November 2017: Books I’m Thankful For

I found this great group on that gives you monthly recommendation on books that other people enjoyed!

It think it’s a great wait to discover novels that otherwise I would have never discovered.

So, here is my personal list of books I’m thankful for:

Trevor Noah Born a Crime - bookI loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I’ve been telling every single person I know to read it. I’ve already talked about this book on my blog, but frankly more people need to get their hands on it.

This is current “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah’s autobiography. He was born during the apartheid in South Africa and since his mom was black and his father was white, he should not have existed. He was a crime.

He talks about what it was actually like growing up in that time: the corruption of the police, poverty, church, faith, racism, feminism, equality and more.

You can read my in-depth review of the book here.

18299542This is totally different genre. Polar opposites. I studied a couple of his poems in high school and I found this book for free on amazon. I purchased it and I read it. I had zero expectations and I was so surprised of how much I enjoyed myself.

Weirdly enough, it holds a special place in my heart because it was the first collection of poetry I loved. I hated poetry in school. Like, really hated it.

I still find it stupidly complicated, but I am so happy I liked it.

Aziz Ansari Modern Romance - bookLet’s finish the post the way we started it: with a comedian.

I read Aziz’s book in summer 2016 and I adore it. I think about it to this day. It’s so funny and interesting! Aziz and Eric Klinenberg went around America and the world to conduct focus groups about finding romance and relationships. He talks about types of love, navigating the dating world in his modern age and the difficulties people encounter nowadays.

Also, Aziz’s obsession with food is featured a lot in the book and I love it. I learnt a lot from it and I’ll probably read it again in a not-so-distant future.

23301805Another genre! This time non-fiction!

I had heard a lot of people talking about this and I am so happy I listened to them. This book is so important.

It’s a fabulous introduction to feminism. The author talks about what is means to be a feminist in the 21st Century, about issues both in the US and in her native country Nigeria, problems women face everyday in today’s society and (sadly) more.

I absolutely loved it and it has made me want to expand my knowledge on feminist literature and I currently have a pretty big TBR list of books I’m interested it.

I recommend it to everyone. Both man and women. But especially men. They should educate themselves and learn what feminism truly is. Equality.

25883848This is probably the best romance book I’ve read.

I read it in two days, I truly couldn’t put it down. The story is about Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two co-workers at a publishing company that hate each other. When they are up for the same promotion, they start to realize that maybe they are not enemies after all. I know it sounds cheesy and corny, but it’s very good. I’ve recommended it so many people!

It’s such a fun and light-hearted rom-com. I definitely hope someone will buy the rights for the movie. It will be a guarantee success. It was one of the books I’ve read this year that made me fall back in love with reading.

I can’t wait to read Sally Thorne’s second novel!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think about these books (if you’ve read them).

I’d love to start a discussion.




5 Stand-up Comedy Specials on Netflix You Should Watch

Before signing up to Netflix, I wasn’t really into Stand-up comedy. I had seen a couple of them, but I’d never thought I would find them funny.

But as soon as I realized that there were A LOT of specials on Netflix, I started watching.

Some of them have been bad, comedy that I did not enjoy. At All. But I have found some gems. I love when comedy makes you think and gives you a better understanding of other people’s point of view. That is what I look for. Not some stupid specials only about sex and unnecessary vulgarity. I’m not condemning it, bear in mind. If you read my posts you know I don’t hold back the swear words. But sometimes, it is just redundant.

That being said, I love a good and liberating curse word. But let’s get into the specials!!!

  • Trevor Noah: “Afraid Of The Dark”

Trevor Noah Afraid of the darkI didn’t watch “The Daily Show” when Jon Stewart was on. I wasn’t that interested in US politics and comedy that much, but after seeing Trevor on Stephen Colbert or James Corden, I decided to look back at past episodes and I became a huge fan of the show. I read Trevor’s book “Born a Crime” probably one of the best books I have read in a long time and when I saw he had a special on Netflix I just knew I would love it.

And I did. Trevor’s comedy style is social related. He talks about his life, being born from a black mother and white father in South Africa during the Apartheid years and feeling like he didn’t fit anywhere. His insights are wonderful and intelligent.


  • Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”


I LOVE HIM. I think his comedic style is great. I love the metaphors, the stories and the voice he is giving to muslim minorities. His stand-up is all about growing up as a Muslim, race, marriage, love, parents and more. Hasan has been a correspondent for the Daily Show since 2014 and his field pieces are always funny and thought-provoking. He delivers a esthetically beautiful and incredibly profound one and a half performance and I really cannot recommend it enough.

Just like all the other artists, he deals with social issues, forcing you to think about the problems he is talking about.

His speech at the “White House correspondents’ Dinner” is one of the best EVER. I strongly urge you to watch it. AMAZING. (Two other remarkable speeches are Seth Meyer‘s and Cecily Strong‘s.)

  • Aziz Ansari “Live At MGS”

AzizAziz was probably the first comedian I ever saw on stand up special of. And I completely fell in love with him. I read his book “Modern Romance” which I adore, and I think he has a very fun and approachable style to his performance. He talks about relationships, dating in this technological age and about a lot other topics.

He did two specials on Netflix, “Buried Alive” and “Live at Madison Square Garden” and whenever I feel a bit down and I actually need a pick me up, I put Aziz on and enjoy the ride!

  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

After the first 5 minutes, I knew that this special was going to be one of my favourites. John Mulaney is amazing. If you are familiar with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live!”, you probably know we was a writer there and he co-created the character Stefon will Bill Hader. Stefon is supposed to give advice on the best places to visit in NYC and he can’t do it. He talks about weird places, strange people and more!

Anyway, John’s boyish looks and nice manners are exactly what I was looking for. He talks about marriage, being a catholic, meeting Bill Clinton and so on. He is so fun and I had an amazing time watching the special. Highly recommend it!

  • Cristela Alonzo: Lower classy

91c7833e10ab0fad12ab324f8fdb8561fde95e81I haven’t had the best experience watching female comedians. I adore Michelle Wolf on the Daily Show and I am sure there are a lot of great female comedians, but the ones that I have seen didn’t blow my mind.

Until I found Cristela Alonzo. In her special, she talks about Latino and Mexican stereotypes, being raised by her tough mother and more. Instead of the sex-based kind of comedy, she talked about social issues, experiences from her own life and more. I really enjoyed her special and I’ll definitely keep an eye on her for any future gigs.

I would love to know if you had any recommendations for comedy specials, please let me know! I’m always looking for new comedians!




“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah

I finished reading this book a couple of minutes ago and as soon as I turned over the past page (and I finished crying) I started typing this review.

As I wrote on my Goodreads page: ONE OF THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ. EVER.

I’ve discovered Trevor Noah as a talk show host a couple of months ago and quickly fell in love with him. I watched a couple of this stand-up gigs on Youtube and when I discovered he was bringing out this book, I promised myself I would read it as soon as it came out.

And I’m so glad I did.

If you aren’t familiar with him, well… About a year ago, Trevor took over from Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show”, he is a comedian, he is from South Africa, he started doing stand-up when he was 18 and he was born a crime. trevor-noah-book-born-a-crime-stories-from-a-south-african-childhood

Trevor’s existence was illegal in South Africa: he was born in 1984 and apartheid was abolished in 1991. His mother is a black woman of Xhosa ancestry and his father is a swiss/german.

From his childhood and early adulthood, Trevor’s book teaches us about racism, apartheid and the multitude of problems of his country in an honest, genuine and heart-breaking way that is incredibly easy to follow.
When approaching this, you can’t think of him as the new host of “The Daily Show” or a celebrity, but just as a man from South Africa telling you this unbelievable story.
Trevor talks about apartheid, he explains to us reader (that like me aren’t particularly familiar with South Africa’s history) what it was actually like growing up in that time: the corruption of the police, poverty, church, faith, racism, feminism, equality and more. Trevor describes how difficult it was for him to identify in a specific group: is he black? is he white? Is he black enough? Is he white enough?

Young people should definitely read “Born a Crime”: this book could teach them a lot, not just about apartheid, but also about being a better person.

I can’t stress this enough: this book will be one of the best things you will read.
And a huge part of it, it’s because of Trevor’s mom Patricia. What an incredible woman.
Her life lessons included in the book are some of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard. She is such a strong and independent woman in a country that pushed against her as hard as it could. Her life story is amazing, inspiring and utterly heart-breaking.

I truly haven’t felt such passion for a book in a long time. Let’s just say that it made me cry. And I can count on one hand the number of times I have cried for a book.

I can’t really say this enough times: PLEASE, READ THIS BOOK.

While reading I underlined some of the best quotes in the book and I’ll write a separate post about them otherwise this one won’t ever end.

Now, go to the next bookshop and buy “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood”. You won’t regret it.



US Presidential Election 2016

I wasn’t going to write about politics on this blog, but things are starting to get out of control.

With only 3 and a half months away from President Obama’s last day in the White House, the entire world is watching the US presidential election.

Thanks to talk shows like “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “Late Night with Seth Meyer”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “The Late Late show with James Corden” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, I have been following the election through the “funny side”.

Since (of course) I am not an american and I don’t live there, I don’t know what life is like overseas. But I am interested in the culture, the legislations and politics and I feel invested in this. This election isn’t just about America… It’s about all of us, the entire world.

The talk show hosts have been talking non-stop about Democrats and Republicans, Caucasus and all of that (I still get confused about all of this process.) and I got really into it. I have learnt a lot, but to be honest, I would have never got this invested if it hadn’t been for these shows.

It made it incredibly easy to understand and follow this last year of meetings, conferences and speeches.

As of now, I am watching the first presidential debate and there are a lot of things that are wrong. First of all, this debate thing is completely new to me. Here in Italy we don’t have it, but I think it’s great. You get to actually know the candidates, instead of watching endless hours of boring political talk show like we do here. In America they ask them about the facts and what they would actually do.

Anyway, this election has been one of the most horrible things I have seen on television (and yes it includes Game Of Thrones’ Red Wedding). Senators biting each other heads off, insulting their running mate, undermining everything and everyone…

Having no filters, no worries of sounding racists and the absurd idea of building a wall across the border between the USA and Mexico, Donald Trump has been the centre of every tv program.

As a woman, I found myself deeply offended by his remarks on Megyn Kelly and all the other women: let alone insulting people on national television just for the hell of it, but attacking us women for not looking like unrealistic plastic dolls is unacceptable. Making fun of Ms Kelly by saying, and I quote:

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” was disgusting.

Although he tried to rectify it on Twitter by adding “nose” at the end of that sentence, his pathetic excuse didn’t count much. This is only one of the many insult he directed towards women, minority (and let’s face it) everyone else except him.

I am outraged about his statements… And I am ashamed as a human being… I know that there are horrible people in this world, but I didn’t think it was to this extend.

I am not qualified to judge his plans… oh no, wait… He doesn’t have any… Shit…

Well, I cannot judge his business. I don’t know the first thing about the economy, but personally I believe the facts are against him. I won’t talk about his bankruptcy because there is John Oliver linked below.

Also, he keeps mentioning “Law and Order”… Is he quoting the TV show? Doesn’t he know that it’s shit? Oh well… I’m obviously joking, but this “Law and Order” business is all about gun regulations and the NRA.

Why are americans so obsessed with guns? WHY? I am truly asking. I want to understand this.

It is the 21st century, people. WAKE UP. Let’s not go back to the Dark Times. It has come to deciding which one is the least worse. And it’s horrible. You shouldn’t decide your president based on which you dislike the least.


Here are a few pieces that I LOVE:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO)  

This is the most amazing thing I have seen on HBO after Game Of Thrones.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Border Wall (HBO)

What is with this f***ing wall!? Ever heard of the Berlin Wall? Do you remember what happened almost 20 years ago, Donald? COME ON.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


Yes, I am a bit obsessed with John Oliver. No big deal. I just love him and his show… And his humor. ❤

Also, Stephen Colbert is amazing. I didn’t really knew him before this show and frankly I didn’t really like him, but he has become one of my favourite hosts. ❤

I hope we can start an intelligent and calm discussion about his topic! I am genuinely interested in hearing your opinion!

Have a nice day!


Georgia    🙂