June Summary

The books

John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson’s Let it Snow
Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)
Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Kristina Lugns Bekantskap önskas med äldre bildad herre
C.J. Sansom’s Winter in Madrid

So I finally read the Oathbringer, the third part in my favorite fantasy storyline, and of course it did not disappoint. I dream that the story will be made in to a series some day, since it’s much better than GoT. Rubenhold’s story was very interesting, and gave the victims a voice, rather than their murderer(s).

The shows

Space Force
The Man in the High Castle
Queer Eye: We’re in Japan
Gossip Girl
Queer Eye
Brooklyn 99

Well, to keep it short, I like all of the above.

The movies

Anna & the Apocalypse
Love Wedding Repeat
Time Freak
Begin Again
The Half of It
I Capture the Castle
Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga
Feel the Beat

I totally loved the Eurovision movie, and I’m not ashamed about it. Sure, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen, but it has heart and it entertained me.

The workouts

Kept going strong with Lucy Sewell’s Home Strength program, only skipped the week where it was too hot.

April Summary


Neal Shusterman’s The Toll
Tara Westover’s Educated
Sally Magnusson’s The Sealwoman’s Gift
Sally Rooney’s Normal People

That’s OK(ish) I think. The Toll was a good finish of a very read-worthy trilogy. Educated was promoted by Louise (“It just gets worse. Then you think ‘but surely, now it’s enough?’ – then it continues getting worse.”) and was a nice read but horrendous story that makes me think there should be some sort of control concerning who gets to reproduce. The Sealwoman’s Gift took its time in catching my attention, but by the end, I quite enjoyed it. Normal People was meh.


Agents of SHIELD
Bäst i Test
Mästarnas Mästare
Stranger Things
Downton Abbey
Tiger King
Falkenberg Forever

OK. I finished Downton Abbey (+ movie) and I enjoyed it. I started re-watching Fleabag, gave up halfway through Tiger King, and was surprised and impressed by Falkenberg Forever. I can’t even remember the last time I saw a Swedish comedy show that wasn’t completely cringey?


Downton Abbey

Yep, that was it.


Started with Lucy Sewell’s Home Strength program, and apart from the single leg box squats (wtf) I like it.

2020 TBR (Q1 follow-up)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
Educated by Tara Westover
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness
From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
Honeysuckle & Pain (The Familiar #3) by Mark Z. Danielewski
Humans – A Brief History of How We Fucked It All Up by Tom Phillips
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldór Laxness
Ink (Skin Books #1) by Alice Broadway
Journey to Portugal by José Saramago
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Miracle
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
Omgiven av Idioter by Thomas Eriksson
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldór Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Revolution Song by Russell Shorto
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

January: The Fish Can Sing
February: An Officer & Spy, Ink
March: On the Come Up

Books: 2019 recap, and goals for 2020

In regards to the reading in 2019, I did manage to reach my goal (just), despite not finishing any book in November, and only 1 in December. This lead to this nice track record:

last few y

(Also, how tf did I read 78 books in a year? lol)

There were only two books I marked with a star in my excel sheet (yes.), indicating that I finished them thinking they were very good: American War by Omar El Akkad and Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny.

In addition to those, I have to say that I also fondly remember Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Johanna Juneke’s Swedavien as well as Lars Wilderäng’s Stjärnklart. There are also books in the list for which I couldn’t recap *anything* of the story even if my life depended on it, so I guess those made less of an impression.

Despite having announced that I would re-read to my heart’s desire, I ended up only re-reading 2 books, so that was kind of disappointing. New year, new attempt?

I do like the summaries Goodreads provides:

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So, for 2020? I’ll go for 52 books again, which might be too steep, but we’ll see. I’ll also try to get further through the TBR pile, and will stick to a majority of female authors (who cares what men have to say?).

December wrap-up

The books

Nattmannen by Jørn Lier Horst

The movies

The Great Hack
Some kind of monster
Andy Murray: Resurfacing
Mission: Impossible Fallout
National Lampoon

Some re-watching, some (read: Frozen) that my sister-in-law insisted little brother needed to see.

The shows

30 Rock
Parks & Recreation
Shine on with Reese
Virgin River
Alias Grace
Home for Christmas
The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

Did anyone else watch Men in Trees (2006-2008)? Doesn’t Virgin River have the same vibe? City woman moves to the wild, meets charming man?
Apart from that – FLEABAG. Please watch it if you haven’t. I loved it, easily best show I’ve seen this year. Alias Grace was also very good, and it probably helped that I’d forgotten most of the book, so had no idea where it was going.



October wrap-up

The books

Kristin Emilssons Den som väntar
Bernhard Nordhs Undan frostpiskan

Meh. I don’t even have an excuse – I spent a week reading on the beach and all. I just don’t feel like it?

The shows

The Orville
Jessica Jones (finished!)

The movies

Wine Country
Jem & the Holograms
Step Sisters
Whitney Cummings: Can I touch it?
Iron Man
Iron Man 2

Can we talk about how cute Dumplin’ was? And how it’s the best role I’ve seen Jennifer Aniston in? And how the fat girl got the cute guy (not the other way around)? The main character is Danielle Macdonald, who was also the lead in Patticake$, which I quite enjoyed as well. We have Disney+ for free until November, so obviously had to re-watch some Marvel stuff.

The workouts/progress

Also this was nothing spectacular, but I did go twice a week, every week (except the first when I was lying on the beach).


September summary

The books

Bernhard Nordhs Fjällfolk
Jenny Colgan’s The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (Scottish Bookshop #1)
Kristin Emilssons In i minsta detalj
Johanna Mos Jag var tvungen att gå

The shows

Jessica Jones
The Orville (season 2)
Disenchantment (season 2)

Wow, the Orville! While the first season was fine, this second one was really good.

The movies

13th Amendment
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

Mute was meh (yes, OK, I watched it because Paul Rudd is in it and he’s adorkable). 13th Amendment was an eye-opening documentary. The great takeaway – Katherine Ryan! Man, she’s now in my top list of stand-ups. Watch her!

The workouts/progress

Well, the squats make me hate Stronglifts. I guess I will try something new?

August wrap-up

The books

Lars Wilderängs Stjärnfall (Stjärnklart #2)
Jørn Lier Horsts Grottmannen (William Wisting #9)
Lars Wilderängs Stjärndamm (Stjärnklart #3)
Sara Lövestams Som eld
Jørn Lier Horsts Vinterstängt
Jørn Lier Horsts Bottenskrap
Sarah Morgan’s One Summer in Paris

Well, look at that! Apparently I just read in Swedish now? (The last book was also in Swedish, just used the English one when logging it.) At least I’m reading.

The shows

Quicksand (finished off)
Derry Girls – season 2!
The Big Bang Theory (finished!)
Jessica Jones
The Good Place (finished!)
The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

Can we talk about how fun Derry Girls is? I love them all, but especially sister Michael. I have already watched season 1 more than once, and am being really careful not to finish season 2 too soon.

Can we also talk about how horribly Big Bang Theory ended? For like a whole season, there was a recurring discussion between Leonard and Penny because he wanted kids and she not. Then in the last episode of the show she has suddenly just changed her mind? And it’s just explained like “before I didn’t, but now I do”? Is it that provocative that a women doesn’t want kids? Geez.

The movies

Falling Inn Love

It was a cute (Netflix produced) movie, but could they not have found a cuter male lead? Yes, sure, shallow comment, but I mean it.

The workouts/progress

So so. Obviously already told that I didn’t work out at all during vacation, but I have been a couple of times since we got back. Not yet back to normal schedule, but I’ll get there!

July summary

Ok, let’s pretend it’s 3 weeks ago, and then read this post.

The books

Jenny Colgan The cafe by the sea
Akwaeke Emezi Freshwater

Two measly books! (And the first one I’ve read before, but Lisa recommended the reader of the audio version, so I thought I’d give it a go, and made it through.) Slump month.

The shows

Designated Survivor
Big Bang Theory
Queer Eye
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Quicksand (org. Störst av allt)

OK. For someone who likes to watch 1 show at the time, this seems like a mess, but it’s actually working out alright. Designated Survivor surely took an odd turn from season 1 to season 2, but I’m alright with it. It reminds me (a little bit!) of the West Wing now. The Big Bang Theory also picked up in the last season! I’ve actually laughed a few times now, which didn’t happen in the previous 2-3 seasons. Queer Eye is just nice to watch if you’ve had a crap day, or you know, read the news.
When I grew up we didn’t have the channels where Fresh Prince was on, but we were thrilled when we managed to catch an episode when visiting grand-mom. Now it’s on Netflix, so I want to see what I missed. And Quicksand is based on a book I really enjoyed. And the author’s dad highly recommended the adaptation. (Like, they didn’t ask him because he’s her dad, but he’s a famous author and criminilogist in Sweden, so it was a side-question during an interview.)

The movies

The Mask You Live in
Dark Phoenix

Quarterly check up on that TBR pile (part 2)

They always say that accountability helps with achieving things, so here we go.

American War by Omar El Akkad
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bortom Varje Rimligt Tvivel by Malin Persson Giolito
Bottenskrap by Jørn Lier Horst
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Fjällfolk by Bernhard Nordh
Freja by Johanne Hildebrandt
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Grottmannen by Jørn Lier Horst
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
I Marsfjällets skugga by Bernhard Nordh
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldor Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng
Unspeakble Things by Laurie Penny
Vinterstängt by Jørn Lier Horst
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Äta Kakan och ha den kvar by Kristin Emilsson
1793 by Niklas Natt och Dag

Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig by Ingrid Carlberg
A book with 3 stories by Selma Lagerlöf (can’t find it anywhere to link to)
Nederland. Een objectief zelfportret in 51 voorwerpen by Wim Brands

By month:

January – I got nothing.
February – I got 2 and felt like a fucking champion. (Freja & Snare).
March – Culture Map, Bortom varje rimligt tvivel, American War, Washington Black.

April – I marsfjällets skugga.
May – Äta kakan och ha den kvar & Unspeakable Things, abandoned 1793.
June – Stjärnklart.

While not as good as the first quarter, I find this acceptable. 11 down in total, not shabby at all.