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.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Ah yes, finally a theme from The Broke and the Bookish that appeals to me! This week’s topic: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately.

I could easily list well more than 10, because I’ve been completely out of control with the buying of the books lately + I’ve been gifted a few as well.

I will limit it to this pile though, coincidentally consisting of ten books. How convenient.

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  1. Kris by Karin Boye. For unknown reasons I’ve yet to read this book; Karin Boye is hardly a new acquaintance. But reading Kallocain this time around I was suddenly inspired to read more of her non-poetry work, and stumbled upon this one in a bookshop in Gothenburg, as well as…
  2. Astarte by Karin Boye. Yes. Same as above. Could also mention: I do love Swedish lit from the 30s-40s. The language just reads like poetry. (That’s a generalization I’m sure is true.)
  3. När duvorna försvann by Sofi Oksanen. Also from my Gothenburg book haul. I just kept stumbling on good books. I thought. I’ve actually started reading this book, and I’m not that impressed. Might be the translation. I’ll never know tho, I don’t exactly read Finnish. It feels as if at least part of the problem is the translation. Kinda of disappointed, I loved the other three novels I’ve read by Oksanen.
  4. Expeditionen – Min kärlekshistoria by Bea Uusma. I’ve been meaning to buy this book for ages, a favorite for sure. I am so looking forward to diving into the world of Andrée and his foolish venture again.
  5. Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman. Part two in the Blythewood trilogy.
  6. Estrid by Johanne Hildebrandt. I figured if I go on about this book enough, eventually, eventually someone else will have to read it too, just too see what the hell I’m on about. I expect it to be every bit as good as the previous 4 parts. Basically, it’s about vikings.
  7. Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny. I just keep going on and on about the same books, clearly I’m not reading at a fast enough pace. I finally get to read this beautiful book in the original language. Yay!
  8. Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen. Erm. I forget what this book was actually about; I vaguely recall something about maybe magic…? And, clearly, it takes place during the viking age. Kinda obsessed with the vikings. It’s all Johannes fault.
  9. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg. Might have planned this entry a while back. Might have read this one. Basically, it’s texts from a number of fictional characters, my faves are Achilles, Medea, Katniss, the Sweet Valley twins – oh it’s all good, absolutely hilarious. Takes like two minutes to read, well worth while.
  10. The Girls by Emma Cline. Present, haven’t the faintest what it’s about, so that’ll be exciting!?

xo,

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October favorites

I’m swapping my weekly summaries for the classic monthly favorites. Becuse time, time is currently an issue. Anyway. Here we go!

Music

I’m still enjoying Architects, Amity Affliction and Bring Me more than what seems reasonable. But I’ve also been loving Northlane’s Node and EditorsIn Dream.

The new Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire track Violet is everything you’d want from Roddy.

New faves tho; Novelists. Hopefully I’ll love them for longer than a week.

Books

Clothes + makeup

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I love combining red and pink. Since dying my hair a reddish type shade I’ve been loving wearing the pink shades in the Makeup Revolution Chocolate Vice palette and just anything pink.

And knits! The necessity to survive this month. And what I needed to get back to loving the cooler weather; should have started wearing the knits sooner.

Other faves: the NYX Lingerie Beauty Mark + NYX blush in Coraline

Social media

Ah yes, the month of Vlogtober. I already mentioned it, but I have been enjoying Leila Buffery’s vlogs.

Food

Vigårda; my new fave eatery in Stockholm: vegan burger + sweet potato fries. Bonus points for their white wine, a lovely Sauvignon blanc for a mere SEK 55  (basically a steal for being Sweden), and let’s not forget about the lovely elderflower + gin drink for the same price. Again; cheap. And good!

This bar, it’s what got me through my Sthlm + Gbg weekend.

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Can’t quite figure why it has no vegan stamp of approval. Am I not reading it right?

Series/movies

I’m currently watching YouTube only. But, while on the topic, since the release of this Gilmore Girls trailer I’m looking forward to the new season really a lot:

Question: I did watch a movie or two. Nothing worth mentioning, except for, I finally caved and watched Fault in Our Stars because I wanted to see something sad. …didn’t exactly think it was sad. At all. Just really awful. There was literally nothing about it that I did like. Maybe that’s just me.

Miscellaneous

Can I mention Architects again? Yes I can! Probably my favorite thing of all the things this month; Architects live.

Plans for November

  1. Go to Glasgow; have lots of fun.
  2. Go to Stockholm; see Bring Me the Horizon.
  3. Dye my hair redder still.

xo,

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October blog challenge part 4 of 5

Part 4 of the October blog challenge! Part 1 is here, part 2 is here, and part 3 here.

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TWENTY TWO. Hairstyle of the day

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TWENTY THREE. Recent purchases

Some of my fave purchases of late have been

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feather soft jeggings from h&m // knitted jumper from h&m // pink hat in ville valo style from h&m // basic vest from gina tricot // nyx corline blush

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Been buying a shitload of stuff lately, to a point where I have started to consider therapy. It’s getting there.

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TWENTY FOUR. Favorite quote

I like quotes. This is a good one.

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TWENTY FIVE. Dream job

THB. I would love it if someone would pay me to write. Or read for that matter. …which is kind of what I am paid for… but I’d like to work with different type texts. Fiction would be neat. Or feminist texts. Text written by academics generally makes me want to off myself tho.

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TWENTY SIX. Ways to your heart

I’m sure Clive Owen’s character in The Knick would know all about how to get to the human heart. Pretty sure it involves a scalpel and a saw.

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TWENTY SEVEN. Bedtime outfit

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I have a small army of PJs like this one, in different states of rattiness. Thought this was one of the better ones. If that is in fact true, that’s…not great. Although; excuse to get more PJs when I go to Glasgow. 

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TWENTY EIGHT. Manicure of the day

I don’t do manicure but can I interest you in a cuticle cream?

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xo,

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