day 18 // a man called ove

I recently wrote about how I love to read and oh, do I love to read. My lifestyle has been pretty nuts for the last three years and finding time to read has been my greatest challenge. No, it hasn’t been graduating from college as an adult or raising two teenagers, it’s been finding time to read.

Last summer we packed my family of four, my parents and everything we needed to live for a week into a car and drove twenty hours to Ocean City, Maryland. Yes, you heard that right. Six people. One car. Twenty hours. My only goals for that week were to enjoy the ocean with my family and get a great tan while reading in the sun all day. I’m proud to say all of those things happened and the ride wasn’t as bad as anticipated.

The book, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman had been recommended to me numerous times. I had read another title by him and wasn’t moved, so I didn’t jump on this one. Soon before I embarked on that crazy vacation, I had lunch with a good friend who has never failed me on book recommendations. She INSISTED I read this book while on vacation. Since I’m not a fan of eReaders as the smell and the feel of a new book cannot be replaced, I added it to My Vacation Reading Amazon order. I was not disappointed. It quickly turned into my favorite book and I insisted everyone must read it. I think my friends were annoyed because I would not shut up about this book.

Ove is a lovable curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”  But behind the cranky exterior there is an epic story. So when one November morning a young couple with two daughters move in next door, it begins a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

What was on My Vacation Reading Amazon Order, you ask?

1. A Man Called Ove* // Fredrik Backman
2. The Secret Life of Violet Grant* // Beatriz Williams
3. Here’s To Us* // Elin Hildebrand
4. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald* // Therese Anne Fowler
5. Wake Up Happy Every Day // Stephen May

* Highly recommended title

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