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! πŸ˜‰Β *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 becauseΒ 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: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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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 doesβ€”or does notβ€”say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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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🌸

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

Everything Everything | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, squad! Today I will be doing a spoiler free book review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Everything Everything
  • Author: Nicola Yoon
  • Publisher: Random House Teen
  • AR Reading Level: Unknown/Not listed

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IMG_0376My disease is a rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean, and wearing all black – black t-shirt, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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ExpectationsI expected this book to be good (even though I typically HATE Romance novels because my sister watched the movie adaptation and loved it. This is great news because usually book to movie adaptations are horrible. If the movie is good, the book is 10 times better.

Also, can we just take a moment to stare at the cover. LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS.

IPFF*

*I predict future fangirling

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LikesThe pacing was average, but the chapters were short and IΒ read this novel in less than 24 hours. The story easily captured my attention and I was quickly engaged in the story and plot.

Nicola Yoon perfectly captured Maddy’s wonder when experiencing new things outside of the bubble she grew up in. I honestly don’t think it could have been done any better.

I am quite impressed! Usually I HATE Romance novels, but this was executed very well.

The drawings also added another element to the story. I especially enjoy books with these types of graphs and doodles. It in general makes the story more engaging and keeps the reader interested.

The ending was absolutely perfect.

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DislikesI would have liked to see a little bit more about Olly’s family life. There were so many chances for more development, but it just didn’t happen. We were only given a little bit of back story, which was disappointing. There was a wide open space for flaweless character development, but it just wasn’t there.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, Everything Everything was a wonderful read that easily took the reader away to another world full of truth, discovery, love, and heartbreak. Although some parts were under-developed it was in general a rich novel that almost anyone who picked it up could enjoy.

I recommend this to everyone (especially teens) except those who don’t like romance novels.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Thank you for reading this post and please follow my blog. I am curious to see what you thought about this book, so please let me know down in the comments section below! I love hearing what you guys have to say.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K