Still going strong on the Christmas music!
While I haven’t immersed myself in the year summary from Spotify (yet), I’m listening to my most played songs of this year as we speak. It’s like a best-of curated by me, so obviously I find it amazingly good.
Still off the first two (and facebook). Did watch this (was lured in by Tom Hiddleston, stayed cause it’s absolutely lovely to hear people be so enthusiastic about literature) :
I watched two movies yesterday Sierra Burgess is a Loser & I’m Not an Easy Man. Both were good, and both have pretty crap ratings on imdb. What’s wrong with people?
Going to Amsterdam tonight to see Icelander Axel Flóvent perform. Looking forward to it! (Also, A’dam is 35 min away by train now. Just saying.)
Wait, what? November’s gone already? How did this happen?
Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery
Jared Diamond’s Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies
Mia Skäringers Dyngkåt och hur helig som helst
Ashley Poston’s Geekerella (Once Upon a Con #1)
Madeline Miller’s Circe
Neal Shusterman’s Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)
Malin Persson Giolitos Bara ett barn (Sophie Weber #1)
Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey
Liz Fenwick’s The Cornish House
Agents of Shield
The Princess Switch
I’M NOT EVEN ASHAMED. IT’S LOVELY AND CHRISTMASSY AND SHUT UP.
Mary Beard’s Women & Power: A Manifesto
Neal Shusterman’s Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
Kerstin Thorvalls Det mest förbjudna
Annika Estassys Gröna fingrar sökes
Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree
Emma Hambergs Late Bloomer
Katarina Wennstams En riktig våldtäktsman: En bok om samhällets syn på våldtäkt
Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery
Jenny Colgan’s Summer at the little beach street bakery
Hanna Rosin’s The end of men: and the rise of women
Ylva Elvin-Nowaks Att göra kön – om vårt våldsamma behov av att vara kvinnor och män
So. Apparently I can still read serious books, but only if I take turns with easy-read fiction. So that’s OK with me. From this month’s reads, I’d recommend Scythe and The end of men: and the rise of women. Katarina Wennstam is, as always, interesting to read and meticulously researched, but alas only available in Swedish.
Parks & Recreations
Agents of SHIELD
The Good Cop
Borg vs McEnroe
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
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.
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.