Best of 2018

To clarify – all listed below are things that I personally consumed this year. That does not mean that they’re necessarily FROM this year.

The Books: 

So, I read 79 books this year (1 short of my goal – I could’ve forced it but chose not to). I’d lie if I said I can recall all the stories in them, so this is a very, very subjective list to which I’ve added the year the book was originally published:

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Malin Persson Giolito’s Störst av allt (2016)
I got this book from V. and had no idea she is the daughter of well-known (at least in Sweden) crime writer (and professor of criminology) Leif GW Persson. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and it has stayed with me all year. I also read another book by her, which was not as interesting.

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (2016)
Recommended by Lina, and wow. The stories in this book are haunting, and the writing is so beautiful.

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior (2017)
This cannot be a surprised considering how much I talked about the prequel last year? Teenage witches in Africa! It’s wonderful.

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Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (2017)
So this was a book I endeavored on due to Our Shared Shelf. Dare I say this should be required reading for all white people? It’s not a book I finished in one sitting, as I needed to give things time to sink in. It’s also a book I know I will need to re-read.

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Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam (2013)
Who doesn’t love a well-written dystopia? This trilogy (this book is preceded by Onyx & Crake and Year of the Flood) is my Atwood favorite so far.

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Madeline Miller’s Circe (2018)
I just recently  mentioned this one, so for this I’ll just say – Look how pretty!!

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Neal Shusterman’s Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) (2016)
The only man to make it onto this list also wrote a dystopic book (this one I guess is YA). I kind of want the Thunder Head to take over IRL 😦

The Movies:

What We Do in the Shadows

Black Panther

Brooklyn

The Shape of Water

Avengers: Infinity War

One of the guys from Flight of the Conchords is behind the first movie, which is about a group of cohabiting vampires of varying ages. If you enjoy vampire movies and mockumentaries, this one’s for you!

The Shows:

Parks & Recreation

Penny Dreadful

Lucifer

Salvation

None of these shows are new, so I’m sure you’ve heard about them. If I ever get the time, I’ll probably rewatch both Lucifer and Parks & Recs.

The Songs:

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Week 47 / i’m just too lazy

Food
I cooked a lot! My partner was gone Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (like, not in a “row”, but missed dinner all days).

Music
It’s this time now:

Insta/Twitter/YouTube

Youtube suggested an Arjan Lubach clip to me (about the racist tradition that is zwarte Piet, Santa’s black-faced helpers), and I quite enjoy it. It’s like John Oliver/Seth Meyers, but in Dutch (and somewhat less PC, cause you know, he’s still Dutch):

Good practice for your Dutch! (There are also English captions, if anyone’s actually making an attempt to watch it.)

 

the times (well, the gym) are changing

As you may or may not know, we moved to a different city in May. The first 6 or so weeks, we were busy every weekend and did not prioritize going to the gym.* And then we were lazy. Three weeks ago was the first time my partner went to the gym, and yeah. We’re going to switch. The old gym (in old town) had a pool and relaxation area, which is why I thought it was fine to pay the fee we did every month. This new one does not, and it’s tiny, and they barely have any machines.

But next to my work (I’m not joking, it’s like 150 metres) there’s a gym. It’s pretty busy from what I’ve seen, but it’s new(ish) with up-to-date equipment and friendly staff. And a lower monthly fee than we used to pay, even with a “family discount”.

Yesterday I had an “intake” chat with one of the trainers. I could do a rant here, but I’ll cut it short and just say that after I insisted that I want to get stronger(!) and hence preferably not do 2 sets of 20 reps, he adjusted the plan for me to be 3 sets of each 8 reps, and 6 different machines. I know, I know, machines, but hear me out. The plan is 6 weeks with the machines to build some starting strength, then to move on to free weights (note: he said this, not I). I’m fine with it. Means I have time to get my socially anxious self used to the gym, and less intimidated by the machine-hogging males.

And the machines are super techy and keep track of your program (through a smart key) and how much weight and reps you should do. Once finished, it tells you the next machine you should go to according to your plan. I like it (yeah, yeah, after 1 time).

We shall see how it goes!

*I would like to point out that I was right though. I had already told my partner that I don’t like the location “our” gym has in this city. He is a man of rational thought and convinced me we should at least try it out.

I’m easily amused (another TS post)

It’s been a while since there was a TS post, so here we go!

I’m home alone (woe living with a sales person at a bank, so much “representation” (no, but seriously, I like my alone time)) and may have had several glasses of wine with my dinner. Now I’m watching Youtube (of course) and this. This cracks me up – one of the clips is from some Dutch talent show, featuring Nick & Simon. They are very well known here, but the thing is, I have no idea who is who of the two since they always appear together. Look, they even have a joint chair cause they’re inseparable!

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There’s also a new podcast from Swedish Radio (SR) about TS. I equally want to listen to it as not. Yes because TS, no because it’s called “Amerikas hämndlystna sweetheart” (idk, “America’s revengeful sweetheart”?)

4 things in my pantry

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

4 things in my pantry. Maybe you want to say a word or two about them? Such as what your plans are for them?

I love sourdough bread, but it’s not very common here. The last year I’ve been thinking I should start my own culture for it, but yeah. So when I was home for Christmas I found this, and promptly brought 2 back. Now I just gotta use them before they expire. Mom suggested that I could maybe use one as a start of my own culture?

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The range of peanut butter is growing here in NL, this is the latest one I’ve tried and it claims to be 100% peanuts:

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In some things I’m really Swedish. Like when I feel I really need some knäckebröd:

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Fair chain coffee (from here). Almost time to order more!

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Best of 2017

 

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

For the final week of December I propose skipping the monthly summary/favorites and focusing on a Best of 2017 post.

The Books:

Akata Witch. What Can I say, I’m just a sucker for teenage witches. I blame Buffy.
The Hate U Give. Wonderful YA that should be mandatory reading for majority groups.
Expeditionen: min kärlekshistoria. Sure, when Lisa said I should read a book about a failed arctic expedition, I was like… “…whaat?”. Totally worth it.
Kill the Boy Band. A YA book that deals with the sociology behind boy bands. Yes please.
The Way of Kings. The one male writer that made my top list – the best fantasy-brick I’ve ever read. And the second part was even better (but you shouldn’t start with that, so I recommend this part).

The Movies: (that I saw this year, not necessarily movies FROM this year)

The Lobster. Yes, OK, it’s weird, and gross at times, but it’s stayed with me.
Logan. The darkest Marvel movie so far, where like everyone’s on the verge of dying.

The Shows:

The Orville. Yes I know this is quite the Star Trek rip-off, but it’s like Star Trek and funny. It’s become somewhat of a favorite in the house, and I look forward to season 2.
Star Trek: Discovery. The darkest Star Trek (except maybe DS9?) with (brace yourself) a black woman as main character. Also a favorite in this house.
The Crown. Look, I’m not a big fan of monarchy or anything, but who can resist a good costume drama? Wonderful actors!

The Songs: