My One Year Blogaversary // A Q&A!

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Greetings bookish friends! Hooray! It’s my one-year-blogaversary! I asked my Instagram followers to ask me questions that they would like answered, so I have complied a list of some intriguing responses I received.

There were over 50 responses (thank you so much for all of the endless support 😊) but I will only answer 15 questions! I apoligize if your question wasn’t answered, but don’t worry, there will definately be more of these in the future if it’s something you’re intrested in!

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Q1: What country are from? @bujo_kookie

A1: I’m from the United States and live in Southern California!


Q2: How old are you? @buttercupandbloom
A2: I’m a smol bujo bean at 13 years old!


Q3: What are your favorite pen/markers that you use? @zhoureflites
A3: I am obsessed with the Sakura Pigma Microns! They are THE BEST fineliners I’ve ever used!


Q4: If you were a literary character, who would you be? @lildots.bigplans
A4: I would be Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter — she has such an interesting personality!


Q5: What is your favorite and least favorite part about blogging? @avamcgovern_
A5: My favorite part is writing the blog posts and interacting with my followers! My least favorite is blog design…it’s so hard! 🤧🙌🏼


Q6: What stationary would you recommend for beginners of bujo and calligraphy? @carla.m.art
A6: The Tombow Fudenonske brush pen is an excellent “first” calligraphy pen. The crayola supertips are also an inexpensive but practical stationary tool for bujo — they come in a ton of different colors!


Q7: What’s your favorite animal, the one that you draw inspo from, how does that inspo come out in your life? @salmonstudys
A7: I love to draw bunnies! (I’m really good at it, and bunnies are just so cute!) 🥰


Q8: How do you decide themes for your bullet journal? @zaina.bullet
A8: I ask my followers what they would like to see on my Instagram stories, and do what they suggest or some variation of it.


Q9: When did you decide to start a blog and how long did it take you to make your blog? @avavanvoorst

A9: I first started blogging when I was 10 years old on a different blog called The Tweendom Kingdom. It was preety fast and easy to make that blog, and it had a pretty simple design. It took me a lot longer to design and perfect this blog! WordPress makes it fairly easy to do graphic blog design. This is a really in-depth question, so I will likely make a blog post about it soon if you want!


Q10: Do you really like books that much? Cuz same girl! @cinnajournals

A10: Asking me if I like books is like asking me if I like breathing…I need to do it to stay alive! 😂 Ok, that was pretty cheesy, but I do love books!


Q11: Do you use (habit, mood…) trackers in your monthly layouts? @vitti_notes

A11: Yes, I love using habit and mood trackers in my bujo spreads! Some months I forget to fill them out, and a lot of people in the bujo and study community don’t like them, but I often find them motivating!


Q12: What is your favorite type of blog post to write? @purelyolivia

A12: I love writing WISvsWIF blog posts (although I haven’t done one of those in quite a while) and posts about important topics! For example my earth day blog post.


Q13: Your inspiration in doing bujo? @thecpalettters

A13: I love calligraphy and doodling, and I think bujo is a great way to make working and being productive a lot more fun!


Q14: What is the hardest thing about having a blog? @margpcastbujo

A14: For me, the hardest thing about having a blog is staying on top of a consistent posting schedule! Sometimes life gets in the way of me writing a blog post when I should have, or occasionally I just plain forget!


Q15: Who are your favorite bloggers? @gracedoesblogs

A15: Ummm you? 😘 Grace you are literally such an inspiraion and a wonderful blogger! I also love Purely Olivia, The Ray of Sunshine Blog, Clara & Co, and A Purpose of Winged Dogs to name a few. But there are so many other amazing bloggers out there! Us bloggers work so hard! Kudos to all the brilliant, talented, and beautiful people who have the drive to run a blog. 😊

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What was your favorite question? Do you agree with my answers? Are you a blogger, too? Let me know in the comments section.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

Turtles All the Way Down | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Hello everyone! Today I will be doing a book review on Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. This was such an amzing book, even though it did start off slow at first. I hope you enjoy my review of it!

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  • Title: Turtles All the Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Publisher: Dutton
  • AR: 5.6

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IMG_4416-2.jpgSixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Picket’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and the Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of a life-long friendship.

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IMG_5432I had heard a lot about John Green’s novels, so I wanted to give one of his books a try. I ordered this one-off of Amazon and started reading! I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book, some people saying they loved it, and others saying they didn’t like it at all.

 

 

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IMG_4422-2.jpgI loved the writing style of this novel. Green has a very detailed and unique style, and it makes his work enjoyable to read and gives an interesting perspective. It’s almost like poetry.

I loved Aza’s character. She was so complex and dynamic. Her struggles teach the reader that you can go through hard times in your life, and still everything will be okay. As sad as the ending was (I won’t go into detail, as this is supposed to be a spoiler free review) I think it left a manful impact.

And lastly, the plot was well executed. There were tons of twists and turns!

There are so many admirable things about this novel. I know it got mixed reviews, and some didn’t like it as much as others, but I loved it!

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IMG_4419-2.jpgThere isn’t much critique I could give this novel, but the pacing was very slow. In fact, the book moved so slow that I almost DNFed it! It wasn’t until the middle of the book where I felt the plot was starting to come together and where it was actually interesting to read.

 

 

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IMG_4421-2As slow as this book was in the beginning, I still recommend it! The story itself is so beautiful, the characters are so three-dimensional, and the writing style phenomenal!

After I read it, I found so much meaning to the story and reflected about it and how it related to my own life. It is indeed a slow starter, but the middle and ending will not disappoint you!

Story and plot: ☆☆☆☆

Pacing: ☆

Character development: ☆☆☆☆☆

Writing quality: ☆☆☆☆☆

Enjoyment: ☆☆☆½

Overall: ☆☆☆☆

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⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎

My Top 2 Favorite Books with Black Protagonists​ | Happy Martin Luther King Junior Day!

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There are so many great books out there!

Today I am going to be sharing with you some of my favorite featuring black protaganists. There are way more than two good books with black protgaonists, but these are simply my two favorites! One of them is a more recent read and another is a long time favorite.

Although MLK Day was yesterday, I nonetheless decided to post this because I think this is a super important topic to discuss. And, there are two of my favorite books on this list, one that I haven’t mentioned on this blog yet! Today I will be sharing with you my top three favorite books with a black protagonist in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior Day. I hope you enjoy!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King Junior

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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There are not many books out there as daring, bold, and unapologetic as The Hate U Give. Following the life of a black teenager named Starr Carter whose childhood best friend died this book has a humorous but brutally honest writing style. Although the book gets criticized by some for being too hypothetical to be realistic, I think it is shedding light upon an issue that needs to be discussed nonetheless.

Starr Carter herself is someone to look up to because even though she was hesitant at first to expose herself as the victim of a hotly debated crime, she eventually found the courage to stand up for what she knew was right. Furthermore, she stands up for racial equality in general even in her home life. When her father ridicules her for having a white boyfriend (Chris) and says “Why don’t you just bring a black boy home?” she stays grounded in her beliefs and continues to date him.

I think it deserves all the hype. I could continue to rant about how much I love this book, but I want to keep this post short. I think I got my message across. 😉

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Hate U Give conquers racism through a more audacious manner, but Brown Girl Dreaming is more about being inspiring and discussing racial topics and issues rather than fighting it.

This work of poetry is told in a dactylic fashion with smooth, flowing language. It is a story about the author Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood, split between two polar opposite places. Growing up in both Brooklyn and South Carolina, Jacqueline always felt half at home in each place. In the South, children teased her and her siblings about their Northern way of talking, and in Brooklyn, being a Jehovah’s witness meant that they had to follow rules they didn’t understand.

The revolution is when Shirley Chisholm ran for president

and the rest of the world tried to imagine

a Black Woman in the White House.

-Jacqueline Woodson, page 308.

As you can see, in Brown Girl Dreaming, racism is overthrown using a different approach. Quietly, with a hint of a brave whisper, Brown Girl Dreaming conquers racism. Not just for being a lovely work of poetry, but through empowerment.

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What are your favorite books featuring black protagonists? Have you read The Hate U Give or Brown Girl Dreaming? How was your Martin Luther King Junior Day? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎