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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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!

Woman Crush Wednesday

WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY. The idea is to write about a woman you love for some reason. (..but it can’t be just because she’s attractive. Because I say so. Because it’s boring.)

Yay, this topic again! (And I agree, every week is a bit excessive, this works fine!) Now it’s time for Anna Kendrick, who I first saw in Pitch Perfect (yes, that movie AGAIN), and only later did I realize that she’s very funny also off-screen. And she curses and stuff on twitter, which is an added bonus to me. I ordered her book on a dodgy UK website, and they are being super slow with shipping. Maybe I’ll get it, maybe I won’t!

 

 

September Summary

SEPTEMBER SUMMARY. Or September favorites, whatever you want to call it! Some sort of wrap up of September.

This was a very good reading month. Partially because of Storytel and the audiobooks I actually enjoyed. And all the feminism, I’m loving it.

The Books:
Kerstin Ekman’s Händelser vid vatten (Blackwater)
Carin Holmberg’s Det kallas manshat
Dave Eggers The Circle
Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street
Nina Björk’s Under det rosa täcket (Under the pink duvet)
Annika Lantz’s Vad ska en flicka göra (What’s a girl to do)
Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself in this One
Katarina Wennstam Flickan och skulden (The Girl and the Guilt)
Felicia Day You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Simon Pegg Nerd Do Well
Lois Lowry The Giver

I wanted to love Ekman’s book, like really, since she seems to be an awesome person. But I’m like “meh”. The first half was somewhat of a struggle, and at no point did I warm up to any of the characters in it. Equally lacking interesting characters was The Circle. Like, I enjoyed reading it, but I will never recommend it to anyone because of shallow (female) main person. Wennstam’s book is the worst thing (qua contents, not writing) I have ever read. Still makes me sick just thinking of it, and how can you even believe in the judicial system of your country after reading it? So after that I had to read something lighter, and went for two autobiographies. Day’s was by far the more enjoyable, and she had me giggling a bunch of times. Pegg’s was somewhat of a disappointment, mainly focusing on him as a kid and with a weird side-story.

The Movies:
The Circle
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Despicable Me 3
Cirkeln (note: not related in any way to the first movie in this list)
Star Wars – Rogue One
Room

The Shows:
Agent of Shield (finished season 4)
Fargo (season 3)
13 Reasons Why
The Orville
Star Trek: Discovery

The Music:

Other stuff:
A wedding! Two 50+ people tied the knot.
A live show of a podcast! (Welcome to Nightvale on European tour)

New podcast:
Postpatriarkatet (tack Lisa för tips!)

The Giver – Book versus Movie #3

Full disclosure: I initially decided to watch this movie when my celebrity crush was Alexander Skarsgård. Not that it’s relevant for this review, I just wanted to let you know.

Movie:
Whoa, I like it! Meryl! Jeff! Grey and gloomy dystopia is kind of my thing, and this is literally gray – as in they don’t see colors! (Sorry, I’ll try to limit the ! usage from now on.) Even TS is in the movie. And I buy it. Sure, they reveal pretty early on where the movie’s going (and it does), but it was alright anyway. As I sympathize with the vulcans, the whole “precision of language” thing appeals to me.

I think I also have to address how ugly the movie poster is though. Really? Hovering faces in the sky?

Book:
So this e-book is only 132 pages long, that feels a bit short?
And look, the book’ll have few surprises when you’ve already seen the main storyline in the movie, but it’s still nice. There are some details they just brushed past in the movie that get more space here though, like the giving of memories. The whole release thing is also kept obscured for longer, which gives a more shocking effect once revealed.

With this topic, it did feel like they are weirdly defendant of the whole capitalism/individualism we live by. Which is fine, sure, I just wish at least one of these dystopian books would end more like 1984.

The Circle – Book versus Movie #2

As previously mentioned, a college lent me The Circle. If not, I don’t think I would’ve read it (the name and cover do nothing for me, and it’s written by a man). This post contains some spoilers.

The Book:
I had some conflicting feelings when reading the book, mainly having to do with the (lack of) depth of the female lead. Throughout the whole book she is this receptacle who just accepts that the Circle (think bigger than Google & FB) are good, no matter what they do. Meanwhile, she’s surrounded by men who are telling her the TRUTH. But she’s basically too stupid to get it. And don’t get me started on her “relationship” with Francis. FFS.

“Mae knew the easy trick that had been played upon her. He was thin, and without any muscle tone, his eyes were weak, and he had a pronounced problem with premature ejaculation, yet simply because she’d seen the lust in Jackie’s eyes, Mae found herself wanting to be alone with him again. She wanted to bring him into her room that night.” (I don’t know the page, I was too annoyed to make a note)

“”C’mon. You can’t listen to a lunatic like that,” Francis said.
“What does she know? Some crank somewhere with a tin-foil hat.”
Mae smiled, not knowing what the tin-foil hat reference meant, but knowing she’d heard her father say it, and it made her smile to think of him saying it.” (p. 393)

However, if you ignore the poorly built characters, I enjoyed the storyline itself, and kept reading cause I really wanted to see how it would end.

The Movie:
While reading the book, I realized that Emma Watson was in the movie, so obviously I had to watch that as well, despite the 5.3 imdb.com rating.

And I have to say, I didn’t find it that bad. Having read the book, you know what’s going on, but it feels like the story has some gaps. That’s of course understandable when turning a book into a (less than) 2 hour movie. Emma’s great of course, and Tom Hank’s alright (although in my head, Eamon looked more like ABBA-Benny). And I’m happy to report that FRANCIS DOESN’T EXIST. And Mae’s smarter than in the book.