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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Fleabag Season 1 Review

“Fleabag” has been in my watchlist for a very long time and somehow I never picked it up!

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag (2016)I don’t know why but I had always postponed watching it.
It looked like a heavy themed show and I was not in the mood for that. But I’m so glad that I finally did!
It is created, written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is also the protagonists of the show and the executive producer.

WOMEN IN POWER, Y’ALL!!!

It’s about a dysfunctional, mean, unapologetic, broken, careless and angry woman who has just experienced a death in her life. She lives a complicated life, struggling in every sense of the word. She does whatever she wants regardless of the consequence. Which is admirable if that didn’t wreck her life and her relationships with friends and family.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag (2016)

Speaking of family, her interactions with her godmother-turned-stepmother are so passive aggressive that they are almost impossible to watch and the ones with her emotionally distant father make us feel that deep and raw awkwardness that is extremely funny. Olivia Coleman and Bill Paterson played it amazingly. The casting is so on-point.

As an audience, we learn what happened little by little, through flashbacks and Fleabag’s memories. She breaks the forth wall almost immediately, doing a “House of Cards” Kevin Spacey-style thing. (I’m sorry to even mention him but it’s the only example that came to mind.)
She talks to us, the audience, letting us know what she really thinks in contrast to what she says.

In true British fashion for only six episodes, each lasting 26 minutes.

It’s a beautifully made show. I loved it.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jenny Rainsford in Fleabag (2016)

Although it deals with grief, suicide and loss, it’s a comedy. It’s fun and everybody can see themselves in her, if we are honest enough to admit it.

According to a Deadline.com, “Fleabag” will return both on BBC Three and Amazon’s Prime Video in 2019 and I cannot wait.

It reminded me of “You’re The Worst” and it has become an instant favourite. I’ll definitely be rewatching it again.

If you have the chance, give it a go. You won’t regret it.

xxx

Georgia

 

 

Mozart in the Jungle got Cancelled

I have literally just found out that Amazon decided to end “Mozart in the jungle“.

This is a disgrace.

I’ve been following the show since season two and it’s brilliant.

I have talked about the show on my blog (1st impression and season 4) and I was really hoping and waiting for a new season!

It’s one of those completely weird shows. It’s about a New York orchestra that has to survive the increasingly difficult times in the classical music industry.

It’s about people who are passionate about music and about playing and performing. It’s about artists.

The show takes risks with the plot, weight of the absurdity of Roderigo, with the directing and the writing.

Sure, Season 3 was a little bit weird, uneventful and had some questionable recurring characters with bad acting (Yes, I’m talking about Monica Bellucci) but I think the newest season was absolutely brilliant.

It explored Hayley and Rodrigo’s relationship, the difficulties they had to go through and the challenges for women conductors (and not only) in this field.

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It’s horrible that they have completely disregarded the show as unimportant and therefore decided to cancel it.

It was completely different from the others: it wasn’t a procedural, it wasn’t a medical drama, it wasn’t about super heroes in spandex…

It was about music, passion and the performing arts. I don’t understand what Amazon studios is doing with his platform. Given how things are at the moment, I don’t think I will renew my Amazon Prime subscription in January 2019.

I am so disappointed and so angry about this. The show finally got back on track and what do they do? They decided to cancel it.

Nonetheless, even though there won’t be a fifth season, I urge every single one of you reading this to go and watch it. It is a beautiful story about crazy people that are passionate about music.

And with that, it’s over. Both my post and the show.

You will find me on Twitter angrily tweeting at Amazon studios.

xxx

Georgia

“Concentrate on the music. Ignore the noise.”, Mozart In The Jungle – Season 4 Review

Hai Lai and Rodrigo are back!!!

I’ve been following “Mozart in the Jungle” for quite a while and I’ve been waiting more than a year for this next season.

Starring Lola Kirke, Gael Garcia Bernal and created by Alex Timbers, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, the show revolves around a New York based Orchestra and the issues they face to keep the boat afloat and keep performing. mv5bmjizntyyotkyov5bml5banbnxkftztgwnzk5nzyzndm-_v1_sy1000_cr006751000_al_

I’ve already written a review about the show before the premiere of season 3 and I HAD to talk about this one.

It’s quite different from its previous series. At the end of season 3, we left Hailey with her vision of Marianne, Mozart’s older sister after having slept with Rodrigo.

Following the whole “The Fiamma” fiasco with the horrendous acting of Monica Bellucci, this was a breath of fresh air.

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Although it focuses mostly on Rodrigo and Hailey’s new-found romantic relationship and the struggles and issues they will eventually face. The Maestro calling himself “The Boyfriend” a thousand times without fully understanding the meaning behind it was hilarious.

He is even crazier this season. Absolutely mental. He makes no sense, has literally no normal connections with other people other than Hailey and on top of that, he has lost his muse: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.

I adored how much Rodrigo and Hailey physically connected with each other, somehow finding occasions to touch the other one. Usually in TV relationship, it’s not something that is shown and the actors are in contact with each other only whenever it’s explicitly required. I thought this was a quirk that made the show so much more realistic.

The trope “I feel inferior because my boyfriend is more successful, famous and better than me” was unnecessary: it diminished their relationship and their connection. It was a “girl-power” move that I fully support but at the same time I didn’t like the way it was executed. Mixing professional and personal life is never a good idea and this trope bummed me out. Everybody knows that. Come on.

I loved Cynthia’s commitment to the youth Orchestra, Thomas’ path to reinvent classical music performances and to implement new ideas, the Orchestra’s love and support for Hailey.

Speaking of Hailey, her quest to make it in a field mostly dominated by men, performing male composers pieces was inspiring. Her determination to make it in that difficult field while empowering other musicians and composers was perfect for these times of revolution. (Despite being written and shot before the rise of the “#metoo” and “Time’sUp” movements in recent months.)

There is always a conceptual and visually artistic episode and this one involved a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and LSD type hallucinations of both Rodrigo and Hailey.

Concluding, if you have Amazon Prime Video, do yourself a favour and watch it. You won’t regret it.

xxx

Georgia

 

P.S. And how could I forget Liberace!!!! Instead of Mozart, Maestro Rodrigo started seeing Liberace! Costume, glitters, sequins and all! I love it!!!!