May Monthly Recap

Hello, squad! Today I will be sharing with you my May reads, this month’s blog stats, and my official pledge to FINALLY write my first novel and beat NaNoWriMo. Since 50,000 is a LOT to write in one month, I will be spilting it up into three months. Enjoy!

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NaNoWriMo Challenge

I have been wanting to write a full novel for a long time now. I have the perfect idea, characters, and storyline, but I struggled to motivate myself to actually write it.

*lightbulb turns on over head*

And I thought to myself, “Why not start the NaNoWriMo Challenge?” Sure it’s in November, and nobody cares because its June but really, why not?

I decided that I will split up the 50K words into three months, so I am less stressed and have more time to write it.Β Then, I will take a 4th month to edit it and type it up on my computer.

I will write 500 words per day in my first month, and 600 in my second and third. And yes, I did the math.

I, Katie K, hereby pledge to write 500-600 words per day from June 1st to August 31st. Therefore, I promise to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge.

NaNoWriMo, here I come!

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May Reads

Refugee by Alan Gratz

I absolutely loved this book! I was engaging, original, and inspiring. It really made me think about what some people have to go through just to have a place to call home.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had a really hard time choosing between Refugee or Everything, Everything for my favorite read of the month. This is also an exceptional genre, but I only gave it 4 stars because I have a strong hate bias against romance novels *sorry* but I loved it anyway. Highly recommended.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

I read this book at a book club for school and really enjoyed it! It wasn’t absolutely life-changing or incredibly inspiring in the way that Refugee was, but it was still awesome. Once again, highly recommended.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Yes, I had very high expectations coming in from this book (because it was so highly recommended to me) but I was disappointed. It many redeemable qualities, but otherwise, it wasn’t very good. IT HAD THE WORST PACING EVER. There were a lot of twists and turns, and the plot was excellent though. I have mixed emotions on this one. If you don’t mind waiting a long time before the story actually gets started, I would definitely recommend Eragon. If not, it’s better you just skip it.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

*beware fellow people a rant is coming*

Wow, I am VERY disappointed. Unfortunately, I will not know how the ending turned out because it was so boring that I DNFed (Did Not Finish) it! It was literally the most boring book I had ever picked up. I tried really hard to like this, but I couldn’t. It was absolutely horrible. I semi recomend Eragon, but DON’T READ THIS.

#depression

Rating:Β πŸ’–

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Blog Stats

Goal for this month: 20 followers

Followers this month: 25 followers

Total Followers: 25 followers

Goal for June: 40 followers in total

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Thank you for reading this post! Let me know down in the comments section below what Β your thoughts on NaNoWriMo or what book sounds the most interesting to you from my May Reads.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

Plan With Me: June 2018 (Watermelon theme)

Hello, squad! After watching WAY too many bujo posts on YouTube, mostly by AmandaRachLee (oh. my. gosh. she’s. amazing.) I decided to make one of my own! This is technicallyΒ my second month bullet journaling, but now I have more “expertise” and “experience” *notice the air quotes* on the topic, I am finally ready to share my journal to the world.

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Supplies:

  • Minimalism Art A5 Dotted Journal
  • Crayola Supertips 100 count
  • The Pilot Precise Rolling Ball
  • A good ol’ classic pencil
  • A good ol’ classic eraser

The Minimalism Art journal worked great for me, but I’ve heard that the Leuchtturm 1917 journal is also exceptional. Even though the Minimalism Art journal doesn’t have a built-in index, pre-numbered pages, and 2 bookmarks, (which the Leuchtturm journal has) it is half the price.

As for the Crayola Supertips, I personally bought the 100 count, but the 50 count is NOT short of colors. I only got the 100 count because it was on sale. Honestly, they are the most loyal markers ever, and they are inexpensive, especially in comparison to other bujo/art supplies. THEY ARE AMAZING.

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This is my cover page! I’m really happy with how it turned out. In case you are wondering, I used faux calligraphy to write June on the second page. I am still practicing my regular calligraphy skills, so I thought it would look better if I did faux calligraphy just for now. (A tutorial on both will be coming out soon.)

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Here is my traditional calendar layout/monthly log. In bottom left corner, I made a little blog stats rectangle, so I can track my follower count. I also drew some extra watermelons on the side because it was looking a little bit blank.

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Next I have my monthly goals and money tracker spread. On my monthly goals page, I like to have a lot of room to write down my goals. I find that the more detailed my goals are, the more likely I am to complete them. Also, why would you want to squish your goals to one tiny little sidebar? As for the money tracker, I’ve always wanted to track my expenses (even though it’s boring) to become more wise with money. Because even the best of us splurge a bit too much sometimes…

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Then, I have my mood tracker and habit tracker. At first I wasn’t going to do either of these because I thought I didn’t really need them, but why not? Nonetheless, this is my favorite spread and I am really happy with how this turned out, especially the mood tracker.

Please don’t notice how bad my faux calligraphy is on the “i” in habit…

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As you can see, this is my blog post ideas and brain dump pages. Just like the monthly goals and money tracker page, I wanted to have a lot of space to “dump” (no pun intended) my ideas and thoughts.

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And finally, I have my daily spread! I very pleased with how this turned out. The only thing is the I accidentally put the wrong dates on the little watermelons in the corner of the daily boxes. I also have a motivational quote by Pablo Picasso, you know, to survive the last week of school. By the way, the little sidebar on the left of the second page is my events for the week because I wanted to keep my to-do list/notes separate.

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Thank you for planing with me! Do you like this months theme? Do you have a bullet journal as well? What could I have done better? Tell me in the comments section down below.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

Thank you, veterans

Thank you, veterans, for leaving your home and family to defend our country.

Thank you, veterans, for training long and hard.

Thank you, veterans, for healing the wounded.

Thank you, veterans, for dedicating your life to a greater cause.

Thank you, veterans, for never giving up.

Thank you, veterans, for being so selfless and putting others before yourself.

Thank you veterans, for protecting us.

Thank you veterans, for being so brave in the face of adversity.

Thank you for your years of unwavering dedication.

Time will fly.

Months with pass.

Years.

Decades.

But you will never be forgotten.

So thank you veterans, thank you.

-Katie K

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Why Luna is the best Harry Potter character

Hello, squad! Today I will be proving that Luna Lovegood is the best Harry Potter character. Pull out your butterbeer, sit back, and relax!

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1. She was always incredibly kind – even when other’s weren’t

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Luna Lovegood was never popular. In fact, she was made fun of numerous times for her unique personality. Often times other kids would call her “Loony Lovegood”, talking badly about her behind her back, and stealing her stuff. I am a hardcore Harry Potter fan and I can’t think of one time where Luna was ever or snappy to her bullies, even though they were insensitive and cruel.

Not to mention the fact that she consistently keeps a positive outlook on life. And she hasn’t had an easy life. Her mother died at a young age, and she doesn’t really have any friends.*

*I’m sorry to all you hardcore Luna fangirls(boys)

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2. She doesn’t care what other people think of her

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Luna has not, does not, will not ever let others negatively affect her. Β No matter what society’s rules are, or no matter how obviously awkward people perceive her, she doesn’t care.Β She is comfortable in her own dreamy, socially akward, state of being. You go, girl!

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3. She was never afraid

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Does anybody remember Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix**?

**That super long blue book where Harry was super moody and annoying and with Mrs. Umbridge Evil that you kind of wanted to DNF but ended up being really good and became everyone’s favorite but nobody wants to reread it because it’s actually really boring at some parts and super loooooong

Who was the bravest character?

Harry?

Nope.

It was Luna.

She was the first one to volunteer to help Harry save Sirrus Black at the Ministry of Magic and inspired others in the group to join as well. She indirectly showed that she was willing to do whatever it takes to save Sirrus, even though she didn’t know who he was. When she arrived (more accurately broke into) the Ministry of Magic, she fought bravely to help the most important people of all – her friends.

Also, she fought in the Battle of Hogwarts alongside her peers, which was also pretty legit.

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Thank you so much for reading this post, and if don’t forget to follow my blog on the widget to the right. Please give a like and leave on comment on your thoughts – I love to hear what you guys have to say and I love reading new blogs.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

Everything Everything | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, squad! Today I will be doing a spoiler free book review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Everything Everything
  • Author: Nicola Yoon
  • Publisher: Random House Teen
  • AR Reading Level: Unknown/Not listed

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IMG_0376My disease is a rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean, and wearing all black – black t-shirt, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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ExpectationsI expected this book to be good (even though I typically HATE Romance novels because my sister watched the movie adaptation and loved it. This is great news because usually book to movie adaptations are horrible. If the movie is good, the book is 10 times better.

Also, can we just take a moment to stare at the cover. LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS.

IPFF*

*I predict future fangirling

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LikesThe pacing was average, but the chapters were short and IΒ read this novel in less than 24 hours. The story easily captured my attention and I was quickly engaged in the story and plot.

Nicola Yoon perfectly captured Maddy’s wonder when experiencing new things outside of the bubble she grew up in. I honestly don’t think it could have been done any better.

I am quite impressed! Usually I HATE Romance novels, but this was executed very well.

The drawings also added another element to the story. I especially enjoy books with these types of graphs and doodles. It in general makes the story more engaging and keeps the reader interested.

The ending was absolutely perfect.

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DislikesI would have liked to see a little bit more about Olly’s family life. There were so many chances for more development, but it just didn’t happen. We were only given a little bit of back story, which was disappointing. There was a wide open space for flaweless character development, but it just wasn’t there.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, Everything Everything was a wonderful read that easily took the reader away to another world full of truth, discovery, love, and heartbreak. Although some parts were under-developed it was in general a rich novel that almost anyone who picked it up could enjoy.

I recommend this to everyone (especially teens) except those who don’t like romance novels.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Thank you for reading this post and please follow my blog. I am curious to see what you thought about this book, so please let me know down in the comments section below! I love hearing what you guys have to say.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

 

Memetastic Monday #1: Harry Potter

Hello! Today I will be sharing my top 5 favorite clean Harry Potter memes *credits to the the internet* and some of my commentary.

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There are so many spells, but there are none to improve eyesight?

In Harry’s third year during a Quiditich Match when it was raining, Hermione helped him see better by putting a water resitant spell on them. If Hermione, who is only a teenager can fix his glasses so he can see better, why can’t a professional fix his eyes entirely? Or at least put some charms on his glassess for added bonus features.

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I like this meme because it highlights each characters personality (especially George).*

*Or Fred sorry fellow Potterheads I don’t know…

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These photos were taken at the perfect moments.

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Was entering the Forbidden Forest was great for the Sorcerer’s Stone plotline?

Yes.

Did it actually make any sense?

Nope.

But then again, it magical Hogwarts and I should just go with it.

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This one is my favorite! I am a huge Taylor Swift fan. Also, this one is making fun of Voldemort’s *SORRY YOU-KNOW-WHO* nose. I feel bad for Voldy – imagine if you had to sneeze really bad but you simply couldn’t.

Plus, I’m a Swiftie and You Belong With Me is one of my one of my all time favorite songs. It’s just one of those things that never get old.

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Thank you for reading this memetastic post! What was your favorite meme? Do you like Harry Potter and Taylor Swift too? Let me know down in the comments setction below.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

Refugee | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, my bookish friends! Today I be doing a spoiler free book review of Refugee by Alan Gratz. This was an inspiring and spell-binding book, and it is definitely a recommendation.

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  • Title: Refugee
  • Author: Alan Gratz
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • AR Reading Level: 5.3

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IMG_0376Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a homemade raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers – – from drownings to bombing to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

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ExpectationsI had high expectations coming in because multiple people had told me that this was a good book. The synopsis caught my attention, and cover indicated that it was an action-packed and excited book. But who am I to judge a book by its cover?*

*It’s OK because I’m a book-reviewer but don’t tell anyone (wink, wink)\

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TLikeshe pacing was spot-on.Β RefugeeΒ was truly a page-turner. I’m not even kidding! Every single chapter ended with a cliffhanger. From the very first page to the last, this book caught my attention and was engaging. I read this book in a book club, and I found it very difficult not to read ahead. VERY difficult.

Alan Gratz not only did an excellent job executing three stories at one time but also making his characters complex, relatable, and three-dimensional. A lot of books in this same format are choppy and difficult to dive into because the plot is divided between different characters. This is difficult to do, and I applaud him for it. Josef, Isabel, and Mohmoud were brave, resourceful, and intelligent. All of them were struggling, in some way or another, but they never gave up and they kept on fighting.

Refugee was genuinely inspiring. I felt more grateful about the things that I have after I read it, and it made me realize what some people have to go through just to have a place called home.

Plus, the twist at the end of the book is AMAZING.

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DislikesThe only thing that I would have changed about this book was give a little bit more back story about Josef towards the end of the book. It was left as a little bit of a cliffhanger and in my opinion ended too abruptly, and I would have liked to see a little bit more. This, however, is my only critique.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, RefugeeΒ was an attention grabbing page turner with, unlike many books with such fast pacing, truly inspiring. The characters were likeable and even though I would have changed a little bit of it, the rest was perfect. The way the characters intertwined at the end was genius and made the book 10 times better. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you like Alan Gratz or action-packed novels.

I will definitely read more books by Alan Gratz in the future, given the quality of this one.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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Thank you so much for reading this blog post, and if you haven’t already, please follow my blog. Leave me a comment on what you thought of this book, I love to hear from you guys!

Keep on Booking,-Katie K

Top 5 Bookish Struggles (WISvsWIF edition)

Hello! Today I am going to be listing my top 5 bookish struggles that all bookworms can relate too, WISvsWIF edition. (What I Say v.s. What I Feel)

WARNING, SPOILER ALERT: Being a true bookworm is a lot harder that it looks

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1. When people ask you your favorite book, they expect you to pick just one

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What I say: *lists every single book I’ve ever read*

What I feel deeeep down inside: I have tons of favorite books, want to hear all of them and then read them so we can fangirl over them? Cool, great, here they are!

  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoinex by J.K. Rowling
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’engle
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • More in counting!

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2. When people tell you that you ‘read too much’

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What I say: *keeps reading, doesn’t make eye contact, but close to tears*

What I feel deeeep down inside: HOW DARE YOU.

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3. Or when they tell you that they don’t like to read

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What I say: *attempts to nod head to indicate that you respect their opnion but ends up making the you’re-a-weirdo-face*

What I feel deeeep down inside: *however a human being feels after eating 10 coachroaches*

(Probably not very good…)

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4. When a movie based on a book gets everything wrong and you’re just sitting in the audience like

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What I say: *chokes on popcorn and spills soda*

What I feel deeeep down inside: *slow claps* That was the best movie ever-except you left out all the important characters, plot twists, and scences. Also, the characters don’tΒ look like how they were described in the books at all. Otherwise, it was fine. Just great.

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5. When there are no good books left to read

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What I say: *Desperately searches bookshelf*

What I feel deeeep down inside: What am I going to do with my life?

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Thank you for reading this post and if you haven’t already, follow my blog! Leave me a comment on what you struggle with as a bookworm.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

Eragon | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, everybody! This is my first book review on Katie That Bookish Girl, so I am quite excited. But let’s just say that I have mixed emotions about this one…

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  • Title: Eragon (Book #1 in the Inheritance Cycle)
  • Author: Christopher Paolini
  • Publisher: Paolini International
  • AR Reading Level: 5.6

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Expectations

I had high expectations coming in because this book was strongly recommended to me by my Aunt. I had also heard about this book before, so I was very excited to read it.

 

 


LikesWhat I enjoyed the most about Eragon was how descriptive it was. I always knew exactly what was happening in vivid detail.

Paolini spent a lot of time world-building, which gave the reader a good back story on the plot and characters. This set Eragon apart from other fantasy novels, and I was impressed.


DislikesHowever, Eragon has flaws. First of all, the pacing was very slow. There were times when I wanted not to finish it because of how slow it was. There is literally 150 pages where Eragon is wandering aroundΒ AlagaΓ«sia for no reason. I’m sorry Eragon, but I could really care less whether or not you hunt an elk or a deer for tonight’s meal.

Secondly, there were very few inspiring female characters. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Arya, and for most of the book, she is unconscious and riding on the back of Saphira. Not very empowering.

And after over 500 pages of overstretched story arcs and camping in the middle of nowhere (kind of like the first part of the Deathly Hallows if you know what I mean) Eragon as a character still feels incomplete. For example, Eragon rarely shows any emotion whatsoever. He is hotheaded, reckless, and sometimes ignorant.

Lastly, Eragon didn’t even battle Galbatorix! Like, wait, what? Come on!


Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, Eragon was painfully slow-paced, sometimes boring, but detailed and intricately woven piece of literature.

And even though I didn’t like Eragon as much as I thought I would, I have to give props to Paolini for writing this when he was just 15 years old. And yes, as you can see on my GoodReads widget, I am reading the sequel, Eldest. Was it not what I hoped it would be? Yes. But was it bad? No. When I picked up this book and read the summary, I was excited and expecting a wonderful fantasy adventure. What I actually got was

Let’s just say I have mixed emotions on this one, but I would only recommend it to you if you are super into dragons and insanely long fantasy novels.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Thank you for reading this blog post and if you haven’t already, please click the follow button and give this a like. Send me a comment down below on what you thought of this book.

Just keep on booking,

-Katie K

Fresh start

Hello, world!

My name is Katie K and I am the author of another blog called The Tweendom Kingdom. I switched blogs becuase I wanted to switch from reviewing children’s novels to YA novels. I blogged on The Tweendom Kingdom for a year until I realized I wanted change. I wanted to try something different and spice things up a bit. I wanted to be involved in more tags and challenges.

Thus, That Bookish Girl was formed!

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I am going to work hard to be able to post more content. Not just book reviews, but other randomΒ stuff.

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Better that YouTube?

My goal is to post at 3 times a week (2 if I am feeling lazy) on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.Β I will proably only do book reviews 1/3 of the time because they take so long to write and edit.

Thank you for checking out my new blog! Please pick up on where you left off and click that follow button (to be apart of the bookish squad). See you soon!

Keep on Booking,

Katie K