I can’t believe it’s been 24 months since I started writing my blog. It still feels like yesterday I uploaded my first post!
I’ve had a tremendous time, connecting with amazing people and writing about the things I love.
Thank you to those who have read my rants, my reviews and my personal breakdowns. These two years have been challenging and this blog has helped me process my feelings and thoughts and it has helped me moving on.
So… I haven’t read anything recently. Well, not just recently. According to my Goodreads reading challenge, I’m 10 books behind schedule.
The last proper book I’ve read is a chick-lit “The Wedding Date” and before that I read “Feminism is for everybody” by Bell Hooks.
If you do not count the adorable children’s book published by HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”, “A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo“. It is a story about Marlon Bundo, VP Mike Pence’s bunny, that falls in love with another boy bunny and wants to marry him. If you haven’t already, buy the book . All proceeds go to the Trevor Project and AIDS United.
But now I’m here to share my TBR for the month of June!!
“A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey
I’m obsessed with American Politics. Obsessed. I talk about it constantly. Even on here. And so when the news that the former FBI director, fired by Donald Trump and kickstarter of the Mueller investigation, had written a book, I KNEW I had to get my hands on it.
I’m already halfway through and it is an incredibly interesting story. Not just regarding what happened with Trump, but his life story is pretty gripping. I read almost 150 pages in one sitting. Can’t wait to get to the Donald Trump part!
“Everyday Sexism” by Laura Bates
It’s a collection of different topics all centered around sexism and discrimination against women. Along with data and a lot of information, it narrates a huge variety of stories told by a multitude of women through the internet. In emails, Facebook posts, tweets and more.
At the same time, it’s both a fascinating and horrifying reading. Can’t wait to finish it. I’m almost at the “half” mark.
Not onto the books I haven’t started yet:
“Spring Awakening” by Frank Wedekind
I watched NBC’s 10-episode show “Rise” and the kids were staging this play. After listening to the songs and getting a general vibe about what the show is about, I decided I wanted to read the text.
I’ve also tried to find the DVD of the 2006 musical with Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff, but so far no luck.
“The Hellfire Club” by Jake Tapper
I like CNN anchor Jake Tapper. I don’t get CNN here, but I’ve seen him multiple times on YouTube clips and on Stephen Colbert’s and this book seems interesting.
It’s set in the 1950s, in Washington DC and it tells the story of Charlie Marder, a newly appointed congressman that starts uncovering secret after secret.
I don’t read much historical fiction (like, not at all) but this sounded fun.
Now thing start getting a little tricky. I don’t know what to read. I have a huge TBR but nothing stands out! I have thrillers, YA, chick-lit, politician’s biographies (Hillary Clinton’s), books about feminism, politics, Queen Victoria and so much more!
But I can’t decide! There is so much crap in here. I don’t even now what I put some of these books in there.
I browsed through it and I found some books I might want to read, but please let me know if you have any recommendation. Any book you like. Maybe some poetry. I am open to anything (expect maybe sci-fi.).
I’m so tired. This electoral campaign is killing me.
Here in Italy there is such a toxic and poisonous environment: these elections are fucking disgusting.
Long story short: all the candidates are terrible.
Fascists, fascists, more fascists, idiots, ignorant idiots, annoying people and a disgraced former prime minister with tax evasion convictions, accusations of having had sex with a 17-year-old and the “elegant dinner parties” in which he had strippers, prostitutes and so much more.
Yes, I’m talking about Silvio Berlusconi. We all thought he had retired, he had recused himself to private life, walking his stupid dog and feeding lambs. (Just google the lamb thing. *epic eye roll* ).
I’m so fed up with this revolting climate.
We have far-right movements that want migrants out of the country, hate the LGBTQ+ community, hate the European Union, hate “the system” (whatever that is). They made deplorable comments about our speaker of the house, Laura Boldrini who has received rape and death threats because she is a woman in power.
I’m talking about Matteo Salvini, fascist in chef of the “Lega” party. A truly horrid human being.
And yet, there was a stand in the middle on the Piazza of my city, encouraging people to vote for them. We are in a very Pro-Lega zone and some comments I’ve heard have been truly horrific.
Then there is the “5 star movement”: a group of entitled, arrogant and dodgy individuals whose policy is currently unclear. They are new to politics and their unpreparedness is the cause of the many scandals they have been a part of and irresponsible decisions they have made. You can consider them “centrists”?
Here is a cartoon of all the coalitions and political parties:
Then, last but not least, we have the left.
As a very liberal person, I’ve been trying to find a candidate that I could embrace.
But there is a pretty big problem: there are too many parties inside the left. They decided to split into tiny tiny sections, instead of uniting and fighting against the Right.
People aren’t very comfortable talking about their vote: I am.
I’m voting left. I’m voting for the Democratic Party.
Because I like them? No. I don’t. I agree with some of the things they are talking about and promising to us. But I don’t particularly like Matteo Renzi, the supposed leader of the PD (Democratic Party) and man who will inevitably be chosen by the President of the Republic to form the government.
After reading this you’ll probably think: “Why are you voting for someone you don’t really like?”
The answer is simply. I’m doing what American Voters should have done in 2016.
YOU VOTE THE LEAST WORST CANDIDATE
We have to ensure that the Right won’t win. Sadly, casting your vote for a small leftist party would spread the numbers and therefore, nobody would stand a chance to win against the other aisle.
Italian politics are ugly. We are known for our cases of ignorance, corruption and racism.
And for this, I also blame myself.
I didn’t get invested. I didn’t do anything to support what I believe. Mainly because, I don’t see represented in a candidate what I stand for.
There are no campaigns, no ways in which young people can get involved. I also never spoke about it on social media. (Maybe for the better, since you can’t change people’s mind via Facebook and what you get into are just arguments and fights).
I wish I had the opportunity of doing something more, I wish there was a united left I whose beliefs I could relate to.
What I’m saying is: Please vote left. Please don’t let Salvini and Berlusconi’s coalition become the next government.
We are already so so so behind on everything. We can’t move backwards.
And now, I’m leaving you with Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’s newest desk piece about our upcoming elections.
He will explain everything so much better than I ever could.
And for more fun: here is a ridiculous poster made my Italians to explain to English-speaking people what our parties (and candidates) stand for:
This was supposed to be a single post, but then I realised I watched so many pilots!
I love pilots. They have to capture the audience’s attention and get us interested in watching the following episodes. It’s so confusing: you don’t know the characters, you don’t understand what’s going on and you’re trying to figure out if the show it’s actually good or just garbage.
So here are my first impressions!
The Good Place
I don’t understand why it took me so long to start warching this show. It’s produced and created by Michael Schur. A television GOD! You might have heard of some of his projects: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine Nine… COMEDY PERFECTION!
The Good Place is about a woman (Kristen Bell) who finds herself in the afterlife and tries to figure out what it means to be good.
It’s such an interesting concept! Kristen Bell’s character Eleonor arrives at the Good Place, a perfect town overseen by its architect Michael. She meets her neighbours, her supposed soul-mate and Janice, the Good Place’s personal assistant.
It’s so peculiar, weird, funny, magical and more.
I already love it! Micheal Schur, you did it again, you amazing genius.
The Good Place season 2 finale airs Feb 1st at 8:30/7:30c on NBC
I’ve watched quite a lot of medical dramas in the past and I enjoy them. So when I saw that the great Emily Vancamp was starring in a new show, I knew that I had to watch it.
Starring Matt Czuchry as the arrogant bad boy Doctor, Manish Dayal as his new and ambitious Devin Pravesh and Emily Vancamp as Nic the Nurse.
It’s about ethic, hospital rivalry and it gives an insight on the ugly and manipulative side of the health care system.
I was expecting something more. They sidelined Emily Vancamp as a background character and love interest, the driven and skilled minority doctor (the Cristina Yang of the situation), the old doctor that doesn’t want to retire (Dr. Webber in season 6) and the careless, arrogant, fearless jeans-wearing doctor (TC from NBC’s The Night Shift).
Something that drove crazy while watching “The Resident”, was seeing Matt Czuchry’s Dr. Hawkings displaying Jess Mariano’s characteristics: Logan Huntzberger with Jess’s personality? It confused the hell out of me. It totally messed with me. I still have to wrap my mind around it.
I like it. I’ll probably keep watching.
The Resident airs on Mondays at 9/8c on FOX
Let me know your opinions on these shows! I’d love to discuss!