Monday, January 30, 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: Week Four #12mos12rals

Welcome to the final week of discussions for our new 2017 project, #12mos12rals!!  Be sure to stay tuned in for more information on our next read coming later this week.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:  Week Four
Chapters 30-End, Pages 258-End

Today marks our final conversation about our first book of 2017.  If you have read the book, feel free to link up your overall thoughts or reviews in the linky below.  I would love to hear more about your thoughts on this book.

I loved this quote from the book . . .
"Loving someone is like moving into a house," Sonja used to say.  "At first you fall in love with all the new things, amazed every morning that all this belongs to you, as if fearing that someone would suddenly come rushing in through the door to explain that a terrible mistake had been made, you were actually supposed to live in a wonderful place like this.  Then over the years the walls become weathered, the wood splinters here and there, and you start to love that house not so much because of all its perfection, but rather for its imperfections.  You get to know all the nooks and crannies.  How to avoid getting the key caught in the lock when it's cold outside.  Which of the floorboards flex slightly when one steps on them or exactly how to open the wardrobe doors without them creaking.  These are the little secrets that make it your home." (p. 305-306)
Comment on this quote, or share one of your own favorites from the book.

The truism “it takes a village to raise a child” has some resonance with A Man Called Ove. How does the eclectic cast of posers, suits, deadbeats, and teens each help Ove in their own way?  (From Backman's reading group guide.)

Much of the story of Ove’s life remains untold. Imagine a scene from Ove’s life that we didn’t see, and try your hand at writing it out. Short or long, funny or serious, do your best to get into Ove’s head and depict an event that led him to become the lovable pain in the neck that we meet in the book. (From Backman's reading group guide, enhance your book club.)

ICYMI:

Thank you to all you have participated in the first book of #12mos12rals!  We look forward to reading with you all this year, and hearing your thoughts on our selections.  Stay tuned for more information on our next book, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.  And, don't forget to enter to win in our surprise giveaway linked above!

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