January / February Reading Wrap-up 2018

So far in these first two months of the year I’ve read 10 books. Some of them were university related, one was really bad, three where about feminism, one about politics,  one contemporary literature and a re-read!!!!

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The first book of the year was hell. I believe there is a circle of Dante Inferno where they make the souls read this book as punishment.

It’s Miracle on 5th Street by Sarah Morgan.

You can read my full review here. I won’t be spending any more of my time talking about this shit.



Then I finished my university books: “John Donne’s Poetry”, “Shakespeare and the idea of the play” and Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry IV Part 1”

I can’t say I’ve enjoyed all of them. I was too worried for the exam!

One that really got to me, was Midsummer Night’s Dream. I absolutely loved it. After reading the tragedies and the historical plays, it was nice to have a break and read this fun and light comedy.
I recommend also watching the 2014 play that was adapted because the set design was AMAZING.

“The play within the play” concept was very interesting because it gave us an insight on how the actors prepared for the performance and how it was staged for an audience.

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4914761The next book I read was a feminist essay by Jessica Valenti, “The Purity Myth“.

I am sooooo into feminism literature and feminism in general and I really really liked this.

This book was filled with new information and I realised I knew very little about virginity, sex, the relationship between women and sex, abortion, pro-life / pro-choice reproductive rights and more.

Why men want to control women’s bodies, either through the government or religion, is beyond me.
Some of the stories mentioned are appalling. Speaking as someone who has never been taught a sex ed class, I have become aware of how important it is.
Being educated with TRUE and MEDICALLY correct facts is essential.

What I like about this book is that the author gives a sort of solution at the end. She encouraged people to speak their minds and to do something to combat the sexualisation of young women in our culture, the misogyny women have to face every day and the shame we have to endure because we decided to have sex and not wait until marriage. Or because we have had multiple sexual partners in our life.

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36595101The next book was “Fire And Fury” by Michael Wolff

At first, when news about the book and its contents surfaced, I was super excited. The more I knew about the book, the more I was convinced it was all stories based on a few truths.

and it’s exactly what it is. Gossip.

Bear in mind, I am no fond of this administration or Trump himself, but this was mostly a pointless read without verified sources.

Some of the rumours were just entertaining and easy to be made fun of.

To be fair, th entire presidency is just a joke.

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343196Then I decided to read Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”.

Published in 1899, this book talks about female infidelity in the upper class’ day-to-day life. The short novel in centred around this woman and her efforts to break free of gender roles, her honest feelings about her family and her not-so-happy marriage with her husband.

I liked it. Some parts more than others. I liked her independent spirit and her decision not to follow what was socially acceptable, but to go after what she really wanted.

Overall, I gave it 3.5 stars.

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18813642After the “The Awakening”, I was in the mood of more feminism literature, so I read Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist”.

I like it! It’s a collection of essays about Gay’s thoughts on feminism, what it mean to be a feminist and her life.

Some of them were about films or people I knew nothing about so it was difficult to follow.
Nonetheless, I appreciated her point of view and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot more about being a feminist and mostly, being a “bad feminist”.
I’ve learnt about the different sides of feminism, how extremely complicated it is to both understand it and be an advocate for it.

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Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When I first started reading this I thought it was going to be a stupid chick-lit, but it quickly changed into a nice story.

It all revolved around the concept: “What would me life be like, had this event not happened?”

It alternates one chapter in one timeline and the next one in the other timeline. I thought it was interesting how a person can change depending on the experiences she makes.

Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles after moving to a lot of different cities and having pointless jobs. She meets with her friend Gabby, they go to a bar to celebrate and she finds her high school ex boyfriend and she makes a choice: go home with him or get back to Gabby’s house.

And from this point on, the story divides itself into two different storylines.

I gave it 4/5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐



15789872And last but not least, I read Tina Fey’s biography “Bossypants“.

I ordered it on Amazon for about 5€. I recently watched “30 ROCK” and I fell in love with Tina all over again.

I liked it even more this second time. I knew more about her, about the show, about her SNL life and more.

Tina is hilarious, funny, unapologetic and cool. I absolutely recommend it, especially if you are a Tina Fey fan.

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Here we are! Done!

Wow this took a long time to write!

Hope you enjoyed it.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me or if you have read any of these books.

xxx

Georgia

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Book Review: Miracle on 5th Street by Sarah Morgan

THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THIS SHITTY BOOK. I shouldn’t even write this disclaimer because I would do you a favour by telling you the end.

This was so bad. Like, really really bad.
I joined a great book chick-lit club and up until this one, the books I’ve read were really good. 

For example, they recommended Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (an amazing and heartwarming story about a socially inadequate girl) and The Hating Game (a fantastic romance between two colleagues who are competing for the same promotion).
This, on the other hand, was completely horrible.

I hated everything about it. Literally every single thing.
It was sexist, full of stereotypes, the plot was ridiculous, the dialogues idiotic, the writing mediocre and filled with so many outdated tropes of the genre.

And it’s not over!

It’s about a girl (whose name I forgot) and obviously the man she falls in love with. In the span of a couple of weeks.

Because it’s something that happens. Here and on “The Bachelor” franchise.

The protagonist works for a party planning / event organizing company and she gets hired to decorate this guy’s house for Christmas.
She is the typical happy, bubbly, positive and christmas-loving girl and he is a thriller novelist who hates everything and everyone.
Somehow in the first 50 pages she mentions sex, having said sex and how she wants to have sex with him.

And of course he fantasizes about her! There is a line in the book and I swear on my sister, it goes: “The Kitten has claws”
NO. No. No. No.

Basically, Lucas’ grandmother (Lucas is the hunk whose apartment she is decorating) paid for Eva (the girl’s name finally came to mind!!) to make the house feel christmas-y so when he came back from his writing session in Vermont, he would find the surprise.
But he is not in Vermont, he is in his apartment! But the grandma paid for Eva to stay where and of course she HAS to finish her job so she stays there with him!
All of a sudden, inspiration strikes and he finds himself writing a novel based on this girl’s personality.
UTTER BULLSHIT.

Then the grandmother is being a pimp and trying to pair them off, then there is some gala she RSVPs without his permission so they are forced to go to the ball, they sleep together, then some awkwardness, then some other shit happens.
We find out his dead wife was cheating on him so now he doesn’t believe in true love and she is really upset by this because of course she believes in it! Then they argue for some reason and then… HAPPY ENDING!
They’ll be together forever!

Other things that bothered me:
– his wife’s name is Sallyanne which reminds me of Kellyanne Conway, so that was a big NO from the start.
– Eva, the protagonist, is basically the SNL’s sketch with the brilliant Cecily Strong: the one dimentional female character from a male driven comedy. This sketch must have been based on Eva from this book.

I hated it from start to finish. I don’t know why I kept reading… maybe just to write this review and tear it to pieces.
Anyway, it’s horrible. Don’t read it. Do something better with your time.

Watch Brooklyn Nine Nine.

xxx

Georgia

2017 Reading Wrap-up and 2018 Reading Goals

Sooooo… it’s 2018! Personally, I don’t care whether it’s 2017 or 2018. It’s still the same. No difference whatsoever. The only exception is that my goodreads reading challenge has started again.

I’m here to do my reading wrap-up for 2017 and share some of the reading goals I want to achieve this year.

At the beginning of 2017 I set my challenge at 30 books and by June I had already accomplished it! So I set it again for 50 and I managed to read 55!

I’m quite happy about that and Booktube has motivated me so much to read and talk more about literature.

Here you can see all the stats for my 2017 reading challenge!

The second part of the year was amazing! I read some of my favourite books, both fiction and non-fiction.

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I read 3 autobiographies, 5 Shakespeare plays, 2 Stephen King’s HUGE novels, 3 Harry Potter books, 3 collections of poetry, 1 Canadian, 1 russian, 1 american, 1 german and 6 british literature Classics, 3 books about US politics, 2 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie essays and a ton of contemporary literature.

Frankly I’m quite impressed. Forgive me for being a bit smug but I am proud of my list.

There are still books I wasted my time on, books I read just because I had them on my digital shelf and some books I’ve read two times because of university!


For my 2018 goals, I want to read something that has meaning. Not just the first book whose cover I fancy.

For the first part of the year, I didn’t have goals or interests. I just wanted to get back into reading. But from June to December, I read books I was genuinely interested in. I’ll try to keep that up in 2018 and DNF those books I don’t like. (and yet the first book I finished in 2018 was a horrendous, stupid and idiotic chick-lit I will be removing from my memory).

Aside from that, in 2018 I’d like to read more feminist related books: essays, poetry, collections of short stories and more.

I’d like to read more books about US politics (I have my eyes on a newly released book about collusion with the russians and I’m trying to get my mom to buy it for me).

Something else I’d like to read are books with strong female protagonist, books about mental health, about racism and sexism and about characters that are different from me.

To be specific, there are a 5 books I’m looking forward to:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Living History

Luke Harding, “Collusion. How Russia Helped Trump Win The Election.”

All of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s publications

Ian McEwan, “Atonement

Julia Baird, “Victoria: The Queen: An Intimated Biography of the Woman who Ruled an Empire”

Let me know what books you’ve loved this year and if you have any recommendation!

xxx

Georgia

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