week 2 / the week that would never end

Food
Bad food week. Prepared 2 lunches, which I then proceeded with not eating because I really didn’t want them.

Podcast/episode
Alltså. I listen less to podcasts now, and got rid of a whole bunch when I did my (unsuccessful) test of Spotify as podcast player. Now I removed I nöd och lyft (p.g.a. två poddar om att lyfta blev för mycket, så jag håller mig till Styrkebyrån), and added some other ones. I’ll report back if any are worth your time.

Reading list
I’m reading Mists of Avalon! Last time was in 2000, so I remember virtually nothing. I’m about 400 pages in, and still liking it.

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix
Gilmore Girls! I never did finish it in the past, so working on it now. I’m on season 2 and it’s just wonderful so far. Friend L initiated a discussion about Dean vs Jess when we were in Iceland, and so far… I’m torn. Rory’s obviously got more to talk to Jess about, but on the other hand he is also a bit of a twat. I think we can all agree on Dean being boring.

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2018 in books

My reading goal for 2018 was 80 books (and the same 30 – 10 (skipped the 20) as previous years). When I set this, I was still commuting 2 hours a day, and it didn’t seem at all crazy. Then we moved, and my commuting time turned to 10 minutes walking each direction to get to work, and voila – natural reading time disappeared. I find that it is much more difficult for me to get the reading done now, as I have to consciously make time for it, or it won’t happen. Anyway, how did it go?

Number of books
I ended at 79 read books. I could’ve pushed this and reached the 80, but I didn’t want to, and thus didn’t. I’m perfectly OK with this total, and doubt I’ll get even close to it this year.

The countries
So the 30 still stands for books from 30 countries, which I – once again – did not even come close to. The authors came from 15 different countries. Actually quite happy about this too, as I don’t think 15 is bad…

The decades
The 10 in the challenge stands for 10 different decades (I wrote centuries first – not THAT would have been a real challenge…). I covered 8 different decades, so with this one I’m pretty bummed. I’ve made it easily in previous years, so I clearly did something wrong!

The genders
I also set a goal of reading 80% female authors, and ended at 82.3%, so mission accomplished!

The laureates 
An inofficial goal of mine is to read some Nobel laureates every year. I imagine this will also help broaden my reading horizons. This year I covered 3 – Selma Lagerlöf, Doris Lessing & Svetlana Alexievich.



I’ve already covered my favorites in the Best of 2018 post, but what about worst?

I found Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Shadow of the Wind tedious. While I liked his descriptions of war-time Barcelona, the story as a whole did nothing to me. My completely unscientific methods tell me that if you’re a middle-aged, middle-class white man however, you probably like it (people at work talked about it; this was the division). 

If you’re into shitty and shallow descriptions of women, I suggest reading Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 (trilogy). I really love his way with words and the stories, but seriously. Come on Murakami, let a woman have something to say.

Malin Persson Giolito’s Bara ett barn (I guess “Only a child”?). This was the author’s debut, and you can tell. It’s not necessarily BAD, it just feels a bit… forced?

While I didn’t love Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower when I read it (mainly due to the religious undertones of it) it has stayed with me, so I think I need to revalue that and maybe even read the sequel?

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Week 1 / let’s do this again

Food

After all the Christmas food it was quite nice to get back into the habitual eating of lots of veggies (and no desserts!)

Insta/Twitter/YouTube

I’ve started my own sourdough, and have been watching videos on how to get your best sourdough breads. Standing in the way of this at the moment, is our crappy IKEA oven that only goes to 230 C, when most sourdough breads call for 250 C. What?

Mask

Bodyshop lured me in with their sale (got two hand creams for half off), but also bought this one, which was at full price:

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Best of 2018

To clarify – all listed below are things that I personally consumed this year. That does not mean that they’re necessarily FROM this year.

The Books: 

So, I read 79 books this year (1 short of my goal – I could’ve forced it but chose not to). I’d lie if I said I can recall all the stories in them, so this is a very, very subjective list to which I’ve added the year the book was originally published:

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Malin Persson Giolito’s Störst av allt (2016)
I got this book from V. and had no idea she is the daughter of well-known (at least in Sweden) crime writer (and professor of criminology) Leif GW Persson. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and it has stayed with me all year. I also read another book by her, which was not as interesting.

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (2016)
Recommended by Lina, and wow. The stories in this book are haunting, and the writing is so beautiful.

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior (2017)
This cannot be a surprised considering how much I talked about the prequel last year? Teenage witches in Africa! It’s wonderful.

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Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (2017)
So this was a book I endeavored on due to Our Shared Shelf. Dare I say this should be required reading for all white people? It’s not a book I finished in one sitting, as I needed to give things time to sink in. It’s also a book I know I will need to re-read.

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Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam (2013)
Who doesn’t love a well-written dystopia? This trilogy (this book is preceded by Onyx & Crake and Year of the Flood) is my Atwood favorite so far.

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Madeline Miller’s Circe (2018)
I just recently  mentioned this one, so for this I’ll just say – Look how pretty!!

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Neal Shusterman’s Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) (2016)
The only man to make it onto this list also wrote a dystopic book (this one I guess is YA). I kind of want the Thunder Head to take over IRL 😦

The Movies:

What We Do in the Shadows

Black Panther

Brooklyn

The Shape of Water

Avengers: Infinity War

One of the guys from Flight of the Conchords is behind the first movie, which is about a group of cohabiting vampires of varying ages. If you enjoy vampire movies and mockumentaries, this one’s for you!

The Shows:

Parks & Recreation

Penny Dreadful

Lucifer

Salvation

None of these shows are new, so I’m sure you’ve heard about them. If I ever get the time, I’ll probably rewatch both Lucifer and Parks & Recs.

The Songs:

Week 49 / almost fully filled in

Music

Still going strong on the Christmas music!

Playlist

While I haven’t immersed myself in the year summary from Spotify (yet), I’m listening to my most played songs of this year as we speak. It’s like a best-of curated by me, so obviously I find it amazingly good.

Insta/Twitter/YouTube

Still off the first two (and facebook). Did watch this (was lured in by Tom Hiddleston, stayed cause it’s absolutely lovely to hear people be so enthusiastic about literature) :

Question

I watched two movies yesterday Sierra Burgess is a Loser & I’m Not an Easy Man. Both were good, and both have pretty crap ratings on imdb. What’s wrong with people?

Plans

Going to Amsterdam tonight to see Icelander Axel Flóvent perform. Looking forward to it! (Also, A’dam is 35 min away by train now. Just saying.)

November summary

Wait, what? November’s gone already? How did this happen?

The books:

Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery
Jared Diamond’s Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies
Mia Skäringers Dyngkåt och hur helig som helst
Ashley Poston’s Geekerella (Once Upon a Con #1)
Madeline Miller’s Circe
Neal Shusterman’s Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)
Malin Persson Giolitos Bara ett barn (Sophie Weber #1)
Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey
Liz Fenwick’s The Cornish House

The shows:

Salvation
Agents of Shield
Bodyguard

The movies:

The Princess Switch

I’M NOT EVEN ASHAMED. IT’S LOVELY AND CHRISTMASSY AND SHUT UP.

Week 47 / i’m just too lazy

Food
I cooked a lot! My partner was gone Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (like, not in a “row”, but missed dinner all days).

Music
It’s this time now:

Insta/Twitter/YouTube

Youtube suggested an Arjan Lubach clip to me (about the racist tradition that is zwarte Piet, Santa’s black-faced helpers), and I quite enjoy it. It’s like John Oliver/Seth Meyers, but in Dutch (and somewhat less PC, cause you know, he’s still Dutch):

Good practice for your Dutch! (There are also English captions, if anyone’s actually making an attempt to watch it.)