Characters I Would Fight You For

Look, I’m not a violent person. I literally can’t hurt a fly. I’ll open a window and wave my arms around the fly towards the window hoping it will fly out the window. But if you talk bad about these characters there’s a chance I’ll fight you. At least mentally

Harry Potter

Maybe you’re thinking: Michelle, who hates Harry frickin’ Potter?? Well lots of people apparently! A while back I was looking for annoying YA characters for a tag (my mind was going blank so I needed inspiration) and I found Harry on pretty much every list?? And of course the reason he was on there was because of his behaviour in Order of the Phoenix.

HE. HAS. PTSD. AND. IS. AN. ABUSE. VICTIM

Yes, he shouldn’t blow up at people and having PTSD isn’t an excuse for it, but it is a reason. He’s 15 years old, having dealt with a lot of traumatic crap already and now he’s finally blowing up. Order of the Phoenix Harry shows us how human Harry is and that watching Cedric die, facing Voldemort once again and this time with his full powers restored, being surrounded by Death Eaters, seeing his dead parents come out of Voldemorts wand… That was all just too much for him and he can’t handle it anymore.

Another complaint is that Harry won’t go to Dumbledore about Umbridge because he doesn’t want to bother him. He grew up in an abusive household, where he wasn’t even allowed to ask questions, let alone ask for help or go to the Dursley’s with his problems. Not to mention he already felt like a bother to Dumbledore since he was avoiding him.

I swear I will fight you for my son Harry Potter

Ron Weasley

I know Ron has flaws, but let’s not forget that he’s incredibly loyal to his friends? And he won’t take any crap from pure-blood supremacists? His wand was broken and he still tried to hex Malfoy, even though he knew it could backfire badly. He stood on a frickin’ broken leg and used himself as a shield to protect Harry from a supposed mass-murderer who was supposed to be an expert at the Dark Arts. Yes, he lets his jealousy get to him sometimes, but he’s only human. He wrote his mom to make sure Harry would get Christmas presents. He broke Harry out and invited him to his home. That boy would do anything for his friends.

Is this Ron protecting Harry from Sirius or me protecting Ron from the haters

Heroes of Olympus characters that aren’t Percy and Annabeth (and Leo before Blood of Olympus came out)

Especially on Tumblr I saw a lot of hatred towards these characters, for the most ridiculous reasons. I’ve already talked about Piper in my Book Aesthetics Tag, so I won’t repeat myself. But why would you hate on the cinnamon rolls that are Hazel and Frank?? That’s an actual question. If you hate/dislike them, could you please tell me why?

People hate on Jason because he’s ‘a boring version of Percy’. I’m pretty sure Riordan meant for Percy and Jason to be pretty similar, except they were each other Greek and Roman versions and thus perfect to take each other’s place and bring the two camps together. Personally I love my dorky son Jason who tried to eat a stapler.

Leo was really loved, until the events of Blood of Olympus. I get why people were angry, but the hatred I saw was a bit too much back then. He was the fandoms golden child before Blood of Olympus though, and the other four took all the heat.

Of course you don’t have to like all these characters! Everyone has different opinions but personally I find hatred a bit much? They’re not Octavian

Agatha Wellbelove 

Okay I know I’ve already talked about her in my Book Aesthetics Tag as well, but like Piper I didn’t want to leave her out. I get not liking her or not being interested in her, but hatred? She isn’t The Mage (yes I’m repeating myself but,,) I mean the girl just wanted to live a quiet life with a cute dog and realised she deserved better than being the hero’s reward at the end of the quest.

If you do hate these characters, that’s fine! I won’t actually fight you (really hope I didn’t scare you lmao) I’ll just start screaming on the inside  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Which characters would you fight someone for? If you do dislike/hate these characters, why? (seriously don’t worry I won’t fight you) Let me know in the comments!

Blogsterdam: The Amsterdam Book Tag

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This month’s Blogsterdam will combine Amsterdam and books (actually just like last month’s since then I talked about my favourite bookstore) in a tag I created!

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Seriously guys it’s not funny how many cheese stores there are in the same street. DEFY THE STEREOTYPES AMSTERDAM. Anyway, my choice for this category is The Selection series, which can be quite cheesy but still ‘delicious’. Well the first three anyway, since I still haven’t read the rest.

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I’m torn between Carry On and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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Since I’m very emotional, a lot of books make me cry, so let’s just go with the most recent one, which was my reread of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Yep, that book does make me very emotional so a good choice for this one.

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That awkward moment you realise THEY SHOULD’VE BEEN HORIZONTAL BECAUSE THIS IS THE FRENCH FLAG And the idiot of the year award goes to…

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For this category you can go with fiction or non-fiction, I’m going with non-fiction since I want to choose De Kunst van Het Woord: Zijn Mooiste Brieven (literal translation: The Art of the Word: His Most Beautiful Letters), which is a book about Van Gogh and contains, like the title says, his most beautiful letters. I haven’t finished this yet since I haven’t been in the mood to read non-fiction lately, but I love Van Gogh so I’ll continue soon. It hasn’t been translated into English I believe (at least I can’t find an English edition on Goodreads), but it might be in the works.

PIGEONS

I have a love-hate relationship with pigeons. On one hand I find them cute, on the other I find them annoying, especially at Dam Square where they tend to accidentally almost fly at your face. I found pretty much every main character in The Crown’s Game annoying to be honest (Pasha was bearable until the end). Review to come soon!

I TAG

Marie | Em | Anne | Kat | Cristina | Cátia | Alex | Whoever wants to do this!

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? I hope you had a good time! Also: do you like cheese? Let me know in the comments!

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Bookish Pop! Funkos I Need In My Life

I don’t know how it happened, but recently I suddenly envisioned Cath from Fangirl as a Pop! Funko and it was the cutest thing. I’d draw it but I’m lazy and it’d take up waaaay to much time (and I don’t have that much time). Inspired by this ‘vision’ though, I decided to list some bookish Pop! Funkos I need in my life that I will probably never get, unless they’re turned into a popular movie/tv show (which would be awesome without the Funkos of course).

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Source: Noelle Stevenson

Starting with the book that inspired this post, a Cath Pop! Funko would be adorable. Can you imagine little Cath, wearing her Carry On Simon T-shirt and cardigan, a copy of Simon Snow in her hand? ‘Cause I can.

In addition Levi and Reagan would be adorable too, and while I can’t really picture Wren (maybe a reread is due – not that I need an excuse to reread Fangirl) I know she’d be cute as a Pop! Funko

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Source: Paper Pie

And obviously I need Snowbaz as Pop! Funkos as well. I need them because of reasons. And of course I need Penelope and Agatha to finish the squad (I know almost everyone hates Agatha but I really don’t. Also her Pop! Funko needs her dog Lucy).

Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus

Source: Viria

Duh. I need my favourite demigods to stand in front of my Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books. Preferably with cute objects that fit them. Percy with blue pizza in his hand (or other food, as long as it’s blue) and Riptide in the other; Annabeth with her dagger and laptop/a book; Grover I dunno holding a flower? He’d be cute either way; Jason wearing his dorky glasses; Leo with his tool belt and a wrench or other tool in his hand (maybe a flame in his other or is that too much to ask?); Piper with her dagger; Hazel with gems; Nico with a Happy Meal; Frank half transformed in preferably a cute animal like a panda (Frank is like a panda or a teddy bear, don’t fight me on this); Reyna just looking badass, maybe riding her Pegasus Scipio; Rachel holding a paintbrush and the infamous blue hairbrush; and of course Tyson and Ella and… I could go on because I want all the characters (well except Smelly Gabe). BUT HOW AWESOME WOULD THESE BE.

The Lunar Chronicles

Source: Candy8496

I need the Rampion Crew as Pop! Funko guys (including Iko of course. It was really hard to find good fan art of the entire crew, and for some reason I couldn’t find any with Iko in it. Is it too greedy to ask for android Iko and escort-droid Iko). I need them. Like air (okay not like air or I would’ve died already but you get what I mean). They would make such great, distinctive and adorable Pop! Funkos and I want to cry because unless the books are adapted for film/tv (preferably the latter) they will never exist and I need them. Can we start a petition for bookish Pop! Funkos so that they know they’re in demand and will sell well please. Oh and since they made a Hogwarts Express and the couch from Friends (or they’re making it, I don’t know if it’s out yet) can we get the Rampion itself too.

Shadowhunters

Shadowhunters has the most chance of getting their own Pop! Funkos because of the tv show. If it does well and becomes more popular, who knows? Obviously the Pops will look like the actors and I’m 100% down for that. THEY’LL BE EVEN MORE ADORABLE. How will they capture Matthew Dadario’s beauty in Pop! Funko form though. Oh and they better not leave out Luke (he’s a main character thank you), Raphael and Lydia.

There are probably a lot more bookish Pop! Funkos that I want (including the new and already existing Harry Potter Pop! Funkos duh), but these were the first ones that came to mind and that I really want. What bookish Pop! Funkos do you need in your life? Let me know in the comments!

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OTPs I’m Currently Obsessing Over

Originally I wasn’t going to do anything Valentine-related, but why not take this opportunity to talk about some fictional couples I’ve been obsessed over lately? Notice the lately, because I have a lot of OTPs and it would be so hard to choose only a few (of course I’d love to fangirl about all of my OTPs with you guys, but that post will turn into an entire book haha) So what five ships have I been shipping like crazy lately?

STYDIA – TEEN WOLF

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Fun fact: I shipped Stydia before I even watched the show. I saw a lot of gif posts of them on Tumblr and just unconsciously started shipping them. Of course it became much worse when I actually started to watch the show. My love for this ship hasn’t died down at all since I started to watch the show, but it has become much worse the past two weeks with the latest episodes. If you’ve seen them you know what I’m talking about. I’m on a Stydia high guys and I’ve just been listening to Where’s My Love on repeat. Whether you watch the show or not, listen to this song because it’s beautiful

MALEC – THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS / SHADOWHUNTERS

I never stopped obsessing over Malec, but boy it has reached a new level when last week’s episode of Shadowhunters aired. You can say a lot of negative things about the show, but damn are they doing my OTP justice. This week we got what was maybe a minute, yet it gave me so many feels. Plus I still haven’t recovered from last week’s ep. HOW AM I GOING TO SURVIVE THE EPISODE THAT’S LITERALLY CALLED MALEC?

CHOI IN HA AND CHOI DAL PO – PINOCCHIO

These two. I don’t know how I haven’t died of cuteness yet because oh my god. They’re too adorable for words. I squealed so many times during this drama. Look forward to a post about it soon (may or may not be a review. It’s very likely that it will just be me fangirling instead). AND THE ENDING OH MY GOD. RAISA GET THERE SOON BECAUSE IT’S JUST DWFBJSDH I NEED SOMEONE TO FANGIRL WITH WITHOUT SPOILING THEM

CRESWELL – THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

I love all the other ships (especially Cinder and Kai) but Cresswell is definitely my favourite. They’re too adorable for words and the way their relationship developed was slow yet definitely worth it. Winter killed me mainly because of these two. How am I not dead yet with all of these adorable couples. It’s been a while since I read Winter (and I still don’t have Stars Above *returns to my puddle of tears*) but I’m still obsessing over these two.

SNOWBAZ – CARRY ON 

My obsession has died down a bit since I first read the book (emphasis on a bit) but when I first finished Carry On I was just high on feels. Their relationship gave me actual adrenaline and I just couldn’t stop smiling. God I need to reread this book (and if you haven’t read it yet: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR)

So these are the ships that have been killing me lately. What ships have you been obsessing over lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Genre: Young adult | fantasy | Romance
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating: ★★★★★

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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up (Goodreads).

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Carry On was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015 and boy did it live up to my expectations. To clear things up, since I wasn’t too sure myself at first: this is not Cath’s fanfic. This is Rainbow Rowell’s own fanfic. Basically, it’s a fanfic of a fanfic based on a fictional book series that is based on a real book series in a book. ARE YOU CONFUSED YET? It’s like bookception.

Anyway, we got snippets of Cath’s fanfic in Fangirl, but Rainbow Rowell’s own fanfic is so much betterIt’s not just about Simon and Baz and them falling in love (but of course it is and it’s glorious and brilliant and beautiful and adorable and just dsnjf), it’s also about the war with the Humdrum, friendship, school, magic, feeling accepted, growing up and so much more. You could see it as the final Simon Snow book actually, but probably better, since we know from Fangirl that Snowbaz would never be canon in the actual books (‘actual books’ I’m talking about this fictional book series like it actually exists).

I don’t know how to write this review guys. I just don’t. CARRY ON IS PERFECT AND WHO NEEDS DRUGS WHEN YOU CAN GET HIGH ON SNOWBAZ (siriusly I was so giddy after finishing this because Simon and Baz are OTP). I  kind of shipped them in Fangirl, but I didn’t really think that much of Simon and Baz. My attention was on Cath and Levi, but now? Now I just can’t stop thinking about the perfection that is Snowbaz.

My face throughout most of this book was:

Though to be honest this is my face A LOT lately, when it comes to shipping.

Okay since I have so many feels (and it’s been almost a month since I read it woops) and I feel like this review is all over the place, I’m going to put the rest of my review in a list of what I loved, yay!

  • I loved how the book was told in multiple povs, and not just Simon’s (which I expected at first)
  • There are multiple plot points that all connect to each other at some point beautifully.
  • There was just so much more going on than just a romance (which is expected of Rainbow Rowell)
  • The romance was developed beautifully and realistically
  • All the worldbuilding
  • The magic system is really cool: It’s based on words. Even songs can be spells. It’s just so unique and I love it.
  • Penelope frickin Bunce
  • The mysteries
  • All the twists on the tropes
  • The ending oh MY GOD I LOVE IT

Have you read Carry On yet? If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? If you have, let me know what you thought about it! 

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The Quote Challenge

Janet from The Storyteller, Daniel from How To Read Books and Bridget from Stay and Watch The Stars nominated me for the 3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge! Thank you! Also don’t forget to check out their blogs.

So what are the rules?

1. Post 3 of your favorite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart.

2. Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.

3. Don’t forget to thank the person who nominated you.

I’ll be changing the first rule a little bit. Instead of 3 recurrent days, I’ll post 3 quotes today and nominate 9 bloggers. I have quite a few tags to catch up on, you see!

Three of my favourite quotes: (because let’s be real here I have way more)

‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.’
– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film

‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’
– Oscar Wilde

‘Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.’
– Fangirl

And my nominations!

Alex Raphael
Marguerite
The Lit Mermaid
Literate Girl Reviews Books
The Life of a Secret Girl
Ciao Bella!
Small Town Bookworm
Miserable and Magical
Serenity Books 

Don’t feel obligated to do this by the way!

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