June Monthly Recap

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Happy Saturday everyone! Today I will be sharing with you what I read this month, a spoiler free mini review included, my blog stats for this month, and an update on NaNoWriMo at the end! Enjoy.

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June Reads

The Hunger Games

Let me just start off by saying that this book is hyped up for a reason. The pacing was so good that I literally couldn’t set it down, the plot and storyline forced the reader to think and reflect upon the main message in the story, the romance was sweet and full but not overdone, and all the characters were amazing. I have been wanting to read these books for quite a while, but wasn’t allowed to until I was older because of the violence. I’m partially glad for this because I wouldn’t have understood it as much if I had read it when I was 9.

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Catching Fire

At first I was kind of nervous to read this book because the original is *almost* always better than the sequel. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. Just like the first installment, Catching Fire was full of exciting twists and turns in the plot/storyline, a meaningful message, and debatably the best protagonist of all time. Can’t wait to read the Mockingjay!

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

The Name of This Book is Secret

I loved this book as well! The writing style and the pacing were spot on, and the characters from the protagonists to the villains were unique, in a good way. This was a quick and an entertaining book, and easily made the reader want to come back for more.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Fish in a Tree

I enjoyed this book for the most part, but there were some minor problems with it. For example Other than that, it was an excellent book with a good message

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall, I’m really happy with the books I read this month. The worst rating I gave was 4 hearts, which is still any amazing rating!

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Blog Stats

Goal for this month: 40 followers

Followers this month: 15

Total followers: 41

Goal for July: 60 followers in total

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NaNoWriMo Update

I’ll admit, the first month of NaNo has been hard, even though I’ve spilt up writing 50k into 3 months rather than one month, it’s still difficult. I did this because I wanted to take my time on my writing and not just rush to make a lame rough draft that will take a lot of editing later to fix.

I am little bit behind, but I don’t really care–all that really matters is that I’m passionate about my writing, working hard, and genuinely enjoying the experience.

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

-Cheesy Inspiartional Pinterest Quote

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Thanks for reading this post and don’t forget to follow my blog. Have you read any of the books on my monthly reads list? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Do you like cheesy pintrest quotes? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

 

Plan With Me: July 2018 (Daisy theme)

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Hi, and welcome back to another Plan With Me post! Last time we had a watermelon theme to kick off summer but now we have a daisy theme. This month, I switched up a lot of things with my bullet journal. I took out my mood tracker, habit tracker, and changed the layout of my weekly spreads. Hope you enjoy!

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Supplies:

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

All of these supplies have worked great and I haven’t had any problems.

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First I have my cover page! I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. I even have a Tom Petty quote/song lyric on the other side! In case you didn’t know, I love Tom Petty.

 

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Next is the monthly log! Nothing special here.

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Above is my NaNoWriMo tracker! Last month I made one (I didn’t have it in last month’s Plan With Me, though) and found it really useful. This was an absolute nessicity to have.

In case any of you are wondering why I am doing NaNo in both June and July it’s because I spilt the challenge into 3 months so I wouldn’t be stressed and could focus on making a good first draft.

Next is the Blog Stats page, which includes post ideas, and what I read. I didn’t do this last month and I think it will definately come in handy!

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Then I have my money tracker. I find this spread very useful, even if it is boring to fill it out.

Here is the Brain Dump page. When I put this in last month’s bujo, I wasn’t expecting it to be useful. I was wrong and I love this spread and am very happy with how it turned out!

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And finally my weekly spread! I decided to change things up a bit and I loved how this spread turned out.

Thank you for reading my latest Bullet Journal post! What do you think of this spread? Do you like this month’s theme? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

Cameras and Pens Challenge #1

Hello! If you didn’t know already, I will be participating in the Cameras and Pens Challenge hosted byΒ Carol @ Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope. Basically, every week or so, Carol will give those participating in the challenge a new prompt to write a story about/write a poem/take a picture of what you think the prompt means. I am on Team Strawberry!

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There is still one spot left on Team Pineapple and the sign ups are still open, if anyone is interested. (I totally recomend it, personally because I had such a fun time writing this short story!)

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I laboriously climb to the top of the steep plateau, where the land flattens out, far away to escape the harsh world that is reality and my one regret.

I like to come up here, hidden in the wilderness where nobody can see me. I feel better not to be seen, anyway.

Coming up here and watching the golden sun set, it’s like things are normal. It’s like pretending things are OK.

But they’re not.

All I want is for things to go back to the way the used to be. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s possible.

I thought I could stop it from happening.

I was wrong.

It was my sister.

Somebody was out to get her, and I knew it.

I wanted to be able to protect her, but I couldn’t, for my own safety. If I had gone after her, they would have come after me.

And then we both would have been in trouble.

My sister, Eliza was an intelligent scientist who made a ground-breaking discovery that could have saved millions of lives and could have transformed humanity’s outlook on modern medicine forever. I say could have because Eliza’s brilliant plan didn’t work out so well in the end.

People are greedy.

Too greedy.

Determined to make a couple extra dollars off of Eliza’s genius invention, they kidnapped her and stole the chemical formula to make the medicine and recreated it, adding in more in more chemicals to make it cheaper and easier to produce. Then they sold it to the general public.

Of course, everyone thought it was genius.

It was.

But it wasn’t theirs.

It was Eliza’s.

I owe you, Eliza. I am in your debt.

I know I will get in trouble for searching for you. They know that I am guilty of my mistake. I had the golden opportunity to save you and your genius brain before all of this started. I tried, dear Eliza, I really did. But it wasn’t enough.

I promise I will try harder this time, like you always did.

You taught me everything I know, big sis.

I don’t care anymore. Who would I be if I didn’t rush to your aid? The world needs you. I do, too.

If you are reading this, I am coming to help you, no matter the sonsequences.

I love you, Eliza.

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Thanks for reading this post. What did you guys think of my answer’s to Carol’s prompts? Are you signed up for CPC? You want Team Strawberry to win, right? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Keep on booking,Β 

-Katie K

Fish in a Tree | Book Review (Spoiler free) + NaNoWriMo Update with Synoposis of Story

Hello! Here is my spoiler free book review of Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. *Radio talk show voice* Stay tuned for a NaNoWriMo Update at the end with an official synopsis of the book I am writing.Β I haven’t even talked about it once. So, today is that day!

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  • Title: Fish in a Tree
  • Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • AR Level: 3.7

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IMG_0376Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she’s able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She’s afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, Ally’s newest teacher sees the bright, creative kid beneath the troublemaker and helps to shine a light on her gifts. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and meet other kids who break the mold. When the outsiders start to fit in, suprising things start happening inside Ally’s classroom that show’s her there’s a lot more to her — and to everyone — than a label.

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ExpectationsI had mediumΒ expectations for this book. I picked it up while it I was browsing Barnes and Noble and it looked interesting so I decided to buy it.

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Likes The character development was incredible. Through the storyline and plot, all of the characters grow in some way or another. All of them had their own unique struggles and all overcame them in different ways. Multiple characters *cough cough Albert and Shea* started off stereotypical and basic, but then ended up being complex, original characters with life, motivation, and struggles.

This book had a great message, too with some awesome quotes: “If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s stupid.”

Also, I thought the “Sketchbook of Impossible Things” that was included in the back of the book added another element to the story. It was cool to read a certain scenario/thing that happened to Ally and then see her drawing for it.

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DislikesThe end of the book felt a little anti-climatic, which was disappointing. I was hoping for a fuller ending to wrap the book up better. The pacing is nothing special, but it’s not bad. I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was missing from this story. It felt a little bit incomplete (and no, there isn’t a sequel). Except for the things that I mentioned in the likes section, this book is average.

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Final ThoughtsI liked this book, but there wasn’t really anything about it that stood out and made a lasting impression on me. Yes, the character development was really good and the book had a great message, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of things that stand out. If you like non-fiction, then I recommend it, if you don’t like non-fiction, then I don’t recommend it.

Even though there were some things that I would have definitely changed in this book, all in all I liked it and it told a great story, with a good message and a strong protagonist.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

hey..not too bad

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NaNoWriMo Update

OK, I’m pushing through!Β So far, I haven’t gone a day without writing, but I did have a writer’s block just yesterday. I was able to form some random words together that I will probably have to edit it later and completely redo it.

Please note: As I am in the process of creating a memorable story, some aspects/details that were mentioned below may not be present in my final draft.

Julianna Evergreen’s life is normal. Well, at least it used to be. Ever since her mother died, her favorite person in the entire world, things have been hard. Her Dad has one unpaid bill before they lose their house. She has a hard time in school.Β But one day, everything changes. While walking to school, she meets a boy named Jack with a strange symbol on his left hand, the same one that Julianna has on hers.

Soon, the two embark on a journey across a magical world called Pie Land — to meet princesses, dragons, unicorns, and more.

But Pie Land is in terrible danger.

It is being overthrown by a vicious tyrant named Newt that pledges to destroy a peaceful dynasty that has successfully ruled Β Pie Land for over a thousand years.

Julianna doesn’t know what’s going on, but whatever it is, she’s going to find out.

So there it is! An official synopsis of my in the works novel.

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What did you think of Fish in a Tree? Are you going to read it now because of my positive review? What do you think about my story? Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Let me know down in the comments section below. Also don’t forget to follow this blog!

Keep on Booking,-Katie K

The Laziness Cycleβ„’ (WISvsWIF edition)

Hello guys!

OK, let’s start off by being honest here. In the past 24 hours, how lazy do you think you have been? 100% being extremely lazy and 0% being extremely hardworking.Β Think about this.Β If you want, you can scroll down to the comments and put down your answer without looking.Β 

And without further ado, I present to you The Laziness Cycleβ„’.

Disclaimer: This is for comedic purposes only. If you can’t laugh/don’t have a human soul than don’t read any further.

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1. When you realize that you’ve been watching Netflix for 3+ hours

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What I say: Oh come on, I’ve only been watching for 45 minutes, more or less!

What I feel deeeep down: You need to get off the couch and live your life. There is more to this world than salty dried up popcorn and cringing at Netflix teen dramas.

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2. When you go outside but then feel like a vampire

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I couldn’t really find a ‘Vampire screaming in pain when outside’ GIF so I chose this bee. (It’s pretty legit, as you can see)

What I say: What a beautiful day!

What I feel deeeep down: MY INNER SOUL IS BURNING FROM THE HEAT OF THE ETERNAL FIRE OF THE SUN. I HAVE BEEN INSIDE FAR TOO LONG. NOOOOOOO!

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3. When you finally come to your senses and be productive

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What I say: This is impossible

What I feel deeeep down: This is impossible.

Great job keeping a positive mindset, Katie.*

*I’m actually quite an optimist. Well, I’m trying.

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4. When you rejoice in your glorious victory

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What I say: Great job! You worked hard to accomplish your goal and you made it happen!

What I feel deeeep down:Β Great job! You worked hard to accomplish your goal and you made it happen!**

**This is the only time in WISvsWIF history where WIS and WIF are in complete sync

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5. And head straight back to the couch

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What I say: I’ve worked hard! I deserve it!

What I feel deeeep down: NOOOOO don’t let the Laziness Cycleβ„’ start all over again!

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Thank you for reading this post? Do you struggle with the tortuous but inevitableΒ Laziness Cycleβ„’? Do you have any tips for me? Are you lazy? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

 

5 Awesome Book Bloggers

Hello, friends! Today I will be sharing with you 5 AWESOME book bloggers who I personally think are well, awesome. *I recently lost my big book of adjectives* Please note that these are in no particular order and even if you are an awesome book blogger, I may not have put you on my list.Β But you are still totally awesome!

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A Purpose of Winged Dogs

This is just a really fun blog to read and I totally recommend it! *Radio talk show voice* So fly on over to…*drumroll* A Purpose of Winged Doggos!

Why I Don’t Have Favorite Authors

What You Can Learn From Bad Books-Grow as a Reader and Writer

How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

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Dreamy Reads

Every single post that I read from Dreamy Reads has been hilarious! Aditi is very witty and her blog theme is adorable! What’s not to love?

Why Readers Should be Respected (Because we rule the World DUH!)

Stuff I Want Other Bloggers to Teach Me (ft. Me being salty???)

The Stages of being a part of a Fandom ft. SCREAMING and CRYING

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Blossoms and Bullet Journals

If you read my blog often, you know that I am a super amazing professional bullet journaler.Β Fine, I’ve only written one post about it but I still think bullet journals are awesome! (So is Annie) So if you like bullet journaling (and books too, of course) then you should totally check out Blossoms and Bullet Journals!

Bookstores vs. Libraries vs. E-books | The GreatΒ Debate

Plan With Me | Bullet Journal Setup for MayΒ 2018

How to Read More | 8 Tips for Making Reading aΒ Priority

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What Lexie Loves

I stumbled across this blog quite a while ago, and have been a reader ever since! Lexie does all sorts of fun things – lifestyle, book reviews, and everything in between!

Top 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants Around The World

Extroverts Can Be Socially Anxious

Memorable YA Books of 2017 Recap

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And last but certainly not least…

Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope

Carol posts about books, poems, short stories, and the struggles of being homeschooled. And she has a BEAUTIFUL blog theme. How do you do it Carol?

6 Lies About Homeschooling // Things You Should Never Say To Homeschoolers

25 Things You Can Do This Summer // Ideas For Your Bucket List

Cameras and Pens Challenge 2018 // Sign-Ups + Info & Updates

  • I signed up to participate in this challenge and it sounds really fun! (I REALLY want to be on #team_strawberry)
  • If you would like to participate in this challenge, click the link, READ THE FULL POST and comment down below to sign up!

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Thank you so much for reading this post! Do you know any of these awesome book bloggers? Who’s your favorite book blogger? (Besides yourself haha gotcha) Have you read any of the posts I linked to? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

The Name of This Book is Secret | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello! Today I will be reviewing The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. This was an excellent book and is definitely a recommendation.

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  • Title: The Name of This Book is Secret
  • Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • AR Reading Level: 5.6

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Leave now.

This is a secret story about a dangerous secret that I must not reveal. Good. You’re curious. You’re brave. If you join this adventure, I will introduce you to some of the events and people in this perilous book. It is an alarming account of two extraordinary adventurers, a missing magician’s diary, a symphony of smells, and a deadly secret…

But be careful – our enemies are watching. And tell no one…because the name of this book is secret.

(Synopsis token from the back of the book, not my writing)

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ExpectationsI was a huge fan of this series and read the all of the books when I was in the third grade, so I thought that at least the first one deserved a re-read. I was excited to for a re-read, and I wasn’t disappointed!

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LikesThe book had a mysterious vibe that couldn’t be topped. The writing style was excellent, and the author is great at getting the reader hooked. I also enjoyed solving riddles and deciphering codes alongside Cass and Max-Ernest. It kept me engaged in the story and plot. (Which were also very good)

The villains were excellent! Dr. L and Ms. Mavius *sorry I don’t know how to spell her name* were perfect antagonists. Plus, Dr. L’s back story was executed perfectly. Come to think of it, there wasn’t a single character that I didn’t like/didn’t fit well into the story.

Bosch had a signature dark humor that spiced things up, similar to that of Trenton Lee Stewart and Lemony Snicket. He also made useful side notations a which added to the dynamics of his writing style to evaluate on the unique things that were happening in the story, which came in handy.

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DislikesThe only problem I had with this story was how the ending was a little abrupt. It didn’t seem to fully wrap up the story the way I was expecting.*

*This is in a series, which also happens to be very secret, so it may purposely leave on a cliffhanger

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, The Name of This Book is SecretΒ is a must read, especially for anyone who is into mystery books. There was only one minor problem, but it was easily outruled by all of the redeemable qualities which the book possesses. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed if you pick this book up.

 

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’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

I am proud to say that this is our first 5 star review here on Katie That Bookish Girl! *Cries tears of joy.* I’m so proud of you, books.

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Thank you for reading this post! What did you think of The Name of This Book is Secret? If you haven’t read it yet, are you going to? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments section.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

50 Things That Make Me Happy In Summer

Sandy Toes

Multicolored beach umbrellas

Strawberry ice cream cones

Ocean Breeze

Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Planning for vacations

Going on vacations

Waking up early while everyone else is still asleep

The sound of waves rolling into shore

Sun hats

Bike rides

Smiles

Fresh Blackberries

Golden sunsets

Fireworks

Boogie boards

Ahi tuna bowls

Warm sun on my back

Pineapple Popsicles

Seashells

Laughter

Paddle boards

Mango smoothies

Big water slides

Freshly baked apple pies

The perfect pair of sunglasses

Surf’s up

Touching sea urchins

Calm beaches

Shrimp

Pop music

Driving a car with the windows down

Watermelon

Scented candles

Fireflies

Jelly in mason jars

Relaxing

Camping in a tent

Roasting marshmallows

S’mores

Sleepover

Telling scary stories with flashlights

Flip flops

Sunflower fields

Bright yellow

Frozen bananas

Blue skies

Salt water on my skin

Roadtrips

A good, long book

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Thank you for reading this post. What makes you happy in summer? What was your favorite item on my list? Let me know down in the comments.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

Summer Reads List + NaNoWriMo update

Hello! Summer is just around the corner *just one more week of school YOU CAN DO IT KATIE* so I decided to compile my ultimate summer reads book list! I also have an update on my NaNoWriMo Challenge at the end of the post! I have been working really hard and doing well, but I don’t know how long it will last…

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Summer Reads List

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  3. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai βœ…
  4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  5. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt βœ…
  6. Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
  7. Moon Over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool
  8. The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers
  9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell βœ…
  10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  11. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman βœ…
  12. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandria Christo
  13. Matched by Allie Condie
  14. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  15. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  16. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  17. Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin
  18. Spin the Golden Lightbulb by Jackie Yeager
  19. The Science of Unbreakable Things by Tae Keller
  20. The Three Rules of Everyday Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill

So, that wraps up some books I would like to read over the summer/highly recommended tween and teen books! I can’t wait until school FINALLY gets out and I can start chilling out at the pool and of course, reading books!

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NaNoWriMo Update

I am proud to say that I am doing well so far on NaNoWriMo. I have written about 2100 words, which is two days ahead of schedule! I have finished my first chapter and am almost done with my second.

Even though it was a little bit out of my comfort zone, and even if I fail miserably and don’t finish it, I am glad I tried it. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s fun and I am sure it will be rewarding in the end. (Right?)

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Thanks for reading this post! What do you think of my summer reads? Do you want to read them too? Or have you already read them? Have you ever done the NaNoWriMo Challenge before? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Keep on booking,

Katie K