Top Ten Tuesday REWIND

So this week the Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie to choose from an older topic. I went with “Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most”, which I read as recommending to other people the most often, not that I necessarily recommend the most of all I’ve read. If that makes sense. Cause they aren’t always the same. Also I don’t really recommend books that often because the pressure! What if they don’t like it? What if I may someone waste time on a book they can’t stand? So yeah.


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. When I try to get people to read this (so far I’ve succeeded 1 time) I describe it as a mix of art and literature. It’s about a house that’s bigger on the inside than the outside, so that should appeal to the Doctor Who fans. And it was recommended to me by a librarian!


Norrland by Po Tidholm. Norrland is the northern 2/3 of Sweden. It’s where most of the natural resources come from, and growing up there we learned almost nothing about the political and historical things that affected that part of the land. This book rectifies this in a brilliant way that also makes you kind of depressed about it.


A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Not only were we forced to read Bryson in English 101 at University, he also wrote this – actually interesting – book!


The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas. This is a book that I bought cause I think it’s pretty. Black pages! (Thomas also wrote Pop Co, which is equally good looking, at least in my version.) I see that it also got this pretentious review on Goodreads, which is hilarious:

“This is perhaps the worst book I ever finished. I don’t really recommend it. The thought experiment aspect of the book could have been interesting, but was unfortunately written for people who haven’t read Baudrillard and don’t understand particle physics.”


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Nobel laureates in economy are not normally my cup of tea. At least, until I found this book. There are still parts of it I read very fast since they were boring (statistics and crap), but the bigger story was quite interesting.


Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto. Amsterdam is a beautiful city, but who knew its history before this? (Well, apart from the dutchies…) It’s well written, interesting and funny all at the same time. It made me look at the city differently.


The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto. Not the easiest title of a book to remember, but I guess he at least got to mention everything he wanted to in there. The history of Manhattan! And just like Shorto’s book on Amsterdam it’s so interesting that you forget that you’re also learning things.


Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox. Goodreads says:

In WATCHING THE ENGLISH anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour.


Fallvatten by Mikael Niemi. Is this even translated into English? If not it should be! A dam in northern Sweden breaks after severe raining. That’s pretty much all I’ll say about it.


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I had pretty high expectations on this book when I read it, cause there were so many different places/sites/people who were talking about it and saying that it was great. So obviously I was sceptical. But they were right, I loved and continued to read everything by Rowell.

100 Day Song Challenge – #2

Next day in the song challenge calls for “a song that makes you laugh”. I don’t usually walk around laughing at music, so this was a bit trickier. I’ve settled for this song which has a video that made me laugh the first time(s) I saw it. It’s been mentioned before on this blog, but there’s no getting around that.

100 Day Song Challenge – #1

Lists and challenges are what keep me blogging. So here’s a new one introduced to me by Lisa Anniesette – 100 Day Song Challenge. And just like her I can say already that this won’t be done in 100 straight days but whenever I feel like it.

For the first day the theme is “a song that makes you smile”. I was going to say “easy!”, but then I realized that the song I wanted to use is not on youtube… This part of the song always makes me smile:

Andrea and me, we swam after each other
After each other in the community pool
I’m not good at talking while exercising
If you say something funny, Andrea, I’ll drown

I guess I’ll settle for this then. Zombies meets office workers.



Movie slump

Watching movies sometimes feels like such a chore. 2 hours of my undivided attention? Eh. Unlikely. (Look, I don’t have problems focusing, it’s just… they’re rarely good enough  to keep my interest throughout. Unless I’m in the cinema.)

So what I’ll do is start a movie and keep it open on one of the desktops, and watch around 20 minutes a day. I’m sure this is horrific to real movie fanatics but whatever. I’m currently watching Trainwreck this way, in an attempt to give Amy Schumer a chance. She’s probably hilarious if that’s your kind of humor, sadly it’s not mine. Although this was admittedly funny:

Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is titled “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card”. Easy peasy!

In random order (cause, you know, I can afford books, it’s more a matter of trying not to buy books faster than I read them…)

Free speech vs PC

I regularly get into discussions about being PC (which, btw, I proudly try to be). Because of things like this and this. Yet sometimes I lack the words to express why it frustrates me so much when people go “but we’ve always called it that” (yes. And? You can change your habits, right?). But this weekend as I was catching up with reading my magazines, I stumbled across this article in the New Yorker that says it perfectly. He uses Trump as an example, but it can be applied to pretty much anyone who uses PC as if it’s something bad:

“Above all, Trump supporters are “not politically correct,” which, as far as I can tell, means that they have a particular aversion to that psychological moment when having thought something, you decide that it is not a good thought, and might pointlessly hurt someone’s feelings, and therefore decline to say it./…/ This is why, before we say exactly what is on our minds, we run it past ourselves, to see if it makes sense, is true, is fair, has a flavor of kindness, and won’t hurt someone or make someone’s difficult life more difficult.” (George Saunders, New Yorker 11 & 18 July issue)

Also, there’s this cartoon by xkcd, which hits another relevant point in this story.