ARC Review: Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks by William Novak

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Original Title: Die Laughing: Killer jokes for newly old folks

Year Published: 2016

Published by: Touchstone Books (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Number of Pages: 256

First Sentence: N/A

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

From the co-creator of the celebrated Big Book of Jewish Humor comes a laugh-out-loud collection of jokes about growing older that makes fun of memory loss, marriages, medicine, sex, the afterlife, and much more, making this the perfect gift for almost anyone who was born before you were.

Growing older can be unsettling and surprising. (How on earth did this happen? Where did the years go?) So what better way to deal with this new stage of life than to laugh about your new reality? Die Laughing includes more than enough jokes (not to mention cartoons!) to let that laughter burst out.

Whether it’s dealing with doctors, dating in one’s seventies, or unexpected bodily changes (not to mention funny noises), some things are easier to face with a smile of recognition. That’s why Die Laughing is the perfect gift for your parents, anyone celebrating a significant birthday, or any boomer with a sense of humour whose age begins with a six or higher.

My thoughts:

This was a funny collection of jokes about growing older. No, I’m not really at the age to which this book is aimed, but I could still enjoy most of these jokes. If I couldn’t personally relate to some things, then I at least could enjoy them because my parents have gone through similar things and have expressed similar things to what is mentioned in this book. And it’s jokes, they are easy to understand and jokes are meant to be funny. I think the fact that I could still enjoy the jokes prove that they are funny (or suitable for my type of humour).

Definitely, something to give as a gift to your ageing parents or grandparents. It is a good break as well when reading more serious books and you just want to read something quick and fun.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude? …and other historical myths and follies by David Haviland

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Original Title: Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude? and other historical myths an follies

Year Published: 2012

Published by: Thistle Publishing 

Number of Pages: 228

First Sentence: What was the most disastrous kidnapping in history?

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

“What is history, but a set of lies agreed upon?” – Napoleon Bonaparte

At least, we think it was him. This quote is traditionally attributed to Napoleon, but ironically it’s not really clear whether or not he ever actually said it.

As it turns out, a great many things which we think we know about history often turn out to be myths, misunderstandings, or outright fictions. For example…

• When was the Great Wall of China built?
• Who defeated the Spanish Armada?
• Did Lady Godiva really parade nude through Coventry?
• Who was the rightful king of England in 1066?
• Who was the first (and only) Emperor of the USA?
• When was the first world war? (Hint: it’s not when you think)

Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude? is the latest fascinating book in a long-running series from bestselling writer David Haviland. This time the focus is on history, as Haviland explores the entire history of human civilisation, from the Trojan Wars all the way up to the 21st century!

My thoughts:

For a history nerd, this book was so much fun. Humans are freaking weird and there are events and happenings throughout our history that are really weird and so much fun to read about. If you find that reading about history can be boring but still are interested in history then this book is pretty much perfect for you. You will laugh out loud whilst you learn something new. And I do believe that most of the things in this book are true. I wouldn’t say that you should use this book when writing an important essay about history, but repeating what you learn from it in conversation with others is totally OK and you won’t lie to them.

There were some things in this book that I already knew, but I definitely learnt something new and had so much fun doing it. It is easy to read, most facts are shorter than one page (on a Kindle) and therefore don’t take too long to read. It means that you never get bored whilst reading these facts, something that usually happens when reading a history book.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection #1)

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Original Title: The Selection

Year Published: 2012

Published by:  HarperTeen (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Number of Pages: 336

First Sentence: When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I will say that I was hesitant about it since the premise of the book is a competition where girls fight to become the wife of a prince. But it is so much more than that. Yes, the competition is a huge part but it is not front and centre. Instead, the book is about strong and diverse women, and about friendship and families.

I really enjoyed America as a character. She was a tough girl without being demeaning to the other girls. Even the girls she disliked she tried to be nice too. And although ll the girls could have been absolute assholes to each other and constantly tried to manipulate each other, they didn’t. Yeah, there was some foul play but mostly they tried to only focus on themselves and win by enhancing their own strengths, not by trying to manipulate and try to scare the other girls.

Maxon was such a sweetheart! I absolutely loved him. He was kind to the girls and was well aware of the fact that a competition wherein he was to pick his future wife, was not the most ideal way of meeting the girl with which he was to spend the rest of his life. But instead of being selfish and all “woe is me”, he knew that it wasn’t and ideal situation for the girls either and that most of them might not want to be there.

The plot was actually quite fun. This is a book set in a dystopian future where people are divided by class. It has Hunger Games vibes but without all the killing. There is a good balance of intrigue and world building, and although not too much happens in this book (apart from the beginning of the competition and some other things) it never gets boring. It sets the stage for the next book and also gives you a good idea of why the world now looks like it does. Really enjoyed it.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do!

 

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Dream Reading Space!

I was recently encouraged by Arhaus.com (thank you) about sharing a post about my dream reading space. I thought this was a great idea because one of the vital things needed when reading is a great reading space. Most of us bookworms probably have a picture of this in our heads whilst some others are happy reading a book anywhere as long as they are reading. However, I do think we all sigh with longing when watching Beauty and the Beast and seeing the fantastic library the Beast gift Belle (I’ve wanted that library since I first saw the film as a little girl. That’s over 20 years of longing).

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Since I know that the Disney library is unavailable to most mortals I have instead come up with other ideas for that perfect little reading nook. A window ledge that you could sit in would be the absolute ultimate, with a view either over a lake/the sea or over the forest. If you ever need a break from reading (snort) you can always enjoy the view. Having the coffee pot within reaching distance would also be perfect as I love a warm cup of coffee when reading. Having to get up and go into the kitchen can be a welcome break sometimes but mostly it only feels like a waste of time.

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This is the type of window ledge I’m talking about, but I would want more cushions and some blankets as well. Making nests are quite important when reading, and if I don’t do it for myself, then at least my cats are happier when there are like a billion blankets that they can sleep on/under/next to.

If the window ledge never becomes a reality for me then I would be happy with a big yet soft leather armchair that you can curl up on and read your book. I had one before, at our old house, and it was a chair that you could both read on and also curl up and sleep on (I miss that armchair, but it is now in armchair heaven). It means that the armrests can’t be too high or too hard.

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This type of leather chair is what I’m talking about! Gorgeous and it looks really comfortable. The coffee pot would still have to be very near by and this armchair would either be placed in the corner or in the middle of a room filled with bookshelves and book related things. This room would not have to be big, as long as it is mine and only dedicated to reading and my books. Like a mini-library/reading space.

The final touch would, of course, be the bookshelves themselves. Let’s revisit the Beauty and the Beast for this one. Floor to ceiling bookshelves would be awesome, but I would love to have shelves that come with a ladder.

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Like this gorgeous beast! Look at that! That’s a gorgeous shelf, and if you can’t have a whole room with floor to ceiling bookshelves then this would still be and awesome shelf to have.

So, that is my idea of the ultimate reading space. What is your dream reading space?

 

 

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (The Internment Chronicles #1)

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Original Title: Perfect Ruin

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  HarperVoyager

Number of Pages: 356

First Sentence: N/A (because I don’t have the book at hand :/)

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

In the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you get too close to the edge.

It is forbidden to think about the world beyond the edge, and too much curiosity leads only to disaster. The loss of her older brother taught Morgan that lesson: he jumped and fell.

With the support of her fiancé and close friends, Morgan resumes as normal a life as possible as she struggles to accept her brother’s decision. Until the incredible happens and the opportunity to investigate the city’s deepest secrets becomes impossible for her to resist.

Nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will learn – or whom she well lose.

My thoughts:

This was a really enjoyable book. It has been on my shelf for years (no, literally years) and I finally picked it up to read. I am really glad I did because it was exactly what I needed at the time. Around the end of last year and the start of this year I was in a horrible and continuous reading slump. Every single book took me ages to read although I’m usually a fast reader. This was the book that finally got me out of it. Yes, it took me some time to get into it, mostly because of the slump, but as soon as I did the pages seemed to fly by. It was such a good read and I’m glad for several reasons that I chose to read it when I did.

Our main character, Morgan, was super lovely and I really liked her. She was badass when she needed to be as well as curious about the world, but also being insecure and obviously shaped by the environment she had grown up in. Being sheltered your entire life and living with strict rules will shape the way you act and think, and I loved the balance the author managed between this learned behavour and the curious minds that we humans are born with.

The plot was super interesting and although I can imagine that it isn’t a super original idea, most of it felt original to me. Elevated human beings living in a floating city, sheltered from the world below. It was really fun to read and the addition of a murder made the plot so much more interesting. I will say that some of the blurb above is faulty which had me confused when I first read the book. Morgan’s brother is not dead, he has just suffered a severe trauma. This made the book different from what I thought it would be when I read the blurb. Different, but almost better than I had imagined.

Do I recommend it? 

 

Yes, I do.

 

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TTT: Cover theme freebie!

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

This week’s theme is a cover freebie, meaning anything we want as long as it’s connected with a cover. My freebie theme will, therefore, be top ten illustrated covers.

 

#FridayReads

My reading goal for this weekend is to finish Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett and Eldtronen by Rick Riordan (it’s the Swedish version of The Throne of Fire). But I am currently reading 8 different books, so I’m gonna try and get that number down to a more manageable number. I have no trouble reading 8-10 different books in one go, but I get really stressed over the time it takes me to read them (which is longer than usual since I split my time between 8-10 different books).

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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