I wrote this entire blog post and then realized I needed to go back and write an introduction and… I can’t think of anything. I guess I’d start by saying, congrats to everyone for making it this far in the year! 2020 hasn’t been kind to most of us, but I’m proud of you for pushing on. That’s no small accomplishment!
Speaking of accomplishments, I finally got back into my blogging routine this month. I wrote about:
- Why I took a break from blogging and how I finished out my college career
- My updated list of favorite video game soundtracks
Want to know what else I’ve been up to lately? Keep reading!
More The Legend of Korra for the most part. The show has… deteriorated, to say the least. I mean, I’ll be honest, it’s still not horrible, it’s just not very memorable. I don’t like that there’s little to no consistency between seasons – in other words, the overarching story of the show is vague, if it exists at all. The story of each season feels less like stepping stones to a grand finale and more like isolated events. Still, there are parts that I like, and I’m interested in seeing how everything finally comes together in the end.
Oh, and my family also watched Groundhog Day together this month, so that was fun!
Where to begin? I finally got up to date on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books after reading The Language of Thorns and King of Scars. I listened to the audiobook version of The Language of Thorns, which felt very appropriate for a book of fairy tales (but I found out later that I missed out on illustrations in the physical version, so I think I’ll go back and read it again sometime). King of Scars is definitely one of my favorite books of the year though! Nikolai and Zoya were two of my favorite characters in the Shadow & Bone trilogy, and I’m so glad to see them in the spotlight this time!
Aside from that, I finally made myself finish Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy by reading Insurgent again and then reading Allegiant for the first time. I knew what to expect with the ending, but I couldn’t help feeling a little bit underwhelmed with the book as a whole. Still, I think the trilogy is worth reading, and I’ve already started the audiobook of Four, the short story collection that accompanies the series.
Finally, I started re-reading the Percy Jackson series this month! I got through the first three books: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, and The Titan’s Curse. It’s been several years since the last time I read these books, and reading them again is like meeting up with an old friend. I do find myself being a little more critical this time around, but I think these books still hold up in spite of their shortcomings.
Devotion by Anberlin – mainly, the songs exclusive to that album, like “Safe Here” and “Said Too Much.” Aside from that, I’ve been enjoying some new singles from the past month. I’m in love with Lacey Sturm’s new song “The Decree,” and I’m enjoying the “crossover” versions that Fit For A King and We Came As Romans did of their songs “Backbreaker” and “Carry The Weight” respectively.
Well, with my college career come and gone, I’ve been spending a lot of time filling out job applications and generally trying to get my life back in order. Getting things back on track with this blog was a big priority for me, along with diving back into my other writing. But aside from that, I’ve spent a lot of time looking for jobs and filling out applications. Nothing has turned up yet, but I’m still hopeful!
I’ve also been working on a sort-of-secret art/craft project in my free time so that I can get away from my desk every so often. I’m planning to write a short blog post about it when it’s finished, so stay tuned!
May felt both too long and way too short. I wrapped up my last year of college early on, and spent the rest of my time working on my “next steps.” I was able to (virtually) attend my roommate’s senior honors presentation, where she shared some excerpts from the Greek and Roman myth retellings she had written. We talked a lot about her project throughout the past year, so it was really neat to see it all come together.
I celebrated my 22nd birthday at the beginning of May too! With quarantine happening, my family just celebrated together at home. We ordered takeout from a sushi place I found nearby though, and that was a really nice treat! Since my birthday usually falls around final exams, I haven’t gotten to spend it with my family for the last few years. It was nice to spend time with them this year.
My in-person graduation was originally scheduled for the week after, but it was postponed. Instead, my family had our own at-home ceremony, which was great. It’s a bit funny that I was schooled at home during high school but had an in-person graduation, but I went to college in person and had an at-home graduation! Still, I’m looking forward to when I’ll be able to celebrate together with my classmates.