Emotional · Short Stories

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer & Longer – Fredrik Bachmann ★★★★★

Blurb; A little book with a big heart!

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

My Review; WOW! This has gone straight into my top 20 of the year and I am amazed because it’s only 75 pages long, but it is a hard-hitting, emotional and for me a tear jerker of a read. Such beautifully written. Eye opening and a story that many readers themselves may have experienced or will do in the future.

Perfection. I did tear up. A short read which won’t take long to get through so perfect for those readers with busy lives or in a book slump. Has some beautiful illustrations throughout to accompany the story. Its a must read from me. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. Pop it onto your pile you won’t regret it.

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Adventure

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises – Fredrik Backman ★★★★

Blurb; Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Review; I have loved all of this authors books so far and this did not disappoint. The start had me laughing out loud, but then comes the death of Elsas grandmother and brings with it a huge adventure ahead full of stories.

Elsa was very close to her grandmother and after her death she has to send letters from her grandma to others. Elsas grandma use to tell her lots of stories and these soon turn into reality and everything soon becomes clear. Everything changes throughout. Her friendships. The stories. The adventure. I loved it. Really enjoyed it. Underneath theres a clever meaning to it all left by her grandmother. Beautiful. Clever how her grandma still managed to do all that even after death.

I loved little Elsas character and how she managed to solve and change everything. Amazing. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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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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