August Reflection

August was nearly over β€” the month of apples and falling stars, the last care-free month for the school children. The days were not hot, but sunny and limpidly clear β€” the first sign of advancing autumn.

– Victor Nekrasov

Can I get a refund on my summer vacation? I don’t feel like I had much of one, yet somehow the new semester is already upon me.

I honestly couldn’t summarize my August because I barely remember it; the most notable thing about the month seems to be that it’s already over and September is coming.

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July Reflection

My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July.

– Rick Bass

The year is positively flying by, and I haven’t accomplished half the things I wanted to, but time marches on relentlessly and I resign myself to my human limitations. (There’s a million things I haven’t done [and another million that I could do after that]. But just you wait …)

If you’ve left me a comment recently, I love you and I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to reply yet! And if you’ve published a post lately, I probably haven’t had a chance to bloghop to it yet either, though I have tons of tabs open and waiting. (I have a midterm on Thursday, so I’ve been focusing on that; this weekend I’ll hopefully catch up on all the bookish stuff I neglected.)Β 

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June Reflection

Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly …

– Pablo Neruda, “Sonnet XL”

So I didn’t end up doing a 30-day challenge in June disappointed but not surprised tbh, but I did get to spend time with my family and practice creative hobbies while I was home! I’ve also done a lot of work on my blog β€” from the usual hopping and writing posts, to working on branding and site design (mostly brainstorming and drafting, nothing really visible to y’all … yet), to cleaning up my Goodreads shelves β€” and gotten ahead on ARCs, so it’s been a fairly productive month, all told.

And at this point I’ve been living “on my own” β€” I have housemates, but my room is a single and I bear sole responsibility for my own meals and share of rent β€” for less than a week, but it feels like a lot longer. Adulting is hard, y’all. (And expensive.)

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May Reflection

Make hay in May for you may never know what June is coming with and you may never know what July will present! When you see May, make hay!

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

As I’d anticipated, May was a roller coaster of a month: the slowdown of final class sessions and reviewing for exams, then the high stress of cramming for then actually taking final exams, then a long recovery period of taking it easy β€” which, to be quite honest, still hasn’t ended.

Because I’m now on summer vacation, it’s been hard to muster up motivation to really get anything done. So contrary to the quote I picked, it really hasn’t been the most productive month. (Though it’s been pretty smooth sailing once the semester officially ended.)

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April Reflection

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.

Hal Borland

It’s been a much busier month than I was anticipating, though perhaps I should’ve seen it coming. After all, in addition to Bookending Spring, April is National Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Camp NaNoWriMo, and it contains National Library Week and the A-Spec Readathon that I didn’t end up participating in.

Also, it’s the month before finals. So although I would say April was a pretty good month overall, I’m pretty ready for May.

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March Reflection

Only those with tenacity can march forward in March.

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Wow, the year is just whooshing right by, as are all my deadlines and work/reading/sleeping time. (That’s apparently an unintentional reference to the Douglas Adams quote, by the way!) I don’t know how we’re already a quarter of the way through the year, but honestly I’m not complaining since this semester has been one long struggle and I haven’t been feeling very tenacious. I’m also not prepared for summer and finding work experience related to my major and starting actual pharmacy classes in the fall if all goes according to plan and I’ll stop here before I spiral too far.

That said, this month I did get through a decent amount of reading (almost entirely ARCs and #ReviewPit books!) and I managed to keep up with my blogging schedule, though I also had a week of spring break; we’ll have to see how April goes without that respite.

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February Reflection

Why does February feel like one big Tuesday?

Todd Stocker

February has been simultaneously incredible and incredibly long or maybe it just feels that way because some of my classes suck, and it hasn’t been nearly as productive as I’d dared to hope. (That said, the quote above is a bit ironic because this semester, Tuesdays mean I only have one evening class, preceded by two hours of volunteering β€” which I love.) My exams weren’t great β€” shoutout to everyone who put up with me whining about studying and unfair grading policies, you know who you are and you’re awesome! β€” but they happened, and they’re over now.

February has been a particularly amazing time for me as a blogger! With every post I get a better sense of my blogging voice/brand, things I’d like to try out, et cetera; it’s also been great for keeping myself motivated to put words on the screen even if I don’t “feel like it” at the moment. Oh, and I recently hit 100 followers on this blog, and very soon afterward on Twitter! This newbie bookwyrm would like to thank you all so much for your love and support πŸ’•

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January Reflection

Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness.

Karen Joy Fowler

This post is kind of long because I’m still figuring out what exactly I want to include in these monthly wrap-ups, so by all means feel free to pick and choose the sections that interest you. I won’t know unless you tell me (please don’t tell me). πŸ˜‰Β 

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