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Books I Read
- Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot // A witty, nostalgic, entirely-satisfying return to one of my favorite YA series
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell // A fascinating look at the way random chance, probability, psychology, and math can shape our lives even more powerfully than hard work
- Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick // A complex coming-of-age story that left me wanting a bit more character and relationship development but that I overall enjoyed
- See How They Run by Ally Carter // A slightly-disappointing sequel that took longer to get into than I had hoped—but the ending made me glad I finished
Books I Added to My TBR
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers // This book has been out since 2012, but I somehow failed to realize it was a historical paranormal novel about assassin nuns. Luckily my podcast co-hosts set me straight, and I added it to my TBR immediately.
- Qala Academy by Tanaz Bhathena // This 2017 title's blurb is a bit short, but it contains the phrases "found dead after a car accident on the Al-Harameen Expressway" and "religious police," so I'm sold.
- Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski // This book is described as The Selection, but with a spot on a space mission rather than a prince as the prize. Yes, please.
- Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza // This book spotlights science fairs, mental health, and YouTubers—in other words, it's a recipe for success.
- You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner // Between this book's illustrations, its subject matter (a Deaf teenage graffiti artist engaged in a graffiti war), and its vivid cover, I'm already in love.
In My Life
- I took AP exams. From May 1 to May 12, my entire life was dedicated to passing the AP exams for environmental science, psychology, English literature, macroeconomics, and statistics. I'm not sure how confident I should feel, so I'm eagerly anticipating 8 a.m. on July 7, when my scores will be released.
- I voted for the first time! I've been excited to vote for as long as I can remember—even before I fully understood what voting meant or what various candidates and parties stood for—and having turned 18 in December, I'm finally eligible. My interest in politics has only grown over the past few years, so I made sure not to miss my chance to cast a ballot in the Indiana primary on May 3.
- I went to prom. After a long-fought search for the perfect affordable prom dress, which resulted in a 20s-style beaded ensemble that I love, I headed out for a night of dancing with my friends. Afterward, I went to a local bowling alley that my school had rented out for post-prom, which was fun despite my inability to bowl.
More prom pictures
- I spent Memorial Day weekend in southern Indiana and Kentucky. My family and I drove down on Saturday, spent the night in a cozy Airbnb just across the Indiana-Kentucky border, and spent Sunday hiking in Clifty Falls State Park. On Monday, we went canoeing in small-town Milltown, Indiana, then returned to Indianapolis, passing through miles and miles of countryside on the way.
Rowing with my little sister and my dad—now my arms and back are sore.
- I finished high school and celebrated my blog's fourth birthday on the same day. Yesterday was eventful for me—I reflected on my four years of blogging and looked ahead on the months to come, and I had an emotional day of goodbyes as my high school career came to a close. It's not quite over yet (graduation's not until Saturday), but yesterday still felt like the end of an era.
For updates on graduation and more, you can follow me on Twitter, where I'll be posting pictures and reminiscing over my high school years. And it's also where you can let me know about your May—if you're also graduating, how are things going for you? If not, what have you been up to? I can't wait to hear about it in the comments or on Twitter.