week 1 / not so new or shiny


Aah, I never appreciate our normal meals as much as just after Christmas when you’ve had Christmas food every day for close to a week.


I’m a bit bored of all of my podcasts (except the 2 that only release once a month). Any recommendations are very welcome. My requirements are: they should not release more than once a week, and the episodes should not be longer than an hour.




I had saved half of season 2 of Derry Girls because I like it so much and did not want it to end. But now I’ve seen it, and my love for it is even stronger. Especially sister Michael.


I have yet to set foot in the gym again. Last time was end of October.

Books: 2019 recap, and goals for 2020

In regards to the reading in 2019, I did manage to reach my goal (just), despite not finishing any book in November, and only 1 in December. This lead to this nice track record:

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(Also, how tf did I read 78 books in a year? lol)

There were only two books I marked with a star in my excel sheet (yes.), indicating that I finished them thinking they were very good: American War by Omar El Akkad and Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny.

In addition to those, I have to say that I also fondly remember Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Johanna Juneke’s Swedavien as well as Lars Wilderäng’s Stjärnklart. There are also books in the list for which I couldn’t recap *anything* of the story even if my life depended on it, so I guess those made less of an impression.

Despite having announced that I would re-read to my heart’s desire, I ended up only re-reading 2 books, so that was kind of disappointing. New year, new attempt?

I do like the summaries Goodreads provides:

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So, for 2020? I’ll go for 52 books again, which might be too steep, but we’ll see. I’ll also try to get further through the TBR pile, and will stick to a majority of female authors (who cares what men have to say?).

Year-end update on the TBR pile

They always say that accountability helps with achieving things, so here we go. I set out 2019 with trying to reduce my TBR pile. My year end verdict is “eeeh”. Could’ve been better, could’ve been worse.

American War by Omar El Akkad
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bortom Varje Rimligt Tvivel by Malin Persson Giolito
Bottenskrap by Jørn Lier Horst
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Fjällfolk by Bernhard Nordh
Freja by Johanne Hildebrandt
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Grottmannen by Jørn Lier Horst
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
I Marsfjällets skugga by Bernhard Nordh
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldor Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng
Unspeakble Things by Laurie Penny
Vinterstängt by Jørn Lier Horst
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Äta Kakan och ha den kvar by Kristin Emilsson
1793 by Niklas Natt och Dag

Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig by Ingrid Carlberg
A book with 3 stories by Selma Lagerlöf (can’t find it anywhere to link to)
Nederland. Een objectief zelfportret in 51 voorwerpen by Wim Brands

By month:

January – I got nothing.
February – I got 2 and felt like a fucking champion. (Freja & Snare).
March – Culture Map, Bortom varje rimligt tvivel, American War, Washington Black.

April – I marsfjällets skugga.
May – Äta kakan och ha den kvar & Unspeakable Things, abandoned 1793.
June – Stjärnklart.

July – nada.
August – Grottmannen, Bottenskrap & Vinterstängt.
September – Fjällfolk

All in all:

This actually did help me. Not in that I felt forced to read these books, but it served as a constant reminder that they were there, and that I (at some point) had wanted to read them. I’m still reading a few of the books in the list, but haven’t managed to finish them yet (like Gone with the Wind…)

December wrap-up

The books

Nattmannen by Jørn Lier Horst

The movies

The Great Hack
Some kind of monster
Andy Murray: Resurfacing
Mission: Impossible Fallout
National Lampoon

Some re-watching, some (read: Frozen) that my sister-in-law insisted little brother needed to see.

The shows

30 Rock
Parks & Recreation
Shine on with Reese
Virgin River
Alias Grace
Home for Christmas
The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

Did anyone else watch Men in Trees (2006-2008)? Doesn’t Virgin River have the same vibe? City woman moves to the wild, meets charming man?
Apart from that – FLEABAG. Please watch it if you haven’t. I loved it, easily best show I’ve seen this year. Alias Grace was also very good, and it probably helped that I’d forgotten most of the book, so had no idea where it was going.



week 43 +44 / Strongaholics


As I’m trying Lucy’s Strongaholics, I’ve been tracking my food. Apart from the mind-boggling “there is no bad food”, turns out I’m not eating enough protein. Also, how will I manage when I’m spending a week in Iceland? Time will tell.




Tuesday (I guess today? I’m scheduling this for Tuesday to not have multiple posts in one day) I’m going to Iceland with Louise! It’s time for our yearly catch-up called Iceland Airwaves. Can’t wait.

October wrap-up

The books

Kristin Emilssons Den som väntar
Bernhard Nordhs Undan frostpiskan

Meh. I don’t even have an excuse – I spent a week reading on the beach and all. I just don’t feel like it?

The shows

The Orville
Jessica Jones (finished!)

The movies

Wine Country
Jem & the Holograms
Step Sisters
Whitney Cummings: Can I touch it?
Iron Man
Iron Man 2

Can we talk about how cute Dumplin’ was? And how it’s the best role I’ve seen Jennifer Aniston in? And how the fat girl got the cute guy (not the other way around)? The main character is Danielle Macdonald, who was also the lead in Patticake$, which I quite enjoyed as well. We have Disney+ for free until November, so obviously had to re-watch some Marvel stuff.

The workouts/progress

Also this was nothing spectacular, but I did go twice a week, every week (except the first when I was lying on the beach).