TEACHING – Three Months as a Teacher

This time I want to talk about my job.

I can’t believe being a teacher is my actual job this year. I am currently teaching 3 classes at private studio in my town and I’m loving it.

It’s so hard and given my non-existent experience, I was petrified at the beginning. And even now, after 3 months, I’m no completely accustomed to it.

It takes so much time!! I don’t know what’s the best way to teach a particular topic or to help children learn it with the easiest method!

I have surely made mistakes but my boss has reassured me multiple times about it. Everybody messes up at the beginning. There is a saying in italian that says: “Nessuno nasce imparato” that roughly translates into: “Nobody is born already knowing everything”.

After my four hours of teaching I am devastated. I put so much effort into it and it drained me. For the first months, I used to get really bad headaches. I was so tense and nervous!

I’ve been tutoring people for two years, but that’s a completely different experience. I usually speak in italian and we mainly do homework, grammar and exercises. Yes, this is the wonderful italian school system. Facts, facts, facts and information, information, information.

Anyway, with these 3 classes and these young children, the approach is completely different. I speak english all the time and I have a text-book. But the most striking difference is the number of students! Six isn’t that big of a number, but it kind of is when you are used to being face-to-face with only one person at the time.

My english binder has increased exponentially in the past three months and I have a whole new list of bookmarks dedicated to the english language.

What I’m taking from this experience is that teaching is the way to go. It’s what I had planned for me and I am thrilled that it’s the right path for me.




November TBR 2017

I don’t know why I am doing this because I know I won’t be able to stick to it, but here I am again with another TBR.

I have been reading Stephen King’s “It” for the past weeks and I’m still only half-way throught it. It’s soooooo long and scary and disgusting AND so creepy.

But I want to read more diverse stories by diverse authors, I want to get to know different lifestyles! Also, since I am studying literature at university I need to expand my knowledge.

This month I won’t have much time so read for pleasure, but I’ll see what I can do. I am going to spend countless hours on a train back and forth from Venice, so I better start reading!

And without much further ado, let’s get into my November TBR:



For my last literature exam I have to read “Othello” and I loved it. I didn’t expect it to, but I did and I am pretty excited to get my hands of these two other plays. On the other hand, I am not looking forward to Dunne’s collection of poetry. Renaissane poetry is not something I am particularly fond of, but it’s mandatory so I have to.

Moreover, I found the Royal Shakespeare Comapany’s adaptation of both “King Lear” and “Richard II” on DVD and I’m over the moon. 3 hours of David Tennant, baby!!!!


I’ve heard wonderful reviews of this book and I cannot wait to read it!!

For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s about Starr, a young 16-year-old girl who witnesses her childhood best friend (an unarmed black boy) being killed in a fatal shooting by the police.

It’s a book about race, loss, injustice, tragedy and more.

As soon as I finish “It”, this one will be the first I’ll pick up.

This summer I read “Dante and Aristotle discover the secrets of the universe” and naturally I had to check out Saenz’s new book. I love how fast paced his books are and the lovely stories the author narrates.

The books is about Sal and his life. He was adopted by a gay father and he is perfectly content with his loving family. But his previous life haunts him and it forces him to confront his feelings.

I can’t wait to read this and hopefully I’ll love it just as much as the previous one.

I have always disliked poetry, even since I was in elementary school. But recently I have started reading modern poets and I am so interested in deepening this newfound fascination of mine.

I read “Milk and Honey” and “The Sun and Her Sunflowers” by Rupi Kaur and since this book is in the opening rounds of Goodreads’ Choice Award 2017, I decided to give it a go.

I know nothing about it, but to me the title is pretty self-explanatory. It’s very short and I hope to get to it as soon as possible.

I am pretty happy about my selection of books this month. I wanted to have a mix of physical, ebooks and audiobooks so I could read (or listen to) as much as I could even while I do the laundry or clean the kitchen. Sadly, I wasn’t able to. I only have digital books and I hate it. Having an actual book in your hands makes for such a better reading experience.

Let me know if you’ve read them or if you have recommendations.



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…



I did it!

I passed my english exam.

I’ve literally just found out! I ran to my mom sobbing and mumbling: “I passed the exam! I got a 28/30!”

After that, I stood there for 10 minutes sheding litres and litres of tears. My mom and I talked some more, about my uni life and the choices I have to make in the next months.

Aside from that, I texted my friend to meet me saturday for our traditional celebratory smoothie and I am trying to be more positive. Tomorrow I’m supposed to go to a class and it’s killing me. I have to attend this one, because it’s about poetry in the 16th Century. SO BORING. I’m not really interested in that. I was hoping in more victorian books.

Today I’m going to pay my fee and go for a driving lesson. Despite my numbness regarding everything, I am tying to survive.