April wrap-up

The Books:

Bernhard Nordhs I Marsfjällets skugga
Torgny Lindgrens Ormens väg på hälleberget
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey
Lena Anderssons Utan personligt ansvar (Ester Nilsson #2)

Meh. Most memorable is the environment/nature in the first book, and the storyline of Dorian Grey. Still enjoy Lena Anderssson’s language though. (And only the first one was a physical book… that TBR pile is still staring at me.)

The Movies:

Someone Great

Basically, I’ll watch anything that has anyone from Pitch Perfect in it. In this case – Brittany Snow. The other two leading ladies were also very worth seeing!

The Shows:

Gilmore Girls (season 6 now!)
Black Mirror (yes, I’m slow)

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March Summary

The books

Erin Meyer’s The Culture Map
Malin Persson Giolitos Bortom varje rimligt tvivel (Sophie Weber #2)
Maria Langs Inte flera mord!
Omar El Akkad’s  American War
Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black
Johanna Junekes Swedavien
Look at me read! Best ones were American War & Swedavien, although Washington Black was also a very nice read. (Not saying the others were bad, just less memorable.)

The movies

Isn’t it Romantic
The Dirt. Cause Lisa mentioned it in passing.
Behind the Curve

All 3 were worth seeing! First one with Rebel Wilson (and small cameo by Tom Ellis) and a Hemsworth brother. Movie about Motley Crue (I did read the book, but many years ago). And then the wildcard – a movie about flat-earthers. I would normally never have watched that, but Martin at work recommended it, so I did. And it was quite amusing.

The shows

House of Cards (final season)
Agents of SHIELD
Champions
Gilmore Girls
Turn Up Charlie
Wild, wild country

Ok, well now Jess left for California without even telling Rory, so I’m now on neutral grounds. The boys in this show are stupid, and Rory deserves better. I really enjoyed Champions as well, and Turn Up Charlie, but they got their own posts already, so enough with that. Wild, wild Country is a show I’ve watched only during warm-up at the gym (so we’re talking 5 minute increments here), and I finished it now, only 6 months later. My verdict? Meh.

Netflix knows me better than I do

So, 2 weeks ago, Netflix suggested “Isn’t it romantic” to me. And I laughed a little cause it was so spot on (Rebel Wilson! Romantic comedy with some attitude!). Then this last week, it suddenly suggested a show with this selling line:

“Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.”

And I went: WTF Netflix? Did you completely lose it?

BUT THEN. I SAW THIS:

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Idris Elba! AND. JJ Feild! (Look, you might not know him, but Lisa and I agree that he was very likable as the Darcy character in “Austenland“. And he was Henry Tilney in the 2007 version of “Northanger Abbey“. He’s totally adorkable.)

So I obviously watched it despite the whole DJ thing being a total turn-off for my interest levels. And it’s really cute! Plus, you get to see JJ talk about feminine hygiene products when his character’s daughter gets her first period on their daddy-daughter day out. I made a gif, cause I enjoyed it so much (first time, so we’ll see if it works…):

And Idris’ character’s aunt singing this song, celebrating that the girl got her period:

And this in a show made by men? I’m quite happy about it.

Week 10 / when it rained the whole time

Reading list

‘It’s a man’s problem’: Patrick Stewart and the men fighting to end domestic violence

I don’t want to achieve anything on the weekend – I just want to watch TV

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

OK, so now Jess was a jerk again in Gilmore Girls, but Luke kind of made him stop acting like a baby? I hope it’ll last… I’m not a fan of the “oh boo-hoo I’m so misunderstood” attitude. In anyone.

Also, this:

Recommendation

Went to see Captain Marvel yesterday (with modest expectations since the imdb rating was 6.8) and it was really, really good! Apparently the man-babies online are upset again, because the “original comic had a male protagonist!!!” In hindsight I know the proper reviewers rated it favorably. As an additional plus point, it passed the Bechdel test. One of very few superhero movies to do so.

February wrap-up (a.k.a “week 9”)

Can we just start with this song? I can’t say that I know the National at all, and having listened to the original afterwards, I still prefer this cover by my favorite Icelander:

The Books

Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s The mists of Avalon
Maria Langs Farligt att förtära
Karolina Ramqvists Den vita staden
Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Snare
Jenny Colgan’s The cafe by the sea
Johanne Hildebrandts Freja
Malala Yousafzai’s I am Malala
A.J. Jacobs’ The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

They were all pretty good, I have to say. Looking back, I remember Snare (not necessarily the storyline, but the feeling the book gave me) and Freja. Meanwhile Jenny Colgan has become my most reliable read when it comes to chicklit.

Concerning Maria Lange though – I rather enjoy the books, but the mortality rate in them is close to Midsummer Murders numbers, and you as a reader wonder how this woman can be welcomed into any circles.

The Movies

Decoy Bride

Yep, rewatched it. David Tennant is in it, and they speak Scottish – what’s not to love?

The Shows

Orphan Black
Gilmore Girls
Derry Girls
The Good Place
House of Cards
Star Trek: Discovery

We finished Orphan Black! And yeah, it was pretty great. Very impressed by Tatiana Maslany’s portrayal of… dozens (?) of characters and still managing to make them feel genuine. Meanwhile, in Gilmore Girls, I’m completely on team Jess (sorry L! you were right all along) and Dean is a jerk. And Sonequa Martin-Green is the coolest main character in Star Trek that I’ve seen.

Week 8 / when I was so tired

Reading list
I’m reading again! However, this is what happens to my “currently reading” then:

Moderation? Nah.

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Christoph Waltz makes Jimmy guess German words. Granted, I got them (just do literal translations and it’s close enough), but Jimmy must be exaggerating his lack of skills? No?

And I finished the 6-episode first season of Derry Girls. Really enjoyed it (and not only because of the accents). The actors are very good, and of course it’s a look back at how the situation was at Ireland before the agreements. (signed /i met friend L when we were both taking a course in peace and conflict studies)

Purchase
I got a new computer. The old one served me well for 4,5 years, but as it still works, this was a tough one for me. Morally. Consume more? But it works? In the end, I convinced myself that I’ve worked really hard the last two years, and deserve to buy something nice for (part of) my bonus, as last year’s went straight into the mortgage payment. I’ve almost bought in to it. Almost.