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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Titus Lemonades

An episode of Kimmy Schmidt cracked me up for real this week (yeah yeah, I’m behind). Titus is jealous of his boyfriend, and “lemonades”, just like Beyonce.

If you’ve missed it (I guess it’s possible?), this is the original:

And this is Titus’:

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!

Nightmares

It’s been mentioned before, and will be mentioned again: I don’t watch scary movies. I don’t enjoy being scared, and that’s where I’ve dawn the line. Books are (mostly) OK, and the same goes for tv-shows.

That being said, I recently watched 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, and despite having read the book a few years ago (a year ago?), that shit was horrible. Note: not quality-wise, but contents. It was so creepy and terrible that I had nightmares. The last time I had nightmares was when reading Game of Thrones just before sleeping, just saying. Probably not a good idea to watch it if sexual assault is a trigger for you, but if it’s not, I’d advise you to watch it. The story is told by Hannah. The thing is, she killed herself and left tapes (13… ) with the reasons/stories that led to her demise. It’s brutal and at times disgusting, but it’s also the most realistic depiction of teenagers and teenage life I’ve seen.

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!)

Feminist Friday

Can we talk about how excited I am that we’ll finally get a female Doctor Who? I was promoting it last time, but then got kind of discouraged as they picked an old white man (I’d say “again”, but to be fair I guess it was the first old one). Yay!
And, I have to say that the manbabies’ reaction on the internet makes me lol for real. Bonus points!

(Side note: my partner informed me, in this manner: “Did you hear they chose a new Doctor Who?” me: no. who? BF: “a woman”. me: 😮 )

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And since I was promoting them again to my newest colleague (as we say in Swedish – favorit i repris):