Best Books of 2016

This year I read 147 books. That sounds like a lot, but a lot of those books are manga and comic books. Not that I don’t count those, but those are really quick reads (at least for me), otherwise I never would’ve been able to read this much haha. But what were my favourites this year? In no order, except for the first one:

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Hands down my favourite book of the year. I loved it to pieces and I can’t wait for the sequel. I loved the characters, the worldbuilding, the writing, the relationships (including the romance of course), the mystery… Just everything. Read my review and listen to my playlist here.

The Ask and the Answer/Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

If I had to choose which one of these two is better, I’d probably go with The Ask and the Answer. Don’t ask me for any arguments, because I read these two at the start of the year and until I went through Goodreads I didn’t even remember that I read them this year. It feels like ages ago.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Same with Simon. Did I seriously read this only this year?? This book was so cute and Simon is so relatable. It didn’t blow me away, but I might reread it next year and we’ll see. Cinder didn’t blow me away at first either and now it’s one of my favourite books. Read my review here.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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This reminds me that I need to get my hands on Heartless. Also Wires and Nerves is almost out!! But I should talk about this book instead. If you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles and haven’t read this one yet, I really recommend it. I felt like I got to know the characters a little bit better (even though I think the main books already do a superb job at that) and it was just a lot of fun, especially the last story. Read my review here.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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This book was just so much fun and hilarious. I doubt there will ever be a year where there won’t be a Riordan book on my best of list, unless he didn’t publish anything. I already loved Apollo, but Uncle Rick gave him character development and actually made him likeable (I mean, I loved him before but if I were to know him in real life I’d despise him haha). Read my review here.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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I finally read the entire series this year and I really get what the hype is all about! I don’t know which book would be my favourite and I haven’t reviewed any of them either woops.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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I have this edition but I’m too lazy to take a picture of it woops

This one was definitely a surprise! I started reading it and was quite bored, but at some point the pace picked up and I loved it so much. It was so sweet yet heartbreaking. It also felt very real and I loved seeing Anne grow up. I really need to read the rest of the series.

One by Sarah Crossan 

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I’ve been meaning to review this one but I haven’t gotten to it yet. This one is written entirely through poems and while I didn’t know what to expect at first, it worked so well. It made me feel so much closer to the protagonists and so much more emotional.

We Awaken by Calista Lynne

I may have only given this book 3.5 stars, but I loved it a lot. It’s still on my mind even now after having finished it weeks ago. I just love the fact that both the protagonist and her love interest are ace and how that’s explored and how beautiful their relationship is. Read my review here.

Orange

I meant to review this manga this Summer when I read it, but I never got to it. I read it in one sitting (okay there aren’t that many chapters but still) and I can’t even explain why I loved it so much. It just hit me real hard and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Ms. Marvel

I don’t care whether you like superheroes or not okay? Read Ms. Marvel. Okay words are not working with me. I just don’t know where to start. Okay hopefully I’ll do better once I try to properly review this which I am planning on doing. JUST READ IT.

Lumberjanes

READ LUMBERJANES TOO (okay you should read everything on this list but). It has a super diverse cast (two!! trans characters!!!!), it’s all about friendship (though there’s an adorable same-sex relationship too), it’s very strange and magical, it’s hilarious, the characters are very lovable and just READ IT.

What are the best books YOU read this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles – Character Guide 2

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You may remember me telling you guys why you should read Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, today I’ll review the second character guide. I don’t have the first one, but one day I will.

When you open the guide you find some gorgeous coloured illustrations:

After that the guide looks back on what the gang has been doing so far, but this doesn’t add much. If you’ve read the manga, it’s nothing you didn’t already know.

Then the real fun begins, with a quiz that determines which character you are and in which country you should live!

I got Kurogane: a strong guy who’s kinder than you think. The people around you always rely on you. On the outside you seem cool and collected (hardly lol), but inside you’re very kind (on the outside too?). Your shyness is one of the charming things about you (good to know haha). I do relate to Kurogane at times, so I guess it’s pretty accurate (I don’t want to fight all the time though).

The country I got was the Country of Recort: a country overflowing with mysterious power. If you like fantasy (YES I DO), how about this mysterious country? It has schools that teach magic (YES PLEASE), and it’s central library has more books than anyone can read in a single lifetime! (*drools*). Okay so I’ve got to pack my bags to move to my new home guys. I don’t know if I’ll have wifi, but at least I’ll have plenty to read.

The character files after that are a bit disappointing. I thought they’d tell us something we didn’t know already, but it’s basically what they have done so far and they just point out the obvious personality traits we’ve already seen in the manga. I did love seeing some of Mokona’s special techniques on one page! (though it’s far from complete haha).

There are more pages than this dedicated to one character

Hey, that stats thing looks familiar…

So basically they are all Pokémon…

Thankfully the world guide that follows is a lot more interesting, with tidbits of information that I didn’t know yet! (of course it could be that I’ve already forgotten haha).

Throughout the guide there are ‘Tsubasa Mini Reports’ which look at the top 5 nicknames Fai most uses for Kurogane, the funniest scenes, romantic scenes etc. I really loved these! My favourite was the ‘angry scenes collection’ where they showed some of the scenes Kurogane lost his temper and his percentage of anger haha (I forgot to take pictures and now it’s already too dark outside. Of course I can take them later since I’ll schedule this post, but I’ll probably forget)

There’s also an interview with CLAMP which was fun to read, plus an interview between Mokona (one of CLAMP’s members) and Takao Yaguchi, who is her favourite mangaka. She gave some pretty good advice to all of us fans out there: ‘I didn’t get a very big allowance, and I couldn’t afford to buy the manga. So what I did was introduce it to my father and get him hooked, so that he would buy the manga.’ So if you don’t have enough money, get your parents interested in the book/manga/show/film/game etc. so they will buy it for you.

She also said that she and the other members fight about things like who ate the last cake haha.

Of course it also includes a bonus manga, which is very short but adorable.

The rest of the book contains a fashion check in which one of the editors of the magazine Vivi talks about the fashion style of the characters, the results of some polls, a Q&A with Syaoran, Sakura and Mokona (Mokona’s answers are adorable and hilarious: ‘Mokona is a genius!’ Where can I order Mokona, thank you (a live one, I have a plush haha)), concept art, a quiz (I’m a die-hard Tsubasa fan) and a few more fun little things.

While some things were a bit disappointing, it’s definitely a fun read for any fan of the manga!

Have you read this character guide yet? Or maybe one of the others? (I need to get my hands on them *grabby hands*

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Why You Should Read Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

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I recently reread Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, one of my favourite manga, so with it fresh in my mind I felt like writing a post on why YOU should read it (and love it).

If you have no idea what Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is about, here’s a short spoiler-free summary:

The story begins with childhood friends princess Sakura and Syaoran. Princess Sakura’s feathers, which are her memories, are shattered throughout multiple worlds and thus Syaoran decides to find them for her. They begin a journey along with Fai and Kurogane, who have their own reasons for traveling. There’s also cute companion called Mokona. 

Why you shouldn't read it

  • If you can’t stand blood and gore. It’s not really that bad, but things can get a bit bloody
  • I’m not sure about the age rating. The anime is PG-13, but is a less mature than the manga. If you’re younger than 13 though, you probably shouldn’t read it

Why you should read it

  • Travel through many different worlds: from fun to incredibly dangerous and corrupt
  • FANTASY. MAGIC.
  • Action hell yes
  • PLOT TWISTS OH MY GOD
  • LIKE SIRIUSLY YOU GUYS OH MY GOD
  • It’s fluffy and cute and hilarious BUT IT WILL ALSO RIP OUT YOUR HEART MULTIPLE TIMES TO A POINT WHERE YOU WONDER IF YOU STILL HAVE A HEART LEFT
  • IT’S JUST SO EXCITING YOU GUYS THE TENSION THE ACTION THE ADVENTURE THE PLOT TWISTS THE FIGHTING DFABSJDF
  • The artwork is beautiful like expected from Clamp
  • Of course the characters. They are so beautiful and complex and their background stories and even all the minor characters (and there are a lot) are 3D and complex and colourful and just amazing
  • MOKONA MODOKI
  • Fai x Kurogane bromance (possibly more than just a bromance)
  • All the relationships to be honest (romance is not the major plot point there is so much more going on)
  • The writing is just so amazing. It’s so complex but it still makes sense (unless you read it very slowly.)
  • It’s just a masterpiece guys
  • I mean that summary sounds pretty simple and fun and innocent right? IT’S NOT. DO NOT LET ME AND MY SPOILER-FREE SUMMARY FOOL YOU. I HAD TO WRITE IT THAT WAY BECAUSE I CAN’T SPOIL ANYTHING OR IT WILL LOSE IT’S BEAUTY WHEN YOU READ IT
  • The major fangirling in this post should convince you to read it
  • God I don’t even know anymore except

If you prefer anime over manga, the anime is amazing too (less mature like I said, less angst, less dark), but do not watch the OV seasons unless you’ve read the manga. I watched the OV seasons before I read the manga and it was incredibly confusing, especially the transition between the first OV season and the second.

Also there is now a sequel to the original manga. 

SQUEE. I want to read it, but the first page made me wonder if I should read xxxHolic first (the original Tsubasa and xxxHolic are intertwined) to understand what’s going on. I’ve read the first 3 volumes but I haven’t really had time (and so far it’s not as good as Tsubasa) to read the rest. I can’t wait to read the sequel though.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. START READING IT.

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The Monthly Hufflepuff | September

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

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

So what happened in the month of September?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Falling For Autumn Wrap Up

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Yesterday was the last day of the Read-a-Thon and I didn’t read AT ALL (or maybe I read a few manga pages? Not much anyway). I’m quite bummed about that, but I was busy with schoolwork and later that day I was having so much fun talking with everyone on Twitter that it just didn’t happen haha (I didn’t even forget, I got tired and went to bed).

So how did I do this year?

  • Read a total of three (3) books – 24 books
  • To read at least 150 pages per day – I didn’t read 150 pages yesterday, but I did read 150 pages on all the other days, so therefore half a strike haha
  • To read a book with the colour orange and/or brown on the cover – Many of the Tsubasa volumes have brown on them and volume 14 even has both
  • To read a book out of your comfort zone (a book from a genre you don’t normally read) – I thought I hadn’t done this, but then I realised that xxxHolic is psychological, which is something I usually don’t read!
  • To read a book with a word in the title that’s associated with autumn (autumn itself, leaf, acorn, chestnut, spider, cobweb, Halloween, etc…)
  • To read a book that scares you (whether it’s a horror book, a book that intimidates you, you can pick up whatever reason for a book you scare you)

(3.5/6) goals were accomplished! I’d say this read-a-thon was pretty successful.

How did you do this read-a-thon? Or maybe you’re participating in a different one? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #8

Time for another weekly wrap up! Remember when I said I was slowly recovering in my last wrap up? Yeah, I’m still sick! But like I said in one of my read-a-thon posts (can’t remember which one) don’t worry!

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If you’ve been following my read-a-thon posts you know I’ve been reading quite a bit!

  • Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts
  • All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts
  • I’ve started Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts. I’ll review the first three books in the series as I have them as an omnibus
  • I reread volume 10 to 28 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
  • I read the first two volumes of xxxHolic

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I saw the first episode of the new Muppets show. While I enjoyed it, it didn’t feel like The Muppets! I kind of miss the old format, but I will keep on watching. (My favourite line: ‘No, not THAT kind of meeting’)

Wednesday was pretty much dedicated to schoolwork (except for a short break to watch The Muppets)

I stayed home from school on Tuesday and Friday. On Tuesday I watched Easy A and on Friday Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. And now I want to reread the book again. It’s a never-ending circle guys

Yesterday Avid Reader, Elly and I started talking about how cool it would be if we bloggers/booklovers/awesome people all lived in the same apartment building and that grew into a village in which the three of us, Gabi and Jillian are the mayors. It will have a gigantic bookshop and library, lots of tea and chocolate, dragons, a machine that can make fictional characters real and a clone machine so we don’t have to share, Pokémon, Hogwarts and so much more that I’ve already forgotten haha. Oh and it will be called Tea Town and this will be our anthem: T is for Tadahhh I’m here! E is for excellent and A is for awesome sauce! If you want to be a villager, let us know haha.

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Like I said last week, until I’m completely caught up this section will feature blog posts I read this week, not necessarily ones that were posted this week.

I can’t believe September is almost over already and I’ll be writing my September wrap up soon! Can’t believe how fast time flies. I haven’t done many writing posts this month, nor have I done a Discussing Hufflepuff or a Blogsterdam. I probably won’t do those anymore this month, but hopefully everything will be back to normal next month so I can regularly blog again!

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Falling for Autumn Day 5

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Hey guys! I wish I could’ve updated more during this read-a-thon, but on Wednesday I was busy all day with schoolwork and was too exhausted to blog afterwards and I stayed home from school yesterday and today, since I’m not feeling too well. I might go to the doctor on Monday if things continue like this. DON’T WORRY THOUGH. I’m fine. It’s more that I’m getting sick of being sick haha.

ANYHOW. How is the read-a-thon going so far since I last updated on Tuesday?

  • As I predicted I finished Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts
  • I finished All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts
  • I started Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts (it’s an omnibus featuring these three books haha)
  • I finished rereading the entire Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle manga (I’m planning on writing a post about it now that it’s fresh in my mind again, so I can properly tell you guys why you MUST read it haha), which means I’ve read volume 11 to 28 so 18 volumes
  • I’ve read the first two volumes of xxxHolic. I’ve never really been interested in it, but I feel like I need to have read xxxHolic in order to understand Tsubasa World Chronicle 

The official challenges of this read-a-thon:

  • Read a total of three (3) books – I’ve read 22 books haha, yay for manga!
  • To read at least 150 pages per day – So far so good!
  • To read a book with the colour orange and/or brown on the coverI had actually picked The Silkworm for this challenge, but I can actually pick almost all of the Tsubasa volumes I read since Shaoran has brown hair and is on almost all of the covers. There’s also brown on the cover of Circles in the Stream.
  • To read a book out of your comfort zone (a book from a genre you don’t normally read) – Not yet! Rachel Roberts’ books are fantasy, which is my comfort zone. It’s also middle grade and while I usually read young adult, it’s not exactly outside of my comfort zone either.
  • To read a book with a word in the title that’s associated with autumn (autumn itself, leaf, acorn, chestnut, spider, cobweb, Halloween, etc…) Not yet.
  • To read a book that scares you (whether it’s a horror book, a book that intimidates you, you can pick up whatever reason for a book you scare you) – I’m still not planning on reading a book for this challenge. I don’t read horror (nor do I even have a horror book on my shelf) and a book that intimidates me would be Les Mis, and I won’t be able to finish that during this read-a-thon haha

CHALLENGE

Day 5’s challenge is the 394 Page Sentence! For this challenge I have to turn to page 394 of my current read (or one I plan to read) and read the first full sentence. Then I have to write a continuation of 55/75 words. Since my current read doesn’t have a page 394 I could also turn to page 31, but since I’m upstairs and my book is downstairs (so lazy, I know) I’ll be picking a book I’m planning to read, if not during this read-a-thon then next week: The Silkworm (I do hope my copy has over 394 pages…) It does! Phew, that could’ve been awkward haha. The original sentence will be in green, my continuation will be in blue.

After a brief pause Fancourt said:

”I am actually a rabbit from a faraway land.”

Strike and Robin looked at each other.

”I knew it.” Strike whispered.

”So it’s true then. You’re the one who kidnapped Alice.” Robin looked at the man in disgust.

Fancourt threw back his head and laughed.

”Kidnapped? That stupid child followed me on her own. Why would I kidnap that brat? She keeps on nagging and nagging: ‘White Rabbit, why are Tweedledee and Tweedledum called that way? White Rabbit, why is the Red Queen red? White Rabbit, White Rabbit…!”

Ah a little bit more than 75! Woops. Also don’t ask where the hell this came from guys. I have no idea haha. Sooo whoever Fancourt is, I’m sure he’s not actually the White Rabbit in disguise, and I doubt The Silkworm will turn out to be a fantasy novel. Don’t take this too serious haha.

How’s your read-a-thon going? If you’re not participating, what are you currently reading? If you are participating, have you done the 394 Page Challenge? Let me know, I want to check out yours!

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Falling For Autumn Day 1+2

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

I was stuck at school until 7 PM yesterday and by the time I got home I was so exhausted I couldn’t blog anymore! I barely even read. Thus progress of day 1 and 2 in one post.

My progress so far:

  • I’ve read 113 pages of Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts (around 30 pages yesterday and the rest today). The day isn’t over yet though, so I will continue this book (and most likely finish) once I’m done with this post
  • I read about half of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volume 9 on the train home and finished it
  • I finished volume 10 today (I’m still shocked at how little I remember haha)

I don’t really notice how many pages I read while reading manga, but I do think I’ve read 150 pages today (reading 150 pages every day is one of the challenges)!

CHALLENGE

Ner’s description:

In this Book Bingo all you have to do is share the books that you’ve read or will read that match the bingo below. You can repeat books that match more than one category. It’s all entirely up to you how to do it.

My Bookish Bingo:

  • A book that’s in the middle of a series – Lola and the Boy Next Door
  • A book set in another country but yours – Fangirl (since I live in The Netherlands, I can name a lot of books here haha)
  • A book that came/will come out in your birthday month – More Happy Than Not came out last June (I haven’t read it yet)
  • A book that became/will become a movie/tv-series – City of Bones
  • A book with more than 500 pages – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A book that scares you – Winter. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN
  • A book with numbers/a number in the title – I Am Number Four
  • A book written by a male author – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • A book from a foreign author – The School for Good and Evil (again, a lot of authors I read are foreign to me since I live in the Netherlands)

I will now continue reading! If you’re participating in the read-a-thon, how are you doing? If you’re not, what are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments!

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Boekenfestijn Book Haul!

Boekenfestijn Haul

Hey guys! I’m not entirely better yet, but I felt like blogging so yay! Today I went to ‘Boekenfestijn’*, which is like an inside book market that lasts for four days (Thursday to Sunday) where you can find cheap books and this time it’s in Utrecht, so if it’s in your neighbourhood: go go go!

* we bookworms don’t let our sickness get in the way of cheap books, am I right?!

Since I only read in English it was a bit difficult to find YA books that I wanted to read, but I still got a pretty good haul as you can see in the above picture (the books are mirrored by the way! I got a pretty cool program/app called Pixlr that looks like it will be fun to use).

My haul consists of:

  • Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver – I’ve never heard of this book but it sounds interesting and it’s really pretty
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – Hardback Collector’s First Edition (includes Will’s letter to his family!). I currently have TID and TMI (except for Heavenly Fire) in paperback and I want them all in hardback
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – because I want to collect a lot of the different editions, mainly the original Bloomsbury edition (right now I have the books in Dutch and the new Bloomsbury edition)
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volumes 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 23 – I want to own all of my favourite manga some day, since I already had volume 8 I now own 7 out of 28 volumes. Slowly getting there haha
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Character Guide – because character guides are always fun (plus it was like two euros)
  • I Love You – a little book with giant panda drawings and love messages for my mom. Giant pandas are my favourite animals (along with pugs of course) so that makes it more personal

All in all I spend around 23 euros, while these books are usually definitely more expensive! I mean, I spend around 15 euros on manga, while that’s usually the price of one volume here! All in all, I am a happy bookworm.

If you live in The Netherlands, have you been to Boekenfestijn (this one or maybe on in the past)? Did you manage to get a good haul? And if you don’t live in The Netherlands, what are some books you recently acquired? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #5

Another week is over! Doing these weekly wrap ups makes me even more aware of how fast time flies!

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So these weekly wrap ups run from last Sunday to Saturday, which means it doesn’t include today, buuuut… Today was the first day this week that I actually read (unless you count school books and blog posts).

I know, it’s terrible! It’s been such a long time since I haven’t read much. I haven’t necessarily been that busy with school, it’s mostly that it’s exhausting! Getting up early again, the stress of catching the bus and the train, all the newness (that’s totally a word. And if it isn’t it is now)… I actually had trouble reading when I came home! Letters even became blurry. Oh boy.

So what did I read today?

It’s so much fun to read old and new fairy tales! (With old and new I mean: old and new to me. There are some fairy tales in this book I had never heard of!). I’ve read eight stories today, but I might read more in the evening.

I hope that I’ll be able to read more next week. I just need to get back into routine!

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As I mentioned in my last wrap up I met up with a friend. We went to the centre and walked, talked and shopped (guys I wasn’t going to spend this much but…)

Of course there was a stop at the bookstore involved, where I couldn’t pass up two Pokémon Special volumes that were for sale! Then I discovered they had a Dumbledore Pop! Funko!! Naturally I immediately grabbed it.

As we were walking past a toy store I couldn’t help but notice out of the corner of my eye one Daisy Tsum Tsum. I literally ran into the storeIMG_4228 shouting ‘OH WAIT A SEC, SORRY’ at my friend. I mean, they had only ONE, so I couldn’t pass that up, could I?

We also stopped at Starbucks where I got a Cookie Cream Frapp
uccino and my friend got a Lemon something (I forgot the name). We were very confused about these piles of bags/pillows at the back of the store, wondering what was inside of them, until we realised it was a poster.

Our last stop was the Bijenkorf (a shopping mall), where we outed our shock at the prices of the clothes (it’s not funny guys) and where I found ‘The Arabian Nights’, which I needed because: 1) It was 25 euros which you may find expensive, but books like these are usually around 40 euros! 2) It’s gorgeous. 3) I love One Thousand and One Nights.

The next time we’ll see each other (which will be soon hopefully!) we made plans to go to the Foodhallen (Food Halls), which is an indoor market. Because you know, food.

School officially started this week! Thankfully it really wasn’t that bad and I’ve sort of made friends. I mean, it’s only the first week so I’m not sure I should call anyone my friend, but there are people I can talk and joke with! The classes are so far all fun and interesting and most of my teachers seem nice. I might do a post on studying journalism, but if I do it will be at the end of this quarter.

On a less exciting note, I think I’m developing a cold! My throat is really sore, my head feels a bit heavy, my stomach feels odd (the way it always does when I have a cold) and oh my God I don’t even want food.

Anyway, here’s the entire ‘haul’ from last Sunday:

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I was planning on writing a post both on Friday and Saturday, but then it was actually Friday and I thought: nah, I can miss one day. I’ll post tomorrow. Same thing happened on Saturday. Thankfully that wasn’t the case today! Anyway here are this week’s posts:

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So I’m not entirely caught up on all the posts posted this week. There are about 90 posts waiting for me on Bloglovin (it was a lot more yesterday), but I’m still going to share some of my favourites with you guys!

And that’s a wrap! I thought up a schedule for myself so that I can combine school, blogging (both reading your posts and writing my own), writing and reading. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to that schedule! So how was your week? Did you start school yet? If so, I hope things are going well!

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