Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May 2016 in Review

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May was a big month for me. I returned from a hiatus after weathering a month of intense AP exam studying, I finished my high school career, and I celebrated Forever Literary's fourth birthday (which is why this post is going up a day later than it otherwise would have). I've been too busy to read as much as I usually do, but here's an update on the books I did manage to fit into my schedule:

Books I Read

Books I Added to My TBR

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.


  1. I hadn't actually seen what You're Welcome World was about, just the title and cover. Now, I'm interested to see it. I don't usually read contemporary but I would be excited to read about a character who's deaf

    And congrats again on grad and your blogversary!

    Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

  2. Yikes--I don't miss AP testing, but hooray! You made it through them! And you finished high school! That's so exciting. I'm so jealous of your canoeing trip. I've been wanting to do outdoorsy things since summer began. Hope you have a great month and congrats on everything!

    - Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

  3. I also added Kat and Meg to my tbr- it sounds so interesting! I graduated just yesterday, had prom last week, and my May started with synchronized swimming competitions... So the whole thing has been a little bit crazy. I hope you have a great graduation! <3

  4. Congrats on four years blogging and for finishing high school! That's so cool you were in Kentucky recently - that's where I live! I'm near Cincinnati, Ohio. :) I really want to read Royal Wedding - glad you liked it!


  5. Congratulations on wiggling out of high school! I'm currently reading Outliers and goodness, this book actually makes sense. Did you post your review already? If not looking forward to it.

    Sharmaine@Paper Press

  6. I need to read Outliers! Plus you look so lovely in the prom pic! 💖 Congo on finishing high school! 💖

  7. Congrats on Graduation! My coworker has been telling me to read Grave Mercy forever and I just need to fit it in. The premise just screams 'READ ME'!


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