Holiday Wrap-Up – Summer 2018

So… I came back from my holiday! More than a month ago. Don’t get on my back, I’m all over the place.

If you look back at my posts, the timeline is way off. I made huge miscalculations and posted stuff before other stuff (like my Riverdale review) but it doesn’t matter! I’m here to talk about the books I’ve read!

As of now, I’m still 9 books behind schedule. I did not realise that.

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Ok, now that I’ve cried and wept for a while, here are the 8 books I read!

It’s a mixture of literature, YA contemporary and one non-fiction.

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“Six Characters in search of an author” is a short book about six characters that are looking for an author to write their stories and their encounter with a group of actors, director and stage crew.

It’s these characters became real and started interacting with the people representing them. It’s like a play within a play situation. But not really. It’s quite complicated to explain but reading it was fun!

It’s a weird concept that somehow makes sense!

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Frankenstein

I went to a conference about this book last year, I didn’t have time to read it and so I thought of giving it a go.

I liked it! I loved the structure of the book and having studied it before made me appreciate it even more.
Sure, I already knew the ending but it was so much more than that.

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Tender Is The Night

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My friend gave me this book for my birthday and I loved it. I thought it was so interesting and the writing was amazing. I read “The Great Gatsby” a loooooong time ago and I didn’t appreciate it enough.

But I really really liked it! The first book was a lot more fast paced than the other two. That being said, there were some issues with some terms they used and some sexism.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a great novel, with secret romances, passionate affairs and illnesses.

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“Food” & “Television was a baby crawling towards that deathchamber”

On day out of the blue, I went on Amazon and bought a bunch of books. For 11€ y’all!!!

“Penguin Classics” released a collection of essays and short stories for a 1£ each (1.30€) and I got Gertrude Stein “Food” and Allen Ginsberg “Television was a baby crawling towards that deathchamber“.

I was not a fan of “Food”. It was too weird for me. I’ve heard you should read them out loud to better understand her poems.

My overall review on Goodreads says:

It made no sense

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I really liked “Television was a baby crawling towards that deathchamber”. I read some of his poems in highschool and I absolutely loved them.

He talks about politics, sex, culture and its changes. Liked it. Will keep an eye out for other books from Ginsberg.

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Why Not Me?

30268522I love Mindy Kaling.

I read this book in two days! I couldn’t put it down! It was the perfect summery read and I loved it.
She is hilarious and so real! (She would hate this comment but it’s true! Sorry Mindy!)

It’s always fun to read people’s weird thoughts and reading Mindy’s was a blessing.
I loved her on The Office and, to be honest, I had started watching The Mindy Project only to get super busy and never finishing it.
But I’ll definitely give it another go. She gives off such a cool and relatable vibe.
I really really enjoyed this book and I’m sure I’ll also buy her first one.

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Everyday Sexism

21251323Laura Bates collected women’s experience with sexual assault, sexual harassment and especially sexism. She deals with different aspects of said topics, giving stats and examples in politics and popular culture. On top of that, she inserted real messages women sent her when she started her social media accounts and website (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com).

Goodread’s synopsis reads:This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. and it really is.

It made me feel so sad. The terrifying stories these women and young girls shared were so powerful and devastating.

I definitely recommend it. It’s worth your read.

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Leah on the Offbeat

31180248I thought I would enjoy it more.

I looooooooved “Simon vs the Homo sapiens agenda”, but this one left me perplexed.

I didn’t see the point of it. There was so final goal. Some of the dialogues and th writing itself felt sloppy and there only to fill pages.

I did like the diversity, the different sexual identities, the mention of gender neutral pronouns and a non-skinny girl as a protagonist!

I’m planning on writing a full review so keep your eyes on this space!

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Here they are!

What have you read this summer? Have you read any of these books?

Let me know! Leave a comment down below, find me on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

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30

One done. One more to go.

I took one of the two exams I’ve been studying for and I got 30.

(FYI, It’s the highest mark. I don’t know how the other universities in the world use as a scale).

It was an oral exam about a 17th century poet, John Donne, and for some reasons Shakespeare’s King Lear.

I was such a nervous rack in the days before the exam! I had gigantic spots on my face and my back, I felt a huge weight on my chest that made breathing normally a little bit difficult.

I haven’t had the best university experience. Due to a variety of personal problems and struggles. I’ve dedicated a large portion of this blog to that and I’ll leave the links at the end of this post if you want to check them out.

But, yeah…. I did it! And I didn’t even cry! NOT FUCKING ONCE!

I wasn’t expecting such a good mark but I’m proud of myself. Yes, I’m saying it. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished.Risultati immagini per lorelai i despise academics gif

But it has put me in a happier and more willing mood to continue my academic career even if, as Lorelai Gilmore eloquently put it, I despise academics.

I hope I’ll keep this up and I won’t fall in the spiral that brought me down last time.

Anyway… I GOT 30!!!!!!!!!!



Here is the list of all my uni related posts. Most include some sort of mental breakdown. You’ve been warned!

21st Sept 2016 – First Year At Uni

6th Dec 2016 – Taking a Break

9th March 2017 – Letting It All Out

15th April 2017 – Missing Two Trains, University Stuff and headaches

19th June 2017 – Failure

8th Aug 2017 – It’s Back

9th Sept 2017 – Trouble at Uni, exams and breakdown

 

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

TEACHING – Three Months as a Teacher

This time I want to talk about my job.

I can’t believe being a teacher is my actual job this year. I am currently teaching 3 classes at private studio in my town and I’m loving it.

It’s so hard and given my non-existent experience, I was petrified at the beginning. And even now, after 3 months, I’m no completely accustomed to it.

It takes so much time!! I don’t know what’s the best way to teach a particular topic or to help children learn it with the easiest method!

I have surely made mistakes but my boss has reassured me multiple times about it. Everybody messes up at the beginning. There is a saying in italian that says: “Nessuno nasce imparato” that roughly translates into: “Nobody is born already knowing everything”.

After my four hours of teaching I am devastated. I put so much effort into it and it drained me. For the first months, I used to get really bad headaches. I was so tense and nervous!

I’ve been tutoring people for two years, but that’s a completely different experience. I usually speak in italian and we mainly do homework, grammar and exercises. Yes, this is the wonderful italian school system. Facts, facts, facts and information, information, information.

Anyway, with these 3 classes and these young children, the approach is completely different. I speak english all the time and I have a text-book. But the most striking difference is the number of students! Six isn’t that big of a number, but it kind of is when you are used to being face-to-face with only one person at the time.

My english binder has increased exponentially in the past three months and I have a whole new list of bookmarks dedicated to the english language.

What I’m taking from this experience is that teaching is the way to go. It’s what I had planned for me and I am thrilled that it’s the right path for me.

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Georgia