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

US Presidential Election 2016

I wasn’t going to write about politics on this blog, but things are starting to get out of control.

With only 3 and a half months away from President Obama’s last day in the White House, the entire world is watching the US presidential election.

Thanks to talk shows like “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “Late Night with Seth Meyer”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “The Late Late show with James Corden” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, I have been following the election through the “funny side”.

Since (of course) I am not an american and I don’t live there, I don’t know what life is like overseas. But I am interested in the culture, the legislations and politics and I feel invested in this. This election isn’t just about America… It’s about all of us, the entire world.

The talk show hosts have been talking non-stop about Democrats and Republicans, Caucasus and all of that (I still get confused about all of this process.) and I got really into it. I have learnt a lot, but to be honest, I would have never got this invested if it hadn’t been for these shows.

It made it incredibly easy to understand and follow this last year of meetings, conferences and speeches.

As of now, I am watching the first presidential debate and there are a lot of things that are wrong. First of all, this debate thing is completely new to me. Here in Italy we don’t have it, but I think it’s great. You get to actually know the candidates, instead of watching endless hours of boring political talk show like we do here. In America they ask them about the facts and what they would actually do.

Anyway, this election has been one of the most horrible things I have seen on television (and yes it includes Game Of Thrones’ Red Wedding). Senators biting each other heads off, insulting their running mate, undermining everything and everyone…

Having no filters, no worries of sounding racists and the absurd idea of building a wall across the border between the USA and Mexico, Donald Trump has been the centre of every tv program.

As a woman, I found myself deeply offended by his remarks on Megyn Kelly and all the other women: let alone insulting people on national television just for the hell of it, but attacking us women for not looking like unrealistic plastic dolls is unacceptable. Making fun of Ms Kelly by saying, and I quote:

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” was disgusting.

Although he tried to rectify it on Twitter by adding “nose” at the end of that sentence, his pathetic excuse didn’t count much. This is only one of the many insult he directed towards women, minority (and let’s face it) everyone else except him.

I am outraged about his statements… And I am ashamed as a human being… I know that there are horrible people in this world, but I didn’t think it was to this extend.

I am not qualified to judge his plans… oh no, wait… He doesn’t have any… Shit…

Well, I cannot judge his business. I don’t know the first thing about the economy, but personally I believe the facts are against him. I won’t talk about his bankruptcy because there is John Oliver linked below.

Also, he keeps mentioning “Law and Order”… Is he quoting the TV show? Doesn’t he know that it’s shit? Oh well… I’m obviously joking, but this “Law and Order” business is all about gun regulations and the NRA.

Why are americans so obsessed with guns? WHY? I am truly asking. I want to understand this.

It is the 21st century, people. WAKE UP. Let’s not go back to the Dark Times. It has come to deciding which one is the least worse. And it’s horrible. You shouldn’t decide your president based on which you dislike the least.

 



Here are a few pieces that I LOVE:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO)  

This is the most amazing thing I have seen on HBO after Game Of Thrones.



Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Border Wall (HBO)

What is with this f***ing wall!? Ever heard of the Berlin Wall? Do you remember what happened almost 20 years ago, Donald? COME ON.


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

 

Yes, I am a bit obsessed with John Oliver. No big deal. I just love him and his show… And his humor. ❤

Also, Stephen Colbert is amazing. I didn’t really knew him before this show and frankly I didn’t really like him, but he has become one of my favourite hosts. ❤

I hope we can start an intelligent and calm discussion about his topic! I am genuinely interested in hearing your opinion!

Have a nice day!

 

Georgia    🙂