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 Monthly Hufflepuff April // Great Reading Month, Baaaaaaaad Blogging Month

Am I the only one who’s reading ‘baaaaaaad’ with a goat voice

Just me?

ok

๐Ÿ’›ย Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowmanย โญโญโญโญโญย – I HAVE NO WORDS. Which is also resulting in me still not having finished my review*. That and that I’ve been busy with my final essays. But yeah, absolutely love this one. If you haven’t read it yet go read it now

๐Ÿ’›ย Sugar Lump by Megan Gaudinoย โญย – Really disappointed by this one. I didn’t expect to love it, but I was very intrigued by the mystery surrounding the town and well, the mystery was ridiculous and over the top soooo… Also the characters were flat, insta-love for your ole regular brooding YA bad boy *eye roll*, token stereotypical gay character… I just can’t say anything positive about this one except that I liked the MC’s dad but he was ruined for me thanks to the mystery soย ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

๐Ÿ’›ย The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reedย โญโญโญย – Incredible plot, very important and empowering, but I couldn’t really connect to it and the characters because of the writing style. Mini review to come at some point hopefully. This is definitely a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’ though, so definititely consider picking this one up!

๐Ÿ’›ย Saints and Misfits by S.K. Aliย โญโญโญโญย –ย Really loved this one! While it deals with a heavy topic (attempted sexual assault), it’s still at the same time a fun read, as it really balances the more serious moments with fun scenes with friends and family. Janna herself felt very real and I loved how much she grew. Mini review DEFINITELY to come as I’ve already written it

๐Ÿ’›ย A Step From Heaven by An Naย โญโญโญโญย –ย I honestly don’t know how to review this one all I know is that the moment I finished it I felt like crying this book touched me without me even realising it before the last words.

๐Ÿ’›ย All American Boys by Jason Reynoldsย โญโญโญโญย –ย I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of this one before? It really deserves a lot more recognition, as it’s a very important book. I can’t really find the right words right now, so hopefully I’ll be able to come back to this later and write a better review than this, as All American Boys truly deserves that. If I never come back to it because I’m forgetful and lazy, do pick this up! I had trouble putting it down, as I wanted to know what happened next. It was interesting to read from the two different perspectives and to see how they came together. Plus, like I said, it’s just a really important story

๐Ÿ’›ย Moxie by Jennifer Mathieuย โญโญโญโญย – Really enjoyed this one! Very empowering, covers a lot of important topics, discusses white feminism, inclusive, has girls supporting girls… Everything I love in a feminsit book, but the writing itself just didn’t really blow me away, thus the four stars.

COMICS: Giant Days #37 // Runaways (2017) #8 // Lumberjanes #49

* I have two sentences wow I’m so close to finishing it

All in all I’m really happy with my reading this month! I read quite a few books, which I all enjoyed except for one, and all of them (again, except for one) were very diverse, inclusive and important. I am a happy bookworm

I skipped two weekly wrap ups in a row, the first one because I was busy with my essay, and the second one because I was at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, an art museum, for most of the day and was too tired to blog when I got home. I’m really crossing my fingers that everything will calm down once I’ve finished my final essay*. After that I do have to catch up a bit on the schoolwork I neglected to focus on my essays and I am planning on hanging out with friends here and there and doing some other fun stuff, but still! I have a lot post ideas that I’m excited for, some of them already written out, so hopefully this blog will be up and running regularly again soon!

* I had planned on finishing it yesterday or today at the latest, but guess who just started today hahahahahah *whispers* h e l p

Speaking of doing fun stuff, I have been doing that! Like going out for ice cream after school with my best friend, going to an opening with my friend who’s usually not interested in art at all??? and she asked me??? #stillshook, going out on Kingsday* with my best friend, going to the art museum I mentioned before… I really don’t want school to become all I do this term, which is something I feel I say every term and then eventually fail, but still. Considering I only have three days of school I do feel like it’s actually possible this time!

* Kingsday is a national holiday where we ‘celebrate the king’s birthday’. I put that between apostrophes because mostly it’s just an excuse for people to go party and drink lots of alcohol. Not me though, nor my best friend. We walked around for a while and eventually escaped the crowds to go eat at a vegan food bar. I’m not vegan, but she is and she fell in love with that restaurant so I thought I’d give it a go. It was really good!

I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff, since I always do, but oh well. Anyway, wish me luck on my last essay! I curse myself for getting overexcited and collecting so much information

this is how i feel right now

Oh! I’ve also been working a bit on my photography blog, which will now also be an art and travel blog I’m not saying I won’t be sharing my travel adventures on here anymore, but I am transfering my art-related posts to that blog. It’s currently on private and all the posts have been deleted, but it will go live again the 28th of May!

Me: *can barely keep up this blog*
Also me: let’s make a new one!*

* Technically I made it last year but I barely did anything with it lol

April might have been a good reading month, but it was not a good blogging month lol. Five posts, two of which are wrap ups and the other three are reviews

Wrap upsย 

๐Ÿ’›ย The Monthly Hufflepuff March // SUPPORT LESBIAN JESUS’ NEW ALBUM
๐Ÿ’›ย The Weekly Hufflepuff #66 // I’M HOME

Reviews

๐Ÿ’›ย Lady Mary // An Interesting Look At Queen Mary I
๐Ÿ’›ย The Radical Element // Twelve Stories About Badass Girls
๐Ÿ’›ย Sugar Lump // A Disappointing, Over The Top ‘Mystery’
I’ll be sharing posts from around the blogosphere again in the next Weekly Hufflepuff, once I’ve finished this essay. Since this essay needs to be handed in this Friday, that may be this Sunday, but since I have to catch up on other schoolwork and may want to do some fun stuff as well, it may as well be next Sunday instead haha

How has your April been? Did you read any good books? Or maybe terrible ones that you’d advice me to stay away from? If you’re Dutch, did you celebrate Kingsday? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #66 // I’M HOME

I’M HOME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

me pretty much the entire movie

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Monthly Hufflepuff March // SUPPORT LESBIAN JESUS’ NEW ALBUM

yeah so my title is basically just promoting Hayley Kiyoko and I have no regrets – besides I do talk about her album so???

Uhhh I’m going back home in less than two weeks??

I honestly can’t believe how fast these months have gone by! But I’m getting ahead of myself, I’ll talk about that more later on in this post

๐Ÿ’›ย More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer โญโญโญย An important read that deals with abuse, but a bit too heavy for me. I personally needed a bit more of a balance between lighter and heavier moments, but that may be because abuse is a topic very near to me.

๐Ÿ’›ย Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale โญโญโญโญโญMy favourite of the month! Not that it had a lot of competition with all these three star reads haha, but still! That doesn’t make me love this one any less. Harriet has grown so much, which is very apparent in this book. It was just such a fun read, which I really needed. I love Harriet, her friends and especially her family so much, I’m so sad that I only have one book left!

๐Ÿ’›ย The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip PullmanโญโญโญSo this took me over a month to read. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it at all, but it was just very,ย veryย slow for me. The edition I borrowed from the uni library has all three books, but honestly I don’t have the time or energy to try and get through the rest of the trilogy, which is really a shame as I was really excited to try this series. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try again.

๐Ÿ’›ย Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polishโญโญโญ This one has SO MUCH potential! It’s a queer Peter Pan retelling: Peter is trans and in love with Mir, his Enbyfriend; Gwen (based on Wendy) is in love with Tinkerbell who’sย an asexual lesbian computer interface, Hook is a bisexual cyborg and two of the Lost Boys are also pining for each other. Unfortunately this is really short and underdeveloped, leaving me with a lot of questions about both the world and the characters themselves. While I loved the diversity, the characters were very flat.

๐Ÿ’›ย Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat! volume 1 โญโญโญโญย – Below I just briefly mention the comics I’ve read that I’ve already talked about before and don’t really have anything to say about each month, but Patsy Walker is a new one, so I had to discuss it. Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat has been on my tbr for quite some time now, but I didn’t get to it until now and boy do I wish I read it sooner! It’s such a fun read. Patsy A.K.A. the superhero Hellcat, decides to start a Temp Agency for superheroes and regular people with powers. It’s a great balance between slice of life and superhero, is very diverse and just really cute. If you love Squirrel Girl, I definitely recommend this one as it’s humour really reminded me of it.

๐Ÿ’›ย Nothing But Sky by Amy Truebloodย  โญโญโญย – Definitely a case of ‘it’s not you it’s me’. I couldn’t really connect to the characters or the writing, though I did enjoy this one! There’s a lot of love about this one: a kickass girl who constantly challenges the patriarchy and is a wing walker, a love interest who deals with PTSD, a crew who supports each other no matter what and is more like family… I’m really sad I didn’t enjoy this one more!

๐Ÿ’›ย The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) โญโญโญ– Full review should be up sometime next week (I hope haha), but this was a lovely anthology of kickass girls. Some short stories were less good than others of course, which always happens, but overall I’d definitely recommend this one.

๐Ÿ’›ย Lady Mary by Lucy Worsleyย โญโญโญ – As I didn’t know anything about Queen Mary I going in, this was very interesting to read. It also shows us a different side of the affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Everything I knew about that affair focused on the two main players, but I didn’t know anything about what Henry’s daughter Mary went through. The writing style was a bit too simple for me and I was bored at times, but all in all still an interesting read. Full review to come next week!

COMICS:ย Lumberjanes #47 // Lumberjanes #48 //ย Giant Days #36 // Ms. Marvel #28 // Runaways (2017) #7

Can you believe that I’m going home so soon already?? I can’t! I haven’t finished my last two essays yet, but I’m hoping to start writing the third one tomorrow as I’m mostly finished collecting all my information. I’m a bit worried having to balance writing my last two essays and the schoolwork of my new classes once I get back, but I’ll figure it out somehow.

My housemates have left for the Easter Break, except for one. He was actually gone at the start of the week – for almost three entire days I had the entire place for myself and no offense but it was so nice. Anxiety aside, while my housemates are friendly enough, they just don’t think of anyone but themselves. Two weeks ago they came back from going out or something in the middle of the night and were superloud.* Two of them decided to game, and after that watch football. They turned up the volume real loud and were yelling too, until about five in the morning. My anxiety is just too bad for me to go out and say anything, so I just,, had to suffer. Also I just wish they’d keep the kitchen clean? Like I can handle messy, but it’s just,, gross. I knowwww that that’s what a stereotypical students’ dorm looks like, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! When they were all gone I cleaned the kitchen, because I thought no one would be able to make it dirty again. Until that evening when one of them came back. Next morning it was as if I had never cleaned it

* This is sadly not a rare occurance by the way my sleep here is,, not great

Thankfully my mom is coming soon, and she’s just,, ready to fight him lmao. If he turns up the music again in the middle of the night (like he did last night thanks mate) she’s just going to go the living room, say ‘excuse me’, pull out the plug and then if he says anything she’s just going to pretend to not speak English adsfbsgn*

* I don’t think I really make my pettiness known on this blog as it doesn’t really come up, but in real life I’m quite petty, especially when I’m with my best friend and like,, I definitely got it from my mom sdjdgf

Speaking of my mom!! I’ve been looking forward to her coming since,, pretty much ever since I got here lol. I’m really close to my mom, so even though I Facetime her multiple times a day I still really miss her, especially since I’ve never been away from home for this long. I can’t wait to show her around the city, see Hairspray and Love Simon!!

Friday evening I decided to treat myself after being so busy with my essays all week and go to shopping mall to (hopefully) buy Hayley Kiyoko’s Expectations. I also had to go to Boots because my hair dryer was broken, as in, smoke was coming out.

I could’ve gone sooner that week, but Expectations was coming out Friday so… I was a bit worried they might not have it since the HMV website said it was out of stock but…

So uhh yeah I haven’t been listening to anything else since Friday.ย I honestly can’t pick a favourite song? They’re all so good?? And all the songs sound so nice together?? It’s truly a masterpiece #supportlesbianjesuspls

Once I got a new hair dryer I decided to see if Claire’s had any new Doug the Pug plushies – I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but I found out that Claire’s sold them a few weeks ago and immediately went to the one in the shopping center to see if they too had them and there were exactly two left!* So today I took a look to see if they had a different one and well…

This is the nineth plushie I bought while here in three months adfjbsh In my defense one of them is for my mom like I said and also LOOK AT HIM WEARING A DUCK OUTFIT HOW COULD I RESIST**

* My mom wanted one as well to turn into a keychain and hang it on her bag
** I’m turning 21 in a little over 2 months gsnbdhg

On my way out of the shopping center I saw an ad for Love Simon and then when I got off the bus I ran into a cat. Literally. We looked at each other and it ran towards me, wanting to be pet #bless

Also Keiynan Lonsdale released a new song called Kiss The Boy and not only is it SUCH a bop but it’s also so beautiful and boy he got me crying please listen to it

On Saturday I met up with my friend from the exchange students group and a friend of hers who I had met before when we went to see Black Panther, because they’re both going home today. It was a fun day and a much deserved break from my essays haha. In the evening we met up again to eat together.

๐Ÿ’›ย I created a new writing tag called ‘Your WIP in Gifs Tag’
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed More Than We Can Tell, an important story about abuse
๐Ÿ’›ย I wrapped up February and talked about meeting a blogger friend, cats, Chinese New Year, Black Panther and other stuff
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Lost Boy, Found Boy, a futuristic Neverland where no one is straight
๐Ÿ’›ย I shared another monthly mixtape, this time with the theme ‘petrichor’: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Nothing But Sky, a historical story about a kickass girl wing walker, though it fell a bit short for me

So I usually reserve these for Weekly Hufflepuffs, but who knows when I’ll have the time for one of those!

๐Ÿ’›ย Sarah @ Written Word World talks about the downsides of ARCs (= Actually Reviewers Crying)
๐Ÿ’›ย Fadwa @ Word Wonders reviewsย The Summer of Jordi Perez, a cute f/f romance with fat rep, though she also warns about the erasure ofย multi-gendered attraction
๐Ÿ’›ย Analee @ Book Snacks has some important questions about American high school in YA fiction
๐Ÿ’›ย She also talks about the pressure of writing #ownvoices reviews
๐Ÿ’›ย Elise @ thebookishactress talks about the #BuryYourGays trope
๐Ÿ’›ย Kat @ Life and Other Disasters talks about Netflix’ On My Block, which is an amazing show that you HAVE to watch so read her post to find out why
๐Ÿ’›ย Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books went to Paris, where she went to her first book fair and met some amazing authors
๐Ÿ’›ย She also wonders if book blogging is still relevant
๐Ÿ’›ย Lu @ It’s Lu Again did the Rising Author tag and talks about her writing
๐Ÿ’›ย She also talks about why better body image and other rep in books will help you love yourself
๐Ÿ’›ย Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about some London bookshops
๐Ÿ’›ย And she wonders if celebrities have corrupted the feminist movement
๐Ÿ’›ย Vivian @ Writing With Style rates writing tools
๐Ÿ’›ย May @ Forever and Everly also did the Rising Author tag in which she talks about her writing
๐Ÿ’›ย Hannah @ Mortal Reader talks about anxiety and toxic friendships
๐Ÿ’›ย Bridget @ Bridget and Books gives the in’s and out’s of self-hosted blogging
๐Ÿ’›ย Melissa @ Bookish Wandered did the Your WIP in Gifs tag
๐Ÿ’›ย And so did Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Have you been listening to Hayley Kiyoko’s new album? Or Keiynan Lonsdale new song? Do you have a plushie obsession? What have you been reading? How was your month? Let me know in the comments!

The Monthly Hufflepuff February // Stress!! But I Also Met A Blogging Friend!!

So uhh while I did post this weekend before that I kind of?? Disappeared again? This gif sums it up perfectly:

So yeah I’m VERY stressed about my essays even though I got extensions BECAUSE I’m stressed* Whenever I get stressed about something (usually school) I just drop pretty much everything and focus on the thing I’m stressed on (yeah pretty much always school) and then I’m just too tired to do anything else. Usually that means I’m also too tired to read, but because I’ve got ARCs to read I HAVE to make time – while that may sound stressful, I’m actually grateful because last year around this time I was in a huge reading slump and pretty much only read comis. While I love comics, I really missed books. So yay at least I’m reading. But blogging? I WANT TO BLOG SO BAD. Like I said last month, I really missed it and found my love for blogging again, but my stress is eating all my desire to blog. But as you can see I’m trying! Cause I’m writing this post! And I posted during the weekend and I’ve been reading a few posts here and there**

Anyway, I’ll talk more about my stress and stuff later on in this post. Let’s get the wrap up started

* I thought to myself ‘boy, there’s a silver lining to having anxiety’ when I got my extensions but then remembered I probably wouldn’t need those extensions if it weren’t for my anxiety nsjdhd
** You may have noticed me reading and commenting on posts from February – that’s because I had a window open with posts to read except I didn’t find any time until now lol

๐Ÿ’›ย Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smaleย โญโญโญโญโญย – I absolutely love Geek Girl and Harriet, but this one felt a bit like a filler to me. Also some really frustrating stuff happens and just asfbjdh Also I really Harriet’s friends, but at least there was a lot of her family! Her parents are just so funny and lovable.

๐Ÿ’›ย Snow Sisters by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternickย โญTRASH GARBAGE NEEDS TO BURNED RIGHT NOW EXCEPT I DON’T HAVE A PHYSICAL COPY (THANK GOD) AND I DON’T WANT TO BURN MY PHONE. Incredibly transphobic, the transphobe is actually portraid as a victim and the authors are trying to get you to symphatise with her (I shit you not), bi-erasure, sexualities used as plot twists… ย  IT’S A HORRIBLE MESS

๐Ÿ’›ย Flight Season by Marie Marquardt โญโญโญโญย – Oh my goodness how am I gonna sum this one up?? Centers around a beautiful friendship between three kids (actually I’m not sure about all of their ages but they’re kids to me ok) who’d do anything for each other and how to live with grief. It’s honestly just a beautiful book. Also the MC is a lil bird nerd and I love her

๐Ÿ’›ย  All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4) by Holly Smaleย โญโญโญโญโญย -I uh,, don’t remember this one that well?? My mind is just filled with the fifth one which I recently finished but Harriet makes new friends!! And I’m so happy for her!! Also she continues to be so cute and funny and relatable and I love her. There are also some great plot twists in here which I didn’t see coming at all. Harriet matured quite a bit in this one and I love seeing her grow so much through the series.

๐Ÿ’›ย Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson โญโญโญโญโญย – I finally read it!! I’ve been meaning to read this forever, and then ended up reading The Unexpected Everything instead because there’s a pug on the cover (the pug BARELY appears don’t let the pug deceive you even though the book is worth it but don’t expect the pug to appear that much ok?)

COMICS: Lumberjanes #46 // Runaways (2017) #6 // Giant Days #35ย // Ms. Marvel #27 // The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volume 7

So I accidentally skipped a few weekly wrap ups and now have so much to talk about?? Okay it wasn’t ‘accidentally’ – more like I didn’t mean to but I decided to skip them because every Sunday I was just too busy and tired. I thought of doing them on Monday instead but just didn’t have the time and before I knew it it was the next Sunday.

Anyway, my lack of weekly wrap ups is NOT because I have nothing to talk about: I did quite a few exciting things:

๐Ÿ’›ย I met Elly from A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts and her mom!! It was so exciting to meet them and it was just so lovely. Time went by way too quickly haha. We went to the cat cafe here in Manchester and oh my goodness I want to live there?? It’s just so cozy and relaxing and CATS also rainbow cake!!

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I’m not a big fan of cake but 1) my gay ass needed this and 2) it reminded me of red velvet cake and that’s pretty much the only cake I like and I was right! It’s very much like red velvet cake. I couldn’t finish it though because it was just so sweet and if I kept eating I would’ve gotten nauseous

Also I have a LOT more pictures to share but I’m doing a separate post on the cat cafe because CATS

๐Ÿ’›ย I went to two museums: The Whitworth Art Gallery which is a modern art museum and the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. The Art Gallery of the Salford Museum wasn’t that exciting, but the museum has a Victorian street inside which was really cool!

๐Ÿ’›ย I went to see the dragon’s parade even though it was VERY stressful because I do not handle crowds well and got a few panic attacks here and there. It was still fun though!

๐Ÿ’›ย I saw Black Panther! AND BOY WAS IT GOOD. I mean I don’t need to tell you that because everyone’s been yelling that right??

๐Ÿ’›ย My mom and I booked her flight (and my flight back!) and got tickets to see Hairspray while she’s here and I’m so excited!! I can’t wait to see her, show her everything and to finally see Hairspray live as it’s my favourite musical and I love it so much

Other than that I’ve just been busy with my essays, but as this is my last week of classes I’ll have a lot more time for them now. My mom will arrive on the fifth of April so I’m hoping to have finished by then, but if not my first essay is due the 16th and my last the 4th of May so I do still have time.

I can’t believe that I’m going home already so soon! Thankfully I’ve seen and done the most important things I’ve wanted to do, and I still have time to do things once my mom is here, so I’m not too worried about that. While I’m not too homesick anymore I am definitely looking forward to going home.

๐Ÿ’›ย Reviews: The Wren Hunt // Snow Sistersย // Flight Season
๐Ÿ’›ย The Reading Hufflepuff:ย Itโ€™s February So Obviously Itโ€™s Time To Share My Favourite Books ofย 2017
๐Ÿ’›ย Writing: Valentine’s Write Tag
๐Ÿ’›ย Michelle in Manchester:ย A Not So Quick Update From Manchester: I Continue To Be A Cryptid //ย I Went To A Football Museum? And A Cathedral Straight Out of Sleepingย Beauty
๐Ÿ’›ย Other: Monthly Mixtape Schwarmerei

I do have quite a few posts from around the blogosphere to share, but I’ll leave that for the next Weekly Hufflepuff. I have no idea when that will be, but we’ll see!

How has your month been? Are you too busy with school? What have you been reading? Have you seen Black Panther?? 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?

The Weekly Hufflepuff #63 | I Am Eeyore

Good news: Didn’t suffer from a blogging slump this week!

Bad news: I did suffer from my mental health and my period rip

Actually I’ve been putting off this post the entire day because I’m just not feeling good mentally, but I talked to my friend for a bit just now and am feeling slightly better, so let’s wrap this week up

I started What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne before going to sleep and finished it the next day immediately. I just HAD to finish it before doing anything else. I’m not one of those people who can read until the early mornings. I’ve never tried, because eventually I give in and go to sleep, but I don’t handle lack of sleep well so I’m not planning on trying. Anyway, What’s a Girl Gotta Do? is PHENOMENAL and I can’t wait to scream about it in your faces review it.

Friday on the bus I started Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson and lemme tell you: THAT WAS A MISTAKE. I almost cried on the bus. Then I almost cried at the bus stop. I finished it today in the privacy of my own house and boy was I a crying mess. I immediately reread it again and I know I will reread it again soon. It’s incredibly moving, powerful and beautiful and again, can’t wait to review it.

I also read DC Bombshells #60. 40 more issues to go before I can go on to Bombshells United. This is honestly one of my favourite comics but it’s taking me forever to read it? Once I’m finally caught up a bit I’ll write a post about it.

This morning I woke up feeling in the mood for Harry Potter, so I started to reread Goblet of Fire. I’ve been meaning to reread it for quite some time now as I started to reread the series last year, but other books just got in the way.

I wanted to go to museums this week but the weather has been terrible and life got in the way so unfortunately it didn’t happen. I’m hoping to go visit some museums soon, since some exhibitions will close while I’m in Manchester so I really need to go before I leave.

Weย (Blikopeners – a group of teens/young people (you’re a teen when you start) who work at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) wrote our own audiotour, so on Friday we recorded it which was a lot of fun. It felt so professional haha

Yesterday my mom and I went shopping, since we still needed to buy presents for Sinterklaas, which is a Dutch holiday. I also treated myself to this:

IT’S AN EEYORE BLANKET AND IT’S THE BEST THING I EVER BOUGHT IT EVEN HAS A TAIL IT’S SO COMFY AND WARM AND SOFT

Here’s a picture of my grandpa wearing it. He came over for dinner yesterday. He told us that the other day a guy at his retirement home whom he really doesn’t like walked past him, and then he (my grandpa) gave him the middle finger??

My mom: why??
My grandpa: because I don’t like himย ๐Ÿ˜ค and he doesn’t get itย ๐Ÿ˜ค he still doesn’tย ๐Ÿ˜ค

My grandpa has that old people mentallity where they don’t care anymore and just do what they want. Honestly part of me wishes I could’ve had that mentallity last term when people didn’t do their work lmao.

So those were the highlights.* Like I said before, I’ve been struggling with my period and mental health, but I’ve continued to talk to my friend while writing this post and it is making me feel a bit better. My mental health is always worse during my period so hopefully it will both be over soon.

* My grandfather coming over was a highlight, not him giving a man the finger

I almost forgot that I actually wrote this week! I was supposed to go out with a friend, but unfortunately she had to cancel because of school. So I spent the day blogging and writing. Not as much writing as I would’ve liked, but I always have trouble writing while on my period. Either I’m in too much pain or I just can’t concentrate.

Anyway, recently I’ve been struggling a lot with my beginning. I realised that I didn’t like it at all, so now I started to rewrite it. So yep, I’ve already started to rewrite my second draft lol*

* I hadn’t gotten that far yet anyway so it’s okay

I’m MUCH happier with it now though, so it was worth it. Hopefully I’ll feel like writing more next week.

๐Ÿ’›ย I talked about when reading good books make you feel insecure about your writing
๐Ÿ’›ย I wrapped up November, meaning I had a crisis about 2017 almost being over and time going by so fast like every year
๐Ÿ’›ย I reviewed Paintbrush and boy I did not like it. Apart from flat characters and a borderline unhealthy relationship, it also had girls shaming other girls

๐Ÿ’› Cait @ Paper Fury talked about how her writing habits have changed in 2017ย 
๐Ÿ’› Laura @ The Book Corps wrote an open letter to Goodreads and Netgalley in regard to their recent changes in their policies when it comes to international bloggers
๐Ÿ’› Elm @ Just Call Me Elm Or Something shared her musings while she was on a train
๐Ÿ’› Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books is celebrating 3 years of blogging – can you believe she’s only been doing this for three years??
๐Ÿ’› She also talked about the fear of editing her WIP and some character aesthetics
๐Ÿ’› Em @ Yellow’s the Word shared 18 memories from 18 yearsย 
๐Ÿ’› Birdie Bookworm made great aesthetics for The Book Aesthetics Tagย 
๐Ÿ’› Sarah @ Written Word Worlds talks about how some of her favourite authors wrote some of her least favourite books
๐Ÿ’› Balie @ Nerd in New York talks about types of bookworms
๐Ÿ’› Kat @ Life and Other Disasters did the All Hallows Write Tag
๐Ÿ’› Hannah @ Mortal Reader talks about lies book bloggers tell
๐Ÿ’› Victoria @ Doodles and Scraps shares some cute photos
๐Ÿ’› May @ Forever and Everly talks about good representation concerning diversity in YA: better none or forced/wrong?
๐Ÿ’› The Awkward Book Blogger talked about what jobs the characters of The Lunar Chronicles would have in real life
๐Ÿ’› Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talked about her trip to Brighton
๐Ÿ’› Dazzling Dreamer talked about her trip to Dubai

Hope you’re all doing well and had a good week! What were some of your highlights? Any amazing blog posts you think I should read? Did you write? Do you love Eeyore? OH AND DID YOU WATCH THE LOVE SIMON TRAILER BECAUSE I WAS ALREADY IMPATIENT FOR THE ENTIRE MOVIE AND NOW I NEED TO STEAL A TARDIS BRB

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!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #62 | I’m In a Blogging Slump????

Haha so yeah, I’m sort of in a blogging slump? Which I honestly didn’t expect would happen, considering usually my blogging slumps are caused by the exhaustion and stress of school. But I don’t have school? And I’ve been feeling pretty relaxed most days?

Yet, I haven’t felt like blogging these past two weeks. There were a few days where I wasn’t feeling that great (stupid cold) or wasn’t really feeling well mentally, but there were other days where I was feeling pretty great and I was in such a creative mood – just not a creative mood for blogging? I’ve been working on my photography and even writing (!!), but I just didn’t have the energy, motivation or inspiration to blog. Which has been pretty weird. I’m afraid that soon I’ll fall out of love with blogging, but I’m just going to try and listen to my heart. If I feel like blogging (like today!), I’ll blog. If I don’t, I won’t, because otherwise I’m seriously worried it will start to feel like a chore and before you know it I’ll be in an even worse blogging slump. Sooo while originally I wanted a schedule of two posts a week plus my weekly wrap up, I’m not sure if that will happen? But we’ll see

ANYWAY let’s wrap up these last two weeks

I started Vengeance Road sometime at the start of the month, and at first I thought it would be a pretty quick read, but… I dunno? It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t exactly blow me away either. I guess I also had some other expectations? If everything goes according to plan I’ll be writing my review later today, so it should be up sometime this week.

I also finally finished Karina’s Silver Shoes, which really took me a while. I’ve already reviewed this one, so I won’t get into that much detail, but boy was this one a disappointment.

I was in the mood to reread The Upside of Unrequited, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I still can’t believe I didn’t catch the Simon vs references the first time around? Sure, it had been over a year since I read Simon, but??? Simon is literally mentioned by his name??

I also read some comics like usual: caught up on Ms. Marvel, Lumberjanes and America, finally continued DC Bombshells (I love this comic I don’t understand why I’m so slow) and read some more Runaways volumes because the show really made me want to continue. I’m not sure if I’ll read the other volumes after Vaughn’s run though. I really hated Joss Whedon’s volume and the next ones don’t seem that great either. I’m tempted to just skip to Rainbow Rowell’s new issues.

So I’ve really been enjoying my time off! Well minus my cold and the days my mental health wasn’t that great, but other than that? Boy this break has been aย blessing. I mean I’ve even been writing?? But I’ll get into that later, because I can actually include a writing section in this wrap up.

Like I said above, I’ve also been working on my photography. And trying to post more on my photography Instagram account haha. Speaking of which…

Click on the picture to go to my account! (if you want)

If you aren’t yet and want to, feel free to follow meย ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป*

* Cheeky self-promo there

The other day my friend came over to hold a photoshoot, but we also just hung out, since we hadn’t seen each other since last term (not that that was that long ago and we do talk every day through imessage, but still haha). It was a lot of fun, but I was still a bit ill so spending so much time outside in the cold was a bit too much haha.

Last week I was sick of staying inside, so I decided to go to the Rijksmuseum. I didn’t know what kind of temporary exhibitions were on, so I decided to check them out while I was there. One of them was about being stateless in The Netherlands which was really beautiful (though not something I needed when I really didn’t want to cry with my stuffy nose!) and the other one was about Matthijs Maris, a Dutch artist who I had never heard of but it was really interesting and inspiring!ย There was another one, I’m not sure about what, but one look and I knew it wasn’t my thing haha. After those temporary exhibitions I spend some time in the regular collection, but soon I started to feel ill again so it was time to go home.

Oh! I’m ย also slowly getting grades back from last term and so far so good!ย ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป

Also I’m now OFFICIALLY accepted at the university in Manchester for my term abroad! I’ll be studying history for my minor and thankfully they can provide me with a dorm during my stay. I’m still super anxious about it, but at least all of this is now settled

Like I said: I’ve been writing! Last week I decided to print everything I’ve written so far for my WIP (my Camp NaNo project of the past two years, I’ve talked about it in more details here), something I’ve wanted to do for weeks now, but couldn’t because

So I FINALLY printed everything out, started to reread, make notes and everything and now, even though I haven’t finished my first draft yet, started on my second draft. Maybe I should’ve finished my first draft first, but this is motivating me to actually write so I’m going with it.

I’ve also been working on plot holes and the like, and I’ve been working on my outline, as I had never figured out what would happen next and how things would exactly end. I’ve made a timeline of when everything’s supposed to happen and I’m so excited to write again

Though I’m also really sad and kinda scared to actually finish this thing??

Though I’m also already thinking of a sort of sequel/companion novel when this one isn’t even done yet haha

๐Ÿ’› I talked about where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to and explained that I’m taking a break from schoolย 
๐Ÿ’› I reviewed Swan Song, a book about overcoming your grief, finding yourself and ballet
๐Ÿ’› I shared a recipe of how to make your own writer in case your stuck and want someone else to take over for youย 
๐Ÿ’› I reviewed Karina’s Silver Shoes, which was VERY confusingย 

I’m pretty behind on blog posts, and I don’t mind at all? I’ve bookmarked quite a few posts that I wanted to read, but I’m very tempted to just delete them all and start over, because boy am I never going to have the time to read them all and read all the new posts coming out all the time as well. Anyway, I don’t think any of these were actually posted during these past two weeks? I’m not sure, but hey old posts deserve some love too!

๐Ÿ’› Lila @ Hardcover Haven shares five things to do while in a blogging slumpย 
๐Ÿ’› Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how to NOT stress about blogging
๐Ÿ’› Melissa @ The Bookish Wanderer did The Book Aesthetics tag and created some wonderful aestheticsย 
๐Ÿ’› Em @ Yellow’s The Word shared her Autumn/Winter Primark wishlist
๐Ÿ’› Holly @ Nut Free Nerd shared some beautiful university parks
๐Ÿ’› Savannah @ The Book Prophet talks about giving books low ratings without reading them
๐Ÿ’› May @ Forever and Everly talks about her book and shares some beautiful aesthetics
๐Ÿ’› Ivy and Em @ Two Girls, Two Mountains share some foreign words with no English equivalent
๐Ÿ’› Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink shares 7 steps to love your own writing
๐Ÿ’› Vivian @ Writing With Style shares the best books about writing (and now I want them all rip my wallet)
๐Ÿ’› A.J. wrote a really important post about how people shouldn’t demand authors who write queer stories to label themselvesย 

And that’s a wrap! How has your week been? How’s your writing going? Can you relate to that frog gif? Been to any exhibitions lately? Are you watching The Runaways tv show? Let me know in the comments!