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!

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Ebook/Audiobook

Dates Read: 4/30/19-5/2/19

If you have read My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, then you know that Britt-Marie is a character in that book. This book stands alone, but is also based on that same character.

This book is about Britt-Marie. She is a control freak in the simplest terms, with a complete lack of understanding of the world. After she leaves her husband, she seeks a job at the unemployment office. She gets a job in a super small town called Borg as the recreational office caretaker, but quickly the job becomes more than she can imagine. Through soccer and small town values, Britt-Marie finds herself out of her comfort zone as she begins to find herself.

The life lesson I pulled out of this one is to not be afraid to jump. I think that, especially now when we all have a shield in our hands in the form of a phone, we all hide from life. But here’s the thing, life is going to come whether you are ready or not. The question becomes: are you going to go along with it, or are you going to watch it go by?

There is also this interesting conversation of loyalty. While this book talks about loyalty to a soccer team, and what that says about you, this book also delves into the notion of sacrifice in the name of loyalty. Do you let your reputation get ruined because of the company you keep? Do you sacrifice your career for people you care about? So many ethical questions circle around this notion, and it was insane to me how many of the characters are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of loyalty. THIS is the reason why I love small towns.

To be completely honest, not my favorite out of the ones he has written, but it still had me laughing, in tears, and laughing again. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas on this book or the blog in general, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!