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book of january: the life-changing magic of tidying up

My dearest bought this book recently. She was so inspired by the book that she shared it with me and I’ve also spent the time to gather some knowledge from it. Marie Kondo is superlatively enthusiastic about tidying up. Which of course is a good thing if you’re going to write a book about it.


As the reader I was struck multiple times by Kondo’s attention to detail. Which, again, shouldn’t be all that surprising. None the less, I found myself surprised. I learned a lot from Kondo’s book. Like “it isn’t desireable to stay in a stat of excitement forever”. True dat.

I really like the book, and it’s gotten me excited about the forthcoming 6 months where our home project will be to handle all of our possessions to find out if they bring us joy. Read the book and you’ll know what I’m talking about. And know I’m (probably) not a total kook.

The big take home is to tidy in the right order:

Step 1: Discard

Step 2: Decide where to put things

Yeah that’s it. But you gotta do it all in one fell swoop, Kondo says 6 months is an appropriate amount of time (so, yeah I didn’t get that from nowhere). Though I did find the book a little heteronormative at times, I generally really liked it. Plus, I’m super pumped to get at the tidying!



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book of december: fantastic beasts and where to find them: the original screen play

Well, 2017 is coming to a close. As such here comes the year’s final botm:

In the name of honesty I want to tell you something. I did something questionable. I watched the movie before reading the book. I gotta say, though, as this is the screen play I think I get a pass on this one. If you haven’t seen the movie, do. It’s a good one. If you haven’t read the screen play…well you can, I enjoyed doing it. If you’re a die hard Rowling fan and want to read everything she’s written – then you’ve probably already read it since it came out a while ago.

It was a fun, quick read. To end a fun, quick year. Strange how looking back on a year makes it seem so short, but looking ahead opens a world of possibilities. Strange. Here’s to looking ahead.


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book of november: killing floor

Well, you didn’t have to wait long for another Jack Reacher novel. In September I wrote about A Wanted Man, mentioning that I was actually trying to read the first Jack Reacher novel in the series…and missed the mark by about 15 books.

This time around I successfully read the first Jack Reacher novel, and loved it. Not a huge surprise seeing as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the previous two books I’ve read. This novel, like Persuader, was written in the first person. For some reason though it felt strange this time around reading from Jack’s perspective. I think probably because I was so into the third person of A Wanted Man.

I do think the adage practice makes better really applies here.

Side bar: at my elementary school it was decided that technical perfection is unatainable and instead we should be striving to better ourselves not perfect ourselves. Thus “practice makes better” was born. If you did not happen to attend my elementary school you can be forgiven for not knowing this.

Back to it. In my small and humble opinion I think that Lee Child becomes a better writer over the course of his career. I hope that this is seen as a complement, because it is meant as such. I like to think most people aim to better themselves and would not be entirely satisfied remaining at the same level. To be clear, Child starts at a damn high quality level. So go read this book.

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book of october: the stand 

They all say Stephen King is quite the author. I’d never read any of his work before now. Why now? Well it is October, and I wanted to plan for Halloween the whole month.

Halloween isn’t as big here in Sweden, but I still try to celebrate in my own way every year. Some years we bake Halloween treats and invite friends over, sometimes I try to watch a scary movie. The thing is I don’t like watching scary movies alone, and I can’t seem to get anyone here at home to watch with me. So this year I tried something new. What I didn’t realize is that horror books are also quite the scare fest. Definitely worth it though. Pick up a copy near you if you haven’t already read this one!

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book of september: a wanted man

After reading Persuader in March of 2015 I was looking forward to reading more of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. Now I’ve finally read another!

My expectation was to read the first of the Jack Reacher novels. The reality was that I read the 17th novel (according to Wikipedia, and the list in the back of the book). Missed it by a hair, you could say. To be honest I’m not exactly sure what went wrong. I’m sure it has to do with my lack of paying 100% attention to things occasionally. Or something of that nature. 

Persuader is the 7th novel in the series,  and A Wanted Man is the 17th (as mentioned). So now I either have to wait for the 27th or actually start from the beginning. The best part of the Jack Reacher books is that you really do not need to read them in order. It’s impressively done by Child. I’ve heard the claim before, that books in a series don’t need to be read in order, but this is the first time I actually ageee with that claim. 

A Wanted Man was an exciting read with a few surprising laughs along the way. Child’s writing style is a treasure and I so very much look forward to more Reacher novels. In whatever order I do very well please. And you should read a Jack Reacher novel, whichever one you very well please.

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book of august: othello

This summer I read many a book. 90% of them were children’s books under 20 pages long, so in my spare time it was great to sit down to a slightly more intellectual book. Othello is one of the classics, though I was never assigned to read it in school. Part of me is sad about this because I’ve missed out on class discussions and a teacher’s interpretations of the work. Yet, the more realistic part of me isn’t disappointed because I probably wouldn’t have read it then anyways.

If you haven’t read Othello, do. The plot is enjoyably dramatic, even if you already know the gist of it – it’s worth a full read through. Plus you get to experience what I assume to be one of the earliest uses of the word “holla” as well as the wonderful expression “light of brain”. Every part of me is excited to use that figure of speach as much as possible. I have absolutely no idea why “light of brain” has fallen out of use, as I personally have daily use for it. 

Enjoy fair readers!

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book of july: déjà dead

I loved this book. I expected to, but not this much. I’m not sure if it’s purely due to my recent lack of reading adult fiction, but reading this book reminded me what it means to read for fun. Something about reading only for the enjoyment of it is hugely different than reading for my classes. That combined with the fact that Kathy Reichs’ is a brilliantly entertaining mind lead to this being so hugely enjoyable for me. 

These books inspired the TV series Bones, which I loved. Thus my expecting to love this book. And, as is so often the case, the book is just so much better than the on screen depiction. It was particularly fun to try to pick out which of the book characters represented which of the television depictions (aside from the obvious). Though in my mind Temperance doesn’t really look like Emily Deschanel (actress in the series). Another interesting aspect was to see which changes were made. One of the big ones, not so spoilery, was the relocation from Quebec (book) to Washington D.C. (television).

This month I’m recommending a twofer. If you haven’t read this book and only seen the show. Read it now. If you have read it and not seen the show, get on it, the show is a lot of fun. If you’ve done neither then you’re in for hours and hours of fun! I’m excited to continuing to read the Temperence Brennan novels, and I’ll be sure to post here when I do.