Things I Would Change in Books

Sometimes books are perfect and don’t need changing. Sometimes they’re almost perfect. Sometimes they could’ve been*. Sometimes I think: how could that be changed? So here we go, a few things I would change about certain books**

* *cries because of all that lost potential*
** a.k.a. books that came to mind right now

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Epilogue

I don’t hate the epilogue, but I completely understand why people dislike it. That being said, while I don’t hate it, recently a different idea formed in my head.

19 years later, Harry Potter has returned to Hogwarts to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts, all was well

let’s ignore the fact that 2017 is not well at all hahaha *sobs*

I understand Harry wanting to be an Auror at age 15, but adult Harry? It’s constantly pointed out that Hogwarts is Harry’s home, and after Order of the Phoenix Harry becoming a teacher makes a lot more sense.

I really like the idea of Harry standing in front of a class (Albus*, Scorpius and Rose being in that class), teaching the new generation about the war, talking about the importance of House Unity while fondly looking at his son, his son’s best friend and niece (because Rose would NOT treat Al and Scorp the way she did in The Cursed Child – the girl raised by Hermione Jean Granger would NOT behave that way). The bell rings signalling the end of class, Ginny comes in, having retired from the Holyhead Harpies and now being the flying instructor and Quidditch referee, hugging her son. Harry joins in, embarrassing Albus further. All was well

Of course it would be more detailed, mentioning Ron and Hermione and what they’re up to, but I really like this idea. Again, I’m not saying I hate the epilogue, this is just an idea that formed in my head that I wanted to share

* Though maybe if I’m changing this anyway I’d change his name too

Uprooted – Agnieszka ends up with Kasia

I didn’t like the relationship with Agniezka and her love interest at all – he continuously treats her like trash, is incredibly condescending and it’s just a straight-up abusive relationship. Meanwhile Agniezka’s relationship with her best friend Kasia is at the root of the story, we were again and again shown that they love each other, they risk their lives for each other because they didn’t want to live without the other – it was beautiful and healthy, but of course they’re just gal pals

Crooked Kingdom – Apparently someone died??

People claim that one of the main characters died in Crooked Kingdom?? I don’t know what they’re talking about?? No one died??

Y’all got the wrong edition no one died

And if they did die I just changed that*

* no one dies on this blog**
** Speaking of no one dying…

All books – no one except bad guys die

I wasn’t going to go there, because no one dying when they’re fighting a war is unrealistic. But screw that. My heart doesn’t want realism. My heart wants happy endings. And I’ll give my heart what it wants

What would you change about certain books? Would you change the epilogue of Harry Potter? Do you have some weird edition of Crooked Kingdom in which apparently someone dies?? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #57 | HELP I’M NOT READY FOR SCHOOL

I’m sorry the old Michelle can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh! Cause Crooked Kingdom murdered her ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A lot of you warned me that Crooked Kingdom was going to break me, and guess what!! It did!! It would’ve put me in a reading slump (BECAUSE WHAT CAN COMPARE) but I had already started Marked by Kim Richardson while on the bus the other day. Which was so bad that I just need to read something that’s slightly better (so hey at least it cured me from my possible reading slump that Crooked Kingdom almost put me in!). I’ll hopefully review it soon but… So much lost potential.  I also read America‘s latest issue and am so glad that we’re leaving this artist behind. I really didn’t like that art style. Though the arc felt really rushed, which is a shame because I really liked the previous issue. Issue 1 and 5 seem to be exceptions to the really odd pace the comic has going on.

As for The Reading Quest, I’m currently at 70 EXP, which means I’m now a level 2 Mage and 145 HP

MY FINAL WEEK OF SUMMER VACATION JUST FLEW BY. WHERE DID IT GO. I’M NOT READY

I worked a lot this week, so I barely had any time for myself (and the blog) too, but at least the work was fun and you know

On Tuesday and Wednesday I had meetings from the social media team, on Thursday I was the host of the Keith Haring Summer School (throughout the entire week a group of teens followed lectures and workshops and the like, all in the theme of Keith Haring) and got to meet fashion designer/artist Bas Kosters which was really cool since he incorporates LGBTQ+ and gender themes in his clothes and on Friday we had a party to close the Summer School so I had to help set that up. Oh and there was a moshpit at the museum lmao (not an agressive one but it was still funny) Oh and I saw an old teacher from secondary school which was really weird?? He only taught me for like half a year so I don’t think he recognised me and I felt too awkward saying hi.

I was going to meet up with a friend after work on Tuesday, but the meeting was shorter than anticipated so I had to wait for her for an hour or so. But the weather was nice and I had brought Crooked Kingdom with me so it was fine (tbh I really like my friend but I was a bit disappointed when she showed up since that meant I had to stop reading – I’m sure a lot of you relate right?) We just sat in the sun, looked at dogs playing in the water, caught up and then once we got to my house watched Pretty Little Liars. We still haven’t finished it and with school starting again I guess we’ll finally finish it during winter break. I’m kind of amazed I haven’t seen any huge spoilers yet? Really hope I didn’t just jinx it 

Oh I’ve also been listening to Keiynan Lonsdale’s Good Life nonstop and obviously I need to spread the love so give it a listen:

💛 I freaked out about books in the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag
💛 I wrapped up August already and freaked out about school
💛 I reviewed Snow White and the Seven Angels, a cute transgender retelling

💛 Analee made beautiful aesthetics for The Book Aesthetics Tag
💛 Marie talks about her WIP and shares some lines!
💛 Cátia reviews Her Book Boyfriend which has quite a few problematic aspects
💛 Sinead talks about glasses (or lack thereof) in books
💛 May shares 9 things you should never say to bookworms
💛 Amber made her own Ravenclaw book box
💛 Vivian shares bookish pins that you need 
💛 Sarah shares seven empowering books
💛 A.J. has a helpful post on how to prepare for a book festival
💛 Bridget talks about hype and the fear of missing out
💛 Juliana talks about mood readers vs scheduled readers
💛 Mikaela talks about blogging burn-out

And that’s a wrap! I’m really worried about how I’m going to be able to combine blogging and school, but I’m determined to make it work and not let school dictate my life. I’m going to take my advisors’ advice from last year and work a little less hard. I need to think about my health (both physical and mental) and blogging really helps my mental health. You’ll probably see a little bit less of me, but I’m hopeful that I’ll stay around

Anyway, how was your week? What have you been reading? Listening to? Should we start a support group for all of us who are not ready to go back to school (or are already back in school don’t worry you’re all welcome too) 

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

The Weekly Hufflepuff #56 | Beautiful Library, Art and ‘Cool Japan’

Don’t mind me I’m just freaking out over the fact that I only have one week of vacation left and I still have so much I need to do before school starts hahaha

Last week I said that I found Six of Crows a bit slow – probably because I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary lately and thus had to get used to that fantasy pace, but I ended up really loving it and already started on Crooked Kingdom, which I’m using for the Grind side quest for The Reading Quest. So far I’m at 40 EXP and 83 HP.

I also read the latest Lumberjanes and Hi-Fi Fight Club issue 1, but since it’s only the first issue I can’t say much about it yet, apart from the fact that I really love the art.

THE COLD IS GONE WOOP WOOP

On Tuesday my mom and I went to the Rijksmuseum, because we both hadn’t really been in a while (apart from two temporary exhibitions back in May). We only had a few hours and the museum is huge, so we definitely need to go again at some point, but at least I finally saw the library!

You’re not allowed to take pictures downstairs, so I had to settle for this

You are however allowed to take pictures upstairs

LOOK AT ALL THOSE BOOKS

Honestly pictures can’t do it justice. If you’re planning on going to Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum, I definitely recommend checking out their library

On Wednesday we went to the city center to do some necessary shopping and get ice cream at Van der Linde – if you’re ever in Amsterdam, get ice cream at Van der Linde. In my opinion it’s the best ice cream in the city.

On Thursday (I need to start these paragraphs differently rip) we finally went to the ‘Cool Japan’ exhibition at Museum Volkenkunde, which was a lot of fun. I had never been to this museum before, as it’s in Leiden (not that it’s that far from Amsterdam, I’ve just never been) so we did take a look around the museum a bit, especially since before you get to the ‘Cool Japan’ exhibition (which is temporary) there’s an exhibition on Indonesia as well. Since we’re Indonesian we had to check it out. We’re thinking of going back and bringing my grandfather with us.

Anyway, the Cool Japan exhibition was about both the hystory, myths (specifically yokai), more traditional art and of course manga, street fashion, music, etc. While the entire exhibition was interesting and fun, my favourite (and my mom’s) was the final room where they had built a small arcade. You could also read manga, there was a big screen showing some music videos and there were a few cosplays on display. Oh and there was a little bit about fan culture back in the old day which was really cool to see.

The robot (called Pepper I believe?) was so cute! Except then it was like ‘Do you want to talk? Come closer if you dare’ Is that a threat Pepper??

I used to play fighting games like Street Fighter and Tekken all the time, but on one of those arcade machines is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY I SUCKED (though I did win one round I’m 99% sure that was dumb luck)

The biggest reason the last room was my favourite – THIS GAME WAS SO MUCH FUN AND SO ADDICTING I WANT ONE OF THESE IN MY HOUSE

I also had to work and will have to work quite a bit the coming week (haha there goes my last week of freedom) While I did do some fun things, I unfortunately also struggled with my mental health this week, though I’m feeling a lot better again today.

💛 I talked about characters that get a lot of hate, but I would definitely fight you for
💛 I turned some art into memes for this month’s Artsy Hufflehoe
💛 I reviewed It’s Not Like It’s a Secret and spoiler: I have a lot of mixed feelings 

I was really bad at keeping up with posts this week, so basically I spent hours today catching up (I still have a few left to read but oh well) Really hope this is not foreshadowing for when school starts again

💛 MARIE IS BACK
💛 May talks about how to deal with bookish disappointments
💛 Lia did The Book Aesthetics tag and her aesthetics are beautiful
💛 Jasmine talks about her trip to Liverpool
💛 Lauren talks about characters she wishes were her friends
💛 Dev talks about why we need more shows like Brooklyn Nine Nine
💛 Hannah talks about recent YA cover makeovers 
💛 Mikaela talks about book-to-movie adaptations
💛 CW has some book recs for invisible narratives in historical fiction
💛 Lauren talks about comics and graphic novels for beginners 
💛 Em explored London

And that’s a wrap! What have you been up to? Been to any cool exhibitions lately? Let me know in the comments!

Mini Reviews Because I Forgot All About These Books

A lot of the times I end up not reviewing books at all, because I don’t have time to review them and by the time I do, I’ve forgotten all about them. I’ve written mini reviews before since I didn’t remember enough to write full reviews, but… sometimes it’s just too late and I barely remember it and if I were to review it – mini or not – I’d be like ‘it was fun read it’ or ‘it wasn’t fun don’t read it.’ Not very helpful, am I right? So let’s review these books shortly before I forget all about them (I know the title of this post says I already forgot them, but I meant I forgot I read them and need to review them woops)

Some of these I might review in more detail later on, but I’ll include them just in case I don’t have the time to do that. That way I’ll still have shared some of my thoughts

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 

A.k.a. I still don’t understand why everyone loves The Darkling??

But what I definitely don’t understand is why people ship him and Alina. That would be an incredibly abusive ship?? Not that Mal is any better yikes. Definitely understand all the love for Nikolai though

Genre: YA // Fantasy
Series: The Grisha #2
Goodreads rating: 4.09
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

A.k.a. I meant to review this in December but?? I don’t know what happened. I really loved this one. Not to call myself beautiful but after reading it I was the title guys. Suzanne was an amazing character and in some ways I related a bit too much to her (which was a bit triggering). She’s written so well. There’s also lots of friendship scenes that I love and it felt so realistic.

Genre: YA // Contemporary
Goodreads rating: 3.38
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary: Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own (Goodreads).

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

A.k.a. I meant to review this as well but in January instead and school happened. I loved this one so much though. It had everything I loved about the first one, and fixed the problems (like the pace and how Magnus and Sam felt too much like Percy and Annabeth to me) I had with it. I fell in love with all the characters, new (ALEX!!!!) and old, great storyline, fun side quests…

Genre: YA // Fantasy // LGBTQIAP+
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2
Goodreads rating: 4.37
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Another one I meant to review (I should just stop saying this shouldn’t I? Because so far I meant to review all of these except Siege and Storm – honestly writing a mini review for this was the best idea I had in a while lol consindering even after finishing it I barely had anything to say about it. I don’t know if you guys remember my attempt to review Shadow and Bone but… I didn’t want to repeat that haha)

ANYWAY. This was a cute, fun, light read with a little too much drama for my taste. Remember how I ranted about ‘underrated’ book tropes that I hate? How I ranted about miscommunciation because for the love of God please please just talk?? Yes this book is… well maybe not full with it, but a lot of times the problems could’ve been easily solved if Jo had just talked. Not just ‘a lot of problems’, the biggest conflict in the entire book could’ve been prevented that way.

I just find this trope too annoying to love a book, but it was definitely fun! The romance was adorable and I really liked some of Jo’s new friends (with the exception of one, you’ll know which one if you’ve read it). It’s also great to see religion and sexuality handled in such a positive light.

Genre: YA // Contemporary // LGBTQIAP+
Goodreads rating: 3.89
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Summary: It’s going to take a miracle for Joanna Gordon to get through senior year.

Despite being the daughter of a well-known radio evangelist, Jo has never hidden the fact that she’s gay, and her dad has always supported her. But that was back in Atlanta. Now her dad the reverend has married wife number three, and they’ve all moved to small-town Rome, Georgia. When Jo’s dad asks her to lie low for the rest of the year in the hopes that it will help him and his new wife settle in, Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although when God closes a closet door, he opens a window. Everything becomes so easy for Jo once she rebrands herself as a straight girl. No one gives her odd looks. Her new stepfamily likes her. She even gets in with the popular crowd.

And that’s how she meets Mary Carlson, the ultimate temptation. Even though Jo knows this girl is completely off-limits, she just can’t get her out of her mind. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if Jo’s starting to fall for Mary Carlson. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?

Lord, have mercy. Jo’s in for one hell of a year.

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

This one really deserves a post on its own, but like I said, I’ll include those here as well because I might never get to them. It’s a super cute comic book in which princesses save other princesses (and themselves!) and  fall in love and it’s just super cute.

Genre: Comic // Children’s (though seriously enjoyable for all ages) // Fantasy // LGBTQIAP+
Goodreads rating: 4.18
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Definitely hope to write a full review for this one, but if not: one heck of a ride. It’s very emotional, might be triggering to some, addresses serious issues and complex characters. I’m still not sure if I even ship the romance? It’s definitely a book that stays with you.

Genre: YA // Historical // LGBTQIAP+
Goodreads rating: 4.09
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary: It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah Dunbar’s first day of school, as one of the first black students at the previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda Hairston, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda have every reason to despise each other. But as a school project forces them to spend time together, the less their differences seem to matter. And Sarah and Linda start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re both determined ignore. Because it’s one thing to be frightened by the world around you – and another thing altogether when you’re terrified of what you feel inside

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

I’ve wanted to read something my Agatha Christie for a long time now and… I’m not sure if I’m disappointed or not? I guess it was a fun who-dunnit, but it was also a bit boring? Also use of the n-word and anti-semitism which really put me off and makes me question my rating.

Genre: Detective
Series: Hercule Poirot #1
Goodreads rating: 3.98
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I suddenly feel so productive now that I’ve reviewed these! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and bone

Genre: Ya | fantasy
Series: The Grisha trilogy
Goodreads rating: 4.08
My rating: ★★★★

summary

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

review

It’s been a while since I read this book, so this review will be a list review- yay! I tried writing a regular review, but my memory failed me 

  • I liked the worldbuilding. The Grisha were pretty cool and um. I know there were more things I liked about the worldbuilding… If only I could remember them.
  • I read it rather quickly, though the plot felt a bit meh to me. There’s quite a long period where not much happens and it wasn’t that interesting to me
  • I always heard/read people say how much they loved The Darkling, but… I don’t? I mean I don’t dislike him either. I feel nothing towards him. Maybe this will change during the rest of the trilogy?
  • The problem I have with this book is that it’s not very memorable. Even though it’s been a while since I read it (December), I really feel like I should remember more
  • I BARELY REMEMBER ANY OF THE CHARACTERS?! LIKE WHAT IS THE NAME OF ALINA’S FRIEND. I MEAN HER CHILDHOOD FRIEND, NOT THE ONE SHE MAKES AT THE… Grisha Court? Is that the term? Seriously, this book did not stick with me. But I liked the new friend she made and their friendship. I hope we’ll see more of that in the other books
  • Though the plot wasn’t always exciting, it didn’t bore me either
  • Why did I give this book 4 stars. I DON’T REMEMBER

Well wasn’t that an awful ‘review’

But hey, the fact that I barely remember this book does say something! So in a way this review is useful.

From this moment on I won’t start a new book until I’ve reviewed all the books I’ve read. That’ll motivate me, right?

Are you a fan of The Grisha trilogy? Let me know in the comments! Maybe you can help trigger my memory a bit haha. 

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