July Monthly Recap

July Monthly Recap

Good morning! Here is my July Monthly Recap post, with my monthly reads, my top posts and blog stats for this month, and more! I hope that you enjoy!

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m o n t h l y Β  r e a d s Β  + Β  b o o k s

Mockingjay

The finale in Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger GamesΒ proves to be excellent, just like the previous installments. Although it broke my heart, I still loved it. The pacing was perfect (I read it in just 2 days) and the ending was so satisfying. I greatly enjoyed reading this trilogy and if you haven’t already read it, put it on your tbr list right now!

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Yes. This is the only book I have read this month.

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What have I been doing with my life? *Facepalm* 😒

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t o p Β  p o s t s Β  + Β  b l o g Β  s t a t s

  1. 50 Things That Make Me Happy on the 4th of July
  2. Cameras and Pens Challenge #4
  3. Cameras and Pens Challenge #3

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+4 followers

45 total followers

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t h e Β  b l o g o s p h e r e

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l i f e

  • I went to Arizona for a wedding and reunited with family, and hung out at the pool a lot (it was 106 degrees one day!)
  • I went to New York City and saw landmarks like the Empire State Building and Ellis Island. We also went to a broadway show (School of Rock). I was truly the trip of a lifetime!
  • I didn’t read. At all.

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n a n o w r i m o Β  u p d a t e

I have officially been doing NaNoWriMo for two months.

I am 46 pages behind.

I am not disappointed.

  • I am writing this by hand, and not typing it on a computer
  • This is my very first draft
  • I haven’t planned very much of it
  • I have been very busy recently, and haven’t had the time to write every day, even if it is just 2 pages
  • I have 2 whole months of make-up time (September and October) before November starts
  • This is the most I have ever written
  • I am only 12 years old
  • I am trying my best
  • I am producing high quality writing
  • Writing is a passion that I love, not a chore that I should dread

Even though I didn’t complete my goal, I am not disappointed because I am working as hard as I can.

But still I can’t wait until I’m done and the *real* NaNoWriMo comes along…

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Thanks for reading this post? Were you productive in June? Have you read The Hunger Games? This post is 500 words long. What are your plans for August? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Fish in a Tree | Book Review (Spoiler free) + NaNoWriMo Update with Synoposis of Story

Hello! Here is my spoiler free book review of Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. *Radio talk show voice* Stay tuned for a NaNoWriMo Update at the end with an official synopsis of the book I am writing.Β I haven’t even talked about it once. So, today is that day!

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  • Title: Fish in a Tree
  • Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • AR Level: 3.7

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IMG_0376Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she’s able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She’s afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, Ally’s newest teacher sees the bright, creative kid beneath the troublemaker and helps to shine a light on her gifts. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and meet other kids who break the mold. When the outsiders start to fit in, suprising things start happening inside Ally’s classroom that show’s her there’s a lot more to her — and to everyone — than a label.

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ExpectationsI had mediumΒ expectations for this book. I picked it up while it I was browsing Barnes and Noble and it looked interesting so I decided to buy it.

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Likes The character development was incredible. Through the storyline and plot, all of the characters grow in some way or another. All of them had their own unique struggles and all overcame them in different ways. Multiple characters *cough cough Albert and Shea* started off stereotypical and basic, but then ended up being complex, original characters with life, motivation, and struggles.

This book had a great message, too with some awesome quotes: “If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s stupid.”

Also, I thought the “Sketchbook of Impossible Things” that was included in the back of the book added another element to the story. It was cool to read a certain scenario/thing that happened to Ally and then see her drawing for it.

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DislikesThe end of the book felt a little anti-climatic, which was disappointing. I was hoping for a fuller ending to wrap the book up better. The pacing is nothing special, but it’s not bad. I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was missing from this story. It felt a little bit incomplete (and no, there isn’t a sequel). Except for the things that I mentioned in the likes section, this book is average.

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Final ThoughtsI liked this book, but there wasn’t really anything about it that stood out and made a lasting impression on me. Yes, the character development was really good and the book had a great message, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of things that stand out. If you like non-fiction, then I recommend it, if you don’t like non-fiction, then I don’t recommend it.

Even though there were some things that I would have definitely changed in this book, all in all I liked it and it told a great story, with a good message and a strong protagonist.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

hey..not too bad

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NaNoWriMo Update

OK, I’m pushing through!Β So far, I haven’t gone a day without writing, but I did have a writer’s block just yesterday. I was able to form some random words together that I will probably have to edit it later and completely redo it.

Please note: As I am in the process of creating a memorable story, some aspects/details that were mentioned below may not be present in my final draft.

Julianna Evergreen’s life is normal. Well, at least it used to be. Ever since her mother died, her favorite person in the entire world, things have been hard. Her Dad has one unpaid bill before they lose their house. She has a hard time in school.Β But one day, everything changes. While walking to school, she meets a boy named Jack with a strange symbol on his left hand, the same one that Julianna has on hers.

Soon, the two embark on a journey across a magical world called Pie Land — to meet princesses, dragons, unicorns, and more.

But Pie Land is in terrible danger.

It is being overthrown by a vicious tyrant named Newt that pledges to destroy a peaceful dynasty that has successfully ruled Β Pie Land for over a thousand years.

Julianna doesn’t know what’s going on, but whatever it is, she’s going to find out.

So there it is! An official synopsis of my in the works novel.

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What did you think of Fish in a Tree? Are you going to read it now because of my positive review? What do you think about my story? Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Let me know down in the comments section below. Also don’t forget to follow this blog!

Keep on Booking,-Katie K

May Monthly Recap

Hello, squad! Today I will be sharing with you my May reads, this month’s blog stats, and my official pledge to FINALLY write my first novel and beat NaNoWriMo. Since 50,000 is a LOT to write in one month, I will be spilting it up into three months. Enjoy!

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NaNoWriMo Challenge

I have been wanting to write a full novel for a long time now. I have the perfect idea, characters, and storyline, but I struggled to motivate myself to actually write it.

*lightbulb turns on over head*

And I thought to myself, “Why not start the NaNoWriMo Challenge?” Sure it’s in November, and nobody cares because its June but really, why not?

I decided that I will split up the 50K words into three months, so I am less stressed and have more time to write it.Β Then, I will take a 4th month to edit it and type it up on my computer.

I will write 500 words per day in my first month, and 600 in my second and third. And yes, I did the math.

I, Katie K, hereby pledge to write 500-600 words per day from June 1st to August 31st. Therefore, I promise to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge.

NaNoWriMo, here I come!

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May Reads

Refugee by Alan Gratz

I absolutely loved this book! I was engaging, original, and inspiring. It really made me think about what some people have to go through just to have a place to call home.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had a really hard time choosing between Refugee or Everything, Everything for my favorite read of the month. This is also an exceptional genre, but I only gave it 4 stars because I have a strong hate bias against romance novels *sorry* but I loved it anyway. Highly recommended.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

I read this book at a book club for school and really enjoyed it! It wasn’t absolutely life-changing or incredibly inspiring in the way that Refugee was, but it was still awesome. Once again, highly recommended.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Yes, I had very high expectations coming in from this book (because it was so highly recommended to me) but I was disappointed. It many redeemable qualities, but otherwise, it wasn’t very good. IT HAD THE WORST PACING EVER. There were a lot of twists and turns, and the plot was excellent though. I have mixed emotions on this one. If you don’t mind waiting a long time before the story actually gets started, I would definitely recommend Eragon. If not, it’s better you just skip it.

Rating:Β πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

*beware fellow people a rant is coming*

Wow, I am VERY disappointed. Unfortunately, I will not know how the ending turned out because it was so boring that I DNFed (Did Not Finish) it! It was literally the most boring book I had ever picked up. I tried really hard to like this, but I couldn’t. It was absolutely horrible. I semi recomend Eragon, but DON’T READ THIS.

#depression

Rating:Β πŸ’–

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Blog Stats

Goal for this month: 20 followers

Followers this month: 25 followers

Total Followers: 25 followers

Goal for June: 40 followers in total

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Thank you for reading this post! Let me know down in the comments section below what Β your thoughts on NaNoWriMo or what book sounds the most interesting to you from my May Reads.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K