What I’m Reading Wednesday #1 // The Hate U Give, Carry On, and Starfish

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Greetings bookish friends! If any of you have noticed, I never did a September monthly recap post. This is because I disliked writing these kinds of posts and I want to change things up a bit. You know, add a little spice to that pumpkin! 😉 *October is spooky season and I’m obsessed*

I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately, but I am trying to break that habit and get back to blogging. Olivia nominated me for the 7 Favorite Things Tag and I plan to post about it this weekend.

So without further ado, I present to you what I finished reading recently, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read sometime this month.

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Recent Reads

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.10.59 PMI really enjoyed this book and think it deserves all the hype! The plot was engaging and interesting. The best part about the book was by far the characters. Kiko was so complicated and in-depth and real. This is really refreshing because many YA books have characters that are simple and surface level, but this was not true for anyone in Starfish. Even Kiko’s mother, who is intentionally narcissistic and superficial had some complexity to her.

Overall, this is a beautiful tale of hardship, ambition, and imperfection. This book was very enjoyable to read and I was hooked the whole time. Highly recommended, and an easy 5-star rating!

Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.13.33 PMAlthough it didn’t enjoy The Sun Is Also a Star as much as I liked Everything, Everything, this book was not bad! It was very engaging and had decent pacing. I really enjoyed the smooth, flowy writing style. The only problem I had with it was the “cheese” factor. Although Daniel and Natalie’s relationship was cute, at times it was unrealistic and a little bit over the top. But the ending makes up for everything that was wrong with it; it was perfect!

Although there were some patchy plot holes in the middle of the book, both the beginning and the end were excellent.

Rating: 💖💖💖💖

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Current Reads

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.12.04 PMSo far, I am really enjoying this book!

Like any Rainbow Rowell novel, it is honest and romantic, but Carry On also has elements of a fantasy novel rather than a contemporary. This is really refreshing and unique because most fantasy novels are set in the dark ages, where there were no cellphones or advanced technologies. This sets Carry On apart and makes it more relatable in general.

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Future Reads

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.10.20 PMI just received a beautiful hardcover edition of this book and I am so excited to read it!

There is also a movie that came out recently and after I finish the book I plan on seeing it.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

From Goodreads

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.12.40 PMI have been wanting to read this series for the longest time, but haven’t been able to find it.

I was lucky one-day scrolling through the shelves of my school library and found the first two installments, Cinder, and Scarlet. I have heard lots of great things about The Lunar Chronicles and can’t wait to finally be reading them.

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

From Goodreads

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Thank you so much for reading this post!

Have you read The Hate U Give or watched the movie? How about the Lunar Chronicles? Are you a bookworm too? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

🌸Katie K🌸

Plan With Me: October 2018 (Pumpkin theme)

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Greetings bookish friends! October is just around the corner, so are my bullet journal spreads for the month of October. I’m really happy with how these turned out, and I’m thinking that this may be my new favorite theme! Autumn is my favorite season, and I love pumpkin pie! *Who doesn’t?*

I will also be posting this on my newly begun bookstagram/artstagram account. The username is @katiethatbookishgirl. Please help support this blog by giving it a follow!

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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

If you want me to be honest, I am excited to change into a new bullet journal in 2019 because I’m finding that the pages in the Minimalism Art A5 Dotted Journal have a lot of ghosting. It might have just been that I colored in the pumpkins with my supertips too quick, or that I may need thicker pages for my next bullet journal.

Sorry if you see any marker bleeding through the pages!

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First is my cover page/quote. Overall, I love how this spread turned out and think the quote fits nicely with the theme.

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Next in my monthly log. I am also really happy with the end result and think it ties in with the theme. I have a little sidebar box on the left which is my social media growth tracker. It was inspired by Amanda Rach Lee (my favorite youtuber). If you aren’t already following her, go check her out she is amazing!

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Here is my habit tracker and money tracker. (Also inspired by Amanda Rach Lee, by the way). Although filling out trackers can sometimes be boring, I think that I will put these to use. I also doodled a cute little pumpkin patch at the bottom of the page, which I absolutely love!

And lastly is my weekly spread. I decided to do a dutch door style spread and think it looks perfect! This was my first time trying this style of weekly spreads, and so far I’m really liking it. It’s very functional for me because I can look at my weekly events while having my to-do/homework list out. I will definitely be doing this spread more in the future.

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Thank you so much for reading this post! Do you have a bookstagram or an artstagram account? Do you bullet journal? What did you think of this month’s theme? Let me know down in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

I’ll Miss You, Coconut // A Tribute to My Pet Tortoise

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Something terrible happened today.

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Well, technically I happened on Thursday, but nevermind that. I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t had the free time to write a blog post.

My pet desert tortoise, Coconut passed away.

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Coconut is on the left and Speedy is on the right

 

As you can see, there is another tortoise in the picture. His name is Speedy, and he is well and healthy. Speedy is Polly, my sister’s tortoise.

Coconut died because of old age. She also had a repository condition that impacted her breathing.

There were times when she wouldn’t eat any food, even her favorite, watermelon. A couple of weeks before she died, the only way Coconut would get any food is by my Dad (wearing gloves on) would have to open her mouth for her and make her eat. It made me worry about her.

We’ve had our tortoises for over 6 years, so you could say that I grew up with her. My sister and I loved watching Coconut and Speedy crunch on lettuce, and whenever we would have friends over, the first thing they would ask was to pet the tortoises.

There was even one time where we had a “tortoise race” where Speedy and Coconut were competing to see who was the fastest. Of course, being my tortoise, (and given the fact that I bribed her with lettuce), she was triumphant. But this was a long time ago, when Coconut was healthy and younger.

We would often take her to the vet, order some antibiotics, have them work for a few days, and then she would go back to not eating and not leaving her tortoise house. (It’s actually a doghouse, but whatever…)

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But one day, when my sister, mother, and I were coming home from school and work, my Dad looked unusually melancholy. He broke the news soon after.

At first, I didn’t really believe it. Coconut had always been there, wandering around somewhere in my backyard.

When I saw her, I was very sad. My tortoise, the pet that I had bragged about to all my friends since I was little was gone.

She was truly a wonderful pet.

I’ll miss you, Coconut. 🐢

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Thank you for reading this very depressing post. (I promise the next one will be more upbeat). Do you have any pets you loved die? Have you ever owned a desert tortoise? Let me know down in the comments.

Keep On Tortoise-ing,

-Katie K