Am I Scrooge?

This year I haven’t been feeling the whole Christmas vibe. At all.

I’m feeling so unimpressed by all these decorations and trees and holly people. Ew.

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Everything is Christmas related and people have started feeling “christmas-y” since November 1st.

No. No. N.

Also, if I hear one more person saying the word “festive” or “christmas-y”, I’m going to punch them in the face.

I like the days up to Christmas… like, the 22nd, 23rd and 24th… The presents, the hot chocolate, the thick comforter on my bed.

What I truly dislike is the consumerism aspect of it all.

Stop trying to sell me stuff. I appreciate the sales because I’m a student so I’m poor, but calm down, people!

I know I sound like a 90 year-old grumpy old lady but this excess is killing me. It’s all too much and I can’t handle it.

That’s it. Rant over.

Happy Holidays.

xxx

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November 2017 Wrap-up

I can’t believe I did a TBR post and I almost stuck to it!!!

At the beginning of the month I did a post about the books I was planning on reading and I never follow them. But I did!

This makes me happier than it should.

Literally, the first sentence in that post was: “I don’t know why I am doing this because I know I won’t be able to stick to it, but here I am again with another TBR.”

I’m going to stop talking about this and go on with the books I’ve read in the month of November!!!

by Sabrina Benaim

3.5 STARS

I really like it. Especially the parts about depression. I’m new at poetry and some of the pieces in this collection were difficult for me (as a newbie) to read. Next year, I really want to try to read more contemporary poetry. If you have recommendations, please let me know.


by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

5 STARS

I loved “We should all be feminists” with all my heart and if possible, I loved this even more. This is an essay EVERY SINGLE PERSON SHOULD READ.
I wish my parents had given me these incredible suggestions when I was younger.
Now, as a 21 year old woman, I have come to the realisation that this is how I want educate my future children.

I’ve downloaded almost all of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books and I’m planning on reading them all. Absolutely amazing.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT


by Benjamin Alire Saenz

5 STARS

I really liked “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” but this was even better.

Benjamin Alire Saenz’s writing is simple and clear and yet it conveys all the emotions and depth he wanted to impart on the reader.

This is a stoy about Sal, his relationships, his friends, his mexican-american family and his adoptive gay father. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about pain, faith, loss, abandonment and what struck me the most, was the friendships.

Saenz’s descriptions of the relationship in this book are so real. They are healthy, supportive, non-judgemental and unadulterated.

I truly adored it and I’d probably read it again in the future.

by Brit Bennett

4.5 STARS

I saw the lovely and adorable Mollie on Molliereads talking about this book and I HAD to read it.

And boy, am I happy I followed her recommendation.

I absolutely loved this book! I loved the writing and the story was just heart-breaking.
Within the first few chapters, I was immediately hooked.

This is the story of a small black community in South California and their secrets. Nadia Turner is a 17 year old girl that gets involved with the pastor’s son and gets pregnant. Nadia is dealing with a lot, her mother having recently comminted suicide, and so she decides to get an abortion. At the same time, she befriends Aubrey and the two become best friends. We see snippets of their lives as they grow old and become adults. The secrets they try to hide and the resentment and hurt that rips apart these characters.

It’s the “what if” dilemma that we all have had to deal with. The decisions we took as teenagers and young adults still have an impact on our adult life. But do we regret them? Are we still wondering “what if I had done this differently?” “What if this hadn’t happened to me?”.

All the grief, loss, love, betrayal and intimacy problems felt incredibly real and it truly break my heart.
And Nadia’s need for independence and distance from the small and narrow minded town resonated so much with me.

I really like it and wouldn’t mind reading it again.


Let me know what books you’ve read this months or if you have any recommendations!

xxx

Georgia

I jinxed it.

This has been a difficult month. Truly difficult.

In my last life update, I was positive. Optimistic. Well, it all went down the toilette on November 1st.

The irony.

A little bit of background story…. In Italy, November 1st is a national holiday. It’s the day when, if you’re christian, you celebrate the gestures and sacrifices Saints made throughout the history of Christianity. (Which is sort of funny because November 2nd is the day in which we remember the people who died, we go to the cemetery to visit them and we pay our respects).

Aside from this lesson in Christian culture (that I’m not really a fan of), I was supposed to take my granddad to the city centre. He is 87 and they revoked his driving license. I got mine so I could help out and so at 9.45AM I was ready to pick him up.

Long story short, a lady hit me with her car 50 meters after I dropped him off. She didn’t stop at the STOP sign and hit me on my left side.

MY WORST NIGHTMARE.

I’ve talked about my fear of driving extensively on this blog. A car accident was the main thing I was terrified about. The worst possible scenario that could have happened did. We weren’t hurt. Not even a little bit. We were both going so slow. I was at 25 km/h, she was even slower. But it did happen. And this completely threw me off.

I had started going to Uni and for two weeks, I was paralyzed at home, scared of my own shadow. I cried for 3 days straight. Every time someone brought up the word “car”, I would just freeze and my eyes would water.

So, yeah. My positive blog entry jinxed me.

Three days ago, we brought the car back home. It was in the shop for a month and the insurance company took care of everything. And yet, I’m still terrified. I hate it so much. I’m a responsible driver. I go slow, I stop at every sign, I don’t go over the limit. NEVER. But every time I see a car coming from my left or right side, I flinch.

My mom has been incredibly supportive. When I broke down sobbing after we did the accident report with the lady, she said she was so sorry and she was hurting for me because she knew how scared I was of driving. She says that now I’ve been “baptized” and that everything from now on, it’s going to go smoothly. Ever the pessimist that I am, I don’t really believe her.

It was just back luck. In italy, we call it “sfiga”.

Our family friend had the best response. His wife bumped the car against a lamp pole a couple of months before and he said: “I wish it would have happened to me, so the insurance would fix it and I wouldn’t have to pay it myself.”

It was a dumb joke that I desperately needed. So thanks, V.

It took me a month to be semi-okay with this. But since today, I went and took my granddad to the city centre for his bar chats with his friends (and nothing happened), I wanted to get it out of my chest.

I’m off now. I have to go and bring him back home.

(as I was writing this, my mom said my uncle is going to take him home. I so relieved you can’t even imagine it.)

xxx

 

Stranger Things 2 – REVIEW

I can’t believe how much I loved it. (And yes, I know I’m a months late reviewing the show. I’ve been busy, people. )

When “Stranger Things” came out last year, I was not impressed. At all. It simply isn’t (or should I say “wasn’t”?) my preferred genre. (If you’re interested you can read my reviews here and here)

The day it came out I was working all afternoon so when I came home and asked my sister what she thought about it, she played it cool. She didn’t say much.

But since I almost had a weekend to myself, I binged it in 2 days. And what a magnificent show. Wow. I was truly impressed.

This season was on a whole new level. The acting is still amazing, especially from the kids. A big shoutout to Will because he was incredible. I was mesmerized by his performance. They explored every single person on the show, resulting in a fantastic character development.

And we all know who I’m talking about. Everyone’s favourite mom: Steve Harrington.

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I still can’t believe how perfectly his character development was: from being kind of a dick, to an attentive, emotionally intelligent and responsible young man. He is truly my favourite person on the show.

And let’s talk about Billy (played by Dacre Montgomery)! A wonderful omage to Jack Nicholson’s characters in his various horror movies in the 80s.

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Not having been around in that period of time, I am 100% sure a lot of the reference went over my head but this one was perfect. Dacre was so believable as Billy. A truly madman, a psycopath. Can’t wait to see what they have in store for him in Stranger Things 3.

Chief Jim Hopper was another pleasant surprise. I really had no opinion about him in season 1, but they deepened his personality, both his qualities and vices and turned him into an amazing character.

The only thing I truly didn’t like about this was Eleven’s storyline. Don’t make me talk about episode 7 because I’m already mad. Her living with Hopper was clever and their dynamic together was super interesting, but then the whole “I need to find my mother and sister” bullshit was just a big NO for me. Episode 7, in particular, was a total waste of my time. The only good thing that came out of it was “bitchin'”. That’s it.

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Let’s change topic or I’ll get angry…

On top of the great storylines and performances by ALL the actors, the directorial style was new and exciting. Scarier than the previous season and perfectly in sync with the horror vibe of the show.

Even though I laughed out loud in the most absurd and violent parts, I completely fell in love with it. I’ve been considering watching it again this weekend. To be fair, it’s not like I have suddenly discovered this is my favourite genre, but the show has made me appreciate it a lot. I found many parts to be hilarious and incredibly funny, even when they were meant to be devastating.

Anyway, I’m already waiting for part 3 of Stranger Things. I’ll be thinking of Joe Keery in the meantime.

xxx

Georgia