August Monthly Recap

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Greetings bookish friends! Happy Labor Day Weekend! Here is my August Monthly Recap post. There are some mini reviews included, all spoiler free. I linked the full book review in the title. I hope that you enjoy!

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m o n t h l y Β  r e a d s Β  / / Β  b o o k s

Fangirl

All in all, Fangirl delivered. I was a light and sweet read with amazing characters. It was very enjoyable and fun to read. The romance was cute, and it was executed very well. The only criticism I had was that the plot was a little bit mixed up in some parts, but otherwise, this book was perfect. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance novels, college stories, or just so happens to be a fangirl themselves. *Just like me*

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childrenwas a wonderful first installment. (There are three more books in the series, which I haven’t read yet but is definitely on my TBR list).

I was amazing in almost every aspect of my rating system, and did not disappoint. The only thing that I would every change about this book is to have the pacing be faster in the beginning, but it would have likely been difficult because the start of the book sets the stage for all of the plot twists in the middle and end.

I strongly recommend this book, especially to those who like horror, mystery, or a unique book in general.

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

This book was one of the most moving novels I have ever read. Malala’s story is truly inspiring and makes you think about how you can help change the world for the better. This is one of my favorite auto-biographies. Malala’s voice is so clear throughout the story, and she truly is a phenomenal role model. If you haven’t already read this, I highly recommend that you pick it up, as soon as you can! It is a beautiful story and Malala is someone who I look up to.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

When Audrey Met Alice

This was short but cute read about a young girl living in the White House (named Audrey) and her finding and reading the diary of Alice Roosevelt. The more Audrey reads Alice’s diary, the more she aspires to be like her, independent and fierce and the more rebellious she becomes. Soon, Audrey finds herelf breakig numerous rules and getting herself into big trouble. Overall, I would say that this book is very enjoyable to read, but there’s not much about it that stands out.

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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t o p Β  p o s t s

  1. Back to School Supply Haul
  2. Book Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Spoiler free)
  3. Plan With Me: September 2018 (Pinecones and Acorns theme)

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t h e Β  Β b l o g o s p h e r e

I haven’t been very active in the blogosphere lately, but here are some posts from this month that I found enjoyable.

I won’t be able to participate in the readathon, but it sounds really fun and wanted to give Sophie a shoutout!

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l i f e

  • I went to Oregon to visit my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and new baby cousin! (Love you Mira!) I went kayaking, bike-riding, and enjoyed spending time with my family.
  • I changed schools! It’s always hard being a new girl, but ended up getting into the routine just fine and making some new friends along the way.
  • I have a lot of homework. *Already*
  • I only read four books. Well they call me Katie That Bookish Girl for a reason.
  • I wrote a lot in preparation for NaNoWriMo.

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Β c a m p Β  n a n o Β  u p d a t e

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2018 has been really fun. And by preparing, I mean hand-writing my first draft so that when the real deal in November comes around, I will be ready.

I was technically supposed to be done with my first draft today, but I still have a little more writing to do, which is OK because I still have all of September and October to finish.

Ah, the life of a young writer…

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Thanks for reading this post. How was your August? Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo 2018? What are you plans/goals this upcoming month? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Plan With Me: September 2018 (Pinecone and Acorn theme)

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Greetings bookish friends! Guess who’s back from her mini hiatus?Β Fall is just around the corner, so I decided to have pinecones and acorns as my theme for September. I was going to do falling leaves, but then I realized that I don’t actually know how to draw a leaf. πŸ˜‚Β Or, at least a decent leaf that I would be comfortable posting on the internet.

But I do think that I have some pretty good pinecones and acorns! So without further ado, here is my September 2018 Plan With Me.

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Supplies

  • Minimalism Art A5 Dotted Journal (Any dotted journal works)
  • Crayola Supertips (I have the 100 count, but most people use the 50 count)
  • A pen
  • A pencil
  • An eraser

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Here is my cover page! On the left I have a random quote about fall, and on the right is my standard monthly doodles. Sorry if you’re not able to see the pinecones and acorns very well, the picture came out a little blurry.

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Now to my monthly log/calendar. I’m really happy with how this spread turned out in general and I think it looks very aesthetic overall.

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Next is my weekly log! I find these to be very useful when planning upcoming events and tests, because its bigger than the monthly log and there is more space to write.

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Ok, I know that the official NaNoWriMo or CampNaNo is not going on right now. But I am planning on participating in NaNoWriMo 2018 and I want to have a head start. *Without cheating of course* I will be tracking the progress of my first draft using this spread. I’ll probably add in more pinecones and acorns to decorate the page because it feels a little bit blank right now.

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Next is my money tracker and a blank spread for notes.

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And lastly, my weekly spread! I was going to write the date inside the pinecones and acorns but realized that I didn’t have enough room…

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Thank you for reading this post! Do you think fall? What did you think of this month’s theme? Do you bullet journal too? let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! For today’s post, I will be reviewing Miss Peregrine’s Home for Β Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I know, the book is older now, and the hype has died, but I feel the need to write the review anyway. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Author: Ransom Riggs
  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • AR: 5.7

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IMG_0376A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very peculiar photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography into a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason.

And somehow — impossible as it seems — they may still be alive…

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ExpectationsI had extremely high expectations of this book. I have heard from so many people and so many blogs that this book was amazing. I also heard that the movie was good as well. *I can’t wait to watch it* It had been on my TBR list since the dawn of time and I was so happy to finally be reading it.

I enjoyed the first few chapters of the book. It went along smoothly, and the flow was so good that I felt like Jacob was telling me the story himself.

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LikesThe plot and pacing were both awesome. I couldn’t put Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children down! The story was engaging and exciting, with turns and twists nestled into between each chapter. The writing style was also admirable.

Ah, the characters! *Might just be my favorite part of the book* All of them were so unique peculiar in their own way. I loved the back story around Abe and Emma, and how it circled back to Jacob.

The vintage photographs added an eerie sensation while reading the novel that couldn’t be topped. I think that the idea of putting in photographs that go along with the story is creative and different, which makes this novel stand out even more.

Of course, with all of the positive things I have to say about this book, it was a very enjoyable read.

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DislikesThe story started off a little bit slow at first, but then eventually speed up to a page-turning mystery that I couldn’t put down.

That’s it!

 

 

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a wonderful first installment. (There are three more books in the series, which I haven’t read yet but is definitely on my TBR list).

I was amazing in almost every aspect of my rating system, and did not disappoint. The only thing that I would every change about this book is to have the pacing be faster in the beginning, but it would have likely been difficult because the start of the book sets the stage for all of the plot twists in the middle and end.

I strongly recommend this book, especially to those who like horror, mystery, or a unique book in general.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Thank you for reading my book review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Have you read this book before? Have you watched the movie? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

Keep On Booking,Β 

-Katie K