June 2018 – Reading TBR (Help Me!)

So… I haven’t read anything recently. Well, not just recently. According to my Goodreads reading challenge, I’m 10 books behind schedule.

10

BOOKS

The last proper book I’ve read is a chick-lit “The Wedding Date” and before that I read “Feminism is for everybody” by Bell Hooks.

That’s it.

If you do not count the adorable children’s book published by HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”, “A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo“. It is a story about Marlon Bundo, VP Mike Pence’s bunny, that falls in love with another boy bunny and wants to marry him. If you haven’t already, buy the book . All proceeds go to the Trevor Project and AIDS United.

But now I’m here to share my TBR for the month of June!!


“A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey

35108805I’m obsessed with American Politics. Obsessed. I talk about it constantly. Even on here. And so when the news that the former FBI director, fired by Donald Trump and kickstarter of the Mueller investigation, had written a book, I KNEW I had to get my hands on it.

I’m already halfway through and it is an incredibly interesting story. Not just regarding what happened with Trump, but his life story is pretty gripping. I read almost 150 pages in one sitting. Can’t wait to get to the Donald Trump part!


“Everyday Sexism” by Laura Bates

21251323It’s a collection of different topics all centered around sexism and discrimination against women. Along with data and a lot of information, it narrates a huge variety of stories told by a multitude of women through the internet. In emails, Facebook posts, tweets and more.

At the same time, it’s both a fascinating and horrifying reading. Can’t wait to finish it. I’m almost at the “half” mark.


Not onto the books I haven’t started yet:

“Spring Awakening” by Frank Wedekind

7585I watched NBC’s 10-episode show “Rise” and the kids were staging this play. After listening to the songs and getting a general vibe about what the show is about, I decided I wanted to read the text.

I’ve also tried to find the DVD of the 2006 musical with Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff, but so far no luck.


“The Hellfire Club” by Jake Tapper

34329347I like CNN anchor Jake Tapper. I don’t get CNN here, but I’ve seen him multiple times on YouTube clips and on Stephen Colbert’s and this book seems interesting.

It’s set in the 1950s, in Washington DC and it tells the story of Charlie Marder, a newly appointed congressman that starts uncovering secret after secret.

I don’t read much historical fiction (like, not at all) but this sounded fun.


Now thing start getting a little tricky. I don’t know what to read. I have a huge TBR but nothing stands out! I have thrillers, YA, chick-lit, politician’s biographies (Hillary Clinton’s), books about feminism, politics, Queen Victoria and so much more!

But I can’t decide! There is so much crap in here. I don’t even now what I put some of these books in there.

I browsed through it and I found some books I might want to read, but please let me know if you have any recommendation. Any book you like. Maybe some poetry. I am open to anything (expect maybe sci-fi.).

So, here is my TBR.

If you want to have a look at it and recommend something I have already chosen, or leave a comment with your personal advice.

PLEASE, GIVE ME RECOMMENDATIONS! I DESPERATELY NEED THEM!

The books I might read this month:


What are you going to read this month? Have you got any summer plans? I’m going to the beach for 2 weeks! I can’t wait!

xxx

Georgia

p.s. I’m not sure if I like the header image or if I hate it with all my heart. Let me know. I need opinions.

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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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • 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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • 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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • 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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • 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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • 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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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

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

xxx

Georgia

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