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!

๏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 Weekly Hufflepuff #55 | I CAN BREATHE AGAIN

GUESS WHO CAN BREATHE AGAIN

I only have an annoying cough left but oh well I CAN BREATHE

The Reading Quest started so I started Six of Crows. So far it’s been a bit of a slow read for me, but I think that’s also because I’ve been doing (and reading) some other stuff. I did finish Snow White and the Seven Angels, because it was really short. Right now I’m at 30 EXP and 31 HP.

On my way to work and I continued Anne of Windy Poplars and found myself so close to the finish line that I really wanted to finish it this week, even though I could’ve read Six of Crows instead. As much as I love Anne, I was so done with this book. So I wanted to be literally done with it. I had been reading it for two months!! I thought this was one was longer than the others, but only by a few pages? (I read it as an ebook thus why I didn’t know) There were certainly some good moments, but the old characters barely appeared and there were so many new characters omg. I didn’t care for most of them, though some of them were definitely charming and fun. Anne herself definitely still is.

Other than that I’ve been catching up on some comics: Lumberjanes, Giant Days (I’m finally all caught up but that means I can no longer binge read) and I finally continued Squirrel Girl by starting volume 3. While I did like the first two volumes I wasn’t in a hurry to continue, but I definitely fell in love with it during volume 3! Oh and Giant Days is SUCH A JOY. It’s so funny and charming and just afsdfg. I’ve already talked about Lumberjanes here but I’m still loving it.

Had to rest because of my cold that I wanted to get rid off ASAP (no way am I letting this cold ruin the last two weeks of my vacation as well) so besides going to work I stayed at home. I don’t even remember what I did? Wow my life was so boring this week. Obviously I read. I also watched the usual shows (Shadowhunters – THAT FINALE, The Fosters, The Bold Type) besides Teen Wolf. As I mentioned last week the first two episodes really bored me so I didn’t really feel motivated to watch. I only have so much time left before school starts and I didn’t want to waste it on a possibly ย boring episode. I’ll catch up probably once school has started and I’ll be too tired to do anything else anywayย ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ I also started to rewatch my favourite K-drama, Dream High, because why watch any of the 21487635 K-dramas you haven’t seen yet when you can rewatch your fave instead (I’m happy to inform you that I’m still absolutely in love with it)

Oh and I blogged? I think? Or did I schedule these posts. Oh yeah I did. But I read other people’s posts! So there’s that. I didn’t just lie on the couch and read Klance fan comics all day hahahaha

Help me I’m in Voltron hell and we’re not getting season four until October

OH AND I WROTE! I actually wrote almost 1400 words? Considering I haven’t written anything since Camp NaNo ended I’m proud. I don’t have much to say about it so I decided to put it here instead of adding my separate writing section

๐Ÿ’›ย I created The Book Aesthetics Tag in which I made some aesthetics for books and characters
๐Ÿ’›ย Iย made a tutorial on how to make aesthetics
๐Ÿ’›ย I talked about studying journalism with an anxiety disorder and worrying that my anxiety will get in the way of my goal of becoming a journalist and how my writing/character eased my worries a bit
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Heroine Complex which you need in your life ASAP. Female Asian superheroes should be enough to get you to read it right?

๐Ÿ’›ย Eve talks about their experience at YALC
๐Ÿ’›ย Ilsa talks about why she started to hate book genres
๐Ÿ’›ย Em has some DIYs to stay organised
๐Ÿ’›ย Kat did my Book Aesthetics Tag and her aesthetics are beautiful
๐Ÿ’›ย Jordyn talks about what determines when she reads a book
๐Ÿ’›ย Holly wonders if there’s more to Jane Austen than romance (spoiler: yes)
๐Ÿ’›ย Ellyn wonders if we should recommend books we haven’t read in a while
๐Ÿ’›ย May talks about how blogging can help with social anxiety
๐Ÿ’›ย Lia talks about cover judging and compares Dutch and UK/USA coversย 
๐Ÿ’›ย A.J. talks about what Percy Jackson meant to her as a kid with ADHD
๐Ÿ’›ย And also gives you 5 reasons why you should add Wild Beauty to your TBR

And that’s a wrap! I have no posts scheduled for this week

yes I’m repeating gifs but honestly,, constant mood

This will be fun (I’m currently screaming on the inside). I DO have a review written, I just need to take a picture for it and inspiration needs to strike. OH WELL. We’ll see what happens.

How was your week? What’s your favourite K-drama that I MUST watch once I finished rewatching Dream High? If you’re doing The Reading Quest, how is it going? What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!