September Wrap Up 2017
So it has been a while since I’ve posted, and that’s mainly because my motivation seems to have dropped off the edge of the world somewhere. BUT I am trying to find my way back to things, hence why I am scraping together this wrap up of last month. A bit late, but better now than never!
September was basically one of the most productive months I’ve ever had. I was so motivated to do ALL the creating of content possible and took a whole heap of bookstagram photos, booktube videos and sketched out blog ideas. I just have to take the time to edit them and make them into a reality now…
I went to back to the primary school for two days as a substitute teacher. It was great to see the kids again and some of them remembered me which warmed my heart so much.
Then I traveled up to the north of the Netherlands, to Groningen where my best friend is going to university. We had a brilliant time together. I’d never been there, so it was great to explore the shops and such a quaint little town. I also got to meet her new friends which was really nice.
I had a movie marathon with my other bestie as well. We watched Disney movies and I saw My Neighbour Totoro for the first time which was an adorable movie.
After that, it was all university prep time and leaving. I had a goodbye meal with my family which was heartfelt. I also said a goodbye speech to the church I’ve been a part of for the past 13 years of my life and burst into tears in front of a congregation of 250+ people. Not the most fun moment, but I will miss home 🙁
And now I am at uni! I bought out the kitchen section of a shop, bought some new clothes, shoes and stationary and then we drove to London. My mum and I spent a day at my sisters’ apartment, and then made the drive up to Warwick university, where I have moved in.
There concludes my September!
I managed to read 14 books in the month of September. I know, I don’t quite understand how that happened either, so don’t ask me 😛 I’m very happy though. I guess I was productive in terms of reading too.
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell is one I fully intend to review and I really did enjoy. But it wasn’t a new favourite of his. Corrupting Chris by Santino Hassell was a short read which related to a book in a series of his that I’d already read. It made my heart happy.
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomberhoy was meh. A review for that one is coming too. I also have a review of The Underground Railroad upcoming because I had a lot of mixed feelings on that one which need discussing.
Aching Buttons and The Mythology of Touch by Mary Stone Dockery are poetry collections I absolutely adored. I loved her writing so much, and her themes of love and death resonated so well with me. I think she might be a new favourite poet of mine.
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon is one I had to read for my university course but it was one I adored. It’s grounded in the history of Britain and how it affected the immigrants of the past, but I think the themes are still ever present, especially with Brexit and the immigrant crisis going on right now. I also had to read The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano for university too which was alright, but just not my kind of read.
I finally read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and yes, it was as sad and beautiful as everyone said it would be. It’s historical fiction during WW2 but it discusses the largest maritime disaster in the world which sadly not enough people know about.
I also finally got around to reading Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. Of course I was going to love anything she wrote, but I was disappointed to find the majority of the stories are set before the events in Cinder and not after Winter. Although there are some, I was expecting them all to be like that. Consider yourself warned…
Dress Codes for Small Towns has a review upcoming because I have WAY too many thoughts to put them down here.
Hard Wired by Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson, and How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall were comfort rereads.
Yup, I am still reading A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. I started it, but life (and books for university) keep getting in the way. Hopefully by only committing to this one this month, I will be able to actually finish it.
New Video! My September wrap up in video form.
Olivia’s Question: What did you get up to in the month of September? What was your favourite read of that month?