My first month of summer holidays is over, and there’s only a little shorter than two months left before I start my third and final year in university.
Yes, third and last year… I can’t believe I’m saying that. It means that I passed all my second-year exams! That’s how good July was to me! 😊
Swedes and movie buffs, especially fans of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and John Wick, were shocked to learn of Michael Nyqvist’s death at the age of 56 on 27th June.
I discovered him through some of his most popular Swedish films. Ironically, the news of his passing came out while I was finishing the Millenium trilogy, which had catapulted the Swedish actor to international fame.
And so I wanted to rewatch his films and catch up with most of his works. Naturally, I couldn’t watch everything due to lack of time and availability, and some of those I watched were hard to get. But I’m lucky to have a native Swede and a big movie fan as a partner, so I thank Matt for all the help and patience throughout this month! 💕
Today, one month from his passing, I’m proposing my personal top 20 films with Michael Nyqvist. My ranking is based on a combination of the films’ quality, Nyqvist’s performances and the relevance of his roles.
Ever since I read and loved A Man Called Ove last summer, I’ve been looking forward to reading all the other translated work by the Swedish bestseller Fredrik Backman. At last, I had the opportunity to tackle two of his novels which I had received as Christmas gifts.
The first of these novels, which I’m reviewing today, is called My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises.
While I was busy stressing over my exams, I still worried about my blog. Although I’ve learned how to deal with blogger guilt, I kept asking myself a lot of questions. Will I be able to blog as much as I used to? Should I increase my publishing rate again? Do I really enjoy blogging when I stress myself over how much I should post?
Most of the time, my answer was “No”. That’s why I decided to write down a set of ‘rules’ to follow soon after my hiatus. Instead of collecting practical tips for beating the stress (I’m still preoccupied with that, though) while trying to keep my blog activity high, I chose to rethink everything and adopt a more laid-back approach to my hobby (that’s an important word to keep in mind).
Well, these are not exactly ‘rules’, more like positive statements. That’s why I turned it into a manifesto which anyone in my situation can follow. My intention with the Manifesto for the Empowerment of the Stressed Blogger (MESB) is to offer a motivating plan for a compromise, a healthy balance, between blogging and life (work, study, family, etc.). The final aim is to instil confidence in my (and our) abilities, to limit the stress and to increase the enjoyment of blogging. That’s what I call empowerment.
Interestingly, after I had already decided to write a manifesto, I stumbled upon the Slow Blog Manifesto. I found Anne R. Allen’s post where she explains the benefits of blogging less and, although they’re geared towards book authors who blog, I found most of the reasons to be relatable.
Now here is my own 5-point MESB!
During my hiatus, I was tagged by Steph from Scale it Simple to do The Book Lovers Tag. Thanks a lot Steph for thinking of me and sorry for the delay!
Although the tag’s name is similar to another one I did late last year, this one is different because it concerns our reading habits instead of specific books we have read. I enjoyed answering the questions and reading Steph’s and other bloggers’ replies. 🙂
Here are my answers!