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author: Fredrick Backman
publisher: Atria Books
Fredrik Backman writes a short on all the hilarious, anxiety-ridden, fearful and confusing moments of being a parent. He starts off with the lightest of humors and morphs along the way, carrying with him a plethora of “been there” and “what were you thinking” stories, some of which that will have you surprising yourself in fits of laughter. True to the Backman way.
“Maybe you don’t even want to do a sport. You might want to play golf instead! And that’s all right too!”
(haha. Sorry to all you golfers reading this…)
He points out the less thought of but oh so true nature of humanity…
“Sometimes we have to get rid of stuff to make room for new stuff, and then we start to miss the old stuff so much that we have to build new stuff that pretends to be the old stuff.”
…highlights the confusion of illogical ideas behind children toys…
“The worst crap is actually the crap we bought before you were even born. Like a toy sheep containing a speaker that was meant to simulate “whale song” and help you sleep better. Why wasn’t that crap shaped like a whale? Huh? That still bothers me.”
…has a few hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments that I absolutely will not spoil… you just have to read the book…
…and then manages to end with a twist of a story that might have you in tears, especially if you have ever experienced anything remotely like what he experienced. Again, I will not spoil this moment. You have to read it for yourself…
Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books and Fredrik Backman for this ARC.
“Your mother loves nothing in this life as much as she loves dancing, and she chose to share her time on Earth with a man she can’t dance with without seriously fearing for her safety. She chose me. And then you came along. And you love music. And when you dance, you and she… If I could only choose one single moment to live inside for all eternity, it would be that. I can’t tell you anything about love. Nothing more than that.”
(my only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was because the beginning of the book was very repetitive. It felt like fillers. But the book truly grew and he did a fantastic job showing us the Fredrik Backman we know and love in all his books. Thankful for such a talented writer and for his family, supporting him for all the world to get to enjoy.)
2019 Has begun as has my newest reading challenge!
(which I’m proud to say I’m actually ahead of schedule!)
Before I got too deep into the year, I wanted to go back through my books of 2018 to see what I had read and to share them with all of you!
I met some incredible people in these books. People that went through some hard times, not sure how they would survive. Some dealt with the loss of someone they loved, while some simply learned the value of friendship and that we are stronger than we give ourselves credit.
So here we have it.
Here are my top 5 faves and my 5 runner-ups.
Please find one you like and add it to your TBR stack this year.
You will not be disappointed.
Please note: these are listed in the order I read them,
not in the order to which I like them.
That was simply not possible LOL
(the date is when I finished reading them)
1- Love, Anthony (5-24-18)
2- Britt-Marie Was Here (6-29-18)
3- Beartown (7-7-18)
4- Girl Made of Stars (9-8-18)
5- Us Against You (Beartown #2) (10-13-18)
And the 5 runner-ups…
(again, in order of read)
1- The Ghost Writer (3-24-18) *first book read of 2018*
2- If you only Knew (3-28-18)
3- On Second Thought (4-10-18)
4- Every Note Played (6-11-18)
5- In Search of Us (8-11-18)
What were some of your favorites from 2018?
I’d love a good recommendation if you have one!
Well, thanks for taking the time to check out my faves. Some of these books will stay with me for a very, very long time. If you want to know my thoughts on any of these books, please feel free to ask or check out any reviews HERE.
Take Care, Lovelies! ❤
So since I started my blog this year, I didn’t get a chance to post about my books in 2018. Every year before, I would only read about 1-2 books tops. I know…
I can’t believe it either. Can you imagine? A life…a world where you read practically nothing for a whole year. I would read one of Jodi Picoult’s newest books and that would be just about it.
So what suddenly made me switch gears?
I have no idea to be perfectly honest. I just suddenly went from 1 or 2 books a year to about 2-3 per month. I know this isn’t a lot for some (I mean, I know people who read 1-2 books every other day…what is THAT?! Do you even work? Just kidding of course you do.. what else pays for your #bookobsession?)
Anyways.. so now here I am.
If you would like to see the 34 books I read last year, click here and take a look!
Keep an eye out for my next post!…
-My top 5 faves of last year and their runner-ups-