February Reads

This month I finished 2 books. At the end of January I started Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. Ever since reading A Man Called Ove last year I have wanted to read everything he had published. I’m on my way…

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is a “nagbag” who takes a job in a soon-to-be ghost town after her husband has a heart-attach which she learns about from his mistress. The town is full of shady and interesting characters Britt-Marie gets to know throughout the book. The way Backman introduces and develops each character is just what I’ve come to expect of him. They are deep and thoughtful and so interesting. He plans out his books so you come to understand all the nuances of each character’s personality as the story progresses leaving out little while making the story so interesting. 5/5 stars!

 

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

I read this book second but I wish I had read it first. I didn’t know the two were related and this is a precursor to Britt-Marie Was Here. While they don’t need to both be read, or read in a particular order, but they overlap with some characters and time wise, this book comes first. That being said, this book was not what I had expected. And I loved it. It follows a girl’s journey as she gives apology letters to people her grandmother knew. I can’t really begin to describe this book. It is part fantasy, part reality, part hilarity, part sadness, and completely enjoyable. There is a made up land within the story which I wish I had written out as I remember better when I physically write and I occasionally mixed up which “land” was which. (If you read the book, which I recommend, you’ll understand what I mean by this.) Even better, I wish Backman had provided a map as mentioned in the story.

 

For March I plan on finishing Beartown and then…I’m not sure. Our public library doesn’t have any other books by Backman so I’ll have to find something new. Any suggestions?

-KB

 

 

 

January Reads

I love to read but I don’t always make time for it. I’ve been putting more effort into getting everything done early so I have at least 20 minutes to read each night before bed. It doesn’t always work but I’ve read more books in 2017 than I have in a long time and I’m hoping for even more this year. Here is what I finished in January…

The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The book follows the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh as she meets, travels with, begins a family with, and eventually lays to rest her husband, Charles Lindbergh. It was an interesting story. It provided a lot of insight into the life of someone I knew very little about and the trials and tribulations of their marriage, other than the kidnapping and death of their first born. It was fascinating and heartbreaking. Benjamin is a good author. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for Anne or Charles as people. It took quite a while to really get into the story but I’m glad I stuck it out and finished the book. I learned a lot. I give the book a 3.5/5. Worth the read if you’re interested in the Lindbergh’s or WWII historical fiction.

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

I read this book because of my love of Gilmore Girls. It wasn’t my favorite but not terrible either. 3/5 stars. It follows a woman who is trying to make as an actress in New York. She works as a waitress, lives with a friend and acquaintance, and takes frequent acting classes. The story was kind of predictable but it was easy and quick.

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer by Fredrik Backman

I loved this book. It’s a novella about a man who is aging and his family connections. Some parts were a little confusing but you can really see the pain of being on both sides of a family member aging. 5/5

What are you reading? Have any good suggestions?

-KB