Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. -Goodreads
Fiction/ <500 Pages / Can be read in about a week
This book was on the top of my TBR for a very long time, you can imagine my disappointment when I started this book and I didn’t think it was for me – but, I was very wrong.
Ove comes off as a bitter old man, however readers get to learn about what has happened throughout his life and how he feels, and it really influences you to be more open minded when perceiving Ove.
There was such great character development and I fell in love with the story very quickly. One minute I would be crying and the next I would be laughing out loud.
This read was great because it reminds the reader that everyone has a history which has shaped them into who they are today. Ove’s actions and perceptions are heavily based upon the influence of the important people he had in his life.
"Ove feels an instinctive skepticism towards all people taller than one
eighty-five; the blood can't quite make it all the way up to the brain."
"And she was colour. All the colour he had."
SO, unbelievably we are halfway through 2017 already!
I gave up reading during highschool and through most on university because I “didn’t have time for it”. That was an excuse, you make time for the things you love in life. As of 2017, my new years resolution was to read about 12 books (one for each month, you know keeping it reasonable). March I was already on my 13th read, so I definitely had to aim higher.
My 2017 goal was changed to 50 books in one year.
As of July 6th, I have read 32 BOOKS. Evidently my goal is not only achievable, but I may also surpass it!
Not only have I committed to making reading and literature a huge part of my life, I have even opened up to blogging and bookstagramming in order to interact with other book lovers like myself.
I use Goodreads and a self-made bullet journal spread to track my books, here is my read list:
- Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
- Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
- Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
- 1984 – George Orwell
- Sylvanus Now – Donna Morrissey
- We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
- The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
- Doppler – Erlend Loe
- Birdman – Mo Hayder
- The 100 Year Old Man – Jonas Jonasson
- A Thousand Splendid Suns
- A Walk Across the Sun – Corbin Addison
- The Strange Case of Dr.Jeckyll and Mr.Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
- It Gets Worse – Shane Dawson
- Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
- The Martian – Andy Weir
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margret Atwood
- Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
- Nocturnal Animals – Austin Wright
- Project Sunlight – June Strong
- The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
- There Are Things I Want You to Know – Eva Gabrielsson
- Triangles – Ellen Hopkins
- Tilt – Ellen Hopkins
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Shot in the Heart – Mikal Gilmore
- The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
- A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
- Carrie – Stephen King