What I’ve Been Reading Lately Part 2

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As promised, here’s Part 2 of What I’ve Been Reading Lately. As you may remember, before I started my new job, I was really putting the effort in to read every day. As a result, I had tons of books to share each month. Since I’ve started working down here in Salem, I’ve still been trying to set aside time to read every day, but sometimes that doesn’t always happen. Still, I’ve got plenty of things to say about the two books that I’m sharing today. These two books that I have to share today are completely different from each other, but I enjoyed reading them both. I hope you enjoy these reviews!

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First up is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I had been seeing this book everywhere, and although I had absolutely no idea what it was about, the title intrigued me and I wanted to find out more. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting it to be.

Here’s the summary: “At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet, a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People think him bitter, and he thinks himself surrounded by idiots.

Ove’s well-ordered, solitary world gets a shake-up one November morning with the appearance of new neighbors– a chatty young couple and their two boisterous daughters– who announce their arrival by accidentally flattening Ove’s mailbox with their U-Haul. What follows is a heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unlikely friendships, and a community’s unexpected reassessment of the one person they thought they had all figured out.

A word-of-mouth bestseller that has caused a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman’s irresistible novel about the angry old man next door is an uplifting exploration of the unreliability of first impressions and a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared with other people.”

I loved this book. I thought Ove was absolutely hilarious. I think we’ve all known that grumpy old man that doesn’t seem to be happy with anything, and I immediately could relate to all of the people who got fed up with Ove. But this book shows that deep down, those grumpy old men aren’t always what they seem. While I enjoyed reading this book because of the funny parts, I enjoyed the heartwarming parts of it even more.

The character of Ove reminded me so much of the old man from Up, and I loved that. In both stories we see that grumpy people aren’t so bad after all.

Even though Ove was brutally honest at times throughout the book, I honestly felt like I could relate to him as well. We all have those times when we feel like we’re surrounded by idiots. Most of us would resort to just thinking bad thoughts about someone, but Ove just comes right out and says what he’s thinking. I can appreciate that, and Ove’s honesty led to some of the funniest parts of the book.

Overall, I would recommend that anyone read this one. There’s humor, drama, and you’re left with a good feeling by the end of it. I think it would appeal to a wide audience, no matter who picks it up.

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And finally, here is The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I’ve listed Kaur’s first book, Milk and Honey, as one of the books that have influenced me. There’s a reason why she has become such a popular writer. Her poems really speak to people. When I found out that she was going to be coming out with a second book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It certainly didn’t disappoint.

Here’s the summary: “From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.”

What I love most about Kaur’s poetry is that it’s both honest and uplifting. There are some pretty heavy themes running throughout the book, but at the same time, Kaur reflects on things that are happening in her life and is ultimately positive. There are so many of her poems that I can relate to, like lack of confidence and low self-esteem. While those ones are sad, they also make me feel less alone. On the other hand, there are a lot of poems that leave me feeling more confident and inspired.

I still cannot believe that Kaur is the same age as me. She has such an interesting way of expressing herself. I’m a writer as well, but I can’t imagine writing some of the things that she has written. She has a mature way of looking at the world, and is so talented with writing. I think it’s amazing what she has been able to do with her poetry at such a young age.

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I hope that you have enjoyed learning about what I’ve been reading lately. Since reading is such an important part of my life, I always like being able to share what I’ve been liking. Hopefully in the coming months I will be able to devote a bit more time to my books, so I can share even more in the future.

Do you have any books that you have been loving lately? I would love to hear all about them. I’m always looking for new recommendations.

Love,

Sara

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