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

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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

November TBR 2017

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 have been reading Stephen King’s “It” for the past weeks and I’m still only half-way throught it. It’s soooooo long and scary and disgusting AND so creepy.

But I want to read more diverse stories by diverse authors, I want to get to know different lifestyles! Also, since I am studying literature at university I need to expand my knowledge.

This month I won’t have much time so read for pleasure, but I’ll see what I can do. I am going to spend countless hours on a train back and forth from Venice, so I better start reading!

And without much further ado, let’s get into my November TBR:

UNIVERSITY LIST:

 

For my last literature exam I have to read “Othello” and I loved it. I didn’t expect it to, but I did and I am pretty excited to get my hands of these two other plays. On the other hand, I am not looking forward to Dunne’s collection of poetry. Renaissane poetry is not something I am particularly fond of, but it’s mandatory so I have to.

Moreover, I found the Royal Shakespeare Comapany’s adaptation of both “King Lear” and “Richard II” on DVD and I’m over the moon. 3 hours of David Tennant, baby!!!!


PERSONAL LIST:

I’ve heard wonderful reviews of this book and I cannot wait to read it!!

For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s about Starr, a young 16-year-old girl who witnesses her childhood best friend (an unarmed black boy) being killed in a fatal shooting by the police.

It’s a book about race, loss, injustice, tragedy and more.

As soon as I finish “It”, this one will be the first I’ll pick up.


This summer I read “Dante and Aristotle discover the secrets of the universe” and naturally I had to check out Saenz’s new book. I love how fast paced his books are and the lovely stories the author narrates.

The books is about Sal and his life. He was adopted by a gay father and he is perfectly content with his loving family. But his previous life haunts him and it forces him to confront his feelings.

I can’t wait to read this and hopefully I’ll love it just as much as the previous one.


I have always disliked poetry, even since I was in elementary school. But recently I have started reading modern poets and I am so interested in deepening this newfound fascination of mine.

I read “Milk and Honey” and “The Sun and Her Sunflowers” by Rupi Kaur and since this book is in the opening rounds of Goodreads’ Choice Award 2017, I decided to give it a go.

I know nothing about it, but to me the title is pretty self-explanatory. It’s very short and I hope to get to it as soon as possible.


I am pretty happy about my selection of books this month. I wanted to have a mix of physical, ebooks and audiobooks so I could read (or listen to) as much as I could even while I do the laundry or clean the kitchen. Sadly, I wasn’t able to. I only have digital books and I hate it. Having an actual book in your hands makes for such a better reading experience.

Let me know if you’ve read them or if you have recommendations.

Xxx

Georgia

Life Update: September/October 2017

I’ve been pretty absent from the wordpress world lately. Life got busy and this takes so much time!!!

I have a lot of posts I have started writing and never finished, but this morning I took the pictures for my Summer/Autumn haul (yes, I am very behind) and for the post I’ve been cooking for months: 4 favourite red lipsticks.

Anyway, these two months have been surprisingly great! Mentally, I’ve been doing incredibly well. I am actually going to university, I got my driver’s licence and I’ve been working as a teacher for one afternoon a week plus two hours of tutoring.

It’s not much, especially money-wise, but I haven’t cried in a long time.

I’ve started wearing make-up everyday again, I got super obsessed with Brooklyn Nine Nine… I think in the span of two weeks I’ve seen every single Brooklyn Nine Nine episode ever made at least three times. Maybe even four.

Brooklyn Nine Nine

My closest friend got super obsessed with it and we’ve been geeking out like crazy.

Going back to the makeup part for a second, I think I FINALLY found my correct shade of foundation. Jury is still out, but I’m almost sure. (I still have doubts). And I’ve been experimenting with highlighters. To tell the truth, it’s a champagne-y eyeshadow my friend bought me and I’m not really positive it looks good. I am 75% sure it’s just glitter on my face.

I haven’t listened to ANY podcasts in a while. I was obsessed with the entire “crocked media” family but it takes up so much of my time!

I’ve also been reading!

(This post is just the most random thing ever. It’s literally a stream of consciousness kind of situation.)

Every time I watch a booktube video I get super inspired and I’ve almost reached my 2017 reading goal AGAIN! I am pretty chuffed with that…

Also, I’ve started driving alone. And even though I was pretty scared, it’s not too bad. I even put music on the other day. I could barely hear it (because I was scared I was going to get distracted, cause an incident and die), but today I almost sang an entire “Hamilton” song. (It was “My Shot”, if you’re wondering).

Anyway, I think I’m done. This doesn’t even make that much sense, but who cares!

I’ll try to be more consistent, since there are many topics I wish to discuss and get into.

Have a great day.

xxx

Georgia