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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Stranger Things

To whoever is reading… Hello!!

Today I’m going to talk about Stranger Things. I finally finished watching it. I took me quite a while, because (contrary to popular opinion…) I didn’t like it very much.

It was good, well written, a spooky atmosphere and the children were amazing in it. But, at least for me it didn’t live up to the expectations I had. Everyone was raving about it, both people who aren’t into TV shows and fanatics like me.

Frankly, it’s not my genre. The supernatural world has never captured me. I tried, believe me… But the only things I actually like are Doctor Who, Fringe (one of my loves) and 12 Monkeys.

I like Stranger Things, don’t get me wrong!

The  actors who played Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Eleven were incredible. It is rare to see talented actors at such young age.

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(Left to right) Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown

THEY ARE AMAZING!!!

The story itself is fascinating and the 80s vibes are STUNNING!!! The music, the clothes, the hair.. ❤ ❤ ❤

I love the suspense and some of the plot twists… TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!!!!

I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars…

I would recommend it to my friends… If they are interested in a thriller/horror series…

Personally, one of the few things that didn’t impress me is basically the core of the show. The supernatural element of it.

Yes, I know… It doesn’t make sense!!

I probably would have been fine with Eleven’s superpowers, because they are attributed to science! But, the weird world and the weird beast… nah… Not my cup of tea.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I would LOVE to hear your opinion on the show, so please leave a comment!

Have a nice day!

 

Georgia   🙂

 

Where you can find me:

Twitter: @georgiasblog1

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Stranger Things season 1 episode 1 review

If literally everybody hadn’t talked about the series, I would have never watched in a million years.

Not because I thought it wasn’t good or anything, but horror series aren’t AT ALL for me. I have tried to watch “American Horror Story” twice and I really can’t. Believe me, I tried.  I really did. 😦

If somehow you are not familiar with this show, you are currently leaving under a rock, 184676 thousands feet under the sea.

“Stranger Things” is a Netflix original series of 8 episodes and IMDb‘s synopsis says: “When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. ”

It premiered on Netflix on July 15th and since then EVERYBODY has been talking about it.

It is set in a fictional small city called Hawkins on the state of Indiana in the 80s, specifically 1983 and it looks amazing! I LOVE THE 80s!!! The music, the horrid fashion style… 😉

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Case in point…

Look at those glasses!!!!

 

I hate horror movies so *of course* I thought the BEST moment to watch the show was when I was home alone. And at 11 at night… I know, I’m so smart. *uggh*

From the first minute of the episode (which is called “Chapter one: the vanishing of Will Byers”) and I was already scared to death: the flickering lights, the scared and sweaty scientist and the creepy lift…

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There a lot of children involved in the show and they are AMAZING! They are so much more talented than many MANY adults actor!

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Holly (played by Anniston & Tinsley Price)

And Mike’s little sister Holly was just soooo cute!!! I love her so much!!!!

Just look at her!!!

 

As you have probably guessed from the title of the episode, Will disappears. The scenes before he literally vanishes in thin air created a dark and terrifying atmosphere. One minute he is holding a loaded shotgun (I found it weird that a child could just get his hands around a gun, but hey, it is set in America… ) and in the next scene he was gone. The only thing that was left: a dim lightbulb hanging from the ceiling.

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SUPER CREEPY!

But as soon as Mike goes missing, a girl in a medical gown turns up near a local diner. She doesn’t speak but seems to understand english and she reminded me so much of the little Observer boy on “Fringe”! (LOVE THAT SHOW!!)

Anyway… the owner of the diner calls social services but… he gets shot in the head by some kind of secret force team of weirdos that are looking for the girl.

Yeah… I don’t even know…

Although he show has that typical realistic unpolished vibe that characterizes shows like True Detective or Breaking Bad, it still has the glam of Mike’s mom’s perfect hair and make-up. I think it’s pretty realistic, but since I haven’t experienced the real 80s I can’t really say anything.

Personally I like it very much. I know that there are some supernatural elements and I am looking toward in seeing how they are going to insert them in the story line.

Something else that surprised me (and I am pretty sure I am going to regret saying this after watching the rest of the episodes), is that it isn’t as horror as I thought it was going to be. I expected more of a “American Horror Story” super freak show. (See what I did there? 🙂 )

Concluding, I like it. I like the story even though it’s a bit of a stereotype (child goes missing in small city where strange things happen? Yeah…) and something massively used in movies and tv shows. It’s captivating, good actors, good music. Definitely something that will make you sit of the edge of your couch, biting your nails in anticipation.

I’m off now. Gonna watch episode 2!

If you liked the review, like the post and write me a comment!

Keep on Netflixing!

Georgia