2020 TBR (Q1 follow-up)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
Educated by Tara Westover
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness
From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
Honeysuckle & Pain (The Familiar #3) by Mark Z. Danielewski
Humans – A Brief History of How We Fucked It All Up by Tom Phillips
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldór Laxness
Ink (Skin Books #1) by Alice Broadway
Journey to Portugal by José Saramago
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Miracle
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
Omgiven av Idioter by Thomas Eriksson
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldór Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Revolution Song by Russell Shorto
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

January: The Fish Can Sing
February: An Officer & Spy, Ink
March: On the Come Up

March Wrap-up


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck
Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Little Beach Street… (Little Beach Street Bakery #3)
Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up
Johanna Mos Svarta änkan

Meh. The first book was not as good as her others. The one by Angie Thomas was not as good as The Hate U Give. The one by Johanna Mo was not as good as the previous ones. And the one by Jenny Colgan is the least nice in that series. So yeah.


På Spåret
Bäst i Test
Star Trek: Picard
After Life
Jills Veranda
Downton Abbey
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Valhalla Murders
Agents of SHIELD

Yeah, this is social distancing while working from home (and having been sick). Favorites are Unorthodox and Miranda. (Although, to be fair, I’ve only watched 1 episode of After Life. I’m sure I’ll love it.)


The Post
Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis
Life of the Party
Game Night
The Intern
MIB International
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Infinity Wars
Avengers: Endgame
The Christmas Cottage
Where’d you go, Bernadette?
Mary Queen of Scots

Yep. Favorites: Game Night & (surprisingly) The Intern. Worst were Men in Black: International & The Christmas Cottage.


I did some Gateway to Gains, and then the gyms closed and then I was sick. And that was March. Let’s hope April will be better.

week 12 & 13 / corona times

So. We have “most likely” (according to the doctor) both had Corona now. I’m starting to get back to normal, it’s just the energy levels that are lagging a bit behind at the moment. And I have revised my original “it’s just a flu” thoughts – this was much worse than the flu, and much worse than the swine flu (which we also had), and we were both completely healthy going into it.

I also want to be clear in that, despite thinking it was just a flu, I completely follow the rules and instructions set by the government. This is a very obedient Swede typing. In addition to this, my mom spent 10 years as part of the risk group (before passing away last November). I would never do anything to increase the danger for anyone in the risk groups.

On the upside – we’re (probably) done with that now! Yay. One less worry going forward.


Lost all sense of smell and taste due to the above, so these have been the most boring 2 weeks in food I can remember. It’s starting to come back a little now, but it’s going slowly.


Have been trying to keep up with Morgonpasset. It’s not going super well since they broadcast 5 days a week, but I like most of them.


Axel Flovent released his new EP:


Trying to keep up with Japanese classes after having been sick and missed 1 class (lucky! they cancelled the previous week, when I was also not doing well). Downloading all the apps:

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Did I order dumbbells to make sure I can work out at home when I feel well again? Yep, you bet. I had the kettlebells already.


week 11 / a mask & 2 workouts!


I used a mask! For the first time in I don’t even know how long. This little fella:



So, at work they’re doing this initiative to try and lower sick rates. As part of this they have work-shops on eating healthier, mindfulness etc. After the last one, they suddenly sent this to the whole NL office:

“Starting today, there will be no more cookies available in the kitchen…..
Instead of the cookies we will provide vegetables on a daily basis as well as extra (season) fruits!”


Dudes! Sometimes you just need a cookie in the afternoon.


Did I follow Lisa’s recommendation and purchase both Clinique’s eyecream and the Ordinary’s niacinamide? Yes, of course I did!


Soooo. I went to the gym on Tuesday, and did (a modified version of) Gateway to gains workout #2. Then on Sunday, I was hesitating – should I go to the gym? Holland was in partial lock-down already, and while I don’t have any symptoms, I obviously want to do my part in preventing risk-group people getting infected. So I did a kettlebell workout at home instead, and an hour later, the government instructed all gyms to close until (at least) 6th April. There you go. Now I’ve ordered som adjustable dumbbells so I can do some proper workouts at home while this is going on.

week 10 / tired, I’m so tired.


When looking up Asgeir music videos on Youtube, it led me to this:

Which led me to this:

Obviously I will cheer for Iceland in the Eurovision.


One of my colleagues lives across the water from us. We’re talking less than 100 meters (a bit further by foot, as you have to walk around it). Quite recently, we realized that we share a love for board games, and she asked if we would maybe be interest in trying this super complicated board game they have. Of course we were! Now we’ve spent 3 evenings at their place (they have small children, we come over once they’re in bed) playing Gloomhaven. (AND it was on Sunday evenings, and we got home around 1:30 am, then up for work the next day. SO TIRED. Totally worth it.)



With some encouragement from Lisa, I actually went to the gym this week. Only once, but still! Progress 🙂 Going to try for twice next week.

February summary


Halldór Laxness’ The Fish Can Sing
Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archives #2)
Brandon Sanderson Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5)
Johanne Hildebrandt Idun (Sagan om Valhalla #2)
Robert Harris An Officer and a Spy
Alice Broadway Ink (Skin Books #1)
Jenny Colgan Det lilla bageriet på stranden (Little Beach Street Bakery #1)
Jenny Colgan Sommar i det lilla… (Little Beach Street Bakery #2)

Oh, wow. I had to double check if this was correct as it seems like so many books. But it is. 3 of them are re-reads, and 3 I may have read when having nothing to do at work. (Handy with Bookbeat on my phone…)
And Brandon Sanderson is my by far favorite fantasy author. It was a re-read of Words of Radiance, and it was still as great!


Nobody’s Looking
Fake or Fortune
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
A Confession
Jills veranda

Ragnarok was great, and I’m really enjoying  the Marvelous Mrs Maisel so far. Turning Norwegian detective Wisting into a TV-show was done pretty nicely I think (as in, remained true enough to the books).


Shaun of the Dead
Dolly Parton: Here I am
Now More Than Ever: the History of Chicago
Last Christmas

Cargo! I’d had it on my list for quite a while, after seeing a short film version of it. Martin Freeman is great as always, and it’s zombies without being too scary. Thumbs up!

week 9 / rain, rain & a bit more rain


I cooked a lot this week, as I was home alone 4 evenings. My favorite (from HelloFresh) was the pasta with roasted bell pepper sauce and halloumi. Basically it was a normal tomato sauce, to which I added bell peppers that I’d first roasted in the oven and then pureed. Delicious! The fish tacos weren’t bad either.


Only just now did I realize that Ásgeir’s new album came in two versions – an English AND an Icelandic. So this:


So, I was listening to Morgonpasset i P3, and they were talking about Blind Love, and I fell for it and watched it. Verdict is: meh. Only reason to keep watching is to see who makes it, and honestly, that’s available on Wikipedia as well. Good reminder of why I don’t watch “reality” shows.


I got nothing, once again. My brain DOES NOT WANT TO GO. I have to overrule it this week, or who knows how long this’ll last. Stupid brain.