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!

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

Things My Son Needs to Know about the World by [Backman, Fredrik]
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MD6JBNM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 5/7/19

Hi to any of my coworkers that may be wondering why I sat in my car with the music real loud, this is why! So to be completely honest, I was the most nervous for this post. Not only was it the first time I am putting a review out the same day the book came out (because I hate myself), but it also was the first book by Backman that was (as far as I knew) not fiction. Crossing my fingers that this would all work out, I put all my heart and soul into this week hoping that this book wouldn’t mess up everything.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t. If anything, it just made me love him more.

So this book is about what it is like to be a parent. I’m not talking all the other parents who make it seem like they know exactly what they are doing, I mean real parenting. The type of parenting where you mess up and hope to God that you don’t screw up your kid. Now I’m not a parent unless you count my ray-of-sunshine-definitely-not-a-pain-in-my-butt 5-month-old golden retriever, but I absolutely loved the stories that he chose to tell. And while writing a book like this is kinda a crap-shoot because you never know if your kid is actually going to like hearing these really personal stories that you told to millions of people (especially about the amount of poop you create), but I can’t imagine a funnier, lovable, or enjoyable person to write it. You will laugh, you will (almost) cry (I have just enough dignity to not cry at work, but only just), and the cycle will keep going, but you will never be disappointed. So Fredrik Backman, if you ever come across this review, please know how thankful I am to read your words (well, translated words) and share them with others.

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