You know when you schedule yourself for a workout class but spend considerable time looking for an excuse not to go?
I’ve found the perfect excuse: spending more time looking for an excuse to not go to the gym than you would actually spend at the gym in itself is a reason not to go. For the sake of your sanity.
There is literally no way I’d enjoy it, and then what’s the point?
So I’m skipping it and spending my time catching up on my tea-drinking and listing my top 8 reads of 2016.
Far less easy than the albums of the year list.
Top 8 reads of 2016
Estrid by Johanne Hildebrandt. Because it has all that I love: feminism, mythology, Vikings, a well-thought out language.
Uppgång & Fall by Liv Strömquist. Because she tells us about important things we need to know in an easily accessible way. The fact that she’s funny too is just a bonus.
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky. This idea is just going to stick with me forever. It’s pure brilliant; that if fangirls really put their minds to it, there is nothing they can’t do. Overthrow governments? Piece of cake. If only that’s what they’d use their power for.
Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Again, the idea of this book appeals to me such a lot. Because it’s about knowing your days are numbered and still only wanting what everyone else wants, messing up like the rest of us; not finding the love of your life and traveling the world. Any unhappy story about the imperfection of people; ♥♥♥.
Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny. (Her name is so confusing! I can never remember which is her first and which her last name.) Non-fiction feminism; funny and accessible.
Blythewood by Carol Goodman. I’m so in love with her school settings, the worlds she creates and the creatures in them. There’s definitely a pattern to her stories, the good news is, if you like this pattern you will love all of her books.
Hur man botar en feminist by Nanna Johansson. Feminists have the best sense of humor. Need I say more?
Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen. Not quite through this book yet, but I quickly went from WTF is this? Tails!!?? to just being completely caught up in the story. I don’t want to ever leave this world; cursing myself for not adding part 2 to my cart in my last book order.
So apparently, I like my music by men and my books by women? I’m going to call that a trade-off and stop feeling bad about the horrible male dominance of my listening habits.