Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World by Jón Gnarr

Title: Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World

Author: Jón Gnarr

Pub Date: 2014

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Synopis from Goodreads:

In the epicenter of the world financial crisis, a comedian launched a joke campaign that didn’t seem so funny to the country’s leading politicians . . .

It all started when Jón Gnarr founded the Best Party in 2009 to satirize his country’s political system. The financial collapse in Iceland had, after all, precipitated the world-wide meltdown, and fomented widespread protest over the country’s leadership.

Entering the race for mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks, free towels at public swimming pools, a “drug-free Parliament by 2020” . . . and he swore he’d break all his campaign promises.

But then something strange started happening: his campaign began to succeed. And in the party’s electoral debut, the Best Party emerged as the biggest winner. Gnarr promptly proposed a coalition government, although he ruled out partners who had not seen all five seasons of The Wire.

And just like that, a man whose previous foreign-relations experience consisted of a radio show (in which he regularly crank-called the White House and police stations in the Bronx to see if they had found his lost wallet) was soon meeting international leaders and being taken seriously as the mayor of a European capital.

Here, Gnarr recounts how it all happened and, with admirable candor, describes his vision of a more enlightened politics for the future. The point, he writes, is not to be afraid to get involved—or to take on the system.

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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Book that got me into reading

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is: We all have to start out of somewhere. Choose a book that got you into reading. One of the first books I remember reading and loving is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. This must be the first series that I ever read, and I loved it. I was following Anne’s life in all the different books, it was amazing. I started reading about her teen lives and then about her adolescence and adulthood. I don’t remember much of the story, but it gives me a warm feelings, and I just remember living it and enjoying it.
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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: World Smile Day edition

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is: Tomorrow is World Smile Day! Choose a book that made you smile recently.  I’ve been reading so many new releases recently, which tend to have just two covers (US and UK edition) and it makes it a bit hard to choose a book I read recently that will have a variety of covers to choose from. But there is a book that I read quite recently that made me smile, even laugh out loud – Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell. This is an amazing collection of funny conversations between booksellers and customers, or just overheard bits of conversation in a bookstore. Every bookworm will appreciate this book.

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Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett

Title: Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

Author: Jessica Bennett

Pub Date: September 13th, 2016

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopis from Goodreads:

Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.

It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and, if Ellen Pao is any indication, harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.

Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, infographics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, as well as fascinating historical research and a kit for “How to Start Your Own Club,” Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague today’s women—as well as the system that perpetuates them.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: All About The Villains

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is  All About The Villains — I don’t think we’ve done a villains topic since back in November 2010 so let’s revisit: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite tv villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit.

I decided to work on a list of greatest villains, characters I had strong emotional angry reactions to while reading books. And they aren’t many of those as I remember.

My list presents the greatest villains from some of the amazing books I read. I had strong emotional angry reactions when reading about them and their actions.


Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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Villain: AIDAN

From my reviewThis may become my favourite villain. Aidan is an AI – Artifical Intelligence. I was not expecting AI to become a villain, and to be so humane, and inhumane at the same time. His voice in the audiobook was perfectly unemotional, and it was so irritating to listen to him, I wanted to punch him, to scream at him. Impressive character, and unique one.

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Mini Reviews of Humorous Books

29431095Title: Man, I Hate Cursive: Cartoons for People and Advanced Bears

Author: Jim Benton

Pub date: October 18th, 2016

My rating: ★★★★☆

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Fantastic collection of comic strips. Each of them will make you chuckle, and at the same time will make you realize that the world can be a lonely and cruel place, and some of those strips are coming from a somber place. But dealing with this sadness with those comics strips will brighten your day. I wanted to share so many of those comics strips with my friends, because they say something that I cannot say, but I feel and understand.

Two of my favourite strips (majority of the book are my favourite strips):

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