November 2017: Books I’m Thankful For

I found this great group on Goodread.com that gives you monthly recommendation on books that other people enjoyed!

It think it’s a great wait to discover novels that otherwise I would have never discovered.

So, here is my personal list of books I’m thankful for:

Trevor Noah Born a Crime - bookI loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I’ve been telling every single person I know to read it. I’ve already talked about this book on my blog, but frankly more people need to get their hands on it.

This is current “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah’s autobiography. He was born during the apartheid in South Africa and since his mom was black and his father was white, he should not have existed. He was a crime.

He talks about what it was actually like growing up in that time: the corruption of the police, poverty, church, faith, racism, feminism, equality and more.

You can read my in-depth review of the book here.

18299542This is totally different genre. Polar opposites. I studied a couple of his poems in high school and I found this book for free on amazon. I purchased it and I read it. I had zero expectations and I was so surprised of how much I enjoyed myself.

Weirdly enough, it holds a special place in my heart because it was the first collection of poetry I loved. I hated poetry in school. Like, really hated it.

I still find it stupidly complicated, but I am so happy I liked it.

Aziz Ansari Modern Romance - bookLet’s finish the post the way we started it: with a comedian.

I read Aziz’s book in summer 2016 and I adore it. I think about it to this day. It’s so funny and interesting! Aziz and Eric Klinenberg went around America and the world to conduct focus groups about finding romance and relationships. He talks about types of love, navigating the dating world in his modern age and the difficulties people encounter nowadays.

Also, Aziz’s obsession with food is featured a lot in the book and I love it. I learnt a lot from it and I’ll probably read it again in a not-so-distant future.

23301805Another genre! This time non-fiction!

I had heard a lot of people talking about this and I am so happy I listened to them. This book is so important.

It’s a fabulous introduction to feminism. The author talks about what is means to be a feminist in the 21st Century, about issues both in the US and in her native country Nigeria, problems women face everyday in today’s society and (sadly) more.

I absolutely loved it and it has made me want to expand my knowledge on feminist literature and I currently have a pretty big TBR list of books I’m interested it.

I recommend it to everyone. Both man and women. But especially men. They should educate themselves and learn what feminism truly is. Equality.

25883848This is probably the best romance book I’ve read.

I read it in two days, I truly couldn’t put it down. The story is about Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two co-workers at a publishing company that hate each other. When they are up for the same promotion, they start to realize that maybe they are not enemies after all. I know it sounds cheesy and corny, but it’s very good. I’ve recommended it so many people!

It’s such a fun and light-hearted rom-com. I definitely hope someone will buy the rights for the movie. It will be a guarantee success. It was one of the books I’ve read this year that made me fall back in love with reading.

I can’t wait to read Sally Thorne’s second novel!




Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think about these books (if you’ve read them).

I’d love to start a discussion.

xxx

Georgia

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5 Stand-up Comedy Specials on Netflix You Should Watch

Before signing up to Netflix, I wasn’t really into Stand-up comedy. I had seen a couple of them, but I’d never thought I would find them funny.

But as soon as I realized that there were A LOT of specials on Netflix, I started watching.

Some of them have been bad, comedy that I did not enjoy. At All. But I have found some gems. I love when comedy makes you think and gives you a better understanding of other people’s point of view. That is what I look for. Not some stupid specials only about sex and unnecessary vulgarity. I’m not condemning it, bear in mind. If you read my posts you know I don’t hold back the swear words. But sometimes, it is just redundant.

That being said, I love a good and liberating curse word. But let’s get into the specials!!!

  • Trevor Noah: “Afraid Of The Dark”

Trevor Noah Afraid of the darkI didn’t watch “The Daily Show” when Jon Stewart was on. I wasn’t that interested in US politics and comedy that much, but after seeing Trevor on Stephen Colbert or James Corden, I decided to look back at past episodes and I became a huge fan of the show. I read Trevor’s book “Born a Crime” probably one of the best books I have read in a long time and when I saw he had a special on Netflix I just knew I would love it.

And I did. Trevor’s comedy style is social related. He talks about his life, being born from a black mother and white father in South Africa during the Apartheid years and feeling like he didn’t fit anywhere. His insights are wonderful and intelligent.

ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND IT.

  • Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”

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I LOVE HIM. I think his comedic style is great. I love the metaphors, the stories and the voice he is giving to muslim minorities. His stand-up is all about growing up as a Muslim, race, marriage, love, parents and more. Hasan has been a correspondent for the Daily Show since 2014 and his field pieces are always funny and thought-provoking. He delivers a esthetically beautiful and incredibly profound one and a half performance and I really cannot recommend it enough.

Just like all the other artists, he deals with social issues, forcing you to think about the problems he is talking about.

His speech at the “White House correspondents’ Dinner” is one of the best EVER. I strongly urge you to watch it. AMAZING. (Two other remarkable speeches are Seth Meyer‘s and Cecily Strong‘s.)

  • Aziz Ansari “Live At MGS”

AzizAziz was probably the first comedian I ever saw on stand up special of. And I completely fell in love with him. I read his book “Modern Romance” which I adore, and I think he has a very fun and approachable style to his performance. He talks about relationships, dating in this technological age and about a lot other topics.

He did two specials on Netflix, “Buried Alive” and “Live at Madison Square Garden” and whenever I feel a bit down and I actually need a pick me up, I put Aziz on and enjoy the ride!

  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

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After the first 5 minutes, I knew that this special was going to be one of my favourites. John Mulaney is amazing. If you are familiar with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live!”, you probably know we was a writer there and he co-created the character Stefon will Bill Hader. Stefon is supposed to give advice on the best places to visit in NYC and he can’t do it. He talks about weird places, strange people and more!

Anyway, John’s boyish looks and nice manners are exactly what I was looking for. He talks about marriage, being a catholic, meeting Bill Clinton and so on. He is so fun and I had an amazing time watching the special. Highly recommend it!

  • Cristela Alonzo: Lower classy

91c7833e10ab0fad12ab324f8fdb8561fde95e81I haven’t had the best experience watching female comedians. I adore Michelle Wolf on the Daily Show and I am sure there are a lot of great female comedians, but the ones that I have seen didn’t blow my mind.

Until I found Cristela Alonzo. In her special, she talks about Latino and Mexican stereotypes, being raised by her tough mother and more. Instead of the sex-based kind of comedy, she talked about social issues, experiences from her own life and more. I really enjoyed her special and I’ll definitely keep an eye on her for any future gigs.



I would love to know if you had any recommendations for comedy specials, please let me know! I’m always looking for new comedians!

xxx

Georgia

 

69th Primetime Emmy Awards 2017

So, the Emmys happened exactly a week ago and as I expected, it was

THE BEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR

Writing this post took me ages!

I watched the red carpet on the E! News YouTube page and I wanted to watch the actual show on TV, but here it wasn’t transmitted with the original audio, and so I had to find an online streaming service. Why didn’t you allow foreign broadcast networks to have the original audio, CBS? I don’t care about the commentators opinions, I want to listen to the Emmys with the original audio.

Aside from this, it was fantastic. Last year I posted my thoughts on the shows and on the Emmys but this year I decided to simply write down my predictions and then make a post about it.

I guessed correctly quite a few winners, especially in the main categories and I’m so thrilled the people that I had picked actually won the award. But I got both of outstanding drama and outstanding comedy wrong. I was aware that maybe my picks were not the most popular and were not the one so we’re going to win, but I chose them anyway I really wanted “The Crown” and “Master of None” to win.

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I’m thrilled that Nicole Kidman won lead actress in a mini series because her performance in “Big Little Lies” was mesmerising. I’m not a huge fan of Nicole, I don’t think I have ever seen a movie with her, which is quite unusual if I think about it.

Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and the SNL Family deserved the recognition they got for their amazing work and the political satire.

I’m extremely glad that “Master of None“‘s Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for outstanding writing a comedy series because the episode “Thanksgiving” was fantastic and that they decided to reward black LGBTQ actress and writer. And can we talk about Sterling K Brown winning outstanding lead actor in a drama? He totally deserved it! The first black man since 1998!

Absolutely ecstatic for Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed and obviously my favourite comedian/journalist John Oliver, who decided out of the blue to thank Oprah in his speech for not reason at all. I knew he was going to win the outstanding variety talk serie, but I was so surprised and so happy when he did. He is always hilarious and wonderful.

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The only prizes I wasn’t too keen on, were Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep. I watched season 1-2 and 6 but it’s not my cup of tea. And I have similar feelings about “The Handmaid’s Tale”. I read the book and liked the first few episodes. I’ll probably finish it, but I liked “The Crown” better. But what these shows reflected the political climate we are it.

This year, the shows were more political than eve, from describing the horrible conditions of the criminal justice system to domestic abuse to a dystopian society when women prisoners and stripped of all their rights in order to become sex slaves. This is what I love about television, the fact that it brings a different reality into your life, reality that you wouldn’t know anything about if it weren’t for TV. Shows like “Atlanta“, “Master of None”, “The Night Of” bring diversity and something unknown to you. They allow you to see a world, often a broken and unfair world that’s miles away from you. But if you don’t see it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Everything this year has been incredibly political, with electing Donald Trump in the White House, with his signing of discriminating and racially biased presidential decree, “Liberal” Hollywood felt like it was necessary to shine a light on those issues the president is desperately trying to avoid. AND THEY WERE RIGHT.

Something that caused a lot of controversy was Sean Spicer’s appearance. If you’re not familiar with him, he is Donald Trump’s former press secretary and he delivered his famous line about the size of Trump’s crowd at his inauguration. I literally screamed when I saw him. My initial reaction was basically Anna Chlumsky’s:

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Some people said Stephen shouldn’t have shone a light on him. He lied and deceived the american people and now it feels like he is being rewarded and being made more “lovable” and cartoon-ish. They are probably right, but just from an entertainment point of view… it was golden.

Aside from this, I had the time of my life watching it, I think Stephen Colbert did an amazing job, especially his opening monologue. He was funny, provocative, unapologetic and… he’s just the best!

Have you seen the Emmys? Are you happy with the winners? Who did you think was snubbed?

 

Xxx

Georgia

Master of None

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I can’t even remember how I discovered this series, but it’s just magnificent. Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show talks about the life of a 30-year-old actor named Dev who lives in NYC.

Aziz (who created wrote and produced the series) is also the main character. The series deals with extremely important social issues, from the alternative birth control Plan B, appreciating immigrant parents, a relationship in this modern and technological age and discrimination, sexism and injustice.

It’s a comedy, but not some dumb and idiotic thing with no actual depth. I was really surprised by the quality of the show. Not because I didn’t have faith in Aziz, but it said comedy and the trailer is upbeat and funny. I hadn’t realized the social issues that were being discussed.

Season 2 is coming out tomorrow on Netflix and I plan on completely putting my life on hold and binge watching the shit out ot of this new season.

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I love this series so much because it’s real. I’ve been saying it a lot in past blog post (This is us mainly…), but this is what I’m looking for in a tv series.

The cast is really good, really authentic, diverse and really talented! Denise and Arnold are just two amazing characters and Lena Waithe and Eric Wareheim are hilarious. Also, Dev’s mom and dad are Aziz’s real parents! And they are soo funny!

 

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Left to Right: Aziz’s parent Shoukath and Fatima Ansari, Alan Yang, Lena Waithe, Aziz Ansari, Kelvin Yu, Eric Wareheim and Noel Wells

All the episodes are amazing, but if I had to choose, episodes 4-6-7-8 are the best.

Episode 4 is called: Indians on TV, where Dev talks about the lack of roles for Indian men to play and the stereotypes he has to overcome. He inadvertently sees an email from an executive producer with racism remarks and he had to decide how to act.

Episode 6: Nashville: Dev invites Rachel, the girl he likes, to a spontaneous trip to Nashville. The episode is just adorable. It’s something different than the usual first date and it’s truly delightful.

AND NOW, MY FAVOURITE! Episode 7: Ladies and Gentleman: This one is pure gold. Rachel and Dev’s friend Denise explain to their friend the constant misogyny that is (sadly) part of our everyday life. I was really impressed by the episode. It’s rare to see a TV that deals with this horrible issue as well as “Master of None”. What I truly appreciated about it, is that they stated that men can’t understand the situation. They don’t face the same problems as women do and consequently, aren’t aware of how big the problem actually is.

Episode 8: Old People: I also loved that Aziz and Alan Yang (the two main creators of the show) took the time to dedicate an episode to the elderly. I love my Grandmother and I realized I don’t spend as much time with her as I want to. We tend to forget that they can become lonely, especially if widowed. Even though the episode is absolutely silly sometimes, it’s thought-provoking and it will definitely make you pick up the phone and call your grandparents.


I am a huge fan of Aziz… both of this stand-up work and his acting roles… and don’t get me started on his book “Modern Romance” because I LOVED IT!

I’m really excited about season 2, mainly because it was partially shot here in Italy, so I can’t wait to see how Aziz decided to portray my country.

I hope you’ll check it out and you’ll let me know your opinions.

See you!

Georgia