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101 Best Jokes by Various Authors [BOOK REVIEW]

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I am struggling to write this review for 101 Best Jokes, because in this book you will definitely NOT find the best jokes.

In fact, the jokes are so bad, that you would laugh at your misery for picking this book up in the first place. The only thing that is true about the title is that there are actually 101 jokes in total. 

There are a lot of different jokes, mostly the jokes known as “dad jokes”, the blonde ones, the “yo mamma so ugly” ones are there too. The authors made sure all sorts of jokes are included. Too bad they failed to make me laugh. I actually found some of the jokes in there quite offensive. I can imagine someone actually using one of those jokes on a dinner table, telling the joke to the people around them and instead of laughter receiving the awkward smirk. Oh, can I please be invited to that party? Because that would be funny for sure!

Some did make me smirk though. Maybe only one or two, and that is why I will give this book two stars instead of one. One that stayed with me is this one: 

“I was wondering why the baseball was getting bigger. And then it hit me.”

If you want a short-read to make you spend some time and kill your boredom, this would probably be a good book to pick up. If you are researching jokes for your stand-up comedy next weekend, maybe skip it. Keeping  your expectations low enough will make you less disappointed.  

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March TBR

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Hello, my lovelies!

February has gone quite fast. But that was sort of what we expected from February anyway 🙂

I didn’t do much in February. I mostly was reading my books and started knitting and crochet.

Without further delays, let’s get to the important part – what will I be reading in March?

All the books that are currently on my TBR can be found HERE. This is the list that I will choose from when spinning the wheel.

My March TBR

I always start with 8 books on my TBR, because this is what I read on average. If I happen to read all of them, I will add a few more books at the end of the month. If I don’t manage to read the books from last month, I don’t unhaul them. They go into the next month’s list automatically, which leaves me with less spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read this March:

March TBR 2020 (1)

1. Eternal Love by Karimah Colden

Carry-over book.

Original spin: Series

The sequel to Eternal Soul, which I rated 3-stars. I hope I will enjoy this one more, but it was a nice book for me to choose for this prompt, because I find pleasure in finishing series. Tick, tick, tick!

 2. Chroma Crossing Chronicles: Blood Moon: Part 2 by S. Yurvati

Carry-over book.

Original Spin: Boyfriend Pick

This is what Chris chose, and I have to tell you that I was quite surprised. He could choose from World of Warcraft, Witcher and Harry Potter Books. Very surprising pick, but I am glad, because I did enjoy the first part of the Chroma Crossing Chronicles.

3. The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan

Spin: Beautiful Cover

This book cover captures my attention every time and I love the story it unfolds. Every item in the Museum of Broken Promises has been donated and uncovers a story behind it. The owner of the museum, Laure, has some broken promises and stories of her own as well.

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Spin: TBR Vet

One of the oldest books I have on my TBR. I remember reading this book when I was younger, but I don’t have proper book reviews written for the series, so I thought I should re-read it again.

5. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Spin: Instagram Pick

I got the Instagram pick, I asked you to vote on my stories and this was the result! Make sure to follow me on Instagram, so you can see my stories and vote on my next monthly TBRs.

6. Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

Spin: Sister Pick

On this prompt, my sister gets to choose any book from my TBR. She chose Switched, and I am so excited to read it!

7. Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio

Spin: One Word Title

I have had this book on my TBR for a while now, and haven’t watched the movie yet, because I want to read the book first. So this was a great opportunity to finally read it! I have heard amazing things!

8. I am David by Anne Holm

Spin: Short Read

This book has been on my TBR for a while. It used to be in Macedonia, but I recently brought it back with me in the UK. I want to read this one so much and cannot wait.

And that’s my March TBR ! I hope I will manage to read all of these books.
Make sure to follow me on Instagram, so you can stay up to date with my current updates during the month.
What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #1) [BOOK REVIEW]

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It is so hard to write a book review for a book you have known and loved all your life. I think that every praise I have to say here has already been said before. I remember watching the first Harry Potter movie with my family, my aunts and cousins in the cinema. In Macedonia at that time, this was a big deal. My auntie and cousin have already read the books, and they already had their collection set. And I knew I was also going to have my own collection when I grow up.

That is the beginning of how this series became a part of my life. 

Harry Potter followed me through my primary school and then in high school as well. I met friends that also loved the series and we formed a bond similar to what Harry, Ron and Hermione have. We weren’t too much of a trouble makers, but we did know to fight when we thought something was not fair. 

From the very first scene, to the mention of each character, a shiver ran down my spine, of excitement and nostalgia of a world that was always part of me, even though I’ve never been physically there. A world that has accepted me and a place I could always call home when there was nowhere else to turn. 

Reading the book now again, I re-visited moments I never thought I have forgotten: 

  • the list of books and items a first-year student needs. This time, I even made a list of all the fictional books mentioned, and will try to find and read those as well. 
  • the engraved poem when entering the Gringotts Bank. 

Enter Strange, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn,
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.

  • the family bond of the Weasleys, alongside with the love their mother has for them and their cheeky jokes. I wish I could visit them on a Sunday afternoon and have a Sunday Roast at their place – it would be such a warm atmosphere with lots of giggles.

‘Can’t stay long, Mother,’ he said. ‘I’m up front, the Prefects have got two compartments to themselves -’
‘Oh, are you a Prefect, Percy?’ said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. ‘You should have said something, we had no idea.’
‘Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,’ said the other twin.
‘Once -’
‘Or twice -’
‘A minute -’
‘All summer -’
‘Oh, shut up,’ said Percy the Prefect. 


‘Now you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you’ve – you’ve blown a toilet or -’
‘Blown up a toilet? We’ve never blown up a toilet.’
‘Great idea though, thanks, Mum.’
‘It’s not funny. And look after Ron.’
‘Don’t worry, ickle Ronniekins is safe with us.’
‘Shut up,’ said Ron.

  • The Sorting Hat scene and the poem where the houses are explained.
  • The train scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione meet each other for the first time. I was reading this scene and I was like: “You’ll all be best friends and you don’t know it yet!
  • Dumbledore – how mysterious he is this whole book! It makes you want to keep reading the other books, because you know you will get to know him better! 
  • Neville Longbottom and his bravery! 

There are all kinds of courage.’ said Dumbledore, smiling. ‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.’

Harry Potter will forever be part of my childhood and have an impact on my life as an adult. I will forever cherish this fictional world and I will never get over the fact that when I was eleven years old, I never got the mail from Hogwarts. Maybe they didn’t deliver mails to Macedonia 😀 

It will be my favourite children’s book forever. After all this time? Always.

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The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi [BOOK REVIEW]

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The Complete Persepolis is a graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi that covers her life. This is a memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran. 

This is a story of Satrap’s childhood; growing up in a loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. We also follow Marjane in her high school years in Vienna. It is an interesting journey of a young girl becoming an independent woman. 

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed the graphic novel style. It is an interesting concept of telling a story and I really liked it. It was easy to read and quick to engage with.

Even though I liked Marjane’s story, I didn’t like Marjane as a character. She seems a bit too arrogant. She seemed to always need to prove to the world who she is and what she is about. I have met a few people like that in my life and found them annoying. 

It was really interesting to read about the culture and history of Iran and I loved the places in the book where they showed us the major differences in culture and beliefs. Growing up in Macedonia, I am no stranger to this culture, nor the beliefs, as Macedonia is a country with many different nationalities and religions living together. I have seen things, and I have heard things. 

The writing was very humorous and the story plot was quite interesting. I didn’t really feel any emotions during the book, but the sad ending really got me. What a way to finish a book.

In conclusion, I have mixed feelings about The Complete Persepolis, only due to the way the character was set up and her attributes. However, I loved the representation of Iran, the way we are thrown into the culture and mindset, and how this book made me think twice. 

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The Long and Dark by Joshua Banker [BOOK REVIEW]

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From the moment I read the synopsis for The Long and Dark, I was intrigued by this mysterious place and the bravery of this man to commence this adventure, knowing it may cost his life. 

Gareth has always played by the books. Paid to do whatever people tell him to do. Never thinking deeper than what lies on the surface. Never needed to. Satisfied in his  day to day world, his perfect bubble bursts when his wife and kid are infected with a disease that will kill them sooner or later. 

Knowing this is the only solution, Gareth is commencing on an adventure to the mysterious Dineothan and its capital, Upelstbohr, a place unknown to many. Rumours are that this place is populated with the greatest minds alive. Other rumours are that this place is cursed and cut off from the outside world. 

With no other options, our hero goes into this adventure, hoping for the best, but the path is not that easy…

My Thoughts: 

Overall, I enjoyed The Long and Dark. As a character, I liked Gareth. I admired his dedication and motivation to keep going. His will to never give up to save his family left me deeply troubled, knowing how rare these characteristics are to be found in people nowadays. His sacrifice reminded me of today’s selfish humans walking on Earth, and reminded me of how precious this trait really is. 

“Please feel free to visit again if you are so inclined. You will find me here. As a man with all the time in the world, reading is the only pleasure I have left.”

Gareth is also a character that does what he is told. That is what he has done all his life, and I was so bored to see him getting in trouble over and over again in this book, because he followed other people’s advice. However, he does learn from this, and we can see a huge character development of him by the end of this book. That scene was remarkable. A pleasure to read. 

Apart from Gareth, I couldn’t really connect with any other character. They were all coming and going as far as I was concerned. I didn’t invest any emotions into them whatsoever. At times, I was also bored with the plot, as it felt we are not going anywhere for a couple of pages. 

An interesting adventure read for sure, but not a remarkable one, unfortunately. It is a great book to spend your free time on, but you might not remember it after a year. I still recommend The Long and Dark to the adventure seekers!

Thanks to the author, Joshua Banker,  for sending me a paperback copy, in exchange for my honest review.

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