Summer Reading Adventures | Fitfoodnista Collab

It’s been a while, lovelies, and here I come back without much of an explanation. Well, none, actually. However, I have something much, much better for you guys today. Lately, I’ve been trying my best to start reading again. So what better way than to just jump into whatever magical and awesome book(s) I can get my hands on? So I am teaming up with one of my best friends Becca from the FitFoodnista and we are going to share with you some of our summer reads. Our lists are fun and pretty different so take a look at both and share with us what you like!

  1.     The Trials of Apollo book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Yes, I had to get my hands on this book right when it came out because DEMIGODS, people! I miss the amazing world that Rick Riordan brought out with the gods and demigods. They’re pretty amazing in my personal opinion and so far I have been in love with Apollo. Y’know, more so than I already was. I’ll most likely go through my feelings for this book in more detail in a different post.

  1.     Asking for it by Louise O’Neill

I have yet to start this book but a lovely Youtuber named Hannah Witton spoke about it a while back and it just sounded absolutely interesting to me. In a way it makes me think about Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson except more public and perhaps more involved with the crime committed.

  1.     Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I got this one from the April Owlcrate and have been trying really hard to get my hands on it. But alas, I decided to go with the ones that came first. This one, however, does sound like something I’d love. Dystopian, screwed up manipulative society: my, my how I’ve missed those dystopian societies.

  1.     Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

If you aren’t in the shadow world just yet you probably won’t understand why I am upset with myself for not having read this book yet. But they’re back. The Nephilim are back and there are more issues. All I am hoping for is for some of my favorite characters to resurface and do what they do best and kick some butt. With all new characters, whom were briefly introduced in the last of The Mortal Instruments I am pretty excited!

  1.     City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I am almost done with this one. (Finally! I know). The last of the Mortal Instruments, and everything so far is getting intense. Characters are being introduced for the last of the Nephilim related series, The Dark Artifices. I just need a certain ship to set sail again before this book ends and all will be well.

Summer Book Wishlist:

  1.     Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin
  2.     Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  3.     Zodiac novels by Romina Russell
  4.     Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  5.     Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

So there are a few books that I am going to enjoy soon, what about you guys? What’s on your TBR? What books can’t you wait to get your hands on?

Best,

Gissel

 

Figment Friday | Gemina and Coffee

It’s been a long  time since I’ve done a figment friday so here goes. Let’s try and make it happen again. Mainly because when I find a really interesting piece on Figment I need to tell someone about it soooo here goes everything.

  1. Gemina by Lindsey Stell.

This story was created a while back for the Good Vs. Evil contest on Figment. The rules were that the characters had to be twins and one of them had to be good while the other had to be evil. You were left to create the story. So what Lindsey did which I personally really enjoyed was that one sister was basically a good angel that gives life and the other took life. It’s an interesting concept in my opinion and I think it was well-written and I hope you guys do too.

2. Coffee by Coolio Dash

This story goes through the motions in the Westwood Diner, there are customers that through small narratives you get to know, and possibly relate to. A man sits there pondering his day after his recent breakup. A young woman does the same wondering about her life as it currently stands, maybe she would be better off if she were still as young as the waitress? Read it and find out what happens. It’s a short and sweet story that deals with life through alternating character points of view.

So there’s somethings for you guys to look into I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I know they’re pretty short but if you’re like me and your attention span lately only goes for so long then this is a good way to get started again, right?

 

Happy Birthday, Anne Shirley!

I heard of an eleven year old girl with red hair that changed the lives of those she came in contact with when she arrived into their lives. For a while I avoided this red-headed girl, I mean what could be so darn great about her? Silly eight year old me…everything.  The moment I decided to give Anne of Green Gables  a try I was absolutely smitten with her story. I think we all have that one character that we are just always ready to fight anyone for, because the characters become so deeply rooted into our systems that they are a part of us. You know what I mean, right? That character, or characters that have this thing that you know you can always count on. You can always go back to that character and their story, because sometimes you’re just itching to get back into the world that helped you out so much, that world that meant so much to you.

Anne of Green Gables is that for me. As a little girl I was always living in the clouds. Always. I was always making up stories in my head and on paper, I was always picturing things and I would get so distracted in my own mind and sometimes, much like Anne, I messed up on chores.

But there was just this solidarity of sorts when I read Anne of Green Gables, that I felt welcome and at home. I felt that Anne and I were kindred spirits. And ever since that first time that I read Anne of Green Gables in Elementary school I knew I wouldn’t let her go. Ever since then when I feel particularly homesick or I just need an old constant friend, I reread one of the books. Usually it’s Anne of Green Gables, but it can also be Anne of Windy Poplars, because I just love reading about Anne at school. It keeps me motivated. Anne’s House of Dreams just gives me all of the Anne and Gilbert feels and so much more, so if I’m nostalgic for that romance that I don’t have I go back there.

So today, March 2nd I would just like to wish this amazing character a happy birthday. I would like to take today to speak out to you all, and to Anne herself and say thank you. Thank you for teaching me about kindred spirits, and that I could be creative, and imaginative, and have my head in the clouds, thank you for letting me know that it’s okay to be a bit of an odd-ball.

I have a soft spot for Anne Shirley that even now, I can feel a bit emotional just typing this post. So Happy Birthday Anne Shirley!

 

Shadowhunters Episode One

Okay, I am breathing, I am forming coherent thoughts…or so I hope. Back when I was in high school my friend Molly introduced me to this amazing series she was into…The Mortal Instruments. This was back junior year. Now it’s been about six years and I think we can all assume how overly excited I was when this series became a movie. Remember this?the_mortal_instruments_-_city_of_bones_poster The movie was good, stuck true to the book (except for Valentine’s hair and attitude…) I am trying so hard not to go to the bad place of overly comparing. Anyways, Shadowhunters aired just last night on Freeform (voice over: the new name of ABCFamily) and I was super hyped up. I love the series, plus it seems that everyone was well cast and ready to take these characters that I love so much to life.

So because my brain cannot seem to stop comparing the book from the show let’s see how this post goes.

Things that I enjoyed about the first episode:

  1. The cast seems great so far. I like the youthfulness of the characters. The Nephilim are strong and muscular but still have that young look about them.
  2. I like that they throw in the effects for the magic or not magic of the Shadow world.
  3. The runes look the way I pictured them. Not the black lines, I mean when they wear out and are meant to look worn out and blank or pink.
  4. The relationships so far seem to be staying true to the books.
  5. Character traits so far seem to be accurate. Jace seems to be Alec and Izzy’s brother for life; siding with Izzy on some things (ex. “demons dig blondes”) while also maintaining his parabatai relationship with Alec.
  6. Alec seems to be staying true to his nature by already giving me that amazing feel of “I can’t stand this silly red-headed mundane chick why does Jace even care? Can’t we just leave her in a ditch somewhere?”
  7. Jace’s overly vain nature shows up and it made me very
  8. Magnus Bane and Isabel Lightwood. That is all.

Things that I didn’t enjoy as much about the first episode:

  1. Jocelyn Fairchild/Morgenstern ran away without a trace of the Nephilim and her old life to escape her relationship with the Circle. To get away from the Nephilim and prejudices. The reason she stayed close to Madam Dorothea and Magnus was so she would know when Valentine would rise again. She wanted Magnus just for the protection he would offer when she realized Clary had the Sight. I didn’t like that she kept weapons in the show. She seems great don’t get me wrong but she had no intention of telling Clary in the books. I do understand why they did it in the show though but because I couldn’t get over it, I’m shoving it out there.
  2. Maureen…did she literally replace all of Simon’s friends/band mates?
  3. Why is it so hard to give Valentine the luscious blondness that both of his sons have? The reason people end up seeing him in Jace? Aside from certain mannerisms that is.
  4. Luke is a cop not a bookstore owner.

 

So it was already stated that there would be differences between the books and the show which sense, even I am intrigued by whatever the changes will be and look forward to being shown something maybe I didn’t consider. The chronological order so far is accurate enough while throwing in some (so far) interesting twists. We get to see Jocelyn throwing Clary over to Magnus and getting him to block her Sight. Episode one ends shortly after Clary’s two-day coma at the Institute.

So far as a book-lover I am pleased with what this show demonstrated and I am actually pretty excited to see what kinds of spins they toss into it. So if any of you enjoy this series or just started watching what do you think so far? Who are you excited to see on screen? What are you excited to see happen?

I for one will be happy when the vampires kidnap Simon…and then most likely in season two when they get to the Seelie Court…wowza! That’s quite some waiting isn’t it?

Best,

Gissel

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer

Please excuse my spat out water all over the screen and my massive squealing. Because as a member of the Harry Potter fandom let me just SCREAM AND GIGGLE AND YELP with pure and absolute joy at the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. Seriously how amazing is this??? Guys I know it’s a year from now and I know you know. But can we all just take a moment to run with our wands out and scream because honestly…..giphy (we, we live). Seriously guys it’s like coming home. It’s like “popping out of the ground like daisies”. Just as some may have thought the Harry Potter fandom was well underground we just rise out of the ashes like a Phoenix and get hyped up for a whole year. And now there’s a trailer. There is proof  that this isn’t a dream. I’m way too excited, honestly I have no idea how much sense I am making and unfortunately, no one in my home understands why this is making me so happy. Watch the trailer here, or of Youtube, or both, or on other blogs. Re-watch it. I know I will 😀

Have a fantabulous day!

Best,

Gissel

NaNoWrimo 2015: Pushing through the Plot-Holes

It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? When you have an amazing story idea and you have these amazing characters in your head that talk to you and tell you how they all fit together? What keeps them as part of one story-line, and how you can use all of these different pieces of information to form your messy yet oh-so satisfying puzzle in the end? But then like all good things you find the flaws, why is this happening? What motivated this character to do this? Why is this ONE seemingly simple thing so complicated and why can’t I untangle that mess and get to where I need to be? You can keep going with the story and everything will go smoothly if you can get that one.little.thing! Right? You’ve just got to love that time of year: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrimo), where you let the voices out and write them on paper, or screen, or on your walls, whatever it takes to keep you sane and on your third cup of coffee a day…

Seriously though, it’s fun, it’s liberating, and it keeps you so pumped because you’re investing your time and efforts into something you love within a community of like-minded individuals, and there are very few things better than that, right? Yet somehow the scary monsters in our heads make us both love them and be completely frustrated by them…My (main) monsters to tackle for this years NaNoWrimo, and well every other time I take on a writing adventure: plot-holes.

Does anyone else freak out as soon as they find plot-holes in their stories? Like do you panic at the mere thought of that plot-hole, or worse, plot-HOLES? I do. A lot…So this year I decided I should prepare because I like where my story was going, I liked my characters, I liked my concept. I didn’t like all of my writing though…

I wanted to take the words on the screen in front of me and shred them at times. So I told myself that because I actually do care about the story and Sammy likes it, and so does my best friend, I had a duty to myself and to my brother who believes in me to finish this story. To edit like the wind and make it good.  So that’s what I did, this year I signed up for NaNoWrimo yet again, being motivated by the amount of enthusiasm of fellow writers, the illusion of having motivation.It was great.

So what do you do when you’re stuck? When you’re stranded and are missing teeny tiny, yet somehow crucial details? I’ll tell you how: with the internet of course! Okay so maybe not just that, you might also need a binder or Pinterest or both, and writing utensils.

I prepared for NaNo this year by starting out a story binder. I already had my Pinterest board set up for the story. Don’t look at me funny you know a lot of us do it now. We set up a lovely Pinterest board with ideal faces for characters, and pins full of information and scenery that helps boost creativity…Anyways, as you can see here I printed out images and set names to faces and wrote out bits of information.

Trust me, it helped. As I wrote one thing for one person secrets were revealed. I also printed out what I already had written out for the story and started to *gulp* read through and underline and highlight.

 

NaNoWrimoStoryBinder2015 (1) I admit it was a bit painful, why? Because a lot of it sucked! I wrote sentences that made me cringe and “why??? Why do you do this? Oh god that sucks take it off.” I also remembered that I purposely left things to suck. Why? Because I wanted to push through it. I wanted to get the main concept out of every scene. If it sucks, that’s why editing is a part of this oh-so painful process.

When November finally arrived, I wanted to find it in me to actually get to work, and I admit, it took a few days., and I didn’t update my word count every day. But I did finally join my regional NaNo group, I finally talked to people a bit…but every little bit helps. I had so much time this month to actually sit and write and edit and research that if I hadn’t taken advantage of it I was purposely screwing myself over. What I learned was that every little bit helps. I found backstories by re-reading, I found why certain things were just plain odd within the story and when read out loud. Some scenes were ahead of their time. Some things had to be built up slowly throughout, so I sprinkled those in more and more from the start (or whenever it was appropriate). So now I have all of these bits and pieces of information and somehow managed to create something that still needs loads of work. Yet still, I am proud because I have been able to work and edit and write and explore more of my characters and their stories and the things that makes them unique to me.

My synopsis, which I kind of hate doing because I am bad at summarizing, if any of you saw that painful post…Anyways, my synopsis ended up looking a little something like this:

“First there was the pain and the strange behavior from her family. Then came the transformation and the acceptance that came along with it.

Most girls get presents; a new phone, jewelry, technology, or even a party for their fifteenth birthday, but Kira Wilde isn’t most girls. No, for her fifteenth birthday, Kira gets a whole new world, new responsibilities, and a secret she had never so much as considered.”

And pretty much like everything I do, I don’t give much information because at least for now, it is still a work in progress. Plus I like the illusion of a mystery. I might have a problem..oh well.

So that’s one part of my NaNoWrimo 2015 adventure. Now please let me know what you guys did for NaNoWrimo, if you did participate. Share with me your personal feelings about NaNoWrimo in general. How do you prepare?

Best,

Gissel

Harry Potter, A Slight Remix by Fred_Weasley

I know I have been completely MIA lately, but I want to make it up to you all. So while I gather most of my thoughts and decide what exactly would be most relevant to share with you all and before my large amounts of questioning of books and explanations as to why I haven’t been around and changes I aim to make, remember how I promised recommendations? I have a new one! You guys should check out “Harry Potter, a Slight Remix” by Fred_Weasley on figment. I think I may have an obsession with this person’s work, but last time I told you guys to read a wizarding how-to by him, this time it’s the Sorcerer’s Stone, but with very interesting modifications. I think it’s being well written so far, I mean it holds decently true to the real book, while throwing in some A Very Potter Musical and some very original from the author ideas. I mean who would have thought that Vernon Dursley was a super stylin’ man with awesome ninja skills? Seriously guys, if you’re in need of a good laugh or you need something to read asap but aren’t quite sure what just yet, head on off to figment and read this with me. Best of luck and tell me what you think about it!

TTFN:)