2020 TBR (Q2 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

April: The Toll & Educated, The Sealwoman’s Gift, Normal People
May: Purple Hibiscus, Humans – a brief history of how we f*cked it all up
June: The Five (…), Let it Snow, The Oathbringer, Winter in Madrid

June Summary

The books

John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson’s Let it Snow
Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)
Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Kristina Lugns Bekantskap önskas med äldre bildad herre
C.J. Sansom’s Winter in Madrid

So I finally read the Oathbringer, the third part in my favorite fantasy storyline, and of course it did not disappoint. I dream that the story will be made in to a series some day, since it’s much better than GoT. Rubenhold’s story was very interesting, and gave the victims a voice, rather than their murderer(s).

The shows

Space Force
The Man in the High Castle
Queer Eye: We’re in Japan
Gossip Girl
UnReal
Queer Eye
Gentefied
Brooklyn 99

Well, to keep it short, I like all of the above.

The movies

Anna & the Apocalypse
Booksmart
Love Wedding Repeat
Becoming
Time Freak
Hampstead
Begin Again
The Half of It
I Capture the Castle
Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga
Feel the Beat

I totally loved the Eurovision movie, and I’m not ashamed about it. Sure, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen, but it has heart and it entertained me.

The workouts

Kept going strong with Lucy Sewell’s Home Strength program, only skipped the week where it was too hot.

May wrap-up

Books

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Tom Phillips’ Humans: A Brief History of How We F**ked It All Up
Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Obviously not my best reading month, but also not the worst.

Shows

Stranger Things
Never Have I Ever
The Man in the High Castle
Sanditon
Normal People
James May: our man in Japan
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Really enjoyed Never Have I Ever and Mrs Maisel (and yes, it took me 2 full seasons to realize that the people behind Mrs Maisel are the same ones that created Gilmore Girls). Looking forward to season 4 of the show!

The other shows were also all good, but I have to say that Sidney Parker in Sanditon is a fucking jerk and I at no point did he win me back over on his side. (Also doesn’t help that the actor playing him make me cringe. He looks mean.)

Movies

None!

Workouts

Slowly but steady. Still doing Home Strength, but not very often (1-2 times a week). Better than nothing!

week 18-19-20 / where nothing happens

Look, I’m no really complaining. I’m an introvert from Norrland, I’ve been trained for this exact situation my whole life. But what are you supposed to write about on the blog when nothing happens?

We have started playing Gloomhaven again (with colleague/neighbor). And this weekend my in-laws visited as my partner turned 35. So that’s the most social interactions I’ve had in the last couple of months.

Podcast

Music

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Purchase

Tempted and hesitating at spending 500 Euro buying Dyson’s Airwrap. As a compromise I purchased the 50 Euro Philips , with the agreement with myself that if it works & I use it regularly, I can get the Airwrap for my birthday.

haargrej

Workout/progress

Last week marked a new thing, as Dutchie joined me in doing workouts from the Home Strength program. After first one: “my ass hurts” & “you’re strong!”.

April Summary

Books

Neal Shusterman’s The Toll
Tara Westover’s Educated
Sally Magnusson’s The Sealwoman’s Gift
Sally Rooney’s Normal People

That’s OK(ish) I think. The Toll was a good finish of a very read-worthy trilogy. Educated was promoted by Louise (“It just gets worse. Then you think ‘but surely, now it’s enough?’ – then it continues getting worse.”) and was a nice read but horrendous story that makes me think there should be some sort of control concerning who gets to reproduce. The Sealwoman’s Gift took its time in catching my attention, but by the end, I quite enjoyed it. Normal People was meh.

Shows

Agents of SHIELD
Bäst i Test
Mästarnas Mästare
Stranger Things
Elementary
Fleabag
Downton Abbey
Tiger King
Falkenberg Forever

OK. I finished Downton Abbey (+ movie) and I enjoyed it. I started re-watching Fleabag, gave up halfway through Tiger King, and was surprised and impressed by Falkenberg Forever. I can’t even remember the last time I saw a Swedish comedy show that wasn’t completely cringey?

Movies

Downton Abbey

Yep, that was it.

Workouts

Started with Lucy Sewell’s Home Strength program, and apart from the single leg box squats (wtf) I like it.

week 16/17 /at a standstill

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

My boss had watched Tiger King (like everyone else?) and was SUPER enthusiastic about it, saying I really should give it a try. So I did. I’m four episodes in when typing this and my opinion is “meh”. Didn’t finish it, and don’t care at all about these people. Did finish Downton Abbey, and that was nice. I kind of miss it already, it’s enough drama for the current situation.

App

I’m into Duolingo for now (as always, who knows how long it’ll last) to help me practice Japanese vocabulary.

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Workout/progress

Sooo. I actually did something these weeks! Started Lucy’s Home Strength program, and that was my first real exercise in a month. Go me?

week 14 & 15 / social distancing blog entry

Yeah, I realize we’re half-way through the next week by now, but seriously, what’s there to write about in these times? I work from home, we get food delivered. Everything’s closed except stores (where I don’t need to go, since we get deliveries). All I do is work, sleep, read and watch tv-shows? Not super exciting.

Podcast/episode

I’ve been listening to Morgonpasset (as previously mentioned) and P3 Historia. Gotta keep up my Swedish somehow…

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Purchase

Already the first week when they announced the restrictions they wanted people to adhere to, I ordered a desk from IKEA. I had been thinking about it before, that it’d be nice to have my own spot to work from home (the existing home office is Dutchie’s, and his desk is too high for me to comfortably use). So behold, the corner of our living room:

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The little sun is there to hide the company logo in work-gmail. So now we sit on a floor each when working from home, and that’s pretty nice. And yes, the second laptop is my personal one, for when I was typing this when work was quiet.

Workout/progress

I got nothing.

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

Books

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.

Shows

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

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.)

Movies

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?
Downsizing
Mary Queen of Scots

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

Workouts

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.