A Man Called Ove

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t been able to focus on reading for about a year, maybe just a little over – but this book, I could not put down. I adored Ove, not at first and that was intentional I think, but by the end I was so impressed by his character.
The writer did an amazing job of riding the line between light-hearted banter and feel good scenarios, and crushing emotional insights into a cruel world.
The story had a wonderful depth of empathy to it, and in our world where empathy is in short supply I really hope it is taken up by all the readers out there who may not always look at other people’s life and experiences when they judge and interact with others.
The epilogue was just enough of everything that I wanted to hear, it was perfectly ended in my opinion.

I laughed, cried, and got angry at some points of this story – it managed to fill me with all the emotions and I loved every second of it.

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Lethal White

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike, #4)Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I almost wished I had the time to read the whole series before I read the latest instalment as there was a lot of stuff I know I was a little hazy on throughout the book that had happened in the book before. Having said that, it didn’t impact on the story itself, which as always was extremely well plotted, and wonderfully written.
I love the characters – although, I feel like Robin needs something to change in her character as she is so passive and quite frankly, very annoying. I also feel that her character has been building to this moment, and that she has grown enough that I trust the process to continue. So despite being annoying, I also understand her and can see that she is progressing to somewhere.
I had a few theories that were not correct, and I think that there was enough in there that the ending was satisfactory in how it all unravelled, and I was suitably surprised and impressed.
As with all the others in the series, I had a feeling of constantly being full while reading due to the copious amounts of food and beverages being written about! I love that the author is able to craft such a response simply by picking something that the character does often and giving the details of this experience in a way that makes it meaningful for the reader.
Can’t wait for the next one!

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