June wrap-up

The books:
Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood
Anders Rydell’s The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
Giulia Enders’ Charmen med tarmen: Allt om ett av kroppens mest underskattade organ
Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam
Hans Rosling’s Factfulness

Look at this, 5 whole books, that’s not too shabby! Thanks Lisa for the push to finish off the MaddAddam trilogy. While I enjoyed Oryx & Crake, the second two parts were even better. It’s been a while since I was so engulfed in a made up universe (think that was when I read this).

The movies:
Solo: A Star Wars Story

The shows:
Penny Dreadful (finished!)
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father
Fresh Meat
Orphan Black

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May Summary

The books:

Trevor Noah’s Born a crime
Lena Andersson’s Egenmäktigt förfarande
Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti #1

I mean, I know. WTF? 3 books? And then I was even on vacation for a week…
I grade them, in order: Good, Meh, Great. Also, for everyone’s info, I’m now 2 books BEHIND my yearly reading goal.

The movies:
The Greatest Showman
Deadpool 2
Ibiza

Yeah, they were all nice, in their own ways. Dancing and singing? Yes please. Sarcastic anti-hero? Bring it on. Chick flick but without the typical ending? Yep!

The shows:

Penny Dreadful
Fallet (I just wanted to hear Swedish, ok?)
Madame Deemas underbara resa
Jessica Jones (season 2)

Other:
The move has completely dominated this month, and then adding to that the week-long vacation… not much time left for anything else. At least we’re moved now, and I’m trying to figure out how to get reading to fit in to my new puzzle (no train commute = no logical reading time). This morning I read a chapter before leaving for work, and that was pretty nice.

April wrap-up

The books:

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)
Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why i’m no longer talking to white people about race
Therése Söderlind’s Vägen mot Bålberget

Omg, such a poor reading month. While I loved Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race, I didn’t love Vägen mot Bålberget (idk what the English title would be, it’s about the witch-burnings that happened in Sweden, but still fictional). I think I’m just in a funk, but no books appeal me right now.

The movies:

Tomb Raider
The Shape of Water
Captain Fantastic
Avengers: Infinity War

I mean, I like both Alicia and my Marvel universe, but the movie I’ll remember from this month is Captain Fantastic.

The shows:

Archer
Parks & Recreation
Penny Dreadful

March Summary

The books:
Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time
Roxane Gay’s Hunger: a memoir of (my) body
Daniel Åberg’s Virus #1
Emma Leijnse’s Fördel kvinna : Den tysta utbildningsrevolutionen (Eng: “Female advantage: The Quiet Education Revolution”)
Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 (trilogy)
Margaret Atwood’s Oryx & Crake
Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me

The movies:
Patti cake$
Home Again
Gifted
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Brooklyn
Fences
What We Do in the Shadows

The shows:
Penny Dreadful
Orphan Black
Archer

Reading tag

The post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Amy at Curiouser and curiouser did the Currently Reading Tag a while back. Let’s do that!

Questions:

How many books do you usually read at once?
2-5, I guess. 1 while commuting, 1 as e-book, 1 as audiobook, 1 on the nightstand table.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?
That depends on how interesting the book in question is, usually they’re separated by where they lie (see above), and that’s where it’ll be read.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?
Nah, I don’t care about bookmarks. Usually it’s an old train ticket or something.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?
See point 1!

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?
While commuting, so 7-8 and 17-18 (ish).

How long do you typically read in one sitting?
Probably 30-40 minutes. 

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?
Off!

What position do you mainly use to read?
Sitting up. Reading while lying down makes me fall asleep.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?
Only if it’s really, really good.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?
Almost never. Only on long books to show myself that I’m actually making some sort of progress.

February Wrap-Up

Man, people were complaining about January, but I found February pretty dreadful as well. Basically, I think I just need a proper vacation, which luckily is around the corner.

The books:
Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible
Joseph Fink’s & Jeffrey Cranor’s Welcome to Night Vale
Sue Perkins’s Spectacles
Ayobami Adebayo’s Stanna hos mig (Stay with me)
Selma Lagerlöf’s Mårbacka
John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down

The movies:
Black Panther
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The shows:
Orphan Black
Penny Dreadful

An Austen re-do

So, I read somewhere about this book – Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, which claimed it to be an amusing retake on Pride & Prejudice. Obviously, if you don’t enjoy at least Austen or chick-lit, I advise you to stop reading here, and move on.

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The book wasn’t easy to get here, so I went out of my way and ordered it from the UK. Then I tried reading it, and… meh. Put it back in the TBR pile. Until this last week.

I still found it pretty slow in the start – the first couple of chapters didn’t grasp my interest now either. BUT THEN. I loved it. Mrs Bennet is still upset that all her 5 daughters are unmarried, Lydia and Kitty are still annoying (they’re crossfit cultists! hehehehe), and Elizabeth is still likable.

I wasn’t sure how I’d enjoy the story, but Sittenfeld’s done an amazing job transferring it to contemporary times while still keeping the language pretty Austen-esque. Like so:

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“”Fred!” the nurse said, though they had never met. “How are we today?”
Reading the nurse’s name tag, Mr. Bennet replied with fake enthusiasm, “Bernard! We’re mourning the death of manners and the rise of overly familiar discourse. How are you?””

And then I saw that this is like a whole project, where more authors are writing new versions of Austen books! Like Val MacDermid doing Northanger Abbey! So now I’ll have to buy them all, obviously (should be 6, so not as bad as I made it sound).