Love and Luck | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, blogosphere! It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a full-length book review…as in over a year…yet I still brand myself as a book blogger. Although I have done book-themed posts, this past year my blog has had more of a focus on writing, bullet journaling, and productivity/lifestyle. My audience seems to enjoy these posts, but I miss writing book reviews! ❤︎ Personally, I’ve had a lot of fun branching out and writing posts other than reviews! When I first starting blogging, my reviews were very simple and dry. This being said, from now on, I’ll add book reviews to the mix!

I hope you enjoy this post!

Synopsis

“I wanted this to be real life, not a detour…”

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing that left miserable and heartbroken — and threatens her future. But her brother Ian isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseperatable siblings.

But when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s finally able to escape her anxious mind — and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairytale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is, if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Expectations

I saw this book in a Barnes & Noble a couple of months ago and picked it up because the cute cover and the synopsis. I was in the mood for a cute YA contemporary!

Likes

The book was relatively fast-paced and got straight to the point. Unlike so many other YA contemporaries, there weren’t random spots in the story where nothing happened. Addie, Ian, and Rowan were always adventuring and continuing their journey. The story continued to progress but still managed to incorporate reflective moments where the characters developed.

The story centered around a secret road-trip through lovely Irish scenery. The detail to culture and geographical locations made the novel more realistic and enjoyable. I loved reading the characters grow as they traveled through the Emerald Isle.

The story as a whole was very sweet and included the best elements of a true YA contemporary: adventure, sibling feuds, and a little bit of romance. My favorite element of this novel over all had to be the writing style. Addie’s witty narration carried the story!

Dislikes

In general, the plot was very linear and predictable, all the way to the end. The book never surprised me, I always knew what was going to happen next. Even the major “plot-twists” of the novel were foreseeable. I would have liked to see a little more surprises to match the scenery and the novel’s element of adventure.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a cute and fast-paced read with enjoyable scenery and a predictable plot. The best part of this novel is Jenna Evans Welch’s witty and wise writing style. I would recommend this of you’re in the mood for a quick and bubbly YA contemporary read!

Story and plot: ★★★☆☆

Pacing: ★★★★

Character development: ★★★★

Writing quality: ★★★★

Enjoyment: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★

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Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

22 Things To Do During Quarantine // How to Pass the Time and Have Fun

Hello, blogosphere! I hope everyone is safe and healthy. ❤︎ I love lists, so I complied 21 cool ideas to try to pass the time during quarantine. I also included a couple of tips and tricks to stay happy and productive during lockdown time at the end.

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22 Ideas

Staying inside all day can get pretty dull. These activities are guaranteed to brighten your day.

  1. Bake – Treats like cookies, brownies, or cake are a fun activity to fill up the day and a delicious desert at the end.
  2. Write poetry – Get creative and practice sonnets, haikus, or free verse!
  3. Bullet journal – Whip out those snazzy new markers and some washing tape and get to work!
  4. Read – Have a book that you’ve been wanting to read, but it keeps dusting away, simply lying on your shelf? Quarantine is the perfect time to snuggle up and dive into a great story.
  5. Draw – Practice makes perfect.
  6. Paint – Create a masterpiece.
  7. Do at-home workouts – There are a ton of at-home exercise tutorials on YouTube, or you can just to sets of push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, lunges, and squats.
  8. Go on a run – It’s a great way to get outside and stay fit!
  9. Go on a walk – Going on a walk with a family member and just taking, even just for a couple of minutes, can be very refreshing. Just remember to casually avoid others when walking, or go at a time where less people are out.
  10. Go on a bike ride – It’s an adventure, and traveling by bike is pretty quick.
  11. Yoga – Meditating is very relaxing.
  12. Complete a puzzle – Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is a fun intellectual challenge.
  13. Fly a kite – If you have a kite, go out on a windy day and let it swirl through the sky!
  14. Garden – Water and fertilize your plants, or start a home vegetable garden.
  15. Have a dance party – Compile a playlist and challenge your family members to a dance battle!
  16. Practice photography – Go outside during golden hour and take a picture of the beautiful peony in your backyard.
  17. Play a board game – Monopoly, Scrabbled, The Game of Life, Connect 4…
  18. Play cards – Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Kings in the Corner…
  19. Trivia Night – Compile trivia about family, or a particular topic or subject.
  20. Organize – Take time to clean out an absurdly messy desk drawer, or closet, or kitchen, or garage! You’ll feel a lot better when the task is complete.
  21. Watch Netflix – Odds are that you’ve already done this, but still kick back, relax and watch your favorite series. Some of my favorites are The Office and Stranger Things.
  22. Practice a musical instrument – Learn a new song and perform a concert for your family.

Tips

Being productive and happy during times like these can be difficult. Here are a couple of my tips and tricks!

  • Go to bed and wake up at a reasonable time. Although it may seem silly, if you stick to a schedule, even if it’s more lenient than your regular one, you’ll be more productive.
  • Don’t procrastinate on the important tasks. You’ll feel happier if you get it done and then relax.
  • Get your body moving every day. Exercise has been proved to positively influence mood and mental health!
  • Interact with other people every day! Talk to your family, FaceTime friends, and Zoom colleagues. It can be easy to shut out from the world, but instead use this as a time to reach out to loved ones.
  • And lastly, stay safe! Exercise caution and follow the recommendations of scientists and doctors. 

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What have you been doing to keep yourself entertained? Did this list give you any ideas? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

 

Plan With Me: May 2019 Bullet Journal Setup (Palm Trees)

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Greetings bookish friends! Here is my May Plan With Me blog post. In eager anticipation for summer, I decided to do a palm tree theme. I hope you enjoy!

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Supplies:

  • Bullet Journal: Archer and Olive
  • Calligraphy Pen: Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Markers: Crayola Supertips
  • Highlighters: Zebra Midliners
  • Fineliners: Sakura Pigma Microns
  • White pen: Gelly Roll White Gel Pen

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Here’s my cover page! I doodled some palm trees and did a quote in calligraphy. I can’t wait for summer!

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Next is mymonthly log. I did a huge calligrahy piece of the word “May” and think it turned out really cool! I used both my tombow dual brush pens and crayola supertips to create this blending affect. I used my zebra midliners and white gelly roll pen to finish it off and  added some black and grey shadows to make it pop!

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This is my mood tracker and reading tracker! I decided to make my mood tracker simple and just drew in some plain square boxes. But formy reading tracker, I drew a big palm tree in the middle and put in a little box to show my reading goals for that month.

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And lastly, here is my first weekly spread. The only day that is filled in is Sunday, which is unusual because usually everything in my bullet journal is completely filled out! On the bottom right-hand corner I have an events section and a small palm tree doodle.

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Keep On Booking,

⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎