Comedy · contemporary · Non-Fiction · Short Stories

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World – Fredrik Backman ★★★★

Blurb; Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn’t shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tightThis is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backman’s “unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness). As he eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”

My Review; I have loved every book by this author so far and this did not disappoint me at all. It is a short and easy read at just over 160 pages. Parts had me laughing out loud. In this story we learn more about the author and his dad side… Parenting isn’t easy.

Within Fredrick has addressed some things he would like his son to know when he’s older. However, he does drift off now and again into funny unrelated stories. This is a book not to be taken seriously. I throughally enjoyed it. Something different! Something for his son to read and laugh at when he’s older. As parents we can all relate to at least one part of this story. Can easily be read in one sitting.

Fredrick has gone out of his genre zone here and given us something different and it’s paid off! A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Perfect for those readers with busy lives and not much time.

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*BLOG TOUR* A Modern Family – Helga Flatland ★★★★

Blurb; When Liv, Ellen, and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s 70th birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce. Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history. A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships, and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change.

My Review; What a beautiful written story that shows the aftermath of a divorce in the family and how it can effect the family members in different ways. I loved reading this. It was an easy to devour read and quite short at 230 pages.

The story is told through the three siblings Liv, Ellen and Harkon. Each have their own personal problems going on but when their parents tell them about their pending divorce things start to change. I felt heartbroken for what Ellen had to go through it musn’t have been easy. Harkon I thought was a funny character with all his theories and he seemed very clever. A close knit famkly at first, will they all rekindle?

Brilliantly written, thoughtful and an inspiring story of the aftermath of divorce… It doesn’t matter what age you are it will still affect you. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. A Modern Family will be published 13th of June in the UK. Pre-order link below.

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chick-lit · contemporary · romance

*BLOG TOUR* A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green ★★★★

Blurb; Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

My Review; Ooops… So it seems I came into this series a little bit late as this is book five… Ot Oh. However, it did read perfectly fine as a standalone.

I absolutely loved this. Perfect town, characters, friendships and a little bit of romance. It is a beautifully written story. I throughally enjoyed it. It was like a little holiday for my mind. Being a short story it was lovely to sit and devour it. It’s one of those books you feel welcomed and part of the community, special.

I loved all the characters even Maddison towards the end, at first she did get on my nerves a little but she seemed to changed. The ending was utterly perfect! I was beside each of the characters and was with them through all their own choas and upset. I look forward to the next book in this series and going back to where it all began in book one. A well deserved four stars from me, highly recommend.

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