January summary

The Books

Mördaren ljuger inte ensam by Maria Lang

Yeah. I read one book, and it’s not even in the list I published of my TBR. 😐

The Movies

Aquaman
Juliet, Naked

A colleague was reading the book (which she was disappointed in). I won’t lie, I totally saw it because of Chris O’Dowd, and I don’t know about the book, but the movie was cute enough to watch.

The Shows

Gilmore Girls
Orphan Black
Merlin

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week 3 / meh

Podcast/episode
As mentioned last week, I started listening to some new podcasts. I actually quite enjoy The Armchair Expert by Dax Shepard. So, the reason I even gave it a try (given that I mainly know him from Punk’d), is of course that he had his wonderful wife Kristen Bell as his first guess. And that every episode ends with a fact check section, where his friend/editor lets everyone know if he (or his guests) said something incorrect during the pod. Slightly annoyed that he at times get so eager that he interrupts his guests, but hoping this’ll get better eventually?

Music
Went to two concerts this week. This is unheard of!
Monday we saw Snow Patrol in Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam), and it was SO NICE. I know their music a bit, but mainly the two albums from 2003/2006, and thought “sure” when Dutchie suggested going. I’ve rarely seen a band that look so happy to be where they are, and only Kaizer’s Orchestra charmed the audience more. Plus the Irish accent, I mean to my ears there isn’t any nicer accent when speaking English.

So, with that as a start of the week, it was a tough task for Icelanders Árstíðir to live up to this in Leiden on Sunday evening. I’m probably also much harder on them considering that I’ve seen them so many times (don’t know exact number, but two digit for sure, as they’re always playing Iceland Airwaves). And, yeah. The tour they’re on is for the new album, which I don’t like as much as the previous one, so I honestly found it a bit dull. The older stuff is great, and they played some songs from it.

Playlist
All Snow Patrol.

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix
Still watching Gilmore Girls (still season 2). And yep, Dean is turning into a jealous jerk as we speak. And Jess is getting more likable.

App
It seems I have kicked the worst of the FB/Insta “addiction” (light) thing. Re-installed the FB one 2 weeks ago after having befriended my brother’s “new” GF there. I check it maybe 3 times a week? That’s fine, so as long as it doesn’t get worse than that, it can stay. Insta stays away, cause that’s much nicer to check 😛

week 2 / the week that would never end

Food
Bad food week. Prepared 2 lunches, which I then proceeded with not eating because I really didn’t want them.

Podcast/episode
Alltså. I listen less to podcasts now, and got rid of a whole bunch when I did my (unsuccessful) test of Spotify as podcast player. Now I removed I nöd och lyft (p.g.a. två poddar om att lyfta blev för mycket, så jag håller mig till Styrkebyrån), and added some other ones. I’ll report back if any are worth your time.

Reading list
I’m reading Mists of Avalon! Last time was in 2000, so I remember virtually nothing. I’m about 400 pages in, and still liking it.

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix
Gilmore Girls! I never did finish it in the past, so working on it now. I’m on season 2 and it’s just wonderful so far. Friend L initiated a discussion about Dean vs Jess when we were in Iceland, and so far… I’m torn. Rory’s obviously got more to talk to Jess about, but on the other hand he is also a bit of a twat. I think we can all agree on Dean being boring.

November summary

Wait, what? November’s gone already? How did this happen?

The books:

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

The shows:

Salvation
Agents of Shield
Bodyguard

The movies:

The Princess Switch

I’M NOT EVEN ASHAMED. IT’S LOVELY AND CHRISTMASSY AND SHUT UP.

October wrap-up

The books:

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.

The shows:

Parks & Recreations
Agents of SHIELD
Salvation
Great News
The Good Cop

The movies:

Ocean’s Eight
Borg vs McEnroe

Blogtober – #23

23. Recommend a TV series you think everyone should watch

One for everyone, you say… that means it’s inevitably Buffy, doesn’t it?

Female main character(s), with male sidekicks who have to be saved. Kick-ass fighter who regularly saves the world. What’s not to like?

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This post is part of the blogtober challenge that you can read more about here.

August wrap-up

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:

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Books

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

Movies

Elder Millenial (Iliza Shlesinger’s Netflix special)
Ant Man & the Wasp
The Bookshop
Lion
Lady Bird
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.

Shows

Lucifer
Fresh Meat
Final Space
Disenchantment
Buffy (finishing off what I began like 2 years ago…)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency