September Wrap-up: New Semester and Return to Campus!

Hello! Finally we have a month that went relatively great 🙂

As you can probably see from the title, I went back on campus and omg the serotonin boost! Of course, not everything was rainbows and unicorns but I had a much better month this time so let’s go ahead and I’ll tell you all about it.

Books I Read

THE BURNING MAZE

This is probably the best book in the series so far. It actually felt like a Rick Riordan book with all the side quests, the characters and the action and emotion. This was jam-packed with everything!
I really like Apollo’s development although I wish we would stop hearing him whine about petty things one moment and then have deep realisations the next, it doesn’t make sense. I did get that Uncle Rick is trying to keep certain humour for these books that are middle-grade but he’s exploring much darker avenues by talking about Apollo, immortality and being human or well, a demigod. It can seem like two clashing vibes at times and I just wish we would get a darker and more intense TOA series labelled YA so that there’s no need to try and insert humour everything to keep things light. 4/5 stars

IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU

It All Come Back To You is a beautifully written, vibrant story about two exes whose siblings are getting married. Even though I had some issues with the plot I found this to be an enjoyable read, filled with desi vibes and lots of characters to coo over. You can find my full review here. 4/5 stars

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES

Dial A For Aunties is a book that is bound to make you laugh and just make your entire fucking month. This book is hilarious and has an amazing cast of stubborn aunties and the cutest love interest! It’s quite possibly my most entertaining book of 2021. 5/5 stars

IBNEBATUTI

I finally finished this! It’s the book I’m translating for my thesis. The author writes in such a way that he’s able to convey the deepest emotions and most complex themes in simple, beautifully written lines. The plot is engaging and the characters call out to you. There’s really nothing that I didn’t like about this book, it even had a suspense building up throughout which came to a satisfying and much-awaited conclusion towards the end. 5/5 stars

THE LOTTERY

I read this short story for a course on worldbuilding and jeez, this was just so intense and creepy yet masterfully written. Would 100% recommend. 4/5 stars

HELL IS THE ABSENCE OF GOD

Another short story that I read for the course, this was quite an interesting read even though I found some inconsistencies with the way it was written, it certainly made me think a lot despite being such a short read. 4/5 stars

ONCE UPON AN EID

This was such a feel-good and heartwarming anthology! I really liked most of the stories and somehow they all made me smile and get teary-eyed at the same time :’) 4/5 stars


Books I Hauled

No books were hauled. Yaay, self-control!

Everything I Binge-Watched

For the first time in forever, this section is going to be very short since I got busy with academics to find time to watch much of anything. I still have to get to S3 of Sex Education and it’s a miracle I haven’t been spoiled yet…

MOVIES

NAVEEN RICHARD: RELATIVELY RELATABLE

This was a stand-up comedy special that my friend and I spontaneously decided to watch. I love this comedian and I really enjoyed the special but I have to say, his older special was way funnier.

TV SHOWS

GREY’S ANATOMY S10 – 13

I honestly miss some of the characters that have disappeared and the show doesn’t really hold the same charm for me anymore. It’s still interesting but just not as great anymore.

BROOKLYN 99 S8

I think they made a good decision to end the show at this point because the previous seasons were starting to slack. Overall this was a good season and I really liked some of the plotlines they bought in. I’m going to miss this show but at the same time, I’m really happy with how they ended things 🙂

KHATRON KE KHILADI S11

This is the Indian version of Fear Factor except with television celebrities. As usual, I mostly enjoyed the stunts and skipped over the obviously scripted drama in between. This season had some great and deserving contestants so it was quite inspiring to watch them.

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Life Updates

What a month, honestly.

The start of September brought another monsoon semester with it. I’m going to write a post in the University Journals series very soon so I’ll spill the details there but I have an interesting mix of courses this time that are keeping me quite busy.

Two weeks into the month and I was finally allowed to come back to campus! It’s such a weird experience because we are not at full capacity yet and not all utilities are fully functional. Plus I’ve got a room for two to myself! On one hand, I like the space but I’m also missing the roommate experience, lol. Anyway, it’s been nice to be meeting my friends, I legit couldn’t stop staring at them for the first couple of days because I was so freaking happy, lol. I was downright stalkerish. The campus also has lots of green places and I don’t feel as suffocated anymore.

On the downside, we have a very small campus and we are literally living in a bubble in the middle of nowhere. We aren’t allowed to so much as step out (except to feed the doggos!) so we can’t leave in any form or manner. I mean it’s very responsible and the right thing to do but I can’t help wonder when things will go back to normal.

We already have had news of there being a couple of covid positive students who have been isolated in a separate building so fingers crossed it doesn’t spread…

In other news, on the last day of the month, I was playing badminton and ended up twisting my foot. Yay, me!

It’s been a couple of days now though, and I’m feeling much better. I’m mostly able to walk and fingers crossed in two or three days my foot might be completely healed.

Yeah, that’s most of the news I have because it’s mostly been adjusting to campus life and studying and blogging. But it’s mostly nice and I’ve pretty much settled into a comfortable routine 🙂

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What did your month look like?

What kind of books did you read and what media did you consume?

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If yes, what are your thoughts on them?

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2 thoughts on “September Wrap-up: New Semester and Return to Campus!

  1. The Lottery is definitely eerie and I’m glad you enjoyed it! It is one of my favourite short stories ever.
    I also love Naveen Richard but haven’t seen any of his specials. For some reason, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed any of the specials of the comedians I like – but I love watching their stand up videos on YouTube.
    September has been a crazy month because part of my medical school term is a research term where we do independent research so we don’t need to be on campus. But we are still expected to study and prepare for our placements (with no syllabus) so… That’s been fun. Also I have the flu and it sucks

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    • Oh I can see why you feel that way since the youtube videos are often the best segments of the special.
      Oh wow. That sounds hectic but also kind of exciting? But oh no I hope you’re feeling much better now and that the flu is gone. Here’s to hoping for a better October 🙂

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