a bit of a reading slump | Bi-Weekly Update

New book posts:

Other books I’ve been reading:

literally none.

Added to TBR:

  • Mona Lisa Smile by Deborah Chiel (dark academia)
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (fantasy, m/m relationship)
  • The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (classic from 1532, politics)
  • The Tradition by Jericho Brown (poetry, lgbt)
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (YA, magical realism, lgbt)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (magical realism)
  • Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (graphic novel)
  • The Once and Future King by T. H. White (fantasy, historical fiction)

Three things on my mind:

  • I’ve been more and more unsure about using goodreads. Like I’ve never used it much as a social media platform, only from time to time, but I have over 1400 books on there and it’s been great to catalogue books, especially as I’ve moved twice, left books behind in one house and used to use the library a lot. I tried out The Story Graph which is marketed as an alternative, even if in beta-version. It’s interesting & fun especially with their recommendations, I would recommend checking it out. But the biggest criteria I have for a similiar book platform is reliability and I don’t think I’m going to find a similiar enough platform that has that, for a while. I used to use a norwegian alternative, way way back, but there’s just so many books and I think that having a big community that adds these in for you is one of the great features that distinguish the different sites. Please let me know if there’s any cool alternatives to goodreads I should check out though!
  • I’m frustrated a lot, recently. My exams back in May was a struggle for multiple reasons that I’m tired of thinking about, but now it seems I might have outright failed one exam as well. This is a bit strange as I’m above the ‘fail’ percentage in most ways they could have marked it, as is a handful of my friends in the same situation, so we’ve all sent in our complaints. The thing I suspect happened is that more than usual got high grades (bc open-textbook exam and possibility to cheat by cooperation), and they changed the criteria for failing based on that without notifying us (which is strange as well). We’ll see when our complaints are processed, I guess. Still, it both gave me a renewed motivation to do better, but at the same time totally wrecked my self-esteem in a way I truly didn’t expect. Of course, a huge part of this is that my health isn’t getting that much better, even though I’ve had plenty of time to relax this summer break. We’ll see I guess.
  • I watched & cried over several movies, for once. I’m back in my home-‘village’ (it’s actually classified as village based on population number), in the house we took over from my late grandparents. And my grandmother was Sami, which has made me particularly interested in finally watching the prize-winning “Sami Blood” (2016) movie. It was as breath-taking and real as I expected, with the main character played by this amazing sami actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok, who really brought all the nuances into the story. It’s set in Sweden and isn’t my grandma’s story, but there’s many similiarities anyway. Being norwegian, I’ve learned of the horrible supression and racist policies put in place against Sami people, but we need movies like this to bring it to the attention to even more people. Let’s never forget the past enough to let it happen again.
  • I also watched the new USA gymnastics documentary; “Athlete A”. It highlighted the many ways Larry Nassar’s abuse was allowed to continue by people in charge, showing a culture at the olympic level with a high degree of various abuse being normalized, and how it all affected his victims. The last part features the more recent, high-profile Maggie Nichols, bringing up the question of if she lost her olympic chance because of reporting him. I wish all the best for her and all the other (there’s so many) victims, and overall it was a great documentary.

7 thoughts on “a bit of a reading slump | Bi-Weekly Update

  1. Tammy July 7, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    I’m curious why you don’t want to use Goodreads? I can’t imagine my life without it, actually. And I’m a big fan of Strange Planet!

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    • aquapages // eline July 8, 2020 / 10:50 pm

      There’s a few like small issues I have with goodreads and recently I’ve seen a lot of posts pointing them out for some reason, along with a couple alternatives, so I think that’s where I got the thought from. I’m really into tracking books as well, and have done so in different forms. I think certain features like book recommendations suck, kind of dislike the social media aspect for no real reason and wonder if I should start making very many ‘shelves’ here on out or find another platform/tracking way that suits me better. I’ve got nearly 1400 books there and it both gets messy and I feel very dependent on it, and not really in a good way? I don’t know if that makes any sense


  2. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 8, 2020 / 10:34 pm

    I’ve been thinking of trying Story Graph too. The interface for Goodreads and their search engine has been annoying me for years, but there just weren’t any alternative sites that provided the same services.

    And ugh I’m sorry to hear about your exams. I can only imagine how quarantine is messing with the grade curve. Many hugs!!

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    • aquapages // eline July 8, 2020 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you, I have to continually remind myself that the quarantine really did mess things up and it’s not just me, hahha. Yeah, I’ve had some small issues with using goodreads and it kind of adds up, although with a few more days use I think story graph is a bit too much in the ‘beta’ stage for me to start using it as replacement yet

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    • aquapages // eline July 8, 2020 / 10:45 pm

      I’ve since researched a bit more and librarything is an often recommended service as well that has been around for a while, but I have yet to sat down and tried myself!

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      • Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 9, 2020 / 8:44 am

        Oops!! I didn’t realize I commented on this twice, sorry! I have heard of librarything but don’t know much (or anything, really) about it, so I’ll check it out. 🙂

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      • aquapages // eline July 9, 2020 / 2:05 pm

        Ah no, I think only I commented twice? WordPress mobile and so on hahhha. No worries anyway


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