Holiday Wrap-up 2017

I’m back from my holiday! It was good, I got super tanned and read quite a lot.

Let me start by saying this: I did not read as much as I wanted: there was Wi-Fi at the beach! FREE WI-FI!!! For the first time EVER! John Oliver was on, loads of makeup tutorial and a ton of bookish videos. How could I resist?!

Even though I was quite absorbed with my tv shows and youtube videos, I am quite happy with the selection of books I managed to finish.

So in 2 weeks, I read 5 books:

  • The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

19301797I’ve wanted to read this book for ages and I finally did it! There are flaws and some of the main focus points were a bit ridiculous but it was fast-paced and extremely engaging. If you are looking for a murder mystery book you can’t put down, I’d recommend this one. The relationship between Harry and Nola felt a bit stupid, but I couldn’t stand the romance between them. I wasn’t impressed by Quebert’s obsession of scribbling Nola’s name everywhere… it sounded like he was a 12-year-old school boy. But maybe this is exactly what the writer intended. Other than that, this book is an amazing page turner.

I LOVE the writing: simple, quick, no long descriptions and engaging.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars!


  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

12957I wanted to read it again just to see the play with David Tennant and Catherine Tate… but I haven’t seen it yet! πŸ™„

The play was longer than I imagined and more difficult! “Othello” was definitely easier but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Reading it in English was quite challenging, I have to admit it. The edition I have has a translation of the right side and sometimes I had to read it in italian to properly understand what was going on.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars!


  • Aristotle and Dante Explore The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

12000020I read this book in two days. I could not put it down. Absolutely adored it. It is definitely worthy of all the hype that has been going around.
Although at times I felt like some of the conversations between Dante and Aristotle were weird and (in my experience) a bit forced, I LOVED IT.

It made me feel warm inside, happy and sad at the same time. The two families were probably one of the most amazing things of the book.

Would recommend it to EVERYBODY. Please read it. It’s truly wonderful! The writing is very good, quick and fast-paced and at the same time full of emotions.

I am picking up Benjamin Alire Saenz’s second book as soon as I can!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars!


18302455This book is completely useless.
Nothing happens. Literally nothing. I was waiting for something, even a tiny little bit of action… but it never did.
And not in a cute Downton Abbey kind of way.
The main character Mae is totally stupid, has no personality and she is just terrible.
You just follow her journey of becoming an even bigger idiot throughout the course of the book.

I gave it two start just because the message of the book isn’t too made. I make you think of what kind of society we are becoming. But if you are into this genre, I suggest not reading this and watching “Black Mirror”. A thousand times better.

I am sorry I wasted time reading this. The premise was good, the delivery poor. It made no sense to me. There was no beginning, no end, no resolution, no tension, no problems.
400 pages of nothing.

I don’t usually write negative review, but this was dumb.

⭐⭐ 2 stars!


23299522I studied russian in school and I read parts of “Il cappotto” (The coat) in its original language. I tried to read other classics but russian novels are intimidating. These two short stories are hilarious and make no sense. They are so fun to read and although the ending is not a happy one, you won’t be disappointed.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars!



Hope you liked this wrap-up and please let me know your opinions or any recommendations you might have.

Thanks for reading!

Georgia πŸ’™πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‰

Summer TBR 2017

Since I’ve started watching Booktube, I’ve so much more into reading. When I was in high school I spent so much time reading and taking notes that the last thing I wanted to do, was to pick up a book.

But now I have more time, I study literature at university and I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the book world. So I have decided that this summer I’m going to read as much as I can. I have compiled a list of books I want to get my hands on while at the beach for two weeks.

Let’s get into it!!

  • 12000020Aristotle and Dante Explore The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I have heard such wonderful things about this book that I HAD to pick it up. It’s a story about love, family friendship and discovering oneself. Definitely a must! Also if you are interested, Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the audiobook.

  • Emma by Jane Austen 6969

This is my third book written by Jane Austen and although “Sense and sensibility” was not really my favourite, I was interesting in this one. I know nothing about the plot so I won’t get spoiled.

  • 35118855The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

I was supposed to get a physical copy of this book when I met the author last week but I didn’t. And you can read all about it here. I have been following him for YEARS and I HAVE to read this book as soon has possible. And it is set in Italy!

  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare12957

I read “Othello” for my university exam and I adored it. AND 6 years ago, David Tennant was Benedict in a modern version of the play, which I bought online because I was not able to attend. (It seems to be a recurring theme in my life). Anyway, I really wanted to read it again and then of course watch the play with David and the talented Catherine Tate.

  • 26893819The Girls by Emma Cline 

I know very little about this book as well. I have heard some people talking about it on booktube and then my aunt received it for her birthday. So we decided to buddy-read it this summer!

  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf14942

I was studying for my Uni exam and it made me realise that I haven’t read much literature. I have studied it in school and read some extract but almost never the entire book. So a couple of weeks ago in a tv game show there was a question about “Mrs Dalloway” and I decided to pick it up! I remember liking it in school so I hope I’ll enjoy it.

  • 28243032We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

I heard some people on Booktube talking about this book and it seemed like something I could be interested in. I know very little about what the book is about but I know that it deals with mental illness and LGBT issues. Many people have said they enjoyed it, so I definitely had to get it.



So here is my Summer/Holiday TBR… I can’t wait to get to the beach and lay under the sun for hours and just read, read and read.

Let me know whay you are planning to read this months and if you’d like to recommend something, I’m all ears! I’d love that!

hugs,

Georgia πŸ™‚ ❀

BookTube: An (almost) New-Found Love

Getting back into reading & Booktubers I Love

This is uncharted territory for me and I’m probably going to get something wrong.

Stupidly, I had never thought of YouTube as a place where you could talk about books and literature, but I quickly discovered how wrong I was.

If you think of YouTube as a platform where you can only watch challenges, beauty guros and guys playing video games in their bedrooms… don’t worry! I thought the same up until many months ago.

There is a whole community of people who love books and want to share their passion with others.

I started watching a few videos but quickly got bored. I hadn’t found the right people and I wasn’t actually interested.

But 6 or 7 months ago, I was checking when the lovely BeautywithEmilyFox was going to upload a new video and I discovered that she had just started a new channel all about books! I was intrigued and dived into the community.  Out of nowhere three channels popped out. They are all relatively new, but I have quickly watched a bunch of their video and I love them!!!

There are reviews, book recommendations, general tips for reading, hauls and book clubs!

For quite some time I have wanted to go back to reading. When I was little, I LOVED reading. I learnt when I was very young, even before going to school and throughout my academic years I started to read less and less.

I used to spend lots of hours at school and even more at home studying text books in the afternoon, so also reading at night (even for pleasure) was the last thing I wanted to do.

It’s been two years since I left school and now I have been feeling the urge to go back to actually enjoy reading. When teachers force you to read stuff you don’t like or you are not interested in, they make you HATE everything that has to do with literature. Especially because you will most definitely have to do a report or a review.

I’ll leave here the links to the YouTube channels I found and maybe (if you aren’t now) you will get back into it!

Booksandquills

Jean Bookishthoughts

BooksWithEmilyFox 

Mollie Reads

J. Bookish

You can also find their goodreads pages and add them as a friend! And if you have suggestions of books I should read or BookTubers I should follow, leave them in a comment!

Also, a bit of shameless promo, find me on Goodreads.com!

Georgia    πŸ™‚

 

 

We’re done

Attention!!! This post contains some strong language and swear words!

I hadn’t cried in quite a long time. At least for my standards.
But I’ve never cried out of anger. Repressed anger.
And possibly something help. I’ve been feeling terrible these couple of days, really really down. And it hasn’t happened in at less a couple of months. I had managed to get out of it. I even did two fucking exams. Just 6 months ago I cried just by thinking of university. I was getting better for fuck’s sake.

I don’t want to sound obnoxious but in the family life, I am pretty much invisible and soooooo low key. I’m not expensive, I don’t ask for money, I don’t go to parties, my parent don’t have to drive me around, I keep quiet, I do what they ask me to. I basically have no life. But I’m sure you already knew that.

But for the first time in ages I was really really interested in something: I wanted to see my favourite mystery novel author at a bookstore where he is presenting his lastest masterpiece. (Which is set in Italy BTW).

Sadly taking the train isn’t an option. The city is an hour away from where I live and hte bookstore is at a 25 minutes distance from the station. The city is said to be VERY dangerous at night. Especially for a women. (Fuck those creeps that prevent us from ever enjoying ourselves without the fear of been attacked).

So I asked my mom for help and she said she wasn’t comfortable driving me to this city at night (the event starts at 9PM) and that I should ask my father.

So I did! And he checked his calendar and said yes! I seriously thought it was a miracle. He is NEVER free. Let me say this: we don’t have a great relationship. We don’t usually talk to each other, aside from “are you coming home to lunch?” from me and “tell mom I’ll be late” from him.

For a day and a half, I was over the moon. This was my THIRD try to see the author. THIRD. And both times I was not allowed to go. (I still throw it in my mother’s face every chance I get)

Then when we were at dinner Saturday, I found out that he actually wasn’t free. That he had a gig he didn’t remember of.
So I looked at him with a glare that would have incenerated him and said: “I’ll fucking kill you”. It got resolved fairly quickly as they moved the date!

I was so fucking naive to even click the “I will attend” button on the event of Facebook and I was literally jumping up and down.
Until Sunday afternoon. I am not kidding. This is what actually happened.
I might sound like a spoiled child and I don’t fucking care. I’ve wanted to meet the author and get his autograph since I was 15. That’s it. I literally haven’t asked anything else.

Back to the story, my father came in and told me he has orchestra rehearsals that day and that he couldn’t take me.

I had tears in my eyes but frankly, I didn’t want him to see me cry. He knows nothing about what I have been going through this past year and I sincerely hope my mother has not spilled the beans or I’ll fucking lose it.
Anyway. I just looked at him and said: “do not ever talk to me again”.
And then I just yelled at him in front of my grandparent. Great! πŸ˜’πŸ™„

What really hurt me wasn’t that he can’t take him. Otherwise I would have got angry with my mother as well. It’s the illusion he let me have for that glorious day and 1/2. I fooled him into taking him, making him feel like the “cool” parent who wants to right a wrong made by his wife 5 years ago. I played him like a fucking idiot. But apparently I got played back.
What really angered me is that his things and interests always come first. He does whatever the fuck he wants. I make lunch, he says he’s not hungry. He heats up dinner once and then shouts that nobody is helping him clean out. And who the fuck helped me?
Also, how come he didn’t say: “I have to take my daughter to see her favourite author.” Or “can we do it earlier? I have plans with my daughter”.
I’m not asking him to talk to me everyday or know what exams I have or what I am doing with my life. For once, I asked for something. 4 hours of his life.

But apparently, I’m not important enough.