This book I found while walking around in Barnes & Noble about a week ago:

A Man Called Ove- Frederik Backman

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Summary: “Meet Ove. He’s a 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 must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered on his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior, there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to 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.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).”

Review: If I had to pick a word to describe this book, it’d be “charming”. The ups and downs the author takes you on keep you wanting to read the entire thing. For this being the first book I’ve “read for fun” in a few years- it was perfect. Definitely recommend. P.S. If you’re a crier, get some tissues out.

Favorite Quote: “You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away.”

I was recommended this book by a co-worker:


March: Book One- Congressman John Lewis & Andrew Aydin

Summary: “March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.”

Review: Not only was the book amazing but so is the idea itself of turning these stories into a graphic novel trilogy. I’d encourage EVERYONE to pick up this book.