Camp NaNo here I come!

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Greetings, bookish friends! I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July! If anything is going to challenge me as a writer, it’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I hope you enjoy this post, and good luck if you are participating in Camp too!

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What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month”. NaNoWriMo happens every November, but Camp NaNoWriMo happens every April and July. I decided to do it in July because I knew that I would have more free time.

Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat where you are paired up with other campers in “writing cabins” to reach a common goal: write! You can pledge to write a novel, a screenplay, poetry, or anything in between. Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set a writing goal between 30 and 1,000,000 words!

The purpose of Camp NaNoWriMo is to finish or make progress on a writing project while having fun and staying motivated!

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Pye Land (My Story)

I am writing a middle-grade fantasy novel called Pye Land. A girl is whisked off to a magical world and has to solve a mission to maintain peace in the land! Below is my synopsis.

Jamie Holt’s 6th-grade year has not been going the way she expected…and not in a middle-school meltdown manner. With her beloved mother’s obscure disappearance and the constant teasing of her peers, Jamie has enough on her plate. But things start to become really bizarre when she and 7th-grader Jack Prince are whisked off to a magical world: Pye Land: a land uncanny and endearing at the same time. Kamala Rivers, welcomes Jamie and Jack into her arms and gives them a mission that will change Pye Land’s future…forever. Jamie and Jack must stop the reign of the nefarious Mr. Newt, who has wreaked havoc all across Pye Land. If they don’t an evil force will soon shroud the entire universe, one planet at a time into darkness…

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My Goal + Progress

My goal is to write 25,000 words in Pye Land this month. I have already written 1,300 words and I am planning on writing more today. Although Pye Land will be much longer than 25,000 words when it is finished, I think it’s a good start!

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My Cabin

There are about 20 members in my cabin, and all of them are teenagers. The word count they are doing this month ranges from 1,000-50,000 words. In cabins, you can give writing advice, critique each other’s work, and motivate each other!

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Why I Chose to Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo

I chose to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo because I wanted to push myself and make a lot of progress in a short amount of time. I know that if I work hard, I can accomplish my goals! If you are working on a project at Camp as well, I wish you the best!\

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Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month? Did you like my synopsis? Let me know in the comments below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

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 ⭐︎