farewell, march// monthly recap+ TBR

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Welcome back to my itsy bitsy corner of the web! March has gone by so fast! I cannot believe it! March was such an awesome month and I accomplished so many great things!

 

what i been working on

☆Making designs for my church

☆Opening design studio

☆Piano, and leading worship at youth group

☆Clarinet

☆Digital Art and starting art commissions ( you can learn more about that here)

☆Reading

☆ Working on a few story ideas

☆ Prepping for camp nano

☆Planning my blog

☆Reading even more

☆finding ways to see Hamilton, newsies, and dear evan Hansen

 

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I am really happy because I got accepted into Hiram college! I  have always loved it and I am so excited to take some classes! I am really surprised because I didn’t get the exact scores I wanted on my test, but I still got in!

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I have read quite a few books this month and I have enjoyed most of them!

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi The Giver by P. Craig Russell The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders

Anne of Green Gables by Mariah MarsdenCover image for Steal this country : a handbook for resistance, persistence, and fixing almost everything Damsel by Elana K. Arnold Lucky Little Things by Janice Erlbaum

this months faves

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Hamilton of course

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Newsies of course

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THIS IS SOO AMAZING AGSJKSDJDKD

 

This amazingly beautiful piano cover

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studying is just so much fun and calming!

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i looove plants’ soo much!

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☆six of crows

☆five feet apart (THE COVERR ISSSSOOO PRETTYYY)

☆the boy who steals houses ( i needs thiss so baddd! i wish they sent arcs to the usaaa!)

☆shadow and bone

☆ chasing jupiter

☆ the hunger games

☆ hamilton and peggy

☆ the thing with feathers

☆ the loneliest girl in the universe

☆ elizaaaa and (PEGGY) her monsters (re-readd)

☆ war and peace ( my mum wants me to read this :C)

 

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I had a great march and I am soo excited for aprill! APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS!! I will hopefully do a photo shoot soon cuz its so pretty outside!!

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How was your March? What have you been doing? Whats on your TBR list?

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top five Tuesday-Top 5 books set in space

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so excited about today’s post because I am participating in Top Five Tuesday! T5T Is a fun book meme/tag for book bloggers to participate in every Tuesday! This tag is created by Shanah 

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I haven’t read too many books set in space, but the ones I did read, I highly enjoyed!

1. Brightly Burning

Brightly burning is an amazing book based off of jane eyre set in space! IT IS SOO GOODD

2. The Lunar Chronicles

TLC is an amazing fractured fairy tale set in space THAT YOU NEED TO READ. get ready for cyborgs, androids, kickbutt gals, and soft romance!

3. A wrinkle in time

this is a work of art, please read it.

4. These Broken Stars (review)

I read this a while back, I didn’t like it too much.

5.Dare Mighty Things

I remember reading this like two years ago…? I forgot most of it lol.

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This was so much fun! I cannot wait for next months categories!

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What are your favorite space-themed reads? Do you do TFT? Recent reads?

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darius the great is not okay and neither am i// book review

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Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! Before we get started on today’s post, I just want to thank you all for 245 followers! It means a whole lot!

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So today I am going to talk about this awesome book I read. Its called; Darius The Great is Not Okay. IT IS SO SWEET AND JUST O MI GOODNESS. It is such an amazing book.

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genre: YA, Mental Health, Coming of Age, Bildungsroman, Travel

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“It’s okay not to be okay.”

The first thing you should know about Darius the Great is Not Okay is that it actually made me cry.  This book is a touching story about friendship, family, and learning that being not okay is okay. The characters, the settings, the feels. I felt as if I was right there with Darius.

my favorite characters

Darius-  a smol tea loving boy that struggles with depression and anxiety. I loved Darius so much, he is such a relatable boyo and I just want to give him a whole bunch of hugs. His personality is just incredible and HE TALKS ABOUT TEA ALL THE TIME ITS SO CUTE ADSKSJS.

Sohrab- ANOTHER SMOL BOYO THAT NEEDS HUGS. O my goodness they are both just beautiful and pure smol bois that need hugs. I love sorabs bubbly personality he is just such a sweet and caring guy. HE IS ALWAYS SMILING. He is just adorable and positive and just a great character

laleh- she is just such a sweet little sister that needs cookies. SHES SO CUTE SUCH A GOOD LIL SISTEER. I think she is so cute and has such a cute personality.

writing style

the writing style is SO A M A Z I N G! I mean I literally felt every feeling and emotion (did I tell you that I cried?) THE AUTHOR IS SUCH A GOOD WRITER I LOVE HIS STYLE SO MUCH. ITs ASHJDIJKDK I cannot even explain it JUST READ THE BOOK PLEASE.

what I didn’t like

the only thing I really didn’t like was the beginning. I almost didn’t read the book. The beginning makes the book seem horrible but PLEASE KEEP ON READING BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT REALLY GOOD!!

i also did not like the bullies that picked on my smol boyo Darius IF YOU WANNA HURT DARIUS FITE ME FIRST!!

what i did like

basically the whole book

darius and sohrab- THEY ARE MY SMOL BOYOS IF YOU WANT THEM F I T E  M O I

the tea references (THEY WERE SO BOOTIFUL)

the story setting

   literally almost everything

final rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE AND BEAUTIFUL PLEASE READ IT!! Yes I loved this book so much and I really think you will too!

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Have you read this book before (IF NOT GO READ IT :)) What have you read recently?

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january recap (Fiverr, bookstagram and fave reads)

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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!

books I want to read

The Austen Escape by Katherine ReaySpinning Silver by Naomi NovikCinder by Marissa MeyerThe Brontë Plot by Katherine ReayLizzy and Jane by Katherine ReayManga Classics by Stacy King
The Selection by Kiera CassDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartMy Lady Jane by Cynthia HandLove & War by Melissa de la CruzFront Desk by Kelly YangDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine ReayFull Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
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…?
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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
I also have started a fiverr!
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!

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scrunchies- THEY ARE SO CUTE AND JUST 90s 

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clips and barrettes- Okay I am kinda turning into a 90s kid and I love these

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jumper dresses and mum jeans- 

sunflowers

stars

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

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January was a great month! I am so excited about what February! Thanks so much for reading!

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What books did you read last month? What are your January favorites? Do you have a bookstagram or fiverr?

Thanks for reading!

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the queen of katwe- book review

9780349141770Living 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.

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The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers

genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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.

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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!

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Have you ever played chess? What are your thoughts on this book?

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