The Weekly Hufflepuff #73 // I Got An Internship???

A day late but oh well

I wanted to post this yesterday but I was tired before I went out, then when I came back I was even more tired adgnjs

I FINALLY finished Ace of Shades and I’m pissed at my reading slump because I really did love it and I could’ve finished it so much faster?? I also finished Two Spells, which I reviewed on Goodreads. I didn’t enjoy that one at all, nor did I enjoy Honey, Baby, Sweetheart. It was free on Riveted (might still be? I don’t think this one is up for the entire month) and it had an interesting premise (abusive relationships, ‘kidnapping’ an old lady to reunite her with an old love and a road trip) but boyyyy it was a mess and so is my review on Goodreads thus why I’m not posting it here as well.

I finally read The Brightsiders (I have no idea why it took me so long considering Queens of Geek is one of my favourite books and this was one of my most anticipated releases?) and I loved it SO FRICKIN’ MUCH. The bi rep was amazing, just like in Queens of Geek, great relationships (platonic and romantic), abuse rep on point, anxiety rep, so much queer rep, multiple non-white characters (Chloe owns my heart I love my black bi non-binary child) and just?? It was everything? It’s SO QUEER I love it so much. Full review to come hopefully soon*

Lastly I’m rereading the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy before the movie comes out this Friday (!!) to sort of stay patient because I can’t wait for the movie I love this series so much

Oh and I started Sadie, since that’s coming out next month and I don’t want to read it at the last possible moment. I’m not that far in yet but so far I like it.

* No one remind me of all the books I read in June that I still haven’t reviewed hsjfdhsj

GUYS I GOT AN INTERNSHIP???? It’s at an art magazine and I’m just so excited!! I won’t be writing anything for the magazine itself as everything is planned and written far in advance so it’s not really do-able for me to write anything, but I may get to write something small. I will be writing for the website though, so that’s exciting too.

I also got a job??? As of this week I’ll be working at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not and I still can’t believe (haha see what I did there) I actually got hired?? I’ll still be working at the Stedelijk Museum when I can, but that was already freelance work anyway after my first year ended last Summer so I wanted something a bit more stable.

Other than that… I’ve been going out with friends and family, doing some fun stuff here and there, relaxing… I have terrible memory so I remember like 10% of it but last week I spend a few days at my best friend’s house since she lives at the other side of the country (which is not that far compared to most countries but it still a few hours away with the train and since we don’t get free transport during the Summer it’s not that easy to see each other. Highlights: my friend repeating ‘behhhh’ over and over again at goats, feeding cute baby goats, making edible cookie dough (and eating it duh), me sucking at Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (I’m so sorry I did you dirty Yoshi please don’t cry), eating THE BEST fries I’m in love why are they on the other side of the country and obviously just spending time with my friend. Other than that who knows what I did not me adbjhs This is why I try to do wrap ups each week but I’m lazy

๐Ÿย The Writing Hufflepuffย ๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ’›ย Let’s Celebrate Winning Camp NaNo With Some Snippets! // Part I
๐Ÿ’›ย Summery Contemporary Mini Reviews // The Summer I Turned Pretty, Alex, Approximately and The Museum of Heartbreak
๐Ÿ’›ย 5 Books That I Need To Be Turned Into Anime
๐Ÿ’›ย The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag // You Want Me To Pick One For Every Question??

๐Ÿ“ทย Aesthetically Dreamingย ๐Ÿ“ท

๐Ÿ“ธย Tips for Studying Abroad
๐Ÿ“ธย Dreaming About These Aesthetic Instagrams // Surrealism Edition
๐Ÿ“ธย Nalini Malani and Immigration and the Oppression of Women

๐Ÿ’›ย Lu @ It’s Lu Again shares her 7 fantasy expectations
๐Ÿ’›ย Olivia @ Purely Olivia talks about her one major problem with Harry Potter and shares other thoughts related to the series
๐Ÿ’›ย Amy @ Bursting With Books is back!
๐Ÿ’›ย Eve @ Twist in the Taile shares their YALC 2018 recap
๐Ÿ’›ย Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams talks about why we need (more) confident female characters
๐Ÿ’›ย Em @ Yellow’s The Word talks about her trip to Amsterdam. I linked back to Day 4 because it links back to all the previous days so you can easily find those
๐Ÿ’›ย Amber @ The Literary Phoenix shares five things she learned from Camp NaNo
๐Ÿ’›ย Elm @ Just Call Me Elm Or Something talks about when writing becomes stressful

How has your week been? Read anything good? Are you excited for the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #70 // I’M A FREE ELF also 21 now ahhhh

Exams are over and though I’m still waiting on one grade I’m like 99% sure I passed it so guess what

I’m really trying not to think of the fact that I should look for an internship soon hahaha *help me*

It’s been a while since my last wrap up. Last time I had just started Autoboyography – by now of course I finished it and it was beautiful I still haven’t written a review because 1) what are words 2) exams 3) i’m exhausted 4) words???

Seriously I have no idea how to formulate my thoughts. Which is fun because meanwhile I have read other books I want to review but guess what!! Words?? I don’t have any! Okay dramatics aside I think I will be able to review at least some of them, we’ll see. I’m really trying to listen to my body and not push myself to much, so it’s possible that not all of the books I want to review will actually be reviewed, but we’ll see.

I’ve also read Tash Hearts Tolstoy, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead and Leah on the Offbeat and I loved all of them very much. I’m still very emotional about the latter two (though Tash was a lot of fun as well!) and uhh hopefully review to come?? I really do want to review them but we’ll see what happens. Oh! I’ve mentioned it in other postsbefore but in case you missed those: Autoboyography and Tash Hearts Tolstoy are up for free on Riveted this month! There’s no catch, you just need an account and then you can read a new selection of free books each month.

Oh and I started I Was Born For This yesterday! I’m not that far in yet but I like it so far.

Oh boy it’s been a while so a lot happened but my memory is terrible so we’ll see. I’m in the mood for some bullet points so let’s go with that

๐Ÿ’›ย I almost dragged my literature teacher (you may recall that I had to read an islamophobic, sexist and homophobic book and that my teacher loves this book) on my literature exam as we had to write a review (unexpectedly!! the entire term all the teachers were like: we’re not going to teach you how to review literature/film/art but guess what!! my literature teacher lied!!) on the book and I legit started to write something along the lines of ‘islamophobes would definitely enjoy this book but if you’re a little bit smart and know something about Islam you wouldn’t and then I realised that I was calling the person responsible for my grade islamophobic and stupid adbgsdh Like she deserved that drag but this woman is super petty and I needed to pass so that I didn’t have to reread that stupid book. But I did politely ‘drag’ her in my survey on the class, where I criticised the class itself (we’re really going to study one book, by a white straight cis man who is also islamophobic, sexist and homophobic. All she said about it was that she thought he was none of those things. That was in the first class, before anyone of us had started the book and she wanted us to form our own opinions. Then she never asked after those opinions) I also mentioned the homophobic comments because what she said was not okay!! (she read a homophobic line from the book as an example of ‘humour’ in the book and described another author as ‘actively homosexual’ like did y’all know i was passively bisexual apparently so!!)ย I really hope something will be done but I don’t have much hope. At least I said something.

๐Ÿ’›ย I had my exams and so far passed with flying colours?? So yeah studying my ass off was worth it! Sorta. Did I mention I’m exhausted

๐Ÿ’›ย I saw Love, Simon again and loved it even more this time around which I didn’t think was possible but here we are

๐Ÿ’›ย It was my birthday but I keep forgetting that I’m now 21 and keep calling myself 20. But hey that’s progress because before my birthday I would sometimes call myself 18 and that’s very very wrong

๐Ÿ’›ย I caved and bought a Nintendo Switch with my birthday money because LET’S GO PIKACHU. A NEW MAIN POKEMON GAME NEXT YEAR. A NEW ACE ATTORNEY GAME (when though??). For now I got Mario Oddysey because my mom was like ‘you should buy a game or what is the point’ and she had a point there. It’s been a long time since I played games like that but it’s so much fun?? Incredibly frustrating and I’ve been cursing like a sailor but fun!

๐Ÿ’›ย I also was given books of course! I’m too lazy to take a picture so here’s a list: Starfish (because I needed a physical copy), Leah on the Offbeat, The Brightsiders, I Was Born For This, Children of Blood and Bone, Ace of Shades, A Thousand Perfect Notes and Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil #4)

me this summer

๐Ÿ’›ย There was an event at the museum where I work so I took my best friend with me and uhhh it was basically a sitcom episode sdfbj It’s a long story but it involves me running away from tour guides (colleagues that I had never met before and hopefully never will again), them seeing me both times, my friend cursing my lack of sneakiness and my friend who’s not interested in art practically running towards an art work because I told her someone had slashed a knife into it years ago and losing me in the progress. Basically it was a mess but it was hilarious.

I probably forgot some stuff (a lot of stuff?) but uhh these are the highlights? I think? They’re the ones I remember anyway. I did struggle with my mental health again but as I’m feeling better today I don’t really want to talk about that.

I can’t believe I’m actually adding a writing section!! Of course I haven’t really been able to write thanks to school and exams, but yesterday I was suddenly hit by a burst of inspiration for a WIP I’ve been stuck on for a very long time now. It’s one of my very first WIPs (I kind of count it as the second one since it’s the second one I actually sort of finished (as in I finished the first book and started the second but then started to rewrite the first one. And then started to rewrite the first one AGAIN)) and I hated the plot. Absolutely hated it. It’s pretty much a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rip off (I was like 12 or 13 I didn’t realise it at the time ok), full of plot holes and a lot of stuff just doesn’t make sense. Oh and horrible tropes that I can’t stand now. I was ready to just let it go, except I loved my kids. I actually wrote a post about this last year

So a while ago I sorta got a lil bit of inspiration already, but there wasn’t really much there yet. But yesterday? Out of nowhere something came to mind and now I have almost three pages in Word with ideas and I’m PUMPED. I’m not going to write it yet as I want to work on my current WIP and finish that one first (and maybe write the sequel first too) but I’m just so excited?? I’m so happy I found a plot that so far works for my kids.

me yesterday

For years I called it The Chosen Ones but my current working title is ‘the not chosen ones’ because they’re no longer chosen lol. There’s still a lot I need to figure out but that’s okay. I’ve got something and that already makes me so happy. It’s VERY different from the original, which is weird but since I hated the original I’m more than okay with that.

This is the current blurb:

Rose Clark vividly remembers the night her parents were murdered โ€“ and now it seems their killer is back. Determined to catch the killer herself, Rose finds herself caught up in something she wouldโ€™ve never dreamed of.

It’s very short but I like it so far. I’ve never written a blurb for the previous plot but basically it was about two teenagers (one of them being Rose) who were ‘chosen’ to prevent the devil from returning to earth. Over the years things already changed a lot from the original WIP, but now??? I barely recognise it lol. But it’s good because for the first time in a long time I’m excited to work on this WIP again!

๐Ÿย The Writing Hufflepuffย ๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ’›ย LGBTQIAP+ Comics You Should Read Part I
๐Ÿ’›ย My Current Writing Ideas/Projects That Are All Gay Duh + Aesthetics!
๐Ÿ’›ย LGBTQIAP+ Books That I Want To See Turned Into Movies
๐Ÿ’›ย Cinderella Boy // Genderfluid Cinderella and Queer Kids Fighting Back

๐Ÿ“ทย Aesthetically Dreamingย ๐Ÿ“ท

๐Ÿ“ธย I shared some of my favourite Instagrams (theme: Paris)
๐Ÿ“ธย I talked about the struggles of being a photographer
๐Ÿ“ธย I shared my photography essentials
๐Ÿ“ธย I shared 6 LGBTQIAP+ artists for Pride
๐Ÿ“ธย I looked at the pros and cons of a Canon camera and iPhone 6

I’ve barely read any blogposts since my last wrap up which is really annoying because I was keeping up with posts so well?? I haven’t really had the energy or been in the mood to read posts since my exams ended this Tuesday, so I don’t have that many to share

๐Ÿ’›ย Mel @ A Word and a Whisper created The Pride Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย Kat @ Life and Other Disasters celebrated her fifth!! blogoversary
๐Ÿ’›ย May @ Forever and Everly shares her Pride month recs and their own Pride TBR
๐Ÿ’›ย Olivia @ Purely Olivia talks about why she loves multiple POVs and shares a few favourites
๐Ÿ’›ย Aurora @ Aurora Librialis shares 5 non-canon ships aka the gay ships we deserve
๐Ÿ’›ย Lia @ Lost in a Story shares her Pride Month TBR
๐Ÿ’›ย Bridget @ Bridget and Books shares some recs based on ‘if you liked this’

Wow that is one big wrap. Or at least it feels that way. Sorry about that?? I had a lot to talk about I guess. How has your past few weeks been? How is your Pride so far? My rainbow shoes gave me huge painful blisters even though I’ve worn them quite a few times now this is homophobic especially since it’s Pride!! What have you been reading? Are you prepared for Camp NaNo? (why did I have to bring up Camp NaNo I’m not prepared AT ALL) Are you done with school for the year? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #69 // HAPPY PRIDE Y’ALL

Wow and another week bite the dust* what a surprise does time even e x i s t

ALSO HI I’M TURNING 21 IN LIKE THREE DAYS I’M NOT FREAKING OUT HAHA

On the plus side I’m seeing Love, Simon again in TWO (!!) days for my birthday because the cinema close to my house (and heart I love it it’s so small and cute and the atmosphere is just great??) is having a pre-showing. I just subtly moved my laptopย with the webpage about the pre-showing on the screen so it was facing my mom and she was all excited ‘you want to see it again?’

* I have a terrible sense of humour please forgive me

Last weekly wrap up I mentioned having started All of This is True and not being sure how I felt about it yet. Well I finished it and guess what!! I was highly disappointed! Full review came out yesterday*

To cheer myself up after reading that… thing… I immediately started Cinderella Boy because I needed a cute queer Cinderella retelling with a genderfluid protagonist. I’m happy to announce that I finished it on Friday, on the first day of Pride

The first half was super slow – it was cute, sure, but I was also bored?? But then things picked up and it got really good. Also that epilogue killed me.

* Haha I really hope so I’m procrastinating writing that review by writing this post ahead of time hahahaha help

I’m scheduling this in advance as I don’t think I’ll have time tomorrow, but I’m hoping to also have started Autoboyography by the time you read this. If you want to read Autoboyography as well – wow this sounds like sponsored post IT’S NOT I JUST WANT TO SPREAD THE LOVE AND LET Y’ALL KNOW THAT DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE A.K.A. PRIDE MONTH AUTOBOYOGRAPHY, THE ENTIRE BOOK, IS UP FOR FREE ON RIVETED. Just sign up, which, again, is free, and shouldn’t be restricted to your location (I expected it to be for Americans only but my lil Dutch self was able to sign up??) AND THEN YOU CAN JUST,, READ AUTOBOYOGRAPHY FOR FREE (and other books as well)

So the beginning of this week still wasn’t too great, but I feel a lot better now and am so excited about so many things?? Like seeing Love, Simon again, it being Pride, my birthday coming up, all the amazing books I plan on reading this month (especially once exams are over), freedom being near, nice weather!!, hopefully being able to write after exams, The Bold Type* and Voltron coming back** and blogging! My brain keeps screaming Pride related ideas at me and I’m just like,, pls calm down,, I don’t have that much time but honestly? My heart is yelling ‘HECK YES BRAIN’ and just,, Once I finished writing this post there’s a good chance I’ll write a Pride related post?? Because I really really want to and sure I can wait until after exams but nope i don’t want to do that!

* I mean not only is this an AMAZING show but also!! the main ship is between a black woman (she hasn’t used a label yet on the show but she’s definitely attracted to both men and women) and a lesbian muslim!!
** @ Voltron remember you promised us there’d be LGBTQIAP+ rep,, now would be a good time buddies chop chop

Um honestly I don’t really remember much about this week? I had school for two days because my literature class on Tuesday was cancelled (and that was supposed to be the last one now I have to suffer this Tuesday adgbjsh) and other than that? I’ve been trying to do some schoolwork, reading, blogging, playing some Pokemon* and just relax. I don’t think I did anything special?? Oh but the reason I’m scheduling this is because my mom and I are going to a museum again (two actually, if everything goes to plan)

* @ Pokemon yo I thought there wouldn’t be a game this year what u doing fam now I’m going to need to get myself a Switch do I look like a millionaire to u there goes my money afsgdj

๐Ÿย The Writing Hufflepuffย ๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ’›ย I announced the relaunch of my photography blog
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Anger is a Gift, a powerful look on police brutality (plus it’s super queer!!)
๐Ÿ’›ย I wrapped up May??? Where did May go??*
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed All of This is True which I unfortunately found quite boring and I have some concerns about the way a character who commited sexual assault was written

* Lol it sounds like I’m asking about May @ Forever and Everly

๐Ÿ“ทย Aesthetically Dreamingย ๐Ÿ“ท

๐Ÿ“ธย I (awkwardly) introduced myself and the blog
๐Ÿ“ธย I shared a photoshoot of some ‘under the sea’ photography*
๐Ÿ“ธย I did the photography tag in which I shared my best photo, favourite instagrams and my love of cats**

* So yeah I took those photographs in an aquarium that blog post title is a LIE sue me I ain’t going under water I’m terrified of the ocean
** Yes cats not pugs pugs are my first love but I do love cats very much too

๐Ÿ’›ย Aimee @ Aimee, Always shares 12 YA books that are being released this month
๐Ÿ’›ย May @ Forever and Everly wrote an important discussion post about the own voices label and the negative pressure it puts on both authors and reviewers
๐Ÿ’›ย Savannah @ The Book Prophet wrote an own voices discussion post Native American representation
๐Ÿ’›ย Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares tips on how to find blogging inspiration
๐Ÿ’›ย Sarah @ Written Word Worlds wonders if there’s too much romance in YA
๐Ÿ’›ย Lu @ It’s Lu Again did the 20 Questions Book Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย Saida @ย Erucchii’s Books and Recs did my Your WIP in Gifs Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย And so did Marrill @ Books and Ravensย 

How was your week? Read any good books? Are you celebrating Pride? Are you excited about The Bold Type and Voltron? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #67 // Uhhhhhhh *insert witty title*

Yes a weekly wrap up on a Monday but it’s okay

It’s been over a MONTH since my last weekly wrap up and?? I don’t know how that happened?? I did talk about some personal stuff in April’s wrap upย (IT’S ALMOST TIME TO WRAP UP MAY HOWWWW) but I didn’t share any blog posts that I read?? Be prepared to get lots of great posts thrown in your facesMy memory is failing me and I have no clue what I’ve read since my last wrap up (both weekly and monthly) so I’ll just talk about what I’m reading right now which is okay because it’s SO GOOD. I was hooked from the first page and I immediately knew Anger Is A Gift would be a new fave. It’s coming out tomorrow so Iย should have finished it by now so I could have my review up but… I requested it not that long ago thinking I wouldn’t get accepted anyway, but then I DID and now I’m kinda screwed. But I’m halfway there so my review should be up next week at the latest*

* That’s what I thought when it came to Starfish and that took me a MONTH hahahaSo last wrap up I didn’t talk about what classes I’m following this term, which surprises me because I remember being prepared to RANT but then I just forgot because school is eating my brain. Oh well

Anyway, in either your third or fourth year you need to choose a specialisation. I chose culture, which means I’m taking fine arts, film, literature and philosophy of culture. Fine arts and film are a lot of fun, philosophy of culture is okay – it’s not a lot of philosophy, mostly it’s history and a lot of it I already knew? And then there’s literature

Now I know what you’re thinking: ‘Michelle, you’re a book blog! Are you saying you don’t like your literature class?’ hahahaha

That’s exactly what I’m saying

Okay but hear me out. My entire class is focusing on ONE book. ONE. A book of course written by a white, abled straight cis man, who also!! Is incredibly islamophobic, sexist and homophobic!! So the book we’re reading?? A MESS. My teacher? LOVES IT. My anxious ass? QUIET. I really wish I could speak up but,,, ugghh. Anxiety. The teacher doesn’t seem to have a problem with the book at all. She even went out of her way to say that she doesn’t think it’s islamophobic. Oh and the sexism?? ‘so absurd that it’s unrealistic’ yeah the main character thinking women shouldn’t vote is so unrealistic hahahahaha and the objectifying of women? Doesn’t happen!!! Never!!ย But to make matters worse there was this:

”Do you guys think there’s any humour in this? I do”*proceeds to read aloud a quote that I personally found homophobic/lesbophobic but apparently she thinks it’s funny!!*

And of course a few people laughed

Meanwhile I felt like I had been slapped in the face and was about to cry

So yeah. FUN

But my other classes are a lot more inclusive! Not as much as I’d like, but still. Plus at least they’re not this woman :) We have to fill out surveys for each class each term, so I’m definitely going to say something about her and her class. Maybe I’ll find the courage to speak up in tomorrow’s class now that I’ve finished the book but that woman makes me really anxious (speaking up itself already does sdjgh)

Anyway what else happened?

๐Ÿ’›ย EUROVISION. Eurovision was once again a blast, though there was not enough weird Eurovision stuff, glitter and gay. Also I don’t like the winner. I had SO many faves why did my two least favourite ones end up first and second. Countries were robbed. Not enough meme material. But it’s Eurovision and I will always love it

๐Ÿ’›ย MY OTP GOT MARRIED AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT AND GINA RODRIGUEZ FINALLY APPEARED ON B99 AND IT WAS PERFECT AND ROSA’S REACTION WAS ICONIC AND RELATABLE AND SUCH A MOOD (don’t want to spoil anyone so I’m being vague lol)

๐Ÿ’›ย Two weeks ago I had to take care of the neighbours cat and she was the CUTEST thing #blessed

๐Ÿ’›ย Uhhhhhhh

๐Ÿ’›ย I seriously need a PensieveSince my monthly wrap up I wrote four posts wow so much many posts much impressed

๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed My Name is Victoria which was,,, okay? But the plot twist at the end ruined it for me
๐Ÿ’›ย I also reviewed Starfish which was INCREDIBLE and my favourite book of the year nothing will surpass it
๐Ÿ’›ย I shared my reactions to the Hogwarts Mystery game
๐Ÿ’›ย I shared another playlist for Monthly Mixtape

I can’t wait for summer break to get here and I swear if I don’t pass my exams and have to redo them my school is going to catch these hands๐Ÿ’›ย Emma @ The Book Crunch shares her favourite YA books that feature mental health issues
๐Ÿ’›ย LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks recommends some contemporaries that deal with mental health as well
๐Ÿ’›ย Julianna @ Paper Blots reviews My So-Called Bollywood Life which sounds like a great book so check out her amazing review
๐Ÿ’›ย Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink talks about her writing in the Rising Author Tag and shares some amazing snippets
๐Ÿ’›ย Annemieke @ A Dance With Books celebrated her blog’s third birthday
๐Ÿ’›ย She also wonders if these days 3-star ratings are bad ratings
๐Ÿ’›ย Eri and Alexis @ Lacy Literacy talk about their day at YALLWEST
๐Ÿ’›ย Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shouts about 10 books she rarely screams about but feels like she should
๐Ÿ’›ย She also wonders if you have to review books to be a book blogger
๐Ÿ’›ย Oh and of course she once again made me even more excited about her WIP by doing my Your WIP in Gifs Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย Amber @ The Literary Phoenix talks about the worst movies adapted from books
๐Ÿ’›ย Sarah @ Written Word Worlds talks about stereotypical YA characters and created a quiz to figure out which one you are
๐Ÿ’›ย Kat @ Life and Other Disasters wonders if you fight for your tv show
๐Ÿ’›ย She also created another great writing tag called The Milestones Write Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย May @ Forever and Every recommends YA Asian booksย 
๐Ÿ’›ย She also reviewed Furyborn and rants about the messy and vague bi rep which you should really read
๐Ÿ’›ย Ever wondered how to write a shipable OTP? Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings has a guide for you
๐Ÿ’›ย Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about book blogging as a feminist space
๐Ÿ’›ย Lu @ It’s Lu Again started a new blogging series called ‘Coming Out Series’ and I can’t choose which one to share so: Part 1 about LGBT+ Rep // Part 2 about 2018’s LGBT+ themed books // Part 3 in which she reviews Autoboyography
๐Ÿ’›ย Aimee @ Aimee, Always shares 5 things Children of Blood and Bone made her doย 
๐Ÿ’›ย Vivian @ Writing With Style talks about how she avoids inconsistencies in her writing
๐Ÿ’›ย Amena @ Nerd in New York talks about how blogging changes the way she reads
๐Ÿ’›ย Inside My Library Mind shares all you need to know to start using Edelweiss
๐Ÿ’›ย Chiara @ Delicate Eternity gives 5 reasons why she enjoyed Ace of Shades
๐Ÿ’›ย Cristina @ Girl in the Pages talks about YA books set in college
๐Ÿ’›ย Fadwa @ Word Wonders shares how she manages to not drown under blogging and reading
๐Ÿ’›ย And last but definitely not least, Cait @ Paper Fury announced her second (!!) novel

I have four more weeks to go until summer break* but it feels sooo much longer. Probably because I never even got to properly rest from last school year dskngjhd I have so many blog post ideas and I’m so excited about blogging again, but it’s hard to find the time and energy to be honest. Even though I don’t want school to dominate my life (which I’m kind of succeeding in?) I just can’t bring myself to blog as much as I’d want to. I also really, really want to change things about my design** and technically I could make time, but I’d rather use that time to write posts and blog hop. It’s starting to bug me though, I really want to change things haha

* If I pass everything please I’m begging you
** You may have noticed I changed my ‘summary’ and ‘review’ banners in my review

So yeah after I scheduled this post I got reaaaally annoyed with my old design and realised that the new posts I’ve got planned (emphasis on planned I haven’t written anything lmao) wouldn’t be done justice soooo LOOK NEW DESIGN. And a few new graphics. It’s not done yet, as I need to replace a bunch of other graphics and I want to clean up my categories more (you may have noticed that my menu is a lot smaller, but I want to come up with more categories and just order everything better) So if you only see one post from me this week blame the new design lolย 
Are you almost done with school? (please don’t tell me if you’re done this week I will cry out of envy) How are you hanging in there? Read any amazing books? Did you cry at the Peraltiago wedding? 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 Weekly (And Monthly) Hufflepuff #65 | Is This The End Of My Blogging Slump?

I’m so happy to be doing another weekly wrap up as I’ve really missed doing them! I’ll also be wrapping up December and January though, as I really want to get those out of the way. I’m going to try to keep things as short as possible, so don’t worry about having to read a short novel haha

This week I started and finished Snowsisters by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick as the publication date is coming out and I need to get started on my review. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this one at all, but I’ll be leaving all of that for the review. I’ve also been reading Northern Lights, as I got the His Dark Material series in one book from the university library. I remember liking the film (yeaaaars ago) and I’ve heard good things about the series, so I thought I’d try it out. So far I’m liking it.

DECEMBER

๐Ÿ’›ย Take Me With You by Andrea Gibsonย โญโญโญโญโญย – I am IN LOVE with this poetry collection. I’ve already raved about it in my review and my favourite books of 2017 postย so maybe you’re sick of my yelling about this one BUT I DON’T CARE. It’s beautiful poetry about gender, sexuality, politics, love and so much more and I will never get over this book

๐Ÿ’›ย Always and Forever by Jenny Hanย โญโญโญโญโญย – The PERFECT ending to this charming, lovely and fun trilogy that captures what it’s like to grow up and go off to college so well. Had everything I wanted tbh except a guide to find my own Peter yes please and thank you

๐Ÿ’›ย Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappiaย โญโญโญโญย – I never ended up reviewing this one and I don’t think I will, as unfortunately it was very triggering for me and affected my mental health terribly. It’s well written though and there are definitely things I loved about it (thus the four star rating) but in the end it made me feel like crap. Guess it hit a bit too close to home

๐Ÿ’›ย None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio โญโญโญย – an important, fun and quick read, just needed a little more development to its character and plot. I felt like the story wasn’t over yet. Read my review here

๐Ÿ’›ย Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson โญโญโญย – another one that didn’t feel over to me once I finished it. There were so many plot points left unexplored! It was still an interesting read and it was fun to read a book set in Trinidad and Tobago. Read my review here

๐Ÿ’›ย The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee โญโญโญโญโญย – ABSOLUTE PERFECTION IT HAS EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE I LOVE THIS BOOK TO THE MOON AND BACK AND AM SO UPSET THAT I HAVEN’T HAD THE TIME TO REVIEW IT YET. Buuut I did rave about it in my favourite books of 2017 post so if you want to know a lil bit more about how I feel about this book, you can click here

REREADS:ย Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
COMICS: DC Bombsells #60ย 

JANUARY

๐Ÿ’›ย It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourneย โญโญโญโญโญย – I absolutely loved What’s A Girl Gotta Do? so when I saw It Only Happens in the Movies at the airport when looking for a book to keep me occupied while waiting for my delayed flight, I knew this was perfect. And it absolutely was! Holly Bourne has done it again. It Only Happens in the Movies highlights abusive relationships as they are and doesn’t romanticise them once. As someone who’s very passionate about how fiction often romanticises abusive relationships I was so happy to read this book. EVERYONE needs to read this asap

๐Ÿ’›ย The Wren Hunt by Mary Watsonย โญโญโญย (though actually 2.5 stars) – Ahh I was so happy to get approved for this one as it sounded delightfully creepy but alas, that’s not what I got. I do think this is a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’, as I can definitely see why people would love this. Read my review here

๐Ÿ’›ย The Night Circus by Erin Morgensternย โญโญโญย – I have such mixed feelings about this one. The writing is without a doubt charming and magical, but there was just too much telling instead of showing, especially when it comes to the romance. Once the romance takes the center I started to lose interest as I just wasn’t feeling it.

COMICS:ย Giant Days #33 // Giant Days #34 //ย Lumberjanes #45 //ย America #9 // America #10 // Ms. Marvel #25 // Ms. Marvel #26 // Runaways volume 9 // Runaways volume 10 // Runaways volume 11 // Runways (2017) #1 //ย Runways (2017) #2ย //ย Runways (2017) #3ย //ย Runways (2017) #4ย //ย Runways (2017) #5

This week I just really needed to relax, so I only went out for class, groceries or dinner when I didn’t have anything in the fridge. There were a few days where I thought of going out, but I only wanted to go out because I felt like Iย had to. You know, make the most of my time and explore the city, but there are already quite a few things I’ve seen, I still have time and I don’t have any classes next week. Plus, what good is it to go out and do things when you’re not feeling that energised? It would only make me more tired, so I’m glad I decided to take it easy.

Not to mention it meant I had a lot of time to blog, and I even wanted to! I’ve posted three times this week, four if you count this one and I’ve read quite a few blog posts. I also signed up for the 365 Commenting Challenge to get myself to be more active in the blogging community.

I’m super excited about blogging again and it makes me so so happy!

THIS WEEK

๐Ÿ’›ย So this was technically posted last week, but oh well. I posted a not so quick update from Manchester where I talk about some random things that happened
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed The Wren Hunt
๐Ÿ’›ย I FINALLY shared my favourite books of 2017
๐Ÿ’›ย And I finally posted another recap about Manchester, in which I go to the National Football Museum (who am I) and the Manchester Cathedral

DECEMBER

๐Ÿ’›ย Reviews: Paintbrush // Vengeance Road // Take Me With You // Mini Reviews: Marked and Flame in the Mist // Dreams Beyond the Shore
๐Ÿ’›ย Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers*: Part I // Part II // Part III // Part IV
๐Ÿ’›ย Writing: All Hallows Write Tag // Winter Is Here Write Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย Travel: London Day 3 |ย My Search For Baymax Continues and My Opinion On The Cursedย Child

* Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers was a feature for the holidays in which I highlighted some amazing bloggers. This wasn’t limited to book bloggers and the order was completely random. Unfortunately due to my preparations for Manchester I didn’t get to highlight all the bloggers I wanted but I’ll definitely bring this back this Christmas!

JANUARY

๐Ÿ’›ย Greetings from Manchester!
๐Ÿ’›ย Manchester Week 1: A Beautiful Library and Town Hall And RIP My Wallet I Found The Disney Store
๐Ÿ’›ย Review: None of the Above

๐Ÿ’›ย Balie @ Nerd in New York described the zodiac signs as bibliophiles
๐Ÿ’›ย Austine @ NovelKnight created a database for the online bookish community
๐Ÿ’›ย Amber @ The Literary Phoenix wonders why there aren’t any girly girls in YA anymore
๐Ÿ’›ย Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about her WIP and shares some aesthetics in the Winter is Here Write Tag // She also shared her book blogging essentials
๐Ÿ’›ย Holly @ Nut Free Nerd wonders what it means to be a ‘relevant’ reader
๐Ÿ’›ย Marta @ The Cursed Books talks about book piracy
๐Ÿ’›ย Kat @ Life and Other Disasters talks about her WIP Arcadia
๐Ÿ’›ย Briana @ Pages Unbound Reviews shares about four ways to spread love to book bloggers
๐Ÿ’›ย Kayla @ Kayla’s Book Nook shares websites that every bookworm needs in their life
๐Ÿ’›ย Ellyn @ย allonsythornraxx shares 5 LGBT books you should read
๐Ÿ’›ย Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader wonders if blog-hopping can become a burden on book bloggers
๐Ÿ’›ย Aimee @ Aimee, Always shares a step-by-step guide to read like a fangirl
๐Ÿ’›ย Nola @ Pagefuls talks about why she no longer checks her stats
๐Ÿ’›ย Inside My Library talks about J.K. Rowlingย and diversity outside canon
๐Ÿ’›ย Lu @ It’s Lu Again wonders if we should comment if we’re not diverse
๐Ÿ’›ย Janina @ Between Worlds shares main movie characters who she thinks are Hufflepuffs
๐Ÿ’›ย Sophie Li @ Sophie’s Corner wonders if we should keep each and every book
๐Ÿ’›ย Em @ Yellow’s the Word wrote a beautiful poem called ‘To The Friends I’ve Lost’
๐Ÿ’›ย May @ Forever and Every celebrated her 1-year blogoversary // She also shared some WordPress tips and tricks
๐Ÿ’›ย Shannon @ Little Irish Book Cat reviewed Queerly Loving, a book we all need in our lives tbh

How has your uhh last two months and this week been haha? Read any good books? Any good blog posts I’ve missed out on? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #64 | I Really Can Stay Because It’s Cold Outside*

What did I even do this week I’m not joking I don’t remember anything from before Thursday???

* Honestly can’t relate to that song it’s freezing hell no am I going anywhere

I continued to reread Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and am almost done. I’ll probably finish it tonight. I’m tempted to continue my reread after, but I’m also very very tempted to read some new books that I’ve gotten for Sinterklaas – OH YEAH THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK TOO. I rememberย somethingย that happened before Thursday. My memory didn’t completely fail me yay

DID ANY OF YOU WATCH BROOKLYN NINE NINE THIS WEEK BECAUSE NO SPOILERS BUT I’M SO HAPPY IT’S FINALLY CANON AND THAT THEY ACTUALLY DID THAT. DURING THE 99TH EPISODE

Like my revelation in the previous section revealed, it was Sinterklaas (a holiday) this week. I needed to go to the bank and my mom needed to buy a gif for my cousin, so I didn’t really have the time to do much else since once we got back we immediately ate dinner and then left for my aunt’s house. My cousin no longer believes in Sinterklaas (he’s like our Santa) but it was still fun. I mean, a holiday with lots of chocolate and presents, how can that not be fun?

I didn’t take any pictures because I’m incredibly lazy* but I got: Pokemon Ultra Sun; Eliza and her Monsters; None of the Above; Always and Forever, Lara Jean; Girls Made of Snow and Glass; Marie from The Aristocats slippers; Wonder Woman thights and a chocolate letter (it’s tradition to get a chocolate letter during this holiday, usually the first letter of your name but sometimes you’re out of luck and your letter is all sold out)

* And very comfy underneath my Eeyore blanket

So I know I said I didn’t remember anything beforeย Thursday, but Thursday wasn’t that special so I’m skipping that one. On Friday I met up with a friend from secondary school who know lives in Rotterdam where she’s also studying. While I had a lot of fun with her, the weather was horrible. There was a strong wind (my friend had brought an umbrella so she was almost Mary Poppins), rain and hail which made it even colder than it already was. It was such a relief whenever we got inside haha.

And now it’s snowing and it probably will tomorrow too so guess who’s not leaving the house

I didn’t write this week, but I might later today? I want to write some blog posts for this week first, so I’m not sure if I’ll feel up for it later, but who knows.

๐Ÿ’›ย I started a new feature for the holidays: Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers, in which I highlight some amazing bloggers
๐Ÿ’›ย I did the All Hallows Write tag, in which I answered Halloween related questions about my characters
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Vengeance Road, which had a lot of potential but I was bored

It’s so easy to get behind again haha. Earlier this week I was on top of all the blog posts I needed to read* and now?? Very, very behind. Oh well, here are some posts I liked:

๐Ÿ’› Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how to find and read only books you loveย 
๐Ÿ’› Aentee @ Read at Midnight created another fun readathon, this time inspired by Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
๐Ÿ’› Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd shares 4 reasons why The November Girl should be on your TBR
๐Ÿ’› Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words thought of some great inventions that all us bookworms need in our lives asap
๐Ÿ’› Em @ Yellow’s the Word shares her favourite things about Christmas
๐Ÿ’› Elm @ Just Call Me Elm or something wrote a beautiful poem called ‘Side Characters in My Own Story’ย 
๐Ÿ’› Kat @ Life and Other Disasters created the fun Winter is Here Write Tag
๐Ÿ’› Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about Christmas at Oxfordย 
๐Ÿ’› Sarah @ Written Word Worlds shares some pretty special editions

* At least that’s how I felt haha

How has your week been? Is it really cold where you live too? DID YOU WATCH BROOKLYN NINE NINE?