2019 Year End Wrap Up!

Happy New Year and Merry Holidays! We are coming to the end of 2019 very rapidly and I thought I would write one more post just to brag… I put that trampoline together with the help of my 5 year old, and I crocheted the socks and tea set in time for Christmas. I am very proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished these last few weeks!

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My Grandmother Asked me to tell you she’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Fiction | Contemporary

Audiobook | 11 hrs 2 min | read by Joan Walker

I finally finished this audiobook while waiting on the movers to finally deliver my furniture. My furniture was supposed to have arrived Wednesday but when I called to confirm on Tuesday it was still in Wyoming. So Saturday was the big day. Finally. And yes, this is my FIRST post in my beautiful new house. I love it. Love it!

This audiobook took a month a half to listen to because it’s winter and the weather interferes with walking the dogs quite a bit. (It’s dogs because my mom has 2, which means I was walking 3 dogs at the same time. And my dog, Morgan, did NOT like her dog, Sookie, but luckily they walked okay together as long as you kept them separate the rest of the time.)

Now it’s time for the review.

This is a story about a 7-years-old girl named Elsa, who’s only friend is her crazy grandmother. Her grandmother has always been there for her and comforted her with stories of a wondrous place called Miamis. As a knight of Miamis, Elsa must sometimes complete tasks for her Grandmother. The latest task will change Elsa’s perspective about everyone in her life.

I thought this story was told a little strangely. It focuses a lot on the stories her grandmother told Elsa, and a lot of the time the fairytales didn’t seem very well told. To me, it felt like the stories were a really important part of the book but were written like a quick side note.

I don’t know many “nearly 8-years-old”s but Elsa’s behavior and choices didn’t always make a whole lot of sense. Also, the way she treated her neighbors and spoke to people was often times rude. It also bothered me how unsupervised she was… either with her crazy grandma or without. For example, after the funeral… WHERE WERE HER PARENTS?

I meant to say this book is okay, but now that I’m writing the review it sounds more like a book I didn’t like. The book was… strange. If you like quirky, strange, characters then you might actually really like this book.This is actually rated 4.05 on Goodreads so perhaps it’s just me who didn’t like it. For me, it was a bit too unnatural for something based in the real world.

Have you read this book or Fredrik Backman’s other contemporary novel, Britt-Marie was Here?

Britt-Marie actually lives in the same building as Elsa so she showed up frequently in this one.

Backman also wrote the book, A Man Called Ove which I just read is going to be made into a movie with Tom Hanks. Should I give any of these others a try?

Five Quotes Friday – 2/21/19

He did all of this for me? Perhaps the man wasn’t so mad after all. Or maybe it’s a madness that I can learn to appreciate.

Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg

I love crazy people that are a nice kind of crazy.

The Soul, having entered into the body, becomes confused and believes that it and the body are one and the same.”

Killing Adam by Earik Beann

The character was explaining that if you cut off your thumb, you don’t lose a piece of your soul. It doesn’t just sit in one magic part of your body… it’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

… after losing Mom – I learned that hate could quail the beast of misery. Hate initiates progress, movement; the catalyst to moving forward. Misery is no more than silent drowning in a pool of personal despair thicker than molasses.

Neither was good.

Dawn by B.A. Lenaway (To be reviewed)

That’s a really picturesque way of describing something awful. I wish the rest of the book was written that prettily.

She knows she’s won. When mum loses control, Elsa wins every time.

My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman (To be reviewed)

It takes a fiction book to get great parenting advice. My four year old has admitted on several occasions that he likes making me mad. I didn’t understand why until I heard this in the audiobook. He wants to have control and if making me lose control is the only way to “win” then he will choose that route. Grr. I’ll try to remember this next time!

After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration – and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Perhaps Amor Towles carries the idea a bit too far. After all it is human nature to judge things (especially people). Still, I love the metaphors, and agree with the general principal that we shouldn’t judge. It’s something to aspire to!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these quotes from the books that I am reading, or have recently read. I’m moving slowly through these books, but all progress is good progress!


Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is organized by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic was really easy for me, because you can organize your Goodreads’ “Read” list by rating and show the column for number of ratings. So this week I actually have 10 responses, and they are really interesting! These are all 5 star reads and I hope you love them, too!

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