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!

Beartown/ Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Beartown: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]
Us Against You: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Ebook/ Audiobook

Dates Read:5/3/19-5/8/19

This duet is ROUGH, but incredible. TRIGGER WARNING: these books discuss rape culture in a graphic way. Read at your own volition.

These books follow the town of Beartown, where you play hockey or you are too old. After a semifinal game, a young girl is raped by the star player. The question becomes: do you sacrifice the team or the boy’s career in order to get justice, or is he too good to be punished? The second book discusses politics, and ultimately how easily politicians trick us to fit their agenda. With discussions into being LGBTQ in a small town, survivor’s guilt, and feminism, these books are 100% needed in today’s world.

I love it because 1) it discusses culture that is not only present, but extremely (sadly) real, and 2) they mimic how poorly small towns can deal with these types of issues. These are incredibly heavy books, not only in size but content, however the overall storytelling and content is so incredibly important that it is worth the read.

Storytime: These were the first books I read by Fredrik Backman. I genuinely had no idea that they would be this good, I just saw the recommendation on Goodreads and was like “yea, okay!”, and from there my life has changed. Truly, I love these books because they find a way to hit EVERY SINGLE THING that is happening in today’s society and says “hey, we are kinda pooping the bed at this point so here is what I have to say about it” and I respect it. If you want to read any book by Backman, read these. They are so incredibly important.

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

Side note: In January 2019, HBO Europe greenlit a miniseries on Beartown. I have zero clue as to when it will actually come out, only that it is in the works. I also have no idea how you would watch it in the US, but I will update you as I find out!