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! 🙄

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 💙😘😉

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Broadchurch Season 3 Premiere

BREAKING NEWS!

DAVID TENNANT IS BACK ON TV!

I can’t believe this day is actually here! I couldn’t wait any longer! David Tennant has a special place in my heart and seeing him back on TV made my day.

I know, I’m a week late with this post: I couldn’t come to terms with the happiness of having David back in my life.

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Sadly, this is the last season that sees DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (or as we better know her “Millah”) fighting crime in a small community in Dorset, England.

After a jaw-dropping first season and a non-equally good second season, in the third one, we are three years in the future. And this time the crime is different.

The past seasons were all about Danny’s murder and the trial of his killer, but the crime that is being discussed is sexual assault.

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And they dealt with it in the most sensitive and respectful way. When a horrible thing like this is portrayed on television, there is little to no depth about the difficulties and the immense struggle the victim has to go through. I feel like it’s been normalized and viewers aren’t shocked by it anymore. And this is NOT ok. This “rape culture” has to stop because it’s abominable.

From the first scene of the episode (Trish sat down in front of the police station), we see a different perspective, the victim’s. Chris Chibnall, the show’s writer, decided to approach this topic to raise awareness of the increasing number of unreported sexual assaults in the UK.

Coming back to the rest of the story, the Latimer’s are dealing with life in the best way they can. Beth and Mark are separated and they live in different houses and the two girls (in case you don’t remember Beth found out she was pregnant a couple of weeks after her son’s death).

Mark is also regretting the decision of giving a series of interviews for a book about his son Danny. Speaking of children, Ellie Miller is having some problems with her son Tom, who was caught watching porn at school. Like she didn’t have enough problems already.

Anyway, the episode swallowed me entirely. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. Lately, I’ve been easily bored by a lot of series but this kept me focused and on the edge of my seat.

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Also, I reminded me how intense David Tennant’s acting is. His eyes are just… Every time he is on screen, he has this magnetic aura and his tortured expression always takes my breath away. He has a way of owning the screen and transmitting to the audience what the character is feeling. He is one of the finest British actors and I love him dearly. He definitely has a special place in my heart. And his accent on the show is gorgeous. ❤

And can we talk about Julie Hesmondhalgh performance!?! AMAZING!

And obviously the spectacular Olivia Coleman… ❤

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I already know that this is probably going to be the highlight of March and probably of 2017.

Let me know if you’ve seen the episode and if you haven’t: GO CHECK IT OUT! NOW!

Georgia

PS: If you’re in the UK, here is a page with websites and phone numbers of rape and sexual abuse helplines.