Tuesday, 29 March 2016

My last 5 books: Japanese & YA

The Almost Nearly Perfect People should've been at the top here, but I felt that book deserved its own space.

1. Drug & Drop, vol 1, by CLAMP.
The first volume of manga in Japanese this time around. This is a remake of an old series by CLAMP that I read in English way back. Back then it was called Legal Drug and as far as I know it was put on hiatus after only three volumes. Maybe it's because the manga contains a lot of difficult, different, and odd words that you don't really learn unless you travel in the correct circles, and because of that I maye not have understood everything correctly, but was it always this jumpy? I'm missing the context, the connections between scenes are subtle to non-existant. The best part of the whole thing was when Watanuki from xxxHolic showed up (and what I hope is a regenerated Yuko). I used to love CLAMP to bits, I collected everything written by them that I could get my hands on, but this is not very good. Too stereotypical characters for one. Did they lose their touch or did I grow up?

2. Watashi no Suki na Hito, by CLAMP.
This is a short story collection in manga format and also in Japanese. This book has 12 short stories, all about different girls experiencing love in different ways. If I had read this when I was 14, and if it had been available in Swedish or English back then I would probably have loved it. As it is now, I found the stories too sugary sweet, too girly, and mainly too kawaii. Most horrible realisation of my reading life - Have I grown out of shojo manga? O_o I finally start to read CLAMP again after 7-8 years, only to discover that I don't like them anymore? This is awful :(

3. Code Geass, vol 1, by Ichirou Ohokouchi, Goro Taniguichi & Majiko!.
This volume of manga (in Japanese) is based on the anime of the same name. I haven't seen the anime, but I'm really excited to after reading this! Damn this was good! Some sort of post-apocalyptic world war setting, in a Japan that has been converted into a part of the world spanning empire known as Britannia. Lelouch is originally indifferent to both the empire officials' deeds as well as the rebels' loud opinions, but after finding a girl hooked up to a machine and locked inside a see-through tank, and also watching his childhood friend get shot by the empire, he decides to destroy Britannia. When freeing the girl in the machine he recieves some mystic power that enables him to influence people to do his will. As the story unfolds, he becomes a sort of avenger, while facing doubts when discovering that friends and classmates are on the side of the empire.

4. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins.
Last part of The Hunger Games! I can't believe I've waited this long to finish this series! The first two books were amazing and this one was no different. To be fair I did figure out some of the plot before that part came around, but thanks to the amazing writing my realisations didn't make the book boring, far from it. It was exciting all the way. Emotional ups and downs. Before I started reading I saw that several of the reviews on Goodreads began with; "What kind of an ending is that?!?!?! ahsghs D:" But I didn't mind the ending, I thought it was kind of fitting. Best goddamn series in a while! (I have only seen the movie based on the first book.)

5. Maze Runner, by James Dashner.
That could be my whole review. Just a no. I read this in Swedish, so it could be the translator, but the language was boring, even the trying-to-be-inventive-slang was boring. There was not even the slightest shade of character development in anyone. For being the smartest kids in their post-apocalyptic world they were incredibly stupid. I figured out what they needed to do in the maze about 100 pages before the characters even get to it. And - because there was no language to hold on to, because the storytelling was flat, and because the characters never grew - from that point on it basically became just waiting for them to catch up. The telepathy thing was stupid (I sincerely hope that will be explained more in detail in the other two books, because here it was mostly 'oh this is a thing we can do, let's roll with it'), the Grievers seemed like something a five-year-old would paint if asked to imagine a monster: a big blob with arms and needles, and the sins of the main character were in no way left to mystery when very early on the girl starts ranting about what they did and how this is all their fault.
Actually, throughout most of this book I had the same feeling I have when I read through my own manuscripts from a few years back: cringe.
This book was too predictable and too flat. (I haven't seen the movie.)

Mostly disappointments this time around. Hopefully that will get better by my next batch!

The Almost Nearly Perfect People - Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to buy it. I've seen plenty of posts, especially on Tumblr, where Americans and otherwise make out the Nordic countries as some sort of haven for education, health care and social liberty. The author, Michael Booth, is a Brit who's married to a Dane and lives in Denmark. He has travelled a lot in the Nordic countries, both for pleasure and for research, and so I decided to try to find out why this legend about the Nordic utopia exists. The author ventured to do the same and so this book was made. I love the quotes on the back of the book:
"The Danes are the happiest people in the world, and pay the highest taxes.
'Neutral' Sweden is one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world.
Finns have the highest per capita gun ownership after the US and Yemen.
54 per cent of Icelanders believe in elves.
Norway is the richest country on earth."
The book paints a pretty dark picture, actually. What he finds out about all of us is that we're all basically balancing a very thin thread each and it could go either way - either total collapse or continued welfare. The country that takes up the most space in the book is understandably Denmark, and the smallest part is Iceland, and while reading I realised how little I actually know about my neighbours. I knew some of it, but far from everything. I can't say how accurate any of the other countries' depictions are, but when it comes to Sweden he paints a pretty correct picture.

He starts with the crayfish party season, and also touches upon graduation celebrations and Midsummer, which are some of the days when Swedes actually allow themselves to let loose and become crazy. We are partying Vikings just like the Danes, but we usually keep it under tight wraps. He describes Swedes as being shy (because we honestly don't talk to people we meet on public transport or on the streets), reserved, boring, and a little rigid. I recognise that picture. He also talks about the fact that Swedes love conformity (which we do) and if you don't fit in to the pattern you're going to have a hard time. I find it funny that he realised the conformity problem for non-conformed people when he basically only visited the major cities. I wonder what he would've made of the small villages. Because for myself who never fit into the rigid conformity of my home village, Malmö and Stockholm are areas of liberty. Because the way I percieve it no one looks twice at me or thinks I'm weird in the cities, while that's the impression I get all the time when I go "home".

The most interesting chapter in the Sweden part was the discussion upon immigration. This book is written and published before the immigration crisis of last year, and it seems like he gathered his information on Sweden before the last election (2014), so some of his information isn't correct anymore, but even he realises that the media is blowing the issues way out of proportion. He visits the immigrant neighbourhood of Rosengård in Malmö (well-known for violence throughout Sweden) and talks to the people he meet there as well as the people in charge of the area, and an imam. And you know what he realises after all this? That they are the same as "native" Swedes, same hopes and dreams and worries. He walks across the big road to the area next to Rosengård and talks to the people living there - mostly well-to-do "native" Swedes and their responses to his questions about immigration problems and violence and what they want and hope for are mostly the same.

Some things irk me, though. He complains a lot about the weather. You're British! You hardly have exceptionally good weather in your own country. And he also complains about the monarchies of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Again: You're British! If any country is known for loving their royalty, it's you. In Sweden the attitude is mostly: we don't mind having them there. They don't really do anything and they don't have any say in anything anyway. And having them there sort of blocks the way for any crazy dictators :P Heirs to wealthy conglomerates have more power than our royal families. Keep that in mind. I'm not a royalist, but I'm not really a republican either. I just don't mind having them there.

But the overall feeling I get from this is something I've known for a long while to be true: we are family; Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are brothers, Iceland is the cousin, and Finland is the adopted brother (Faroe Islands and Greenland are foster children). Since we are family we've had our squabbles (wars, culture oppression etc), but nowadays when we're all grown up we've reduced our squabbles to joking about each member's stereotypes, and we're all ok with that (as far as I know).

The rest of this post will be quotes from the epilogue:
"Of course there are downsides even in almost nearly perfect societies: there are historical skeletons in every closet, and yes, countries with homogenous, monocultural tendencies do tend to be a little too safe and dull, and insular. Looking to the future, the Nordic countries are also facing some serious challenges - aging population, creaking welfare states, the ongoing integration of immigrant populations, and rising inequality. But it's still Scandinavia. It is still the enivably rich, peaceful, harmonious and progressive place it has long been."
"To achieve authentic, sustained happiness, above all else you need to be in charge of your life, to be in control of who you want to be, and be able to make the appropriate changes if you are not. This cannot merely be a perception, an empty slogan like the American Dream (the Us came way down on the LSE's social mobility scale, incidentally). In Scandinavia it is a reality. These are the real lands of opportunity. There is far greater social mobility in the Nordic countries than in the US or Britain and, for all the collectivism and state interference in the lives of the people who live here, there is far greater freedom to be the person you want to be, and do the things you want to do, up here in the North. In a recent poll by Gallup, only 5 per cent of Danes said they could not change their lives if they wanted to. In contrast, I can think of many American states where it would probably be quite an uncomfortable experience to declare yourself atheist, for example, or gay, or to be married yet choose not to have children, or to be unmarried and have children, or to have an abortion, or raise your children as Muslims. I don't imagine it would be easy being vegetarian in Texas, for instance, or a wine buff in Salt Lake City come to that. And don't even think of coming out as socialist in any of the fifty states. In Scandinavia you can be all of these things and no one will bat an eye."
"I didn't mention it but the day after the Malmö crayfish orgy, the city's annual festival continued with more al fresco feasting - mainly of Turkish, Indian, Arabic and Chinese food - but this time the streets of the city were packed with the most multiethnic crowd I have ever seen on the streets of a Scandinavian city. The atmosphere was terrific that day; it felt to me like there was a genuine sense of community and that, contrary to much of what I had heard about Malmö in the Danish media, this was a city at peace with itself."
"Though there has been increasing discussion about this in the Scandinavian media in recent years - with some suggesting a Federal States of Scandinavia as a northern alternative to the faltering EU - it is still unlikely. Just in case, though, my plea to the Nordic people is this: please don't. For if you ever really did band together in such a way then, truly, the rest of us would not stand a chance." 
One of the most interesting reads I've had in a while. Be sure to pick it up!

Monday, 28 March 2016

First Seed, week 4

Monday was work. It went very well and I was done and leaving by 1.30pm :) When I came home I watched X-Files and then went to sleep early.

On Tuesday I went downtown and bought a birthday gift for my mum. When I came back I started playing Portal. It's my first time and I only played for a little over an hour. All the portals made my head spin xD But I'll finish it soon and then move on to Portal 2. I'll try to deal with my humongous backlog now that I don't have any big amazing games coming out soon. (Or maybe I do but I don't know about it yet). After dinner and X-Files I started up Skyrim instead. I have downloaded a new quest mod called Falskaar and as soon as I'm done with Dragonborn DLC I'll get started!

On Wednesday I mostly spent the day watching Toni play Uncharted.

On Thursday I met up with Anna in Stockholm. We went for coffee at Espresso House in Old Town and then walked across the road to spend some time in the Sci-Fi bookshop. Hadn't seen her in over a year I think so when we started talking (getting past the initial awkwardness) we talked about what we had been doing since last time and also a lot about TV shows that we both like (she got me into Once Upon a Time, I got her into Doctor Who - fair trade :P), and also about books and authors in general. She was the one who recommended me John Ajvide Lindqvist and I recommended her Neil Gaiman, also a fair trade. While there I bought two new books (Half a War by Joe Abercrombie (finally!), and Agnes Cecilia by Maria Gripe), the original Harry Potter colouring book, and a Garrus Pop Vinyl figurine (finally! that one has always been sold out when I've been there before). After a quick trip to Comics Heaven a short walk away and some time sitting out in the fading Spring sun we went back to the Central station and went our separate ways. It was a really nice day and I hope it won't be over a year until we meet again :)
When I got home I watched Toni play some more Uncharted and then we watched the new episodes of The Walking Dead and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

On Friday we got on the train to Malmö. Due to construction/reparation work on the tracks we had to wait for a transfer bus from Stockholm before the train could depart from Södertälje, and thus we were 20 minutes late. But by the time we arrived in Malmö we were only 7 minutes late so they made good time :) Arrived to my parents place and got delicious dinner and then spent most of the evening reading on the sofa :)

On Saturday the family arrived for Easter dinner. Easter still means Easter eggs for my sister and me from our grandparents, and they always include our SOs. So that meant 2 eggs each for all the "children" (of which the youngest is 22 and the oldest 31). When all the grandparents and sister + her bf had left we watched The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared on tv. I haven't read the book, but the movie was fun so it seems promising. Maybe a new Swedish author to discover this year? :)

On Sunday we got on the train back to Södertälje. Originally the trip takes about 4 hours, but due to the train being redirected because of construction/reparation work on the tracks also in the south the trip was now estimated to take almost 6 hours :/ On top of that we were 20 minutes late from Malmö. Awesome. But I had my books and the train managed to catch up to those 20 minutes and we arrived right on time in Södertälje. Toni's mum picked us up at the station. She was going to get Chinese food on her way back so we decided to get some too since we hadn't eaten on the train. So ride home + Chinese food = win :) When we got home I watched Toni play some more Uncharted and then I went to sleep.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

First Seed, week 3

I don't even remember xD Let's see what I can recall.

Monday was work, and everything went well. I know me and my colleague talked about some game or other, but I can't remember what it was xD When I got home I watched Grey's Anatomy and Once Upon a Time, as well as some X-Files. Went to bed early.

Tuesday I mostly played Fallout 4.

On Wednesday I read some in my book and then played Fallout 4 until it was time to go downtown and have dinner with one of Toni's friends who'd asked if we couldn't meet up. It was alright. The food was great, but I still felt a bit like a third wheel :P When we got home I continued to play Fallout 4 and finished the game. Such a great game! :D

On Thursday we had our cosy thingy with The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I also watched Toni play Uncharted most of the day. Feeling a bit like I don't know what to do next when I had finished Fallout xD

Friday to Sunday were mostly the same. I spent the day working and the evening watching X-Files and reading my book. I also did laundry on Saturday and when Toni got home we watched an episode of The Strain.

I've had this song on a loop since Friday. The translation in the video is slightly off, but the song is still good :3

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Game completed: Fallout 4

Man, I loved this game. It was amazing. I imagine this is what Fallout 3 would've been like if the game wasn't fucked-up and broken and forced me to rush through it if I wanted to play at all. Fallout 4 was perfection.

I had stayed away from hints and spoilers and trailers completely before I picked up the game. I was extremely confused when the game started and I found myself in 2077, before the bombs fell. But the rush to the Vault to get there in time before the bombs fell was exhilarating, and then realising that the pod I entered was cryo... Fuck, shit, fuck. And then waking up and watching my son get stolen from my husband's arms and him getting shot... Fuck, shit, fuck. Finally waking up, and realising that I'm the only one left in the entire Vault was extremely creepy. Then I got out of the Vault, picked up my old robot butler Codsworth and went on my way to Concord. Found Dogmeat on the way :3 Met the Minutemen at Concord and helped them out of their pickle. The new design of Power armor was badass (though I had to google how to get out of it, because I missed that info bubble). But why was there a Deathclaw in my first ever battle in the game?! That's not fair!

After I got the Minutemen to Sanctuary and joined them, I started to slowly travel down to Diamond City and by slowly I mean exploring every location I happened upon on the way. It took a while xD Joined the Brotherhood of Steel on the way. When I got to Diamond City I heard about the Freedom Trail and followed it all the way to the Railroad. And then I joined the Railroad.

Having joined every faction available to me at that time, I began my personal mission to complete every single side quest, misc quest and unmarked quest, as well as discover every location. It went really well :) I picked up every companion on the way and gotta say that my favourites are Nick, Hancock, Deacon, Cait, and Piper. Codsworth is cool too, but I dumped him as soon as I got Dogmeat, and then I dumped Dogmeat as soon as I got Hancock. My lovely Hancock ♥♥♥ I romanced Hancock :3

Out of all the side quests and misc objectives my favourites were: The One with the Chinese Submarine, The One with the Ship Stuck in a Building, The Silver Shroud, The One with a Kid in a Fridge, The One with Cabot House, The One with Pickman's Gallery, The One with the Museum of Witchcraft, The One with the Treasures of Jamaica Plain, and The One with Nick Valentine's Past.
1). The captain of the Chinese submarine. 2). The ship in the building
1). The Silver Shroud! 2). The kid in the fridge
1). Pickman. 2) The treasure room at Jamaica Plain

Out of all the locations in the game my favourites (mostly due to the back stories) were: Dunwich Borers, Boston mayoral shelter, Cambridge Polymer Labs, Jamaica Plain, Libertalia, Parsons State Insane Asylum, HalluciGen Inc, Hubris Comics, Swan's Pond, Vault 81, Diamond City, Goodneighbor, and The Slog.
1). Flashback scene at Dunwich Borers (yes, this is Lovecraft). 2). Libertalia
1). Entrance to Vault 81. This became my home. 2). Diamond City

When I had completed my personal mission I started doing the main quest. After meeting everyone and doing all their side quests I had decided on beforehand that I was going to side with the Railroad. So I followed their story and got inside the Institute, and that's when all the figurative bombs started to drop and I became seriously conflicted on whether I should go through with the Railroad's plan or dump their asses and join the Institute. But the more I went back and forth between them, the more I realised that I liked the Railroad's goal more. I had to ignore the feelings that being at the Institute stirred and focus on the quest. And holy shit the main quest got epic! Epic ending :3
1). One quest with my boys all together :3 Hancock, Deacon and Tinker Tom ^^ 2). The Nuclear Option

I played for all four factions (Minutemen, Brotherhood of Steel, Railroad, Institute) for as long as possible and I have created separate save files at the specific moments when I had to make a choice. All to make it possible for me to go back and experience the main quest another way but not having to play through the entire game again. I may do that at some point or other.

I'm also happy that I did take the time to play the two previous Fallout games, while New Vegas was hardly mentioned, Fallout 3 references popped up often enough. Everything from a certain little Lamplighter and a certain Rivet City doctor, to Liberty Prime and aliens. Then there's also the fact that Bethesda likes to re-utilise voices. The voice for Nick Valentine is also the voice for Belethor/Mercer/Enthir in Skyrim. The voice for Desdemona is also the voice for Legate Rikke in Skyrim. And then there's the fact that more than half of random unnamed NPCs in this game have the same voice actor as Garrus from Mass Effect.

This has been an amazing ride :3 I loved some of the new weapons available (like the Broadsider and the Junk Jet), and I loved how I could customize my armour. I hardly ever got out of my vault suit, I just modded the suit and the put armour parts on top of it. I never used a helmet, only different kinds of hats and by the end I really loved the look of my bowler hat :3

I'm really looking forward to the DLCs, first of which will arrive next week! :D

Monday, 14 March 2016

First Seed, week 2

Monday was a really nice day. Everything went smoothly at work, and then during all the 15 minutes it takes to walk to the bus stop me and a colleague talked about Mass Effect and Dead Space, and also sci-fi in general :) It was a lot of fun ^^ Got home and made dinner, and then I watched the season finale of Call the Midwife, as well as the new episodes of Once Upon a Time, Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals :) And then I felt like playing something, but I couldn't think of what, so instead I spent an hour downloading patches for Elder Scrolls Online, while watching classic Doctor Who, and then I spent a few hours playing ESO with a new toon. It's been a while and it was a lot of fun, though I basically only got through the prologue and like half of the starter area. I have this headcanon that one and the same toon has lived through all the games. A wood elf that thanks to vampirism has been around for a lot longer than she should have. So basically she's around 1000 years old by the time we get to Skyrim :P (If I count correctly, Tamrielic eras are weird). So long periods of vampirism and occasional bouts of getting cured and living a while as a mortal, and occasionally as a werewolf, is how she's lived her life. I'm seriously considering writing a fanfic on this premise.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were mostly spent playing Fallout 4. On Thursday we also watched the latest episodes of The Walking Dead and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as an episode of The Strain.

On Friday I had work in the morning, and when I got home I played some more Fallout 4, before Toni asked me to dye his hair and then we went downtown for some fancy, delicious dinner :3 380g burger was a bit too much, but also very awesome. When we got back home I played some more Fallout 4 :)

Saturday started out with playing Fallout 4, but a little over 5 pm I got on the bus to go to a party north of Stockholm. It was a party with colleagues from the tourist agency, most of whom I had never met before but it was still a lot of fun. We turned on the TV to watch the finale of the Swedish competition deciding our participant in the Eurovision Song Contest :) (Which I realised was the reason why there was so goddamn many people at the central station in Stockholm, they were all going to the show). Tbh I don't follow the Swedish competition, but I always watch ESC, so this became the first time I watched it this year. Most of the songs were boring, rip-offs of earlier years, or just plain bad. After the winner was announced I decided it was a coup because Sweden can't afford to win two years in a row :P (I thought this was the best song of the evening). The best part, honestly, was the medley towards the end of old hits that first saw the day of light in this show, throughout the years. Nostalgia deluxe! Most of the songs were from the last decade (02-09) and during that time I followed the Swedish competition more closely. Let's just say I knew all the songs (and I rediscovered an old favourite!). Another beautiful thing was the performance of last year's winner of ESC as a sort of anti-bullying campaign - gave me goosebumps. Here's the nostalgia medley:
Since it was a party with the tourist agency, during the evening we also had a quiz about Stockholm. I lost, which was expected. Questions about restaurants? I've only briefly flicked through the restaurant pamphlet and I never eat at fancy places in the city :P Questions about streets and squares? I don't even know the street names of Malmö and I grew up there! Questions about museums? I should know this, but the others were quicker - I blame the wine. Questions about the history of Stockholm? Yes, maybe something I know! This is where I got my only question :P I got the answer right to what happened in Stockholm in the year 1520. That's easy. The Stockholm bloodbath :P In the end I had to leave early, because of work the next day, but I had a lot of fun while it lasted. 

Sunday was work again. First time in a really long while that I worked on a Sunday at the food box place. What I like about working Sundays there is that we have a set time when we're done. On Mondays we just keep going 'til everything's packed and shipped and ready, and that sometimes takes a while (sometimes the machines keep acting up, or someone is new on the job and makes mistakes, or some food stuffs haven't even arrived on time so we have to wait for them). So Sundays are nice in the sense that we know when it's done, and can thus make plans for the rest of the day. During the walk to the bus, this day, my colleague and I talked about the Witcher-series. It was a lof of fun for me to finally be able to point out flaws in the storytelling in Witcher 3 and how there's so much that doesn't add up between the first two games and the third one. I love Witcher 3, but it feels separate from the other two games, and that bothers me. In the evening we met up with Toni's family and had dinner at a restaurant, because it recently was his mother's birthday. After the food was finished, his younger sister and I both felt like we wanted dessert, but none of us felt like we could manage one alone. So we decided on sharing (we have done this before, it's great). But since we wanted dessert, some of the others also decided to have dessert. The sister and I got baked cheesecake with passionfruit, which was a good choice, easily the best out of the whole dessert menu. Toni got the vanilla pannacotta so I got to taste that too. It was good, but not as good as the cheesecake. Yum!

Monday, 7 March 2016

First Seed, week 1

This whole week has kind of blurred together, but let's see...

On Monday I went to work super early as per usual. It was really nice weather out, felt like Spring. After some grocery shopping I went home and made dinner, during which I lost a fight against the frying pan and I still have a burn mark on my hand from the frying fat that splattered up. Turns out that holding my hand under cold water until my whole hand aches from the cold doesn't really help. Afterwards I watched the new episodes of Call the Midwife, Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. And then I went to sleep.

On Tuesday Toni was staying home because he didn't feel well. Spent most of the day playing Fallout 4. Mostly the same on Wednesday and Thursday, though on Wednesday we had our weekly thingy and watched new episodes of The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead. We also got into The Strain again and watched several episodes in one sitting.

On Friday I went to work, and when I got home I sat next to Toni on the sofa and watched some Youtube videos with him. I fell asleep. Then I spent the whole evening watching him play Batman Arkham Knight. In the evening we watched Star Wars The Phantom Menace, because I want to watch all the past movies before seeing The Force Awakens. That movie has not aged well.

On Saturday I went to work again. When I came home I went back to bed and slept for another two hours. Spent the rest of the day playing Fallout 4.

Sunday was work in the morning, then Fallout 4 in the evening before going to sleep early.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

February favourites 2016

February was a very busy month. I'm almost glad it's over.

Books: My reading suffered a bit in February, and I basically only read two books. My excuse is that the first one was over 700 pages long and written in 1920s English, and the other one was in French, so they both took time. But I also hardly had any time to read during the first week of February. Out of the two I managed Night Terrors has to be my favourite!

Music: I've had so much Fallout 4 music on my head this month. But I'm gonna list the other songs that I've liked specifically in February.
• All That Remains - "A Reason For Me to Fight"

• Black Veil Brides - "Drag Me to the Grave"

• Breaking Benjamin - "The Great Divide"

• In This Moment - "Adrenalize"

• Nickelback  - "Figured You Out"

• Seether - "Blister"

• Simple Plan - "The Rest of Us"

• Morning Musume - "TIKI BUN"

• "Jag är en astronaut"

Games: Once again it's been Fallout all month. I finished Fallout: New Vegas around Valentine's Day, and at the same day I started up Fallout 4. It's been Fallout 4 since then. And some Fallout Shelter, and a little side trip to play Left 4 Dead 2 with friends. Gotta say that Fallout 4 is the best game of the month!

TV shows: This month I've watched The Big Bang Theory, Call the Midwife, Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Walking Dead, The IT Crowd, and The X-Files. My favourite this month has to be Call the Midwife. Waiting a week for each episode is terrible! And soon the season will be over! What do?!

Other things: We saw Deadpool on the 13th! It was amazeballs! There was also the fact that I was in Germany the first week of the month, and several other small things that rarely happen.