Summer TBR 2017

Since I’ve started watching Booktube, I’ve so much more into reading. When I was in high school I spent so much time reading and taking notes that the last thing I wanted to do, was to pick up a book.

But now I have more time, I study literature at university and I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the book world. So I have decided that this summer I’m going to read as much as I can. I have compiled a list of books I want to get my hands on while at the beach for two weeks.

Let’s get into it!!

  • 12000020Aristotle and Dante Explore The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I have heard such wonderful things about this book that I HAD to pick it up. It’s a story about love, family friendship and discovering oneself. Definitely a must! Also if you are interested, Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the audiobook.

  • Emma by Jane Austen 6969

This is my third book written by Jane Austen and although “Sense and sensibility” was not really my favourite, I was interesting in this one. I know nothing about the plot so I won’t get spoiled.

  • 35118855The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

I was supposed to get a physical copy of this book when I met the author last week but I didn’t. And you can read all about it here. I have been following him for YEARS and I HAVE to read this book as soon has possible. And it is set in Italy!

  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare12957

I read “Othello” for my university exam and I adored it. AND 6 years ago, David Tennant was Benedict in a modern version of the play, which I bought online because I was not able to attend. (It seems to be a recurring theme in my life). Anyway, I really wanted to read it again and then of course watch the play with David and the talented Catherine Tate.

  • 26893819The Girls by Emma Cline 

I know very little about this book as well. I have heard some people talking about it on booktube and then my aunt received it for her birthday. So we decided to buddy-read it this summer!

  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf14942

I was studying for my Uni exam and it made me realise that I haven’t read much literature. I have studied it in school and read some extract but almost never the entire book. So a couple of weeks ago in a tv game show there was a question about “Mrs Dalloway” and I decided to pick it up! I remember liking it in school so I hope I’ll enjoy it.

  • 28243032We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

I heard some people on Booktube talking about this book and it seemed like something I could be interested in. I know very little about what the book is about but I know that it deals with mental illness and LGBT issues. Many people have said they enjoyed it, so I definitely had to get it.



So here is my Summer/Holiday TBR… I can’t wait to get to the beach and lay under the sun for hours and just read, read and read.

Let me know whay you are planning to read this months and if you’d like to recommend something, I’m all ears! I’d love that!

hugs,

Georgia 🙂 ❤

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Books I’ve Read This Summer

During the year, I NEVER have time to read. And since I’m at Uni, I’m always studying, reading text books and taking notes. The last thing I want to do I read even more in my free time.

BUT, in the summer I unleash my love for books. Since I spend a lot of time at the beach with my family, the best thing to do in order to avoid talking to them or being criticized about everything I do is reading. (and watching TV shows of course. I haven’t watched a lot this summer…)

I’m adding to this list books that I have read in September because summer isn’t technically over.

.1. Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan13562049

My friend recommended it to me, so I decided to give it a go. Set in the 70s, it tells the story of an MI5 Spy called Serena Frome who recruits the writer Tom Haley to infiltrate the literary circle.

I liked it… The plot twists are good and the writing is excellent. Personally I found it a bit slow-paced, but still… Good.

 

 

9780385522403_custom-032364f301cd0fdaf986cf4a1f285ad4c67fefe4-s200-c852. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan    2/5 stars

Yes, I read two Ian McEwan’s books. I bought this one for my mom when I was in London last year and she has had it on her nightstand ever since.

Well, this book was weird. It is set in the 60s and the main characters are Edward and Florence. Basically the story follows their wedding night and the anxiety that this causes them. I didn’t really like it… Always well written, I can’t say anything about that.

It was just so gross and weird… No. no. no thanks.

 

3. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari     5/5 stars41labpujbhl

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Really interesting, funny, amazing and superb. Enough adjectives? I have more!

If you don’t know him Aziz is a comedian and actor who teamed up with sociologist Eric Klienenberg and together they wrote this book. It is a funny essay about the problems of having (and forming) romantic relationships in this modern era. It is a deep insight in today’s ways of communicating and the ways people in different countries view love.

It’s all about the texting, sexting, emoji, Tinder… Aziz shows us how to navigate in this world full of technology. And it’s AWESOME!!!

 

thumb_book-non-buttiamoci-giu_2-330x330_q954. A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby      4/5 Stars

Here at home we have an extensive collection of books and there is a tiny section dedicated to Hornby. This book is basically about a weird group of four people who meets at the top of a building, ready to jump and kill themselves. It is funny and totally weird.

Definitely recommend it!

 

5. Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time – Rob Temple                          5/5 Stars

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I follow the Twitter account @SoVeryBritish and it’s hilarious. The book is a collection of tweets divided in categories… And there are cute drawings and IT IS SO TRUE!! I really loved it! It’s a great coffee-table book.

 

 

 

 

silver-linings-playbook-book-cover16. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick     4/5 stars

I have seen the movie a few years ago and loved it. Usually I don’t read the book if I have already seen the film.

I liked it. A lot Pat’s thoughts were very well written, especially at the beginning of the book. I felt like it was realistic and true. Personally I liked more the movie, probably because I have seen it first, but anyway still pretty good.

Highly recommend it!

 

7. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Shittiest book I have ever read. You can read my complete thoughts on my previous post about sexism (HERE) and my full review here.

I won’t write any more words about this crap.

8. Summer skin – Kirsty Eagar9781925266924

This is the first NA (New Adult) book I have actually enjoyed. It is funny, true, not at all sexist and entertainment. Bare in mind, it is R-Rated and it passes the Bechdel test!!!

Absolutely adored it, not at all cliché and (in my opinion) well written.

Definitely recommend it if you want to read a nice book about kids felling in love in college.

 

thesteelkissusa-220x3329. The Steel Kiss – Jeffery Deaver

Currently I am reading the new Jeffery Deaver book (The Steel Kiss)… I have read his entire Lincoln Rhyme series and I LOVE IT! It is about an ex NYPD captain who became quadriplegic after an accident at work. The series follow him and detective Amelia Sachs as they try to catch weird criminals and psychopaths. Highly recommend it… Beautifully written and totally scary. I have been reading Deaver’s books for YEARS and I still love them! The dynami between Lincoln and Amelia, the clever plot twists… He is simply th best  ❤ ❤

 

Hope you liked this post! After discovering “Booktube” on YouTube, I started to read again and I love it!!!

If you’d like, you can follow me on my Goodreads.com page or on Twitter

 

Georgia  🙂  🙂