November summary

This is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

The books:
Johanna Mo’s Döden tänkte jag mig så
Johanna Mo’s Vänd om och var stilla
Amy Poehler’s Yes Please
Agnes von Krusenstjerna’s Höstens skuggor (Fröknarna von Pahlen #3)
Rupi Kaur’s The Sun & Her Flowers
Kristina Ohlsson Davidsstjärnor
Sara Stridsberg Beckomberga: Ode till min familj
Karolina Ramqvist Flickvännen

The movies:
Justice League
Spiderman: Homecoming

The shows:
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (finished season 3)
The Orville
Star Trek: Discovery
Freaks & Geeks

Other:
QOTSA concert in Amsterdam
Christmas markets!!

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The Sun & Her Flowers

I was quite excited about the second book released by Rupi Kaur, but I fear I might have held too high expectations. It was of course still worth reading, and not at all bad, but I also didn’t have the revelation (of sorts) that I had with the first one. Which kind of makes sense. This bok feels more personal though, and as if she’s carrying her heart on her sleeve, which I appreciate.

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Top Ten Tuesday

TTT by the Broke and the Bookish!

I didn’t really like the one for this week, so I went with this one from October instead:

Top Ten Unique Book Titles

This is obviously a crazy big topic, so I’ll limit it to books I have read. It’s also difficult because somehow the longer the titles the more “unique” they seem, and that’s not really fair. So, whatever. This’ll be an odd list where I’m not even sure I agree with my own picks.

October summary

The Endless Blog Challenge.

Books:
Carol Birch’s Orphans of the Carnival
Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist
Marc-Uwe Kling’s The Kangaroo Chronicles
Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”
Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody
Needi Okorafor’s Akata Witch
Agnes von Krusenstjerna’s Kvinnogatan (Fröknarna von Pahlen #2)

Oh oh, Akata Witch and Scrappy Little Nobody. I want to read them both again, and I’m even considering going all the way to Amsterdam* to get Akata Warrior (the sequel). My least favorite of the books above was definitely Orphans of the Carnival, which was somewhat of a disappointment. I’ll get over it.

Movies:
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Sing
Moonlight
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Thor 3: Ragnarok

There appears there are two kinds of Austen fans: the ones who also enjoy zombies and think “sure, why not?” when they see a title like the one above, and ones like my friend L who went “…seriously? who would read that” (ME L, ME). The movie wasn’t at all bad! Bit disappointed in the Darcy they went with, but I guess you can’t have it all. I much prefer having the sisters specialized in martial arts over embroidery, to be honest. Thor didn’t disappoint, Gaga was kind of relatable, but also kind of awful?.

Shows:
The Orville
Star Trek: Discovery
Fargo (season 3)
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The critics can say what they will (and I guess they do), but in this house we really like The Orville. It’s like Star Trek, but not like Start Trek: Discovery (which is also good, but very dark), cause it’s overtly funny. I hope it’ll be renewed for more seasons!

Other:
Friend-themed month where I spent two weekends away from home. All the socializing!

 

*Sure, YOU think holland is tiny, but once you live here, you don’t, and look, Amsterdam is AN HOUR away and it feels insurmountable and you will never understand!

In my TBR

The Endless Blog Challenge.

In my TBR. Self-explanatory? Maybe not all of them, but one or two?

This is a topic I had left over from last week (?), and it’s brief enough for me to manage apost now. I’m in external training Mon-Wed this week to renew one of my certificates (so I can keep one of the fancy-sounding “specialist” titles at work), and it’s certainly reminding me of how little I enjoy social situations with strangers.

These are the books that have been laying in my TBR pile for quite a while, and that I really do want to read… at some point. Just never when I actually start a new book?

Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (I enjoyed War and Peace, so I’m not sure why I keep putting this one off?)

More teenage witches

I follow the instagram account called Bookish Harpy, and she’s doing a year of the women for her reading. One of the books that caught my eye was this one (because: pretty) :

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And now I’m reading it, and HELL YES. This is awesome! I rarely write about books while I’m still reading them (there’s still a chance they’ll disappoint in the last third!!), but for this one I have no doubts. Buy/lend it – read it. It’s got teenage witches in it, and you know you love those.