Holiday Wrap-Up – Summer 2018

So… I came back from my holiday! More than a month ago. Don’t get on my back, I’m all over the place.

If you look back at my posts, the timeline is way off. I made huge miscalculations and posted stuff before other stuff (like my Riverdale review) but it doesn’t matter! I’m here to talk about the books I’ve read!

As of now, I’m still 9 books behind schedule. I did not realise that.

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Ok, now that I’ve cried and wept for a while, here are the 8 books I read!

It’s a mixture of literature, YA contemporary and one non-fiction.

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“Six Characters in search of an author” is a short book about six characters that are looking for an author to write their stories and their encounter with a group of actors, director and stage crew.

It’s these characters became real and started interacting with the people representing them. It’s like a play within a play situation. But not really. It’s quite complicated to explain but reading it was fun!

It’s a weird concept that somehow makes sense!

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Frankenstein

I went to a conference about this book last year, I didn’t have time to read it and so I thought of giving it a go.

I liked it! I loved the structure of the book and having studied it before made me appreciate it even more.
Sure, I already knew the ending but it was so much more than that.

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Tender Is The Night

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My friend gave me this book for my birthday and I loved it. I thought it was so interesting and the writing was amazing. I read “The Great Gatsby” a loooooong time ago and I didn’t appreciate it enough.

But I really really liked it! The first book was a lot more fast paced than the other two. That being said, there were some issues with some terms they used and some sexism.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a great novel, with secret romances, passionate affairs and illnesses.

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“Food” & “Television was a baby crawling towards that deathchamber”

On day out of the blue, I went on Amazon and bought a bunch of books. For 11€ y’all!!!

“Penguin Classics” released a collection of essays and short stories for a 1£ each (1.30€) and I got Gertrude Stein “Food” and Allen Ginsberg “Television was a baby crawling towards that deathchamber“.

I was not a fan of “Food”. It was too weird for me. I’ve heard you should read them out loud to better understand her poems.

My overall review on Goodreads says:

It made no sense

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I really liked “Television was a baby crawling towards that deathchamber”. I read some of his poems in highschool and I absolutely loved them.

He talks about politics, sex, culture and its changes. Liked it. Will keep an eye out for other books from Ginsberg.

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Why Not Me?

30268522I love Mindy Kaling.

I read this book in two days! I couldn’t put it down! It was the perfect summery read and I loved it.
She is hilarious and so real! (She would hate this comment but it’s true! Sorry Mindy!)

It’s always fun to read people’s weird thoughts and reading Mindy’s was a blessing.
I loved her on The Office and, to be honest, I had started watching The Mindy Project only to get super busy and never finishing it.
But I’ll definitely give it another go. She gives off such a cool and relatable vibe.
I really really enjoyed this book and I’m sure I’ll also buy her first one.

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Everyday Sexism

21251323Laura Bates collected women’s experience with sexual assault, sexual harassment and especially sexism. She deals with different aspects of said topics, giving stats and examples in politics and popular culture. On top of that, she inserted real messages women sent her when she started her social media accounts and website (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com).

Goodread’s synopsis reads:This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. and it really is.

It made me feel so sad. The terrifying stories these women and young girls shared were so powerful and devastating.

I definitely recommend it. It’s worth your read.

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Leah on the Offbeat

31180248I thought I would enjoy it more.

I looooooooved “Simon vs the Homo sapiens agenda”, but this one left me perplexed.

I didn’t see the point of it. There was so final goal. Some of the dialogues and th writing itself felt sloppy and there only to fill pages.

I did like the diversity, the different sexual identities, the mention of gender neutral pronouns and a non-skinny girl as a protagonist!

I’m planning on writing a full review so keep your eyes on this space!

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Here they are!

What have you read this summer? Have you read any of these books?

Let me know! Leave a comment down below, find me on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

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Fleabag Season 1 Review

“Fleabag” has been in my watchlist for a very long time and somehow I never picked it up!

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag (2016)I don’t know why but I had always postponed watching it.
It looked like a heavy themed show and I was not in the mood for that. But I’m so glad that I finally did!
It is created, written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is also the protagonists of the show and the executive producer.

WOMEN IN POWER, Y’ALL!!!

It’s about a dysfunctional, mean, unapologetic, broken, careless and angry woman who has just experienced a death in her life. She lives a complicated life, struggling in every sense of the word. She does whatever she wants regardless of the consequence. Which is admirable if that didn’t wreck her life and her relationships with friends and family.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag (2016)

Speaking of family, her interactions with her godmother-turned-stepmother are so passive aggressive that they are almost impossible to watch and the ones with her emotionally distant father make us feel that deep and raw awkwardness that is extremely funny. Olivia Coleman and Bill Paterson played it amazingly. The casting is so on-point.

As an audience, we learn what happened little by little, through flashbacks and Fleabag’s memories. She breaks the forth wall almost immediately, doing a “House of Cards” Kevin Spacey-style thing. (I’m sorry to even mention him but it’s the only example that came to mind.)
She talks to us, the audience, letting us know what she really thinks in contrast to what she says.

In true British fashion for only six episodes, each lasting 26 minutes.

It’s a beautifully made show. I loved it.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jenny Rainsford in Fleabag (2016)

Although it deals with grief, suicide and loss, it’s a comedy. It’s fun and everybody can see themselves in her, if we are honest enough to admit it.

According to a Deadline.com, “Fleabag” will return both on BBC Three and Amazon’s Prime Video in 2019 and I cannot wait.

It reminded me of “You’re The Worst” and it has become an instant favourite. I’ll definitely be rewatching it again.

If you have the chance, give it a go. You won’t regret it.

xxx

Georgia

 

 

Suits – s08 ep 04 – “Revenue Per Square Foot” – Review

Another episode!

This week flew by in the blink of an eye! We are already on episode 4! You can check out my previous reviews here! Episode 1, episode 2 and episode 3!

Now let’s get into it.

HARVEY

Right from the beginning Harvey came out and said: “I’m so gonna pull your pig tales at recess”

And my mind immediately went Full-Boyle:

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COME ON!!! COULD THEY BE MORE OBVIOUS?!? And can I just say: Harvey admitting he misses Mike is still adorable. Up until now, they’ve mentioned him in every single episode!

And then he is a friend to Louis! And he actually helps him! You go, girl.

Now go to Donna. GO! NOW!

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DONNA

Donna in soft pink is a vision. And her banter with Harvey is still a strong pillar on the show. That being said,

I would happily trade this office/friendship banter with some sexy romantic Darvey flirting.

Please, writers. I’m begging you.

Robert Zane yelling at Donna angered me. SHE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE THIS. Why do people not listen to her?!

And at the end, she schools Zane!!! She tells him the truth and she SLAYS!!!

The firm would have collapsed a long time ago without her.

It would have gone down in flames. NO DOUBT!

LOUIS

Louis and Sheila are trying to have a baby. With their really really weird foreplay.

And he gets mugged and beaten up! The guy has a gun! WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THIS SHOW?

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And he doesn’t want to tell Robert Zane because he is afraid of appearing weak in front of this boss.

In court Louis has a flashback to the assault and has a hallucination: he sees the other lawyer pointing a gun at him and he freaks out. I was not a fan of the scene. It seemed so fake and badly shot. I’m sorry but no.

And Samantha got yelled at as well! So far, two women have been screamed at in this episode!

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KATRINA

There was no Katrina on this episode! SAAAAAD!

SAMANTHA

She gets assigned Louis’ case, since his mugging prevented him from showing up at a meeting with a client.

And now they’re in competition but also working together? The workplace relationship on this show are confusing.

 

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It’s kind of cute she goes to Harvey in order to help Louis! And Harvey invites him to dinner! CUUUUTE!

ALEX

Alex confronts Harvey about Zane’s promise to put Samantha’s name on the wall. This poor guy. They still haven’t figured out his characters. It’s really simple.

Him and Harvey try to win a case. That’s it. Nothing more to say.

But then Alex flips! Finally some personality showing up! He is not a “Yes man”! WOOOOO!! Let’s go, Alex!!!!



I’ve said it in every single review and I will never get tired of saying it: I LOVE THEY CAN SWEAR! It is literally my favourite thing.

Overall, I was bored. I do not care one bit about Alex and his ascend to name partnership! I’m more intrigued by Samantha. She seems like an interesting character with layers and depth. Which is not what I was expecting.

Being a Darvey fan is not easy and all our hopes have been shattered multiple times and yet… I am still rooting for those two to get together.

Alright… See you next week!

Do you have any thoughts on the episode? Are you still hoping for Darvey to happen? Do you think they ever will?

Leave a comment here, find me on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

Suits – s08 ep p3 – “Promises, promises” – Review

So… we’re back! I’m late, I know.

My internet started acting out and I had an emotional breakdown.

I enjoyed this episode. Mike and Rachel’s absence is noticeable but they’ve already mentioned him so many times!

Usually, when characters leave a show they move on and the audience knows they would not hear their name again. Case in point, Grey’s Anatomy.

But let’s get into the episode!

HARVEY

Harvey starting off by laying the cards on the table “because we’re partners”. YES!

Soft!Harvey is DA BEST!!! It feels like after that deep plunge his character development took in season 7, he is back on track!

And he is now helping the cleaning lady?! Mike’s influences is all over this bitch! Yaaaaay! Glad to see he isn’t forgotten!

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Harvey’s good intent was adorable and NOW DARVEY IS IN THE COPY ROOM TOGETHER?!

Does anyone remember another lovely couple in the archive/copy room?

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And now he is missing his best bud! This is so soft. I love it.

In season 1 it was all about “What would Harvey do?”, now it is “What would Mike do?” and I’m all here for it.

DONNA

Finally, Donna appeared! 16 minutes into the episode! WHY SO LATE?!

Seeing Donna following Harvey around the firm made me realise that they are not office neighbours anymore?

There is so little Donna in this episode!!!! WHYYYYYYY?!

But in the scene she was in, SHE SLAYED!!! Wooooo

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LOUIS & KATRINA

I love them together! This is the ACTUAL REAL FRIENDSHIP of the show, not Darvey!

Katrina’s migraines are another insight into her character and the different levels of her personality. Even though it seems like she never shows any other emotion rather than strength, I’m so glad to see her softer and more vulnerable side.

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Bryan’s life at the firm has been a nightmare and he is probably the best person at Zane Specter Litt. I feel like he is the moral compass of the show.

I’m loving Bryan and Katrina’s relationship! He is married and has a baby: if they make it romantic between the two of them, I’LL RIOT.

ALEX & SAMANTHA

What is the point of this divorce thing with Alex and this hateful couple? Just so that he can face off Samantha? Alright.

They have to fight to see who has the right to get their name on the door first.

(A little parenthesis: I’m so jealous of Samantha’s black and white wardrobe! She looks amazing!)

Alex got played!!! But then he grew some balls and destroyed the jackass who framed him. YES, ALEX! More of this please!

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Why is Samantha so shady and so uncooperative?! She is definitely not a team player and she has a lot to learn about working as an ensemble.

Some competish between the two of them is ahead!



Well, I actually really really really really really liked this episode. I didn’t think I would. To be fair, I had extremely low expectations for this season and I have to admit I was completely wrong!

I don’t know what changed but it is definitely for the better!

I have a bone to pick: can we please, please, please, PLEASE, let Donna and Harvey be together? It is not that difficult. They have already kissed last season, there is “the other time”, they eye-fuck and frankly it’s time. It’s time for them to be together and to confront their feelings for each other.

Stringing us along, as well as the characters, it’s fucking stupid and the fact that the show-runner (who I will not name) is actively against them being together is depressing. Every single person in the world is rooting for Donna and Harvey to be together and he will not cave. It is the logical next step of the show and he will just not admit it.

Every single person in the world is rooting for Donna and Harvey to be together.

Okay, rant over. I hope you enjoyed the episode as much as I did.

Did you like Harvey is softer side? Do you think Katrina and Bryan’s relationship will evolve into something romantic? What is your opinion about Alex?

See you next week!

Xxx

Georgia