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. Oh 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.


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.


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


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.

Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesday

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.


  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!?


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Top ten Tuesday

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This Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish’s Top ten Tuesday is an excuse to dream some. Shouldn’t be passed up, right?

The topic of the week is Ten characters I’d name a child/dog/cat/car/etc. after.

I’m obviously going with cats.

  1. Medea. Actually, I was going to name a cat Medea. Unfortunately, it drowned before I got it; so I got a different cat, and named him…
  2. Morpheus. After Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. It’s an excellent name if you want your cat to be called just about anything other than what he’s named.
  3. Urd,
  4. Skuld,
  5. Verdandi. I’ve always wanted a trio of cats, Persians, and name them after the Norse Fates.
  6. Akasha. After Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned.
  7. Snotra. From Johanne Hildebrandt’s Freja. Because it’s a brilliant name. Snotra.
  8. Castor. From The Hunger Games. Unless you want to argue Greek mythology, in which case, you wouldn’t exactly be wrong.
  9. Circe. It does count as a character if it’s from mythology, right?
  10. …surely there is no need for yet another example of a barely pronounceable name originating from ancient mythology?


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Top…eight..? Tuesday

It’s been a while! I felt less than inspired by the past few Top Ten Tuesday topics from The Broke and the Bookish – not because they were bad topics. Heaven’s no! It is, unfortunately, more of a case of struggling to find books fitting the topic. What can I say; at times, I’m a bad reader. Or forgetful. At best.

But this week’s topic, it appeals to me! The topic is Back To School Freebie. So any type list related to school. A chance to make my very own Required Reading you say? Would not pass it up! See, I always want to beat people over the head with books. It’s my favorite threat of all the threats.

This list is required reading for, well, mankind really, but especially those of you who’ve asked your fave YouTuber, when she’s making a Q&A, how she remains looking so svelte (whose content is not even about dieting); YouTubers in tears because they’re “not pretty enough” to make a living off of YouTube (OH FFS, it’s not about pretty, it’s about the fact that you for unknown reasons are not doing the stuff you’re actually goddamn brilliant at); those of us stuck in the vicious circle of restricting and binging, especially those who think they’re “well” but still subscribing to project thin; us lot especially require this reading.

Required Reading

1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Starting with the obvious. It’s been translated to many, many languages, pick a choice! Also; you don’t have to read it all in one go. Pick whatever appeals to you at the time, save the rest for later. I always like any part about menstruating.

simone de beauvoir the second sex

PS. Best book for beating. This is a true brick.

2. Hur man botar en feminist (How to cure a feminist) by Nanna Johansson. Now this is a bit tricker unless you’ve got a fairly good grasp of the Swedish language. I’d be happy to translate it for you though. Again with the menstruation:

Nanna Johansson mens
Ööö, are you on the rag or what? – Sure am! How much do you need?

3. Unspeakable Things by Penny Laurie. Mentioned I love this book a while back. And I really do. My English copy still awaits reading, so looking forward to!

Penny Laurie you can't win
The game is rigged. You can’t win, because nobody wins. If you don’t diet, blow-out your hair, spend your spare cash on beauty treatments and fashionable clothes, you’re considered inferior, letting down professional standards – but if you do, you’re an idiot bimbo.

4. Feminist Political Theory by Valerie Bryson. This is my go-to book for feminist theory. It was on the reading list when I studied gender theory, the lecturer warned us the author was a left-wing sympathizer and we should keep that in mind while reading. I.e. perfect for beating some sense into the most insensible of persons? Favorite chapter: the one on radical feminism.

Valerie Bryson Feminist Political Theory

5. Kroppspanik (Body anxiety) by Julia Skott. Because this book talks a lot about that which just isn’t (cannot?) be said enough:

I want you to step off of the scale, stop pinching your fat, real or imagined, and stop worrying about three or eight or forty kilos too much or too little. Regardless of what you look like, regardless of what you weigh, it’s a waste of time to worry and feel bad about it.

6. Mina vackra ögon (My beautiful eyes) by Nina Hemmingsson. Really, any of Nina’s comics. I love her drawings and sense of humor. Always puts me in a good mood.

Nina Hemmingsson
I’ve got nothing more to say. Well. I’ve got to get going. You’ll never see me again.

7. Under det rosa täcket (Under the Pink Cover) by Nina Björk. This is a Swedish classic, and rightly so. My copy is starting to disintegrate. My favorite chapter: where she discusses Dirty Weekend, Thelma & Louise, and Ambition.

Nina Björk Under det rosa täcket
It is not until a woman stops being “feminine” that she stops being oppressed. Are these our only two options?

8. Det kallas manshat (It’s called hating men) by Carin Holmberg. There is only ONE thing that’s not great about this book; it’s very slim, not made for beating really. But you’ll be able to read it through quickly enough. Obviously means you can read it a number of times too, easy.

Det kallas manshat Carin Holmberg
SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HATING WOMEN AND HATING MEN // The societal hatred of women is a far more profound problem than any hatred of men. The hatred of women permeates society as a whole and is reproduced and supported by women and men alike.


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Top 10 Tuesday

This week’s Top 10 topic from The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.

Idun by Johanne Hildebrandt. Main issue here is not money, it’s I can’t find it. Anywhere. Except for in Danish.

Anything by Carol Goodman I don’t already have. I keep trying to get more of her work, because it’s basically representative of what I like in a book, but for various reasons my orders keep being cancelled and I get no books. I’m going to hunt when next in the UK.

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave. I have no idea why it is I don’t already own it. I’m a bad fangirl.

Fire by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren. I’m reading it for the reading challenge, and if I don’t buy it I don’t know how I’m supposed to read it.

Sawn-Off Tales by David Gaffney. I’ve been wanting to read it since I first read an excerpt some 2 years ago. Or so. I love the format, these tales read like dreams. Obsessed with it. Despite that, I’ve been cheap.

Den vita staden by Karolina Ramqvist. I’ve got part 2 in the series, makes no sense not having the first part as well.

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon. Was eyeing it last time I was in Glasgow. I should have bought it then. One cannot own too many biographies by/about musicians is my motto.

Birgitta Stenberg’s autobiographies. Because they were just such a lovely read and I need them in my shelf.

Jag är din flickvän nu (I’m your girlfriend now) by Nina Hemmingsson. Again, how is it that I don’t already own this book? Example:

“I’m not interested. You’re drunk and disgusting.” – “OMG! That’s exactly right! It’s as if we already knew each other. This is magical!”

Mina vackra ögon (My beautiful eyes) by Nina Hemmingsson. From the book:

“It says that what’s in for women right now is… to be fucking difficult! We look good no matter what we wear, as long as we just keep going without thinking, it’s right on trend. The keyword for this spring is steamroller.” – “Is that really what it says?” – “Yes. By the way, I can feel your hungry eyes on my body, that’s really not very nice of you, even if you’re hardly to blame.”

How do I not own this already? I have to go to the bookstore. Right now.


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