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Top Ten Tuesday

Does anyone not know about Top Ten Tuesday at this point? Weekly feature created by The Broke and Bookish und so weiter? Ja? We all know right? More info here, if you haven’t a clue what I’m on about.

This weeks topic: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far

I have read a total of 19 books so far, nine of which were just bloody brilliant.

Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders. 17331223Oh you know Jennifer Saunders. How could you not want to read about the creator of AbFab?

She’s very good at sticking to the funny bits, the bits you want to know, rather than telling every tedious detail of her life. Soo..yay?

Except for that chapter about procrastination. That was…ill-advised.

 

 

 

 

 

17985896Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding. I’m mad about Fielding’s style (oh. how. witty.). I just love it. Never mind that this is basically antifeminist crap, and that I’m confused as to whether main character Bridget truly is concerned and knows about feminism, or if Fielding is mocking feminism through her character, oooor…I’m sure there are more options but I just don’t get it. Which makes me not like that particular detail very much.

Still. I do like it. This is probably because it is relatable. I feel like the mess Bridget is. Sure, I’m a different type of mess entirely, but that doesn’t seem to make any difference to me.

One But. It could have ended when the boytoy dumped her. It would have been a better ending.

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Bitterfittan 2 by Maria Sveland. This is something as rare as a book about sisterhood. It also has a very obvious feminist agenda. I like obvious books. I like books that say what they mean. I like books that erm. shoot straight and speak the truth to quote Entombed…

This book turns me into a gushing fangirl and I don’t know where to begin or what to say. It’s the kind of book I want to use to hit people over the head with.

Reviewers seems to mainly dislike it. Like a lot. I take that as a sign that this is a true feminist work. This is my logic: because we live in a patriarchy a book that is a threat to the current order will be disliked by people in general. Flawless reasoning on my part indeed.

15771560Fördömd by Johanne Hildebrandt. I think we’ve established my love for Hildebrandt’s work is unconditional. She can do no wrong. I wrote about it here.

Horror, archeology and Norse mythology all at once. In addition to a strong female cast. What more could one ask for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

15745753Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I think I called this the best love story I’ve ever read?Or something to that effect. Still valid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31833839Vad ska en flicka göra? by Annika Lantz. I’ve already told you about how I love this book. Here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I kroppen min by Kristian Gidlund. A book about dying. I like books about dying? Talked about this one before too, here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Röta by Siri Pettersen. It starts by quoting Nine Inch Nail’s Ruiner. If it was bad I would never admit it. It’s not though, best of the three in the trilogy I would say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So basically. I don’t really need to read any more books this year. Or at least not any good one.

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10 things that need to get the fuck out of my feeds

Anything nail polish. OMFG. I’m more interested in cars. At least I have one.

Outfit tips. Outfits to finish this summer in style?? Outfits you should already own?? Pretty winter outfits??? Cute summer outfits?? Wedding!!???! WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?!

Children. Please kill me now.

Johnny Depp. WHY does he keep popping up in my Pinterest feed?! Never googled in my life, how is he there??

Feminine anything. Hairdos. Shoes. Themes. Just NO. To be clear, examples of my most recent style inspo: Anders Fridén in In Flames, Twiggy in the 90s (it’s constant, that type of recent), Jonathan Davis – I know none of them have any style really, but that’s not the point.

Peanut butter. Because I need to forget, OK?

Instagram stories. It just bothers me at this point. There are like three users whose stories I watch. And I follow more than 100 accounts. Sooo…

Retweets. Didn’t there use to be a setting where you could block retweets + likes? Which, by the way, I thought I was using but clearly no!?

Football. I know it’s my own fault because of certain users I follow. But come on! You’re a musician, get a different account for your football tweets. Goddammit.

Stupid band/artist tweets by PR people who just don’t get Twitter at all. I.e. not funny, not relevant, just PR -Hello InsertArtistNameHere has released a record-. What no REALLY I had no idea!? Morons.

You want to kill my love for a band/artist, that’s the way to go.

 

Instead, I could use

More cats. I mean there can never be enough cats.

Alternative outfits/style. I know there are lots and lots of people with quirkier style, how do I get them into my feed??

Just less food. Less. Lots less. That its vegan doesn’t help.

More sarcastic comments. On anything. But on politics is obviously great.

More extreme feminism. What is the point of feminism if it doesn’t upset people??

Cows? Because why not?

Korn. I google Korn. I watch Korn. Why do I have to search out Korn for myself while you serve me Johnny Depp who I’m just not interested in???

More Casey posts. In general. I just want everyone to be as active on social media as Architects when they’re on tour.

Glasgow. Considering the fact that I follow Glasgow Living, there is awful little Glasgow in my feeds. I was expecting more.

…might want some posts to be clearer. As to who’s posting. Because there are a lot of people on stages and large crowds. Sometimes confused as to who’s posting. Might also want some people, who are on the famous side of the spectrum, to use more than their first name. If you just write Tom, I don’t know which one. Just be TomInsertBandNameHere, please?

 

So yea. Working hard on being bitter and then some.

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5 reasons to love Insta

Long gone are the days of using Insta for makeup inspo.

OK, maybe not long gone, but I don’t do that anymore.

With one exception; the account run by the girl who bleaches her eyebrows? Yes, that one. Couldn’t give it up. Obviously.

But there are many other reasons to love Insta. My top 5 reasons:

There’s lots of feminism on Insta. Keeps you up to date, gives you inspiration, contributes to general mental wellbeing. Current favorite: fannyarsinoe. She’s full of feminist wisdom and makes lovely art.

Examples:

English: To those of you who think I’m a feminist because unable to get guy: I’m not feminist because I’m ugly, I’m ugly because I’m feminist.

It is a shame she writes in Swedish, limits her reach. Also seems unfair to all non-Swedish speakers. You’re missing out.

Silliness, sarcasm, irony. Like this:

English: Tell me more. I’m dying of curiousity.

Vegan inspo! Moby makes sure we don’t forget why we’re vegan. Sometimes with numbers:

Planner ideas!

Architects. If I have to expand on this I will just start going on about how I do follow lots of bands, some of which I don’t even really listen to, so apparently I just like to have people on stages in my feed. Obviously just lies I tell myself. So let’s just leave it.

NYC night 2 tonight! It's a sell out ✅📸: @edmasonphoto

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Excellent jump, sir.

Unfortunately. This also comes with some creepy pics of large groups of men. That’s when this comes in handy, to counteract any skin-crawling feelings:

Använd ilskan. Kraften. Mobilisera er. Gör motstånd. Förändra. #assholesonline #linneaclaeson

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May wrap-up

May in Sweden. It’s kind of disappointing. Someone on Twitter made this striking observation “Do we even have seasons anymore or is it just on shuffle?” It was an insane mix of snow, sunshine, warm and cold. Just make up your mind!?! I can’t dress for this!

Listened to

Unbeliever and Red Eyes by Architects. New favorites (old tracks). Odds that they’re in the current/future setlist…? (Might be pretending I don’t know what’s in the setlist. Mebbe.)

Sea Change by Thrice. New Thrice track, and it’s such a treat! Surely we’re not so lucky it means a new album is in the works? It was just a one-off right? How does one get news about Thrice anyway?

Read

Storytel. Apparently my book streaming service of choice. Turns out I was wrong thinking audiobooks were definitely not for me, even if I’m on the distracted side as suspected. It’s also the one thing that’s currently keeping me “reading”.

Fördömd. Novel by Johanne Hildebrandt; clearly my favorite writer of all the writers. Was an excellent company on my walks.

Wore

Best eyeliner in a while:

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Clearly so rare it needs a special mention.

Come to think of it, it was in fact not in May but the end of April when I went to see Little Jinder, but never mind! Loved the outfit too, men’s camouflage hoodie + fave H&M shorts, biggest hoops I could wear and Vagabond boots. Sis has OK:ed for wearing to maybe a more appropriate occasion such as metal gig. (What’s the fun in that?! I’ll dig out some flowery dress or something such. Because being inappropriate is highly entertaining?)

Gave eyebrows another go. It’s as if I’m not meant to have eyebrows. Or I’m now so used to having no brows I just think it looks wrong (on me). May as well clear out all brow products. Not that I have many, but still.

Watched

Reign. On the one hand, Catherine is some sort if carrier of feminist ideas, on the other, all other women on this show are malnourished. Severely. I don’t particularly approve of this ambivalence. Surely it could have been avoided? And I miss Francis. They’re ignoring history anyway, couldn’t Bash die instead? They could just pretended that it was Francis because he wanted out of the whole being king deal. Or something! I dunno. It just makes no sense to ge rid of a perfectly good character like Francis and keep a pointless character like Bash.

The Handmaid’s Tale! 💕

And can we just quickly mention Twin Peaks…first two episodes, not bad. Third one. Third one I could just not get through and gave up. Mistake?

Food things

Red wine. As in tried to learn to love red wine (again, used to be v. v. fond of it) failed miserably. It just makes my stomach turn. And I’m not even talking about as a result of much wine, we’re talking one small glass (I don’t normally do small glasses of wine).

Cava. Might be even better than Sauvignon blanc. Had some Freixenet and it was amazing. And yes HI I’m a wino, what of it?

Protein. I’m all about the protein these days. Top 5 proteins (in no particular order): Bean pasta; which I like to add to bean dishes. Edamame beans; add to some rice, sprouts and roasted broccoli + mustard or wasabi and that’s all you need. Rice protein; add to pancakes. Sea weed tofu; add to purple cabbage, aubergine puree, mushrooms and pasta. Veggi fake meat; fry up with strong spices, add kale and roasted beets. Bit of roasted garlic mayo (Astrid & aporna ♥♥.)

Miscellaneous

Penntricket. I do still love Penntricket, but the episode where they collab with Lillelördag was kinda painful. I mean suuure, it aptly illustrates how some women are completely clueless when it comes to feminism, but that also means that they more or less had to step away from the feminist topic because you can’t discuss any topic with people who are not aware and apparently also lacking interest. The conversation just went in the wrong direction and never found its way anywhere near back.

Maria Nila. I hate it that Maria Nila is so expensive but so undeniably the best. I was using Lee Stafford’s heat protection, which works really well to keep your hair straight once you’ve straightened it. However. Turned the ends of my hair into all knots, basically, so I switched to the Maria Nila heat protective cream spray. It is good. Similarly, disappointed with Lush’s Retread conditioner, so, again, switching to Maria Nila.

Plans for June

  1. Architects! Just the one show, because I’m practicing moderation.
  2. Catch up on actual reading. I’ve got a week off work, is there anything better to do with a week off than try to get out of this reading slump?
  3. Spend quality time with cats.
  4. Resist the urge to book a trip because I’ve got no business going anywhere and it’s bad for the environment and my finances. And I should suffer. I’m sure it’s what I deserve.
  5. Last hair dye in a while. I love having red hair, but I hate how the dye stains literally everything for weeks afterwards. I can’t deal. But I’ve still got some dye left. So. One last time.
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Top Seven Sunday; Instant attraction

I’ve been meaning to finish this post for literally months. It’s really one of the Top Ten Tuesday topics from The Broke and the BookishTop ten things that will make me instantly want to read a book.

I’m just going to ignore the fact that I’m so late the party’s been over for a very, very long time now, and just get on with it anyway. Because I really did like this topic.

And because I’ve already written the post, I know this list does not include 10 things, but rather seven, so let’s keep with the alliteration and just call it what it is.

Disclaimer: I may want to instantly read a book for any of the following reasons, but there are still any number of things that will discourage me a second later.

Norse mythology. I have  a long-going Norse mythology obsession. To be fair, I’m quite interested in mythology in general; what I find most appealing about Norse mythology is that we seem to be missing pieces of the puzzle, it makes little sense at the best of times. Which means you can fill it with content of your choice. I love it when authors take the basic idea of Norse mythology and runs with it. Examples: The Valhalla Saga, Sandman, American Gods.

Music references. Not music in general, specifically music I know and/or love, obviously. This also applies to fictive music, e.g. books set in a music industry context that also manage to be convincing, such as How to kill a rockstar. Other examples: Röta, Eleanor & Park, The Sex Revolts.

University setting. I’m a sucker for university setting. I was even before I started working at uni. Examples: You had me at hello, Rebell med frusna fötter, Fördömd – I also hear Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story is set at uni. I keep meaning to read it for that very reason.

Feminist satire. Is there anything better? Examples: Egalia’s Daughters, Hur man botar en feminist (English: How to cure a feminist), Jag är din flickvän nu (English: I’m your girlfriend now).

Feminist anything. In general. Fiction and non-fiction alike. I will give anything a go, the problem is, there are writers with faulty understanding of what feminism is, i.e. writer and me are not on the same page = they are wrong, and that will make me stop reading. I prefer feminist works of what people would probably call radical or extreme. A few favorites: Feminist Political Theory, Dirty Weekend, The End of Men, The Women’s Room, Det kallas manshat (English: It’s called hating men).

Well-written biographies. I don’t limit myself to people I know/like. I do prefer music bios about musicians I like, but I will read about just about anyone. At the same time, I’m quite particular when it comes to the quality of the writing. Which is unfortunate in this genre, as it tends to be a poorly written genre. And yes, I will immediately want to read if a reviewer says it’s a good bio. Can’t seem to learn that in general, reviewers and me don’t have the same idea of what constitutes a good bio. Examples: Scar tissue, The Heroin Diaries, It’s So Easy, The Long Hard Road out of Hell.

Books that put interesting historical figures (fictive or real) in new contexts. For example if you make up a story Karin Boye, or Medea. I know I’ve read several books like this but right now I can only remember Texts from Jane Eyre.

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3 thoughts on Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Do we need a defense of the male chest hair? Do we? Really? An entire section about how men shouldn’t remove chest hair? I feel it is only fair that they should have to concern themselves with unsightly body hair too. I mean if we’re going to.

I don’t get American comedy. Mindy lists her favorite moments in comedy and I’m staring blankly. I’m slightly disappointed. UK comedy, you don’t like it? No? You know about it? Like really, how is there nothing UK on there??? (Yea yea, with the exception of Gervais, but he just doesn’t count.)

She has the best reason for not engaging in the debate on whether or not women are funny: it’s a nonsensical argument. Just like that. Of course it is! Just like so many things; they keep trying to distract us from the issue at hand with stupid debates that have no bearing and are beside the point. This strategy can be applied in any number of scenarios. In any discussion about women, always question whether or not it’s relevant. 9 times out of 10 it is not. Use your right to simply not engage. If you must, make up similarly inane arguments.

And if you’re wondering if this is a book worth reading I’d say the answer is undoubtedly yes.

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A book I might have read before?

Do you ever struggle to remember which books you’ve read? Because I do. Quite a lot actually.

More than once I’ve opened a book, started to read and gotten quite far before going Wait, hold on, this is very familiar!?!

This time though, I cannot decide if I did read this book before and remember it all wrong, or if it just makes me think of another novel. No idea which.

And that is why it’s good to own book. Usually, you can tell by the book if it’s been read or not.

So not doing myself any favors by starting to use a streaming service for audiobooks. But that’s what I’ve done.

I’ve never been drawn to audiobooks. My reasons:

  1. I like the written word. Texts; big fan.
  2. The selection has up until now done nothing for me. I don’t do crime.
  3. It’s more expensive than Spotify. That makes no sense to me.
  4. I’m so very easily distracted.

But! The selection has improved, and I’m just about trying anything to get out of this reading slump. Even if I’m distracted, I’ll probably be able to listen to most of the book…? And, excellent company for when you’re out spazieren, which I do quite a lot now that it’s not winter.

Obvious first choice of book: a book by Johanne Hildebrandt called Fördömd [English: Damned] I somehow haven’t read yet. Maybe?

The story is basically a feminist take on Indiana Jones set in Sweden with a bit of The Exorcist thrown in for good measure. It’s a lovely read. Bonus points for including university drama.

Now. In my mind, I seem to recall one of the characters, who’s this goth type girl with a keen interest in demons. And I seem to remember having read a book where this character more or less accidentally summoned a demon for some stupid reason and then me being upset about this because it seemed like goth prejudice. Or something to that effect. I should ask my sister, because she was the poor unfortunate soul subjected to my rage, the way I remember it anyway.

It’s not what happens in this book though. But I could well be remembering it wrong.

Also. I kind of did fall asleep during the final fight so I’m not sure what happened. I would have rewinded, it’s just, it was the third time I fell asleep listening to the damned book and trying to figure out at what point I fell asleep turned out to be such a hassle.

The other two times I spent a significant time listening to parts I’d already listened to because I couldn’t remember at what point I became unconscious.

I knew that would happen.

I’ve already started a new book, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Fallen asleep twice. Not because it’s boring! Heavens no. It’s just I’m so damned tired but still thinking just a few minutes. Maybe I’ll get the hang of it. Eventually.

Either way. I think I’ll have to get a paper copy of Fördömd. It was that good.

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