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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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!