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

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

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Hello everyone. Today, August 9th is National Book Lover’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

There’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 “boring” like biographies, anything is possible. If that persons life wasn’t interesting in some way, there wouldn’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.

It’s entertaining. 

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) Alzheimer’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 Lover’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

50 Things That Make Me Happy on the 4th of July

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Barbecues 

Hotdogs with mustard

Running into the sprinklers

Red

White

Blue

Stars 

Stripes

The pop and color of fireworks as they explode into the sky

Setting out cozy blankets a lying on soft grass

Sipping cold soda

Enjoying company with friends and family

Ice Cream on a cone

The beach

Celebrating

A Water balloon toss

And then a water balloon fight

Drying off with the heat of the summer sun

Going on a bike ride

Letting the wind blow into your hair

Strawberry anything

Jumping into a cold pool

Independence 

Running barefoot in a field 

Looking at a old photograph of Mount Rushmore

Fruit salad

Soccer

Sparklers

Watermelon

Decorative napkins

Whipped cream

The American flag

Climbing a tree to watch fireworks

Waiting in line to buy fireworks

Hamburgers

Patriotic

Campfires

Burnt marshmallows

S’mores

Memories

Flashlights

Sunglasses

Drinking a cold glass of water

Basketball

Pure joy

Going to bed late

And sleeping in

Telling scary stories

Looking up at the night sky

A good, long book

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I hope you enjoyed this post! What is your favorite thing about the 4th of July? Do you agree with anything on my list? Let me know down in the comments section.

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: 💖💖💖💖💖

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: 💖💖💖💖💖

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: 💖💖💖💖💖

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: 💖💖💖💖💖

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

 

5 Awesome Book Bloggers

Hello, friends! Today I will be sharing with you 5 AWESOME book bloggers who I personally think are well, awesome. *I recently lost my big book of adjectives* Please note that these are in no particular order and even if you are an awesome book blogger, I may not have put you on my list. But you are still totally awesome!

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A Purpose of Winged Dogs

This is just a really fun blog to read and I totally recommend it! *Radio talk show voice* So fly on over to…*drumroll* A Purpose of Winged Doggos!

Why I Don’t Have Favorite Authors

What You Can Learn From Bad Books-Grow as a Reader and Writer

How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

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Dreamy Reads

Every single post that I read from Dreamy Reads has been hilarious! Aditi is very witty and her blog theme is adorable! What’s not to love?

Why Readers Should be Respected (Because we rule the World DUH!)

Stuff I Want Other Bloggers to Teach Me (ft. Me being salty???)

The Stages of being a part of a Fandom ft. SCREAMING and CRYING

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Blossoms and Bullet Journals

If you read my blog often, you know that I am a super amazing professional bullet journaler. Fine, I’ve only written one post about it but I still think bullet journals are awesome! (So is Annie) So if you like bullet journaling (and books too, of course) then you should totally check out Blossoms and Bullet Journals!

Bookstores vs. Libraries vs. E-books | The Great Debate

Plan With Me | Bullet Journal Setup for May 2018

How to Read More | 8 Tips for Making Reading a Priority

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What Lexie Loves

I stumbled across this blog quite a while ago, and have been a reader ever since! Lexie does all sorts of fun things – lifestyle, book reviews, and everything in between!

Top 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants Around The World

Extroverts Can Be Socially Anxious

Memorable YA Books of 2017 Recap

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And last but certainly not least…

Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope

Carol posts about books, poems, short stories, and the struggles of being homeschooled. And she has a BEAUTIFUL blog theme. How do you do it Carol?

6 Lies About Homeschooling // Things You Should Never Say To Homeschoolers

25 Things You Can Do This Summer // Ideas For Your Bucket List

Cameras and Pens Challenge 2018 // Sign-Ups + Info & Updates

  • I signed up to participate in this challenge and it sounds really fun! (I REALLY want to be on #team_strawberry)
  • If you would like to participate in this challenge, click the link, READ THE FULL POST and comment down below to sign up!

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Thank you so much for reading this post! Do you know any of these awesome book bloggers? Who’s your favorite book blogger? (Besides yourself haha gotcha) Have you read any of the posts I linked to? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K