10 Books I Loved in 2017

I am subscribed to the lovely Sanne’s “booksandquills” youtube channel and she posted the top 10 books she read in 2017. So, I decided to do it as well.

Here is my list of the top 10 books I’ve read in 2017!

  • The Hating Game

25883848A great contemporary romance about two co-workers up for the same promotion that discover that they don’t hate each other as much as they thought.

I loved it. Read it in two days and it became an instant favourite. I hope that they’ll make it into a movie adaptation because this was a perfect romantic comedy.

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  • Milk and Honey

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1491595510l/23513349.jpgI never thought I would ever like a poetry collection as much as I loved this one.

It was raw, beautiful, deep and personal. I really enjoyed it. I also read Rupi Kaur’s other collection and I liked it. This, in my opinion, is the best one.

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  • We Should All Be Feminists & Dear Ijeawele

Dear Ijeawele Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Book23301805I had never read any feminist literature before and “We should all be feminists” is an amazing start. It’s easy to understand, it covers feminism’s most important topics and it is a great introduction for a newbie to the matter.

I also read “Dear Ijeawele” and I liked it even more than the other one. It was as informative as I thought it would be. It’s a great read for everybody but it’s fundamental for new parents or parents who want their children (girls AND boys) to be raised as feminists.

I absolutely recommend both of them. Please read them.

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  • Dante and Aristotle Discover The Secrets of the Universe and The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Aristotle and Dance discover the secrets of the universe Benjamin Alire Saenz - book23447923I read “Dante and Aristotle” while on my beach holiday and I loooooved it! I think I read it in less than two days. One evening I was out in the terrace, a soft breeze in my face, Tom Rosenthal’s music in my ears and I read. So much.

I have this wonderful memory of that evening and I really really liked the story.

Just like with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books, I actually enjoyed the second one more than the first one.

“The Inexplicable Logic of my life” was so full of love, loss, grief, acceptance. I absolutely adored it. There wasn’t any romance in it, just family love and great great friendships.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • The Handmaid’s Tale

20528642I didn’t actually read this book because I listened to it. “Homeland”‘s Claire Danes was the narrator and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to read this book.

I probably would have loved the book anyways, but having her read it to me, make the experience so much better.

In this world-wide political climate, it’s more important than ever. Women’s oppression is sadly such a real and common issue.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

31434883I saw somebody talking about this book on Youtube, I put it in my TBR and I casually started reading it.

I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I loved the clarity and the honesty with which Gail Honeyman wrote Eleonor’s feelings, emotions and thoughts.
Her honest moments were the best.
I love the fact that she decided not to go down the “romantic relationship with the other character of the opposite sex” road. It would have ruined the entire book.

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  • The Hate U Give

32075671This book was so hyped on Booktube and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s about a girl who witnesses one of her friends being killed by the police and the aftermath of the event.

I was inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement and it’s so incredibly important.

It’s an amazing story that deals with loss, death, activism, racism, standing up for what you believe in, injustice and justice.
The characters are so well written and the story is truly compelling.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • What Happened

34114362I love this book. I was very well written, it read like a novel instead of a memoir. I thought Hillary Clinton did a great job. At times, her political self was a little bit too present: she sounded too much like she was still running for the precidency.

Of course, not living in the US, I don’t have a a perception of the problems affecting the country and I’m not an expert in politics and in the economy. I know very little about it, but I agreed with Hillary’s view of the world.

I leant about all the issues she cares about, the hard choices she had to make in her life and the problems she has been facing ever since she was a young woman in her 20s.

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I’m 3 months late, but here are my favourite books of 2017!

Let me know yours! I’d love to discuss!

xxx

Georgia

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Reading Wrap-up – March 2018

March has come and gone! I can’t believe tomorrow is already April.

I haven’t read that much this month. My Goodreads reading challenge is telling me I’m two books behind schedule…

Apparently, I’ve only read two books in March and to be fair… I’m quite disappointed with myself.

  • Conversations With Friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney

32187419I was excited to read this book but I had other expectations going into it and I was disappointed.
I wanted it to be so much more and I was let down.
It’s not a bad book.
It’s about these two college girls who become friends with an older married couple.
It’s a classic book about not very nice people doing not very nice things, but I wasn’t intrigued by the characters.
Rather than understanding their flaws, I only got annoyed by their actions and their personalities. I was exasperated by them.
Nick drove me up the wall. He had no spine, no personality. He was so empty and annoying. He was the worst one.
Overall a 3 stars book. It was ok. kind of.

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The other book I’ve read was…

  • Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856I was planning on reading this book but as soon as I saw that the movie had come out and how much everybody was loving it, I HAD to get my hands on it.

And I’m so incredibly glad I did.

It’s about Simon, a high schooler who has been trying to deal with the difficulties of coming out as gay to his parents and his friends. He is then blackmailed by a classmate who finds one of his email to another anonymous closeted boy at his school.

It’s a great story about coming out, being accepted for who you are and actually being your true self.

I really loved it. It was amazing. It touched to many important topics and issues and it made me feel stuff.
The characters felt incredibly realistic and they represented what being a teenager is like.
And the protagonist, Simon, is adorable!
❤❤❤❤
Beautiful book.
I am in awe.

I highly recommend it to ANYONE. Please read it.

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Let me know if you’ve read the books or if you have any recommendation for me! I’d love to know a recent book you’ve read that made an impact on you!

xxx

Georgia

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

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