Monday, May 1, 2017

April 2017 in Review

Happy May! To my fellow students, I hope you’re not feeling too crushed under the weight of final projects, AP exams, or any other end-of-the-year struggles. And to everyone else, I hope you’re enjoying the upcoming season shift that seems to be already upon us. I also hope everyone had a fantastic April and read as many great books as I did!

highlight from my reading list 

Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins | Goodreads
I read some excellent books in April: Riley Redgate’s Seven Ways We Lie (which I reviewed here) and Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, to name a couple. But one I didn’t talk about nearly enough is Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins, a YA retelling of The Canterbury Tales that sings with cleverness and humanity. The book follows a bus full of high school seniors en route to Washington D.C. for a civics field trip—and as they drive, each one tells a story of his or her own design. I loved seeing the author modernize medieval anecdotes, and I loved watching the students open up to each other through their tales.

You don’t have to have an extensive knowledge of medieval literature to enjoy Sometimes We Tell the Truth (although I wish I had been slightly more familiar with the source material—I’ve only read a few of the stories in The Canterbury Tales), and there’s intersex and bi/pansexual representation. It’s an all-around excellent read, especially (but not exclusively) for fans of retellings of the classics.

highlight from my tbr

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone | Goodreads
Spotlighting a girl who becomes an internet sensation after a video of her saving a distressed baby goes viral, The Unlikelies sounds like the perfect summer read. Plus, the protagonist goes on to create a group of five mismatched local teens whose mission is to right wrongs in their neighborhood, which seems to me like an excellent use of one of my favorite plot devices: the “join the team” trope. This premise, combined with the humor and hidden depth the blurb promises, is sure to produce a great book to pick up this June or July.

highlights from my life 

  • I finally finalized my summer plans. I'm working full-time as a summer reading clerk at a nearby library, and I can't wait to spend my days surrounded by books and working with children. I have a feeling it will be the best summer job I could have asked for. 

  • I confirmed I'm going to Book Expo! I'll officially be in New York City from May 31 to June 3. (I can't believe it's only one month away!) I've never been to Book Expo before, so I'm absolutely thrilled—I want to meet everyone, so if you'll be there too, let me know! 

  • I marched for science on Earth Day! I've been to a few marches and protests since the fateful day of November 8, and the Indianapolis March for Science was my favorite yet. I loved being around a huge crowd of people as passionate about science as I am (and, of course, seeing everyone's clever signs). I'd highly recommend joining protests near you—I'm already looking forward to the next one. 

  • I explored my city. From meandering alone on Sunday afternoons to visiting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and making pottery at the Fountain Square Clay Center with friends, I tried to get outside and explore Indianapolis this month. I'll be moving back to the suburbs for the summer, so I wanted to appreciate my last few weeks (for a while, that is) living downtown. 

I hope all of you had a lovely April and are planning ahead for an even lovelier May!  


  1. Ohh The Unlikelies seem like such a great book, need to add that one to my TBR :) And going to Book Expo?! This is SO awesome, I hope you'll share your experience on your blog or somewhere so I can live through you ahah :) I hope you'll have a lovely month, Emily! :)

  2. Wow, it sounds like you've had an awesome month! That's awesome that you're going to BEA this summer, and it's so cool you participated in the Earth Day march too. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous recap! <3


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