Let’s Talk… Fredrik Backman

Wow… what an insane week! Firstly, a thank you to all the people who have stopped by, read my words, told me they will read him in the future, or just happened to come across my page. I am so proud of the work I have put into this week and the content that I have created. Thank you for making it worth it.

The question that I think most people are thinking: Why this guy? The truth: I found this guy about a year and a half ago on Goodreads. Beartown was one of those books that was immediately recommended for me, and I said “I’ll get around to it eventually”. Eventually became a year, and I was looking for books to listen to on Audible (because you can never have enough), and chose Beartown. I am so thankful I made that decision.

I first listened to Beartown in December 2018, and I have never stopped loving him since (in a completely platonic, I-have-never-met-you-but-I-will-have-your-babies-if-that’s-what-you-want type of way). I immediately jumped into Us Against You right after, and in January 2019, I listened to A Man Called Ove. Somewhere in all that I also read Deal of a Lifetime and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. I didn’t read Britt-Marie Was Here or My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry until I decided to make this week a thing.

Immediately, I knew this guy was legit. He found a way to talk about the world while still keeping humor and often times a childlike perspective. Speaking of, at some point this week I said that his stories often read like children’s books. Unless you are completely comfortable with your kids hearing curse words in their bedtime stories, maybe don’t read the novels to your kids (if I remember correctly, the short stories are clean, but don’t quote me on that). I don’t think I have read any of his stories that I haven’t had moments of laughter mixed in, even when the content is extremely deep and heavy. He’s just that good.

Writing-style-wise, I never felt like his books drag. If you read a lot, you know that so many books end up dragging in the middle and you have this moment where you decide if that drag was worth the reward. I never felt that drag, so the pay off to me was always more than worth it (how many more times can I say drag?). My one knock to his style is that he tends to say “oh btw, this book is going to feature someone dying” and so the whole time you sit there like “is this the time?” only for him to remind you AS SOON AS YOU FORGET so that you are on the edge of your seat again. As someone who reads a lot, I gotta give the guy credit, he kept me entertained, even if there were moments where I wanted to slap his stupid little face (P.S. I have no idea if he has a little face, and I also don’t know the IQ of his face) for teasing me like that. If that is the only knock you get as a writer, then I think you are doing something right. But that’s just me.

And look man, I make the rules in this joint, so I have been trying to find ways to still be authentic to why I wanted to start this blog while still finding ways to encourage viewership, and he was it. Thank you guys so much for sticking with me this week and my obnoxious amount of posts, and in turn, if there is ever an author you want me to focus on in the future, I got you (I’m probably going to regret that later). If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on Twitter/Facebook/ Instagram @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Ebook

Dates Read: 4/26/19-4/27/19

This book focuses on the topic of suicide and the grieving process. Specifically, this book lists multiple ways to commit suicide, so if that is a trigger for you, read at your own risk. With that being said, I truly think this book is so incredibly important and here’s why:

This book aptly follows a man called Ove, who is a very crotchety man with quite a few opinions. Following the death of his wife and a lay-off at work, Ove no longer has anything tying himself to this Earth. In the process of trying to commit suicide, something goes wrong that he has to fix. This pattern repeats itself, causing Ove to go outside of himself and farther into his neighbor’s lives.

I love this book purely because it says “hey, you could commit suicide, but there are people here that really need you to stick around”. And listen, this guy was completely alone. His wife is dead, he lost his job, and all of his constants in his life are there, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t serve a purpose. I love the positive message this book imposes despite the morbid backbone.

This book is also a really good example of why I love Fredrik Backman. He has this tendency to be able to talk about some of the worst things in today’s society while still managing to make it funny and/or childlike (I will go more in depth with this on Saturday). It amazes me how much I laughed in a book about suicide.

With all that being said, if you or someone you know are considering suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org to talk to someone who can help you.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas on this book or the blog in general, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

(P.S. There is a Swedish adaptation of this movie which is free on Amazon Prime. There is supposedly an English adaptation starring Tom Hanks in the works, but I have yet to see any dates as to when that movie can be expected.)

(P.P.S. I watched the Swedish adaptation last night. It matched the book so incredibly well, while also being incredibly smart about their planning. I highly recommend you watch it if you don’t want to read the book (although why wouldn’t you?))