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

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Greetings bookish friends! Guess who’s back from her mini hiatus?ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย 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 ย 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: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Pacing: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–ยฝ

Character development: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Writing quality: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Enjoyment: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Overall: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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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,ย 

-Katie K

Back To School 2018 Bullet Journal Spreads

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Greetings, bookish friends! Welcome to part 2 of my back to school 2018 posts. Read my about my Back to School 2018 Supply Haul.ย Today I will be showing you my bullet journal spreads, specifically for back to school 2018.

Getting back into the swing of balancing tests, homework, and many hours spent procrastinating by counting the dots on the ceiling, *I’m still a good student, OK?* can be hard. But I suppose that aesthetic spreads and high quality markers make it…less hard? Hopefully? I don’t know if it works, but I’m going to try! Enjoy.

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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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I now present to you my standard school bujo spread! Usually my spreads also include weekends, but I figured that it was better for me to have more space for the weekday spreads.

My theme for August is balloons and clouds. Click here to read my August Plan With Me post.

On the right side, of each day I have my to-do list. On the left side is homework that I need to complete. As much as I dislike homework, I think it’s really important not to forget it! We’ve all been there…

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Here is a zoomed in picture of my upcoming tests + events section. The right side is to write down upcoming tests, and the left is for events. I also made a color coded key (in the top left) of how hard the test will be so I know how much to study for it. The pink is the easiest, then blue, and so on.

Overall, I think that this section of the spread will be very useful. It feels good to know that I’ll be prepared to whatever another year of middle school throws at me.

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Thanks for reading this post! What did you think of my back to school spreads? Are you nervous or excited about going back to school? Do you bullet journal too? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Fangirl | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! *Do you like the new introduction line?* In all seriousness, today I will be reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, spoiler free. If you would like to skip to the final ratings, scroll down to the end of the post.ย I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Fangirl
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Publisher: St. Martinโ€™s Press
  • AR: 3.9

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IMG_0376Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.ย 

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.ย 

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.ย 

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she want to move on even if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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ExpectationsI had high expectations of this book because I had heard so many wonderful things about it. I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting as well.ย The first few chapters were light and fluffy, and eventually set the stage for the overall plot and Cath’s gradual character developement. Fangirl was off to a good start.ย 

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LikesIn my personal opinion, the best thing about Fangirlย was the characters. They were all a quirky and unique set of people who progressed through the story beautifully. I genuinely admired each character, even those who were supposed to be bad in the beginning, like Courtney or Reagan. All of the characters seemed to have their own back story and personal story arc that added a lot of flavor and spice to the novel. In short, the character development was phenomenal.

Another admirable trait about Fangirl is how light and fluffy of a read it is. It was quick read, and very enjoyable. The romance was sweet, but not overkill where it was obnoxious to read. Not to mention that the writing was also high quality.

I think that the pacing was good overall and the book kept me hooked in, but more about that in the Dislikes section.

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DislikesThe climax happens 100 pages before the book actually ends.ย I found this kind of surprising, and at first I was expecting an ever bigger twist at the end.

I was hoping for more…

Instead, there is a bunch of extra pages of resolution that were cute and fluffy, but could have been wrapped up much quicker. I don’t have much of a problem with this, and it’s kind of being nitpicky.

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Final ThoughtsAll 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 critiscim I had was that the plot was a little bit mixed up in some parts, but otherwise, this book was perfect. I highly recomend this book to anyone who likes romance novels, colleage stories, or just so happens to be a ย fangirl themselves. *Just like me*

Story and plot: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Pacing: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–ยฝ

Character development: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Writing quality: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Enjoyment: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Overall: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–ยฝ

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Thank you for reading this post! Have you read this book before? Are you a fangirl? *I can’t be the only one* Did you agree with me final ratings? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Celebrating National Book Lover’s Day // 3 Reasons Why I Love Books

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Hello everyone. Today, August 9th is National Book Loverโ€™s Day! As a bookworm, I am quite excited and very happy that there is a National Day for me! I will be celebrating by showing you 3 reasons why I love books. Enjoy!

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Reason 1: Books Are Entertaining

Thereโ€™s nothing better than sitting down on a cozy chair and diving into a wonderful book, right? I could easily spend hours skimming my bookcase, and then sitting down to read. Books tell exciting stories full of vivid detail that spark imagination. Pirates sailing on the sea. Princesses escaping towers.

When you open a book, there is a world waiting for you. Page by page, word by word, it develops into a magical universe where anything can happen. Even in books that are deemed โ€œboringโ€ like biographies, anything is possible. If that persons life wasnโ€™t interesting in some way, there wouldnโ€™t be a biography about it. The point is that books are unpredictable, fun, and very entertaining!

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Or at least in Snoopy’s opinion…

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Reason 2: Books Are Educational

Think about the benefits of watching TV.

Itโ€™s entertaining.ย 

Ok, fair enough.

Books are also entertaining.

And educational.

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Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimerโ€™s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Not only that, but research also suggests that reading daily can dramatically improve vocabulary, stronger analytical skills, and memory.

As you can see, reading every day, even for just a little while, has great benefits.

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Reason 3: Books Have Meaning

Books tell stories. Stories of moral and meaning and truth. Stories that spread goodness. There is something indescribable about the feeling of earthy pages between your fingers. Stories teach lessons (think Mother Goose) and help shape youth. As you grow up, they are still there to remind you what really matters. Whenever I have a hard day or am faced with a challenge in my life, I often lean on books. *Not on bookshelves though…I don’t want falling furniture*

I lose myself and rediscover myself again, getting lost and found in the rolling waves of the plot and story. Books have always been there.

They are truly meaningful.

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Happy National Book Loverโ€™s Day, to all who wish to expand their knowledge in the best way possible – – through the pages of a book.

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Thanks for reading this post. What have you been reading recently? Why are books meaningful to you? Do you ever get scared of furniture randomly tipping over? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Back To School 2018 Supply Haul

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Hello! Here is my Back To School 2018 Supply Haul. I always find it really exciting to go back to school shopping. It’s a lot more fun than actually going to school…

Please note that I am not trying to brag or endorse certain products. This is just for fun!

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Multiple notebooks are needed for multiple classes with multiple requirements to pass. To pass those multiple classes, you need multiple pages of notes with multiple formulas and vocabulary terms to pass multiple pop quizzes and tests.

I dare you to try to say that out loud. *Harder than it looks*

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I genuinely don’t know what I would do without lined paper!

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Binders come in handy for storing…lined paper. (Which we use a lot, as I previously mentioned). The mint green one is 1ยฝ inches thick and the pink is 1 inch thick. I will be using the mint green one as my main binder. The pink one is for English.

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And more pencil cases! *Can’t get enough of those*

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Thank you for reading this post! What school supplies have you purchased yet? What’s your favorite school supply from my list? *Takes deep breath* Do you like binders more or file-folders? (The never-ending debate).

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

 

July Monthly Recap

July Monthly Recap

Good morning! Here is my July Monthly Recap post, with my monthly reads, my top posts and blog stats for this month, and more! I hope that you enjoy!

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m o n t h l y ย  r e a d s ย  + ย  b o o k s

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The finale in Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Gamesย proves to be excellent, just like the previous installments. Although it broke my heart, I still loved it. The pacing was perfect (I read it in just 2 days) and the ending was so satisfying. I greatly enjoyed reading this trilogy and if you haven’t already read it, put it on your tbr list right now!

Rating: ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Yes. This is the only book I have read this month.

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What have I been doing with my life? *Facepalm* ๐Ÿ˜ข

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t o p ย  p o s t s ย  + ย  b l o g ย  s t a t s

  1. 50 Things That Make Me Happy on the 4th of July
  2. Cameras and Pens Challenge #4
  3. Cameras and Pens Challenge #3

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45 total followers

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t h e ย  b l o g o s p h e r e

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  • I went to Arizona for a wedding and reunited with family, and hung out at the pool a lot (it was 106 degrees one day!)
  • I went to New York City and saw landmarks like the Empire State Building and Ellis Island. We also went to a broadway show (School of Rock). I was truly the trip of a lifetime!
  • I didn’t read. At all.

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n a n o w r i m o ย  u p d a t e

I have officially been doing NaNoWriMo for two months.

I am 46 pages behind.

I am not disappointed.

  • I am writing this by hand, and not typing it on a computer
  • This is my very first draft
  • I haven’t planned very much of it
  • I have been very busy recently, and haven’t had the time to write every day, even if it is just 2 pages
  • I have 2 whole months of make-up time (September and October) before November starts
  • This is the most I have ever written
  • I am only 12 years old
  • I am trying my best
  • I am producing high quality writing
  • Writing is a passion that I love, not a chore that I should dread

Even though I didn’t complete my goal, I am not disappointed because I am working as hard as I can.

But still I can’t wait until I’m done and the *real* NaNoWriMo comes along…

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Thanks for reading this post? Were you productive in June? Have you read The Hunger Games? This post is 500 words long. What are your plans for August? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Plan With Me: August 2018 (Balloon theme)

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Hi, everyone and welcome back to another Plan With Me post. This month I will be doing a balloon and cloud theme. I got my awesome cloud doodles from AmandaRachLee, a popular bullet journal youtuber.

Sorry that this post was a little bit late, but I hope it gives inspiration anyway. Hope you enjoy!

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  • Minimalism Art A5 Dotted Journal (any dotted journal works)
  • Crayola Supertips 100 count
  • A pen
  • A pencil
  • An eraser

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I love this quote! I am a total daydreamer.

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In case you guys didn’t know, I am participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge! Well…kinda. I am basically writing 50K words in three months of a new novel. Then when the *real* NaNoWriMo Challenge comes around in November, I will be prepared! Check out my profile here. Then we can be writing buddies!

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The “Books I read spread” is actually a mistake! I was going to have it be a header with calligraphy (using the Crayola Supertips) but I messed up! I decided to cover it up by coloring my mistake in. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย #bujohacks

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I find it very useful to track expenses, even if it isn’t very fun!

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Thanks for reading my August Plan With Me! What did you think of this month’s setup? Do you bullet journal to? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Happy Birthday Polly // 5 Reasons Why My Sister is Awesome

Happy Birthday Polly :: 5 Reasons Why My Sister is Awesome

Hello! Today I will be celebrating my little sister’s birthday. Enjoy!

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Polly genuinely cares about the people around her and how she effects the world. She always makes an effort to make sure that she is impacting others around her in a positive way. I know because Polly has always been there for me.

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#kindness

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2. She’s Hardworking + Really Athletic

Polly is a dancer, and she always dances “full-out”. She works hard to improve and get better to reach her goals in not just dance, but all aspects of her life. Whenever she is struggling with something, she keeps on trying, even when it’s really hard.

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I am seriously addicted to this show

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3. She’s Energetic

Polly always faces life with energy, passion and vigor! She is great at motivating people, especially in terms of sports.

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4. She’s Fun

I have a lot of happy memories of Polly I, having lots of fun! I love to hang out with my little sister and am so lucky to have her in my life!

It’s lots of fun too…

  • Go on Bike Rides
  • Play with Slime
  • Watch her Dance
  • Read my story (Pie Land) to her
  • Look at old Jake Paul memes + GIFs
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5. I love her

Polly means so much to me, and I love her always. I couldn’t ask for a better sister!

Sooo…

*drumroll, please*

HAPPY BIRTHDAY POLLY! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ

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Blog Arrow GoldThanks for sticking around to read this post! Please leave a comment showing some love for Polly. I love you so much Polly and Happy Birthday!

Keep On Booking Partying,

-Katie K

 

Cameras and Pens Challenge #5

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Hello squad! Here it is, the penultimate CPC post, an awesome challengeย hosted by Carol @ Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope. Just like I did in another CPC entry, I incorporated some pictures I took on a vacation into my story. I’m typing this post in New York City, so I have some cool pictures of the NYC skyline.

Before you read this entry, you should check out my other CPC posts, as all of them end up connecting together.

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All of these blogs are awesome so please, go check them out and give them all a big followย โค

+1 point for submitting story/poem

+2 points for using 2 prompts

+6 points for adding 3 bonus photos

Total Points: 9

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“Eliza?” Jonathan calls as he and I walk through the graffiti covered concrete.

We are walking on a hill, hidden from New York City, covered in concrete from top to bottom. There are some construction trucks parked close by, but they’re not here. We’re safe for now.

But that’s not what catches my attention. It’s the phenomenal view of the city. I feel like I can see everything. I’m on top of the world.

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When I get scared of falling off, I just remind myself that I must keep on going.

For Jonathan.

For Eliza.

For Toby.

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I snap back to reality from my daydream and turn towards Jonathan.

“Jonathan.” I demand loudly. “You still haven’t told me what’s going on!”

“Jess, whisper! I don’t want anyone to hear. They may still be here.” he chastised quietly.

He kept on calling for Eliza, loud enough so that she could hear him if she was nearby, but quiet enough so that anyone further away couldn’t hear them.

They had been searching for hours, but they still hadn’t found Eliza. Would they ever find her?

I fidget with the drawing of the heart that Toby gave me, but remember to hold it tight. Even though I could always pick it back up, I would feel guilty dropping it, on the cold, dirty concrete floor.

And then I saw her.

Eliza.

She was sitting on the concrete with her head down. I couldn’t really see her face just yet, but I could tell that she was sad. I still recognize her, even after all these years.

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Jonathan ran over to her.

“Eliza! Is that you!”

I know Eliza must have seen both of us because she looked up, but she didn’t acknowledge us in any way.

“Eliza, are you there?” I said, gently prodding her shoulder.

“Annie. Annie. Annie. Annie.” she whispered, her words filled with sadness.

It was like we weren’t even there. No matter what we did, the only thing Eliza would say is Annie. Who’s Annie, anyway?

“Annie…” Jonathan began. “The name sounds familiar. But I just can’t put a finger on it…” he said, his voice trailing off.

Eliza nodded her head. “Annie.” she said again.

Finally, Eliza knew we were there!

“Who…who are you?” Eliza stuttered, still sitting down. Jonathan and I took a seat next to her.

“It’s me, Jonathan. Your brother. And our cousin Jessica.” he said, pointing to me.

After a moment or so, Eliza spoke again. “I’m sorry, I’ve never met you before.” she replied blankly, her eyes gazing off into space, as if she was preoccupied by something else.

โ€œCโ€™mon, itโ€™s me, Jonathan! Your best friend! What do you mean you donโ€™t remember?โ€

“Annie. Take me back to Annie.” she asked.

I nudged Jonathan and dropped my voice to a whisper. “Are you sure it’s really her?” I asked. The last time I saw Eliza was when I was a little kid and she was a teenager, before Toby was born. Oh, Toby. Why did I let him go?

Eliza stood up. She took both of our hands and looked at us right in the eyes. Finally, she seemed conscious and contempt.

“We have to save Annie. I don’t know who you are, but we have to save her. It’s your job. That’s why you came here, is it not?” She said intelligently. Frankly, this took me by shock. How was Eliza so focused all of a sudden? How was she so…normal? It was like she had completely altered personality.

“Actually, we came to save you.” I said.

Eliza looked confused. “Well I certainly don’t need saving.” If anything, it’s you too.” she sat back down on the concrete, aimlessly fidgeting with her bracelet. Why was Eliza acting so weird?

“Where’s Annie, Eliza?” I ask gently.

“The top of the Chrysler building, of course.” Eliza said, not looking up. “I can take you there. It’s not far.”

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This was definitely Eliza, but she didn’t seem like Eliza. There was something uncanny about her that made me uncomfortable. And why did she want to rescue this mysterious Annie so much?

“Let’s go.” Jonathan said.

So the three of us walked all the way down from the hill into busy New York City.

We had found Eliza, but now we had something even more important to do.

We were going to find Annie.

Which was the only thing that would truly bring Eliza back…

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Thanks for reading! Are you in CPC too? Have you ever been to New York City? What do you think of my short story? Let me know down in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K