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.

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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

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Holiday Wrap-up 2017

I’m back from my holiday! It was good, I got super tanned and read quite a lot.

Let me start by saying this: I did not read as much as I wanted: there was Wi-Fi at the beach! FREE WI-FI!!! For the first time EVER! John Oliver was on, loads of makeup tutorial and a ton of bookish videos. How could I resist?!

Even though I was quite absorbed with my tv shows and youtube videos, I am quite happy with the selection of books I managed to finish.

So in 2 weeks, I read 5 books:

  • The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

19301797I’ve wanted to read this book for ages and I finally did it! There are flaws and some of the main focus points were a bit ridiculous but it was fast-paced and extremely engaging. If you are looking for a murder mystery book you can’t put down, I’d recommend this one. The relationship between Harry and Nola felt a bit stupid, but I couldn’t stand the romance between them. I wasn’t impressed by Quebert’s obsession of scribbling Nola’s name everywhere… it sounded like he was a 12-year-old school boy. But maybe this is exactly what the writer intended. Other than that, this book is an amazing page turner.

I LOVE the writing: simple, quick, no long descriptions and engaging.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars!


  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

12957I wanted to read it again just to see the play with David Tennant and Catherine Tate… but I haven’t seen it yet! 🙄

The play was longer than I imagined and more difficult! “Othello” was definitely easier but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Reading it in English was quite challenging, I have to admit it. The edition I have has a translation of the right side and sometimes I had to read it in italian to properly understand what was going on.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars!


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

12000020I read this book in two days. I could not put it down. Absolutely adored it. It is definitely worthy of all the hype that has been going around.
Although at times I felt like some of the conversations between Dante and Aristotle were weird and (in my experience) a bit forced, I LOVED IT.

It made me feel warm inside, happy and sad at the same time. The two families were probably one of the most amazing things of the book.

Would recommend it to EVERYBODY. Please read it. It’s truly wonderful! The writing is very good, quick and fast-paced and at the same time full of emotions.

I am picking up Benjamin Alire Saenz’s second book as soon as I can!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars!


18302455This book is completely useless.
Nothing happens. Literally nothing. I was waiting for something, even a tiny little bit of action… but it never did.
And not in a cute Downton Abbey kind of way.
The main character Mae is totally stupid, has no personality and she is just terrible.
You just follow her journey of becoming an even bigger idiot throughout the course of the book.

I gave it two start just because the message of the book isn’t too made. I make you think of what kind of society we are becoming. But if you are into this genre, I suggest not reading this and watching “Black Mirror”. A thousand times better.

I am sorry I wasted time reading this. The premise was good, the delivery poor. It made no sense to me. There was no beginning, no end, no resolution, no tension, no problems.
400 pages of nothing.

I don’t usually write negative review, but this was dumb.

⭐⭐ 2 stars!


23299522I studied russian in school and I read parts of “Il cappotto” (The coat) in its original language. I tried to read other classics but russian novels are intimidating. These two short stories are hilarious and make no sense. They are so fun to read and although the ending is not a happy one, you won’t be disappointed.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars!



Hope you liked this wrap-up and please let me know your opinions or any recommendations you might have.

Thanks for reading!

Georgia 💙😘😉