenclaw girls replied.

A silence fell over them, but it wasn’t an awkward one. They had gone through so much together the past few days, that it felt like they had known each other forever. That’s why Min Hye had decided to talk to them about something that had been bothering her ever since they had found out about the Muggleborn plan.

”Hey, have you guys wondered what you would’ve done if you had been in Ashley and the others’ position?”

Though Min Hye was staring at her feet, she could feel the other two girls looking at her.

”’Cause I have. Ever since I got here, people have been treating me like a Pureblood, because my adoptive parents are both magic, but I don’t know who my biological parents are, let alone if even one of them was a wizard. If they’re Muggles, and they hadn’t given me up for adoption, would I have joined Ashley and Yoki?”

”Like hell you would’ve,” Aislin immediately answered. ”You would’ve found another way to stand up for the Muggleborns and yourself; you wouldn’t have done something like this. You’re too kind for that.”

Min Hye smiled at her.

”Thanks Ash.”

”Min Hye, Aislin!” the three of them turned around and saw a couple of fifth year Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws coming towards them.

”What an exciting match, eh?”

”Such a shame Hufflepuff lost. Such a shame.”

”Shut your little Raven beak, Harris.”

”I’ll go on ahead,” Percy told them quietly. ”I’ll save you some seats?”

”Definitely, we need to celebrate.” Aislin grinned.

”Uh, you mean grieve.” Min Hye pointed out, to which her fellow Hufflepuffs agreed.

Aislin rolled her eyes.

”Fine, you grieve, we celebrate.”

They waved goodbye to Percy, but soon found themselves taking the same path, having parted from their Housemates. It was odd, but Min Hye found herself closer to Aislin, Percy, Indira and even Yoki and Dalton than to her fellow Hufflepuffs. Not that she minded. She felt like this would be a good year, with her new friends by her side.


And that’s a wrap! Don’t forget to read the other epilogues! Again, I had so much fun with this project and I’m sad that it’s now over. I’m not ready to let this story and these characters go yet haha! I hope we’ll be able to do something like this again soon. Also, thank you Joan for organising this. YOU ARE AWESOME.

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Chronicles At Hogwarts: Chapter III

storymashupfinalEek! It’s my turn to post! If you’ve missed my previous post about this, this is a collaborative Harry Potter story I’m writing along with Joan, Eve, Ash, Trisha and Vineeth. Please check out my previous post for more info! :)

Disclaimer: None of us own Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling does. We do however own the words we have written and the characters we have created ourselves. 


Previous Chapters: Chapter I: Indira | Chapter II: Aislin Bennet


CHAPTER III: MIN HYE SUMMERS

Min Hye Summers hated patrolling. She was sick of finding couples in cupboards, of Peeves trying to throw whatever he could find at her and of the cold breeze in the hallways. She’d much rather be in the common room right now, with her fellow Hufflepuffs. Or in the kitchen, baking. But no, patrolling was part of being a Prefect and she – though somewhat reluctantly – accepted that. She just wished that something exciting would happen for once.

As if some Fairy Godmother heard her prayers, she heard voices coming from the Astronomy Tower.

‘’Finally!’’ she muttered as she made her way towards the stairs. She put her hands on her hips, trying to get rid of the ‘cute-little-Hufflepuff’ image and tried to glare at the three students halfway at the stairs as hard as she could.

‘’Can you both shut up so we can go upstairs and find out what they are doing?’’ she heard one of them ask. So there were even more students up there. Interesting.

‘’Not so fast.’’

The trio turned around. One of them groaned at the sight of her.

‘’Care to explain to me what you three are doing out here?’’ she asked slowly, ‘’or would you rather tell the Professor?’’

One of the students, the smallest and thinnest of the three, started muttering in what Min Hye recognised as Japanese. The one next to the lanky boy, started playing with her ring and made some incoherent noises, what might have been an attempt at an explanation.

‘’Well?’’ Min Hye turned to Aislin Bennet, a fellow fifth-year and a Chaser for the Ravenclaw team who she admired.

‘’Just taking a walk.’’ Aislin answered, clearly refusing to tell the truth.

‘’At the prohibited Astronomy Tower? What’s next? A walk in the Forbidden Forrest? It could be arranged.’’

The eyes of the younger students widened as they gasped.

‘’Unless you have a very good reason for being here?’’

‘’There are some students meeting up here tonight and we think they’re up to no good!’’

‘’I just wanted to do my homework!’’

Min Hye could just make out Aislin rolling her eyes at her two accomplices.

‘’Which one is it?’’ Min Hye asked the two of them.

‘’Both,’’ Aislin responded. ‘’Percy and I came up here to spy on some students when we ran into Yokitori.’’

Min Hye lowered her hands from her hips and nodded.

‘’Well, let’s see what these students are up to, shall we?’’ she made her way towards them as the other three stared at her in confusion,

‘’We’re not getting punished?’’ the girl named Percy asked with a tiny voice.

‘’While you’re definitely breaking the rules, you were trying to do a good thing,’’ Min Hye took out her wand, just in case. ‘’I hope.’’ she added as a last thought.

The four of them walked up the stairs quietly, Aislin next to Min Hye, her wand also out. The underclassmen were right behind them, also clutching their wands. They stopped at the door, putting their ears to it.

‘’You’ve got the pictures?’’ a deep voice asked. Min Hye wished she could match it to a face, but she had no idea who that voice belonged to. It was definitely a boy’s though.

‘’Yeah, right here.’’ a high, feminine voice responded. They didn’t hear anything for a while, until a new voice spoke up.

‘’How is anyone supposed to tell this is Indira Marshall? These aren’t any good, Emily.’’

Min Hye and Aislin looked at each other at the same time, both putting two and two together.

‘’Please, she’s my friend…’’ Emily’s voice wavered.

‘’You should’ve thought of that when you agreed to this.’’ the first voice responded.

‘’No, she should’ve thought of that when she took these lousy excuses for pictures in the first place.’’ another new voice, this one sounding very familiar to Min Hye. Yokitori gasped.

The other three put their fingers to their mouths and glared at him. The young boy looked down in shame.

‘’Obviously we won’t pay you for these,’’ the familiar voice continued. ‘’They’re useless.’’

‘’Please, I need the money…’’

‘’If you’re that desperate, you should’ve taken better pictures.’’ the first voice snarked.

‘’It’s not easy!’’ Emily cried out. ‘’You try taking a picture of a werewolf without getting ripped in half!’’

The four students at the door all froze. Indira Marshall was a werewolf? And whoever was out there with Emily was going to use that against her. This wasn’t good.

‘’She has a point there,’’ they heard another new voice say. ‘’Besides, it’s not like they need to know it’s Indira Marshall at this point. They’ll find out sooner or later. All they asked for is pictures of a werewolf, as proof that there really is one at Hogwarts. Give them these, see if they’re happy, and pay this pathetic excuse for a Slytherin.’’

One of the voices sighed.

‘’We agreed that we’d be using these pictures for…other purposes as well.’’

‘’We can still get better pictures for that. The next full moon is in, what? Ten days? We’ll take them then.’’

‘’Fine. All in favour?’’

They heard what sounded like at least ten different voices say ‘aye’. Min Hye removed her ear from the door and gestured that the others should do the same.

‘’We need to go. Now.’’ she mouthed. They quickly made their way down the stairs, careful that they didn’t make a sound.

As soon as they got downstairs, she ushered them inside a classroom where they could hide until the students up at the Astronomy Tower were gone.

The four of them sat there in silence, not even daring to look at each other as they watched the shadows of the strangers pass.

‘’What the hell was that about?’’ Aislin whispered, though Min Hye knew that she had already figured it out.

‘’Listen, what you just overheard, you can’t tell anybody, except Indira herself and the teachers, understood?’’ Min Hye told them, back in Prefect mode.

The underclassmen nodded, still looking shaken from what they had just learned.

‘’They want to expose her,’’ Aislin said, disgusted. ‘’They wanted pictures that clearly showed that Indira Marshall is a werewolf and hand them out to the entire student body.’’

Min Hye nodded.

‘’I can’t believe Emily is helping them. I thought they were friends.’’ she frowned. Call her a stereotypical Hufflepuff, but she valued loyalty.

‘’But who are they going to send the other pictures too? And what are those people going to do with them?’’

‘’Wait. When we overheard them earlier at the Greenhouses, they were talking about doing something at the next full moon, and they didn’t know the pictures weren’t that good at that point. So what are they going to do?’’ Percy pointed out. Aislin looked at her, a bit of awe in her eyes that Min Hye only recognised because she had known the girl for five years – though not that well.

‘’That’s a very good question.’’

The four of them turned towards the door. Without any of them hearing it, it had opened. Standing in it’s opening was none other than Indira Marshall herself.

‘’What are they going to do to me?’’


What are they going to do to Indira? Who was that familiar voice? Does Yokitori know? Just what is happening at Hogwarts? If you want to know how the story continues, then please visit Trisha @ The Bookgasm next Sunday!

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Christmas Tags

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope you’re all having a great day so far and that it will get even better from now on. I still haven’t posted pictures of my Christmas tree, but I’ll probably post them tomorrow, in celebration of what we call ‘Second Christmas Day’.


I’ve been tagged for a few Christmas related tags and since I didn’t have time to do them separately in time for Christmas, I decided to combine them. Thank you Cátia for tagging me for the All I Want for Christmas Book Tag, ‘Tis is the Season Book Tag and the Joy of Christmas Book Tag, Emma also for the ‘Tis is the Season Book tag, Kat for the Christmas Song Book Tag and Alex for the Season’s Greeting Tag! I’ve removed some of the questions, either because I already answered them in the Dashing Through the Snow tag, or because I already answered them in an above tag.

What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

While I’d love to find a book boyfriend under my tree, I think I’d actually prefer to find a pet, like Crookshanks or Manchee (I SHOULD’VE TAKEN HIM OUT OF THE BOOK WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE JOSIE *eternal sobbing*)

What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

What character don’t I want to kiss under the mistletoe? Siriusly, that would be much easier to answer. But I will choose Will Herondale (*hides from angry fangirls*)

 It’s secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?

Secret Santa at Hogwarts, which means magical gifts. HOW DO I CHOOSE. A Pygmy Puff. I want a Pygmy Puff. Okay, I have a Pygmy Puff. But I want a living one.

You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

CHOCOLATE FOR YOU IF YOU ALREADY KNOW MY ANSWER

Duh

What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

CROOKSHANKS. MANCHEE. FLEETFOOT. DO DISNEY ANIMALS COUNT TOO BECAUSE STITCH (sssh he counts as an animal) AND THE ARISTOCATS AND LADY AND AND AND-

You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?

Can I add an extra zero? I mean, this is just cruel. Okay, I’ll pick ten characters that would be fun at a party, so that should make it a bit easier. I think. Probably not. Okay here we go.

Magnus Bane (the party don’t start till he walks in)
Isabelle Lightwood
Carswell Thorne
Fred and George Weasley (THEY’RE TWINS YOU CAN’T SEPARATE THEM)
Ginny Weasley
Luna Lovegood
Iko
Leo Valdez
Lola Nolan
Hermione Granger because I love her and can’t not invite her plus to be honest I’m not much of a party person so I need another not party person

And of course they’d all bring their boyfriends/girlfriends/family/friends so I still get to have a party with a lot of my favourite characters!

What character would make a good santa? (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)

I would love to see Thorne as Santa. I don’t even really know why, I just think he’d be a really funny Santa.

Do you have a favorite winter read?

Harry Potter shall always be reread during Winter.

Find a book with blue on the cover!

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Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

I’d love to go on a winter vacation with bookworm characters, so I’m going to cheat and take Hermione, Cath and Aelin with me.

Favorite holiday drink and treat?

Drink: I drink tea and hot chocolate through out the year; it really doesn’t matter what season it is! Though hot chocolate does taste a bit more special during the holidays

Treat: Cookies shaped like snowmen- they’re addicting!

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Stars Above, Lady Midnight and The Hidden Oracle are definitely at the top. I especially can’t wait for Stars Above!

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia! (How many of you were expecting Harry Potter?) There are a few other books I could’ve answered with, but Made You Up is a bit underrated and deserves to be hyped

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

Obviously I love Harry Potter’s worldbuilding, but I also really love the worldbuilding of the Shadowhunter Chronicles!

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

The Picture of Dorian Gray, hands down.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

I usually go with Fangirl when it comes to fuzzy books (or Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door), but this time I’ll go with Carry On.

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Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

Since there are so many amazing covers out there, I’ll limit it to books I read this year

I can’t find a proper picture of the white cover of The Knife of Never Letting Go (I’m aware I could take one myself, but alas, I’m too lazy), but it’s beautiful and definitely among my favourites.

Snowman or snow angel? 

What author from any time would you like to have a cup with?

Of course J.K. Rowling.

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Aelin Galathynius, though it’s actually Celaena who overcomes the obstacles… Help my head is spinning and I’m 99% sure I misspelled her names wrong

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

Hmm… I don’t think Santa would try to take on Voldemort (that would mean bye bye Santa), maybe Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments? (though that’d probably mean bye bye Santa as well…) I need a naughty character who wouldn’t kill Santa, help.

b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Princess Winter. She’s too precious for this world. She must be protected at all costs.

“Frosty the Snowman” – Which book just melts your heart?

Carry On, definitely. Like do I still have a heart left?

“Feliz Navidad” –Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

*chooses almost all the books* I’ll choose The Knife of Never Letting Go, because I finished it a few days ago and I’m not okay.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I’ve barely read any holiday themed books, so I’ll guess I’ll go with Let it Snow. It’s a fun and cute read, perfect for the holidays!

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Like Kat, I don’t like the idea of burning books, but if it meant my survival, I’d burn Oeroeg by Hella S. Haasse. The only fault in that plan is that I don’t even have it anymore.

“Do You Hear What I Hear” – Which book do you think everyone should read?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (though of course I’m very tempted to answer Harry Potter). Though it’s not for kids, so I guess if I had to include everyone I’d answer Harry Potter anyway

I won’t tag anyone, since these are heavily Christmas themed and Christmas is almost over already :( I hope you’re all having/had a great day! Tell me about it in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #17

IT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK!!

Three weeks of freedom here I come! (though of course I also have to study… But let’s focus on the freedom part)

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  • I finished the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Expect a review soon! (when I say review I mean a post with lot’s of pictures and fangirl gibberish)
  • I started and finished Model Misfit and even wrote a review already!

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It was the last week of school before the holidays and boy am I glad that the holidays have started. I was so exhausted, going to school like some kind of robot and just wishing for it to be Friday already

We finished one of our subjects, so now I just need to write a report and then I’m DONE (I really need to motivate myself to write it)

I met up with a friend on Thursday, you can read all about it here

I finished watching The Heirs and started You’re Beautiful. I watched the Japanese remake Ikemen Desu Ne a few years ago and really loved it, so I’m curious to see the original!

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Once again I’m very behind. Bloglovin no longer tells you how many unread posts there are in your feed in total, but I don’t need it to tell me there are a lot! Thankfully I have a lot of freedom now so I have time to catch up!

And that was another week! Tomorrow I’m going to go Christmas shopping, but for now, I have a report to write *sigh*. How was your week?

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Sinterklaas, food and whipped cream in my eye

Last Saturday was Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday. I won’t give you guys a detailed explanation about it (since it’s pretty long haha), but basically on December 5th it’s ‘pakjesavond’ (‘presents nights’) and Sinterklaas visits all the children in the country and leaves a lot of presents and candy.

I ate so much food (if some of it even counts as food haha), which is no surprise unless you’re new here (in that case: hi!) because if you’ve been around for a while you should know of my love for food.

Basically I was really full and a bit nauseous (but content!) when we went home haha. But of course the evening wasn’t just us eating! (it may sound that our family gatherings are always me and my family stuffing ourselves with food, but really, it isn’t!)

To keep my six-year old cousin occupied we played some games when all of a sudden we heard a few loud knocks on the door! But when we opened it, there was no one there except for presents! My cousin remained very calm as he dragged his presents inside haha. He had a cool image to keep up of course.

He was really spoiled, but he wasn’t the only one who got presents!

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How did Sinterklaas know I wanted all of this?! *cough picked all of it out myself cough*. I ordered the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when it had just come out, but since it’s rather expensive I got it for Sinterklaas (though I was really lucky to already find it with a 50% discount!). I now own two Harry Potter POP! Funkos (I already owned Dumbledore), more Tsum Tsums have joined my Tsum Tsum family and I finally have Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (if you’re a fan of Animal Crossing, I definitely recommend it. It’s very cute and fun to play!). I mentioned the Jigglypuff hat in my post about POPCULT. I thought I’d get it for Christmas, but since it’s cold already my mom decided to give it to me now (I mean, Sinterklaas decided that).

I actually wanted to take a picture including the chocolate and the gingerbread man I got, but most of the chocolate is gone already (I doubt any of you are surprised to hear that). My six-year old cousin’s father always buys the gingerbread men, and when my mom unwrapped hers the six-year old cousin was like ‘that’s Dad’s!’ so naturally we all looked at each other like ‘oh shit, how does he know that?!’, but he was referring to the chocolate  letter ‘M’ that my mom had also gotten (both my mom and his dad’s names start with an M). It was a moment of panic haha.

The rest of the evening we played the games he had gotten, including the new ‘pie face game’ (at least it’s new here). If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a link. I was very lucky to not get whipped cream in my face (*cue evil laugh every time I escaped the cream*), but of course everyone insisted that I’d play until I got some too (why do they have to be so mean?!). That’s how I ended up with whipped cream in my eye.

That was my ‘pakjesavond’! If you celebrate Sinterklaas, did you have fun? If you don’t, what’s on your Christmas wish list? Let me know in the comments!

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Welcome to Hogwarts!

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I’m very excited to announce the start of the collaborative story project I helped Joan set up! Every week one of us will write a chapter of the story, without the others knowing what will happen! And anything can happen. So what’s our story about?


THE STORY

The wizarding world has been quiet since the day Harry Potter defeated the evil wizard named Voldemort. Seventeen years later, the magical community continues to live in harmony and secrecy among the Muggles, and the students, fresh from their summer vacations, are returning to school with nothing but excitement for the coming year in their minds. Truly, nothing could shake this era of peace ever again…or so they believe.


MY CHARACTER

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BASIC INFORMATION

  • Name: Min Hye Summers
  • Age: 15
  • Blood Status: Unknown (she was adopted and doesn’t know anything about her birth parents. Her adoptive parents are wizards though)
  • Occupation: Student / Prefect
  • Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff
  • Year Level: 5
  • Extra classes taken: Ancient Runes, Care of Magial Creatures and Muggle Studies
  • Extra curricular classes: Ancient Studies
  • Wand: Beech, 12 3/4 inches, unicorn, bendy
  • Pets: Tawny Owl
  • Appearance: See picture. She usually wears contacts, but sometimes wears her glasses, which are round. She is short and often viewed as cute (not just because of her size), though she isn’t always.

INTERESTS

  • Hobbies: Baking, potions, reading
  • Likes: Cute things, sweet food, having fun with her friends, Quidditch (she isn’t on the team as she isn’t very athletic, but she does enjoy playing it and she definitely enjoys watching it), oversized comfy clothes, animals, Disney (she was introduced to it by her Muggleborn friends), contemporary YA (she does enjoy fantasy novels, but those without it are much more interesting to her as she lives in a magical world), the smell of grass, tea
  • Dislikes: Bullying (you wouldn’t describe her as cute when you see her stand up to bullies), injustice, rude people, stress, being awoken by someone/something
  • Strengths (skills, personality, talents): Kind, loyal, clever, justified, cheerful (most of the time), hard worker, she’s good at baking and potions, most animals/magical creatures tend to like her, studying comes easy to her (she is good at memorising things) but that doesn’t mean she always does well at school
  • Weaknesses (skills, personality, talents): Impatient, sarcastic (though she’d argue that’s a strength), has a bit of a temper (it’s hard for her to stay calm when she sees bullying or injustice), stubborn, if she doesn’t like you you’ll know, perfectionist when it comes to schoolwork, often works too hard, gets distracted easily
  • Strongest / Favourite subjects: Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, Muggle Studies, Ancient Runes
  • Weakest / Least Favourite Subjects: Astronomy, History of Magic (she is actually good at it because she studies it on her own and likes reading up on it, but she can’t concentrate when Binns teaches it), Ancient Runes (she has a love/hate relationship with it)
  • Quidditch Player (Yes / No): No, she is the commentator though after her friends decided that they wanted the entire school to hear her comments. She comments things like: ‘Someone got the Quaffle; it went too fast so I have no idea who that is. It’s a Gryffindor though. Oh look, it’s number 6! That’s *reads of paper* Ffhdfsj (completely mispronounces the name) Oh I just heard that she’s called Ickleberg. Thank you, Professor.’ ‘AND HUFFLEPUFF SCORED! TAKE THAT GRYFFINDOR- and learn from it so you can score next. I want you to score. I want both Houses to score. After all, I’m a neutral commentator and don’t care which House wins *cough, cough*’ ‘COME ON JAMESON IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S HARD. Says the girl who can’t even throw a regular ball, let alone a Quaffle. Sorry, please continue.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHARACTER

She was given up for adoption when she was a few months old. She doesn’t know anything about her birth parents since it was a closed adoption. Though she is curious and wishes that she knew her birth parents, she loves her adoptive parents a lot. When she was younger she thought that her birth parents didn’t want her, but now that she’s older she understands that they may not have been able to take care of her. Plus her adoptive parents did want her and that’s what matters to her. She quickly got very close to the other kids in her year when she started out at Hogwarts and is still friends with all of them today. She is the first one to defend Hufflepuff house when someone makes fun of it. Actually, she’s the first one to defend anyone when they’re being made fun of, bullied or discriminated.

OTHER INFORMATION YOU WANT TO SHARE

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DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER BLOGGERS

Aislin Bennet by Joan @ Fiddler Blue
Watanabe Yokitori by Trisha @ Bookgasm
Persephone Rae Lestrange by Ash @ Teabears & Co.
Dalton Chase by Vineeth @ The Lousy Design
Indira Marshall by Eve @ Twist in the Taile


POSTING SCHEDULE 

December 6     –   Intro post (ALL)
December 13    –  Eve @ Twist in the Taile
December 20   –  Joan @ Fiddler Blue
December 27   –  Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff
January 3          –  Trisha @ The Bookgasm Blog
January 10       –  Ash @ Teabears & Co
January 17       –  Vineeth @ The Lousy Design
January 24      –  Character epilogues (ALL)

CREDITS

  • Harry Potter, Hogwarts, and everything related to Harry Potter are owned by J.K. Rowling
  • Hogwarts ID cards base design: AnimeJunkie106 @ DeviantArt
  • Character design: IU (photos not mine obviously haha. I wish I had met her)

I’m super excited to start and can’t wait to see how this story is going to turn out! :) Eve will publish the first chapter, so keep an eye on her blog!

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Q&A Answers!

*laughs awkwardly* This is not late at all. Nope.

*silence*

I’M SORRY GUYS IT’S NOT LIKE I FORGOT BUT I FORGOT. I had actually answered most questions, but then forgot to post it. Woops. BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER RIGHT

Why did you start your blog?

I’m going to cheat and copy-paste my answer from an older blog post haha:

I had blogged before, but not about books and writing, also not on WordPress but on Blogger. I did like writing blogposts (of course I did!), but there was something missing. I wasn’t really writing about my passions (I didn’t even think of book blogging) and I didn’t really meet the nice community that I have met now, so it just wasn’t fun! Last year my mom asked me why I didn’t have a blog and I started thinking: ‘why don’t I blog anymore?’ so I took the leap, started this blog and decided to just write about whatever I wanted.

Are you friends with any other bloggers?

Yes! There are many bloggers I’ve met since I started blogging and consider my friends. I love you all!


If you could be in one fictional world what would it be?


If you could choose only ONE of your book boyfriends to bring to life, who would it be?

HAHA THIS IS SUCH A CRUEL QUESTION. I’m going to go with Percy Jackson. Except he’d never want me because he already has Annabeth (and I would never expect him to dump her for me, I mean, who’d dump Annabeth Chase?!). Though that would be a problem with most if not all of my book boyfriends, since they’re all in relationships… WHY ARE ALL THE FICTIONAL GUYS TAKEN (and why are they fictional)

Do your friends and family read your blog and which celebrity do you most wish read your blog?

My mom has read bits, but the rest of them don’t read it. Most don’t even know about it (my family knows because my mom told them haha).

Which celebrity do you most wish read your blog?

I’m going to go with J.K. Rowling. Not only is she my favourite writer, she is one of my role models and I’d be so honoured if she read my blog (and enjoyed it of course!) .

How do you decide which book you are going to read next?

I’m a mood reader mostly. I look at my shelves to see which ones I haven’t read yet and then pick one, depending on what genre I’m in the mood for. I KNOW THIS ANSWER IS SO UNINTERESTING I’M SORRY.

What do you do to get out of a reading slump?

I do something else (write, watch a tv show/film, play video games etc.) and then pick it up again. If I’m still not in the mood for it I pick up something else. Rereading favourites helps a lot! I think it was in July that I had a bit of a reading slump, so I reread Fangirl, Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door and they really got me out of it.

What is your favourite series?

This is probably not going to surprise anyone (if it does, you must be new! Hi! *waves*): Harry Potter.

If you could bring one fictional character who died back to life, who would it be?

WARNING: SCROLL FOR YOUR LIFE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX YET OH ALSO DEATHLY HALLOWS. 

Sirius Black. Or Fred Weasley. I might be more tempted to say Fred, since Sirius is FINALLY reunited with the Marauders and I don’t think he’d be happy if he came back from the dead when all of his friends are dead and they were finally together again (though of course I’d want to bring him back for Harry). If Fred came back he wouldn’t leave anyone behind, plus his family is devastated after his death (GEORGE) and they’d all be so happy to be reunited with him again.

WHY CAN’T I BRING ALL OF THEM BACK TO LIFE (the ones I like of course)

What inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly? I’m not sure haha. I just started, I don’t think anything inspired me! (boring I know haha). I wish I could give you guys a great, inspiring answer to this one, but that would be a lie.

I am a newer blog, and still kind of trying to figure this out, so what kind of content do you find readers like most? The chatty kind where you just talk about your life or structured/planned content?

Interesting question! Both are well liked and commented on, as long as your content is interesting and/or fun, I don’t think it matters!

Who designed your fantastic blog title picture?

I used an app called MomentCam, which has a lot of drawings to choose from. You then use your own photo to get your face in them and tadah! Its’ really easy. I coloured the drawing in myself though, since I found it a bit boring without any colour! Back then I used a Chinese photoshop program (I’m afraid I don’t remember the name), but it can’t be installed on a Mac so now I use Adobe Photoshop, which works just as well!

If you could, which Harry Potter character would you be and why?

I’m not sure I’d want to be a particular character! I’d rather be myself, attend Hogwarts and meet all the characters and hopefully become their friend!

What editor do you use for your post header pics?

For the headers with the drawings of me in it, see the previous question about it. To make them into actual headers I use Canva though. For editing in general I use Photoshop, Fotor and Pixlr.

Are you minoring in anything in university/college?

Nope! (wow, such an interesting answer haha. I’m on fire with the interesting answers)

What do you plan on doing as a career (besides an author) after finishing school?

Journalism! I’d love to work at a magazine or newspaper. Though who knows, I might want to do something else in the journalism field after I’ve studied it! Third and fourth term focus on television and radio – maybe that’s my calling haha.

How long do we have to wait for “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I PRESENT TO YOU MICHELLE’S DEBUT NOVEL” Oh c’mon already! [:

AW THANK YOU ZIN.

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I promise you guys will be the first to know (after my mom and grandfather, sorry they have dibs haha) if I get published! LET’S HOPE NANO WILL HELP TO SHORTEN THE WAIT.

When did you begin to learn English?

I don’t remember the exact age, but when I got my Gameboy Advance. I started learning English through Pokémon and Hamtaro games haha!

Why Hufflepuff? Favourite character from that house?

Pottermore sorted me there, though I did suspect I might be a Hufflepuff before that. I wasn’t sure though, since Hufflepuffs don’t even appear that much throughout the books so I couldn’t really compare myself to anyone.

Tonks or maybe Helga Hufflepuff herself! (“I’ll teach the lot and treat them just the same.“)

Again sorry it took me so long! I have no excuses haha. ANYWAY. I’d ask you guys what fictional characters you’d want to bring back, but I’m afraid to get spoiled haha (plus you might accidentally spoil others in the comment section. We don’t want that!) So I’m going to ask you guys the same question Alex asked me: which celebrity do you wish read your blog?

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Your Future Book Tag

Thank you Lia for tagging me for this wonderful fun tag! Go check out her awesome blog guys!

So for this tag you pick five books and then pick one of those five books for every two questions. I’ve chosen the following five books:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Clockwork Angel
The Mark of Athena
Cress
The School for Good and Evil

1. Open book 1  to a random page. Look at the first word on the page. If it’s less than 5 letters, you will go to college. If it’s more than 5 letters, you won’t go to college (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

‘From’ – I will go to college! I’m already in college though haha.

2. Open book 1 to a random page. The first name you see. Think of that persons job, that will be your job. Note: Is that person stil in school? You will be a teacher. You don’t know that persons job? You will be unemployed.

‘Madam Hooch’ – I don’t think I’d be the best person to teach flying to be honest. I think I’d be a Quidditch fan (I could referee the matches, if I didn’t have to fly myself), but flying? I’m siriusly clumsy so I don’t think that’d go well haha. Still, it’d be a pretty awesome job! (HOGWARTS)

3. Open book 2 to a random page. The first name you see will be the person you will marry (Clockwork Angel)

*please be Will, please be Will*

‘Jem’

Okay Jem’s a sweetheart, but WILL.

4. Open book 2 to a random page. The first name you see will be your best friend.

I swear if I get Will this time

‘De Quincey’ – um, HE’s my best friend? Then who are my other friends. I mean, if he’s my BEST one. What kind of friends do I have siriusly.

5. Open book 3 to a random page. Look at the second word on the page. Count how many letters that word has, remove 2 letters. That’s how many children you will have (The Mark of Athena)

OH HELLA NO.

‘Couldn’t’ – that’s seven minus two: five kids. I WILL NOT HAVE FIVE KIDS.

6. How many children did you have? Open the book as many times to see who your children will be. If you have no children, open the book once. The first name you will see, will be something of your choice. A couple of examples: neighbor, father in law etc

Leo – aww I will take good care of you my little flame baby. FLAMEO HOTMAN

Annabeth – Ah yes I can see Annabeth being my daughter. LET ME SHOWER YOU IN BOOKS

Piper – Guys it’s very likely that five out of The Seven will be my kids (ALSO HI PIPER WELCOME TO THE FAMILY)

Hazel – See (HAZEL IS SUCH A CUTIE THOUGH I WILL GLADLY BE HER MAMA)

Okay the next name CAN NOT be Percy, Jason or Frank, since that would ruin my ships (incest = big no)

Frank – damn it. FRANK IS SUCH A CUTIE THOUGH LEMME HUG YOU

Okay so I already consider these guys my babies. I will be a good mama to you all

7. Book 4. Where does this book take place? This will be the place you will live (Cress)

Um futuristic Earth I guess! I’m not sure how I feel about that haha. I love The Lunar Chronicles and I’d love to be friends with the gang, but to live in that world… Maybe after the events of Winter (assuming everything will be alright).

8. Open book 4 to a random place, the first name you see, does this person have a car, bike etc.? That will be your transportation in live. Note: teleporting, broom etc. is allowed. If your character had no means of transportation that you know of, you will be using public transportation.

‘Linh Cinder’ – SPACESHIP HELL YES

9. Does this book have any animals in it? Pick your favorite animal, that will be your pet. No animals in the book? You will have no pet (The School for Good and Evil)

Yes it does! MY PET WILL BE A GIANT PANDA THEN.

10. Open book 5 to a random page. The first name you see will be your enemy.

‘Tedros’ – WHAT DID I EVER DO TO YOU BESIDES LOVE YOU AND SUPPORT YOU AND SHIP YOU WITH YOUR TRUE LOVE. OKAY I HAVE TO ADMIT YOU ANNOYED ME A BIT IN THE LAST EVER AFTER BUT I LOVED YOU FOR THAT BECAUSE IT SHOWED YOUR FLAWED AND HUMANNESS WHY ARE WE ENEMIES

So after college I will teach flying at Hogwarts where I’ll also referee Quidditch matches, I marry Jem (sorry Tessa), become best friends with De Quincey (don’t worry I’ll let my Shadowhunter husband stake him), we’ll have five demigods as kids (so basically I’m adopting them), we will live on Earth but in the future where we fly our own spaceship along with our giant panda while on the run for my enemy Tedros. You know, it has it’s flaws, but it’s a pretty good future.

TAG TIME

Fantasy Angel from Avid Reader
Elly from A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts
McKenzie from Bookish Things and Tea
Josie from Josie’s Book Corner
Kira from Delirious Dreams
Kayleigh from Miserable and Magical
Cora from Small Town Bookworm

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

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