Where the Mountain Meets the Moon | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! Today I am going to be reviewing one of my all-time favorites, a Chinese fairytale called Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I reviewed this book a while ago on my old blog, The Tweendom Kingdom, but I think it’s time for an update. I hope you enjoy!

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  • Title: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Author: Grace Lin
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • AR: 5.5

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IMG_4416-2Young Minli lives in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents spend their days laboring away in the fields. At night, Minli listens to her father’s tales about the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the answers to everything. Minli sets out on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon–he will know how to bring good fortune to her family. Along the way, she befriends many magical creatures, including a talking fish, a powerful king, and a dragon who can’t fly!

Will Minli survive her treacherous journey and bring good fortune to her family? Or will she never even be able to find her way back?

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IMG_5432I picked this book up at a Barnes and Noble a long time ago because the cover caught my eye.

I did some more research of my own, from online reviews and what other bloggers though of it, and concluded that it was a really good book. The first chapter was also really interesting.

I gave it a try, and absolutely loved it!

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IMG_4422-2I loved the writing style of this book! Everything is so dreamy and the reader is whisked off to a magical world. The characters were also amazing. Minli is so inspiring, kind, intelligent, and tenacious. I loved Minli’s and Dragon’s friendship. It was so dynamic and heartwarming, and it made the story one million times better!

The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. They made the book appear more fairytale-like and the combanation of the text and visuals made for a phenomenal story. The short chapters had excellent pacing and have the ability to catch the reader’s attention very quickly.

Not only that, but everything lead up to the climax perfectly. The ending was so suprising and magical! The plot is so unique and creative that it makes it nearly impossible to dislike. Readers were caught up in between Minli’s exciting quest and the sorrow and worry of her parent’s at home. I kept on reading so I could find out what happened when Minli reached the end of the String of Destiny bridge. Grace Lin brilliantly used multipule perspectives throughout the course of the story, showing how Minli, Ma, Ba, Dragon, and what other important charcters were doing and feeling.

I cannot stress how much I love this book. The story is so beautiful and the characters are amazing. If you’re looking for a nostaglic book with an amazing protaganist and cast of characters, this is the book you’re looking for!

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IMG_4419-2I’m sure there are some people who didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did, but as critical as I am when it comes to literature, I can’t say one thing wrong about this book. In my eyes, it is 100% perfect!

 

 

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IMG_4421-2This book was so perfect and I absolutely loved it! The story, pacing, writing style/quality, character developement, and overall enjoyment was amazing!

From the start of the book where Minli found the goldfish to the climax where she finally met the Old Man of the Moon, this book was wonderful. I highly recommend this book! This is a must-read!

Story and plot: ☆☆☆☆☆

Pacing: ☆☆☆☆

Character development: ☆☆☆☆☆

Writing quality: ☆☆☆☆☆

Enjoyment: ☆☆☆☆☆

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

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Have you read this book? If so, did you agree with my review? Do you want to read it? Let me know in the comments section.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

Plan With Me: May 2019 Bullet Journal Setup (Palm Trees)

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Greetings bookish friends! Here is my May Plan With Me blog post. In eager anticipation for summer, I decided to do a palm tree theme. I hope you enjoy!

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Supplies:

  • Bullet Journal: Archer and Olive
  • Calligraphy Pen: Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Markers: Crayola Supertips
  • Highlighters: Zebra Midliners
  • Fineliners: Sakura Pigma Microns
  • White pen: Gelly Roll White Gel Pen

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Here’s my cover page! I doodled some palm trees and did a quote in calligraphy. I can’t wait for summer!

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Next is mymonthly log. I did a huge calligrahy piece of the word “May” and think it turned out really cool! I used both my tombow dual brush pens and crayola supertips to create this blending affect. I used my zebra midliners and white gelly roll pen to finish it off and  added some black and grey shadows to make it pop!

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This is my mood tracker and reading tracker! I decided to make my mood tracker simple and just drew in some plain square boxes. But formy reading tracker, I drew a big palm tree in the middle and put in a little box to show my reading goals for that month.

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And lastly, here is my first weekly spread. The only day that is filled in is Sunday, which is unusual because usually everything in my bullet journal is completely filled out! On the bottom right-hand corner I have an events section and a small palm tree doodle.

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Did you like this month’s theme? What’s your favorite calligraphy pen? What bullet journal do you have? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎

 

My One Year Blogaversary // A Q&A!

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Greetings bookish friends! Hooray! It’s my one-year-blogaversary! I asked my Instagram followers to ask me questions that they would like answered, so I have complied a list of some intriguing responses I received.

There were over 50 responses (thank you so much for all of the endless support 😊) but I will only answer 15 questions! I apoligize if your question wasn’t answered, but don’t worry, there will definately be more of these in the future if it’s something you’re intrested in!

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Q1: What country are from? @bujo_kookie

A1: I’m from the United States and live in Southern California!


Q2: How old are you? @buttercupandbloom
A2: I’m a smol bujo bean at 13 years old!


Q3: What are your favorite pen/markers that you use? @zhoureflites
A3: I am obsessed with the Sakura Pigma Microns! They are THE BEST fineliners I’ve ever used!


Q4: If you were a literary character, who would you be? @lildots.bigplans
A4: I would be Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter — she has such an interesting personality!


Q5: What is your favorite and least favorite part about blogging? @avamcgovern_
A5: My favorite part is writing the blog posts and interacting with my followers! My least favorite is blog design…it’s so hard! 🤧🙌🏼


Q6: What stationary would you recommend for beginners of bujo and calligraphy? @carla.m.art
A6: The Tombow Fudenonske brush pen is an excellent “first” calligraphy pen. The crayola supertips are also an inexpensive but practical stationary tool for bujo — they come in a ton of different colors!


Q7: What’s your favorite animal, the one that you draw inspo from, how does that inspo come out in your life? @salmonstudys
A7: I love to draw bunnies! (I’m really good at it, and bunnies are just so cute!) 🥰


Q8: How do you decide themes for your bullet journal? @zaina.bullet
A8: I ask my followers what they would like to see on my Instagram stories, and do what they suggest or some variation of it.


Q9: When did you decide to start a blog and how long did it take you to make your blog? @avavanvoorst

A9: I first started blogging when I was 10 years old on a different blog called The Tweendom Kingdom. It was preety fast and easy to make that blog, and it had a pretty simple design. It took me a lot longer to design and perfect this blog! WordPress makes it fairly easy to do graphic blog design. This is a really in-depth question, so I will likely make a blog post about it soon if you want!


Q10: Do you really like books that much? Cuz same girl! @cinnajournals

A10: Asking me if I like books is like asking me if I like breathing…I need to do it to stay alive! 😂 Ok, that was pretty cheesy, but I do love books!


Q11: Do you use (habit, mood…) trackers in your monthly layouts? @vitti_notes

A11: Yes, I love using habit and mood trackers in my bujo spreads! Some months I forget to fill them out, and a lot of people in the bujo and study community don’t like them, but I often find them motivating!


Q12: What is your favorite type of blog post to write? @purelyolivia

A12: I love writing WISvsWIF blog posts (although I haven’t done one of those in quite a while) and posts about important topics! For example my earth day blog post.


Q13: Your inspiration in doing bujo? @thecpalettters

A13: I love calligraphy and doodling, and I think bujo is a great way to make working and being productive a lot more fun!


Q14: What is the hardest thing about having a blog? @margpcastbujo

A14: For me, the hardest thing about having a blog is staying on top of a consistent posting schedule! Sometimes life gets in the way of me writing a blog post when I should have, or occasionally I just plain forget!


Q15: Who are your favorite bloggers? @gracedoesblogs

A15: Ummm you? 😘 Grace you are literally such an inspiraion and a wonderful blogger! I also love Purely Olivia, The Ray of Sunshine Blog, Clara & Co, and A Purpose of Winged Dogs to name a few. But there are so many other amazing bloggers out there! Us bloggers work so hard! Kudos to all the brilliant, talented, and beautiful people who have the drive to run a blog. 😊

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What was your favorite question? Do you agree with my answers? Are you a blogger, too? Let me know in the comments section.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆