The reading challenge; conclusion

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Let’s get this over with.

I already mentioned that this challenge will remain a non-completion. Does it bother me? Nope. Zero percent. Because I’m so fucking easy-going.

I did complete the following of the challenge:

A satirical bookUppgång & Fall by Liv Strömquist.
A National Book Award Winner. Flickvännen by Karolina Ramquist
A YA bestseller. Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Loved this book, planning a reread!
A book translated to English. Unspeakable things: sex, lies and revolution by Penny Laurie. Feminism at its best ♥♥♥. It was translated from English, not the other way around. I don’t think it matters into which language it was translated. Positive.
A book set in Europe. Flickvännen by Karolina Ramqvist.
A book under 150 pages. The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave.
A New York Times Bestseller. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Highly recommended!
A self-improvement book. Reclaiming yourself from binge eating.
A book you can finish in a day. The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave.
A book written by a celebrity. The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave.
A book that’s more than 600 pages. Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen.
A science-fiction novel. Det Grönare Djupet by Johanna Nilsson.
A graphic novel. Can we just not talk about this book? I made such a terrible choice a just want to forget it. 
A book published in 2016. Kill the boy band by Goldy Moldavsky
by A book that takes place during summer. Flickvännen by Karolina Ramqvist. Officially known as my cheat book. Fits all categories!?!
A book and its prequel. Kallocain by Karin Boye + Det Grönare Djupet by Johanna Nilsson.
A murder mystery. Blythewood by Carol Goodman. Which is probably stretching it a bit.
A dystopian novel. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Been looking forward to for such a long time, was a little disappointed. Just a little.
A book with a blue cover. Twitchhiker by Paul Smith.
The first book you see in a bookstore. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie. Best thing about the book: the cover.
A classic book from the 20th century. Kallocain by Karin Boye. Another cheat book. 
A book from the library.  Unspeakable things: sex, lies and revolution by Penny Laurie.
An autobiography. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. Read multiple times before, I do love it.
A book about a road trip. Europa kreuzweise by Blixa Bargeld. Another favorite read.
A book that takes place on an island. The Expedition; A Love Story by Bea Uusma. It takes place on Kvitøya. Well partly. (I excel at stretching it, in case that wasn’t clear.)
A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy. by Nina Hemmingsson

Books that I couldn’t be bothered with/didn’t have time for/struggled to find:

A book based on a fairy tale.
A book you haven’t read since high school. In my defense, there’s probably reason for that..?
A romance set in the future. How does one go about finding this book, how??
A book that’s becoming a movie this year. Could have read Allegiant, but was clearly not a priority.
A book recommended by someone you just met. That was never going to happen anyway, I don’t meet people /hardcore introvert
A political memoir. I do feel a bit bad about this one. I feel I need more political memoirs in my life. I should speak to a librarian about this.
A book at least 100 years older than you.
A book from Oprah’s book club.
A book recommended by a family member.
Does it count if I read a book I got from a family member..?
A book with a protagonist that has your occupation.
A book written by a comedian.
A book of poetry.
 I knew what I was going to read! It just turned out to not be too easy to get my hands on.
A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with.

Had I embarked on this challenge 13 weeks earlier, it’d been a done deal. Probably. Maybe. ..except for that recommended by someone you just met. That was never happening.

I could start on the 2017 challenge. It looks like fun.

Or I could just read what I want to read. It’s not as if I’m lacking ideas.

xo,

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Reading challenge; A New York Times bestseller

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So let’s talk about Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist already!

It’s been ages since I finished reading this book, in fact, I’ve since managed to read a few books that no matter how I try to be creative will fit into my reading challenge.

Actually thought this one didn’t either, but! Turns out, at the very back of the book, they’ve mentioned that it’s a New York Times bestseller. Score!

You know how I like it, some pics of the pages and a few inane comments, here we go!

I love this book, because it deals with matters I sometimes think about. For example. One thing that is a concern I have is my taste in music. In no way is my taste in music feminist. What’s worse, I at least used to listen to a fair share of female musicians. Not anymore I’m not!

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The fact that someone like Roxane Gay also struggles with her taste in music makes me feel just a little bit better. Even if we don’t listen to the same type music at all.

She also mentioned the age-old I only have male friends claim. I’ve always wanted to inflict harm on people making this stupid statement. Because 1) 9 times out of 10 it’s a lie. You’re lying to yourself. 2) Why is this something you clearly feel is a brag??? 3) I pity you. Men excel at nepotism. Which mean it’s likely your only friends would pick another man over you. Because they’re men. Sad, no?

Roxane explains why this rubs me the wrong way; because the claim suggests that this particular female feels she is different from other women, that she has more in common with men. OH COME ON. It’s not as if being female is innate. There are few, if any, women who are real women. Whatever that is. Doesn’t mean we have to look down on being female tho.

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And she recommends women apply nepotism too. Finally! I was hoping someone other than my mother would suggest this. Bonus points for it being an academic.

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Best point of the book is, obviously, why it’s better to be a bad feminist than to not be a feminist at all.

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While I get where she’s coming from, the feeling that you’re not as well informed about feminism as you would like to be, that you’re a human being and some of things you do or like might not comply with feminism…

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…and you could consider that being a bad feminist…

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…is it really a reason to call yourself a bad feminist? I think we’re sufficiently informed and, let’s face it, old enough, to not care what anyone else thinks. I’m pretty sure we’re in charge of the definition of the word feminist. Doesn’t matter what pop culture we consume, or if we’ve read every text ever on feminism, doesn’t make us any less or a bad feminist. Sure, seeing how it’s complex and difficult and scrutinize yourself is important, but this good or bad – is it relevant? Can’t we just be feminists?

 

Also enjoyed the non-feminist related part, about what it’s like working at uni. This part:roxane gay bad feminist

The part where parents are calling us (university staff) asking about or calling on behalf of their children. Unfortunately we can’t deal with this problem – because it clearly is a problem – the way Roxane suggests (communicate with your child) because rules in Sweden are different. But really, if you kid can’t communicate with uni on their own, they have no business going to uni. OK?

And in case you were under the impression academics and/or feminists were a boring bunch; you need to read this book. It’s funny, well worth the read.

Lots of love!

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Reading challenge; A satirical book

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Having read a review of Liv Strömquist’s Uppgång & Fall (Rise & Fall) at DN.se I immediately threw myself at it. Not only does it fit the reading challenge perfectly; I already know and love Liv’s work. I just wasn’t exactly up to date on her publishing schedule.

Anyway.

I was not disappointed; it is truly brilliant.

It’s a comic book, which makes it all the more genius because it makes satire more easily accessible for political morons like myself. Which surely is the target audience?

I read this book and thought to myself Bless her for taking the time to explain this to us. If that comes out as sounding sarcastic, it’s not, I really do mean it.

These are some of the things she explains:

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Oh you know what it’s like, this talk about how the Western culture is all wrong.

Despite popular belief, the Western world excels at living in the now. Basically, there is no other way to explain our abuse of the Earth’s resources.

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I think can stop global warming all by myself by buying this organic tomato! // I don’t think politicians have to enact a single law or for a second consider “constant growth” or make any restrictions to our lifestyles…I think the free market will sort out this global warming issue all on its own!

And no, our environmental issues are not going to be solved by individual choices. Choosing organic tomatoes just isn’t going to cut it, nor is the free market. If anyone ever believed that.

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She’s a dope fiend – why didn’t you just say so?!

She talks at length about Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Finally arriving at the conclusion that it’s all a result of Ayn being a dope fiend. The relief I feel that there is one more book in this world I need not bother with.

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Well, it’s because through hedge funds, which is what Chris works with, you can make money on making other people poor! E.g. by something called short selling

She explains the problem with Chris O’Neill. Or really, why we should stop worrying about our monarchy and focus on what it is that this man actually does for a living. Probably not him as an individual as much as the fact that there are people in this world making money on making other people poor.

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4. Lost in master-slave morality

She explains why The Left Party seems completely unable to grow. I’m particularly convinced by her master–slave morality argument.

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Eradicte extreme wealth

Finally, she explains that, again, our focus is all wrong, we should be focusing on eradicating extreme wealth, not poverty. FacePalm. I need more reads like this in my life.

Your fangirl,

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Reading challenge; The first book you see in a bookstore

So this is another one of the books I bought in London, and this one I’m sad to say is a miss.

It’s Elizabeth Mckenzie’s The Portable Veblen. It’s not that it’s bad. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Basically, it’s the story of Veblen and Paul. Who are supposed to be in love. And this is a major problem I have with this book; I don’t see how these two people are in love and engaged to be married. I just don’t. It’s not even that they don’t have common ground, I’ve come to understand that’s not a prerequisite for two people to be involved (?? what do I know ??), it’s just how they behave towards each other. I can’t shake the feeling that they’re just complete strangers. Bottom line: not buying it. I’m not convinced these two people are in love.

Also. I’m usually a fan of eccentric female leads. But I have no sympathy for or interest in Veblen. I much prefer Paul who, in addition to having a quite gory and interesting job, at times is petty, bitter, jealous, you know, he’s a human being with flaws. I like flaws. And also, people who are in hate with the world. I like them.

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I suppose the worst thing you could say about Veblen is she has an irrational relationship with squirrels, but otherwise seems to not be a bad person. Both of which bothers me. Too happy and walking around talking to squirrels. She reminds me of Amélie from Montmartre. Now I don’t dislike Amélie, but I think that has to do with narration, perspective, and the overall feel of the story. For me, it works in Amélie, it doesn’t work here. And especially not for 400 goddamn pages. If the book was about Paul only…I would not hate it. At all. Had I not paid for this book, I would probably not have finished it.

Also wondering about the choice to include a few lines in Norweigan, no tranlsation. Example:

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I mean it’s fine for us Scandinavians, but other readers? Say this was Russian. I wouldn’t be happy. I also don’t see the point. Is it some sort of brag? Check me out I know some Norwegian ? I just don’t get it.

There’s also sometimes pictures (?? you don’t trust your ability to paint the picture using words ??), and I’ve always hated when the author includes other texts in her story. E.g. in this book there are texts that Veblen wrote as a kid inserted. Can’t take it. Can’t even take when Blixa Bargeld includes his own lyrics in Europa kreuzweise; and I like his lyrics (like is a severe understatement, I’d have them tattooed on my body if I was into tattoos), and the book too. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll be including it in the challenge. I need something to put my faith back in the written word after this.

This is the part where you tell me I’m just not understanding the book at all, that I got it all wrong. Go on then!

xo,

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Reading challenge; A translation

The reading challenge calls for a book translated into English; I’m going to ignore the English part. (Oh, she’s not following the rules of the challenge again, how unusual.)

My excuse; a) I read translations all the time, and b) I reckon it’s possible they added the in English part so that no one would think that they were going to read a book in another language.

Also. I had a pile of books not really fitting into the reading challenge but which I was really kinda keen to read, so here we are.

I’ve read Mhairi McFarlane’s It’s not me, it’s you, translated into Swedish.

I feel I should say something about the translation. It is the translation category after all. And it is a field where I should possess some sort of authority, having a degree and all that.

Here it goes; Eh. Didn’t hate it.

OK. Let’s be slightly more serious. a) Who the hell am I to judge a translation? b) It’s easier to write about translations if they’re kinda bad.

Overall, I noted maybe a few things where I wondered what the reasoning behind the choice of translation was, but I didn’t get caught up wondering how it was phrased in English. This is a very good sign.

It does read a little weird, but this has to do with this book being written in what I would call a typical British voice; we don’t write like that here. So it’s always going to seem a bit off somehow. IF, and that’s a big if, you think about the fact that it is a translation when reading. I’m betting most people don’t.

I quite liked this read; it served its purpose. It’s clearly meant as a bit of light entertainment and I do love that.

However.

It was a bit long. By which I mean, like really, the final 100 pages or so focusing on how the main character was going end up with some guy at the end? Might be that I’m just not that interested in whether or not they end up together, but was it necessary? Couldn’t it have ended with them not getting together? I like it when no one gets anyone ever.

I kid you not. Example: I’ve watched He’s just not that into you multiple times. And I love it. But. After the first time, I always turn it off before Justin Long comes crawling back to Ginnifer Goodwin because I hate that ending. (Yes HI bitter old hag here, how can I help you?)

And can we also talk about why the object of desire had to be a traditionally handsome man who in addition is rich? That’s just awfully convenient and oh. so. boring. Or better yet, let’s not talk about it and just leave it there.

Other than that, I really did like it. Promise.

xo,

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Reading challenge update; Various

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This challenge is starting to stress me out. It’s starting to stress me out and I’m starting to think that I haven’t got time for this; I have my own plan!

At the same time. I started it, I want to finish it. Admittedly the worst reason ever to do anything.

For now, let’s go with I might finish it. And in an attempt to do so, I’ll be starting to use the same book for multiple categories whenever possible.

I’ve recently finished reading four books, corresponding to the following categories:

Graphic novel

Fröken Livrädd & Kärleken (Miss Terrified & Love) by Joanna Rubin Dranger 

I don’t even want to talk about this book, I just really, really didn’t like it at all. The style of drawing didn’t appeal to me, nor the style of story. I think there was a good idea underneath it all, but I’m shallow. I need an appealing aesthetics. No idea why I picked it up; it’s a graphic novel, I should have been able to tell I wouldn’t like it.

A national book award winner; A book set in Europe; A book that takes place during summer

Flickvännen (The Girlfriend) by Karolina Ramqvist

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I feel I need to explain. I’m having the national book award be just any national book award; this book has got an award, as stated on the back. It’s set in Sweden (Europe, obvs), and the season seems to be summer. This one I would recommend! I love Ramqvist’s style of writing, and I love how she explores what it is to be a girlfriend, via a somewhat unusual situation (the protagonist is the GF of a gangster type man), and the pace of the novel. Just really enjoyed it.

A YA besteller

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

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Picked it up on a whim at Foyles. I’ve been consciously avoiding books like this, i.e. books about people with terminal illness who will inevitably die, thinking I just can’t take it. But recent events made me curious as to what it might be like. If you’re new to this genre this strikes me as a good book to start with, simply because it doesn’t go out of its way to drag emotions out of you, i.e. doesn’t dwell on what a truly shitty situation this is.

It is possible I’m also kinda loving this book because the protagonist Tessa has a slightly bitter streak.

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A book that’s under 150 pages; A book you can finish in a day

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

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This is a fun little book. I like how Cave ignores convention, mixes the prose and the poetry, I just like it’s randomness and glimpses of what it’s like to be on tour. It’s a perfect read if you ever feel disillusioned and just can’t take someone telling a goddamn story.

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And with that, I’ve got 23 categories to go in about 18 weeks, if I want to finish the challenge by the end of the year. Which I was thinking would be appropriate, so that I could start on another challenge in January.

But I don’t know, maybe this book challenge thing is not for me? It’s making it difficult for me to incorporate all the feminist reading I really need. And I mean need as in my brain is starting to occupy itself with thoughts of restriction again.

xo,

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PS. I do love how commuting is turning out to be v. v. good for my reading. May even go as far as saying I kind of enjoy it?

Reading challenge; A mystery

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Another category of the reading challenge down!

This time, I am actually quite excited about my read! So get your pen and paper, or GoodReads, or whatever you use; you’re going to want to add Blythewood by Carol Goodman to your list.

Or maybe not. I know there are people who are really less than impressed by Carol’s work, but me, I LOVE Carol. Her books, or the ones I’ve read, are all quite similar: there’s generally a mystery, the setting is generally school, and there are supernatural features, Faerie is frequently mentioned, as is Scotland. I’m sure there are people who’d complain that her work is “too samey” – but I don’t mind it one bit! Probably because she incorporates many of my favorite features.

If I was going to say one thing that could be a negative it’s that the mystery, you can usually figure it out. But then, doesn’t that just make you feel awfully clever? That’s kinda nice, right? But I guess some people don’t want that (??).

In addition, this time, she’s set the story in my favorite era: the early 1900s. Same era as many of Agnes von Krusenstjerna’s work, same era as The Knick (♥♥♥). This is a random and inexplicable obsession of mine; there’s no logic behind it.

The plot, the plot, what’s the plot? I’ll just give you the blurb, because I’m not sure I can say anything sensible and not just plain gush:

At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.

But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

So this is like if Harry Potter was a girl, and kinda, romance?

Like my previous read, this was also a book I was looking forward to reading, but unlike last time, I was not disappointed. This book comes with my highest recommendations! I’m ordering part 2 and 3 asap. Not sure how to fit it into my challenge, guess I’ll have to be real creative.

xo,

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Reading challenge; A dystopian novel

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Time for another reading challenge update!

Actually, no so excited about this one. My book of choice was Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam. How I’d looked forward to reading this book! It’s the last part of trilogy that started with Oryx & Crake, followed by The Year of the Flood; both of which I really liked – it’s not for nothing I’ve read them twice. The fact that it took me almost 2 weeks to get through MaddAddam wasn’t only because I was distracted by feminist comics. There was something about this book that just left me a bit meh.

Part of me wants to blame the Swedish translation. It felt as if, at times, it just didn’t read that well. At the same time. I don’t think the translation was necessarily bad, but it seemed to lack in flow, which makes it slightly more difficult to follow. I kept getting stuck in throughts about language. Then again, maybe I just wasn’t interested in this story, and that was why my mind wandered? You can’t like all the books. Unfortunately.

About 200 pages in I was slightly more interested in the story – hey, pigs (er, well, sort of pigs..) collaborating with people to bring down the bad guys? If I was PMS:ing I’d cry because that’s a beautiful idea. However, if it wasn’t for the reading challenge, I hate to say it, but it’s more than likely I’d left this story unread.

In theory, I don’t understand why MaddAddam leaves me cold. A story set in a world where most of the human population has been eradicated by a biological catastrophe (who doesn’t love this scenario??), the few left have to find creative ways to survive, oh and there’s a bit with a bear and I want to say Arctic tundra too – it was someplace up north, probably not the Arctic, but since having read The Expedition: A Love Story I imagine all places up north to be the Arctic – and, there are characters that I know and love – I should at the very least like it. I’ve read worse, but I don’t think I’ll read it again.

Is it just me? Is it any better in English?

 

xo,

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Reading challenge; blue cover + library + self-improvement

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Time for a reading challenge update! Another 3 categories of the challenge down; the blue cover (Twitchhiker by Paul Smith), the library book (Unspeakable Things by Penny Laurie) and the self-improvement book (Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating by Leora Fulvio).

Even though I didn’t plan it, these three actually go together quite nicely.

I picked up Twitchhiker at the library; I wanted an easy read, and it looked like it would be. It was. However. I have an itch. What bothers me with this book is that it proves Carin Holmberg right. You know Carin Holmberg? Researcher, studied the power balance in heterosexual relationships in the 90s, proved that there is an imbalance not benefitting women. One of my fave feminists. Well this guy here shows that Holmberg’s study is still valid. It had me annoyed throughout the read. The fact that he’s aware of having been criticized by feminists, prior to writing the book, this because he left his wife of four days at home with the kids to travel the world via Twitter, and still includes the bit in the book, it just makes me think he’s particularly stupid. I’m not going to dwell on this tho, each to her own. But, it kept me from thoroughly enjoying the book.

To remedy my annoyance I started reading Unspeakable Things, which I knew was a feminist work that somehow had passed me by. I have no idea what I’ve been doing lately, I’m so out of touch with everything. Anyway.

At the same time, I also started reading Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating. Because hi, eating disorder, I has it. And I’m fed up with it. So I figured I might as well use this challenge to read up on binge eating. I hardly think a book will be able to “sort me out”, but it’s a step in the right direction. (PS, it’s not killing me; it’s just keeping from doing things that are truly important.)

I could and would really like to say so many things about both of these books, but I’m going to try to stay on topic. I’m sure I can make up some excuse to get back to them at a later time. So, focus!

Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating is not a bad book for what it is. There are bits you can just take on and use, such as keeping a food journal to find patterns in your eating, start to work with intuitive eating – already realized I can’t differentiate between actual hunger and cravings – and start trying to convince yourself to abandon this “project thin”. And this is where Laurie comes in handy.

In the first chapter of Unspeakable Things Laurie talks about how eating disorders keep women in check. You can’t rebel against patriarchy if you’re busy restricting your food intake, because this will just consume you. This means that fat = I’ve got fucking better things to do than monitor my food intake – and suddenly it is clear to me why we are so concerned with what people weigh. It’s not health (if anyone ever believed that anyway). People who are considered overweight are a threat to the current world order. Not being concerned with weight in itself is an act of rebellion. I like it! I’ll tell you, I’ve got a new goal in life, erm, I mean, I have a goal in life? I want to be a fat woman with more important things to do. This, in other words, is my motivation to abandon “project thin”. Not that I don’t have other reasons, because I truly hate admitting that it’s a project I’m involved in to begin with, but apparently none of my reasons are good enough.

Unspeakable Things; best read of the challenge so far. I was a fangirl of the book by page 2. I ordered the book approximately 2 pages after that, and I have phone filled with pictures of my favorite parts if the book. For example, one of my favorite parts is where Laurie offers a solution to oppressive objectification of women:

The solution to this seems to be more boys in tight pants.

You just have to love that this is her solution. No violence, no arguing, just boys + tight pants. I love it that there is someone in this world who would come up with this solution, no matter if it actually is a solution and no matter if it can actually be done.

If I relapsed into non-reading again, I would be OK with that. Because I read one damned good book this year. I’m not going to tho. Not least because I just got Unspeakable Things in my mail, and since I read it in Swedish but ordered a copy in English, I just have to read it again, right?

 

Lots of love,

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The Popsugar reading challenge: an autobiography

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I love spending time in the world of Antony Kiedis. No it’s not the first time I’ve read Scar Tissue. Maybe third? First time was when I lived in Largs (Scotland), first book I picked up from their little library – absolutely thrilled because I was in the middle of a raging Red Hot Chili Peppers obsession at the time.

I’ve since bought the paperback – which is why I’m pretty sure I’ve read this particular copy once before, making it a total of 3 reads. It doesn’t look like I’ve read it more than once anyway. I break the backs of paperbacks to let myself know which books I’ve read and which I haven’t.

I realize some people have problems with this book. There’s a whole lot of drugs in it. This is not a concern I have because a. it was clearly a great part of his life; what’s he supposed to do? Lie? Not that I’m against lying, as long as it makes a good story, but that’s beside the point, b. the drugs do make for an excellent red thread running through the book. Plus, I like stories about people who make choices that perhaps aren’t smart, that maybe isn’t the right choice, people who mess up, are messed up – and I don’t even care if things work out. I don’t want to read about people doing the right thing. Does anyone? Does that even make a story?

That being said, it does get just a little tedious when he still hasn’t gotten sober by Californication, but you know, that is his story. Deal or read something else. Actually, I always forget just how much drugs are in this book. What I, however, frequently think of is a much shorter passage where he goes to the jungle, and as you would imagine, things do not go well: 1468777628471

Neither of this is why I’ve read this book more than once. And it’s not because The Peppers are my favorite band, (they’re not, and that’s never a reason to love a book, as I’ve found out, unfortunately). I’m just a sucker for readability and good use of words, which I find this is. May be subject to taste I suppose.

In general, I am a fan of biographies, musician biographies in particular. Undoubtedly because I listen to a lot of music. Watch a lot of videos and interviews, and have been for a very, very long time now. I like it how these different media types give you a different perspective of the same story. It’s like consuming a very strange series consisting of a number of different media.

What I have a slight problem with, and what makes reading a bit of a struggle, in my opinion, is Kiedis’ view of women. Basically, his view of women is similar to my view of lipsticks. Oo. Pretty. Must have. That’s objectification for you. So tiresome and old. But then, what would you expect? Some things are just endlessly expected.

By the way, this isn’t a review, just a few random thoughts. If you want a review, there’s already more than enough. GoodReads is an excellent source, for example.

So that’s the second book of the reading challenge completed; I’ve started on the third book, which is the a book and its prequel category. I’m reading Johanna Nilsson’s Det grönare djupet (The greener depth), followed by Karin Boye’s Kallocain, because I’m being kinda liberal in my interpretation of what this category means.

 

Yours,

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