The Monthly Hufflepuff | Where Did 2017 Go

I think that it was about half-way through November that I realised that I had completely forgotten about my October wrap-up, so I guess I’ll wrap it up along with Novemberย ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿ’› Masked by J.D. Wrightย โ˜… – Yikes yikes and yikes. I went into a lot more detail in my review of course, but basically it had potential to be a fun read but instead it had a lot of problematic aspects

๐Ÿ’› Danger! Women Artists at Work by Debra N. Mancoff โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… –ย Really interesting, fun and inspiring read, but I wish it had featured more women of colour and queer ladies. Frida Kahlo is featured, but her sexuality isn’t mentioned, so if you’re unfamiliar with her you wouldn’t know that. Maybe there are more queer artists featured in this, but at some point I got too tired to google every artist to see if she might be queer since until I quit none of them were (or at least it wasn’t known if they were)

๐Ÿ’› Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – I have so much love for this book. It’s such a refreshing read: realistic, a wonderful friendship between a boy and a girl without any romance, a healthy romance that didn’t overtake the plot, family, fun antics… 10/10 would recommend

Me throwing Chasing Eveline at all of you

๐Ÿ’› Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Prince #2ย – uhhh I don’t really remember this issue woops. I love Zodiac Starforce though and I’m definitely enjoying this sequel

๐Ÿ’› Giant Days #31 and #32ย – Have I shouted at you guys to read Giant Days yet because please do. I barely ever laugh out loud while reading comics and Giant Days made me laugh out loud multiple times. It’s about three amazing female college students, their antics and their wonderful friendship.

๐Ÿ’› Hi-Fi Fight Club #2 – woops another issue I don’t remember?? Again, enjoying this one though. It’s about girls working at a record store who have a secret club in which they solve mysteries and kick ass

๐Ÿ’› Ms. Marvel #23 and #24 – LOVED this team up and I love how they’re currently exploring how the past arcs are impacting Kamala. If you aren’t reading Ms. Marvel yet what are you doing

what u doing fam

๐Ÿ’› The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Universe โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…ย – SO. MUCH. FUN.

๐Ÿ’› The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wildeย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – For someone who’s been shouting for about four/five (?) years that I love Oscar Wilde I should really read more of his works. Thus I finally picked up The Importance of Being Earnest and I’m so glad I did. It was such a delight

๐Ÿ’› Runaways volumes 1 – 8ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… for the first 7 andย โ˜… for the 8th volume – The first seven volumes were fun and these kids definitely grew on me. The problem I have with this comic is the pace. I felt it was way too rushed and it took so long for the characters to grow on me. They felt pretty flat to me and so did their relationships with each other (something I find the tv show is doing a better job of so far). Don’t even get me started on volume 8 I found it such a mess yikes. I don’t even want to consider it canon, especially with the way they treated Victor

๐Ÿ’› Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoonย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Ahhh such mixed feelings. I knew there was a lot of controversy about this one before going in and I definitely get where people are coming from. I can’t say anything about it without spoiling it though. My mixed feelings aren’t just because of that controversial thing* but also because it felt very insta-lovey and there were times were I got bored, despite that at first I really liked the writing style and the different formats. No scratch that, I’m in LOVE with the different formats. Controversy aside, this book is so artsy. Besides emails it also has really cool illustrations?? I wasn’t expecting that

๐Ÿ’› Emma volume 1 by Kaoru Moriย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Fun and cute, but nothing special

๐Ÿ’› Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali (reread)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… –ย For some reason I didn’t love it the first time as much as I loved it the second time around – I don’t know if it was the hype getting to me back then or my mood (sometimes I read/watch something and I feel a bit meh about it, but then the second time around I’m in love?? My brain is weird) or the fact that I wasn’t out yet and still struggling with my own feelings and couldn’t appreciate it as much as I could now. WHO KNOWS. Point is I love this book very much

๐Ÿ’› Swan Song by Charlotte Wilsonย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… ย – The way this one handles grief is very powerful and the romance is cute, but it didn’t blow me away

๐Ÿ’› Lumberjanes #43 and #44 – What can I say about Lumberjanes without repeating myself? It’s still very much enjoyable, the magic and weirdness of it never gets old and I love my girls. FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX

๐Ÿ’› Vengeance Road by Erin Bowmanย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Great action scenes, but unfortunately quite a few scenes in-between were a bit boring. Review will be up next week!

๐Ÿ’› Karina’s Silver Shoes by Denise Marques Leitaoย โ˜… – SO CONFUSING. I DON’T GET IT. AT ALL. If you want a few more details, you can find my review here

๐Ÿ’› America #8 – eh I dunno? I really want to love this comic, and some of the issues so far have been really good, but this issue had a pacing problem which more of the issues have.

๐Ÿ’› Lumberjanes 2017 Special: Faire and Squareย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – The girls and Jen go to a Robin Hood themed fair!! And there’s a pterodactyl!! Also they re-enact a telenovela to cheer up Ripley!! If you love Lumberjanes and haven’t read this special yet I’d definitely recommend it

๐Ÿ’› Lumberjanes 2016 Special: Makin’ The Ghost Of Itย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – It’s still fun because it’s Lumberjanes but I felt a bit meh about it?

๐Ÿ’› DC Bombshells #56 – #59 – Whyyy am I so slow when it comes to this comic while it’s one of my favourites.

๐Ÿ’› Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchinย โ˜…โ˜… – Mixed feelings galore!! This could’ve been a fun, cute read, and in a way it was? But it also wasn’t? Character driven novels are great, except when you don’t like the characters #woops Full review should be up soonish

๐Ÿ’› The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali (reread)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Still as cute and fun and wonderful and wholesome as the first time around!! Read my review here

๐Ÿ’› What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourneย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Just what I needed oh my goodness. THIS WAS SO GOOD. Okay so it made me feel insecure about my writing, but it was also so empowering, inspiring and fun and just ahhh. ALL THE FEELINGS. GOOD FEELINGS. BUT ALSO RAGE BECAUSE SEXISM. Anyway I can’t wait to review this one

Favourites of the month: Chasing Evelyne and What’s a Girl Gotta Do?

๐Ÿ’› Reviews: ย Doctor Who Myths and Legends | Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith | Masked | Chasing Eveline | Swan Song | Karina’s Silver Shoes
๐Ÿ’› Writing: Recipe: How to Make Your Own Writer | When Books Make You Feel Insecure About Your Writing
๐Ÿ’› Travel: London Day 1 and Day 2

Holidays!! Last month of 2018!!* Last full month until I leave for Manchester!!

Can you tell I’m freaking out a bit!!**

I mean obviously I’m excited but ahhh I’m also panicking. I don’t know yet how much I’ll blog. Like I said in my last weekly wrap up, I hit a bit of a blogging slump last week. This week I’m actually doing fine? So who knows what will happen. The most important thing is that I’m enjoying myselfย ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป

* Where did 2017 go?? What happened to it?? Why is time going so fast??
** A bit?? A bit?? Try a lot

How has your month been? Are you freaking out over 2017 almost being over? Any exciting plans for the holidays, and for 2018? What was your favourite book of the month? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #62 | I’m In a Blogging Slump????

Haha so yeah, I’m sort of in a blogging slump? Which I honestly didn’t expect would happen, considering usually my blogging slumps are caused by the exhaustion and stress of school. But I don’t have school? And I’ve been feeling pretty relaxed most days?

Yet, I haven’t felt like blogging these past two weeks. There were a few days where I wasn’t feeling that great (stupid cold) or wasn’t really feeling well mentally, but there were other days where I was feeling pretty great and I was in such a creative mood – just not a creative mood for blogging? I’ve been working on my photography and even writing (!!), but I just didn’t have the energy, motivation or inspiration to blog. Which has been pretty weird. I’m afraid that soon I’ll fall out of love with blogging, but I’m just going to try and listen to my heart. If I feel like blogging (like today!), I’ll blog. If I don’t, I won’t, because otherwise I’m seriously worried it will start to feel like a chore and before you know it I’ll be in an even worse blogging slump. Sooo while originally I wanted a schedule of two posts a week plus my weekly wrap up, I’m not sure if that will happen? But we’ll see

ANYWAY let’s wrap up these last two weeks

I started Vengeance Road sometime at the start of the month, and at first I thought it would be a pretty quick read, but… I dunno? It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t exactly blow me away either. I guess I also had some other expectations? If everything goes according to plan I’ll be writing my review later today, so it should be up sometime this week.

I also finally finished Karina’s Silver Shoes, which really took me a while. I’ve already reviewed this one, so I won’t get into that much detail, but boy was this one a disappointment.

I was in the mood to reread The Upside of Unrequited, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I still can’t believe I didn’t catch the Simon vs references the first time around? Sure, it had been over a year since I read Simon, but??? Simon is literally mentioned by his name??

I also read some comics like usual: caught up on Ms. Marvel, Lumberjanes and America, finally continued DC Bombshells (I love this comic I don’t understand why I’m so slow) and read some more Runaways volumes because the show really made me want to continue. I’m not sure if I’ll read the other volumes after Vaughn’s run though. I really hated Joss Whedon’s volume and the next ones don’t seem that great either. I’m tempted to just skip to Rainbow Rowell’s new issues.

So I’ve really been enjoying my time off! Well minus my cold and the days my mental health wasn’t that great, but other than that? Boy this break has been aย blessing. I mean I’ve even been writing?? But I’ll get into that later, because I can actually include a writing section in this wrap up.

Like I said above, I’ve also been working on my photography. And trying to post more on my photography Instagram account haha. Speaking of which…

Click on the picture to go to my account! (if you want)

If you aren’t yet and want to, feel free to follow meย ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป*

* Cheeky self-promo there

The other day my friend came over to hold a photoshoot, but we also just hung out, since we hadn’t seen each other since last term (not that that was that long ago and we do talk every day through imessage, but still haha). It was a lot of fun, but I was still a bit ill so spending so much time outside in the cold was a bit too much haha.

Last week I was sick of staying inside, so I decided to go to the Rijksmuseum. I didn’t know what kind of temporary exhibitions were on, so I decided to check them out while I was there. One of them was about being stateless in The Netherlands which was really beautiful (though not something I needed when I really didn’t want to cry with my stuffy nose!) and the other one was about Matthijs Maris, a Dutch artist who I had never heard of but it was really interesting and inspiring!ย There was another one, I’m not sure about what, but one look and I knew it wasn’t my thing haha. After those temporary exhibitions I spend some time in the regular collection, but soon I started to feel ill again so it was time to go home.

Oh! I’m ย also slowly getting grades back from last term and so far so good!ย ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป

Also I’m now OFFICIALLY accepted at the university in Manchester for my term abroad! I’ll be studying history for my minor and thankfully they can provide me with a dorm during my stay. I’m still super anxious about it, but at least all of this is now settled

Like I said: I’ve been writing! Last week I decided to print everything I’ve written so far for my WIP (my Camp NaNo project of the past two years, I’ve talked about it in more details here), something I’ve wanted to do for weeks now, but couldn’t because

So I FINALLY printed everything out, started to reread, make notes and everything and now, even though I haven’t finished my first draft yet, started on my second draft. Maybe I should’ve finished my first draft first, but this is motivating me to actually write so I’m going with it.

I’ve also been working on plot holes and the like, and I’ve been working on my outline, as I had never figured out what would happen next and how things would exactly end. I’ve made a timeline of when everything’s supposed to happen and I’m so excited to write again

Though I’m also really sad and kinda scared to actually finish this thing??

Though I’m also already thinking of a sort of sequel/companion novel when this one isn’t even done yet haha

๐Ÿ’› I talked about where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to and explained that I’m taking a break from schoolย 
๐Ÿ’› I reviewed Swan Song, a book about overcoming your grief, finding yourself and ballet
๐Ÿ’› I shared a recipe of how to make your own writer in case your stuck and want someone else to take over for youย 
๐Ÿ’› I reviewed Karina’s Silver Shoes, which was VERY confusingย 

I’m pretty behind on blog posts, and I don’t mind at all? I’ve bookmarked quite a few posts that I wanted to read, but I’m very tempted to just delete them all and start over, because boy am I never going to have the time to read them all and read all the new posts coming out all the time as well. Anyway, I don’t think any of these were actually posted during these past two weeks? I’m not sure, but hey old posts deserve some love too!

๐Ÿ’› Lila @ Hardcover Haven shares five things to do while in a blogging slumpย 
๐Ÿ’› Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how to NOT stress about blogging
๐Ÿ’› Melissa @ The Bookish Wanderer did The Book Aesthetics tag and created some wonderful aestheticsย 
๐Ÿ’› Em @ Yellow’s The Word shared her Autumn/Winter Primark wishlist
๐Ÿ’› Holly @ Nut Free Nerd shared some beautiful university parks
๐Ÿ’› Savannah @ The Book Prophet talks about giving books low ratings without reading them
๐Ÿ’› May @ Forever and Everly talks about her book and shares some beautiful aesthetics
๐Ÿ’› Ivy and Em @ Two Girls, Two Mountains share some foreign words with no English equivalent
๐Ÿ’› Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink shares 7 steps to love your own writing
๐Ÿ’› Vivian @ Writing With Style shares the best books about writing (and now I want them all rip my wallet)
๐Ÿ’› A.J. wrote a really important post about how people shouldn’t demand authors who write queer stories to label themselvesย 

And that’s a wrap! How has your week been? How’s your writing going? Can you relate to that frog gif? Been to any exhibitions lately? Are you watching The Runaways tv show? Let me know in the comments!

๏ปฟThe Monthly and Weekly Hufflepuff #60 | I Live

I didn’t mean to skip last week’s wrap up, but I was busy with deadlines and felt really weird and weak? Might have caught a bug or something, I dunno. But I live yay!

ALSO THE BOLD TYPE HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR NOT ONLY SEASON 2, BUT SEASON 3 AS WELL

I’m DEFINITELY living

Right now I’m still working my way through Danger! Women Artists at Work (I love non-fiction yet it takes me forever to actually finish them whyyy) and I started Chasing Eveline which I can’t say antyhing about yet as I pretty much just started. Meanwhile I also finished Ewan Pendle, and I ended up loving it! Hopefully I’ll have a review up this week. But let’s skip the other books I read since my last wrap up and just talk about my September books because I’m lazy ย and most of them will be discussed anyway in the list belowยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

๐Ÿ’›ย Marked by Kim Richardsonย โ˜… – Just realised I haven’t reviewed this one yet – woops. This one really disappointed me. I found it boring, flat, the characters annoying and the romance way too insta-y.

๐Ÿ’›ย America #6 and #7 – issue 6 was a bit of a let-down for me, as I felt like the arc was ended abruptly and solved too easily, but 7 was really interesting and fun to read as it dives into America’s past and shows us her moms’ past too

๐Ÿ’›ย Giant Days #30 and Holiday Specialย – Still a really fun read

๐Ÿ’›ย Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdiehย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Another one I just realised I still haven’t reviewed. Woops. I’ve talked about it before in a weekly wrap up, but this one was also a bit of a let-down. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really enjoy it either. I’m still questioning my three stars actually. It had a lot of potential and I definitely love the concept, but I’m definitely not a fan of the romance and I also felt really detached from the story and its characters

๐Ÿ’›ย Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylorย โ˜…โ˜… – Such a disappointment. It started out SO GOOD. I could definitely see myself loving it. But then the romance completely took over and I wanted to rip my eyes out*

๐Ÿ’›ย The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volumes 4, 5 and 6ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Squirrel Girl just gets better and better with each volume. If you haven’t checked it out yet, YOU MUST

๐Ÿ’›ย The Backstagers all issuesย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – I LOVE THIS COMIC SO MUCH I NEED MORE. Queer theater boys?? Yes please. Backstage being an ACTUAL magic place that reminded me a bit of Wonderland? Yes please. Basically this entire comic is a YES PLEASE from me and I highly recommend it

๐Ÿ’›ย Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Humeย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – SUCH a fun read and I’m so disappointed that there might not be a sequel. Basically all of you must read it ASAP (and I shall try to convince you to read it sometime this week)

๐Ÿ’›ย Lumberjanes #42 – Have I already yelled my love for Lumberjanes into your face? No? Here ya go: I LOVE LUMBERJANES**

๐Ÿ’›ย Doctor Who Myths and Legends by Rirchard Dinnickย โ˜… – Unfortunately not for me. I love Doctor Who but I couldn’t connect to the writing style which really got in the way of enjoying this

๐Ÿ’›ย Ms. Marvel #22 – uhhh last book of September and I don’t really remember it? I liked it, that I know for sure. It was a good ending to this arc

* Sorry for that image
** If you want more than just ‘I LOVE LUMBERJANES’ to convince you to read this amazing comic might I redirect you to my ‘why you should read lumberjanes’ postย 

What have I done with my life

That’s not a joke I don’t remember. I’ve been super busy with school and trying to meet every deadline. I’ve also worked here and there and just… Watched some tv shows? Read some books? OH HEY GUESS WHAT I FINALLY CAUGHT UP ON TEEN WOLF. Right in time for the finale (okay actually after the finale but that meant I could binge watch)

Is there a ‘I’m disappointed club’ because

It doesn’t surprise me at all because 6A had a great ending, but this one?

I barely enjoyed the season as well. Sure there were moments I liked and loved, but mostly? Nope 6B didn’t happen. JUST LIKE KIRA APPARENTLY DIDN’T HAPPEN

Thankfully Brooklyn Nine Nine is back so I’m all good

asbfhsdg I love Holt so much I’d die for him

Okay but seriously, I don’t think I really did anything?* I just focused on school and work, but this week I’m going to treat myself and go to two art exhibitions in Rotterdam.

* My memory is so bad I can’t think of anything lmao

This week I only posted my review for Doctor Who Myths and Legends. But at least I posted something yay!

Now for the entire month of September:

๐Ÿ’›ย Reviews:ย Snow White and the Seven Angels |ย Daughter of Smoke and Bone
๐Ÿ’›ย Writing: When You No Longer Like Your Plot, But Your Characters Own Your Heart
๐Ÿ’›ย The Artsy Hufflehoe: I talked about Jordan Wolfson’s Female Figure and the violence of objectification
๐Ÿ’›ย The Discussing Hufflepuff: Do You Need to Read All the Blogposts?ย |ย Why I Can’t Relate to Library-related Postsย 
๐Ÿ’›ย Tags: The Little Engine Tag | The Book Fangirling Award |ย The Infinity Dreams Award
๐Ÿ’›ย Other: Why You Should Support The Bold Type |ย Books Set in The Netherlands: So Manyย Opportunities!!ย |ย Things I Would Change inย Books

I don’t remember if I mentioned this already*, but I decided to save all the blog posts I want to read from my WordPress reader to my favourites map (and pray that Bloglovin doesn’t delete any unread posts) so that I can read them whenever I have the time. Hopefully this will help me to keep up easier, but I’m still super behind. So sorry if I haven’t visited your blog in a while!ย ๐Ÿ’›

๐Ÿ’›ย Annemieke wrote a letter to authors who request reviews
๐Ÿ’›ย Holly talks about her favourite libraries in Oxford
๐Ÿ’›ย Elm has 3000 followers!! I’m so proud (also go increase that number if you’re not following her yet)
๐Ÿ’›ย Savannah talks about what makes a book problematic

I actually wanted to share more posts, but I unfortunately don’t have any time to read more posts todayย ๐Ÿ˜ช

* Did I already mention that I have a terrible memory

So on one hand I feel like I don’t have that much left to do when it comes to school and that I’ll have more free time now (mostly because I finished my articles) but on the other hand I feel like I have A LOT to do and I’m stressing*

Basically I don’t know how active I’ll be this month, BUT. I need to keep up with my reviews because obligations. So you’ll definitely see some reviews this month. I do hope that I won’tย just post reviews, because I like variety but we’ll see. All I know is that this school year is FLYING BY and while that’s great it’s also not great because I still need to do so many things before going to Manchester (fun fact: I found out only recently that I’m going a bit earlier than I thought. Our school is so clear on everything :) Basically they never said that if you’re going to England you’ll start at the start of January, not at the end of the month. Also apparently I’m only going for three months instead of five)

SO YEAH I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF

* Yay anxiety

Anyway, how was your week/past two weeks/month? Is there a ‘I’m disappointed with the Teen Wolf Finale’ club and are you a part of it? What have you been reading? Are you watching B99? 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

๐Ÿ’›ย Giant Days #22-29ย – 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

๐Ÿ’›ย Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhnย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Despite the four star rating, I absolutely loved it. Read my review here

๐Ÿ’›ย Ps. I Still Love You by Jenny Han โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Still need to review this, but I loved it. Can’t wait to read the final one

๐Ÿ’›ย It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiuraย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – 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

๐Ÿ’›ย 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

๐Ÿ’›ย Ms. Marvel #21ย – 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?

๐Ÿ’›ย Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomeryย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – This took meย 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

๐Ÿ’›ย Snow White and the Seven Angels by Rhys Christopher Ethan โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – cute, a great message and an interesting take on the original fairytale

๐Ÿ’›ย Lumberjanes #40 and #41ย – Lumberjanes is also going strong. If you want to know why you should read it, why, I’ve got the perfect post for you

๐Ÿ’›ย The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volume 3 โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Really fun read and I absolutely adore Doreen ย and Nancy (and their friendship)

๐Ÿ’›ย Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugoย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – 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

๐Ÿ’›ย 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

๐Ÿ’›ย Reviews: The Upside of Unrequited | Heroine Complex | It’s Not Like It’s a Secret
๐Ÿ’›ย Writing:ย Snippets: How To Flirt 101 by Andrew Lewis and Yong-sun is a Blueย Cowย |Introducing My Characters
๐Ÿ’›ย The Artsy Hufflehoe: Michelle Turns Art Into Memes
๐Ÿ’›ย Tags: My Blogger Aesthetics | The Reader Confession Tag | The Book Aesthetics Tagย | The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย 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

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 playlistย here.

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

If Iย 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 isย 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 aboutย 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 andย 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 andย 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 Crossanย 

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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 workedย 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 itย 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’sย 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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