So Many Shows, So Little Time

The Endless Blog Challenge.

On my to-watch list. Any type material you plan on watching.

My list on Netflix is very, very long, but I’ll limit this to shows, since that’s a harder project to start than simply watching a movie. In no specific order:

  • Crazy ex-girlfriend
  • New Girl
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Fall
  • Stranger Things
  • The Americans
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Designated Survivor
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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):

This Time Next Week….

…my mom and younger brother (I like to call him “little brother”, which people react on when they meet him and he’s just 3 years younger, so 30+, and taller than I) are almost here! I’m very very excited about this. It’s been 3 years since my mom was here and like 5 years since my brother was (the older brother still has not, but hey, it’s only been 9,5 years!). Let’s just hope the weather is reasonable when they’re here, they’re not great with heat and humidity…

Meanwhile I’m revisiting my playlists from 2015 and 2016 (yes, I save Spotify playlists with my favorites each year), and these popped up again:

My relationship with Family Guy is what FB would call “complicated” (seriously, Peter? Then again, I do like Brian.). But I still laugh at this:

Listen to the words I say

I struggle with a colleague. In my team of 5, there are 4 introverts and 1 extrovert. This extrovert is seriously killing me. This person doesn’t listen to all the words I say, just some, and then they make an interpretation of what was said. I’m not sure if this is due to the outgoing nature of the person, but to me they’re linked.

Example:

(me): Well I see that it’s wrong, but I’m not sure if they have to change something in the background too, so it’s better if you ask them to fix it so that everything goes right.

(colleague, 10 minutes later): He said he fixed it, but it went really fast and you said it was more complex with more things that had to be done.

Just… no. Listen to the words I say. Don’t interpret. The words are LITERALLY what I mean. There is no between the lines.

My partner calls me “very literal” and “part vulcan” (we’re re-watching Star Trek, it came up). I choose to see these as a compliments.

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

Since I don’t celebrate Valentine’s in any way, I figured I could at least do a list! I’ve opted for “favorite love stories”, crossing all genres and media (but it ended up being mainly movies).

  • First and best: Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett. And even though the newest movie  version (2005) was OK, it wasn’t even close to beating the good old BBC TV adaptation from 1995.
  • Juno. Ellen Page and Michael Cera are just super cute awkward teenagers + Allison Janney & JK Simmons as Juno’s parents <3.
  • It has a love story but is mainly a story about female friendship. And they sing a cappella. Pitch Perfect.
  • (500) Days of Summer. Any movie where Joseph Gordon-Levitt dances is a good movie. Plus it has Zooey Deschanel in it!
  • It’s been mentioned here before, but there’s no helping that; Austenland. Keri Russell is impossible not to like and JJ Feild does the best Darcy character since Colin Firth. (Storyline? I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
  • Nia Vardalos is amazing, and her depiction of a Greek family kills in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
  • Yeeeahh, how about Music & Lyrics? Surprisingly, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore make a totally believable couple. Plus it includes this gem:

  • Sophie Kinsella’s “Can You Keep a Secret“. I haven’t re-read it, but really liked it the one time I read it.
  • If I had a guilty pleasure romantic movie I guess it’d be The Holiday. I just can’t help it, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black are so adorable I don’t mind Jude Law/Cameron Diaz.
  • Ok, so this is not a traditional love story, and it contains Ryan Gosling. BUT HEAR ME OUT. This is a sad/cute/happy/depressing movie that I guess you’ll either love or hate. Lars and the Real Girl. If you don’t mind a bit of weirdness.