7 Favorite Things Tag

7 Favorite Things Tag

Greetings bookish friends!

I was tagged to do the 7 Favorite Things by Olivia from Purely Olivia, who by the way is totally awesome. I technically wasn’t tagged for this, but I asked her if I can do it and she said yes. This is kind of late and should have not procrastinated and posted this earlier, but whatever. Enjoy!

⭐︎Rules⭐︎

  1. Link back to and thank the person that tagged you. Thanks, Olivia
  2. Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag. Thank you so much, Beth!
  3. List and picture at least seven of your favorite things.
  4. Tag at least seven people, which I will do at the end of my post.
  5. List the seven rules
  6. I don’t have all of them
  7. There we go yeehaw sis

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💛Day-Dreaming💛

This one is kind of cheesy, but whatever! Daydreaming is enjoyable and a great way to get good ideas.

You get idea from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. 

The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.

-Neil Gaiman

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Imagination

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🍫Chocolate-Covered Bananas🍫

They’re just so good, OK?

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Nutella or melted chocolate?

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📝Poetry + Writing📝

As many of you already know, I am not only an avid reader, but a writer. One of my favorite types of writing is poetry. Although I rarely write poetry, I think it is beautiful.

 

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I’m a poet and I know it

 

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🌎Globes🌎

Globes may seem like a random, insignificant household object, but oh boy, you’re wrong. Globes tell the story of the earth. It’s lakes, mountains, oceans, deserts, you name it. It is a tangible display of humanity’s regime on planet earth and a precise graph of existence and space. Wow, I am such an intelligent, observant scholar. You can find the timezone of a certain location in comparison to another. And, one can even see the center of the world.*

Also, it spins.

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I find this extremely entertaining.
*Fun Fact: The center of the world is where the Equator and the Prime-Meridian meet, off the coast of West Africa

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🌿Plants🌿

Person: Globes and poetry? And now plants? Wow, Katie needs to get out more no offense…

Me: Excuse me? Globes are awesome, poetry is beautifully artistic, and plants are amazing.

Person: *Coughs in spite of all the smoke because oooooof they got roasted so hard by Katie That Bookish Girl herself. Call 911, the world is on fire. 🔥

Just kidding, that wasn’t a roast, but globes, poetry, and plants are superb. First of all, plants are great for maintaining and keeping safe, refreshing, air quality levels in your home. Plants are also decorative and look good on a desk or a table. Not only that, but plants require little attention and care. All that is needed is a small amount of water every day, depending on what type of plant you are purchasing.

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Just now realizing that in the paragraph above I sounded like a salesmen at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

I have a houseplant on my desk named Josephine (yes, I name my plants 😂) and I really enjoy having her.

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📺The Office📺

This one should be pretty obvious because I used a little bit of foreshadowing expressing my love for The Office a GIF ago.

My favorite character is, without a doubt, Pam Beesely.

Also Jim and Pam are sooooooooo perfect together. Whenever they’re on-screen together, my inner fangirl swoons inside.

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Pulling pranks on Dwight like

 

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💻Blogging💻

I love blogging so much and think it is a great way to express yourself through writing and get recognition and feedback for your work. Also, the blogging community is so supportive, accepting, and kind.

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers out there who make the blogosphere such a positive place.

 

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Elf is the best Christmas movie of all time

 

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Rhi // Starling // Aditi // Emily // Bayance // Clara // Rose

All these bloggers and awesome and I love their posts. Don’t feel pressured to do the tag if you don’t want to! If you haven’t been tagged, but you would like to participate, leave me a comment and I’ll add you on.

Do you like globes? Is poetry worthwhile? Are you imaginative? What are some of your favorite things? Do you prefer Nutella or chocolate? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

🌸Katie K🌸

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   r e a d s   +   b o o k s

Mockingjay

The finale in Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games 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: 💖💖💖💖💖

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   p o s t s   +   b l o g   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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+12 likes

+4 followers

45 total followers

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t h e   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   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

Cameras and Pens Challenge #4

CPC4

Hey everyone! It’s time for CPC Challenge 4, hosted by Carol @ Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope. Even though we are already halfway through the challenge, sign ups are still open if anyone is interested. It’s a really awesome challenge, so if you’re able to commit, please sign-up!

Before you read this post, check out my first entry of CPC. It has an interesting tie to this one at the end. I am planning to keep on connecting my CPC entires to make an even bigger story that all connects. 

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Go Team Strawberry!

Hannah
Liz
Katie K
Starling

All of these blogs are awesome so please, go check them out and give them all a big follow ❤️

+1 point for submitting story/poem

+3 points for using all three prompts

+2 points for including one bonus picture/piece of artwork

Total Points: 6

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For Toby: A Short Story

Jessica was sitting at her office, working on a memo that she would send to her coworkers tomorrow.

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“Surprise! I’m back from the dead! Isn’t that exciting?”

Jessica, appalled, looked directly into the face of her dead brother. Well, used-to-be-dead-brother. Is that even a thing?

“Toby? Is that really you?” Jessica asked, standing up from the desk, close to tears. “I haven’t seen you…” Jessica stuttered. “Well, since forever.”

“Well, forever since I’ve been dead!” he chirped happily.

Jessica found this odd. Toby wasn’t supposed to be happy.

Toby was dead.

Jessica took a deep breath, closed her eyes and counted to five. When she was done, Toby wouldn’t be there anymore.

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2

3

4

5

He was still there.

That was impossible.

“So,” Toby began speaking, to Jessica’s discomfort. “Have you concluded that I’m not apart of a strange hallucination you’re having.” he said, leaning against a ledge in his witty voice that Jessica knew so well. Or used to know, at the very least.

Jessica was so choked up with tears that she couldn’t speak. Her mind buzzed with failures and regrets of the past that she couldn’t fix, that time couldn’t heal.

It had been 15 years, but she still regretted what happened at the lake last night. It wasn’t supposed to play out that way.

Actually, that’s an understatement. Nothing to do with the lake should have happened. Ever.

When Jessica was 13, and Toby was 6, Toby got lost in their local shopping mall. Jessica’s mother told Jessica to go find Toby, and then come straight back to her, but that hadn’t happened. Jessica found Toby in a dark, narrow, alleyway to the side of the mall. Jessica remembered it like yesterday.

“Toby! What are you doing here?” she called as he guided gently guided him out of the darkness. “Never run off like that ever–”

And then it happened.

Someone grabbed Toby.

Jessica heard his scream.

Even after all these years, the thought still sent shivers down her back.

Of course, Jessica instinctively turned around to see what horror had just happened, but before she had the chance, she felt someone snatched her off of the ground and then she found herself with Toby, kicking and screaming as well.

That was just the beginning.

Toby and Jessica were blindfolded, handcuffed, and carelessly thrown into the backseat of a jeep and then they were sent to a secret, sinister, and definitely illegal enslavement camp with a couple other kids who seem drained of all life, happiness, and motivation.

Sadly, there were too. Months went by without Jessica hearing Toby’s sweet laugh. Months went by without Jessica ruffling Toby’s hair.

Jessica knew there had to be a way to get out: there just had to.

Jessica was a clever girl.

So on the eve of her 15th birthday, late at night, she snuck out with Toby, who was still quite young, and they ran to the lake. They only brought to things: a random rubber pool float that they managed to find, and a Lego that Toby had in his pocket the day he got lost in the mall. All they had to do was cross the lake and climb over a fence.

It was not as easy as it looked.

They had successfully made it across the majority of the lake, undetected until a the same man who had kidnapped them jumped in from a side and drowned Toby.

Jessica wasn’t brave enough.

She swam away.

She swam away, leaving her dear brother, an already defenseless six-year-old to drown.

She swam away from all of her problems, all of her demons.

Then she reached the fence.

She didn’t hesitate to climb over it, and once she was done to keep running.

And running.

And running.

The worst year of her life.

She knew all of the specific events that had happened, yet everything seemed to blur together like a tornado of terror that follow her around for the rest of her life.

She should have never left Toby.

She should have died with him.

It would have been better.

“Toby…” Jessica began, fighting back tears. “I’m so sorry.”

“It’s OK, Jessica.” Toby said, coming closer to embrace her. “Things are born–” he snapped his fingers. “And just like that…they die.” his voice suddenly dropped. This sent shivers down Jessica’s back.

“No, Toby you’re wrong. I did everything wrong.” Jessica was openly crying now. “I should have never left you.” her words filled with genuine regret.

“Jessica that’s not why I’m here.” Toby said, looking at Jessica right in the eye. “I’m here to warn you. He’s coming back.”

Who’s coming back? Did Toby mean the man who kidnapped them, after all of these years? It was impossible. The man was arrested for a life in prison.

“Goodbye, Jess.” Toby said softly, as he handed her a piece of paper that was folded multiple times. He slowly faded away into the air and eventually disappeared.

“No! Toby, stay with me!” Jessica cried, feeling around to see if he was still present.

No.

He was gone.

Jessica opened the piece of paper.

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Toby had made this for her on her 13th birthday, all by himself, just for her.

Suddenly, someone else walked into the room. She turned around to see who it was.

“Why hello there, Jessica.” said a calm voice. Sensing Jessica’s fear, he said “Relax, Jessica, I’m not going to hurt you.”

Jessica couldn’t speak. It was her cousin, Jonathan. She almost thought that he had forgotten about her.

“I need your help.”

“What is it? Why are you here?” she replied.

“I need you to help me find Eliza.”

First Toby, and now Eliza? Something was going on.

“I thought Eliza was…dead.” Jessica whispered.

“Listen to me, Jessica. I thought she was dead too. I was wrong. She’s alive and she needs our help.” Jonathan confessed. Before Jessica could respond, he interrupted her. “I can explain later, but we need to go now, or else it will be too late.”

“What? Jonathan, this is crazy!” Jessica protested.

“I’ll explain everything in the car.” he said, forcefully dragging her along. Jessica wouldn’t move an inch.

“Please, Jess.” Jonathan begged. “Just trust me.”

There was a moment of silence.

“OK. I’ll do it…for Toby.” she choked.

Jonathan nodded his head as a thank you and before she knew it, she was sitting in the backseat of Jonathan’s jet black Mercedes.

Going to find Eliza.

For Toby.

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Thank you for reading this post. Are you signed up for CPC 2018 as well? What did you think of my interpretation of Carol’s prompts? 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. 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: 💖💖💖💖½

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: 💖💖💖💖

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: 💖💖💖💖

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: 💖💖💖½

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: 💖

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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  your thoughts on NaNoWriMo or what book sounds the most interesting to you from my May Reads.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K