September was a thirty-days long goodbye to summer, to the season that left everybody both happy and weary of the warm, humid weather– Lea Malot
and the exhausting but thrilling adventures.*
I thought I was over the back-to-school hype, going into my senior year of undergrad, but it turns out having a set schedule, enforced deadlines, and (limited) social interaction is really good for my mental health.
Huh. Who’d’ve thunk? (Though it’s only been a couple of days so I reserve the right to retract this statement and pretend I never said it.)
*Strikethrough mine. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have any “thrilling” adventures this summer.
Reading & Blogging
- Read 10 books for #StartOnYourShelfathon.
- Read 3 books by/about Asian folx for #YARC2020.
- Read 4 books by/about Black folx for #TarotBLMBingo.
- Catch up on ARC reviews (14).
- Bloghop at least twice per week.
- Create CV/master resume.
- Update pediatric club website.
- 30 day workout challenge, including stretching.
- Get back into piano; relearn the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack. (Stretch goal: memorize as many of the songs as possible.)
- Step 1: Figure out at least a few times during the week that I can play without disturbing my family.
- Journal at least 4x per week.
Anticipated Book Releases
ARCs I Have
- Sep 1 – Recommended for You by Laura Silverman | [DNF review]
- Sep 15 – Of Salt and Shore by Annet Schaap | [DNF review]
- Sep 22 – Can’t Even by Anne Helen Petersen | ★★★☆☆
- Sep 22 – The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen | [DNF review]
- Sep 22 – The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi | ★★★✯☆
Waiting for Release Day
- Sep 8 – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
- Sep 8 – The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters
- Sep 8 – A Snake Lies Waiting by Jin Yong [translated ed.]
- Sep 22 – Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
- Sep 29 – A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
- Sep 29 – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Yesterday was my first day of classes for the fall 2020 semester; it was pretty chill, minus some technical difficulties and some frankly outrageous lapses in conference-call etiquette. PSA: If it somehow still hasn’t sunk in, for the love of academia, mute yourself when you join the session and stay muted while it’s not your turn to talk. Pretty please, I’m begging you.
September is club recruitment month, meaning virtual involvement fair and general interest meetings; those are slightly less exciting, more stressful as a club officer — I worry that I’ll say and/or do something to put off potential new members, though as far as I know it hasn’t actually happened
I’m hoping to set up a biweekly/monthly hangout with my friends, though that hinges on them actually responding to logistics messages and not just saying “omg yes that sounds awesome I’m in!” (I swear, wrangling your friends is so much harder than wrangling your club because you have no formal authority. But worth it, of course.)
- Do you have a favorite quote about this month or time of year?
- What goals and plans do you have for this month?
- Which upcoming releases are you most excited to read?