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 writingI 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 medium 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: 💖💖💖💖

Pacing: 💖💖💖

Character development: 💖💖💖💖💖

Writing quality: 💖💖💖½

Enjoyment: 💖💖💖💖

Overall: 💖💖💖💖

hey..not too bad

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NaNoWriMo Update

OK, I’m pushing through! 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. 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  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 Cycle™ (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. Think about this. If you want, you can scroll down to the comments and put down your answer without looking. 

And without further ado, I present to you The Laziness Cycle™.

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: 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 Cycle™ start all over again!

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Thank you for reading this post? Do you struggle with the tortuous but inevitable Laziness Cycle™? 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. 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. 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 Great Debate

Plan With Me | Bullet Journal Setup for May 2018

How to Read More | 8 Tips for Making Reading a 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