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 November 🤷🏻‍♀️

💛 Masked by J.D. Wright ★ – 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

💛 Danger! Women Artists at Work by Debra N. Mancoff ★★★★ – 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)

💛 Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser ★★★★★ – 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

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

💛 Giant Days #31 and #32 – 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.

💛 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

💛 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

💛 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Universe ★★★★★ – SO. MUCH. FUN.

💛 The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde ★★★★★ – 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

💛 Runaways volumes 1 – 8 ★★★ for the first 7 and ★ 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

💛 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★★★ – 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

💛 Emma volume 1 by Kaoru Mori ★★★ – Fun and cute, but nothing special

💛 Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali (reread) ★★★★★ – 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

💛 Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson ★★★  – The way this one handles grief is very powerful and the romance is cute, but it didn’t blow me away

💛 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

💛 Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman ★★★ – Great action scenes, but unfortunately quite a few scenes in-between were a bit boring. Review will be up next week!

💛 Karina’s Silver Shoes by Denise Marques Leitao ★ – SO CONFUSING. I DON’T GET IT. AT ALL. If you want a few more details, you can find my review here

💛 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.

💛 Lumberjanes 2017 Special: Faire and Square ★★★★★ – 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

💛 Lumberjanes 2016 Special: Makin’ The Ghost Of It ★★★ – It’s still fun because it’s Lumberjanes but I felt a bit meh about it?

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

💛 Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin ★★ – 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

💛 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali (reread) ★★★★ – Still as cute and fun and wonderful and wholesome as the first time around!! Read my review here

💛 What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne ★★★★★ – 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?

💛 Reviews:  Doctor Who Myths and Legends | Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith | Masked | Chasing Eveline | Swan Song | Karina’s Silver Shoes
💛 Writing: Recipe: How to Make Your Own Writer | When Books Make You Feel Insecure About Your Writing
💛 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 myself 🙆🏻

* 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 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!



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  and most of them will be discussed anyway in the list below¯\_(ツ)_/¯

💛 Marked by Kim Richardson ★ – 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.

💛 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

💛 Giant Days #30 and Holiday Special – Still a really fun read

💛 Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh ★★★ – 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

💛 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ★★ – 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*

💛 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volumes 4, 5 and 6 ★★★★★ – Squirrel Girl just gets better and better with each volume. If you haven’t checked it out yet, YOU MUST

💛 The Backstagers all issues ★★★★★ – 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

💛 Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume ★★★★ – 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)

💛 Lumberjanes #42 – Have I already yelled my love for Lumberjanes into your face? No? Here ya go: I LOVE LUMBERJANES**

💛 Doctor Who Myths and Legends by Rirchard Dinnick ★ – 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

💛 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’ post 

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:

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

💛 Annemieke wrote a letter to authors who request reviews
💛 Holly talks about her favourite libraries in Oxford
💛 Elm has 3000 followers!! I’m so proud (also go increase that number if you’re not following her yet)
💛 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 today 😪

* 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’t 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)


* 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: July


I’ve said this before, but really it’s so much fun looking back on what I read nowadays because?? I have no clue? So this is as much a surprise to you as it is to me

💛 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★★★
💛 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali ★★★★
💛 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han ★★★★★
💛 Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1
💛 Gotham Academy: Second Semester #11
💛 Lumberjanes #39
💛 Voltron: Legendary Defender #2-5
💛 Ms. Marvel #20
💛 America #5
💛 Giant Days volumes 1-5 and #21 ★★★★
💛 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (reread) ★★★★★

Okay but… what ARE my goals?

💛  My only reading goal is my Goodreads Challenge, which was originally 100 books, but since I completed that I changed it to 200. I’m now at 133 (ignore my widget I need to update it manually and I’m lazy)
💛  Okay so my first and most important writing goal was to just write, which I did this month! Yay me *claps*
💛 ‘Finish at least one of my WIPs’ well, I’m making progress on it?
💛 I changed my design a bit: new header, social icons, new photo, biography updated and with more emojis oh and this new yellow hearts instead of those dark blocks! So yay that’s one blogging goal completed. At least I won’t be a complete failure at the end of the year 🎉
💛  Another blogging goal was to blog more regularly again, which was definitely a succes this month. But we’ll see how the rest of the year goes haha
💛  I’m sort of caught up on reviews? At least I’m working on it
💛  Hahaha I’m not caught up on tags AT ALL
💛  I’m scheduling posts again so I’m on my way to become the Scheduling Queen again!
💛  I’m not as caught up on other people’s posts as I want to be, but I’m working on it
💛  And finally I have become more active in the blogosphere again!

Well would you look at that? A pretty good month for my goals

💛 Reviews: The Dark Prophecy | BBC Class books | Queens of Geek
💛 Wrap ups: May and June | Weekly Hufflepuffs #49, #50, #51 and #52
💛 The Discussing Hufflepuff: What to Do With Books You Didn’t/No Longer Like? | We Need To Talk About The Supergirl Cast At Comic Con
💛  Writing: The 777 Tag – sharing 7 lines from the WIP | The Writer’s Tag
💛  Comics You Need To Read: Goldie Vance | Brave Chef Brianna | Zodiac Starforce
💛  Movies You Should Watch: Power Rangers (2017) | Disney Descendants
💛  The Artsy Hufflehoe: Zanele Muholi and The South African LGBTQI Community
💛  Tag: All About My TV Shows Tag (yikes only one and I still have so many to do rip)

Don’t mind me I’m just freaking out over the last month of Summer vacation :’) I’M NOT READY

Other than that? I don’t really have anything planned. Wow this is boring. When did this section get so boring. I USED TO HAVE ACTUAL THINGS TO SHARE

Tell me about your month! Best book? Worst book? Any exciting posts I missed? How are you doing on your goals if you have any? Anything exciting happen to you? Let me know in the comments!



The Monthly Hufflepuff: May and June

Note to future self: Let’s not make this ‘two months in one wrap up’ thing a thing okay

We’re halfway through 2017 already?? I know these ‘I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by’ in pretty much every wrap up are getting old I’m sorry haha.

Nowadays it’s so exciting looking back on what I read since I don’t remember

So according to Goodreads May was not a good month: I only finished three comics. I did start Anne of Avonlea that month though, but still. I didn’t read much. June was a much better month

I completed my Goodreads goal! Which is not surprising looking at how many comics I have and am reading haha. My goal was to read 100 books, I read 113. I might change my goal to 200, but I’m not sure yet. While I’m loving the comics I’m reading, I do want to read more books haha

I thought I wasn’t doing so well when it came to my other goals, but hey I changed my blog’s design! Not by too much but it’s more colourful now which was my goal anyway.

Am I blogging regularly? No. Am I caught up on reviews? No. Caught up on tags? Hahaha *looks at tags from 2015* no. Let’s not even look at the other ones haha.

I didn’t post much during these two months so this should be a quick wrap up haha:

SUMMER VACATION. I have lots of plans and my back and neck pains (I mentioned those in my blogoversary post yesterday) better stop soon. Because I want to enjoy this vacation that I deserve after working my butt off all year. I’m already going to start a bit today by finally celebrating my birthday (which was June 6th so almost a month later haha) and my grandfather’s. While I’m still not feeling that well I am looking forward to it. Plus it will only be a small gathering with family so it’s okay if I’m not feeling that great.

Other than that I’ll be hopefully going to lots of museums, I also want to go to a castle, my mom and I will be going to a themepark next week and of course I want to read, write and blog a lot.

How has your month been? Any exciting plans for the summer? Best book you read this month? Let me know in the comments!


The Monthly Hufflepuff: January

How is it February already what even. Also… HI I’M ALIVE. I wanted to post a lot more during January, even though I didn’t expect that I would be able to with all the assignments and my exam. The thing is, I actually could’ve blogged. All that time I spend binge-ing Jane the Virgin? I could’ve used it to blog. But I’m afraid I’ve hit a slump guys. I did want to blog, but I also didn’t? I was too tired, unmotivated and I decided that I’d rather read, watch tv shows and movies and play Pokemon instead of blog. But as you can see, I’m blogging now! Hurray. I hope that this term is going to be different. Not that it’s going to be less busy, definitely not. But I’m going to plan. I’m going to be on top of things. Things probably won’t go as planned, but I’ll definitely try.

I’m also super behind on replying to everyone’s comments – really sorry about that. And I haven’t read any blogposts in a while, so I definitely have some catching up to do. I haven’t forgotten about you guys!


As you can see I read a lot of comics again. I wouldn’t say I’m in a reading slump per se, but I’ve just been in the mood to read lots of comics lately.


Well, let’s see how I did? Spoiler: badly

The only reading goal I set myself this year is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Once again I’m aiming to read 100 books. So far 25 and am 17 books ahead of schedule. Bless comics.

Other than that I set myself some writing and blogging goals. Did I write? No. Did I blog? Barely. Did I accomplish any goals? Or at least work on them? Nope.

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I’m more excited about this term, since most of the classes seem more fun. I don’t really have anything to look forward to this February though. Maybe there are some exciting books coming out, but I wouldn’t know since I’m not keeping up with new releases at all. I’m much more excited for March, since I’ll be seeing Busted live! And Beauty and the Beast will finally come out!

So how has your January been? CATCH ME UP GUYS WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO


The Monthly Hufflepuff: December

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know we’re all glad 2016 is gone, but boy is 2017 off to a bad start. I hope everyone in Istanbul is safe!

Since it’s Sunday I’ll also be doing a weekly wrap up.


This month I read a lot of comics and manga, since I had a huge slump and couldn’t read anything else. Beautifully Broken Things really got me out of it though! But I didn’t read that until the end of the month haha


Yesterday I went to a cat cafe with my friends which was a lot of fun though now I am dead because THE KITTIES WERE SO CUTE. I’ll (hopefully) write a Blogsterdam post on it soon. It was also good to see my friends, because I haven’t seen either of them since the Summer.

I also helped at children’s ‘festival’ at work this week (I work at a museum) and it was adorable. Though also exhausting. The kids killed me.


I celebrated all the holidays of course, which was fun. I usually go into a lot more detail, but honestly I’m tired and a friend is coming over in less than two hours so I should hurry up haha. My nephew got his first Pokemon game though so while I’m really happy about that, it also means I have to help him out a lot. But I’m flattered that he thinks I’m The Pokemon Master™ which I am obviously.


I actually wrote last week! Around 1500 words even. Hopefully I’ll have more time to write soon. I can write during my break, but I should really start with my schoolwork woops.

The project I worked on isn’t one I’ve mentioned on here before, but I’m really excited about it. I should really work out the idea more, build the characters and world and such, plot etc. before I continue writing though, because I have no idea where it’s headed.


Oh boy. Let’s take a look shall we?


  • Finish The Army of Quermo
  • Finish interviewing my grandfather for his biography
  • Write more in general
  • Work on another project that I’ve never talked about on here

Okay so I didn’t finish The Army of Quermo. IN FACT. I’m going to rewrite it *manical laughter because help me* I also started TWO other WIPs *whispers seriously help me* and I don’t think I really worked on that *secret* project woops. I DID write. Quite a lot actually, especially compared to other years. I even won Camp NaNo. So I didn’t fail, I just didn’t accomplish the goals 2015 me wanted me to accomplish.


  • Keep up posting a Discussing Hufflepuff every month
  • Post a Blogsterdam every month
  • Be more active on Twitter
  • Be more active on Instagram
  • Write the last two posts about my trip to America
  • Edit old posts
  • Schedule posts before school starts

I think I was kind of active on Twitter? Definitely not on Instagram. Except during the Summer! I thought that was it, the turning point. Finally I was going to regularly post on Instagram *manical laughter*. Posting a Discussing Hufflepuff and Blogsterdam every month?? *more manical laughter* BUT HEY I FINALLY WROTE THE LAST TWO POSTS ABOUT MY TRIP TO AMERICA ONE YEAR LATER. And I edited old posts so.. Not a complete failure. Though I’ve definitely failed at scheduling last year.


  • Geek Girl: (2/3)
  • Also Known As: (1/2)
  • Hex Hall: (1/3)
  • Princess Academy: (1/3)
  • The Grisha Trilogy: (2/3)

Geek Girl has more books out now I believe woops. BUT I DID READ TWO BOOKS FOR THIS CHALLENGE. The problem is that I’m not sure I even want to continue all of this series? Most of them aren’t really a priority really. I do want to finish The Grisha trilogy (come on, one book left. I can do this) and I love Geek Girl, so I’ll continue that one. The others I’m not so sure of.


  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • The Shatter Me Trilogy: (1/3)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: (3/3)

I could’ve completed this one. I could’ve won. But I don’t own the other Shatter Me books and honestly while I did enjoy Shatter Me at the time, I don’t feel the urge to read the rest of the series? Maybe one day though.


I’m participating again in Mel’s (Fairytale) Retelling Challenge! I kind of failed last year, but it was fun nonetheless! This year I’ll be aiming for the Goose Girl level, which means reading 5-9 books.

  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston ✓
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ✓
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novak ✓
  • Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner ✓

Please tell me there’s another book I read that counts as a retelling because seriously I’m one book short of winning. Nope I didn’t. Oh well.


This year I’m also signing up for The 2016 Contemporary Challenge hosted by Jillian and Montana. I won’t pick out any books in advance for this one, as there are always contemporaries I want to read! I’ll be aiming for Peony: 11-15 books.

Read: (8/11)

Three more books and I could’ve won. Oh well.


  • Persuasion 
  • Northanger Abbey 
  • Emma 
  • Mansfield Park
  • Sylvie and Bruno 
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 
  • The Lord of the Rings: Read (1/3)
  • Les Misérables 


Honestly, besides the Goodreads Challenge I won’t be setting myself any reading goals this year. It didn’t really work for me and it just gave me more stress and pressure which isn’t what I need. I do think I’m going to set myself some writing goals and maybe blogging goals too. We’ll see.

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I’ve started to catch up on some posts (slowly) so let’s see what I’ve got to share!


SHADOWHUNTERS. SHADOWHUNTERS SEASON 2 AAAAAAH. FINALLY. I CAN’T WAIT. I’m planning on reviewing the episodes weekly, so hopefully school won’t get in the way of that. I do have lots of assignments and a tough exam ahead, so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to blog. I’m definitely going to try to blog regularly again though. I have some reviews to catch up on, two Blogsterdam posts to write, Discussing Hufflepuff ideas and so many other things to write!

How was your December? Did you accomplish all your goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments!


The Monthly Hufflepuff: August

What the hell why am I wrapping up August already and why am I not on the Hogwarts Express right now


Bless Goodreads for existing because I barely remember what I read this month


While I didn’t write as much as during July, I did write quite a bit, not to mention plan, write outlines, worldbuilding etc. I didn’t really work much on my still unnamed contemporary that was my Camp NaNo project, but I did work on The Chosen Ones. I’d share some snippets but honestly it’s such a mess and while I like where it’s going now and what I’ve written lately, I want to rewrite it woops.

Also I cancelled last week’s Young Writers Chat because I wasn’t feeling well, and honestly while I didn’t say anything about it yet on Twitter I’m going to have to cancel this week’s as well. I’m just super tired and not motivated :/ I haven’t really been motivated to blog/read other people’s blogs either. So hopefully there will be another chat next Saturday.


Right, I set myself some goals for this years.

  • I set myself the challenge to read the classics on my shelves for 2015, I didn’t read any of them. So I set myself the challenge again this year, and I finally read Persuasion. Whatever happens the rest of the year, at least I won’t fail this challenge entirely lol
  • With Wink Poppy Midnight I read 5 books for The Contemporary Challenge. I’m aiming for at least 11 books, so I’m pretty behind
  • I scheduled posts before school starts yay! There are still posts left that I want to schedule, but I’m already quite satisfied with what I did
  • I finally wrote the last two posts about my trip to Orlando
  • And while I haven’t finished The Army of Quermo, I did work on it

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I only have a few days of Summer holidays left, so I expect to be really busy when school starts. Like I said, I do have some posts scheduled. I think I have at least 3 every week this month? I’m not entirely sure.

How has your month been? Read any good books? Did anything fun? Let me know in the comments!



The Weekly (#38) and Monthly Hufflepuff: July

I’m combining wrap ups again! Also I didn’t really mean to skip two weekly wrap ups, it just happened. Though yesterday was a bit intentional, since I wanted to focus on Camp NaNo. I could’ve posted after that, but I was exhausted (more on that later). Anyway, let’s wrap these past two weeks and actually the last month up!


I could’ve read so much more this month, but I had quite a few days where I didn’t feel well mentally so I just didn’t feel like reading. Quality wise it was a pretty good month though! (quality over quantity right?)

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★★
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye ★★★

By now I’ve also reviewed most of the books I wanted to review from last month (Uprooted is coming up this week and if everything goes to plan I’ll schedule The Hidden Oracle for next week). I’ve already written my review for The Crown’s Game, so that will be posted soon as well (still torn about my rating. I’m leaning more towards 2.5 stars to be honest). I don’t think I’m going to review the first three


I had my ups and downs these past two weeks (actually, more like last week, this past week was pretty good actually), but I had a good talk with my mom the Saturday before last and then she dragged me off to see Finding Dory (my cousin told me that there was no shark in it so it was safe for me to see – I’m terrified of sharks and thus haven’t seen the prequel). Though Zootopia is still my favourite movie of the year, I really enjoyed it.

I also met up with a friend who slept over at my house. We caught up, took a lot of pictures, caught up on Pretty Little Liars (we watch it together, so because of school we were pretty behind) and went to the park the next day since the weather was nice. Oh and my grandpa was my filter victim again


Oh and last time I did a wrap up I only had Pikachu in Pokemon Go – boy has that changed. Here are some pictures of Pokemon I caught:


If you follow me on Twitter you may have read about how Squirtle showed up in my living room and that the game froze before I could catch it *cries* BUT I ran into another one a few days later and managed to catch that one (I didn’t take a picture because I was too anxious that it would run away/the game would freeze again). And yes that Psyduck appeared at the toilet lol

I did a swap box with Em in which we sent each other stuff from each other countries, and hers arrived. I really love everything she sent me. I’ve already started colouring a bit and I can’t wait to try the chocolate and beans (I wanted to take a picture before I ate everything, but I was lazy. Also I didn’t want to open the beans because of the lovely message). I’ll save the instant hot chocolate for when the weather has cooled down (while it hasn’t always been sunny, it has been warm these past two weeks! Finally).


I’ve also been watching quite some shows these past two weeks, even though I’m behind on some. The Fosters has been great as usual, and I started watching Jane The Virgin (I’m at episode 18 of season 1, no spoilers please!) and I LOVE it. I convinced my mom to watch it as well (wasn’t too hard actually haha) and she’s addicted as well. She’s almost caught up with me and she only started yesterday. I need to hurry up because I’m afraid that I’ll get spoiled by walking in on her watching an episode I haven’t seen yet. But seriously if you aren’t yet, start watching it.

A bunch of other stuff probably happened as well, but my memory is fuzzy. So I’m leaving it at this haha. Oh yeah I went to the beach with my mom haha. See, I almost forgot this happened. I’m not a big fan of the beach (I loathe sand) but it was still a nice day and I took plenty of pretty pictures (so far only two have made it onto my Instagram because I’m slow)


Like I said before, I didn’t post yesterday because I wanted to focus on Camp NaNo. Unless you follow me on Twitter and/or Snapchat (writingmichelle), you might be curious about how it went. Well…


Like I said before, I had days where I didn’t feel well mentally this month, plus days where I was just tired and lazy and of course days where I went out so I didn’t have time to write. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it, but during the weekend I had set my mind to it and well… I DID IT! I’m really proud and hope to continue writing like this. To celebrate I’ll be sharing several snippets later today.

It’s far from finished and it’s not polished at all since it’s a first draft, but I’m just so happy. Last month I had about 2000 words and no idea where I was even going with this story, and now I’ve written a little more than 25.000 words, an outline and plenty ideas. Plus I’ve gotten to know the characters so much better this month. Definitely a successful month.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the Young Writers Chat so far. You guys made it so worth it and I’ve had so much fun meeting you all and talking to you about our passion that is writing. This week’s theme will once again be decided by voting, so please RT and vote:


  • I have read 59 out of 100 books for my Goodreads Challenge (help I’m only 1 book ahead now I’m scared)
  • Well, one of my goals was to write more in general and that I did (but I didn’t work on any of the projects I meant to work on woops)
  • While I posted two Discussing Hufflepuffs in June, I didn’t post any again this month. Honestly I thought I still had some time left to do so?? What happened to July *cue hysterical laughter*
  • On the other hand, I did post a Blogsterdam one again and posted a Q&A announcement! I’m also really excited to post this month’s so fingers crossed that I’ll get around to it
  • Okay so this was technically last month, but I didn’t realise it. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner is full with fairytale retellings. I’m aiming for 5-9 books for my Retelling Challenge, so I’m only one away from winning!

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SURPRISE! I’m behind again *sigh* Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up a bit today (I also want to schedule some posts so we’ll see how that goes). Let’s see what I can share with you guys, shall we?

Phew, I was afraid I wouldn’t have much to share, but apparently I read more than I could remember haha. I’m still super behind though. Part of me is annoyed that Bloglovin no longer shows you how many posts there are in your feed when there are more than 20, but the other part of me is relieved (there are also the WordPress blogs that don’t have Bloglovin of course. I’m really behind on those too). Anyway, me being behind is nothing new anymore. I really wish I could go back to being entirely caught up every day again, but I have to remind myself that I follow more blogs than I did when I first started out and that I shouldn’t stress over this.


My last full month of freedom! I just had a deja-vu. Did I write the exact same thing in last year’s July wrap up when talking about August? Possibly. Anyway, I want to make the most of my freedom this month, but also not wear myself out. What’s the point of being on break when you’re exhausted on the first day of school because of all the stuff you did during the Summer? I am planning on blogging a lot, particularly scheduling a lot of posts at least during September. I don’t know yet how busy I’ll be (I know my schedule this Thursday eek!) but I like to have some posts ready just in case.

Also, just in case, a plea: I have no idea why you’d do this if I don’t mention The Cursed Child in my posts, but still just in case: PLEASE DON’T SPOIL ME. I won’t be getting the book until October, since that’s when I’ll see the play. I feel like it’s going to be really difficult to stay clear off spoilers, but so far it’s worked (it’s only been a day but still). Mainly I’m staying off Tumblr.

Woah, that was a big post. How has your month been? What was the best book you read? How many Pokemon have you caught? Let me know in the comments!


The Monthly Hufflepuff: June

Wait what no why am I wrapping up June already *start denial mode*


  • All The What Ifs by Angela Lynn ★★★
  • Introductions by C.L. Stone ★
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik ★★★
  • Forever by Eric Marier ★
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan ★★★★★
  • Renoir by David Spence
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness ★★★★★
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson ★★★★
  • Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

Much better than last month! I absolutely loved The Hidden Oracle and Monsters of Men, along with The Unexpected Everything they definitely made up for some of the lesser stories. I’ve already reviewed Introductions, my mini reviews for All The What Ifs and Forever will be published tomorrow. I won’t be reviewing Renoir, since it’s a really short art book, nor will I review Politically Correct Bedtime Stories. I still need to write my reviews for Uprooted and The Unexpected Everything, and I might review the entire Chaos Walking trilogy together, though honestly I have no idea how I’m going to review it. JUST READ IT


  • I HAVE been writing. I just haven’t been working on what I planned – oops. But ay one of my goals was to just write more in general, sooo
  • I posted two Discussing Hufflepuffs, to make up for some missed ones
  • I was pretty active on Twitter this month. Instagram not so much
  • I’ve been editing some old posts
  • I read The Unexpected Everything for my contemporary challenge

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I have a lot of plans for this Summer, but so far I haven’t been doing much (though I have been writing, reading and blogging!). One of my friends is done with school today, another has her graduation coming up next week and I’m meeting up with another one on Sunday. My mom should be off from work soon as well, so I hope to do a lot of fun stuff OUTSIDE of the house, because as much as I love to write, blog and read, I really need to get out haha.

AND OF COURSE THE CURSED CHILD IS COMING OUT THIS MONTH. Please don’t forget to #keepthesecrets guys. Not everyone has the chance to read it immediately or they choose not to read it until they’ve seen the play (like me. Please don’t spoil me). AND OF COURSE CAMP NANO HAS STARTED TODAY. Thus why I scheduled this post. So that I’m hopefully writing haha (*whispers* help)

How has your month been? I’m surprised at how much I’ve posted considering I was still on hiatus during the first half of the month haha. Any exciting plans? Are you participating in Camp Nano? Let me know in the comments!


The Monthly Hufflepuff: May

Bit late, but hey I didn’t have time before this plus better late than never right?


  • The Dark of Twilight by Kate Danley ★★
  • Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman ★★★
  • Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver ★★

Not the best reading month, both in quantity and quality. This month I’ve already read more than in May (though two of them are 1-star reads) and I have a feeling I’ll read some good books this month (I’m currently reading The Hidden Oracle and I’ve got Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness waiting for me). I’m not going to review Gods and Warriors, but I’ve already reviewed the other two, so hopefully I’ll get around to posting them soon (I still need to take pictures)

This is where I'd post my 2016 goals section, but I haven't made any  progress in May (except on my Goodreads challenge. Three books closer to my goal!)

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I feel like I barely blogged this month, but looking back it wasn’t that bad!


We’re already in the middle of June so I don’t know why I’m even including this section haha. If all goes well I’ll finish my first year of journalism this month so fingers crossed! Hopefully I’ll be soon enjoying my freedom. I’ve got lots of plans for this summer (probably too many haha), but most of all I need to relax and have fun.

How was your May? Read any good books? Or maybe books you wouldn’t even recommend to the worst person on the planet? Let me know in the comments! (also if you see me on Twitter tomorrow and there’s no tweet stating that I’m all prepared for my presentation on Thursday please yell at me)