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full of stereotypes, the plot was ridiculous, the dialogues idiotic, the writing mediocre and filled with so many outdated tropes of the genre.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

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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

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