My baby brother (I mean, yeah, he’s almost 34, but still baby brother to me) came to visit, and I didn’t touch my computer (barely the phone), so the week 35 post was never made. There aren’t many pictures either, since the ones I made are mainly of my brother eating/drinking stuff (to send to mom), which I won’t post due to privacy stuff. HOWEVER. It was wonderful. Probably the most enjoyable time I’ve spent with either of my brothers? We walked a lot, biked a lot, saw Leiden, the Hague, and beaches. Like this:
Katie Cotugno’s Top Ten
Sofia Nordin’s Som om jag vore fantastisk
Sofia Nordin’s Om du såg mig nu
Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos
Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere
Elder Millenial (Iliza Shlesinger’s Netflix special)
Ant Man & the Wasp
Please stand by
Elder Millenial was funny (I mean, it’s a stand up special so it should be), but my favorite was Please stand by.
Buffy (finishing off what I began like 2 years ago…)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
We drove around a lot for 4 days, and what did I make pictures of? Waterfalls and kittens, that’s what.
The kittens people! Totally adorable. They’re 8 weeks old, climb up on you and fall asleep in your lap while purring. Irresistible.
Not a great reading week because I had literally no alone time, and feel the need to actively hang out with my family when I’m actually there. I did pick this up at Amsterdam airport, and read about a third on the way there though:
I quite liked this cheap serum from Swedish Kronan pharmacy, so it was time to repurchase.
Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Katraina Wennstam’s Flickan och skammen: En bok om samhällets syn på slampor (Eng: the girl and the shame: a book about society’s view of sluts)
Lisa Bjärbo’s Inuti huvudet är jag kul
Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, unburied, sing
Sofia Nordin’s En sekund i taget
Sofia Nordin’s Spring så fort du kan
Jay Asher’s What light
Look at me read! The last 3 and Lisa Bjärbo’s book are all YA, and this is what made this happen. So easy to read! Good story-lines, well written characters, and less than 300 pages long.
Gar nichts! Helemaal niets! Ingen alls!
Or, I mean, I did see Back to the Future I & II, cause they were on TV on Saturday. I didn’t make it all the way through cause I got tired, but apparently they were also followed by III. Oh well.
We started watching Lucifer* since my friend Sandra recommended it. Oh man, it’s good! It took me like two episodes to realize that Lucifer is the same guy who played Gary in Miranda. Ooh, Miranda… I’ll have to re-watch that, don’t I.
*edit: also! Lucifer is apparently based on (someone?) from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.
Today I finished my part of a big (ish) project at work, and I hadn’t realized how much this was weighing me down until I sent the email saying “I’m done”. Phew. And that on a Friday no less, talk about weekend feeling.
Last Friday I went to the bookstore that’s close to the office during a break, and of course I bought two books – these fellas:
I’ve read the Female Eunuch before, but that’s something like 15 years ago for my bachelor’s thesis (yes, I’m old). And these first pages have me very excited to read it again:
Internet book club?
And, as a final, small note that should please Lisa, Spotify suggested this song to me in this week’s Release Radar:
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).
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Penny Dreadful (finished!)
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father
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 Greatest Showman
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!
Fallet (I just wanted to hear Swedish, ok?)
Madame Deemas underbara resa
Jessica Jones (season 2)
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.
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 Shape of Water
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.
Parks & Recreation