RIDING Book By Cassia Cassitas

Book Description for Riding:

Amidst real events and landscapes, men and women like us wander the cities we inhabit, rehearsing happier lives in the pages of this motivational narrative. From each one, destiny took a part to make them perfect.

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When he is born, Andre propels his mother’s life in a new direction. His father, an executive who organizes Olympic competitions around the world and doesn’t know when to come back home, strives to make him a worldly citizen. Cycling, his life acquires purpose: becoming an Olympic para-athlete.

Together with his friends, he experiences disappointments and new beginnings. A doctor that builds robots, the daughter of a lonely teenager, and a retired athlete teach André how to overcome his limits and live his dream.

Set in Curitiba with breaks in Los Angeles, Seoul, Johannesburg and Soweto, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the narrative ends in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.

As a tribute to all those who choose to sign the next episodes of their lives, this book is about overcoming one’s self amid achievements, obstacles, love and heroism, written behind the scenes of life.

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

An amazing eye view for any Olympians enthusiasts 

Though I do not play any sports, I always love to watch Olympics on the TV. There is something special about each athlete who plays in the olympics. I am sure that each athlete goal is to win a medal either gold, silver or bronze. I am sure that parents wants their kids to be Olympian as well.  

Reading Riding by author Cassia Cassitas is a book that will give you an amazing eye view for any Olympians enthusiasts. This book not only inspires any kids but also learn history and places that most of us dream to delete in our bucket list. I love how Andre conquered his health issues into being a successful athlete. I also admire how his parents Mario and Elizabeth did their best for their son to have the best in life to offer.

This is a very sweet book to read if you love sports like me. It has amazing parental advises for parents not only has normal kids but especially with disability. I can see myself with Elizabeth. Though my son has disability in different way, we still love them and never give up on them and encourage them to love sports that they love.

Riding is a very inspirational book that I hope everyone will get a copy. This book is hard to put it down. I highly recommend it to everybody and be inspired especially if you have kids that has disability but willing to prove to the world the capabilities of them to shine in their own way.

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Author’s Bio:

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In my mind, words came in strides. They aligned themselves in arguments that were ready for combat after rebelling themselves – and that was just inkling. Where was my certainty to support the new image? And where were my emotions, with their brushes to bring color to life?”

Born in the interior of the state of Paraná, Cassia Cassitas accumulated various degrees throughout her career in Information Technology. The author of three novels, her texts convey ideas accumulated amidst the smell of coffee plantations, shoe factories, and the technology of the 20th century. These texts deal with life-altering episodes, in a path lit by a harmonious blend of memories and imagination.


1- Tell us what the book is about.

Riding is about the human love potential for overcoming frontiers.

2- What led up to this book?  

I had always wanted to be an athlete but had never really tried. I finally had the opportunity to learn more about cycling when André, my fictional character, was born with special needs. The more I thought about this sport – the special place it plays in Curitiba as well as in globalized culture, the beauty, the power of it – the more I thought the idea could become his partner in this adventure.

3- Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

Reading the news, questions that I just have to answer come up. Then I start looking into these topics, and the story blooms. I don’t want to write about dark subjects, I choose to make books that offer hope. Things can, initially, not be easy. But with a certain sense of humor and hope we can build a refreshingly optimistic ending for each simple situation we face.

4- What is your writing schedule?

At the start of a novel, I write in the morning and research during the afternoon. When the book starts to shape up, the journey begins at dawn and keeps on stretching. In the end, I am writing for more than ten hours a day.

5- What is your next project?

It will be a bilingual book of philosophy for young people.

6- If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?

Honestly, I want readers to remember my characters and recognize André’s, Elizabeth’s, Mario’s, and the like throughout their own lives. There is much to be gained from their trajectories. Above all, I want my characters to have an impact in the lives of my readers. 

See more:http://riding.com.br

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Disclosure: I received the book free from iReadBookTours. All my reviews are honestly 100% mine.

Today is officially summer

I admit I still did not reach my goal. I wish I trim some of my fats in my stomach. I still need more work out. Now that my monthly visitor left, I can finally back to working out. At 41, I want to stay fit and feel great about my body. I am happy of my body. Despite not achieving my goal. I will not stop working out until I am satisfied of my body especially that summer is officially here.

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It would be awesome to go to the beach and you are very proud of your body in the public. I do not mind showing off my body with my family. They are used to seeing my fat when we go swimming. I am still shy to show off my body with my friends. It is a typical shy Filipina.

Summer is my favorite season especially if you live in New York where winter is very long. I wish everyone a fun summer and enjoy the warm weather with the people and friends you love the most.

Happy 33rd birthday to you brother

Today is my youngest brother J’s birthday. He turns 33 years old. I want to greet him a “Happy birthday” brother J. I hope that you have a wonderful birthday. I wish you good health. Please take good care of your health. Please stay away from drinking too much. It is not good for you and your health.

This is our last picture taken while my daughter and I were in the Philippines at Raagas beach. This was July 15th of 2012. This is our last day in Cagayan de Oro City, my home town. I am not there in person but please have a piece of cake for me. Please enjoy your birthday. I love you even if you are a pain in the butt. Please extend my warmest regards to everybody.

I am linking this entry to the 22nd day of blog photo challenge.

Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why

I do not know that my goal for this month can be achieve. I am talking about shredding some unhealthy fats on my stomach. I tried working out for five days and unfortunately need to stop as my monthly period come. I really miss working out. I just cannot wait to start working out again. I want to wear my two piece swimsuit for this summer. I will only wear them when I am swimming with the family in our in ground pool. It would be awesome to wear them in the public like if we go to a beach or park if my body is ready.

I am also eating more healthy food for the last days. I start eating cereals in the morning. I am not a cereal fan but have no choice to stay healthy. I even try eating salad which is not my favorite food to eat. I do make salad for the family but I do not eat it.

I still have five months to work out and hope that before summer I can see some results. I am not doing this for anybody but for myself. I do miss my body when I was 28 years old. I know that taking care of your kids and family is a priority. I want to give something for myself too.

I am linking this to the 8th day of blog challenge. Today’s task is about your short-term goals for this month and why. What about you? What are your short terms goals?

Day 05- A picture of somewhere you have been to

There is no place in the world that I rather be now except in the Philippines particularly in my home town, Cagayan de Oro City. I left my heart in Cagayan de Oro City. There is no place like home.

GOD is so great that HE allowed me and my daughter to visit the Philippines. I am not really looking forward for a very long flight. I am thankful that despite of the delayed and canceled of our flights; we arrived safely back home to New York. I spent most of the time with my Mom who I did not see for six (6) long years. I did not visit beautiful tourist spots but I did spend my precious time with the most important person in my life which is my Mom. I am sorry to my friends that I did not spend more time with them. I hope that you forgive me. I will let the pictures describe it for you. Please forgive me for uploading many pictures.

I never forget the moment that I am looking down at my home town, Cagayan de Oro City, up in the air.

PhotobucketIt was such a big relief when our plane, Philippine Airlines, landed in Lumbia airport on the 29th day of June 2012.

PhotobucketMy Mom and my niece P stayed with us in our hotel room. We stayed at Country Village hotel in Carmen. I wanted to stay in my Mom’s house to save some money but my little girl will not allow me. She loves the pool at the hotel we stayed.

PhotobucketThere is two free complimentary breakfast in the hotel. I let my little girl and her cousin gets the free. My Mom and I choose our own breakfast food. I am very privileged to spend my Mom’s 69th birthday too.

PhotobucketMy two sisters flew from Cebu City to spend my niece 8th birthday at Opol Beach.

PhotobucketDuring the morning, I spent my time in my Mom’s house. My little girl met her cousins and meet new friends as well. I am having a hard time using my debit cards to use when we go out. What I do is?

PhotobucketI send my Mom some money and the two of us picked it up at a pawn shop. It works this way. I can use some cash.

PhotobucketWe eat most of the time at Jollibee Vamenta in Carmen with my Mom, my two nieces D and P. My little girl loves to eat pancake and spaghetti. I also enrolled her at a Jollibee Kids club.

PhotobucketWe went to Raagas beach. The water is blurry because it rained most of the night. My little girl loves the beach.

PhotobucketWe stayed in my Mom’s room just to talk and spent quality time together. This is use to be my room when I was a teenager.

I hope that you enjoy our pictures. They are not beautiful but I am happy that I spent most of our time with my Mom and my family. I am linking this entry to the 5th day of blog challenge. Today’s task is about a picture of somewhere you have been to.