The Pride Tag! // In Which I Shower Becky Albertali With Love

Mel @ A Word and a Whisper created the Pride Tag, a super fun cute tag based on the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it’s Pride, what better time than to do this tag? Thank you again Mel for tagging me in the comments! And don’t forget to check out her blog if you haven’t yet

Red โ€“ Life โ€“ name an author who gives you life

Lately it’s definitely been Becky Albertali, which of course has to do with Love, Simon and Leah on the Offbeat coming out, but I’ve just been filled with so much love for this woman??

Orange โ€“ Healing โ€“ pick a book that helped you through a rough time

The first time I read Simon vs I didn’t know I was bi yet (had been repressing the hell out of it! Fun!) so the second time I read it when I had come out? SUCH a different experience and it helped me so much?? I could definitely use this one for yellow as well (then again I can use all of the books in this post for yellow except Anger is a Gift) but it’s healed me so much?? I can’t even describe it to be honest, but Love, Simon has had the same effect on me.

Yellow โ€“ Sunlight โ€“ pick a book that makes you happy

I could go with so many books for this question – most of the books I’ve chosen for this tag would fit this question, but I’ve decided to go with The Upside of Unrequited. While the protagonist herself isn’t queer, she has two moms who are planning their wedding (same sex marriage has just been legalised and everyone is just celebrating and it’s so wonderful?) and her twin sister is a lesbian who ends up dating a pansexual Korean girl. The book ends with a big gay wedding – what better way to end a book?

Green โ€“ Nature โ€“ what tropes, buzzwords, etc., are you naturally drawn to when choosing a book?

๐Ÿ’›ย If it’s queer you most likely got me
๐Ÿ’›ย Though I’m drawn to any kind of diversity tbh
๐Ÿ’›ย Writers and bookworms as characters!
๐Ÿ’›ย Boarding schools
๐Ÿ’›ย Friendship!!!
๐Ÿ’›ย Magic
๐Ÿ’›ย Road trips
๐Ÿ’›ย This is really hard because there’s so much??
๐Ÿ’›ย Enemies to lovers!
๐Ÿ’›ย Banter
๐Ÿ’›ย Cute animals that don’t die!! *looking at a certain author who traumatised me which I’ll never get over* I mean I literally bought The Unexpected Everything on a whim because there was a pug on the cover dskgj*
๐Ÿ’›ย There are so many more but I can’t think of any others?? Oh well this is too long anyway

* Don’t be fooled the pug is barely there :( There are lots of cute dogs in general though and I loved the book so itย wasย worth it butย the pug

Blue โ€“ Peace/Harmony โ€“ what is your ultimate OTP?

I wouldn’t call Leah and Abby my ‘ultimate’* OTP, but I do love them and shipped themย a lotย during Leah on the Offbeat – definitely an OTP!

* What even IS an ultimate OTP like I can’t have only one I love so many ships and it really depends on whether I’ve just (re)read a book because at some point I’ll slowly start to forget about it and obsess over the next ship?? Like half the time I even forget pretty much all of my ships because I’m a goldfish and if I don’t see them?? I forget they exist

Violet โ€“ Spirit โ€“ pick a book that speaks to you on a personal level

Definitely Queens of Geek! This was one of the first books I truly felt represented in multiple ways: both the bi rep and the anxiety rep was so so on point. Like Charlie never realising that she had crushes on female celebrities, just thinking she admired them a lot?? SAME.

Brownย โ€“ POC LGBT Pride โ€“ pick a book featuring queer characters of color

Are you all getting tired of me yelling about Anger is a Giftย yet because listen I still barely see it around so SOMEONE has to yell about it all the time and that someone is me because I love this book to pieces and it’s so important yet also so underrated *sobs* Please read Anger is a Gift all of the main characters are either brown or black and Moss’ friend group is very queer (even a trans friend and a nonbinary friend!!)

I tag whoever wants to do this!

Have you read any of these? Which books would you use for your answers? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #66 // I’M HOME

I’M HOME

live footage of me on the flight back home (also when i picked up my mom at the train station)

Sorry for the radio silence, but as I mentioned before my mom came over so I’ve been busy showing her around, and then of course packing everything up (including 16 plushies* I have a p r o b l e m) and getting back home. Manchester Airport was pretty chaotic, especially the security part which isn’t fun when that part already gives you lots of anxiety. And then our flight got delayed – but apart from that everything went fine and we got home safely.

* 1 I bought for my mom, 1 my mom bought for a friend and 1 I had brought from home but still adkbjfs

Since my last wrap up I started and finished Starfish, which I would’ve finished a lot sooner if I hadn’t been busy with my mom. I definitely could’ve read it all in one sitting – definitely worth the hype!

Today I finished Sugar Lump which was,,, disappointing. It’s centered around a mystery in a small town and boy was I let down by that ‘mystery’. I just expected a lot more.

I picked up Moxie for four pounds (if you’re ever in the UK and nearby an Asda – go go go they have a small YA section and really cheap prices it’s heaven) and started it on the plane, but I didn’t get very far as I was exhausted. I’m excited to continue though!

As I already mentioned I spent my last week in Manchester with my mom. Since Love, Simon came out last Friday and it takes forever to come out in The Netherlands* I HAD to go see it of course.

* Sometime in June like yyyy I was really lucky to still be in the UK when it came out

I really have no words I loved it so much. I still tear up just thinking about it it was so beautiful and just??? perfect?? Brb crying

me pretty much the entire movie

I realise this sounds like I immediately went to see it as it came out, but since we had tickets to see Hairspray the same day we went to Love, Simon the next day. Hairspray is my favourite musical so when I found out it was playing in Manchester while I was there I knew I had to take the opportunity. I’m so happy that I got the chance to see it – and it was SO GOOD. The entire cast was just so talented and cute and just sdfhgv

Of course we did and saw a lot more than this, but I’ll leave that for future posts that I’ll hopefully get around to soon. Classes start this Tuesday and I still have two essays to write. I was planning on starting yesterday but uhhh guess what

I’m really excited to write those posts though – I’ve been meaning to write some of them since FOREVER as I wanted to post about the things I saw and did while still in Manchester, but oh well.

๐Ÿ’›ย I wrapped up March or more like promoted Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Lady Mary, which is an interesting look on future Queen Mary, daughter of Henry VII, and the affair between the latter and Anne Boleyn

๐Ÿ’›ย Olivia @ Purely Olivia wonders if standalones get enough credit
๐Ÿ’›ย Iona @ Dragon Waffles shares some romance tropes that melt her heart
๐Ÿ’›ย Chiara @ Delicate Eternity talkes about why she didn’t love Let’s Talk About Love
๐Ÿ’›ย Sarah @ Written Word Worlds wonders if star ratings should be replaced by gifs
๐Ÿ’›ย Andie @ Andrea’s Nirvana shares what she wants to see more of in YA
๐Ÿ’›ย Vivian @ Writing With Style shares how she outlines her novels
๐Ÿ’›ย May @ Forever and Everly talks about privilege in the YA online book community

Have you had the opportunity to see Love, Simon yet? Have you ever seen your favourite musical performed live? Let me know in the comments!

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

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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!

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

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

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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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 | Cรกtia | Alexย | 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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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag A.K.A. What Happened to 2016 Tag

Thank you Jessย for tagging me! Go check out her blog if you haven’t already because it’s gorgeous

1. Best book youโ€™ve read so far in 2016

This used to be Stars Above, but then I read Monsters of Men. It was an amazing rollercoaster and definitely didn’t disappoint. I havent’ reviewed any of the books in the trilogy, and I’m not sure I will. I just don’t know how to put my love for these books into words.

2. Best sequel youโ€™ve read so far in 2016

I’m going with The Ask and the Answer, because apparently I haven’t even read that many sequels this year (and Stars Above doesn’t really count, since only the last story takes place after Winter).

3. New release you havenโ€™t read yet, but want to

Woops still haven’t read Lady Midnight

I kid you not I’ve been at the bookstore, stared at it, and picked up other books. I’ve kind of lost my excitement and there are other books I’d rather read. But I still want to read it! It just isn’t a priority anymore (I seriously don’t know what happened. Like I was so excited before it came out and then it did and I just…)

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

To be honest I’m not sure what books are coming out this year. I’m really not keeping up, because I’ve been really busy with school and now I figure I’ll just see when books come out when everyone in the community starts reading them lol. BUT I really can’t wait to read Heartless. Alice in Wonderland and written by Marissa Meyer? Yes please *grabby hands*

5. Biggest disappointment

a thousand nightsIT’S SO PRETTY. BOTH ON THE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE. BUT NOT STORY WISE. I was incredibly bored during this one. I love fairy tale retellings, but this one? Nope nope nope. Read my review here. Really wouldn’t recommend this one. BUT there are people out there who really love it, so that said if you’re interested in it still check it out.

6. Biggest surprise

Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman. I got it for free on Amazon and the previous free e-books I had read weren’t that great, so my expectations were really, really low. But I really enjoyed this one! Read my review here.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

I think it’s a tie between Becky Albertali and Maggie Stiefvater, though I’ve met Becky at YalfestNL and she was so cute and lovely so I’m leaning towards her

8. Newest fictional crush

I’m afraid to say that there’s no new addition to my fictional boy harem

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Definitely Simon Spiers! Also one of my favourite protagonist *nods* I mean he’s a Potterhead so how could I not love him (yes I’m biased so what ssh) Read my review here.

10. Book that made you cry

I reread The Perks of Being a Wallflower which made me cry again

11. Book that made you happy

starsaboveStars Above. Especially the last story. If you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about. It was just perfect and put a smile on my face. I loved seeing the gang all together again. The story of Cinder and Kai’s first meeting from Kai’s POV also put a big goofy smile on my face though. Read my review here.

12. Most beautiful book youโ€™ve bought so far this year (or received)

I got Harry Potter Film Wizardry for my birthday and that definitely qualifies. It’s gorgeous inside and out. While I haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend it

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I don’t have any specific books really. I just want to read all the unread books on my shelves (not going to happen. Like I’m going to finish Les Mis hahaha. I really need to finally read that)

14. Favourite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)

I assume this has to be someone you discovered this year? Then I’m choosing (sounds like I’m choosing a Pokemon haha – SPEAKING OF WHICH BY THE TIME THIS IS PUBLISHED I’D BETTER HAVE POKEMON GO) Liam from Hey Ashers! His reviews are brilliant – not just well-written and with good points, but also hilarious.

15. Tag! Whoโ€™s It?

Fadwa | Evi | Zin | Annemieke | Samantha | Marie | Joan | Emmaย 

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

How was the first half year of 2016 reading wise for you? What is your favourite and worst book so far? Any answers we have in common? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Genre: Ya | contemporary
Goodreadsย rating: 4.08
My rating:ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

summary

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesnโ€™t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyoneโ€™s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy heโ€™s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simonโ€™s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before heโ€™s pushed outโ€”without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy heโ€™s never met (Goodreads).

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is in one word ‘adorable’. It’s a fun, light read with some heartwarming and laugh out loud moments. It’s fun trying to figure out who Blue is (though I totally called it pretty much from the beginning) and his interactions with Blue are fun to read (especially since I’m a sucker for different formats in books like emails).

Simon’s family was very present, though I feel like they could’ve been worked out a bit more. While I loved them and thought they had a cute relationship (my favourite moment of them has to be when they skype with Simon’s older sister to discuss The Bachelor and their father actually has a rose), they still felt kind of flat to me.

I also loved the focus on friendship in this book. Simon’s friends were very present throughout the book and their relationships and conversations about everything and nothing seemed very realistic to me.

Simon himself is a great protagonist, but maybe I’m biased because he’s a huge Potterhead. Why had nobody mentioned that to me yet? All I knew was that this book is full with oreos, if someone had just mentioned all the Harry Potter references I would’ve picked this up so much sooner.

โ€œWhat’s a dementor?”
I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”
“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.โ€

Simon’s reaction is me

So why did I give this book four stars, and not five? While I’d definitely recommend it, it just didn’t blow me away, which is a shame, because everything about this screams ‘MICHELLE WOULD LOVE THIS’. I can’t exactly put my finger onย why it didn’t blow me away, but it just didn’t. Still, a four-star read is really good too of course!

Have you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet? I feel like everyone in the book blogging community has haha, but I’m sure that’s not true! How do you feel about this book? Let me know in the comments!

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