Happy Wednesday everyone! After an unexpected heat wave on the first day of fall, we are finally moving into some fall-like weather. I can finally take out our hats and cute light-weight jackets. I bought a ton of apples this weekend and plan to make applesauce today. Nothing says fall like the smell of apples and cinnamon.
Monday I received an email from my library telling me that A Man Called Ove was due on Tuesday. And I still had over 100 pages to go! I couldn’t believe it had been three weeks already. I found myself in a bit of a pickle since I couldn’t renew the book as it was on hold for other patrons. So I basically had one day to finish the book. Challenge accepted. I hunkered down and finished the book yesterday afternoon. Then I forgot to return it, so I’ll get a late fine anyway. Oh well.
What it’s About
Ove is your classic curmudgeon. Grumpy, angry, argumentative, slightly violent. You’re able to connect with Ove pretty quickly after discovering that his wife passed away six months earlier…so sad! He brings flowers to his wife’s grave every day, instantly melting your heart. Ove just wants to be left alone in his misery, but that proves to be impossible after a colorful family moves in across the street. It seems that the harder Ove tries to push everyone out of his life, the more company he finds.
What I Thought
How did I not read this book earlier? So charming. So endearing. I loved it! And there’s a movie to go along with it, so my love affair with Ove doesn’t have to end so abruptly (and apparently, the movie taught me how to say his name properly in Swedish. It’s not Ove like stove, it pronounced eh-VUH). If I were the type of person that cried while reading, I would totally boo-hoo through several parts of this book. There were definitely some heart-wrenching moments. I feel that this story is a commentary on the importance of community. Saying hello, bringing over a meal, taking interest in someone else’s life can make all the difference. It can change the life of not only the receiver, but the giver as well. I’m reminded of a letter that our neighbor wrote shortly after my dad passed away. She said the same thing. It’s easier to go about your own life and keep to yourself, but taking an interest in others and finding an unlikely friend…that’s the stuff life is made of.
My TBR list is growing exponentially after re-launching my blog. I picked up Hey Harry, Hey Matilda by Rachel Hulin from the new fiction section of my library. I just started it last night and it’s cute. My main read is going to be Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I just picked this one up from the library and it’s bigger than I thought. This sucker is almost 500 pages with pretty small print. I am intimidated. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while though. According to its description on amazon.com, Americanah is “a powerful, tender story of race and identity”. I will be giving away one copy of this book through Amazon! Click HERE to enter the sweepstakes!