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Books I Read
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // A thrilling, perfectly-paced story about a little known historical tragedy, told by four interlocking voices
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson // An adorable summer story that gives equal attention to romance, friendship, family, and its theme of learning to live in the moment
- Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler // A Britain-based story about a teenager realizing she's gay, full of awkwardly endearing moments
- The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry // An absolutely incredible story set during the Inquisition that left my emotions broken
- The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle // A short and quick read that balances depression and grief with humor and witty conversations
- Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid // A fun, addictive story set in spring of senior year that made me nostalgic for my own recently-concluded high school experience
Books I Added to My TBR
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // I've been hearing amazing things about this book for ages, and I finally got around to adding it to my official to-read list.
- The Excavation of Lincoln Malone by Cordelia Jensen // Having loved this author's debut novel, I was thrilled to hear news of this one—even more so when I discovered what it was about. Dealing with the relationship between two sisters (one adopted, one not), it's sure to be wonderful.
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon // Somehow I still haven't read Everything, Everything, but I'm nonetheless thrilled to get my hands on a copy of this thoughtful-sounding story with a bright and beautiful cover.
- White Space by Ilsa J. Bick // This one promises a complex, original plot and comes highly recommended from Willa of Willa's Ramblings. I'm excited to find out what this Inception-esque book about the line between stories and reality is all about.
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokski // Aneeqah of My Not So Real Life informed me that this book features Indian folklore in addition to the beautiful writing and storytelling I've been hearing about, and I immediately added it to my TBR.
In My Life
- I graduated from high school! On Saturday, June 4, I walked across the stage, collected my diploma, and officially ended my high school career. As I said in a discussion post based on graduation, the event itself wasn't as exciting as it's often made out to be, but I enjoyed seeing all my friends and acquaintances one last time before parting ways.
- I attended college orientation. I'll be starting college in downtown Indianapolis in the fall, and earlier this month I visited campus for a two-day-long rapid-fire preparation session. Aside being inundated with information, we also signed up for classes. Since I'm planning on studying in the business school, I'm taking two intro-to-business classes, a course on how to use Excel and other Microsoft products in the workplace, and three general education classes: finite math, public speaking, and cultural anthropology.
- I worked almost full-time. Summer reading is well underway (for those who don't know, I work at my local library), and that means there are piles of books to be shelved and rambunctious children to clean up after. I've been keeping busy by working most days—and since I'm not going on any trips until summer reading is over, I plan to spend July shelving books as well.
How did June go for you? For those of you who are on summer break, how are you spending your time off?