Venturing into the world of NaNoWriMo…

Hello, blogosphere! I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this April. I have a lot more time on my hands than I usually do because of quarantine and online schooling, instead of regular school.

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NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that happens every April, July, and November. Participants can pledge to write short stories, poetry, a screenplay, or a novel. NaNoWriMo allows you to set a writing goal between 30 and 1,000,000 words. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to finish or make progress on a writing project while having fun and staying motivated! Last year, I participated in NaNoWriMo, and I began working on a first draft of a novel. I’m ready to continue working on my draft!

The first day of writing went well. So far, I have written 1,500 words out of my 18,000 word goal. I have a lot of writing inspiration, and I’m really excited. ❤︎

The Synopsis of my WIP ✿

Jamie Holt’s 6th-grade year has not been going the way she expected…and not in a middle-school meltdown manner. With her beloved mother’s obscure disappearance and the constant teasing of her peers, Jamie has enough on her plate. But things start to become really bizarre when she and 7th-grader Jack Prince are whisked off to a magical world: Pye Land: a land uncanny and endearing at the same time. Kamala Rivers, welcomes Jamie and Jack into her arms and gives them a mission that will change Pye Land’s future…forever. Jamie and Jack must stop the reign of the nefarious Mr. Newt, who has wreaked havoc all across Pye Land. If they don’t an evil force will soon shroud the entire universe, one planet at a time into darkness…

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Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

My Thoughts on Online Schooling ✣

Hello, blogosphere! It’s been quite a while since my last post…I apologize for the radio silence! I haven’t been focused on my blog, as I have been prioritizing different parts of my life.

I hope everyone is doing well. I know that there has been a lot of chaos in recent events, with the spread of COVID-19. Wherever you are in the world, I hope that you and your family is safe and healthy. Just remember to practice social-distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. ❤︎

About two weeks ago, the schools in my district closed. Schools are expected to resume in a month, but I’m imagining that it’s going to be a little bit more. Because of this, I’ve started online schooling. They call it “distance learning”.

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  • Online schooling is much less time-consuming. One of the best things about online-schooling is that I finish work a lot earlier than I would on a typical school day. I have a lot more free time that can be dedicated to other projects.
  • You can go at your own pace. Another really nice thing about online-schooling is that you can get ahead in work or take your time to understand the content. In general, I prefer to work ahead. However, a lot of times it’s nice to rewatch/reread assignments.
  • It’s less stressful. After I complete online schoolwork, I feel much less drained and stressed than I usually would after a regular school day! It’s soooo refreshing just to close my computer and be done with the workday. Not only that, but you get to sleep in!
  • Teachers only assign the most important materials. Since the school day is so long, a portion of that time is not well spent. Online school focuses in on the most important curriculum and skips unnecessary review from previous units.
  • The workload is more reasonable. Regular school days can be very mentally demanding. During the school week, homework and other assignments fill up most of my time. With online school, it’s the perfect balance.

C  O  N  S  ✰

  • There’s no face-to-face interaction. One of the best parts about school that I often take for granted is the chance to talk to my friends. With online schooling, there are no breaks and lunch hour just to hang out. Not only that, but if I have to ask one of my teachers a question, I have to email them instead of just asking.
  • Online school is a little boring sometimes. Staying inside all day staring at a computer gets dull very quickly! Unfortunately, many parts of the world are in quarantine due to COVID-19 outbreaks, so this is our current reality.

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Have you started online schooling/working from home? What are your thoughts on quarantine? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

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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Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆