September’s Monthly Gems | ft. screaming about the Kyoshi Novels

I think I found my favorite series of the year.

More on that later. But in case you couldn’t tell by the title, I’m talking about the Kyoshi Novels.

This month I actually read stuff!! So congrats to me!

Sadly, September is already over and this month actually flew away. This entire year has flown by but at the same time it feels like it’s been an eternity. I can’t believe it’s October- AKA spOokY sEasOn! Wasn’t it just July the other day?

But I’ve finally come to terms that it’s not summer anymore 😦 it’s fall, and while fall isn’t overall bad, it leads up to the winter and I don’t like winter at all, so fall is kind of ruined for me too.

Just writing this is making me sad. >:o I like summer!! I don’t want it to go :((

I’ve had a very busy/productive month so let’s get into the wrap-up! And yes, this is the first wrap-up I’ve done in over six months and I’m only doing it because I wrote it on my Notion and I won’t lie to my Notion.

Books

 

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I read three books and am currently in the middle of a fourth book that I started in September! It’s not a lot but I haven’t been able to read a lot recently so I’m grateful for whatever I got. I also really enjoyed all the books I read, which is great!

THE RISE OF KYOSHI– ★★★★★

I loved this book! It made me so, so happy to experience new content that is part of the Avatar universe, and this book even built on the existing lore and told us more about previous Avatars. It’s also sapphic (!!) and Kyoshi and Rangi are amazing girlfriends- the yearning and the tension were amazing and exhausting. But even above that, my favorite part of The Rise of Kyoshi was Kyoshi herself! In the shows, we picture Kyoshi as some badass warrior lady who loves murder, but that’s not completely true. (And even if it is true, we get to see her become that way. No, she wasn’t born like that.) I loved Kyoshi’s evolution and her character and she deserves the entire world. The poor thing faced so much pain in her life.

THE SHADOW OF KYOSHI– ★★★★★

Also an amazing book! I honestly enjoyed the first book more than the second, but as you can see, I still loved it enough to rate it 5 stars. This book built the world more than the characters, and it also went more into depth of how Kyoshi got to the point where everyone thinks she loves murder (Which isn’t true. Don’t make up things about my girl like that!). While there was less of Rangi and the Flying Opera Troupe (sadly!), we learned a LOT about Kuruk’s backstory and Kyoshi herself which is obviously very interesting and cool to read. It was an excellent sequel!

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA– ★★★★★

I’m really glad that I liked all the books I read this month! THCS was a really sweet, feel-good sort of book. It did take me a while to get into it, though. I loved Linus, I loved Arthur, I loved Zoe, I loved all of the kids, and I especially loved Lucy! This book is filled with themes of found family, belonging, and love; not only romantic love but the love of friendship and family. Linus’s arc of learning to trust and not be afraid of the unknown is also so incredibly beautiful. I’m just really touched by this book.

WINNING THE GREEN NEW DEAL

I’m currently reading this book! Winning The GND is written by leaders of the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led movement to combat climate change and push for electoral action against it. I’m actually a part of it (subtle plug lol) so obviously, I wanted to read the book that Sunrise published. I’m learning a LOT from it, and this will be super helpful to argue with trolls on the Internet 😉 This book is kind of tough to read because it’s nonfiction and I don’t read a lot of nonfic (whoops) but I’m trying to read a few chapters every day before bed!!

P.S. If you’re not sure what the Green New Deal (GND) is, it’s a proposal/plan of dozens of policies and principles to combat climate change, achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, and create millions of just jobs in the process. The only way we can address the scope of the climate crisis is pushing for bold, sweeping action, and this is the only comprehensive resolution that even comes close. Learn more here!

Shows

SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER

During September I watched She-Ra, which is available on Netflix. It’s an animated cartoon show with tons of representation! I even mentioned it in my post about different diverse animated shows. I absolutely loved it and I really wish I could watch more :(( but all five seasons are over.

I especially adore Adora (get it? adore adora? yes? okay good) and Bow, although I like most of the other characters too. Honestly, though, I couldn’t stand Glimmer in Seasons 3 and 4. But now she’s a better.

Life

I started getting assignments for school in September, which was hard. Last year I didn’t get a lot of schoolwork because my old school wasn’t very good at online learning. But this year it’s a LOT of work 😔😅

I also had a music performance! Not sure if I mentioned it, but my last performance was in late August and before that I didn’t perform for several months, so it was kind of fun to sing again. I did end up crying after my performance because I messed up once, but everyone else said it sounded good so I don’t know.

This summer wasn’t… great on my social life HAHA. Everyone else probably had the same problem, but I didn’t see any of my friends at all. But the past week I got a chance to talk to and hang out with two of my friends and that was really fun 🙂

World

RBG died this month, which makes me incredibly sad. Not only was she a trailblazing woman, but a lot of basic rights here in the USA hinge upon the Supreme Court. If we have a conservative majority, the next 20 to 30 years will be devastating for women’s rights, LGBT+ rights, immigration rights, and basically all marginalized people’s rights.

Also, the presidential debates were a dumpster fire lmao. Enough said about that.

The election here in the USA is in less than thirty days!! This is probably an election that will determine a lot about my life, and I can’t even vote. I’m nervous as heck.

But I still hold out hope, and no matter what the presidential election outcomes are, I will never stop fighting, and I’m proud that there are thousands of young people like me who will also keep fighting.

Here’s to October being a great month! I’m not sure how Halloween is going to go this year, given the obvious circumstances 😅 which sucks, since it’s my favorite American holiday.

How many books did you read this month? Have you watched ATLA or She-Ra? How are you going to celebrate Halloween?

P.S. I got to 500 followers! Thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting me and thank you so so much for sticking around ✨💖

July Wrap-up + Poems

Hey everyone!

It came to my attention that I still haven’t posted my poems for this month… so let’s do that right now!


Poems:

your soft hands and warm embrace pulled me in

only you can make my tears go away

only you can make me smile.

everyday is valentine’s day, everyday is best friends’ day 

when i’m with you.

you make my heart leap and jump around

you make it spin and twirl even when it doesn’t want to.

but, you know, everything is platonic.

i’ll love you with every bit of my heart forever and ever,

know that you will always be my bestest friend

i’ll never forget you, ever

even if we go through hell and back.

so lemme just say one thing to you, the love of my life.

you will always be my friend

and

thank you.

 


Continue reading “July Wrap-up + Poems”

June Wrap-up~ sorta late?

Does this really count as late? Well. Seven days… not really, right?

Anyways.

Hello! How’s life? Because for me I’m just so damn tireddd and just exhausteddd (I apologize for the slight language, my friends who are frowning right now. I promise it won’t happen again *puppy eyes*) and honestly what even happened to the thirty days of June???

Whoa. Looks like a month just flew by and it feels like a week and summer vacation’s almost over OH NOOOO!

Ok, well, onto the actual stuff! Continue reading “June Wrap-up~ sorta late?”

May Wrap-up

Hey people of Earth! (and my fellow Martians) May’s come to an end now and I’m having some conflicting feelings about it. For one, school’s almost over (!!) and my birthday’s right around the corner (!!!). May’s also been a great month in the reading sense- I read a lot of books and even some nonfiction (if you are my mother, you would be jumping with joy). I competed in a music competition and won first place, which was great, and in my school ukulele concerts I lead the songs and sang pretty well, at least according to my friends XD.

On the other hand, I came down with a horrible cold in late April and it STILL hasn’t gone away. It’s actually gone worse. We’ve tried, like everything- a special oil that my grandmother prepared (garlic, onion, black pepper, etc.) and having honey on a daily basis. I’ve rubbed in Vicks and inhaled eucalyptus water vapor (urgh). Nothing has really worked and I’m sick of being sick (pun intended).

Plus, for a couple of days this blog had little to no traffic. I had no post ideas and none of my already limited creative juices were flowing. I just didn’t want to break my record of posting at least once a week since February by posting nothing for twelve days, so I forced something out of my head (which, by the way, you should def check out XD Consenting Lies Short Story).

So… on to my first monthly wrap-up!

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So, for the past bit of 2019, I didn’t read many actual, physical books, which sucks to admit. Mostly I was focusing on expanding this blog and being obsessed with Webtoons. See my two posts (Webtoon review pt. 1: Gourmet Hound and Webtoon review pt. 2: Yumi’s Cells) if you want to know more.

Buttt, this month I read some more than my usual few re-reads, one or two new reads.

1. The Friendship Riddle

2. The Upside of Unrequited

3. The Power of Habit

4. Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society r

6. The Lost Hero r

7. You Bring The Distant Near

* r means reread.

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Um, so, it’s been a tad bit slow around here. (also idk why my ‘blogging‘ graphic above is shown cut off. can someone help me with that? yes you, you amazing blogger reading this right now I send my love xxx please help me <3)

Ok, scratch that- May stats have been higher than all other months so far, but the past week has been kinda slow. No comments, likes, follows. And thennn the bomb of stuff happened and we reached 50 followers!! There’ll definitely be a post on that soon 😀

Here’re some stats:
482 views

149 visitors

121 likes

97 comments

22 new followers (!!)

And here are my posts from May:
photography 1.0 ft. me being obsessed with selfies

Snippets from the Life of LV pt. 1

Spring Cleaning Book Tag (the orig.)

Mother’s Day Tribute

Mystery Blogger Award!

toxic masculinity

Story Prompt #1

Consenting Lies Short Story

Book Recommendation Collab ft. Grace – (I had a ton of fun on the collaboration with Grace; check out my recommendations on her blog here!)

Wow, so that’s a grand total of nine posts this month! It’s done wonders for One in a Million. However, I’ve gotta say that I’ve been pretty stressed out about keeping to my schedule (what schedule? no schedule) of posting a couple times a week. So I’m gonna change it up; from now I’ll post

Sundays and occasionally Wednesdays.

(Wednesdays if I feel like it, that is.)

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kk. literally no one wants to hear me ramble about my life, so I’ll keep it quick.

*proceeds to write a ten paragraph essay about life, the universe, and everything 42*

**type DOUGLAS ADAMS BOI in the comments if you got the reference**

I’ve made some pretty neat friends, and they shall be hereby named as L, R, M, F, and S. And a boy who shall be called J. Hi guys! They’ve helped me get by at school (it sucks, but my school honestly is horrible). As I mentioned, I won first prize at a competition and my school ukulele performances were super fun. My friend in that class, F, is also a super sweetie <3.

However, some other friends have been // uhm.

So I’m having friend problems, not necessarily from school or whatever. Whoopee. The friends I hang out with are a bit distant, though. Well, actually, one person in particular is. One friend, as usual always makes me happy. My other friend and I are getting closer and I love talking to her. The others are also awesome.

And then there’s my friend who I’ll call H. She’s the best. We used to have the best conversations with each other. Except now she’s distant to me, especially. I understand that she has the right to be friends with me or not, but I don’t understand why she’s suddenly pushed me away. She’s an introvert with the best thoughts and she is honestly so fun to talk to. I miss all the conversations we used to have and when I try to initiate one, she doesn’t seem interested at all.

Okie, that’s enough rambling for one post. I hope we can be on better terms soon, before the end of the year!

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How has your month been? Do you know the 42 reference? Are you going to stay tuned in for the 50 followers post?

See you all later!

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