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.

2018-01-03 (1).png

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

Advertisements

My Music – June / July 2017ย 

I’ve been really into music these past months. Spotify has been my saviour whilst my relatives talk for HOURS about shit I don’t care about.
Yes, I’m depicting the typical “teen angst” but hear me out: the same two topics over and over again. For 24 hours a day. Your ears would be bleeding too.

Anyway, I have been glued to my phone and headphones.

One of the thing I love most is reading while listening to acoustic and sad music. It just relaxes me and it helps me concentrate.


One of the songs that I have been obsessed with is “Sign of Times” by Harry Styles.
This was a shocker for me. I was never into One Direction and altought I have been unwittingly following their career (if you are on Twitter you can’t not know what’s happening in their live), I never thought I’d like the song.
But I ADORE it. It is such a GOOD SONG!!!! I love it! It’s been on repeat for the last couple of days.
I love the “wind sound” at the beginning, the ballad beat and the suffering tone of the entire tune. Basically everything I love. I am in love with it, I have been listening to it on repeat, especially when I do the dishes (since it’s the only time, aside from the shower, where I am alone. ๐Ÿ™‚


The next artist I want to share is Tom Rosenthal. I’ve discovered him through the YouTuber Will Darbyshire and I immediately fell in love with his songs. He has been writing and composing music for some years and his latest album “FENN” is PERFECTION.

In albums, it is rare to like every tune but I LOVE every single one of the songs. They are so good. What I love about Tom is that he writes music about the silliest topics imaginable. His scruffy voice manages to hit both extremely high and low notes.

He has such a calm and deep rythm!!!! I adore him. I am in love with him, his songs and his voice.



I have heard “Liability” by Lorde for the first time on SNL and I literally fell in love with it. I love the melancholic beat and Lorde’s scratchy voice gives me the chill every single time.

I looked for the sheet music online and I started learning it. It is pretty easy and repetitive, but the melody and the chord work magnifically together.
It’s such a sad tune and I have been really into this sound!


I hope you liked this post all about music. I’ve never done anything like this, but I had so much fun figuring out the reasons why I like these songs.

Let me know what you have been listening this summer. I’d love recommendations!

Thanks for reading!

Georgia ๐Ÿ™‚

 

BookTube: An (almost) New-Found Love

Getting back into reading & Booktubers I Love

This is uncharted territory for me and I’m probably going to get something wrong.

Stupidly, I had never thought of YouTube as a place where you could talk about books and literature, but I quickly discovered how wrong I was.

If you think of YouTube as a platform where you can only watch challenges, beauty guros and guys playing video games in their bedrooms… don’t worry! I thought the same up until many months ago.

There is a whole community of people who love books and want to share their passion with others.

I started watching a few videos but quickly got bored. I hadn’t found the right people and I wasn’t actually interested.

But 6 or 7 months ago, I was checking when the lovely BeautywithEmilyFox was going to upload a new video and I discovered that she had just started a new channel all about books! I was intrigued and dived into the community.  Out of nowhere three channels popped out. They are all relatively new, but I have quickly watched a bunch of their video and I love them!!!

There are reviews, book recommendations, general tips for reading, hauls and book clubs!

For quite some time I have wanted to go back to reading. When I was little, I LOVED reading. I learnt when I was very young, even before going to school and throughout my academic years I started to read less and less.

I used to spend lots of hours at school and even more at home studying text books in the afternoon, so also reading at night (even for pleasure) was the last thing I wanted to do.

It’s been two years since I left school and now I have been feeling the urge to go back to actually enjoy reading. When teachers force you to read stuff you don’t like or you are not interested in, they make you HATE everything that has to do with literature. Especially because you will most definitely have to do a report or a review.

I’ll leave here the links to the YouTube channels I found and maybe (if you aren’t now) you will get back into it!

Booksandquills

Jean Bookishthoughts

BooksWithEmilyFox 

Mollie Reads

J. Bookish

You can also find their goodreads pages and add them as a friend! And if you have suggestions of books I should read or BookTubers I should follow, leave them in a comment!

Also, a bit of shameless promo, find me on Goodreads.com!

Georgia    ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Books I’m Currently Reading

Ever since I signed up to Goodreads.com, I started reading more. I want to learn more, expand my interests and find a different entertainment from television.

I have always loved to read. When I was little I read sooooo much! And I learnt to read even before going to school: my grandfather used to read to me “Winnie the Pooh”, always the same story over and over again.

As I grew up, I started reading more and more but as I went high school, I stopped. I only read during the summer and usually books that I HAD to prepare for school. It became a duty and something I wasn’t truly enjoying.

When you’re little you don’t really know your preferences and tastes so (at least in my case) you read everything you can get your hands on. As you get older, you start to know what you will like and what you won’t like and picking up a book becomes more difficult.

But enough of my babbling… Here is the list of books I am currently reading:

  1. Daughter by Jane ShemiltUna famiglia quasi perfetta

I started this book this summer… It was probably 0.99โ‚ฌ on iBooks so I bought it… It’s a thriller about a girl going missing and her family trying to deal with what happened. It goes back and forth in time and personally I like it. I’m 19% done with it and sadly I haven’t read more in a long time…

2. Furiously Happy: a funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson23848559

I started this because it seemed fun… I’m not really sure about it… It don’t have an opinion now… It’s a bit slow and maybe a little bit too weird.

3. The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining (The Shining, #1)

I started this because of a Goodreads group I am a part of. It’s called “Uncovered Book Club” and I wanted to participate in a group reading. Sadly I haven’t finished it… It’s very slow and as a non-native english speaker, the book is hard! It’s not an easy read!

4. America ar war with itself by Henry A. Giroux29363229

It’s an essay about american politics and especially about Donald Trump’s authoritarian inclinations. Giroux talks about a possible authoritarian regime and the influence of the dictators of the World War II period on today’s america. Really complicated, not an easy read and definitely somethings that has to be read out loud.

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling29069989

I’m not sure if I’m going to like it… I have read the first 20% and to be fair I’m not impressed. It’s so weird! It’s like reading a FanFiction written by someone who doesn’t really get Harry Potter. My sister has read more than me and I’m trying to stay away from spoilers… And she won’t tell me a thing…

6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler 20910157

Before this summer I had never heard of Amy… I don’t watch SNL and of course I don’t get American television… I watched her show “Parks and Recreation” this summer and I really liked it… She is a very funny person and when I added Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance” to my virtual library, Goodreads recommended it to me. I had never read a celebrity book before Aziz’s and I wanted to give it ago. And I love it… It’s interesting and I never thought I would be into reading a biography. I’m 80% done and so far so good! Bravo Amy!



Hope you like this post! Let me know what books you are currently reading and which one you will recommend!

Georgiaย ย  ๐Ÿ™‚