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 💙😘😉

Random Thoughts: SEXISM

Just a few days ago I read a YA (Young Adult) book… Every now and then I love to read some romantic trash books… Those surreal love stories that always have a happy ending. Sue me, I like them. They are just something easy to read and they don’t require much thinking.

I’m not exaggerating, but I have never read ANTHING even remotely as sexist as this. (Second to every Donald Trump tweet/speech/word he ever said… Obviously.)

I am a feminist, I believe in equality for EVERYONE: gender, race, pay… and if there is one thing I cannot stand for is racism. OF ANY KIND.

In today’s society there are still portrayals of men as drunk, violent and extremely possessive and women as dumb idiots that are submissive to their boyfriend/husband.

Reading the other reviews, clearly made by young susceptible teenagers, made me realise how many steps behind we are taking. These repeated ideas of a disruptive love and carelessness have sunk in teenagers and I think it’s just wrong. Boys will feel like they HAVE to be total jerks and girls will feel like being someone’s girlfriend will make their life complete.

It’s truly sad that girl believe the kind of (pardon my French) bullshit these books are all about.

As I wrote: Nobody is “yours”, you are not someone’s property, even if it is sugar-coated and portrayed as affection and love.
Frankly, I found it highly noneducational: young and susceptible girls should not be exposed to this! The fighting, the boy’s inappropriate jealousy (hidden as “protectiveness”) and this thing about “I’m yours” “You’re mine” is just… no.

Yes, I’m quoting myself. So what?

 

Anyway, I just wanted to get this off my chest and be done with it. I am very passionate about women’s independency, self-love and I felt like this book set us back in the Middle Ages.

If you want to read the full review and know about what book I was talking about, you can find it here.

Hope this made you reflect about these important themes.

 

Georgia    🙂

 

P.s. Thank you for those who liked my previous post! 17 likes!! WOW! ❤