September has been a difficult month for me for as long as I can remember, so I’m glad it’s over. One of the hardest things is the amount of change that happens in this month with starting a new year of college, something I’ve always struggled with. However, I think I’m finally getting into a new routine which means I’m a lot more comfortable, so hopefully October will be better.
BOOKS I READ
I had planned to read a six-part series this month. However, after reading the first book in the series, I realised series really aren’t for me. Still, I did manage to read three books this month so it wasn’t that bad of a month.
City of Bones
This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy. Despite not really enjoying series, and not being the biggest fantasy fan, I loved this book. The introduction into the world felt natural and not forced in the slightest, though that might be explained by the fact that the first book alone was almost 500 pages. It did make me want to see what more was to come from this series, so maybe I’ll have another go when I have more time on my hands.
The State of Grace by Rachel Lucas
This is one of the two books I received from my parents for my birthday. It centres around an autistic teenager named Grace, and how she copes with life when everything threatens to fall apart. One of the main themes was how she manages a relationship with a boy, but it didn’t feel like romance completely took over the book. It’s one of the few books which centre around autistic girl representation, so I’d really recommend giving this book a read.
I rated this book five stars on Goodreads.
M in the Middle
This was a collaboration between students at Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin, following a documentary called ‘Girls with Autism’ that aired on channel 4 a few years ago.
This book focuses on autistic teenager M, who struggles through mainstream education. Teachers don’t understand her, and support staff would rather accuse her of being rude than step in and help her navigate secondary school.
School refusal, or anxiety around the school environment, is extremely common in autistic people. As someone who’s own difficulty in secondary education led me to leaving in my third year, it was nice to be able to relate to a character like this and realise that I wasn’t alone in the difficulties I faced. You can tell from the way it’s been written and edited together that the girls who helped to write this novel reflected on their own experiences when creating ‘M’.
This was the second book this month to receive a five-star rating from me on Goodreads.
WHAT I WATCHED
Unlike with books, I love watching TV series. In fact, there are some months when I don’t watch anything but—like this month.
The first series I watched this month was a Netflix Original, ‘Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father’. I was looking for something light-hearted to watch while I got ready for college in the morning, and this hit the spot! Filled with humour, and education about the places they visited, I came out of this series having learnt something.
The other series I started watching again this month was ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. And really, where have you been if you haven’t heard of this before? It’s an American medical drama based in Seattle that follows a group of surgeons and their drama-filled lives. If you love medical dramas as much as I do, this show is for you!
WHAT I’VE LISTENED TO
September’s only gone and turned into my longest music playlist of the year so far! I really got into my acoustic tunes this year, but there are a few surprises in there, as well as a few artists I used to really enjoy. Click here to give it a listen.
MONTHLY GOING’S ON
I celebrated my nineteenth birthday!
Initially, I planned to hide the fact that my birthday was even a thing. The thought of growing older scares me to death, so celebrating it seemed like a nightmare. In reality, celebrating my birthday turned out to be the highlight of my month.
On the Monday, three of my friends surprised me with a birthday meal at Pizza Hut. I had no idea that one of my friends I hadn’t seen in almost four months would be there, so seeing her was amazing. It was a really chilled out meal, and evening, in the end, and I found myself wishing it not to end.
After college on Tuesday, me and two of my friends decided to head to the park for the afternoon. We sat and talked for most of it, and I’ve never laughed so much in my life. I really do have the greatest friends.
On the Wednesday, the day of my actual birthday, I met up with my best friend and we went into town. With our other commitments we don’t meet up nearly as much as we should, so it was nice to see each other for a day, without college interrupting the time we spent together.
It was my two-year autism anniversary!
Three days after my nineteenth birthday, it was my two-year autism diagnosis anniversary. This is a date I treasure because it’s had such a dramatic impact on my life. I can say with 100% certainty that if it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t understand myself as well as I do today. I’m not sure I would even still be here. I did write a post about that on the day, so if you want to read that, click here.
I dyed my hair galaxy colours!
In September, I decided to dye my hair purple and pink. I didn’t realise until people said, but it looks like I’ve gone for a galaxy style in real life. Admittedly this picture doesn’t show it off overly well, but I don’t take selfies much, so this’ll have to do. I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about my hair dying routine for a while now, so let me know if that’s something you’d enjoy.