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Oh yeah, this year I also read ”House of X”/”Powers of X”. Thanks The Incomparable.

On reading and (not) being a reader (anymore)

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I still have a hard time to reconcile the fact that reading fiction, that was such a large part of my identity as a child and a teen, is something that I do so rarely these days. Part of that is how slowly I get through even books I really love from authors that are among my favourites.

Case in point, William Gibson and his ”Blue Ant Trilogy”. According to my Reading page I read Pattern Recognition in 2013 and now, in august 2020, I finished Zero History. I really like Gibson and this trilogy has been a blast but still it’s taking my seven years to get through.

I wonder how much time I’ve spent browsing timelines and listening to people going on and on about the same things in podcasts during those same seven years.

That being said, this year might be a bit different. As I said, I’ve just finished Pattern Recognition but I’m also half-way through a bunch of books, some audio books some paper/Kindle books. I occasionally actually manages to convince myself to read a bit for pure pleasure. That makes me happy.

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❤️ The Incomparable | You Can’t Pants a Heist (Episode 514)

I love these kinds of episodes. So far I haven’t gotten around to reading Dan’s books but I really want to make time for it.

To be honest I need to make more time for reading books in general.

Hillbilly Elegy

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📖 Read Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

I’ve been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it around the time it was published, so I was glad to see that I could listen to it in ”BookBeat”, the audiobooks subscription service I’m currently using.

The book was very interesting and easy to listen to. I knew very little, if anything, about hillbilly culture before listening to this book. I also feel like I know pretty much nothing about the white American working class coming from the horses mouth, only from people on the right or left not coming from the group in question.

Though I’m not a conservative, the part about how the hillbillies problems go deeper than what social policies can change and that part of the responsibility for the problems, and thereby the solution, lie with the people themselves spoke to me. It seems like Vance is the old school type of conservative or republican, the kind that was more prevalent before the party was hijacked by a buffoon and those power-hungry enough to sell out every single principle they have as long as they feel like they can use the buffoon in question for their own personal gain. The kind that I respect.

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📖 Read ”Kvinnan på tåget” by Paula Hawkins

Judging by the reviews on GoodReads, this is a really divisive book. Either people love it or they hate it. To me it was quite middle of the road. I watched the movie a few years ago and liked it and the book was okay.

I mainly have two problems with it.

  1. The characters are unlikeable. All of them. The closest I cqme to caring about either of them is that I pity Rachel.

  2. It’s too long. If it was shortened by about 20% all the necessary points in it could still be hit, but it would be a quicker read.

And lastly, I don’t get why this gets compared to Gone Girl.

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🔖 Read ”En sån som du”, av Gillian Flynn

Loved this one, as I’ve done with every other of Gillian Flynn’s books. She’s probably my current favorite writer.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
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