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 ⭐︎

 

Happy Earth Day + Taking Care of our Planet // A Talk About Pollution and the Enviornment

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Happy Earth Day! Taking care of our planet is so important! There are so many things we can do to make positive changes in our physical environment! Unfortunately, pollution has a significant impact on the earth and causes a lot of harm to many animals and other organisms.

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The Negative Impact of Pollution

Not-So-Fun Facts About Pollution

  • About 40% of lakes in America are too polluted for aquatic life, fishing, or swimming.
  • Pollution kills over 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals annually.
  • People aren’t recycling as much as they should, as a result the rainforests are be cut down by approximately 100 acres per minute.
Source: http://scitechconnect.elsevier.com/fun-facts-pollution/

Here is an interesting video about “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” a patch of plastic debris and other trash in between California and Hawaii, that has accumulated over decades of neglect.

How We Can Take Care of Our Planet

As dire as the effects of pollution are, we as individuals can still take steps to help our environment and prevent pollution.

Little things you can do to produce less waste and take care of the planet

  • Store food in reusable containers and jars.
  • Bring your own reusable bags and produce bags to the grocery store.
  • Carry your own water bottle instead of using plastic bottles.
  • Pick up trash or plastic if you see it around, especially if you’re at the beach!
  • Go to a beach-clean up, a park-clean up, or anywhere in your community that has a lot of pollution.
  • Don’t use straws, but if you have to, use a reusable one.
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable ones.
  • Don’t use plasticware if you can.

As little as switching out a plastic bottle for a reusable container may be, it still has an impact. And yes, one person not using plastic material won’t instantly stop all the widespread effects of pollution. However, everything we can do to help our environment is needed. Every small action toward positive change has an impact.

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How was your Earth Day? What are you going to do to care for our earth? Let me know in the comments section.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆