My Top Books of 2018!

Happy Last Day of The Year Friends! 

2018 has been an exciting and strange year for me but the books I’ve read have been life-changing and beautiful. I’ve included my top books below! Obviously, Christina Lauren and Taylor Jenkins Reid take the cake for favorite authors of this year!

Let me know if you read any of the ones below. Cheers to another year full of books and magic!

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Merry Bookmas!

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Hello my wonderful bookish friends!

I hope you are all having a magical holiday that is hopefully stress-free. For myself, it’s been a bit of both; juggling multiple responsibilities like work (but why?), finding the perfect thoughtful gifts for the special someones in my life while dodging everyone in the mall (thank goodness for the internet), and making time to read all the books!

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*phew* *wipes sweat*

I have to admit, I’ve been a little MIA the past few weeks with all of that and more going on, but never fear you are all (whoever you are out there) still in my heart! I have a bunch of wonderful projects, reviews, and trips planned for 2019 and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Stay tuned next week for:

📚 Book Reviews (a lot of them)

💕 Lit Chicks December Pick Video (If you haven’t started reading go go go! A Duke’s Holiday!)

🎇 2018 Top Books!

✏️ And perhaps an article or two!

Thank you to all who have read the books I’ve reviewed and recommended! As always reach out if you want to book gossip with me!

Have a beautiful, magical, and miraculous season my friends.

xoxo,

Gisela

“Fictitious Trash” a.k.a. Romance Novels

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Happy Friday, Friends!

I have a blog but I also follow other blogs and one of them that I absolutely adore, Two Nerdy History Girls (go follow them if you love all things history!) posted about a pastor in the late 1800’s warning against the dangers of reading novels, specifically of the romantic nature. Another warning was also given by another man:

“I have seen a young lady with her table loaded with volumes of fictitious trash, poring day after day and night after night over highly wrought scenes and skillfully portrayed pictures of romance, until her cheeks grew pale, her eyes became wild and restless, and her mind wandered and was lost – the light of intelligence passed behind a cloud, and her soul was forever benighted. She was insane, incurably insane from reading novels.”

I don’t know about you, friends, but reading sounds like an amazing way to go. My feelings could have gone one of two ways, anger (and oh I was angry), but instead, I decided to laugh and then I got with my cousin, Carla, and we decided to show this book snob a piece of our minds with us becoming the Lit Chicks! 💕

We decided to take this love affair of books up a notch, and spread this diseased love of books we have with the world! We will be “wild” and we will be “restless” and we will be “incurably insane” for this romance books and no one shall stop us!

So please join us every month on Youtube as we discuss and swoon over different romance books. Below is our first video talking about Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. Check it out and let me know what other romance books you would like us to cover! Love you all! 📚💖

 

Seasonal Wish List | Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Releases

Hello Friends! It is almost the end of the summer and you know what that means…

Fall book releases galore! I obviously love reading any time of the year (I wouldn’t have this blog if I didn’t…), but there is something very special about autumn that makes me want to get cozy, light up a candle, grab a cup of coffee, and pick up a good book. I say this, even though I live in the Sunshine State and its fall for probably one week in the season and disturbingly hot the rest of the time (also hurricanes).

With that, I’ve included the top ten book releases I am most excited for.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker I have a confession, I’ve been trying (and failing) to read The Odyessy by Homer, the Robert Fagles translation since the beginning of the year. It’s been an odyssey in itself trying to finish it. But I’ve come across a few re-tellings of ancient Greek stories that I’ve been wanting to read including this one! (I read Circe earlier this year and it was phenomenal).

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating Christina Lauren strikes again! I’ve been loving everything they have been writing lately. I gobble it up so quickly. (Side note: I have a special project involving this book coming up soon. Stay tuned!)

The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig Historical fiction is a true love of mine, and I’ve adored the two books by Beatriz Williams that I read this year. I’m looking forward to more brave female heroines.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas OH MY GOODNESS. NEED I SAY MORE? The final book of the series is finally being released and I don’t think my heart can handle it. Don’t mind me… just getting ready for the biggest book hangover of MY LIFE.

Pride by Ibi Zaboi I read Ibi’s first book, American Street in one sitting. ONE SITTING. Also, I’m a sucker for re-tellings and this is a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. Yes, yes, and more yes!

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake The last book left me with my mouth hanging open. I need to know what happens next. Thankfully I already have the book so I do not have to wonder any longer.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kristin White I love Kristin’s other series The Conqueror’s Trilogy, and as I mentioned above, I love re-tellings. I also like the book, Frankenstein. Let’s see how those three things will add up.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory This is a spin-off from her first book The Wedding Date which was ADORABLE AND AMAZING AND ALL THE CUTE ADJECTIVES YOU CAN THINK OF.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton This sounds so darn interesting and it sounds like it has everything I like: mystery, darkness, romance, history. Done. Give it to me right meow.

The Kennedy Debutante by Karry Maher I’ll admit, I thought it had something to do with the Kennedy’s (the presidential ones) but after I read the synopsis, I still want to read it! It’s a historical fiction so I’m sold.

Let me know what you all are looking forward to reading! Any books that I missed this summer that I should add to my list?

 

 

The Bookstore Is There For You.

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Hello friends, last weekend I took a quick trip to Puerto Rico to visit family and check up on them. It’s been almost one year since Hurricane Maria hit and our island is looking… well… rough.

It’s still beautiful with its lush greenery and tall palm trees swaying in obedience to the ocean breeze, but in my grandfather’s hometown, just about 20 minutes from San Juan, hardly any traffic lights are working and every other building looks disheveled and abandon. I spent plenty of time with family, laying around in front of the fan and joking with my cousins, but when I needed a respite from the overbearing heat, I didn’t get closer to the fan, I suggested that we go to the bookstore.

 

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The shelves are interrupted with windows into different sections of the bookstore.

 

We went to Casa Norberto: Libros and Cafebar and I felt instantly at home (and also refreshed by the A/C, let’s be honest). I bought my mother and myself lattes and pastries and we sat down and sipped on our drinks and observed those around us – a father pushing a stroller picking up poetry books, two women trying to find a book in the bestsellers section, my dad trying to pick out a gift for his pastor… it was lovely. I looked up while drinking my coffee and a T.V. screen showcased the weekly events the bookstore was holding and it’s a scene I’ve found myself in many times in many places.

I perused the stacks, taking my time through the aisles and touching the spines of books. I didn’t buy anything, I don’t think my TBR list at home would allow me if it had a mind, but I got something better, comfort, consistency, and quiet company.

“You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.” – Jen Campbell

 

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I love these nooks they have throughout the store.