Storytel Lured me Back

This will probably not be the last post on audiobooks here. As I’ve mentioned before, I struggle with them. I’m used to listening to music and thinking of other things (daydreaming), so I just stop paying attention at some point. In June I gave Storytel another try, and even listened to a whole book! (Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman’s voice was apparently nice enough to keep my attention). But, I think € 18 is a bit hefty if I only manage to hear/read 1 book per month, so I cancelled the subscription.

Now they sent me this offer – one month for € 1 (ish, it was in SEK since I joined their .se site). How can I resist that?

And – I’ve finished three books already, two of which were the audio kind. The thing that got me this time was the cross-functionality/sync between audio and e-books that lets you switch between the two versions as you wish. Brilliant! So now I’ll have to re-consider if I think it’s worth the money anyway… luxury problems.

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(I thought this notion was great btw – saying that women don’t marry (people who are like) their dads, they marry (people who are like) their moms. From this book.)

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This Book Makes me Sad

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I just finished this book, and I have to rant about it. I’ve never been so upset, so disgusted, from reading a book (and I’ve read some bad shit before). The title would be something like “The Girl and the Guilt: a book about how society views rape” in English. The author has gone through old verdicts in rape cases, and shows how the courts tend to focus on the victim. Asking if the woman was drinking, doing drugs, her sexual history, how she was dressed – and so on. While the men – the actual perpetrators – were almost never asked similar questions. And there are interviews. Gut-wrenching interviews. With victims, lawyers, police, DAs… It feel sick just thinking of it. This should be mandatory reading for EVERYONE.

Seriously, after reading this and listening to Postpatriarkatet, I think my future will lie in a women-only commune. I shall have a bunch of cats and say like the main character of “Decoy Bride” – “I’m going man-vegan”. (I already think I can get Lisa and friend L to join. A house in the forest – you know you want it!)

Top Ten Tuesday (I’ll Cry if I Want to)

It’s my Birthday! I’m starting to feel old when I see my own age in writing now (36). Will I have a crisis when I turn 40? Only time will tell. Apparently I’m getting birthday presents this year too, more about that later.

For some reason, this song, which (I realize) doesn’t even mention birthdays, makes me think of birthdays. Idk, the only parties that exist to me are birthday parties, or something?

Sooo. Top Ten Tuesday time! A pretty straightforward topic this week:

September 19Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

  1. Bad Feminist
  2. The Second Sex
  3. The Mists of Avalon
  4. Akata Witch
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  6. Born a Crime
  7. Scrappy Little Nobody
  8. Death by Black Hole
  9. Yes Please
  10. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

I allowed two male authors to sneak in there, but only because the rest is pretty feminist, and they write about “real” things (growing up in apartheid, and science).

Excellent Customer Service

As I’m slowly inching my way away from doing customer service, it’s still been my line of work for the past 10 years (give or take a few months). Not only does this mean that I’m a VERY picky customer, but also that I mentally review/rate all customer services I am forced to contact.

Scandinavian Airlines – shit
KLM – depends on the day and person; ranges from shit to decent
KPN (phone provider in NL) – shit
bol.com (the ones who sell almost everything) – great

Something I’ve learned during my years as an expat in the Netherlands, is that it’s not a strength of Dutch people. It’s just not in (most of) them. Living here, I also feel that I don’t really know the Swedes anymore – are they good at it? If I judge by SAS the answer is a resounding HELL NO.

However. I ordered some books from bokus.se. Upon receipt, one book was wrong. After having paid € 50 in shipping costs I was… let’s say unhappy. So I called them, and they were like “oh, we’re so sorry. please keep that book and we’ll send the right one straight away”.

And that’s how you keep a whining customer happy and coming back for more.

Environmental Awareness

I’ll continue with the Endless Blog Challenge, because it makes my blogging life so much easier!

FIVE DAYS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. I’ve been thinking of ThaTaylaa‘s 15 days of foundation, which is such a fun idea, but, as mentioned, I’m in the middle of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, and I’m not in a encourage-consumption type of mood. Instead, let’s take five days and reflect on our consumption

I’m horribly bad at preparing lunches for work days, and I almost always feel bad about it, because then I end up buying stuff every day instead.

This week, however, I have lunches! For all days! And they’re all vegetarian (2 days even vegan, how about that?). I’d share pictures, but while delicious, they aren’t very photogenic.

And also, this (NS is the train company here):

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This Week’s Favorites

This is, again, for the Endless Blog Challenge.

THIS WEEK’S FAVORITES. Weekly feature at The Mustards. Who doesn’t like listing favorites? If you want to make it extra challenging, have theme.

It’s been an uneventful week so far, so this’ll mainly be music. Two songs I’m loving right now:


As I was working from home yesterday, I was listening to this week’s Discover Weekly on Spotify in the background, and suddenly I heard Dutch. It really made me aggressively angry with Spotify, mentally going “WHY?! I don’t listen to anything in Dutch, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?”.

Then, I realized it was Danish. *cough* So yeah. (I haven’t listened to anything in Danish either, but I can live with that appearing in the list.)

 

I’ve also started using VPN, like a sane person, and it annoys gmail and Youtube to no end. Gmail is all “SECURITY WARNING!!!! someone logged in to your account from another IP” and Youtube does this (note: I’m using a Dutch IP):

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Woman Crush Wednesday

Lisa’s Endless Blog Challenge continues, and I hope this will be a recurring theme:

WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY. The idea is to write about a woman you love for some reason. (..but it can’t be just because she’s attractive. Because I say so. Because it’s boring.)

I choose the author of a book I still remember fondly, more than a year after reading it:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. All the quotes. *sigh*

“Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieWe Should All Be Feminists