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Mystery Blogger Award

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A huge thank you to Jordanne at Bloodthirsty Little Beasts for nominating me for this award – I was extremely happy when I saw this. If you havenโ€™t heard about Jordanne and her amazing blog, please go and have a look!

Now, about the award…

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

โ€“ OKOTO ENIGMA (Creator of the Mystery Blogger Award)

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantThe Rules

  • Put the award logo and image on your blog.
  • List all the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to the creatorโ€™s blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 to 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegant3 Things About Me

  1. I was originally born in Skopje, Macedonia and I moved to the UK in June 2016, to follow my dreams. My biggest dream is to be able to do what I love full-time, while I travel the world in a hippie camper van and always be near the sun.

  2. Since I was able to walk, I have been practising martial arts – karate in particular. I am a black belt, and a national champion in Macedonia for 7 years. I used to travel a lot during these times, and those experiences are the best experiences I have ever had in my life! This is all thanks to my father – who is my karate coach.

  3. I used to do Amateur Photography. I even have my own wanna be-professional-camera ๐Ÿ™‚ I still use it to take some of the bookish photos on my Instagram Page. And this is all thanks to Marija, my bestie, who is a photographer. Check out her Instagram page– itโ€™s amazing!

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantMy Best Posts:

A New Beginning

Now You See Her – Heidi Perks [BOOK REVIEW]

Falling Short – Lex Coulton [BOOK REVIEW]

Fawkes – Nadine Brandes [BOOK REVIEW]

Down The TBR Hole #1

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantQuestions:

1. What book do you recommend to absolutely everyone you can?

This would have to be Circe by Madeline Miller. If you havenโ€™t read it yet – please do so as soon as you can. Itโ€™s a masterpiece.

2. What is your greatest phobia?

I have a fear of spiders and snakes.

3. What is the last show you binge-watched?

Well, Young Sheldon and Big Bang Theory are on at the moment, so I am watching this. But I am also catching up on Greyโ€™s Anatomy and Naruto.

4. If you could click your fingers right now and be anywhere in the world โ€“ where would you be?

I would be somewhere sunny, on a beach, next to my camping van, reading a book and enjoying the day as best as I can.

5. How do you kill time on long journeys?

You donโ€™t ask a book blogger this question ๐Ÿ™‚ I read. I read a lot. And when I am not reading, I am probably sleeping, or staring at the landscapes, trying to remember how everything looks as best as I can.

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegant5 Questions for my nominees:

  1. What was the last book you DNF?

  2. Paperback, E-book or Audiobook, and why?

  3. What are three things in the world you can’t live without?

  4. Who is your favourite fictional character?

  5. What is the first book you remember reading in your childhood?

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantMy Nominees:

 

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Books

How A Good Person Can Really Win – Pavan Choudary [BOOK REVIEW]

I have received โ€˜โ€™How A Good Person Can Really Winโ€™โ€™ through Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review. I will honestly have to say that I had a very hard time finishing this book, and even that took me months, while I was reading other books inbetween. My full rating is 3 out of 5 stars and here is why:

  • About the book

How a Good Person Can Really Win is a self-help book that is supposed to help the good people to win in life. It is a book that is designed to show you how you can be one of those people that isnโ€™t bad, but still be successful and prosper in life. The book is split into three parts, and it focused on both the bad and the good persona, comparing both sides and pointing out the differences between them.

  • The Good and the Bad

The thing that put me off this book a lot was the focus of the bad person. Yes – I do realise that the book is split into a half bad / half good part, and yes – I do realise that we need to see the difference. But when you consider yourself a good person, and have this book in your hands, that is supposedly made to make you realise how you can win, all you read is about how bad the bad person is, and the response (solution) to this is an advice for the bad man to change.

This has occurred on so many occasions, that made the book feel useless for me.

Even though I have to agree that the ending is focused on the good persona and there are actually a few tips on how you can win over the bad guys – most of the advices were for the bad people to not do those nasty things they keep doing.

So my question to the author here is: Who would be the target audience in the book? The logic answer is – the people that claim themselves as good-makers and believe in a better tomorrow. But what the book says is – a book that tells bad people what they are doing and how that is wrong in 100 different ways. Too bad that those people are not the ones reading the book.

On the other side though, I have to admit that there were many excellent examples of real life, and many situations that were realistic and relatable. There were a few very excellent advices as well, and I am sure that I have learned a few things from this book.

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The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels – Dominick Grace (Editor), Eric Hoffman (Editor) – [REVIEW]

Thank you to the author for sending me this book for an honest review through Netgalley.

I started read this book with no knowledge about the background of comics, especially for Canada. I have always loved comics, but never really read anything that speaks behind the scenes of how it started, what is the philosophy behind it.

I expected this book to teach me a lot of new things, and help me see the world in a different point of view, and I wasn’t disappointing at all. This is not a book that will deprive you from your sleep at night – in fact, it is one of those books where you read to learn, and it might seem boring at times, but that is only because it is full with information at all times. Wonderful read.

 

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The Help – Kathryn Stockett [BOOK REVIEW]

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

This is a book where coloured maids in 1963 are afraid to speak up.

This is a book where they gain the courage to tell a white lady what actually happens inside their lives.

No one is ready to hear the truth, everyone is scared for their future, but bravery is a strong attire to have, and the maids prove they have what it takes.

Lot of courage, lots of excitement, anxiety and me biting my nails over and over again, but definitely book that’s worth reading. And definitely a book that will open your eyes about what actually happened back then.

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Purgatorium – J.H. Carnathan [BOOK REVIEW]

Imagine waking up without knowing where you are, not remembering who you are or why you are here – only to realise that you are in coma, and you only have a few days to live.

In order to get out of this โ€˜โ€™in-betweenโ€™โ€™ place, you have to beat your demonsโ€ฆ Would you be able to do that? Would you be able to realise what you were doing wrong, and become a better person?

Purgatorium is a wonderful thought story.

The main character is very unique, and a lot of people can relate to that certain type, for many different reasons.

I like how the story covers a little bit of Danteโ€™s idea for a Purgatory, and a little bit of Alice in the Wonderland fantasy. I love how the time is presented, and every day has its own lost soul to help the main character.

The pace of the book goes easily, as it is nicely split into little chapters, all split into separate days, so we can keep track of where in time we are.

I found the character really amusing, how he changes over time, how he realises that he should have been a better person and tries to fix his life and make amends.

The story will blow your mind – it did blew my mind for sure. Expect to find a lot of unexpected things to happen, lots of twists, that will haunt you in a good way, for a very long time!

This story is so intriguing, unpredictable, and definitely worth reading. It makes you wonder about the true values in life, about who we really are, and all the sins we are making without realising the consequences.

It also makes you wonder whether a person can really change, entirely become a better person, or would he try to be a better person, just so he can have another chance in life to continue living the way he always used to live his life.

This is definitely one of the books that will make you want to re-read it over and over again.