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

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 Β  r e a d s Β  + Β  b o o k s

Mockingjay

The finale in Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger GamesΒ 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: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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

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What have I been doing with my life? *Facepalm* 😒

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t o p Β  p o s t s Β  + Β  b l o g Β  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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t h e Β  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 Β  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

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

 

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

May Monthly Recap

Hello, squad! Today I will be sharing with you my May reads, this month’s blog stats, and my official pledge to FINALLY write my first novel and beat NaNoWriMo. Since 50,000 is a LOT to write in one month, I will be spilting it up into three months. Enjoy!

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NaNoWriMo Challenge

I have been wanting to write a full novel for a long time now. I have the perfect idea, characters, and storyline, but I struggled to motivate myself to actually write it.

*lightbulb turns on over head*

And I thought to myself, “Why not start the NaNoWriMo Challenge?” Sure it’s in November, and nobody cares because its June but really, why not?

I decided that I will split up the 50K words into three months, so I am less stressed and have more time to write it.Β Then, I will take a 4th month to edit it and type it up on my computer.

I will write 500 words per day in my first month, and 600 in my second and third. And yes, I did the math.

I, Katie K, hereby pledge to write 500-600 words per day from June 1st to August 31st. Therefore, I promise to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge.

NaNoWriMo, here I come!

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May Reads

Refugee by Alan Gratz

I absolutely loved this book! I was engaging, original, and inspiring. It really made me think about what some people have to go through just to have a place to call home.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had a really hard time choosing between Refugee or Everything, Everything for my favorite read of the month. This is also an exceptional genre, but I only gave it 4 stars because I have a strong hate bias against romance novels *sorry* but I loved it anyway. Highly recommended.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

I read this book at a book club for school and really enjoyed it! It wasn’t absolutely life-changing or incredibly inspiring in the way that Refugee was, but it was still awesome. Once again, highly recommended.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Yes, I had very high expectations coming in from this book (because it was so highly recommended to me) but I was disappointed. It many redeemable qualities, but otherwise, it wasn’t very good. IT HAD THE WORST PACING EVER. There were a lot of twists and turns, and the plot was excellent though. I have mixed emotions on this one. If you don’t mind waiting a long time before the story actually gets started, I would definitely recommend Eragon. If not, it’s better you just skip it.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

*beware fellow people a rant is coming*

Wow, I am VERY disappointed. Unfortunately, I will not know how the ending turned out because it was so boring that I DNFed (Did Not Finish) it! It was literally the most boring book I had ever picked up. I tried really hard to like this, but I couldn’t. It was absolutely horrible. I semi recomend Eragon, but DON’T READ THIS.

#depression

Rating:Β πŸ’–

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Blog Stats

Goal for this month: 20 followers

Followers this month: 25 followers

Total Followers: 25 followers

Goal for June: 40 followers in total

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Thank you for reading this post! Let me know down in the comments section below what Β your thoughts on NaNoWriMo or what book sounds the most interesting to you from my May Reads.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K