Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 in Review

In my last wrap-up post, I mentioned that August was so busy, so full of new experiences, that it seemed to span several months rather than just one. Well, if August was three months long, September made up for it by being approximately one week long. I'm still busy, but the blurring kind of busy that involves scheduling my days to the minute and makes time absolutely fly. It seems like yesterday that I was celebrating the first of September by retweeting dancing pumpkin man GIFs and gazing longingly at my sweaters. But now it finally feels like fall here in Indianapolis (the first 90% of the month was so hot it might as well have been July), and it's time to recap the month of September.

highlights from my reading list

(And by "highlights from," I mean the "entirety of" because, outside of an ethnography about child nutrition in Mali that I read for my anthropology class, I only managed to finish two books.)

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
I had been waiting with impatience and excitement for another Trenton Lee Stewart novel ever since I read The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy (one of my favorite middle grade stories of all time). I was absolutely thrilled when a wonderful listener of my podcast, A Novel Chat, offered to send me an ARC, and the book completely lived up to my expectations. It features the author's signature intelligent and resourceful children and high-stakes, high-energy plotting. I loved this book, and I can't wait to post my full review soon. I can't recommend it enough to young readers or anyone looking for a fantastic story.
Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims
I picked this book up expecting a thrilling mystery involving murder, blackmail, and deception—and that's exactly what I got. I raced through Please Don't Tell as quickly as my schedule would allow (which, unfortunately, wasn't too quickly), desperate to find out which character committed each nefarious deed. But this book also features a sensitive side centered around sisterhood and emotional scars. Laura Tims beautifully weaves together suspense, real-life social issues, and personal obstacles in this story about a set of twins, each with daunting challenges.

highlights from my life

  • I've continued to power through my first semester of college. My days are busy, but I have plenty to show for it: I have As in all my classes, I've joined a few student organizations, and I'm getting along quite well with my roommates and the other friends I've made. 
  • As I mentioned above, I joined campus organizations. I was elected secretary of my school's chapter of Women in Business, which means I've been making flyers and sending emails on behalf of the club. I also joined the Honors Arts and Culture Society, a group that meets to enjoy the cultural offerings of downtown Indianapolis. We went to a retro duckpin bowling alley in the Fountain Square neighborhood for our first event, and I can't wait to further explore the city together. 

How was your September? For those of you who are also students, how has the semester been so far?


  1. Ahh congrats on all your educational accomplishments! I'm suffering in high school right now so I'm just struggling to keep my head above the water. Looks like September was a great montH!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz


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