Monday – What Are You Reading?

Hey all! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good – time with the kids, made it to church, and my son tried out a new recipe for chocolate cake. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still pretty yummy. Oh, and I finished a bunch of books.

Right now I am just reading one book, The Room by Swedish writer and actor Jonas Karlsson.

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You might be able to guess from the briefcase that this is set in an office. However, even if you haven’t worked in an office, I’m sure you’re familiar enough with the basic environment that you could enjoy the book. I’m finding it really funny. Bjorn is the narrator and he is troubled that none of his coworkers are as good at their jobs as he is. In fact, they are pretty dismal, while he is doing most of the work. Then he finds a secret room at work where he can relax for a few minutes and get away from their annoying habits.

The writer is an actor who has won some awards in Sweden. I think his drama background shows because I could easily imagine this as a play. It works great as a book though. It’s really short, although it has 65 chapters, most are only a couple of pages long. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

What are you reading right now? Are you enjoying it? Let me know in the comments.

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Hidden Inside

A friend of mine asked, “Everyone out there has a story. Can we love them before we know it? And will we take the time to find out?” That’s the burning question in the book, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Ove is not an old man, not in years, but he has become the grumpy old neighbor. He complains about everything and everyone. Some days he only talks to complain. Other days he doesn’t talk at all.

He wasn’t always like this. He used to be less grumpy. Not warm and friendly, but not so prickly and angry. That was before Sonia died. Now Ove is ready to give up on life. But life, in the form of new neighbors, a homeless cat, and a couple of teenagers, is not ready to give up on him.

I wasn’t sure I would like this one, as it sounds like a “message” book, and I hate those. It was a book club pick, and those are always unpredictable. But with this one I was laughing out loud in the first chapter. The writer uses humor and pathos masterfully to have your emotions swinging back and forth. And yes, it did make me cry, but I didn’t feel like I was being manipulated into it.

Ove reminds me of some people I know and love. He has a big heart, he just has very little tolerance for stupid people. And there are a LOT of stupid people about. I’m giving this one 5 stars out of 5! And if you want to read it, you should try the audiobook. The narrator captured all the voices so well plus the dry humor comes through.