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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January / February Reading Wrap-up 2018

So far in these first two months of the year I’ve read 10 books. Some of them were university related, one was really bad, three where about feminism, one about politics,  one contemporary literature and a re-read!!!!

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The first book of the year was hell. I believe there is a circle of Dante Inferno where they make the souls read this book as punishment.

It’s Miracle on 5th Street by Sarah Morgan.

You can read my full review here. I won’t be spending any more of my time talking about this shit.



Then I finished my university books: “John Donne’s Poetry”, “Shakespeare and the idea of the play” and Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry IV Part 1”

I can’t say I’ve enjoyed all of them. I was too worried for the exam!

One that really got to me, was Midsummer Night’s Dream. I absolutely loved it. After reading the tragedies and the historical plays, it was nice to have a break and read this fun and light comedy.
I recommend also watching the 2014 play that was adapted because the set design was AMAZING.

“The play within the play” concept was very interesting because it gave us an insight on how the actors prepared for the performance and how it was staged for an audience.

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4914761The next book I read was a feminist essay by Jessica Valenti, “The Purity Myth“.

I am sooooo into feminism literature and feminism in general and I really really liked this.

This book was filled with new information and I realised I knew very little about virginity, sex, the relationship between women and sex, abortion, pro-life / pro-choice reproductive rights and more.

Why men want to control women’s bodies, either through the government or religion, is beyond me.
Some of the stories mentioned are appalling. Speaking as someone who has never been taught a sex ed class, I have become aware of how important it is.
Being educated with TRUE and MEDICALLY correct facts is essential.

What I like about this book is that the author gives a sort of solution at the end. She encouraged people to speak their minds and to do something to combat the sexualisation of young women in our culture, the misogyny women have to face every day and the shame we have to endure because we decided to have sex and not wait until marriage. Or because we have had multiple sexual partners in our life.

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36595101The next book was “Fire And Fury” by Michael Wolff

At first, when news about the book and its contents surfaced, I was super excited. The more I knew about the book, the more I was convinced it was all stories based on a few truths.

and it’s exactly what it is. Gossip.

Bear in mind, I am no fond of this administration or Trump himself, but this was mostly a pointless read without verified sources.

Some of the rumours were just entertaining and easy to be made fun of.

To be fair, th entire presidency is just a joke.

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343196Then I decided to read Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”.

Published in 1899, this book talks about female infidelity in the upper class’ day-to-day life. The short novel in centred around this woman and her efforts to break free of gender roles, her honest feelings about her family and her not-so-happy marriage with her husband.

I liked it. Some parts more than others. I liked her independent spirit and her decision not to follow what was socially acceptable, but to go after what she really wanted.

Overall, I gave it 3.5 stars.

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18813642After the “The Awakening”, I was in the mood of more feminism literature, so I read Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist”.

I like it! It’s a collection of essays about Gay’s thoughts on feminism, what it mean to be a feminist and her life.

Some of them were about films or people I knew nothing about so it was difficult to follow.
Nonetheless, I appreciated her point of view and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot more about being a feminist and mostly, being a “bad feminist”.
I’ve learnt about the different sides of feminism, how extremely complicated it is to both understand it and be an advocate for it.

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Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When I first started reading this I thought it was going to be a stupid chick-lit, but it quickly changed into a nice story.

It all revolved around the concept: “What would me life be like, had this event not happened?”

It alternates one chapter in one timeline and the next one in the other timeline. I thought it was interesting how a person can change depending on the experiences she makes.

Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles after moving to a lot of different cities and having pointless jobs. She meets with her friend Gabby, they go to a bar to celebrate and she finds her high school ex boyfriend and she makes a choice: go home with him or get back to Gabby’s house.

And from this point on, the story divides itself into two different storylines.

I gave it 4/5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐



15789872And last but not least, I read Tina Fey’s biography “Bossypants“.

I ordered it on Amazon for about 5€. I recently watched “30 ROCK” and I fell in love with Tina all over again.

I liked it even more this second time. I knew more about her, about the show, about her SNL life and more.

Tina is hilarious, funny, unapologetic and cool. I absolutely recommend it, especially if you are a Tina Fey fan.

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Here we are! Done!

Wow this took a long time to write!

Hope you enjoyed it.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me or if you have read any of these books.

xxx

Georgia

“Oh, Hello! On Broadway” review

I’ve been meaning to watch this play for at least 7 months and a couple days ago I finally did it!

oh hello on broadwayEver since I saw John Mulaney’s stand up special on Netflix, I’ve been keeping an eye on his on-going projects. So when they announced on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show that their play was going to be recorded and uploaded on Netflix, I promised myself I would watch it immediately.

Then 7 months went by and here we are!

“Oh, Hello! On Broadway” is a play about two elderly man called Gil and Georgie, living together in an apartment in Upper State Manhattan. They wear turtleneck, weird blazers and act just like you’d expect two weird, strange and not too bright old men would.

The act originated on Nick Kroll’s Comedy Special’s “Kroll Show” and then went unto Broadway from September 2016 to January 2017. It was so successful that John Mulaney and Nick Kroll took the show on the road across America.

Seeing how well-received it was, I was a bit surprised for the first 20 minutes of the show. I didn’t quite get it. It took me a little while to understand it.

Then all of a sudden, it clicked. It is such a clever and interesting idea!

These two men wrote a play and then decided to performe it. Before the actual show starts, they introduce themselves. During the play, they constantly break the forth wall to talk to either the audience or to Ravi, the tech guy.

As “The Atlantic” put it:

Oh, Hello on Broadway is technically a play within a meta-play”

Since I’m studying exactly this topic at university, I found the whole play particularly interesting.

We, as audience, are at a play in which there is another play whose wall between the two is often shattered.

While performing their play within the play, they often break character and talk to each other about how the show is going. But mostly… they engage is some weird banter. They don’t just stop their own play to talk to the other, but they interract with the audience and with their tech guy Ravi. Even in the middle of saying their lines.

It’s complicated and so fun. So much fun.

I had a blast watching it and I don’t double I will watch it again sometime soon.

I was so surprised by it and if possible, I love John Mulaney even more. I wish Netflix would bring more Broadway productions to our screen. Not all of us have the opportunity and money to go see a show and I’d still like to enjoy some sort of the experience.

Go check it out. I truly recommend it.

xxx

Georgia