The Guilty Reader Tag

I saw Jean from Jean Bookishthoughts do this tag on YouTube and I loved it! It was created by ReadLikeWildfire and I though I’d give it a go myself.

I haven’t been a huge reader in my teenage years and now that I’m officially an adult, I have started enjoying it more. My “read” bookshelf on goodreads.com isn’t as rich as I would love, but I’m trying.

Without much further ado, let’s go!

Have You Ever Re-gifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I don’t believe I’ve ever done it. Although… my mom is under the impression that a couple of my books are hers and since I didn’t really like them, I haven’t told her the truth yet.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Yes. Probably in school. Definitely in school. The first one that comes to mind is Alessandro Manzoni’s “I promessi Sposi” (The Betrothed). We read it in italian class and I was supposed to finish in during the summer. I never did. I couldn’t care less about it.

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

No. I don’t think so. Other people haven’t returned books I have lent them.

Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yes. I am ashamed to admit it, but I read Harry Potter out of order. I started with the second one and after my mom bought me the first one, I read them consequently.

Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

No. I’m not a monster!

Have you ever doggy eared a book?

The only one I did doggy eared was Matilda by Roald Dahl when I was 7. And I regretted it as soon as I did it. Other than that, I remember using post-its to mark my favourite parts of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”.

Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

No… I’m not ashamed of the books I read. If I read them, there is a reason. Even “Twilight”. I loved it in middle school!

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Most definitely. In school. To avoid having to make a report about it. Writing a mandatory report on any book will make you hate it. I was probably Giorgio Faletti’s “Io uccido” and Alessandro Baricco “Novecento”.

Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

I try not to skip entire chapters. I skim through them so I don’t waste my time reading them accurately but I still know what it is about. When I attempted to read Lev Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”, I HAD to skip some parts otherwise I would have never made it to page 300. After that I gave up.

Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No. I am quite opinionated and I don’t mind saying out loud what I think about something. I might have said I liked a book that I actually didn’t, but it was just for school. I dreaded the follow-up questions like “why didn’t you like it?” or “What are the elements of the book that made you not like it”. I just didn’t! OK?!



Here is my tag! I’ve never done something like this on my blog before and I loved it! I’ll try to find more tags I love, especially regarding tv shows…

xxx

Georgia

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The Night Of – First Impressions

I’ve been wanting to get to this show for quite some time but other thing came in the way.

HBO is famous for its heavy-themed and dark shows and this does not disappoint.

I knew very little about “The Night Of”, I didn’t know the actors and even the plot was unfamiliar to me. I think I saw a clip of it on Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show, but it didn’t catch my attention. I was more interested in the jokes about Donald Trump!

It stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro. From what I have understood, his character has a wild night with a strange girl he just met and the morning after, he finds her murdered in her bed. He is questioned and brought in by the police, and the story unravels from this point on.

I have heard wonderful things about Riz Ahmed and the premisis of the show seems very interesting. Just from the pilot, it’s clear that he is wonderuful, his acting is incredible. Truly magnifient.

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Moreover, I found this article on “The Hollywood Reporter” and it explains pretty well the opportunity to talk about issues like the criminal justice system and racism towards muslin communities. The article also says that the show has been a work-in-progress since 2009, when there was no muslim ban and no hate crimes like now.


For a pilot, it’s a bit long. Not just because it’s an hour and a half, but because it’s quite slow. Like, really really slow.

I’ve been thinking about what to write about this show for a long time and I reckon I’ve just came to the realization that “The Night Of” looks more like a documentary than a thriller, which is what you’d expect from the synopsis and the outlook of the serie.

There are a lot of shots of peomv5bmjqyotgxmdi0nl5bml5banbnxkftztgwote4mzczote-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_ple staring at things, mundane actions that were probably not necessary. This is probably what they wanted to show us, but they are dragging it on for a little bit too much, in my opinion. At the same time, if they hadn’t, it would not have been a truthful recount of the bureaucracy and awful problems of the criminal justice system.

Despite that, the show gets you totally hooked. Even if sometimes I found myself getting distracted, the show somehow finds its way into sucking you back it.

And this is what makes good television. It might not tick all the points in my list, but it is a very well-made show.

The main titles resembles a lot “True Detective”, “Westworld” and “The Crown”, the mismatched and out-of-focus images, the blue/grey/green-ish tone…

It is nominated for 10 Emmys including outstanding lead actor, outstanding supporting actor and for upstanding directing and writing.



I’ll probably write a quick post after finishing it with my complete thoughts on the show.

Let me know your opinion of the series! I’d love to know!

xxx

Georgia

Trouble at Uni, exams and breakdowns

I don’t even know where to start.

Basically I’ve been studying for a months and a half for absolutely NOTHING.

A couple of weeks ago, I logged into my uni account to book my english exam. And I made a surprising discovery.

Back in June I wrote this post about the fact that I didn’t pass BOTH my exams. I was called Failure and I wrote it while sobbing on my keyboard. So, yeah. Fun times. 😅

This almost pulled me back to my dark place. I was so devastated. I had studied for a long time, without attending class and on my own. Anyway, I thought I hadn’t passed my Literature exam. But in reality I did.

This is what happened.

Instead of telling my mother straightaway, I invented a lame excuse about problems with the University server. I saw it said: “Passed: NO” and I never gave it a second look. You don’t want to go back and have your failures mock you in the face.

So when I logged into my account to book my English exam I noticed there wasn’t the box to book the other one, the English Literature one. And of course I freaked out!

So I went to my “libretto”, the page that contains all my marks and it turns out: I did pass it.

Basically, the whole excuse with the university server was true. I had made it up, but apparently there actually WAS a problem and some marks weren’t registed. Mine included. A week after I saw the mark they sent an email saying that there was a mix up but I didn’t see it.

Of course.

I was so relieved but so unbelievably pissed. I WASTED SO MUCH TIME THAT I COULD HAVE SPENT STUDYING FOR A DIFFERENT EXAM.

Anyway, I got a 22 out of 30. Not particularly well but I thought I hadn’t passed it so it’s definitely an improvement.

I am exhausted by all of this and aside from my imediate family and my best friend, I haven’t told anyone else. And my dad made fun of me for the entire day. My mom started laughing every time our eyes met but now the drama is over.



So yeah. This happened. I know I was stupid: I should have check it my uni emails, but I just didn’t want to see the “no” again.

Next time I’ll be checking my emails every single day. Let me know your crazy university stories! The Uni world is a crazy one!

xxx

Georgia

September Goals 2017

I saw this wonderful post by Victoria (Doodles and Scraps) about her August Wrap-up and the goals she has set for the months of September. So I decided to use this as inspiration for my post.

It’s the 1st of September as I am writing this. I’ve spent the morning watching “Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 1” with my sister. Today is the day the last chapter “19 years later” of the seventh book takes place. And we were so excited! We talked about Harry Potter for the entire morning, sharing theories and remembering fondly about the previous books and movies.

Anyway, let’s get into it! For my September goals I’d like to:

  • Start my new year at Uni without falling back into my dark place

Last year, I was supposed to start my second year at Uni but when the time came, I was so emotionally fragile, the thought of going to Venice made me want to cry in dispair. And this year I have more responsibility, I have a job (kind of, I’m teaching English 3 hours a week) and tutoring. I already feel the pressure, but I can’t give up like a did last year.

I really can’t.

  • Watch the Emmys on September 17th

The “Emmy Awards” is my favourite award show and I’ll be live tweeting like a crazy person. I’m currently catching up on all the shows I haven’t seen yet and it’s been amazing. I have broadened my orizon and watch show I nomally wouldn’t.

So I’d like to complete this challenge.

  • Wear Makeup Everyday

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It might seem silly, but my mother gave me this advice in order to get better. When getting out of bed seemed an enourmous efford, she told me: “I know it’s hard. But get up, shower and put some makeup on. Try to get out of the house for even an hour. You’ll feel better.”

It wasn’t like this. She forced me. She gave me shopping lists to do every day. Most of the time… I got out of the house without a single hint of makeup, my pyjama hidden under the coat. But I slowly got better.

This months, I haven’t worn it that much. Mostly because I stayed in. But I can’t go back. I have to do it this time.

  • Read more books

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So far, I’ve read 35 books this year. Not too bad. I’ve completed my goodreads goal and recently set another one. So I want to push myself, read more diverse books and learn more about the world through the stories.

I want to appreciate books more and espand my knowledge of the world of literature. And of course a couple of nice chick-flicks.



Hope you liked my September Goals. Huge thanks to Victoria for the inspiration. I had so much fun writing this!

I’d like to know what your september goals are! Please leave a comment and let me know. That’d mean the world to me!

Love,

Georgia

 

P.s. This post uploads itself on the 4th on September and it’s the date of my exam!!! I am so ready for all of this to be over! Let’s hope I’ll pass it!