A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis by GoodReads:

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon and the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

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.

Thoughts:

I really loved this book so much. I hated for it to end. Ove is an amazing man. He seems like a cantankerous old fart but there is such a moral to this story. Judging people on the surface without knowing how they have walked in life is a disservice. Seek to understand people rather than just judging them.

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The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings

The PossibilitiesThe Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book synopsis by GoodReads:

In the idyllic ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months ago, her twenty-two-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche. Though single, Sarah is hardly alone in her grief. Her father, a retiree, tries to distract her with gadgets from the QVC home shopping channel. Sarah’s best friend offers life advice by venting details of her own messy divorce. Even Cully’s father reemerges, stirring more emotions and confusion than Sarah needs. Still, Sarah feels she is facing the stages of grief — the anger, the sadness, the letting go — alone.

Barely ready to face the fact she will never again hear the swoosh of her son’s ski pants, or watch him skateboard past her window, Sarah is surprised when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep. Unexpected and unexplained, she bears a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever.

Thoughts:

Loved this book and the characters. I was uncertain how the author would be able to wrap the ending up, yet it was fantastic and done beautifully.

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Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick

Cherry Money BabyCherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Cherry Kerrigan loves her simple life, her family’s tiny trailer, even working at Burrito Barn. Forget college — she’s marrying her sweetheart from next door. But here comes Ardelia Deen, a glamorous starlet who sweeps Cherry into a world of fast cars and penthouse parties. Now Cherry’s small-town life just seems so . . . small. When Ardelia drops a bomb of an offer — one involving a baby — Cherry knows her life will change forever, no matter what she decides. John M. Cusick focuses his signature wit on Hollywood royalty and the wide-eyed dreams of Small Town, U.S.A. in a novel about discovering who you are . . . and changing your mind.

Thoughts:

I probably should have set this one aside and not even finished it. The whole story line was unbelievable and really just silly. To find out this is a young adult book…well if this is the content and subject matter for our young adults today then I feel sorry for us all.

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Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

Shotgun LovesongsShotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best book I’ve read in a long time. If you grew up in a small farm town and left, this book will make you long for what used to be. His writing transports you to a time and place. Outstanding.

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My Time with Prince by Dez Dickerson

My Time with PrinceMy Time with Prince by Dez Dickerson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I usually don’t rate bios but this really wasn’t a true bio. So I will rate based on writing style. I did appreciate that he did not “dish dirt” but I found the way and many word choices he used interfered with what was his real voice. I didn’t have a feel for him at all. I agree with another reviewer that it would have been much more interesting if he had let someone interview and guide him. He said his wife encouraged him to write the book. It was published in 2003. Saw two blurbs on the net that she filed for divorce in 2007. He has since remarried and had a child with his new wife. Neither here nor there but interesting.

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Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor by Ozzy Osbourne

Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock's Ultimate SurvivorTrust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor by Ozzy Osbourne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ozzy’s bio was the best bio I’ve ever read. No surprise I loved this book too. You can hear Ozzy’s voice here. I could’t stop laughing.

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So B. It by Sarah Weeks

So B. ItSo B. It by Sarah Weeks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just beautiful! I started to read this as I was going to read with my 10yo daughter. I couldn’t stop. I think for her though I’m going to wait another two years or so. I don’t think she’s ready for the emotional punch of this story.

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my daughter and my favorite books! Beautifully written with passages of profound messaging and heart-breaking sadness. Ivan is adorable.

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Philomena: The True Story of the Film by Martin Sixsmith

Philomena: The True Story of the FilmPhilomena: The True Story of the Film by Martin Sixsmith

I am not even going to give this book a rating. I haven’t seen the movie, but this book wasn’t about Philomena. It was about Michael and is heavily slanted to political agenda. Philomena is lucky to get 50 pages in this entire book. Also an adopted child, I don’t buy into that as his excuse for his destructive behavior. I have heard that the movie is excellent though and want to see it and based on the preview none of that was in the book. Disappointing after seeing the movie previews.

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Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen

Soy Sauce for BeginnersSoy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Promising start for this first time author. However, I had a hard time connecting with Gretchen. I found her aloof. Quite frankly it’s hard to relate to a 30 yo seemingly professional student who lives in San Francisco who never has to worry about money and is still supported by her Daddy. I wanted the author to make me care about her. I do believe she is a talented writer and the scenes of Singapore were delightful.

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