Book Review – Girl Code

While I was waiting for my train to arrive in Termini Station in Rome, I decided to take a look at motivational books written in English in the bookstore inside said station. I did not have much cash on me and so picked out an average-priced women-centred piece of work: “Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur“, written by Cara Alwill Leyba.

You can find the book on Amazon, right here. Now, if you, like me, had no idea who the writer is, let me tell you a couple of things about her: she is a badass. Pink hair, strong mottos like “Woman first, boss second” and a website called “The Champagne Diet”. She is an extremely motivating and positive person and that is clear from the first page of the book.

She has made it her life mission to motivate and empower women so that they can become the boss they always wanted to be and that is what she is doing with this book. It is a quick read which took me less than a week, only reading half an hour a day. It explores various themes, all introduced by quotes of famous women. The themes I most enjoyed were failing, connecting with other women, and trusting oneself’s potential, along with her original concept of “limitless luxe”.

If you want quick motivation on how to better your attitude towards other women, how to find sanity, and then imagine whatever it is that you want to accomplish in this life, you will enjoy this book. Of course, plenty of books like this have come out in recent years, with the new feminist wave, and that I love, despite taking away from the originality of the concept; regardless, the more girl power there is, the better.

Score: 7/10

You can also find Cara on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Thank you once again for reading.

xx

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Book Review – A Clash of Kings

Here I am, back with the review of the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire. I must say that I probably enjoyed this book more, simply because the tv show, despite following most of the events, did not feel as a carbon copy of the book, therefore making the reading of the book more enjoyable.

Trying not to divulge too much of the plot for those who have not read it yet is impossible and I am sorry. So if you have not reached this part yet, I recommend you click out since I will now make a list of my favourite events:

  • Renly’s death: this was probably the moment where we, as readers, realised that magic is indeed real in this book, under the form of Renly’s killer and that Melisandre might not be as crazy as we all thought;
  • Brienne’s introduction: Brienne is one of my favourite characters and I could not wait for her to be revealed. Her loyalty is probably her most interesting feature and I cannot wait to see how it develops in the later books;
  • Jaqen H’ghar: I just love everything that has to do with Essos and he is no exception. His demeanour and mystery make me love him even more, especially seeing his relationship with Arya evolve;
  • Battle of Blackwater Bay: probably one of the few times I actually appreciated Sansa’s point of view (POV). I loved the back and forth between her POV and Tyrion’s and how the battle was lived inside and outside of the Red Keep. Of course, I cannot forget to mention Tyrion’s brilliance;
  • Jon Snow killing Qhorin Halfhand: again, in this moment I understood how great and meant for greatness Jon really is. He is one of my favourite characters and him being loyal to the Watch through and through left me speechless;
  • House of the Undying: all the prophecies there are so amazing and I cannot wait for all of them to happen. Anything regarding Rhaegar I love, so him saying that his son is the prince who was promised and that his is the song of ice and fire just makes me hope.

Regarding my favourite POVs, Tyrion takes the gold, while Davos is in second place. They are also my favourite characters throughout; I do also enjoy Jon’s, although I am not a fan of the whole behind the wall narrative. The POVs I do not really enjoy are Theon’s and Bran’s (besides when he has visions of the past).

All in all, I loved this book and I see how it sets the foundation and stepping stones for the rest. I am reading A Storm of Swords as of right now and I will keep you updated.

Score: 9/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – The Power of Habit

Do not hate me, please. I know I have been absent for the past two months, but for good reason. I had my finals at high school and I mean my final finals. I graduated from high school! I am so happy and relieved and stress free it does not even seem real. I can finally read the books I want to read and chill and enjoy summer…until September comes along and UNI starts, but I am excited about that.

So here I am, back with another book review. This time I bring you The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I bought this book at the JFK airport in New York, on my way back in March. As soon as I saw it (the cover does attract attention) I wanted it. It cost $16 and it is worth so much more than that.

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The genre it is part of is Business/Psychology and that explains half of it. Charles Duhigg decided to research why people do certain thing in life and business. He put together all the research done by scientists regarding habits and habit loops and cravings and served it to us on a pretty and understandable platter. I must say that the book is full of real life examples, also of pretty famous people (Michael Phelps was my favourite one). It is the kind of book that, if you take very seriously and practice what it preaches, could change your life.

It tells you how to recognise habits, how to re-wire them for your gain and how to apply that in every area of your life. I am very happy to have found this book and it is the first of its type that I read; I already have a long list of others like this to purchase.

Score: 9/10

Thank you so much for reading.

xx

 

Book Review – milk and honey

This is the first poetry book I review and I must say I am proud of myself. I am proud of myself because I have evolved from the scholastic mentality of hating poetry because we were force-fed it for so many years.

We can say I started with a bang. “milk and honey” is one of the most famous contemporary poetry works and it sold over one million copies in order to make it to the top of the New York Times’ bestseller list. The author is a woman called Rupi Kaur who, in her works, decided to analyse hurt, depression, love, healing, femininity, and abuse.

This book is divided in four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing. All these parts are mended together by the awareness of the author of what she deserves, and that is the best. It explores all parts of being a woman, a person of colour, a heartbroken human, someone who wants to heal. She shares her past experiences of lost love and abuse and she lets us know that hurting in normal and that healing will come. Putting one’s soul on paper in the way that she did is admirable and reading these pages felt like getting to know somebody. Somebody who comes from a different cultural background than I, yet somebody who’s heart felt the same hurt I felt.

Talking about formalities, this is not the same poetry we were taught in school. There are not many rhymes and rather than musicality we find obvious meaning which hits you in the face.

If I were to give this book, or should I rather say soul, a score based only on the themes explored, I would give it a 10/10.

Unfortunately, personal taste comes into play, and I am still in love with Dante’s poetry, where you are embraced by rhymes and music.

Score: 8/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – A Game of Thrones

I finally gave in to the Game of Thrones craze and decided to ask as a gift the first book of the series, A Game of Thrones, and the special companion book, The World of Ice & Fire. I read the first one quite quickly and I am halfway through the companion book, but since it is full of “historical” events, I get bored easily and I prefer to only read a bit at a time.

Let me start this review by saying that if you have watched the first season of the HBO series, you already know what happens in the first book. It is 99% the same thing.

In case you do not know anything about this series, it follows the life and adventures of various characters, from various points of view, living in Westeros, a fictional land. I would say, if we were to collocate it chronologically, that it would be set in fictional medieval times.

The whole plot is based on games of power and the fight between various houses, especially Lannister and Stark, with a side of Targaryen. Telling you about the characters would ruin everything for first time readers, so I cannot reveal too much. I can only say that my favourite house is House Lannister and that my favourite character is Tyrion Lannister, a very intelligent, overall good, and witty man.

There are no bad things that I can say about this book, to be completely honest. Okay, it is very long, but it is extremely worth it. The length is proportional to how much information is contained and how many dialogues George R.R. Martin had the fantasy to conjure.

I have already gotten the next two books of the series and I promise I will review them as soon as possible.

Score: 10/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

 

 

Book Review : Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I finally got the chance to buy this book and I read it on my way back from Australia; I finished it right before landing in Rome. I wanted to get my hands on it ever since it came out, but I wanted it in English, not Italian, so this was my chance. I bought it at a duty free shop in Brisbane Airport.

So, as you might already know, this is not an actual book as much as it is the screenplay used for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play that everybody has been going crazy over this past year.

The plot picks up 19 years later, right where the last film ended. We have a new set of characters, some of whom get introduced in this book anew. You will immediately notice that time and action move very quickly and that the whole dynamic has changed. Harry is now a father dealing with a son he does not understand, Hermione is juggling being a mother while also being Minister of Magic and Professor McGonagall, well, she keeps dealing with insane students.

I will not give anything away, since it is a very interesting book and it keeps, despite the new characters, giving us a glimpse into the world be all know and love. It does really feel like being back at Hogwarts, but from a different perspective. Humour is very present and I actually found myself laughing more than twice at certain passages (hint: Ron was always present).

Unfortunately, there is one aspect I did not like of the book, not because it was unpleasant, but because it did not convince me. You will understand what I am saying if and when you read the book, since it is a pretty big part of it. Being used to JK Rowling’s writing, who only revealed the mysteries of the series in the last book, coming face to face with such an important event without it being accurately premeditated sort of left me hanging.

All in all, I am very glad I am part of this world again and I loved every single page. It was a pretty fast read and I do whole-heartedly recommend it.

Score: 9/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – The day of the owl

I never thought I would be one to say this, but I actually enjoyed this book. I was and still am surprised at how well it flowed and how well it was generally written.

This book, by Leonardo Sciascia, is a very famous crime novel about the mafia written in Italian. The original title is “Il giorno della civetta” and it is around 110 pages long. The action starts right in the first pages, when a murder is committed in broad daylight at a bus stop in a Sicilian town. A certain captain, Bellodi, who is a northerner from Parma, is called to investigate and he already has an idea in his mind that this murder, along with a couple more which will happen further in the book, has been committed by the mafia or its associates.

There are no chapters in this book, only small pauses and brief changes of point of view : on one side we have the point of view of the captain and his subordinates, while on the other side we have the criminals’, which is usually narrated with only direct dialogue and no interference on the author’s side.

The main action is concentrated in one single day, so the book itself is quite fast paced. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about the mafia and understand its basis. This novel was written back when nobody knew what the mafia was, who the mafia was or if it even existed.

I must admit that the crime novel is not my favourite type of read, but this book I quite enjoyed and I read it in a day. I did not find it boring at all, despite being an assignment from school, and I must say that if you really want to do any sort of research about the mafia, this is where your research must start.

Score : 8,5/10

Thank you for reading.