February 2017 Wrap-up: Books I’ve Read

Here I am again with another monthly wrap-up. I’m late on publishing this post, but I kind of forgot that I started writing it. I’m all over the place at the moment.

BTW, I never thought I would enjoy doing something like this, but I couldn’t wait for the end of February to publish this post.

On my goodreads page I set the goal of reading 30 books in 2017, but as of now I’m at 11 and we are only 2 months into the year! I’m really happy I found my way back into reading!

Hope you like my wrap-up!


26114135It took me ages to figure out my thoughts on this book. Most of the time while reading this, I was appalled. I know the book stirred up some controversies but you need to understand why the author decided to tell us this heart-breaking story. Yes, it’s about an inappropriate relationship between an adult and a child but it’s so much more than that.

Wavy is the daughter of two drug dealers and Kellen is the thug that works with her father and although absolutely unhealthy, the relationship was touching. It wasn’t ugly. Well, it was, but not because the feelings shared between them weren’t true.
It’s a very sad story. It won’t make you cry but it will leave a sadness inside of you.

The title perfectly summons up the book: the relationship is ugly, the world is ugly, but in all of this ugliness, there are also wonderful (although wrong) things.
It’s very well-written, intriguing and fast-paced… I absolutely enjoyed it.

I love cheesy romantic books. It’s like watching “The Bachelor”: the only thing you do if laugh at the girls and say: “Oh Honey!”

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This book was basically an R-Rated version of Ezra and Aria’s relationship on Pretty Little Liars.

This was a nice surprise. It’s a story of love, lust, attraction and sex. A LOT OF SEX.
Apparently, I didn’t notice the “erotic” label… I’ve never read an erotic novel before and I wasn’t completely comfortable with it: I just wasn’t expecting it! And I felt it was sometimes unnecessary: ok, we get it. They are REALLY into each other!

But after the unnecessary sex and frankly the weird and unexplained thing with the druglord, I really enjoyed it! If you are looking for an erotic romance that’s not dull or stupid or badly written, this is for you!

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I had to read this for Uni and… well, German literature isn’t easy.

I really have no more things to say so…

 

 

 

30841109I watched the TV series when it came out in September and I got really into it and this is the book version.

I expected it to have a few difference from the tv show, but it was basically identical. Not that I’m complaining, but I had already seen the show so at times I was a bit bored.

If you haven’t managed to catch the series from ITV and you want to know about the first years of Victoria as the Queen of England.

28696602I found this book by accident. It was a tweet by Variety.com about Shonda Rhimes acquiring the rights to produce a comedy based on this book. And I decided to read it so I could have an idea of what to expect.

I liked it. It talks about social media, racism, people’s obsession with the digital world and more. Luvvie says some brutal truths and gives honest opinions. She speaks about being a black woman in America and she teaches us all lessons on social indifference.

At times I found it a bit boring and not entertaining, but it is definitely worth reading.


I hope you liked my brief reviews! I had the best reading months, mainly because I enjoyed almost all of them!

Talk to you soon!

Georgia     🙂

 

 

 

January Wrap-up: Books I’ve Read

I’ve never done anything like this before, so bear with me. In my Goodreads “2017 Reading Challenge” I put 30 books. I was being optimistic because last year I barely managed to get 20 done.

Since joining the website and subscribing to a few people on YouTube, I’ve been trying to get back into reading, because when I was little I used to LOVE reading. I read everything I could get my hands on, but ever since I started (and also finished) high school I never felt like it.

If you look through my blog, you can clearly see that one of my passions is television, but I want to get back to the written words.

In the month of January, I managed to read 3 books. And I’m pretty happy with that.

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling29069989

Even though I’m a huuuuuuge Harry Potter fan, I didn’t read the book straight away. I had heard some opinion (mainly disappointed reviews) and I didn’t want it to ruin everything. I gave it 3/5 stars, just because it was Harry Potter. But frankly, it felt like reading a badly written FanFiction. I think it doesn’t have the same depth and the same brilliance of the other 7. BUT, it was a screenplay. There are no descriptions, no context… Had I seen the play in London, I probably would have liked it more.

Just like I do when a TV series has an ending I don’t like, I’ll pretend this book doesn’t exist.

Sorry J.K. Still love you. ❤ ❤ ❤

  • 2928531Animal Farm by George Orwell

This book was recommended to me by the boy I’m tutoring and I really liked it! It’s about a group of animal that live on a farm and their decision to overthrow the owner and become independent.

It’s about dictatorships, democracy and rebellion… but the main characters are animals. It’s definitely something weird, but the metaphor is powerful. By the end of the book, you realize how easy it is to shift from one oppressive regime to another.

It’s not very long, it has a hundred pages but it’s an absolute must.

  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick 29868610

I love Anna Kendrick. I have seen a good amount of the movies she has made, so I was really interested in her book. It’s my third “celebrity/actor-book” (Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Yes, Please by Amy Poehler) and I was surprised! As I wrote in my review, there are a lot of stories about her starting out as a child-actor and cool behind-the-scenes anecdotes. That was what I loved the most about it. Seeing what is it like to be a movie star, dealing with fashion and award shows.

If you’re interested in these kind of things, and you like Anna Kendrick, definitely a book I’d recommend!


Hope you liked this post! I’m also more than half way through “The Shining” by Stephen King, but it’s so long and difficult to read. At least for me.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me!

Georgia   🙂

 

“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah

I finished reading this book a couple of minutes ago and as soon as I turned over the past page (and I finished crying) I started typing this review.

As I wrote on my Goodreads page: ONE OF THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ. EVER.

I’ve discovered Trevor Noah as a talk show host a couple of months ago and quickly fell in love with him. I watched a couple of this stand-up gigs on Youtube and when I discovered he was bringing out this book, I promised myself I would read it as soon as it came out.

And I’m so glad I did.

If you aren’t familiar with him, well… About a year ago, Trevor took over from Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show”, he is a comedian, he is from South Africa, he started doing stand-up when he was 18 and he was born a crime. trevor-noah-book-born-a-crime-stories-from-a-south-african-childhood

Trevor’s existence was illegal in South Africa: he was born in 1984 and apartheid was abolished in 1991. His mother is a black woman of Xhosa ancestry and his father is a swiss/german.

From his childhood and early adulthood, Trevor’s book teaches us about racism, apartheid and the multitude of problems of his country in an honest, genuine and heart-breaking way that is incredibly easy to follow.
When approaching this, you can’t think of him as the new host of “The Daily Show” or a celebrity, but just as a man from South Africa telling you this unbelievable story.
Trevor talks about apartheid, he explains to us reader (that like me aren’t particularly familiar with South Africa’s history) what it was actually like growing up in that time: the corruption of the police, poverty, church, faith, racism, feminism, equality and more. Trevor describes how difficult it was for him to identify in a specific group: is he black? is he white? Is he black enough? Is he white enough?

Young people should definitely read “Born a Crime”: this book could teach them a lot, not just about apartheid, but also about being a better person.

I can’t stress this enough: this book will be one of the best things you will read.
And a huge part of it, it’s because of Trevor’s mom Patricia. What an incredible woman.
Her life lessons included in the book are some of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard. She is such a strong and independent woman in a country that pushed against her as hard as it could. Her life story is amazing, inspiring and utterly heart-breaking.

I truly haven’t felt such passion for a book in a long time. Let’s just say that it made me cry. And I can count on one hand the number of times I have cried for a book.

I can’t really say this enough times: PLEASE, READ THIS BOOK.

While reading I underlined some of the best quotes in the book and I’ll write a separate post about them otherwise this one won’t ever end.

Now, go to the next bookshop and buy “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood”. You won’t regret it.

Georgia

 

“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

I don’t usually read books written by celebrities: they are boring, filled with stories and anecdotes I couldn’t care less about and almost every time there is a ghost writer involved. And they are made simply to promote themselves and increment their popularity.

And nowadays everybody is writing books: actors, youtubers and that person who is walking down the street whistling.

But recently I’ve decided to give it a go. First of all I read Aziz Ansari’s book (Modern Romance) and I have been talking about it here on my blog for AGES. And I was deeply thankful it wasn’t a biography.

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Not that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it if it were, because Aziz’s life is probably pretty interesting. Still, am I really interested in details of an actor/celebrity’s life? NO!

Amy Poehler’s book is different.

Altought there are a lot of childhood stories and personal experiences, Amy’s book has a made an impact on me. At the time she was writing it, she was going through a divorce and also finished the last season of her tv show “Parks and Recreation”.

She talked about being a nice person, her love for her job and her problems with working at SNL and raising her children. She divided her book in three sections: “Part One: say whatever you want”, “Part two: Do whatever you like” and “Part Three: Be whoever you are”.

An at least for me, it was inspirational. She also talks freely about drugs, alcohol and sex. I appreciate her honesty and although there were some parts that were more boring than others, I utterly enjoyed it.

If you are not familiar with her or her work, maybe this book won’t made sense to you, but here are a few passages from her book that I thought were inspiring and (at least for me) thought-provoking.

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I hope you liked this post… I recommend reading this book, even if you don’t know Amy’s life or work. I found it really interesting and inspiring… GO AMY!!

Georgia  🙂