week 3 / a weak gym week

So, I was sick, did little and didn’t bother writing a post. For formality’s sake I still want to publish one though.


After my gym visit on Tuesday, I got sick. Stayed home from work 2 days, and didn’t feel well enough to go back. I don’t even know what was wrong with me, but that 1 session did go pretty well.

week 2 / back to normal


Reading list

Cows break out for night of fun in the snow


Also started/finished season 1 of the Umbrella Academy, and it’s not bad!


I went to the gym again! Didn’t really want to, and chose the worst day and time to start going back – first Monday after New Years, at 5 pm. Go me. Despite Lisa‘s recent promoting of a (seemingly very tough) routine, I went with the one she’d recommended when we met at Christmas – A Muscle Building Workout Routine. It’s the first time I’ve tried a 4-day split, and let’s say it was maybe a stupid choice for first week back? lol. Thursday, when I was supposed to do “upper body B”, I could barely walk and decided not to. So first week this was a 2-day work out. We’ll see how week 2 (irl week 3) goes!

week 1 / not so new or shiny


Aah, I never appreciate our normal meals as much as just after Christmas when you’ve had Christmas food every day for close to a week.


I’m a bit bored of all of my podcasts (except the 2 that only release once a month). Any recommendations are very welcome. My requirements are: they should not release more than once a week, and the episodes should not be longer than an hour.




I had saved half of season 2 of Derry Girls because I like it so much and did not want it to end. But now I’ve seen it, and my love for it is even stronger. Especially sister Michael.


I have yet to set foot in the gym again. Last time was end of October.

Books: 2019 recap, and goals for 2020

In regards to the reading in 2019, I did manage to reach my goal (just), despite not finishing any book in November, and only 1 in December. This lead to this nice track record:

last few y

(Also, how tf did I read 78 books in a year? lol)

There were only two books I marked with a star in my excel sheet (yes.), indicating that I finished them thinking they were very good: American War by Omar El Akkad and Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny.

In addition to those, I have to say that I also fondly remember Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Johanna Juneke’s Swedavien as well as Lars Wilderäng’s Stjärnklart. There are also books in the list for which I couldn’t recap *anything* of the story even if my life depended on it, so I guess those made less of an impression.

Despite having announced that I would re-read to my heart’s desire, I ended up only re-reading 2 books, so that was kind of disappointing. New year, new attempt?

I do like the summaries Goodreads provides:

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So, for 2020? I’ll go for 52 books again, which might be too steep, but we’ll see. I’ll also try to get further through the TBR pile, and will stick to a majority of female authors (who cares what men have to say?).

Year-end update on the TBR pile

They always say that accountability helps with achieving things, so here we go. I set out 2019 with trying to reduce my TBR pile. My year end verdict is “eeeh”. Could’ve been better, could’ve been worse.

American War by Omar El Akkad
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bortom Varje Rimligt Tvivel by Malin Persson Giolito
Bottenskrap by Jørn Lier Horst
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Fjällfolk by Bernhard Nordh
Freja by Johanne Hildebrandt
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Grottmannen by Jørn Lier Horst
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
I Marsfjällets skugga by Bernhard Nordh
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldor Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng
Unspeakble Things by Laurie Penny
Vinterstängt by Jørn Lier Horst
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Äta Kakan och ha den kvar by Kristin Emilsson
1793 by Niklas Natt och Dag

Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig by Ingrid Carlberg
A book with 3 stories by Selma Lagerlöf (can’t find it anywhere to link to)
Nederland. Een objectief zelfportret in 51 voorwerpen by Wim Brands

By month:

January – I got nothing.
February – I got 2 and felt like a fucking champion. (Freja & Snare).
March – Culture Map, Bortom varje rimligt tvivel, American War, Washington Black.

April – I marsfjällets skugga.
May – Äta kakan och ha den kvar & Unspeakable Things, abandoned 1793.
June – Stjärnklart.

July – nada.
August – Grottmannen, Bottenskrap & Vinterstängt.
September – Fjällfolk

All in all:

This actually did help me. Not in that I felt forced to read these books, but it served as a constant reminder that they were there, and that I (at some point) had wanted to read them. I’m still reading a few of the books in the list, but haven’t managed to finish them yet (like Gone with the Wind…)