Part 2 of me being the weirdo that transcribes Instagram challenges so I have them in a nice collection coming up. No, it doesn’t make sense. And no, I don’t care.
Day 18: day 18: Shelfie. This is always my favourite prompt. Here’s my big bookcase! Over half the books I own are actually on my Kindle, so it’s not full and shares space with yarn, candles, photographs, a Tardis-mug filled with pens, two My Little Ponies, a yarn winder and some other crap. It’s also the first piece of furniture I bought when moving out of my parents’ house nearby 20(!) years ago, so I love it even more because of that, even though it’s just a standard IKEA-shelf.
Day 19: Coffee/tea mug. Not mine, but adorable all the same.
Day 20: Favourite quote. I lost a lot of clippings when I moved Kindles, so this was HARD, but this is one quote I like. I’m so not smart enough for poetry by this guy but this one hits me hard. I think it can be about a lot of stuff, but for me it’s a somewhat destructive take on writing.
Day 21: Nerdy t-shirt. I have a deficit in this area since I hate clothes with sleeves (and too loose things, and too thick things, and things with labels, or unnecessary seams or zippers, I’m the princess and the pea: clothing edition), but I do have this one! It was a present, but I think it’s from Primark. It’s at least 5 years old and very faded. And extremely comfortable.
Day 22: SF/F novella. I’m picking SIX, some which probably aren’t even novellas. Which tbh, I don’t super care about. So here they are.
The Day Death Came To Show and Tell by Mira Grant (5 stars, no review). Harrowing story about a zombie outbreak in an elementary school. I love most things in the Newsflesh universe. Of the novellas/short stories, this is definitely one of my favourites, oh my God.
Mapping the Interior by Steven Graham Jones (3.5 stars, no review). This is about a Native American boy who is convinced his dad is visiting as a ghost. The imagery and the cultural bits and pieces (I’m tired, leave me alone) are fascinating, but in all, just 3.5 stars.
The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood (5 stars, no review). Possibly not a novella. Still very good, though six years later I can’t remember much apart from the fact that the author successfully wrote a whole book without gendering their main character, which is always fascinating to see. I should actually write reviews more often. Then I might remember.
Above/Below by Ben Peek and Stephanie Campisi (I remember it as being very good, but I didn’t grade it at all on GoodReads no idea why, and thus no review). Fascinating book on a world where part of the population has taken to the sky, and half live in a dystopia on the earth. Campisi’s half (Above) is very poetic in language while Peek’s (Below) is the opposite, much like the worlds they have written. Fascinating read.
Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn Mc Dermott (5 stars, no review). Actually a collection with four short stories. I especially loved The Home for Broken Dolls, the last one.
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant (5 stars, no review). More zombies. More Newsflesh. Lots of tears. Brutal story.
Day 23: Bookcase decor. Also hard because I have so much STUFF, but I love the old black and white photos (the first of my grandfather and his brothers, the second of my other grandfather and his sister and mother), the cats I collected as a tiny Karin, the defunct manual typewriter that weighs a ton, and my knitting themed Deepings Doll (keeping an eye on the yarn winder, because of course).
Day 24: YA SF/F pick. I couldn’t choose, as per usual because I own a lot of YA, but I like these two, The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (4.5 stars, review) and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (4 stars, review) a lot. Also, they match!
Day 25: Middle grade SF/F pick. I don’t really do middle grade (not on purpose, it’s just turned out that way), so I’m picking this early reader book, Ester Tagg och den flygande holländaren av Linn Åslund (who is a friend, but I’d love it regardless), with amazing illustrations by Rebecka Helmersson (4 stars, review). I think the intended age group is 6-8 years or so, but I loved it so if you read Swedish, I’d recommend it. I mean, steampunk for children with great illustrations and an awesome protagonist sneaking aboard a pirate airship! Does it get cooler than that?
Day 26: First page. The beginning of Liar by Justine Larbalestier (4 stars, no review) is one of my favourite beginnings of a book.
Day 27: Best bookish gift. I feel like the best bookish gift has to be… books. So, here are a few I’ve gotten for presents throughout the years. Mix of English and Swedish, and fiction and non fiction (some of the topics: gardening, knitting, body image, and the Mitfords), and one collection of poetry.
28: Best SF/F character crew. There are SO MANY and I can’t choose, but the musketeers and d’Artagnan in Musketeer Space, Tansy Rayner Roberts’ genderbent space opera retelling of The Three Musketeers (5 stars, review) is definitely one of many favourites.
Day 29: A book that broke you. I’m cheating again and doing four. The end of Feed by Mira Grant (5 stars, review), the end of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (5 stars, review), ALL of Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (5 stars, review) and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (5 stars, no review), which actually broke my heart so hard that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the show even though everyone says it’s amazing. (The quote is from the latter, by the way.)
Day 30: A funny book. I know I’ve mentionedThe Rest of Us Just Live Here (still 4 stars, review) at least once before but there’s just something amazing about a book where the main characters are just TRYING TO LIVE THEIR LIVES while indie kids (the chosen ones) keep fighting evil and blowing things up. The quick summaries about what the indie kids are doing at the beginning of each chapter are hysterical, and in between there’s a lot of really meaningful stuff about mental health and such. Definitely recommend this one.
Day 31: Scariest read. Not sure if it’s the scariest per se (more of a creeping dread), but in an attempt to not repeat myself again I’m going with We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (5 stars, review) for the final day.