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

 

Lady Midnight Sneak Peak

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Okay guys so this time around the Nephilim starts out with Emma who is a Nephilim and knows it. She knows about the wars, and she knows who the Nephilim are and all of that good stuff. I was at first very drawn in because this time around well…she knows. Also the fact that it starts out while she and the rest of her friends; Julian, Cristina, Ty, Livvy, Tavvy are all learning about Shadowhunter history. We find out right away that Emma is parabatai with Jules (Julian) and that since last night he’s been a bit aloof and it bugs her, I mean come on why would you act like that with your parabatai?

Anyways, we are also introduced to their instructor Diana and Uncle Arthur who is the head of the San Francisco Institute which is where they are all living. Jules’ brother Mark had been taken by Faerie a while ago. There is an unwanted visit by Faerie into the Sanctuary despite laws that state that they really shouldn’t do that unless it is absolutely necessary. So they better have a good reason. They do, it’s the fact that there is a killer that they need help from the Institute to find…after all it’s the same killer that Emma and Cristina had been after.

Some of my personal highlights from this short sneak peak are for one thing back into Shadowhunter life! 2. Some familiar names were mentioned: Maia and Magnus Bane!!! Hello happiness! 3. This wonderful line from Jules: “If you ever speak to her like that again, there will be blood on the floor of the Sanctuary, and I do not care if they put me to death for it” (23). I personally just love watching Nephilim get defensive about their loved ones, it’s been a while since I’ve read up on Nephilim so it feels great to be back in that world!

That’s all I’ve got for you folks today, I can’t wait for the rest of this book to be out!

What about you, are you guys excited for more Shadowhunters?

Best,

Gissel

BEA 2015

Good day everyone!

Okay so I had this fantastic opportunity to attend BookExpo of America this Friday. I know one day is not enough but it was. It was plenty, and it was amazing and I couldn’t be happier to have just attended and speaking to marketing directors and book lovers from different companies. I was able to also gain some amazing freebies of the book kind which is always a good thing. Always.

Okay so for starters, the reason I attended BookExpo was because I was meeting with someone from Schiffer Publishing for an informational interview/get to see publishing companies and book lovers. Jesse, whom I was meeting thought it would be a good opportunity for me to see what was going on and he was right. After I spoke to him and to his colleagues it was time to roam around for a while where I went and spoke to people from different companies. To explain that particular part of things just know that it was amazing. It was an experience that I truly needed. I am always very nervous about my social skills. I wanted to know about these people, I wanted to ask about the books displayed around them and I wanted to see if I was overly excited about books. I might have been. However, speaking with them I realized that they truly loved what they did. I could tell. Even as they just gave me a listing of what they do they had a certain thing that allowed it to come out as a definite “yes that’s just my day but it rocks”. They love books, they wanted to talk about books and they were happy that someone out there just looked and thought it was great.

So yeah everyone was kind and there was so much to do and see and read that I kept finding myself stopping in the middle of walking areas and staring at everything at once. It was overwhelming, yes, but it was so amazing.

Also I wanted to tell you all about some of the freebies that I received (more details to come). I got a sneak peak into Lady Midnight from The Dark Artifices. I started reading it and you guys will get the full run-down of that soon. I also got editions 30 and 31 of “Writers of the Future” which I cannot wait to dive into. Maybe I should have saved that for a witty pun about Tenacity, which is another book that has still not hit the stores. The other books I got were Winesburg Indiana and Phoebe and her Unicorn. I will make more detailed posts about these soon so that you guys can have a better idea about what each one is about. I’m actually really excited. I also got an awesome lanyard for Lady Midnight, a Shadowhunter Rune temporary tattoo (which I gave to Sammy), and a couple of bookmarks!

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I hope you all have had a good weekend!

Best Wishes,

Gissel

What is a Summary?

       I didn’t understand the concept of a “summary” once upon a time. So I remember that when I was in 7th grade, the little bookworm that I was, I read one of my favorite series to this day: Anne of Green Gables. I had put off reading the series because well, at that point in time you get one new book and instead you go into the library and check out everything you possibly can and yet still have nothing to read about…right? So after putting off reading the Anne of Green Gables series for so long I finally realized I was at a slump and had to get my hands on a new book before losing my mind. I had to write summaries and brief explanations of setting, characters, etc. Which I really enjoyed doing. While the rest of my classmates were cringing at having to read a book on their free time I was praying that for the rest of my life that would be all the homework I would ever need again. So I read, and I wrote my version of a summary…I may as well have re-written the entire story.
       After a few of these happenings my teacher told me to tone it down and make the summary more…well summarized. Which I tried, I really did. But at the time no one else wanted to actually read so that was my way of sharing my enthusiasm. I just wanted to have at least my teacher know that I at least did the reading outside of class and that I thought the books I was reading were amazing and someone else should talk to me about it.
       So there’s that confession…
       Today I’m pretty much the same weirdo, I have learned to trim down my summaries, but I still love to just ramble on and on about the books that I like, or even don’t like. I love to talk about the characters and what I really think of them, which I’m sure you book lovers like to do as well. Now that that secret is out in the open…I think our book loving relationship can begin.
Best,
Gissel

Girltalk by Carol Weston

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Okay so remember those books and such I was supposed to keep tabs on and share with you all? Last week was a wee bit more active than I had anticipated, so long story short, I’m just going to tell you guys about the books I’ve read. Book number one was this amazing book by Carol Weston. It is honestly a guidebook for young girls with all of that information that you just need to know in order to live your life. Carol takes on this nice conversational tone throughout the book and tells you the truths about everything from family to friends to dating to sex to drugs to alcohol, all of that fun stuff that we are all wondering about. She includes letters from girls that have sent in their personal questions and concerns and what she has advised them to do about these things. Carol isn’t harsh in the least bit, she cracks jokes here and there all in good fun, gives you real accounts of the topics which she presents whether from someone that she knows, or dun dun dunnnn her own perspective and life experiences. I felt as if I was sitting right there with her listening to her tell me these things, especially when she would decide to insert jokes at pretty serious things. Which honestly, helped. The only concern I have with this book to be entirely honest is, I wish I would have read it sooner in life. I feel that if I had had this book a few years ago even, I’d have pushed myself harder on being a more outgoing and awesome person, I mean I don’t think I have particularly screwed up just yet, but Carol gives great advice and tells it like it is, and recommends girls to get out there and be absolutely one-hundred percent the most amazing girl that they can be! She provides information about places that could get you more help than she could possibly provide in such a small (420 page) paperback, so I think that’s pretty good. Carol let’s the reader know that she is not an expert in these things so yes more help is needed, but she does provide the solid and pretty detailed version of all of the topics which she does touch upon. Read this book! Give this book to a girl you know and love! At least look at it I guess… I know my copy is a bit beaten down, (thank you mild coffee spill) but I know that there are a few sweet little girls who love to read, and with their mother’s permission, they need to read this book. Yes, it will be processed by their mother first because it does have a sex chapter, no nothing gross happens but hey maybe they need to skip that for now since I am pretty sure that’s not part of their life plans just yet. Seriously though, I may have manned up and asked for more help when I needed it, perhaps understood that it was okay and I was not alone at feeling like an idiot at times… oh all of the ifs I now have since reading this book.

I think this book is for any girl, young or old, small or big, whatever you are read it if you get the chance it was worth it. I also have another book that I’ve read this week, but the post on that will most likely be for later, so enjoy Girltalk and I shall see you bloggers later!

TTFN:)

and as always, feel free to share in thoughts and ideas in the comments!

Summer Reading Plans!

Heya Bloggers,

Okay, so I suffer from this illness called-procrastination, procrastination is that thing you do where, eh never mind I’ll explain it later. Anyways, this time my procrastination has gotten me away from sharing with you all what my plans for the summer are. So, I believe I have mentioned how much I really want to actually stay here and update on whatever it is that I blog about and will blog about in the future. I also hope to read, because I have slacked real hard on that, I have not been able to sit and read a good bunch of books in years. Which is sad since, well, I kind of enjoy them first of all and second I want to work with them. So, maybe I should befriend them again. So this summer I hope that I can read anything and everything and become a fast paced reader again. No seriously, I feel like I read like a turtle now. When I last sat with the Harry Potter series I read all seven books in a few days. Yes that left me feeling pointless and empty inside but what else can you do when Dementors and Umbridge and the death of Sirius was nearly immediately followed by massive amounts of death in merely days? However, I pulled through this and stopped crying and I did what we must all do when we love books, I moved on. Sort of, I mean seriously, we “the ones we love never truly leave us” so no I didn’t truly leave those crazy Hogwarts kids, and they sure as hell haven’t left me. I mean I quote books more than I can come up with words of my own on normal conversations soo….

Okay, so the thing is, I am going to make a goal to actually read. A lot, and anything and everything I can get my hands on. Since apparently holding others accountable for my progress when I try to do or not do things seems to work, (even if they don’t know I’m doing it in their name) that’s what I am doing now. I am doing this and telling you guys because now, I have to follow through. I will keep you guys updated on how much I read whenever I do post or weekly, anything from articles on blogs, book pages, (which yes I already started two books), stories I find on wattpad and figment, newspaper, magazines, short stories, whatever things I manage to read I will keep track of and I will tell you guys if I find any worth reading.

So to start that off I am going to show you guys a wonderful book I found on figment because since I found it I had to follow this author since this one book alone always manages to make me giggle. So here is Witchcraft and Wizardry for Dummies  by Fred_Weasley. This guy has seriously made me laugh and yes, I do reread this book every once in a while because it’s…well read it. And with that people of the world, I shall take my leave for today. Let me know if there is anything you guys are trying to accomplish that you have procrastinated on, and what your plan is for getting to that goal. Best of luck and

TTFN:)