September Review!

It’s already the end of the month, so I thought I would post about my September, while a few other posts are still being drafted. In blog related news, I had to change my WordPress theme because my previous one was made from a generic WordPress theme. Like a fool, I edited the actual theme, instead of a child theme, and once the theme was updated all my edits/changes were gone.

Ah well – lesson learned!

This Month I…

  1. Celebrated my sister’s birthday and my birthday! Fun fact: my sister and I are less than a year apart. Her birthday is a week before mine! I got my sister a magic mouse and she gave me a Shore Projects watch. The great thing about Shore Project watches is that you can interchange the straps.
  2. Started teaching Sunday School (again). I didn’t think I would do it this year but it’s like a never ending cycle. I can’t seem to say no! I’m teaching 1st grade and I only have 3 students! They’re so sweet I want to cry.
  3. Started my last year as a graduate student. I graduate this year! I’m most likely going the archival route and I’m already stressing out about finding a job. I also do my capstone project this year, which is a culminating project and I have to find a sponsor… and a project… and I’m already stressed out about that as well.
  4. Am watching a new Korean drama called While You Were Sleeping. The drama only just started. To be honest, I only started watching because of Lee Jong Suk.
  5. Started budgeting. I never have any money left by the end of my paycheck, so I am setting goals per week. Depending on how much money I have and how much money I want left over, I tell myself that my limit is “this many” dollars. I’m also trying not to spend money on coffee everyday! And limiting the amount of books I buy.
  6. Bought my 1st K-Pop album. LOL I’ve been so obsessed with Nu’est, I caved in and bought their new album coming out next month.
  7. Went to hot yoga. I thought I was dying. My sister said the class was really easy and the room wasn’t that hot and I went and it was a power class. There’s a pose called “super soldier” and I was like WTF is this?? How is everyone bending their arms and legs like that??

Next Month I…

  1. Want to try doing Inktober. Inktober is an art challenge, where you draw/ink something everyday. Ink is my preferred medium so that’s what I’ll be using! There is an “official” prompt list but the goal is to challenge yourself to draw everyday.
  2. Am starting a new archival internship. I’m doing an internship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. It’s for the Fall quarter, so hopefully I’ll learn a lot of new skills and be as helpful as I can!
  3. Am looking forward to Harry Potter Illustrated Edition #3! Every year an illustrated version of Harry Potter comes out and this year it’s the Prisoner of Azkaban. 

I didn’t think I did that much in September but I actually did so much! One reason I started budgeting is because I’m switching to part time in October and I need to start saving up money for Christmas presents and a ticket to S. Korea. My family is hoping to go sometime in April/May, which is really exciting because I haven’t been since the 1st grade!

A couple notable books I read this month are:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

“Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you’re on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins.”

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider Man.

But lately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical “benefits” of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It’s time for Miles to suit up.

They’re both YA novels based on superheros!

Wonder Woman is the first book of the DC Icon series, which is being written by various YA authors.

Leigh Bardugo is most well-known for writing the Shadow & Bone, the Grisha and the Six of Crows series. Marie Lu (Legend series, Young Elite series, Warcross) is writing Batman (DC Icon #2), while Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass series) and Matt de la Pena (Last Stop on Market Street) are writing Catwoman (DC Icons #3) and Superman (DC Icons #4). All are well-known YA authors. I haven’t read any of Matt de la Pena’s YA novels but Last Stop on Market Street is one of his well-known children’s illustrated books.

Miles Morales is a YA novel based on Spider-Man. My first encounter with Miles Morales was through this book but I really enjoyed it! I like how relatable he was and I’m sure there are kids out there whose representation of him as a black/latino/bi-racial character is important. In my own personal experience, I love it when I encounter a badass superhero that’s Asian (or better yet Korean-American – hip hip hurray for Silk!)

Thanks for reading! Hopefully for my next post, I’ll have my film developed!

12 thoughts on “September Review!

  • Loving the new layout especially the static sidebar. Books is always such a money sucking interest (although not necessarily a bad interest).

    What does your internship entail? Would love to hear more about it!

  • Happy (belated) Birthday! I didn’t realize you and your sister were so close in age! That’s exciting that you’re graduating soon. It sounds like you have a lot going on, but you can do it! Good luck on the project and on finding a job later!

    That sounds like a good idea to set a budget each week. I hope that goes well! Saving money is always a good thing, and that’s nice that you’re planning on visiting South Korea.

    haha, hot yoga never sounds easy to me. I keep telling myself I should try yoga some time, but I bet I’d be terrible at it!

    Yay, I’m glad you’re trying Inktober! It’s been fun for me so far, and I’m hoping to keep it up every day. I’m not used to ink, so it’s been a good practice for me. I hope your new internship goes well too!

  • September sounds like it was a great month for you. It’s great to hear that you’re making savings goals. I used to find saving so hard, and I’m still not the best at it. I always get far too tempted by things to buy and end up dipping into what’s supposed to be my savings. I also buy a cup of tea or two every day, when I could just make one at my desk. Oops!

    Those books sound amazing. I definitely NEED them both, even though I’m trying not to buy any more books!

    Hope you had a good birthday and good luck with Inktober!

  • Happy belated birthday to you and your sister! Good luck with your last year of graduate school — it will go fast and you will be done with it in no time!

    Budgeting is hard for sure. I usually am good about it and don’t spend all of my paycheque. What I do is as soon as my pay comes in, I immediately put a designated amount into my savings account, and I also keep a rule as to never let my checking go below a certain amount, too. That helps . . . but I find that having a credit card kind of makes things harder! Good luck with that, though, and hope you see some financial progress :)

    Good luck with Inktober! A few of my friends are doing that. You have a great rest of the month!

  • Something similar happened to my theme when I named it some existing official WP theme. When I hit “upgrade”, everything was gone -___-. Good game to me XD.

    Happy belated birthday to your sister! It’s so cool that you both are really close in age! I think it’s great that they gave you three students so you can focus more on them if anything. Hope they’ll have a great time with you! I haven’t been to hot yoga yet but I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. Haha, you’ll be rocking all of the legit poses in no time.

    Hope your budgeting goes well! I’m too lazy to get a different credit card so all of my work travel expenses are mixing with personal expenses @___@. There goes my budgeting attempt XD. Congrats on starting the new archival internship! Hope you will learn a lot :).

  • Good luck with your project for uni – I’m sure it’s gonna be amazing! I remember stressing out during my last year of university but it was all worth it in the end.

    I haven’t watch a Korean drama in ages but I went onto viki.com yesterday and there are so many dramas I need to watch! I remember my first K-Pop album was F.T. Island :D I loved (actually still do, ngl) them so much that I actually bought a physical copy of their album as opposed to downloading songs which I usually do.

    Hope your October is amazing!

  • What a loaded September you had. Belated happy birthday to you and your sister! My sister and I have our birthdays 2 days apart. It’s very convenient for joint birthday celebrations.

    I’ve been trying to budget too. I didn’t just start this September, but since the beginning of the year. It didn’t work. It’s really hard not to spend and stuff. Haha. I’ve been using this Money managing phone application that I found very useful. You should try using one too!

    Inktober sounds fun. Hope your October is just as great as September was.

  • Yay new layout!! I’m graduating this year as well, it was about damn time lol good luck to both of us :D Budgeting is so hard, I started doing it too, like tracking my expenses since the beginning of October bc I want to save for a trip in Japan but I spent so much already in 2 weeks, it needs to stop <_<

    How do you find yoga ? Is it really relaxing ? :o

    • I went to a hard class, so it wasn’t relaxing at all LOL I was so stressed haha.
      I think it depends on the type of Yoga class you go to. The slower ones are definitely more relaxing!

  • Ahhh so many things to say.

    1. I finally saw your comment on my blog about meeting up in Seattle…6 months later. I screwed this one up…XD
    2. Happy belated birthday! (Funny enough, on the comment above, you were wishing me one. Now here we are.)
    3. Three students sounds like fantastic class size. Good luck with your teachings.
    4. I’m so excited for you to be on your last year of graduate school! Your archival internship at the cancer research center sounds so fascinating! I can only imagine what kind of books and publications you get to work with. Ahhh alll the journals!!
    5. Speaking of K-drama, have you seen Hospital Ship? I love it. I love the female lead. She’s so badass good at her job; I want to be like her. This show needed to be in my life when I was in high school/college freshmen.
    6. I hope your budgeting and savings go well, especially with the holidays and temptations stacking up everywhere. I personally use YNAB but I bought it before they went to monthly subscription. But Excel also works too. Although it doesn’t really stop me from going on shopping sprees, but I do know exactly where all of my money went that month, grouped by categories. But the philosophy is that every dollar you earn is accounted for, whether it goes to your savings or to Starbucks…
    7. An aside, but I recently finished a fictional book for the first time in months and I feel like I need to tell someone, and I guess you’re the lucky winner. XD It’s probably a baby tier fantasy book, but it was one of those Amazon prime first books and so I decided why not, it’s free. And I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought. It was such a quick and fun read, and I’m going to pre-order the next book in the series. Mark of Fire by Richard Phillips. It’s like Harry Potter meets LOTR, but the writing isn’t as good nor is it as long. But it wasn’t bad or cringy.
    8. I love this new layout. It’s very well done and pleasant to look out.

    Alright, happy October.

  • ahh While You Were Sleeping is so nice!! I’m at the latest episode 16 right now, and I’m having my second male lead syndrome. I watched it for Lee Jongsuk but Woo Tak is too cute:’) The smiley eyes and all is my weakness. Btw, I didn’t know you teach! Tell me more about it?<3

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