Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so shocked by how fast January went. I feel like the whole year will disappear if I blink!
January was a crazy-fast month. It was fun, sometimes stressful and an exciting start to 2019! I am so excited about February and the rest of the year to come!
Also, guys, I am so sorry about not being consistent with blogging. I always plan to write and post my posts on certain days but something always keeps me away from it! So yeah I am sorry I haven’t been blogging as frequently. Life really has been crazy (I feel like I always say that!)
Anyways, let’s get started!
I feel like I read more but yeah!
My favorite book I read I think is Darius The great is Not okay.
*sobbing* It was such a sweet relatable book! I am definitely going to review it soon! (when I am done crying in the corner)
I am trying to read 150 books this year and according to Goodreads I am five books ahead of schedule, and I think that’s good…?
Last month I accomplished two things I really wanted to do.
One I started a bookstagram! Yes! I have been wanting to do this ever since I started book blogging and it is so much fun! If you have a bookstagram I would love if you follow me! @elysianartiste
Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services. I have posted some blog design gigs that I would love for you to purchase. And for a limited time, anyone who signs up to buy on Fiverr, clicking this affiliate link will get 20% off there first purchase! (this will give a small commission to me which I would really appreciate!) I would love if you buy one of my gigs!
I would really appreciate if you support me on both of those platforms!
scrunchies- THEY ARE SO CUTE AND JUST 90s
clips and barrettes- Okay I am kinda turning into a 90s kid and I love these
jumper dresses and mum jeans-
literally anything vintage and aesthetic
oh also I really have become a band and theatre kid. I play clarinet and I like musicals. I am trying to audition for Matilda the musical which sounds adorable because Matilda is basically every bookworm
January was a great month! I am so excited about what February! Thanks so much for reading!
What books did you read last month? What are your January favorites? Do you have a bookstagram or fiverr?
Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle for 11-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende, a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.
The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
genre: Non-Fiction, Biography
“It’s all about what she knows and not who she is or where she comes from.”
The queen of Katwe is a compelling and powerful book. Not only is it an inspiring story but it also is a tremendous eye-opener. Instead of being raised to accomplish dreams young girls are raised to be mothers, at young ages. Even though I didn’t necessarily love the authors writing style, I still was inspired.
things I didn’t like
I didn’t love the writing style. The author jumped around a lot and it was hard to keep straight who he was talking about. The title is a little deceiving as there are so many other people the book is actually about.
I also feel the tagline, & synopsis is misleading as this story is more than Phiona’s story to discuss the children and chess program of Katwe. Clearly, anyone’s story takes a village. No one gets somewhere without help, mentors, family, etc. But a good percentage of the book was spent dealing with the backstories of these folks, which again, for the most part, didn’t add value to the telling of Phiona’s story.
The writing is a bit too dry, but it can’t really mask a fabulous story of redemption and hope where none were supposed to exist.
I had also seen the movie a few years ago and the movie is quite different from the book.
things I did like
I loved the book cover! It is beautifully designed!
Phiona – an amazing, talented young girl who lives in a slum in Kampala, Uganda and through hard work, perseverance and an incredible spirit, ends up playing against players from all over the world at the Chess Olympiad in Russia. She is a true inspiration and her story needed to be told.
I really wanted to love this book. I couldn’t love it, but maybe you will! Check it out here!
Thanks so much for reading this post!
Have you ever played chess? What are your thoughts on this book?
welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! today’s Tuesday and you all know what that means!! RECENT READS (aka as me trying to get my blog stable and try to write a post every week and I chose books cuz I am a bookworm)
Many of you guys know I love Anne of Green Gables! It is one of my favorite series that I will cherish forever! So when I saw this book based on the teen life of L.M MONTGOMERY I started screaming in the library! *cough* WELLL, screaming in my head. I loved this book so much and IT GAVE ME THE FEELS! It’s so sweet and just adorable OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH AAAAAAAH!! This book gets 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐s
I loved this book so much, it is so cute and sweet and sad. I really love how it introduces death to younger audiences in a way that’s sweet but not too sugar-coated. I really can relate to this book because I too just like the main characters has lost a family member who is quite dear to me. I love the authors writing style so much and I really recommend this book, its such an adorable book!
Lois Lowry has done it again! I love this book so much and I love the giver quartet! Lowrys writing style is just amazing and the characters and worlds she builds are so enchanting! I felt the feels and the joys and the pains and I felt like I was there! I really recommend the giver series if you’re looking for a series to read!
MY SMOL BOY MATT GREW UP AND NOW HE”S A TWO SYLLABLE YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. Again, LOIS LOWRY YOUR SUCH A GOOD AUTHOR! I love this book and I cannot wait to read the last book in the series! I LOVE THE PUPPY FROLIC IN THIS BOOK HE”S SUCH A SMOL LIL DOGGO! I really recommend the giver series SOOOO MUCH!!
I loved all the books I read this week and I am sure you guys will too! I hope you check them all out!
Have you read any of these books? What books have you read recently? Are you excited for nano?
Synopsis; Good and evil clash. Leinad and Cedric are determined to not only survive but claim hope and victory! In Kingdom’s Dawn, Leinad and Tess, along with all the king’s people, must escape slavery by the powerful Lord Fairos. Kingdom’s Hope finds them free and arriving in the Chessington Valley. But when they forget the king, will Kergon and the Kessons capture them for good? After many years, Kingdom’s Edgefinds Cedric living a hopeless life until a stranger appears with powerful words of a new kingdom and a grand army. Finally, Kingdom’s Reign marches you through the danger of earth’s last days as the evil dark knight threatens to defeat the prince once and for all. Swords, knights, and battles define these captivating tales that parallel biblical events from Genesis to Revelation!
I’ve heard about this Christian Fantasy series when I was younger but I never got around reading them, I’m planning on reading the series this fall.
Sypnosis; Loops, variables, input/output – Lucy can’t wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after-school activity that she’s really interested in. But Lucy’s excitement turns to disappointment when she’s put into a workgroup with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her.
Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding – and friendship – takes time, dedication, and some laughs!
I love to code. I think it’s a fun thing to learn. I mainly use Scratch but I have used Python before with the help from my younger brothers. This seems like a sweet middle-grade series. I am looking forward to reading this!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Synopsis; The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.
I have been waiting for this book for months! I believe it will be coming out in November- which is next month! I am a little disappointed that Marissa Meyer won’t be continuing the Lunar Chronicles Series but I am super-duper excited for Renegades.
Wires and Nerve, Volume 2 by Marissa Meyer
Synopsis; Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.
I am so happy that Iko got her own series! I can’t wait to see what she has in store. I’m so excited for this to come out!
Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK’D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK’D.
Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present CLICK’D to the judges?
I usually try not to read modern/realistic middle school fiction, but this sounded really cool. I mean a girl who codes a viral app? I definitely am going to read it. I hope that this breaks away from the “Typical Middle-School book settings and middle-school drama, you know crushes, mean girls, fitting in, stuff like that’
I am hoping that this book will be different. I really like how authors are writing more steam related books for girls!
Okie Dokie next book *tries to be like those cool bloggers*
The Crown by Keira Cass
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
I was going to read the whole Selection series, but I realized that I would never be able to read all the books on my TBR list if I read the whole series this month. So I decided that I will read the book about America’s daughter, Eadlyn
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she’ll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind–she’ll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it’s not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don’t) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family’s unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.
I am not sure how this book is going to turn out. I try to avoid books that deal with school because of all the Drama, but I feel like this might turn out differently. I really like how this is about a homeschooled girl, I just wish that people wrote more books about homeschooled kids that stay homeschooled.
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints. Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.
I already started reading this book and I enjoyed it so far. It’s not my favorite book and I don’t agree with everything in it but I really enjoy the authors writing style. I am unaware if this book has magic in it yet. I think that having powers is not the same as doing magic spells but it depends on the book. If you guys get what I am trying to say then Excellent- but if you don’t then go get a cup of tea and keep reading.
If you guys get what I am trying to say then Excellent- but if you don’t then go get a cup of tea and keep reading. Otherwise, the book is great so far, I love the historical feel.
To be re-read:
I can’t help but re-read a few of my favorite series. (I already re-read them this summer but I can’t help it I LOVE RE-READING BOOKS!!)
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
This series will always be my favorite! NARNIA FOREVER.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks series is so sweet. I love the sisters bond!
I put a lot of books on my list, Hopefully, I can read them all!
Did you enjoy today’s post? What books are you planning on reading this month?