Bookish Posts Around the Web #3

There’s been such a positive response to this feature that I decided to continue posting it weekly, it’s really fun to make and I love spreading the love for some of my favorite blogs and bloggers. 

1) Professor McGonagall is one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, so obviously I loved this post written by the amazing Micheline, where she explains Why McGonagall is a BAMF 

2) I love bookish lists and this week the lovely Emily at Forever Literary made a TTT list about the College Majors that YA Books Made Me Want to Persue. I had a lot of fun reading it and I hope you enjoy it as well! 

3) If you enjoy reading NA books (I’m currently obsessed with a NA series!), this list of Hot Summer Reads (That Will Make You Sweat) may be perfect for you!

4)This week’s Top 5 Wednesday had an interesting topic and I really enjoyed reading Moriah’s post about her Top 5 Most Unlikeable Characters 

5) I’m participating in the Backlist Book Reading Challenge hosted by the lovely Bekka at Pretty Deadly Blog. I think around 50% of what I read are backlist books, so I have found this challenge really fun.  To spred the love for backlist books, here are Bekka’s Favorite Backlist Books of the Year so Far

6) The amazing Sarah at The YA Book Traveler posted her lastest book trailer this week. If you haven’t watched one of her trailers, you are missing out because They are amazing.  This time is a Book Trailer of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

If you read or wrote an amazing post this week, don’t be shy! Leave me the link in the comments, I would love to check it out. 

Waiting on Wednesday #15 | Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Title: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
Release Date: July 31st 2016
Published by: Little Brown UK
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 320

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Do I need to explain this? I don’t think so! I NEED THIS IS IN MY HANDS NOW. I still can’t believe this is a real thing that happening. SO EXCITED! 

Are you excited for this book? What are you Waiting on Wednesday? Let me your link, so I can visit and comment back!

Let’s Put Music to the Book: Addicted/Calloway Sisters Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Let’s Put Music to the Book is a new feature here at Bookish Wanderess, where I share playlists for books I love. Usually, when I do this kind of post I try to match song lyrics to certain scenes, moments or characters from a book, but this time, I made this playlist with the songs I have been listening to while I read the books in the Addicted Series and the Calloway Sisters Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie. I have been reading both of these companion series for a week, there’s 10 books total and I’m currently reading book 8. If that doesn’t tell you I’m completely obsessed with these series, I don’t know what will.

Most of the songs are from the Top 50 list on Spotify, which I’m listening on repeat, and I chose the specific ones that I thought were a good fit for the books. Also, I included a song in Spanish and it’s the only one I specifically looked for,  because the lyrics remind me of this series. I hope you enjoy the playlist! 

Do you make playlists for the books you read? Do you post them in your blog? Let me know in the comments! 

Bookish Posts Around the Web #2

I started this new feature last week and I really liked the response to it, so here it is again! This are my some of favorite posts from this week.

1) I want to start with a guest post over at Princessica of Books, Divya a blogger from India shared the Cons of Being a Bookworm from India. I’m from Colombia, so I related to all the cons that she mentioned. 

2) I found a really interesting discussion over at Fiery Reads about Technicalities vs Enjoyment: Which Matters More to You? I have talked about something similar in my discussion The Complicated Art of Rating Books

3) It seems there’s a lot of discussions about bookstagram lately. Last week, I included one in my post and here’s another one I found interesting Bookstagram: is it about the enjoyment or the likes? 

4) The lovely Giselle over at A Book of a Cup of Coffee did an amazing interview with Jay Kristoff. I haven’t read any of his books (Don’t kill me, they are on my tbr!) , but his tweets are amazing. 

5) Here’s a post I really loved, it was written by Cait at Papar Fury and it’s about How to Appropriately and Effectively Recommend Books, I love her posts so much and I’m sure you will too! 

If you read or wrote an amazing post this week, don’t be shy! Leave me the link in the comments, I would love to check it out. 

Waiting on Wednesday # 14 | P.S I Like You by Kasie West

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Title: P.S I Like You

Author: Kasie West
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Published by: Point
Genre: YA, Con

Pages: 304
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

I just realized that I have never read a Kasie West book and I definitely need to fix that. I have heard great things about her writing and the synopsis of this book reminds me a little bit of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares which I loved and that makes me really excited to read it.

Are you excited for this book? What are you Waiting on Wednesday? Let me your link, so I can visit and comment back! 

Blitz (+GIVEAWAY) : November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

Hi guys! Today I bring you a teaser and a guest post by Shannon A. Thompson, the author of November Rain, a book that sounds really interesting and that I can’t wait to read. Alos, you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy this ! 
November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson
(Bad Bloods #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 18th 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.
Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

GUEST POST BY THE AUTHOR ( Shannon A. Thompson)
My protagonist is illiterate. She recognizes a few letters, she knows how to read her name, and she loves listening to stories more than anything. But she cannot read.
Her name is Serena, and  she is a bad blood. The only bad blood to escape execution. Now symbolized for an election, she must prove her people are human despite hindering abilities before everyone is killed and a city is destroyed.
While Serena lives in a futuristic world where magical children like her are executed, illiteracy is a very real issue in our world today. An issue I wanted to discuss in my Bad Bloods duology. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding illiteracy—some of which I discuss in an article Tackling Diversity in YA—but the main one is the fact that illiteracy isn’t as uncommon as the average reader might think.

1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. (DoSomething.Org)

For readers, this fact might seem startling. Readers generally know other readers, after all. And—on top of that—many of the characters in YA fiction love books, because readers love books, and it’s easy to relate to a character that loves the same things as them. For many readers, it’s impossible to imagine a world without reading, even in fantasy and sci-fi settings. I, for one, definitely struggle with that concept, but illiteracy is a reality for many young people, especially women all over the world. Granted, I will be the first to admit that I did not set out to write Serena as an illiterate person to spread awareness. No. I originally set out to write her as a character who didn’t enjoy reading due to severe dyslexia—something my brother and father deal with to this day.

As a child, growing up in a household where my two role models didn’t read was very difficult, especially when my late mother was a reader but no longer able to share that joy with me. That being said, we can relate to one another—readers or not—as people, and since so many characters are readers, I wanted to remind readers we can love those who don’t read, too (although maybe we can help them find the perfect book so they try reading again)! We can also understand how illiteracy happens, and hopefully, we can learn to sympathize with it and also help others learn to read in the future.

The issue of illiteracy developed with Serena’s character over time, but I wouldn’t change Serena for the world. She is smart. She is caring. She loves ice cream, her friends, and stories told beneath the full moon. She falls in love. She cries. She feels pain and sorrow. She laughs. Serena may be illiterate, but she still has a story. And so do the millions of people around the globe dealing with illiteracy today. That is why she’s my protagonist.



Bookish Posts Around the Web #1


I don’t know if I’m the only one that does this, but Sunday is usually the day I spend catching up with all the posts that I didn’t have time to read during the week. Today, I was checking out blog posts and commenting, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my favorite bookish posts  of this week with you guys. So here they are!
1. I want to start with a  post that almost made me cry (which rarely happens!), because  I thought a lot of you guys would love it as much as I did, and it’s Prisioner of Azkaban Feels by the lovely Micheline. If you don’t follow her blog, you should! She is the nicest person ever and there’s always a bunch of Harry Potter post on her blog that will fill you with all the feels! 

2. Another post I really enjoyed was What Matters Most: # of books, pages, or quality?  which was written by Jess. I think she made some very good points in this discussion and you should check it out!

3. The next one is a very funny post by the amazing Beth and it’s called How to: Freak Out Over Book Professionally  If you want to laugh for a while, this post is for you! 

4. This post written by  the lovely Claire inspired me a lot, the tittle of this post is  Reason I Bookstagram and all the reasons are so good that they made me want to try this! 

5. I have read a few posts like this, but the drama keeps happening, so I think this kind of posts are still necessary. Here’s Anikkas’s post I can’t deal with drama (even in the bookish community)

6. So much pretty dresses inspired by Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone… here’s Alexa’s Bookish Style Guide
If you read or wrote an amzing post this week, don’t be shy! Leave me the link in the comments, I would love to check it out.