Vecka 2 // Jamen sånt jag gjort i veckan. Typ.

This week’s post in Swedish, because why not.

Veckans podd. Den här fantastiska dokumentären om Maria Stuart. Blurben säger allt: Den katolska superdrottningen med tre kungadömen inom räckhåll men som med olycklig tajming, obefintlig impulskontroll och katastrofala partnerval dundrade fram genom livet, rakt mot sin egen avgrund. Måste genast få mig mer Mary Queen of Scots till livs! Tänker bok is my best bet? Längtar såklart också tills den senaste filmen om Mary, med Saoirse Ronan som Mary, går upp på bio!

Veckans dokumentär. Loud Krazy Love som handlar om varför Head lämnade Korn, vad han sysslade med medan han var borta och hur han sedan återvände till Korn. Jättefina färger, snyggt filmad, bra musik, innehållet måste en kanske gilla Korn för att uppskatta. Eventuellt. Gillade mkt!

Veckans soundtrack. Architects’ Holy Hell. Har nästan inte lyssnat på något annat. Inte för att jag precis fattat dess storhet (jag föredrar fortfarande Lost Forever // Lost Together och All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us), är bara inte på humör för något annat. Vilket inte känns sådär jättekul. Samtidigt som, det här är väl en härlig liten bit?

Veckan NEEEJJJ!!! Ja alltså köpstopp eller ens konsumera i mindre—på inget sätt i närheten av. Handlade TVÅ ögonbrynspennor, varav ingen jag EGENTLIGEN behövde. Har pomade, som visserligen är rätt torr och svårjobbad, men det går väl. Men visst, en penna hade kanske gått an, MEN TVÅ, för att jag inte kunde bestämma vilken färg som var bättre? Oacceptabelt! Med det sagt, NYXs micro brow pencils—ej dåliga, särskilt om väl definierade bryn är ett mål. Har en i Espresso och en i Ash brown. Inte konstigt att jag inte kunde bestämma, för båda färgerna funkar finfint på mig. Är säkert störtlite produkt hur som, så det är nog inte fel att ha två.

Sedan. Så blev det en ny plattång. Det ser ut som det gått små, små bitar ur plattorna på min gamla plattång, och det är väl möjligt, den är trots allt en sådär 10 år gammal. Men om det betyder att den behöver ersättas precis just nu är kanske inte lika säkert. Men jag gillar väl att vara ahead of the game. Men faktum att jag inte slängt plattången utan tänker omlokalisera den till mitt gamla sovrum hos mina föräldrar…ja inte vet jag. Bidrar i alla fall inte till landfill om det är något att vara glad för..?

Veckans måsten: ögonbrynspenna, plattång, tampong + burk fylld med hårsnoddar

Och därefter blev det ett extra par Molly jeans från Gina Tricot. Har bara 6 par superstretchjeans från dem redan. Behövde ju helt klart ett till par. Jag är ett hopplöst fall.

Det verkar kanske inte mycket men om en tänker konsumera mindre och tänker på att det här bara är en vecka, inte sådär jättebra.

Veckans mat. En version av den här:

Nej embeddning fungerar fortfarande uselt, so here we are.

Vad jag gjorde lite annorlunda: två sorters pasta, en svart bovetepasta + en linspasta, tog svartkål som jag skar i större bitar + blomkål, stekte på i raps med vitlök, såklart. Oklart vad för slags korv som används här, men jag tog Quorns veganska och skar i tunna, tunna skivor, stekte på, blandade pesto i pastan och voilá! Min nya favvolunch.

Veckans älskar. Frontböj! Trodde jag aldrig att jag skulle säga. Pga a) böj kan vara det lyft jag gillar minst, och b) gillade frontböj ännu mindre pga ännu svagare. Men i och med den fantastiska skadan jag skaffade mig själv blev jag tvungen att ändra mitt grepp i frontböjen: från att hålla i stången till att balansera den på axel med korsade armar. Nejmen det var ju helt enkelt fantastiskt! Har ju superform med det greppet! Strunt i att jag är svag som fan, men har ju fantastisk form! Jag är OK med svag så länge formen är bra. Sån är jag…

Veckans gym. Har alltså börjat lyfta så smått igen. Håller mig till lättare vikter än jag hade innan jag skadade mig, det mesta fungerar hyfsat. Känner av ryggen lite, men hittills har det fortsatt att bli bättre under veckan. Har dock lite kvar, armhävning eller annan övning där armbågen ska i den riktningen går ej, och stående press är 100% no go. Men är såå mycket bättre än tidigare; kan till och med ta på ryggsäck utan att grimasera! Framsteg liksom 😛

Veckans hur tänkte jag nu egentligen? Snubblade över brödrecept där baljväxter inkluderades; ett med linser, ett med kikärt (eller stora vita). Blev genast mycket intresserad! Särskilt som det också handlade om kalljäst bröd, som jag av någon anledning föredrar om det nu absolut ska vara jäst-bröd. Resultat:

Bröd med baljväxt!

Såhär mycket bröd behöver inte EN person. Som dessutom bara har en liten frys som är mkt välanvänd och kanske behövs till lite annat än bara bröd? That being said. Rekommenderar varmt det här receptet på frallor med kikärtor! Också om en inte har rågmjöl utan bara graham. Blir ett härligt fluffigt bröd! Och om vi fortsätter på mattemat…

Veckans vin. Rosé!

Något slags ekologiskt rosé; besatt av att testa viner jag ej känner till!

Veckans JAAAA!!! En kunde ju tro att det skulle kunna vara att vi snart ser ut att ha en regering, och att det är det mindre dåliga av de två inte alls särskilt bra alternativ vi ser ut att ha. Men efter att ha lyssnat ca 2 sekunder på Annie Lööfs presskonferens så kan man inte bara säga annat än nej nej och åter nej. Hennes retorik får mig att må dåligt. Glömde visst att Ayn Rand är hennes största idol. Och hon tycker att Vänstern är extremister. Tillåt mig gapskratta.

Nej, veckan JAAAA!!! är äntligen mens! Ibland undrar jag hur en kan ha haft mens i snart 30 år (jaja, snart är relativt) och fortfarande inte fattar när mensen är på G. Jag skyller såklart på att min mens är extra lurig eftersom den är noll procent konsekvens; ibland tar vi en cykel på ca 30 dagar, ibland 60, och ibland MYCKET mer. Finns absolut ingen rim och reson. Så ibland glömmer jag och börjar undra varför min kropp är ett sånt jävla måndagsexemplar.

Jag menar, jag försöker som en jävla galning att göra allt för att sova bra: gör inget annat i mitt sovrum än sover (…att jag lägger upp ett par jeans eller syr ett kuddöverdrag en gång varannan månad räknas inte), temperaturen är (för mig) sval, använder inte telefonen, går och lägger mig i tid och allt annat som dom säger att en ska göra. HJÄLPER INTE. Svettas en mer än under ett hårt konditionspass, då vaknar en liksom femtioelva ggr på en natt, så är det. Gäller också när jag fryser. (???) Och när det hållit på en vecka då börjar en undra vad i helvete…men så kommer äntligen mensen och det bara upphör, like that. Och en inser JAHA det var därför jag senaste passet kändes onormalt jävla tungt, inte för att något är fel med kosten eller annat. Bara vanlig standard PMS. Så hurra för mens!

Week 1 // No-buy, upped my gig stats and new stretching routine

No-buy year. I’ve fallen into a hole of no-buy. It’s all the rage in my feeds. I hope it’s a lasting backlash, but fear it’s just a passing trend.

Anywhooo

I’ve especially enjoyed Hannah Louise Poston; even if you’re not immediately drawn to the no-buy topic, do give her watch, you might change your mind 🙂

What I’d add to the poisonous language list: you really can’t go wrong. Often said about very cheap things. YES YOU CAN GO WRONG. Some really cheap things are cheap for a reason. Sometimes cheap things are just a waste of money, even if the sum is small. It’s kinda like getting spam and thinking well, it might be an honest email. Not that expensive items are always great, often you’re just paying for PR and packaging. But you still can go wrong picking up things even when they’re cheap.

I’ve been binging Hannah’s videos, maybe I can brainwash myself into a no-buy year?? She does make a good argument. On a similar topic…

Showing the things you already own some love. This is something I’m missing in my feeds, that things you’ve owned for just about forever tend to not be included in favorite lists and similar, it’s all about the new. Don’t people ever look into their storage spaces and just like what they see? Or is it just something they’re not highlighting because you can’t buy it? Which is why I was so excited when Sarah Hawkinson published the below video. I do love people who are creative and show what they already have in their closet some love:

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT READING. I’ve just finished rereading Fangirl, which is just such a lovely book, and embarked on Jojo Moyes’ Still Me. And, my book streaming service finally got Sea Witch by Sarah Henning, a retelling of The Little Mermaid; I have some high expectations on this book.

I have been to see Architects. I have to confess I wasn’t super excited; going to Stockholm in January? Not only having to travel on trains you really can’t trust, to be crammed into a space with sweaty boys for hours, playing what is possibly my least favorite venue, but also in January cold. On paper, this looks like a terrible idea.

But even if that had been the case, it really wasn’t bad at all, possibly the best trip to Stockholm I’ve had in a while, it would have been worth it. I’m not saying that because of the fancy light, the fire or the confetti, it’s just a good show (read: I approve of the setlist). And a good crowd, as in there’s less shoving and aggression than on any other type gig. And I’ve been to see Depeche Mode. Just saying.

How you know it’s a good show: you leave with the songs still ringing through your head. Finding it especially difficult to shake Death is Not Defeat and Mortal After All.

As is now my habit, I was so close to the stage I feared what little eyebrow I have was getting scorched off by the fire (obvs impossible, but it was nice and toasty up front).

Pic off of the Architects Insta account. Why I haven’t just embedded? INDEED. I have tried all tricks and I have troubleshooted like a crazy person does. not. work. F U WordPress, F U very much.

That being said, the 40 minutes in line to get our coats after the show så jävla ovärdigt när man närmar sig 40. But yeah, I have been researching if maybe I could go to one more show before the end of this tour. It’s not looking good, but I’d really, really like to.

And so, this makes my gig-going stats 100% better than 2018, since I didn’t go to a single gig last year. Not one. (Yeahyeah, I know 1 isn’t 100% of 0, but you know, still.)

New favorite stretching routine:

Back to lifting? I think I’m ready to get back to lifting. I’m off to a test workout later today. Unlike last time, I’m going to practice considerable restraint. I’m not allowing myself to lift more than 50% of 1RM, and no more than a total of 5 sets, just to see what my body thinks about that. I cannot handle another setback.

Although. I’m not ready to abandon the running completely, I’m halfway through the damn program, I want to finish it. Should be able to squeeze in a couple of sessions per week? I’m not that busy a person. Also don’t care if the 4 week program takes me 8 weeks to complete.

An unexpected start to 2019

I have taken up running.

No, it’s not because I suddenly lost interest in deadlifting. Because let’s be honest, I like the other lifts well enough, but deadlifting; it’s the only reason I lift.

Like the skilled person I am I have managed to injure myself while doing push-ups. PUSH-UPS! I wasn’t even handling any weight. And I was only doing sets of four. Sure, it was narrow push-ups from a ball, but still.

I was making sure I was really getting the full range of motion. I sort got that. And then some. Now, this was the warm up. I should have quit that workout then and there.

Not how my mind works though. Nooo, I followed through that workout. Tweaked the following workouts some to decrease the load on my lats/general back area.

Which obviously not only did not give me the chance to recover, it also made it so much worse. The location of my injury meant that breathing in too deeply was followed by a sharp pain. Go me!

So now, running is pretty much the only thing on the menu. A limited amount of body weight exercises works too, some abs, air squats, anything that doesn’t involve the arms too much. (Getting my backpack on to go to work, also involves pain, just to get you an idea of where I’m at right now.)

Most unfortunate timing too; everyone and their new year’s resolutions occupying the treadmills at the gym. I’d run outside, but let’s be realistic, it is too cold. (Don’t argue with me! It’s is.) I’ll make it work; if there’s something I’m good at it’s finding the times of day when places aren’t too crowded. I mean there’s always 6.30 AM.

I’m eagerly waiting to see what will happen first: will I be able to run for a full 30 minutes before I get back to deadlifting? I’m on a 4 week program (because I ♥ workouts programs) towards an uninterrupted 30 minute run. Might not sound like much, but considering I’m not a runner, as in I’ve never been the type to go out for a run, it’d be quite the feat.

Oddly it doesn’t seem impossible, now that I’ve finally found what is a reasonable pace for me.

However, I still think it’s beyond boring. Doesn’t matter how good or appropriate for running my playlist is. I’m constantly watching the clock and counting down the minutes.

I mean sure, I get why people want to be the kind of exhausted you get from running, but I’ll take the high of lifting over running any day.

I’m not saying that running is bad and lifting is better; I have deep admiration of people who run at any length, if for no other reason their mental strength. What I’m getting at is I wasn’t wrong thinking lifting suits me better. Lifting makes me feel good, it’s something to look forward to. As opposed to running, which is just a chore, something to be done with.

Not that you need to be exclusive, there’s plenty room for both running and lifting if that’s what you want. It’s not for me though, never been so sure of it in my life.

Good thing I’m also not the sort of person who makes new year’s resolutions. If I was, I would have resolved to get a 100 kg deadlift before the end of the year, which would have made this entire situation even more disappointing. I’m not at all sure when I’ll be able to even lift again. And when I am, I’ll have to focus on making sure I don’t injure myself again, not hitting a new PR.

I’m sure running will have beneficial effects, but it’s sadly not going to improve my deadlift.

For now: focusing on recovering. And apparently, running.

And by the way, this is exactly the reason I’ve argued the gym isn’t for me in the past. I am prone to injury, because I like to overdo it when left to my own devices. It was always just a matter of time. Let’s just hope I’m able to learn to take it easy in the future.

Wrapping up 2018 // Highlights and shadows

Best purchase of 2018: not counting the apartment as a “purchase”, the wireless headphones was an excellent purchase. To be sure, I didn’t need them, but they have spared me a lot of annoyance. 

Moved house. One of the main reasons I moved house was to get out of the commuting, and I can’t tell you how happy I am about this. Especially now that it’s dark and the roads are icy. I’m literally grateful every time that I get into a car that I’m not about to drive for 40+ minutes. Not because of the time saved, but because of the stress of driving. I’m sure this is nothing to some people, but for me it’s a stress I don’t need in my life. Not to say that the walk up hill to where I currently live is a walk in the park, nor is sliding down in hill in the dark, but I still prefer it over the drive. And if I do take the car…I’m at work in 8 minutes. 

I was so worried about moving this cupboard; went just fine. 

Moved office. And you know what? THAT was a mistake. I’m thinking about how to get away from the damn office I currently occupy. There has to be a way out. 

Found salvation. You know, deadlifting? I have not been this in love with working out ever. May it last for many years to come!

Did not go to a single gig. Nope. Not one. Theoretically could have. But my heart just wasn’t in it. It has to be all in, because travel would have been required. Hoping for better luck next year. 

Lost this bitter old lady. We miss her. She made quite the impression the 4 short years while she was with us. 

All and all. 2018 is a year I’m not going to miss. Look back on? Would rather forget? It wasn’t exactly 2016, now was it?

Although it could have been worse.

Gawd I hope I didn’t just jinx 2019.

Wrapping up 2018 // Soundtrack of the year

I mean sure, I’ve already talked about Spotify’s 2018 wrapped. But I’ve got lots more to say about what I’ve listened to this year. I don’t even care that no one cares

Despite all the good music offered, this has been a year of me not getting it. The majority of my faves released records, and I was all Huh? I don’t get it? Which might be a reason why I listened to less music than previous years. See this fab graph from last.fm:

Now. I can’t expect to ever reach the level of 2016; I wasn’t sleeping. Instead, I was listening to music. Much as I like listening to music, I still prefer sleeping. But still. This year’s numbers are not great.

Meanwhile, last.fm is not in agreement with Spotify; my most listened to artist is not Deaf Havana, but Architects. Pft. I refuse to believe it. 

As for tracks. 3 measly new songs made it into my top tracks: Sinner by Deaf Havana (makes sense), Amity Affliction’s Ivy (Doomsday) and the Plot in You’s Feel Nothing.

Albums is even worse. I am disappointed in myself. Maybe it’s a sign my taste is going to stagnate, like everyone else’s?

One of the two new albums that made my top 10 was Deaf Havana’s Rituals. It looks like I’ve failed to mention how much I love this record. I don’t even know what to say. It’s a perfect pop record and James is pretty much the best singer there is. That should do it?

The other album released in 2018 is a by a group that’s new to me: The Plot in You. It’s a brilliant record, you’ll love it if you like The Amity Affliction, Bring Me the Horizon, Casey, Dayseeker, that type music. It’s so down my alley I don’t know how I never heard about this band until now. I did really want to go see them play this year, based on this song only:

Amity Affliction’s Misery nearly made the top ten. I’m a bit surprised because it feels as if I’ve listened to it quite a bit. Once I got over the fact that what I think is a pop record and what they think as a pop record is not the same. I expected them to be, well Dead by April basically. And it wasn’t, they were still Amity. Which I don’t even know why that’s a problem I clearly like Amity better than Dead by April. But it’s like. You know when you think you’re drinking milk and it turns out it’s water? It’s going to taste funny and you’re not going to like it, not because you don’t like water but because you thought it was milk. You know? Oh blablah, just listen to this song, it’s all you need to know:

Pre-workout pep.

I am also mad about this track:

Records I would have thought made the list but didn’t:

Dream on Dreamer; Let it in. I’m too old for this, but god do I love it. 

The Paper Kites; both of the records they released this year. Brilliant. Also a new find for me. Just because someone I don’t know but follow on Instagram said they were great. I’m easily influenced. 

Xcerts; Hold on to Your Heart. Well OK. Maybe I get it. This is a weird one for me because although I do love it, it’s not the mood I’m currently in. But I find it immensely appealing. Just listen to the first track:

Mike Shinoda; Post Traumatic. It felt as it I listened to this record so much. I blame the fact that he released a bunch of singles, then an EP and then an album. Threw my stats right off. Not sure which track I liked best, because it was one solid record. But Ghosts did also have that absolutely brilliant video, you should at least listen to the track:

A few tracks that really stood out to me:

Within Temptation; Raise your banner. Dream come true; Within featuring In Flames’ Anders Fridén. I’m not going to link it because I already did. And anyway, you know where to find it if you want to know just what the hell this is. 

Editors; Magazine. While I did look forward to the album, I just didn’t get it. But this track is a good one!

Thrice; Blood on blood. I’m just not in a Thrice mood which is a damn shame, means their newest release is one of the records I didn’t get, but this track, I keep coming back to. 

Marilyn Manson; Cry Little Sister. Not sure if it’s because it’s good or because it reminds me of Lost Boys

Matthew & the Atlas; Everything that Dies. Another new find! At least I’m doing OK when it comes to finding new artists to listen to. Now, where is my graph for that, hmm, last.fm?? Not a new track tho.

Dermot Kennedy. Obvs another new-to-me. What to choose? Glory? Power Over Me

Paloma Faith; Never Tear us Apart. Dare I say she makes it better than INXS? And yes, it is because I’ve been watching Vanity Fair

If we’re being honest, there were more. But I cannot be listing any more. My current interpretation of the situation is: there was too much good music, I couldn’t choose and that is why I ended up listening to less music than last year, when there really wasn’t that much to choose from. 

Week 50 // A book in Glaswegian, deadlifts and meditation

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is my current read. Well obvs I’m listening to it and I have to say DO, do listen to it! Lovely dialogue in Glaswegian. The story is great too, but the Glaswegian is super nice. 

DINOSAUR KALE. I have made up my mind. Dinosaur kale does not only look much better than regular kale, it taste sooo much better. I’m quitting regular kale, it’s just too disappointing by comparison and thusly waste of my time. 

Yes it’s an old pic, looks the same as it did in my old kitchen. And anyway, my old kitchen was prettier than my current, sooo. 

Super easy dish using dinosaur kale: dice & slice some crisp cabbage and dinosaur kale, fry in rapeseed oil (because e vitamin), add garlic, salt, pepper, a nice firm and flavored tofu. Cook pasta, maybe a fun mix of black buckwheat pasta and lentil pasta? When the pasta is done, stir in some pesto. Et voilá! DONE. Delicious meal to bring to your work. I’m guessing. I meal prepped and didn’t taste it, but I can’t see how it wouldn’t be brilliant.  

Deadlift workshop pt 2. Was v happy with this session because:

a) The coach was very happy with my progress and kept telling that I had the sumo down to a T (I’ve given up on conventional. Basically. I do try it every once in a while, expecting it to have improved magically. Obvs it never has), and, maybe more importantly, I agree. My deadlift is a lot less sloppy, and I’m happy with the tension. 

b) The coach pushed us to try heavier weights, which means I’m now at intermediate level, which I’m quite happy with considering the fact I’m in my late 30s, having no previous experience with lifting (I don’t think anyone thinks body pump counts?), and because this site claims intermediate level is reached after 2 years. (Shh! Don’t tell me that’s not true!). I’ve still got months until I hit one year. This probably means I should use a coach for more of my lifts to see better progress. Maybe I should make it a goal for next year? Would that make it more likely to happen, or no?

c. At the workshop, we got to lift using a belt, magnesium and we got to try kronlyft—I can’t figure out what this is English. Partial deadlift, mebbe? I should know. I’ve watched English-speaking people do it on YouTube lots. You’ve got the bar raised up on two boxes or similar. Anywayloved it! Belt was also kinda nice. Bit interested in getting one. But I also feel like I shouldn’t, because I know my back is a weakness, and using a belt will help the back out, when what I really need is make the back work as much as possible to improve. Right?

People not into deadlifting: what are you doing with your lives??? Nothing gives me endorphins like deadlifting. Literally. I woke up the day after the session, still high on endorphins. Never mind the other lifts, but get into the deadlifting! I mean I’ve made some choices in life that I’m not that proud of, but the one thing I regret is not starting to deadlift sooner. What annoys me the most is we had an actual power lifter in P.E., and a good one at that, for a couple of years. Retired and walking around in his belt at all times, sure, but still. Why wasn’t P.E. just power lifting? I genuinely don’t understand. Actually regardless of who the teacher is, how is P.E. not spent building muscle? It makes no sense! It’s like they want us to be weak and miserable. 

Went to a new gym. The one I was talking about the other week and it was soo good and so much fun me sis ended up staying for 1 hour 40 minutes, and would 100% for sure have stayed for longer if we hadn’t realized it was getting late. Bad news is it’s just not a good location for me to be going on the regular. And they only do membership, literally only. You can’t get a day pass, nothing. We were also super serious people and filmed to review form. I really need to work more on my bench press, even if it has improved so much since I started. I mean for one, I don’t hate it anymore. Hate is reserved for squats… 

Been listening to Editors’ No Sound but the Wind; I’m in a sad music type mood. Not because I’m sad, I just really like sad music. Most songs aren’t sad enough, but this one, pretty close! 

Watched Sick Note. Sis was unimpressed; I thought it was quite good. Ridiculous obviously, but I like ridiculous. In other words..struggling to find the Christmas spirit. It’s so far off, I can’t even bring myself to watch Christmas movies. Did dress my wee trees tho:

Started meditation. I used to do yoga a few years ago, as in it was my main form of exercise. Despite this, I just always hated the meditation part, the focus on breathing, I refused to do it. (Was I really doing yoga then, one might wonder? Probably not.) Unfortunately for me I’ve realized I need to do something to calm the fuck down. So as a step towards that I’m trying out meditation. Surprisingly, I actually don’t hate it. At least not the close your eyes, focus on breathing part, I could do that several times a day, for several minutes. And I will. So far I’m on a once a day routine. I could use it one during working hours as well. Just need to prepare myself for being that weird person (as if I’m not weird enough already..).

Got myself a couple of bottles of wine to try. I love trying new wines. My selection process: look at bottle -> like bottle -> get wine. Basically. I don’t even know what grape this is, but it was v good. Will definitely buy again. 

And just how great is it that it’s next week, and then we get to have days and days off work? And then it’s practically time to go see Architects–and maybe try another new and different gym, down south?? Either way, preparing myself for standing way in the back at the Architects gig. Which I usually don’t. But there isn’t usually much of a crowd in Sweden. (Näe, jag är INTE bitter.)

Wrapping up 2018 // Books

Today seems like a good day to wrap up the reading of 2018, because goodreads.com just sent out their My Year in Books. 

I do like that it keeps track of the number of books read for me. As for the other numbers mentioned..not sure how interesting they are? It’d be neat if it could tell me how many of the books were in Swedish and how many in English. But I guess that’s a bit too specific. 

Anyway. How are there only 15 people on goodreads.com reading Har du PMS eller?? For sure one of my favorite reads of the year.

Quick comment on my average rating: I don’t always rate books. Mostly I don’t. I only rate books if I really hate them or really like them. So basically, I rate 5 stars or 1 star or I don’t rate. I.e. my favorite grading scale is UG (Swedish for the fail/pass scale). 

What goodreads.com fails for mention is I’m really set in my ways. I know what I like when it comes to books, this year is really representative of what I like when it comes to reading.

Rereading. I’m so not opposed to it. One reread was The Fault in Our Stars, which I liked much better this second time around so rereading makes sense to me. 

Books about women who are a bit mad. Probably my favorite genre. Examples: Blixtra, spraka blända! by Jenny Jägerfeldt, Tjockisdrottningen by Moa Herngren—who, by the way, is a new favorite author, I’m still working my way through her oeuvre—and a book that might just have been my favorite read of the year: Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela Choi.

YA series. Loved Neal Shusterman’s The Arc of a Scythe. There third book coming, right? 

Non-fiction. Er. Might have not been reading much non-fiction this year. And not the kind that I usually read. But I did read New Rules of Lifting for Women, that’s…well actually, new and different for me. It does the job if you want an introduction to lifting. 

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Graphic novel. My love for Nina Hemmingsson does not waver. Her latest book, Livet ditt as, was everything you could possibly want it to be.

Biography. Busy Philipps’ This will only hurt a little. I did read a couple of others as well, but this one stands out to me. Primarily because it was funny. I need more funny books in my life. 

Dystopia. Kaos by Johanna Juneke. This book would make the list based on this quote alone:

Estimated time of survival for humanity after termination is no more than 30 days. End of report. […] The future looked bright.