It’s February So Obviously It’s Time To Share My Favourite Books of 2017

Uhh better late than never? 2017 was a strange year honestly. While making this list I noticed books I couldn’t even remember having read in 2017. I thought it was longer ago?? Was 2017 even real *X-Files theme starts playing*

My Favourite Books of 2017 In No Order

Queens of Queek

When I first found out about Queens of Geek I expected to love it, but I had no idea how much I would love it and how relatable it would be. Queens of Geek was everything I wanted: two dynamic female leads, great bisexuality and anxiety rep, friendship, friends supporting each other no matter what, friends helping each other through anxiety, the exciting setting of a comic con, geekiness, calling out abusive relationships for what they are, healthy romantic relationships, lots of cuteness, the CUTEST date at an arcade, Taylor not being magically overcoming her anxiety through the power of love but trying to step outside of her comfort zone which has honestly been such an inspiration to me and just… So much more? Just a fun, important read full with positive rep and messages. Read my full review here.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

You know when you read the summary of a book and know it’s perfect for you and you need it in your life now? That was me with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, except I was on a book buying ban as I was saving up for Manchester and thus had to wait until the holidays to get it as a gift. I haven’t had the time yet to review it yet, but guys. I was wrong.I didn’t know perfect The Gentleman’s Guide was and how much I needed it. Despite having super high expectations it managed to exceede them and make me love it so much more than I had expected and I had expected to love it A LOT. I mean: a bisexual lead, a road trip and it’s historical? SIGN ME UP. Yet I got so much more
than I expected and just dsgjhsf I can’t wait to review this one

The Hate U Give

Okay so I never reviewed this one as I felt like everything had already been said? I just had nothing new to add, but if you haven’t picked up The Hate U Give yet, please do so. It’s such an important read, so well written, Starr is an amazing lead, one of the greatest family dynamics in YA, friends standing up to their racist friend and supporting each other, a healthy romance… Just read it. There’s a reason it continues to be #1 at the best seller’s list.

 

Take Me With You

How do I even start or do these beautiful poems justice? Once I finished Take Me With You I immediately read it again and I know that I will do so many more times (especially once I get a physical copy). Gibson manages to transition from beautiful and heartbreaking to funny without it being tactless or ruining the heartbreaking lines. Take Me With You made me feel all the things and I can’t even pick a favourite line as I pretty much marked everything on my Kindle app. If you love LGBTQ+ poetry, especially spoken word, then I 100% recommend it. If you don’t, I still recommend it. Read my review here

What’s A Girl Gotta Do?

Despite this being the third book of the trilogy (I didn’t know this when picking it up at a bookstore at the airport) I absolutely loved it. I had a lot of feelings when I finished this one and I couldn’t wait to review it, but alas, I didn’t have the time and I’m afraid I’ve forgotten a lot about it now? Lottie is an ICON though. She’s a great main character and SUCH an inspiration. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? made me want to get up and do something to fight the patriarchy. Maybe not as extreme as Lottie, but damn I loved her.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy

Why did I wait so long to pick this up? I had a feeling I would like this, and yet. I kept picking up different books at the bookstore. Though only picking this up now meant I could read the entire trilogy in one year – #noregrets. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is such a fun and charming trilogy. I adore Lara Jean apparently a lot of people find her annoying but? I really don’t see why. This also has one of the best families in YA and the cutest romance (where can I get my own Peter). Basically: IT’S FUN READ IT. No review yet because I wanted to review the entire trilogy in one post and haven’t gotten around to it yet rip

The Upside of Unrequited

Considering I read this twice this year, I think you can tell I loved this one. I would’ve loved to reread everything on this list, but when I found out I missed Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda cameos and references I just HAD to reread it (I felt so stupid when I reread it – HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED THOSE). Anway: Molly is a sweetheart and such a relatable protagonist, cute sisters relationship, cute family dynamics overal, a very diverse cast, cute healthy romance, the message that you’re never ‘too old’ for anything and there’s nothing wrong with you if you’ve never dated, a big gay wedding – basically a gem

Heroine Complex

SUCH an underrated gem?? Basically it’s the first in a series about Asian female superheroes like what more do you want. It’s just such a fun read with comic book vibes, women kicking ass, female friendship, healthy romantic relationship, great character growth, humour and just a whole lot of comic book silliness. If you love superheroes and want to see more female and/or Asian superheroes than this is the book for you. Do keep in mind that this is an adult book and there are some sex scenes in it – there aren’t that many and as someone who doesn’t enjoy those: I easily skipped them. Please give this gem a try

Six of Crows Duology

Sooo I finally picked up Six of Crows in 2017 as I knew it would take me forever to finish The Grisha Trilogy and I’d be 89 years old before I’d finally get to Six of Crows. I’m so glad I made that decision because it definitely lived up to its hype. I’m sure you’ve heard all about Six of Crows as it’s one of the most popular series in the book blogging community, but I know I’m not the only one late to the party (Marie I’m looking at you 😜) so join the party/the hype train/the crew, because Six of Crows is one of the best fantasies I’ve read in a while and it put me in such a slum. It’s just so well thought out, the characters are all fleshed out, their dynamics are so much fun to read, well-developed relationships (both platonic and romantic), great action… Honestly it has everything a great fantasy should aspire to have

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

This was such a lovely surprise! Usually when books are marketed as similar as Harry Potter I’m a bit wary but Ewan Pendle and The White Wraith is really like Harry Potter, but it’s not a rip off. Are there similarities? Yes, but I think it’s easy to find similarities with books taking place in magic boarding schools. Ewan’s world is well developed and magical all on its own. To quote my own review: You know how when a book is really good you forget you’re actually reading something, and you’re not actually there? That was me with Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. This book just filled me with joy and warm fuzzy feelings and I can’t wait for the sequel. Read my review here

Chasing Eveline

Chasing Eveline was SUCH a refreshing read I still can’t get over it. While there are a few small unrealistic elements, overall it was incredibly realistic which I absolutely loved. Don’t get me wrong, I love my unrealistic contemporaries. Hell, I know my current  WIP isn’t always super realistic – and that can be fun! (though there’s a limit) But Chasing Eveline? It dealt with Ivy’s mom having left her so well. Ivy’s pain and trying to hold on to her mom felt so real. It was also nice to see her relationship with her dad getting a lot of attention, a great friendship between her and a boy without any romantic feelings, a realistically built up romance which I want to say so much more about but alas

Read my review here

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

This was my first read of 2017 if you don’t count comics so I don’t remember it that well, but The Hammer of Thor made me fall in love with Magnus Chase, which was a relief considering I was a bit disappointed in The Sword of Summer. The characters felt more developed and unlike with the previous installment I was never bored. It was just plain fun like I’m used to with Rick Riordan’s books. Also Alex Fierro (who’s genderfluid!!) aka the love of my life was introduced.

And those are – finally! – my favourite books of 2017! Obviously I’d recommend them all in a heartbeat, so if you haven’t yet, please consider picking them up!

Have you read any of these? If so, are they also among your favourites? What were some of your favourites of 2017? Let me know in the comments!

The Monthly Hufflepuff | Looking Back on August While Freaking Out About School

hahaha school is almost upon me hahaha

💛 Giant Days #22-29 – I haven’t really talked about this comic yet, but it’s so much fun. It’s about three girls who met each other in college and became best friends. They have a lot of antics and it’s just hilarious. The side characters are also great

💛 Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn ★★★★ – Despite the four star rating, I absolutely loved it. Read my review here

💛 Ps. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ★★★★★ – Still need to review this, but I loved it. Can’t wait to read the final one

💛 It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura ★★★ – SUCH MIXED FEELINGS. I really wanted to love this one and it had a lot of potential, but alas the things I didn’t like really outweighed the things I did like

💛 Gotham Academy Second Semester #12 – There’s no news of there being more?? So this might be goodbye?? I’M NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE TO THESE KIDS. While it did end the current arc, it really didn’t feel like an ending to a series to me, so I really hope there will be more

💛 Ms. Marvel #21 – What more can I say besides that Ms. Marvel is still going strong and if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?

💛 Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery ★★★ – This took me two months. It had its charms, but it felt too long and was kinda boring at times. I’m going to take a break from Anne

💛 Snow White and the Seven Angels by Rhys Christopher Ethan ★★★ – cute, a great message and an interesting take on the original fairytale

💛 Lumberjanes #40 and #41 – Lumberjanes is also going strong. If you want to know why you should read it, why, I’ve got the perfect post for you

💛 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volume 3 ★★★★ – Really fun read and I absolutely adore Doreen  and Nancy (and their friendship)

💛 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★ – Initially I was a bit worried that I wasn’t going to like this, since I had trouble getting into it, but that was probably because I had been reading a lot of contemporary lately so I needed to get back into the fantasy pace. But as you can tell from my rating I ended up loving it! I definitely understand all the hype now

💛 Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 – Can’t really say anything about this yet, since it’s only the first issue and the story is just getting started. The art is really pretty and cute though, the protagonist is sapphic and it looks like there will be lots of girlpower, so I have high expectations

💛 Reviews: The Upside of Unrequited | Heroine Complex | It’s Not Like It’s a Secret
💛 Writing: Snippets: How To Flirt 101 by Andrew Lewis and Yong-sun is a Blue Cow |Introducing My Characters
💛 The Artsy Hufflehoe: Michelle Turns Art Into Memes
💛 Tags: My Blogger Aesthetics | The Reader Confession Tag | The Book Aesthetics Tag | The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag
💛 Others: The Reading Quest Sign Up | How To Make Aesthetics 101 by Moi | Studying Journalism With an Anxiety Disorder | Characters I Would Fight For

If only

But I do gotta get back to school (rip). I’m determined to be able to combine blogging with school this year though. I’ve made an entire planning for the coming month and I’ve already got some posts written and scheduled. I’ve also changed my schedule (from Monday – Wednesday – Friday to Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday) hoping that will work better, since one of those days is during the weekend so if I don’t have the time to schedule a post for that day I’ll hopefully have time to write it on the day itself. If I do disappear you know why

What Do You Mean We’re Halfway Through 2017

It’s time to freak out again over the fact that time flies by so fast and what better way to do that than to freak out over books? We’re already past the halfway point, but oh well! Thank you Shouni for tagging me  for the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag! If you haven’t yet, go check out her blog.

1. BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

I’m lazy and don’t have a picture of The Hate U Give #rip

2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

Ummm so many?? CAN 2017 EITHER STOP PUBLISHING SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS OR GIVE THEM ALL TO ME FOR FREE THANKS

To name a few: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Not Your Sidekick, Want, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, Heroine Worship and so many others it’s not funny

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

Though I’m really excited for the third Magnus Chase book!

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. I have SUCH mixed feelings towards this book, but I can’t say I loved it and I’m definitely disappointed. It had a lot of potential but alas. Read my review here

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE

I’m surprised that I didn’t enjoy The Dark Prophecy as much as I thought I would. I absolutely loved The Hidden Oracle, and while I did enjoy the The Dark Prophecy, I didn’t love it which was definitely a surprise. You can read my review here.

good surprise was Heroine Complex. While I was really excited when I picked it up and had high expectations, I wasn’t sure if I’d actually love it once I started. Thankfully my initial expectations and excitement were met and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to read the sequel. You can read my review here.

7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR AUTHOR TO YOU)

I’d definitely read anything Jen Wilde and Angie Thomas write. I also fell in love with Jenny Han’s writing, though I’m not sure if I’d actually pick up everything she’s written, since The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy just doesn’t appeal to me

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t think I really have one? Unless it counts that I now love Gilbert Blythe even more than I did last year when I first read Anne of Green Gables. I did love a lot of the new characters I encountered, just wouldn’t call anyone of them a crush I think.

9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Alex Fierro from Magnus Chase and Taylor from Queens of Geek. While there are many new favourites, I’m going to limit myself to these two.

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY 

The Hate U Give

11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Ps. I Still Love You. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS

12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

Uh do comics count? Cause in that case like Shouni I’ll choose Wonder Woman as well. I don’t recall having seen a book adaptation this year? But it’s okay cause I’ll gladly choose Wonder Woman. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?? IT’S AMAZING*

* I started writing this post weeks ago so by now I assume you’ve all seen it already if not let me drag you to the cinema right now

13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR? 

My review for Queens of Geek! I absolutely loved writing it

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR?

The Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone Hufflepuff edition that I got for my birthday it’s so beautiful omg. Does anyone know if they’ll re-release the other books in the House editions as well?

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Since this is a pretty popular tag this time of the year, I won’t be tagging anyone in specific. If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

What’s your favourite book of the year? And the prettiest one you got? Let me know in the comments!

Heroine Complex // Asian Female Superheroes Kicking Ass

Author: Sarah Kuhn
Genre: Adult // Urban fantasy // SUPERHEROES
Series: Heroine Complex #1
Goodreads rating: 3.69
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

 

 

 

Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.

Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right… or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.

Heroine Complex is as far as I know very unknown and very, very underrated. I hadn’t heard of it and was very lucky to see it at the bookstore. The bright colours obviously captured my eyes, then I read ‘Heroine’ and then I noticed that the two girls on the cover looked East-Asian?? Then I read the summary and the name was Japanese?? So Asian female superheroes, how could I not take this home with me? (also I had two book vouchers and had worked a lot that week so I could afford it)

I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint. I was a bit wary when I realised it was an adult book, as I’m usually not very fond of those because well, I’m not fond of sex scenes. There is some sex in this book, but I easily skipped the scene when I realised it was going into details and other than that it was all just mentioned or talked about, nothing too bad.

But let’s start from the beginning. While this is a superhero story and there’s also a romance, what I really liked is that the relationship between Evie and Aveda is at the core of the story. Evie and Aveda have been best friends since they were little and Aveda always had Evie’s back. The memories of what Aveda has done for Evie throughout the years are heartwarming to read and also helps you understand why Evie goes through such lenghts for Aveda, though it also makes you wonder if their relationship isn’t a little bit toxic. Other characters point this out as well, but what’s great is that at some point Evie stands up for herself, points it out to Aveda, and Aveda listens, apologises, and their friendship only becomes stronger for it. There’s an adorable scene where they go out, where it feels like they’re just two best friends instead of boss and employee and two superheroes with the fate of San Francisco at the weight of their shoulders. It really made me fall in love with their friendship and I can’t wait to see more of these two in the sequel. 

Both women went through some amazing growth: Evie becoming more sure of herself, coming to terms with her powers, being able to stand up for herself, and Aveda realising she’s been way too caught up in her reputation and that she hadn’t been treating her best friend very well.

While Aveda obviously had her flaws, I couldn’t help but love her. I definitely didn’t approve of the way she manipulated Evie, the moment I read Evie’s memories of Aveda standing up to their racist classmates and eating all the food Evie’s parents made, or jumping up the stage and grabbing the mic from the band because Evie wanted to hear a particular song at a school dance, I just couldn’t help but fall in love with her. She’s incredibly hardworking and knows what she wants, but she still has her insecurities and just wants to be approved and loved.

The romance between Evie and her love interest (while it’s pretty obvious who it is I don’t want to give it away in case you don’t want to know going in) is really good. I didn’t expect to fall in love with them as much as I did, but boy did I. It builds up throughout the novel, they get to know each other better, communicate, support each other, tease each other and it’s just?? So pure?? They also admit their mistakes to each other and apologise.

Besides Aveda and her love interest, Evie also has a great friendship with Aveda’s body guard Luisa  (who is a lesbian!) and her other childhood friend Scott, and is also struggling with her relationship with her teenage sister. Speaking of her sister, towards the end of the book she made a decision that I felt was kinda… random? I thought it was a bit much, but maybe she just didn’t think it through. I loved that she was really smart and finding her place among the group, and even though she and Evie didn’t always see eye to eye, they definitely loved each other.

While I absolutely loved the fun, comic book vibes the book had going on, I did wish that the villain didn‘t feel cartoonish. I couldn’t really take them seriously, which meant the stakes didn’t feel that high to me, which wasn’t the case at all! San Francisco and it’s citizens were at stake after all, and thus the main characters as well, but it was just hard for me to really take it seriously.

Another thing that I had a bit of a problem with, was the lack of character descriptions. Evie and Aveda were described (and on the cover) but either I missed it, or I have no idea what the other characters looked like. I went back several times to see if I missed it, so I could’ve overlooked it, but I think they just weren’t described, which was really annoying because I didn’t know how to imagine the characters besides Evie and Aveda. It’s a small thing though and didn’t ruin the book at all for me.

I definitely fell in love with this book. It had a bit of a slow beginning, but once I got into it I couldn’t stop reading. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to pick this book up.

Have you read Heroine Complex yet? What did you think of it? Who’s your favourite superhero? Let me know in the comments!

The Book Aesthetics Tag

After doing the Blogger Aesthetics Tag, I wondered if there was a tag in which you had to make book related aesthetics. I couldn’t find one (if there is let me know!) so naturally I made on myself

Rules

💛 Thank whoever nominated you (maybe you’re bitter that you have ANOTHER tag to do on top of the billions you already need to do (#relatable), still though. Someone thought of you. Be thankful. At least pretend to be
💛 Credit the creator of this tag (I feel so… weird, asking for credits?
💛 There’s no limit of how many aesthetics you can make for a question, but think of your poor readers. Even me, an aesthetics hoe, might get tired after 50 aesthetics (I doubt anyone would make/share that many for this tag I just like to exaggerate \_(ツ)_/¯
💛 Make your OWN aesthetics, please don’t steal them from someone else. Also what’s the fun in that?

Favourite book of the year

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I’ve read more books that I loved, but so far none have been able to surpass these two. They both have important messages, are well-written and have great characters. I haven’t gotten around to reviewing The Hate U Give Yet (I keep putting it off because I feel like everything has been said already?) but you can read my review for Queens of Geek here.

Character you relate to a lot

Taylor from Queens of Geek

There are more characters I relate to, but boy did I relate a lot to Taylor (Charlie as well, but less so). Her anxiety was so well written I could cry. If you want to know more about why I related so much to Taylor (wow this sounds like clickbait but in reality I’m just lazy and don’t want to repeat myself promise) read my review.

A character you look up to

Charlie from Queens of Geek

Hermione Granger

A lot of us look up to Hermione (I also relate to her a lot, but I wanted to give my girl Taylor some love), so I don’t think I need to explain why I look up to her. I also wanted to include Charlie though, cause though I looked up to Taylor as well I didn’t want to repeat myself (the things she did despite her anxiety were incredibly inspiring). I absolutely loved Charlie and how she’s able to express herself, be herself and speak her mind like that is really something to look up to. Not to mention what an incredible friend she is. She may not have anxiety herself, but she gets Taylor so well and she’s always there for her. We should all aspire to be a friend like Charlie.

As much as I love Queens of Geek I promise I’m done talking about it now (in this post anyway) lmao.

An underrated gem 

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

I absolutely loved Heroine Complex. It was such a fun read and I can’t wait to read the sequel. Basically: Asian female superheroes, fun superhero comic book vibes, girls supporting girls, sisters and a healthy romance. What more could you want? Review hopefully coming this week!

A character that deserves more love

Piper McLean from Heroes of Olympus

Agatha Wellbelove from Carry On

The hatred for Piper may have already passed, but a while back (I think around the time Blood of Olympus was published?) I came across so much hatred for Piper. And for ridiculous reasons! Because she thinks Jason is better than Percy?? Yeah the girl’s in love of course she’s going to think that, and she’s entitled to that opinion? I don’t remember the other reasons, but none of them were sounded. I honestly don’t get it. I love Piper with my entire heart. Fell in love with her the moment she appeared. She’s a daughter of Aphrodite, who kicks ass, uses words to get out of sticky situations (Charm speak), is an amazing and supportive friend, and so much more?? Fight me haters.

Agatha is disliked and hated on a lot. Especially when Carry On was first published a lot of reviews mentioned that they didn’t like her. Meanwhile I love my daughter. I love that she chose herself, realised that she never really loved Simon, didn’t want to be the prize for the hero at the end of the quest, just kidnapped a dog (or should I say… dognapped *finger guns*) and went to L.A. to live there happily ever after. Basically I adore Agatha and would fight for her too

An underrated OTP

Danny and Colton from Timekeeper

Timekeeper by Tara Sim did get a bit of buzz back when it was released last year, but I feel that it’s really underrated. Which is a shame because it’s amazing? It was my favourite book of 2016 (read my review here) and Danny and Colton played a huge part in that, since their romance is a huge part of the plot. They’re adorable. The relationship is pure and emotional and just so damn healthy. Apparently I declared it my favourite romance of 2016 and I still stand by that. 

I TAG

Marie | Lia | Kat | Fadwa | CW | YOU

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

If you want to do this tag (whether I’ve tagged you directly or not), but don’t really know how to make aesthetics: stay tuned! I’ve got a tutorial coming this Tuesday (you may be thinking: Michelle, why didn’t you get that up BEFORE this tag? Well… I was really excited about this tag and wanted to post it… So… Sorry?)

Are any of these books/characters/ships among your favourites as well? Which ones would you have picked? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #53 | I Talk About Periods So… Sorry Not Sorry

THE NETHERLANDS WON THE EUFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

At all the sexist men who said women can’t play football, they wouldn’t even be able to beat amateurs etc etc… EXCUSE ME WERE WAS OUR NATIONAL MEN TEAM LAST YEAR OH YEAH NOT EVEN QUALIFIED

I was really tired and not feeling well this week, so most of the time I didn’t feel like reading. Until yesterday, when I suddenly made a lot of progress in Heroine Complex. I’ve read a lot today too, and maybe I’ll finish it tonight. Depends on whether I’d rather read or blog. While I don’t want to get too far into it until I’ve finished it, I’m really enjoying it!

In other reading news, I’ve been clearing my Goodreads to read shelf. There are quite a few books I have no longer any interest in, but also books that I have no idea why I added them in the first place? I don’t see past, present or future Michelle interested in these? I am confused, but also like a weight lifted off my shoulder with all those books gone *she says as she adds 10000 more books*

As I already mentioned, I was tired and not feeling so well. First I ran out of my hay fever medicine during the weekend, meaning I had to order them on Monday and didn’t have them until Tuesday. Cue not being able to breathe while walking even a few steps outside. Which really ruined my trip to Stedelijk Museum with my mom. Though the exhibition we went to (it was the last week and neither of us had seen it yet) was… really disappointing? Not our thing at all. I love photography, but I guess Rineke Dijkstra is not for me *shrugs*

I also had the brilliant idea to continue taking my birth control pill three months in a row, thus skipping two periods because I really wasn’t feeling it and now my body is punishing me. I’d say don’t be like me but I know people who do this all the time?? A friend of mine just continues to take the pill for six months, gets her period and then continues to take it for another six months. HOW. I AM IN PAIN. MY BODY IS CONFUSED

So basically I haven’t been doing much rip. BUT I’M SEEING A FRIEND TOMORROW SO I’M EXCITED

I’m also hoping to actually go out more this week but who am I kidding I’m not even on my period yet and I’m already suffering

💛 I talked about Zanele Muholi, a photographer and visual activist from South Africa who photographs the LGBTQI community in South Africa
💛 I wrapped up July
💛 I shared some snippets in which one of my characters teaches you how to flirt and another one is a blue cow 
💛 I reviewed The Upside of Unrequited which I’m honestly falling more and more in love with?? I might change my 4 star rating to a 5 star rating? As much as I loved it once I had finished it, I still didn’t love it that much but,, now?? Lads I think I’m going to change it

💛 Savannah talks about what makes a good book blog and shares some of her favourites
💛 Alice has tips and a tutorial for using Edelweiss Plus
💛 Inge teaches you how to fold your book into a heart or in ‘home’
💛 It’s Angel’s fifth (fifth!!) blogoversary and she looks back on these past few years
💛 Shannon shares her weird (but wonderful) bookish habits
💛 Mia talks about why unhauling 30 books was the best decision she ever made
💛 CW reviews Want by Cindy Pon so let her convince you to read it because it sounds really good and important
💛 Em shares some LGBTQ+ music that she loves
💛 And talks about all the art she saw in Bristol
💛 Kira isn’t only celebrating her blogoversary, she’s also celebrating 100 followers so go increase that number because she deserves it
💛 Hannah wonders if using good grammar is worth it
💛 Ilsa interviewed Cait which was of course a really fun and hilarious interview because it’s Cait 
💛 Holly wrote a discussion post on the phrase ”well, at least you’re reading something”
💛 Mikaela shares 10 of her most secretive bookish confessions
💛 May celebrated her 6-month blogoversary (HOW HAS SHE BEEN BLOGGING FOR ONLY 6 MONTHS) and answered some questions 
💛 And she shared 9 reasons why we bookworms shouldn’t be trusted which is a genius way for non-bookworms to leave us alone so we can read all our books in peace and quiet 

And that’s a wrap! Any great posts I missed this week? What have you been reading? Have you cleared your Goodreads tbr shelf and thought ‘…why’? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #52

Woop I finally reached 52 Weekly Hufflepuffs! I started this feature almost two years ago, yet I only reached a year worth of weekly wrap ups now haha #isuckasablogger

I made slow progress Anne of Windy Poplars again. I am enjoying it, but it’s so long and such a slow read. Plus I miss all the old characters and none of the new ones really jump out. I also felt the sudden urge to reread Anna and the French Kiss last night, which I finished this morning. Finally, I started Heroine Complex, but I can’t really say anything about it yet. I’m not far enough yet.

Last week I said I was planning on spending more time at home, which I did! I only went to work for a bit on Friday, but other than that (and doing some grocery shopping) I spent some well-deserved time at home. The last few weeks had been so busy, I really needed to just… not go anywhere lmao. That sounds incredibly lazy but I just needed to lie around, watch some tv shows, read books, write and blog.

Since I didn’t do much, I don’t have much to share here either haha.

Wow this section was completely unnecessary

BUT THIS SECTION IS NOT UNNECESSARY YAY

LOOK

Though I changed my goal again, this time to 10.000, I’m happy with the fact that I wrote, wrote a little more than 10k and with what I wrote (which is obviously really important too). While I initially set out to write 25k, there was no way I would’ve been able too. Sure, I technically had the time or could’ve made it, but it would’ve tired me out (physically and mentally), and how would that do my writing any good?

I might share some snippets later this week depending on how I’m feeling. I just hope that I’ll be able to finish this novel this year. I’m going to need to come up with a plan haha

💛 I finally got my review for Queens of Geek up (which reminds me I need to take a picture of The Upside of Unrequited so I can get that review up too ahhh)
💛 I talked about the behaviour of some of the Supergirl cast members and why I had already stopped watching the show
💛 I talked about why you should watch the Disney Descendants movies
💛 And I also talked about why you should read Zodiac Starforce – lot’s of me trying to convince you guys to love the things I love haha

💛 Marie shares her book blogger bucket list and honestly… same
💛 Ilsa talks about 10 awkward blogging moments #relatable
💛 Julianna talks about blogging organisation (and is actual blogging goals omg I want to be that organised)
💛 Analee talks about 7 things all us bookworms wished we had known before becoming a bookworm
💛 Lia did the 777 Challenge and thus shared some lines from her WIP
💛 CW’s love for The Epic Crush of Genie Lo shines through her wonderful review
💛 Elly talks about the next Doctor being a woman
💛 Balie talks about 4 unique tropes she’d like to see more of
💛 Fadwa talks about reviewing books outside your lane
💛 Kat did The Writer’s Tag
💛 May talks about reasons for unfollowing blogs
💛 A.J. talks about what to do with problematic books you own
💛 Beth talks about managing your expectations for hyped books
💛 Mikaela wonders if you too get tired of seeing the same books around the blogosphere

And that’s another wrap! I don’t have anything scheduled for this week which makes me sliiightly nervous, but I’m definitely getting an Artsy Hufflehoe up tomorrow. I mean, it’s the last day of the month. I have no choice. Anyway, I doubt I’ll disappear, but I may not post three times which is my usual minimum. If I do disappear I hope I’ll be writing haha (watch me waste my time by marathoning shows instead).

How was your week? Any great blogposts that I didn’t list here? How’s Camp NaNo, or writing in general going? Let me know in the comments!

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