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.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



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.

⭐⭐



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

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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:

UNIVERSITY LIST:

 

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!!!!


PERSONAL LIST:

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.

Xxx

Georgia

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 💙😘😉

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 🙂 ❤