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!

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 4/28/19-4/30/19

Welcome to the week of Fredrik Backman! A quick heads up: Fredrik Backman tackles difficult topics in his writing. I will be doing my best throughout the week to give you warnings if I think something that is talked about is triggering, but I do absolutely love this author, and I really need to shut up now. But stick around all week because there will be posts every day with Saturday’s Let’s Talk all about why I love Backman. With all that being said, let’s get into the review!

Okay, so this one is hard to explain but I will try my best here. There is this girl named Elsa, who has a grandmother who is really sorry. Yep, that’s about it.

I’m done joking now. So Elsa, she is incredibly smart, but more than that she is incredibly wise. She can interpret the world extremely well, and she’s 7. So her grandmother, Granny, has this world called the Land-of-Almost-Awake, and specifically they hang out in Miamas. In this land, the currency is fairytales, and everything is measured in eternities. When Granny dies, she asks Elsa, the best knight in the land of Miamas, to go on a treasure hunt where she delivers letters to people. I bet you can’t guess what happens in the letters. But it’s this crazy story about love, tragedy, and life.

I guess now you want to know my thoughts: This book in my opinion is hard to keep up with. Almost all of this story is told through the Land-of-Almost-Awake, so there are A LOT of long-winded metaphors that can be really overwhelming. With that being said, I almost appreciated this book more because it was set in a way that children can understand. Death is an extremely universal constant in the world as we know it, so having a story that can not only address death, but do it in a way that can be swallowed by a child, is extremely important.

This week, I’m not going to be rating these stories, purely because I think that since I am focusing on this particular author, you probably have a pretty good idea what I think of their books. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas about this book or the blog in general, 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!