A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that I find it really hard to read over the summer holidays. During term time, I read while I’m eating my lunch and also when I’m waiting in the car for my son to come out of school. But in the school holidays, I’m restricted to just bedtime. So I’ve concluded there’s no point in trying to read a book with a complicated plot line. This year, I deliberately set out to find some easy to read books for the summer holidays. My friend lent me A Man Called Ove a while ago and told me it would be perfect for the holidays.

As soon as I started reading it, I was disappointed that I had kept it for so long without reading it. Because I loved it.

Ove is a grumpy man in his late 50s. Every morning, he gets up early and carries out a thorough check of the neighbourhood, to make sure nobody has left their rubbish or cars in the wrong place. He is interested in very little, apart from his beloved wife, Sonja, his Saab and doing things properly. He just doesn’t understand why people can’t do anything properly and has a very low opinion of most people.

Ove’s life changes when the new pregnant neighbour and her useless husband reverse into his flowerbed. Ove tries hard to resist, but suddenly this woman is in his life and he finds himself making friends with people. The grumpy old man had finally learned to live. But he still retains his grumpiness and his general dislike of most people and modern society.

A Man Called Ove is a very funny book and Ove is a very likeable character. I didn’t expect to be in tears for several pages at the end of the book, but I was. What starts out as a funny book about a grumpy old man actually becomes a very emotional story about a very likeable old man, which still retains its humour throughout.

I would recommend A Man Called Ove to pretty much anyone. It is a book to make you smile.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Oh yep, totally my sort of book! It’s great to have one that’s just easy reading every now and then. I do like a grumpy old man too! I’ve added it to my Amazon list of books to buy 🙂
    Nat.x

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    • I’m sure you’ll love it! It’s genuinely one of my favourite books of the year. X

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  2. I have added it to my kindle. I’m finding it hard to find the time for anything this summer. I think I just need to lock myself in a room!

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    • It is so hard to read over the summer! I’m sure you will love this one, it’s really lovely, but also very funny. One of my favourite reads this year.

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  3. This sounds quite heartwarming and I’l admit I like a book than can make me cry! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    • I love a book that makes me cry! To be fair, probably about half of the books I read make me cry a little bit, but this one had me in floods!

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  4. It wouldn’t be my usual choice but it does sound like one I’d enjoy 🙂

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    • It wouldn’t be my usual choice either, but I’m so glad I read it. I absolutely loved it!

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  5. I have a couple of books by this author on my library to-read list so I really must get one picked up! Thanks for sharing #readwithme

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    • I’d never heard of this author before, so well have to look for more of his books now.

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  6. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy. My reading time over the summer was reduced too and I don’t read as much when I can be outside in the evenings :o)

    #ReadWithMe

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  7. This sounds like a really different book and a nice light hearted read, thanks for sharing #Readwithme

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    • It’s a really lovely book. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised by it!

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