Reading and Women

So, as you may know, my reading challenge for this year included a gender aspect – reading at least 75% women. People (even my outspoken feminist colleague) react to this. The most common comment so far being “I don’t even think about that”. At which I want to say well, maybe that’s part of the problem? (but I don’t).

As you also might know, I’m currently reading Bad Feminist. This morning, I came across this section, about “women’s fiction” as a genre:

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The first few chapters were a bit shallow and general to me, but I see now, that she was just luring people in, building up for the real stuff. Loving the book now!

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Spotify Time Capsule

The Endless Blog Challenge

So here they are, in order:

A “What?!” song, one that you don’t really understand how it ended up in your specific playlist.

I listened to it ONCE, come on. (Yes, when watching Pitch Perfect’s riff-off, I wanted to hear the original.) Their cover was better:

What artist/group has the most songs in your list?

Two songs by these guys. Not my favorite song though, so not sure what’s up with that.

A song you’d forgotten about, one that made you go “Oh yea, that one, ❤ .”

A rare song. As in, a song that’s probably not in most people’s playlist.

Not that this one is very unique, but neither are the other songs in my list.

Favorite song in the playlist?

This is not the first (or last time) I say so, but goddamnit, this song, it’s just so PRETTY.

One or more artists/groups missing in your playlist. Something you used to listen to a lot that isn’t in your list.

Friday Favorites

What can I say, Lisa’s Endless Blog Challenge made this week happen when it comes to blog posts (I have the weirdest cold, feels like I can’t think).

This week’s favorites. Listing favorites; it doesn’t get old for me.

Look, I know we’re not “supposed” to like Ke$ha, and I’ve only heard this song once (listening to Release Radar on the way to work this morning), so I’m not sure how it’ll hold up. First listen – I like this remix (more than the original).

And yes, apparently I like everything Linnéa Olsson does.

And I’m reading this book (well, I’m reading like 4 books simultaneously), and it’s upsetting. It’s kind of related to my work, and how can you not question the ethics of the pharma/medical industry after reading this?

“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.”

Then this. If you, like my brothers and I, watched the Police Academy excessively as a kid (look, we saw the same VHS tapes over and over and over… again), the one of Bobcat Goldthwait should crack you up. And yes, still looking at too many videos of Seth MacFarlane.

Empties

Endless Blog Challenge!

Empties. On a theme or completely random!

Since there was a head’s up about this, I managed to gather 3 empties for this post. “Tre tomma”. Starting off with my all time favorite hand cream; Lush’s Handy Gurugu. Friend L introduced me to this one while in Iceland, so as a plus point, the smell reminds me of that! It’s the only thing that makes sure my hands survive the soap they use at work:

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Moving on, I’ve emptied the first products I bought for skincare. Both from Paula’s Choice (since I’m lazy, I bought everything from the same place), it’s a cleanser and day cream for combination/oily skin. I’m honestly very invested in this cleanser, but since I – at the same time – think it’s ridiculous to pay € 26 for a cleanser, I’m now trying cheaper alternatives (this and this). I’m not convinced by either of them 😦

The day cream was a bit “meh” though. While the SPF definitely worked, and the texture was SPF-cream-like (which I can live with), it left like… I don’t have the words to describe it. You know like when you shower and old skin comes off around your neck? A bit like that, when I touched my face like the monkey I am. So won’t buy that one again, and am currently trying this one instead. (Promising so far! Just note that it says “fluid” not “cream”.)

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Woman Crush Wednesday

WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY. The idea is to write about a woman you love for some reason. (..but it can’t be just because she’s attractive. Because I say so. Because it’s boring.)

Yay, this topic again! (And I agree, every week is a bit excessive, this works fine!) Now it’s time for Anna Kendrick, who I first saw in Pitch Perfect (yes, that movie AGAIN), and only later did I realize that she’s very funny also off-screen. And she curses and stuff on twitter, which is an added bonus to me. I ordered her book on a dodgy UK website, and they are being super slow with shipping. Maybe I’ll get it, maybe I won’t!

 

 

Currently Reading

Currently reading. Needs no further explanation I’m sure.

Geeesh. I dunno man, I had read someone’s post on how they liked circus-related books, which reminded me of The Night Circus (which I enjoyed), and then I saw this book with carnival in the title and felt compelled to buy it. I also think the cover is pretty!

But I’m not feeling it. The first 100 pages I was like “meh. what?” and then I thought I’ll give it some more time, and now I’m in the last third, so I think “what the hell, I guess I’ll finish it”, but it’s not… that good? I’m totally not invested, I don’t care about the characters, I don’t get why there are two story lines (one is so-so and one is straight out boring). I guess I’ll go with: don’t read this one.

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Project 2017 – Update #9

I have three goals for this year, and will be making monthly updates on them. They are:

  • thinking of my health and start moving more. no numbers, explicit goals or deadlines, but simply that – move more, be kind to my body.
  • favorize women! more female authors and artists
  • continue learning stuff.

So, how has month four gone?

Health: Better (but not good). I returned to the gym, but am not back to the routine there or with the walks. I’ll keep trying!

The Ladies: Oui! Going strong. I kind of hate that I wasted time on Simon Pegg’s book, it wasn’t worth bumping up the male percentage in my read-books excel file (yes, it’s a thing).

Learning: So apparently I passed the project management course! Good for me. I haven’t started the course I signed up for now though, it just feels much less interesting than when I chose it. Maybe the motivation will be back by the time the course on world languages starts?