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A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!Meet Ove. Hes a curmudgeonthe 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 doesnt walk around with a smile plastered to 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 Oves 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 Pettigrews Last Stand, Fredrik Backmans 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).
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SheReadsAndWrites
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This one was tough to get into. I got to about 150 pages and felt that it was all a grumpy older man with not much explanation as to why. I almost gave up on it but I'm glad I didn't. The writing is truly lovely and as soon as other characters came in and there was more given about Ove and why he was the way he was, there was humor and the story was endearing.

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Kshakal
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

1. Exhausted pigeon… the true story of a teacher at the end of the school year
2. Done

@BethM @peaKnit @JenReadsAlot

TheSpineView Can't even imagine the "exhausted"! Thanks for playing 1mo
BethM Hahahaha and Ove automatically came to mind! 1mo
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AkashaVampie
A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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What am I getting myself into???? Starting this book right now.

#BookishMonopoly

ShelleyBooksie So good. 2mo
UwannaPublishme I loved this book! 2mo
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BethM
Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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1- taxes, finances in anything, what student debt would do to you, car maintenance- but hey I‘ve got some skills in French and calculus 😂
2- Ove
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

AmyG I so agree with #1. So many young people have no clue. 2mo
TheSpineView So true on #1! 2mo
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melissajayne
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Mehso-so

3.75⭐️ There were aspects of the story that I really liked, but was ho-hum about others. It felt liked it dragged in places, but overall I thought it was a really good book. It was one that I don‘t know if I will read again, but am glad that I did read. #2024 #fiction #bookclub #booksintranslation #contemporary

https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-man-called-ove-fredrik-backman/586402?ean=9781476...

Ddzmini Loved it 😊 I‘m sorry you had a so-so on this 🙌🏽 (edited) 3mo
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melissajayne
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#weekendreads

I hope to complete Prequel and work a bit more on The Alice Network this weekend. I just started the tagged book and am enjoying it.

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Labmongrel
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“We always think there‘s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding onto words like ‘if‘.”

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Ladygodiva7
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1. Yes! I learned how to drive at the age of 15 because everyone in my family knew how and I wanted to know how. Both of my cars are currently manual, 5-speed and 6-speed 💨
2. A Man Called Ove, Ove taught his pregnant neighbor to drive a stick :)
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

CatLass007 Such a good book! 4mo
TheSpineView Loved A Man Called Ove. Thanks for playing! 4mo
BethM Yet another book I could‘ve used for 2 instead of just a blank stare 😂 4mo
Ladygodiva7 @BethM 😂😂😂 4mo
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S3V3N
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Pickpick

Late post. I finished the audiobook a while back and didn‘t post. I just finished the movie. Both were great, but I enjoyed the book more.

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courtearle
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Mehso-so

The unfortunate thing about this read, is that I knew whatever book I picked up after Fourth Wing was not going to get the rating it probably deserves.
This book at times was hard for me to get into, but by the end Ove stole a piece of my heart. A beautiful and heartbreaking story. One that will make you laugh one minute, and cry the next. A beautiful story about a man who loses the thing he loves most, to finding the most beautiful Found Family.

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courtearle
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The difficult decision of what book to read after a 5 star book hangover…
I needed 48hrs after finishing Fourth Wing to stop thinking about it enough to pick up another book.
- I like to go for lighter reads that are a completely different genre: a palette cleanser.
- A book I can read with no expectation of it making me feel the same way my last book did.
- In this case… a book on my TBR that will refresh my brain during the wait for Iron Flame.

emz711 More like a heartbreaking book, but very good 7mo
courtearle @emz711 Yes. The farther I get into it, the more I feel that‘s the direction it‘s heading. 7mo
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Smlambert725
A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

“People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.”
#September2023

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saragiolitti
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linsperspective23
A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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“He‘d accepted long ago that some people, no matter how good their heart was or how much love they had to give, would always be alone.“

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“We always think there's enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like 'if'.”

#SeniorCitizens
#BookBinge

Love Ove 💙

AnnCrystal 😥😭😘. 9mo
Eggs Brilliant 🥰😢😔 9mo
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psalva
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Bailedbailed

My first in what I feel will be a series of bails this week. I set this down last week and, upon picking it up today, I found I had lost interest. I feel like if I didn‘t set it down I would have got through but I lost my momentum and my patience for the character along with it.

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wideeyedreader
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ not my favorite Backman, but still a good read! Parvaneh is the best

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psalva
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I picked this up yesterday on a whim. A friend said they liked the movie and I haven‘t read any Backman, so I‘m giving it a shot. Honestly, I‘m feeling a bit curmudgeonly about the book so far, but I‘m going to keep with it. Side note- As depicted above, my cat Finn decided to bite the cover in the nighttime, something he never does. He‘s still annoyed about our move I think, but perhaps it‘s appropriate he chose this book to deface?

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seventyorten
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Pickpick

It was a very heartwarming read and I got creative burst and poured my heart into summarising this book in form of poem. I hope y‘all enjoy it.
P.S- My commitment is going strong and I‘m about to go on another reading spree. Lots of love. ❤️

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TheSpineView
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#VolumesandVocals @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
#StandByMe - Ben King

The song reminded me of how Ove stood by his wife even when she was ill.

LaraReads Good one! 💔 12mo
Eggs Well chosen 👍🏼👏🏻 12mo
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CatLass007
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Pickpick

I listened to A Man Called Ove about four months ago. It was narrated by the magnificent J. K. Simmons. I haven‘t loved a book so much in longer than I care to remember. ❣️❣️❣️

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Traci1
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Oh man this one just about killed me. I'm a blubbering mess. I'd read the book, so nothing was a surprise except that the movie was really well adapted. I'm going to have a crying hangover in the morning. 🥺

Texreader Such a brilliant book. Great review. Blubbering… 12mo
KateReadsYA I just watched this today with my husband, and we were both crying. It was such a great movie!!!! 12mo
Larkken Sooo much crying!!! 12mo
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BooksNBowls @KateReadsYA omg that‘s so funny me and my husband watched this today too! 12mo
Traci1 @KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls my husband has been asking me to watch it ever since it was released to stream (not so much because he wanted to but because he knew how much I loved the book), but I've been putting it off because I knew I'd be a mess. And now this morning, I'm all red and my eyes are puffy and blurry. It was worth it, though. Now my daughter wants me to watch it and the Swedish version with her. I think they're trying to kill me. 😭 12mo
KateReadsYA @Traci1 I'm so glad you watched it. 🤗 It's a movie that you can't help but cry. 12mo
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Lunarstar27
A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Pickpick

#amancalledove #amancalledotto #Fredrickbackman #grumpyoldman #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #booknerd #booksddict Ive seen the movie before I read the book Huge mistake! I can now understand why Tom hanks took the roll of a loveable grumpy old man! I wish I could tag Tom hanks because Tom hanks actullay brought Ove alive for me

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OrangeMooseReads
Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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This book made my eyes sweaty.
Loved it! Loved Ove, but my favorite character is the Cat. I love that cat.
Well written, characters with some depth (although a couple felt thrown in just to round out something), a good story.
5 ⭐️ highly recommend
(Now to watch the movie)

Readergrrl If you loved this book, you may also love The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. One of my favorites!! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Ove 💙 12mo
OrangeMooseReads @Readergrrl I have that one on my shelf. Perhaps I‘ll grab it for my next stack. Thanks 😊 12mo
rwmg I think the Swedish film is much truer to the book than the American re-make 12mo
OrangeMooseReads @rwmg I‘ll have to see if I can find that version to watch. Thanks! 12mo
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seventyorten
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This is my commitment post to stick to reading and improving myself in this horizon.
Starting with this beautiful read and let‘s see how this journey unfolds.
Hola! -To the fellow readers.

TheKidUpstairs Hello! Welcome to Litsy! 12mo
seventyorten Does Litsy provide us option to post a video? 12mo
TheKidUpstairs @seventyorten you can't post a video, but those who do videos will usually post a "blurb" or "review" with a still screenshot and a link to their video on YouTube ? 12mo
seventyorten Ohh! Okay. Thank you so much. You‘re so kind. 😇 12mo
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Larkken
A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Oof! I just finished the adaptation of this on Netflix and am hesitating to use one of my Libby holds on the audiobook - is it as much of a snotbomb as the Tom Hanks spectacular? I tend to listen to audiobooks in public and I‘d rather limit the amount that I look like a lunatic. 🫣

rwmg Even more so 12mo
BookBosomed1 ^ Agreed 12mo
Amiable I haven‘t seen the Tom Hanks movie (not interested), but I read the book and cried like a baby at the end. 12mo
RosePressedPages I ended up crying in my statistics class 😂 12mo
Larkken @rwmg @BookBosomed1 @Amiable @MadelineMcCrae ooo ok good to know - think I‘ll have to pass! I cried through the whole dang movie and I don‘t have enough tears for ten hrs of audio 😆 thanks for letting me know! 12mo
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Traci1
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I don't usually have issues with movie version covers. BUT changing the name is a big no-no. Yuck. 👎

JacqMac Ugh. Just ugh. 13mo
AvidReader25 Right! I can‘t believe they changed the name. 13mo
tjwill Agreed. 13mo
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jamield1911
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Mehso-so

I know I'm in the minority here, but this just wasn't for me.

My colleague gave me this and said it was the best book he'd read in a long time. I went in with high hopes but found myself disappointed.

It has a lot of heart, sure. It is well written with realistic characters. I just found myself forcing my way through it, reading it was a bit of a chore.

Deblovestoread In the minority but not alone. I also am not a fan. 13mo
jamield1911 @Deblovestoread I'm glad I'm not the only one! I found it hard work! It's a shame as it had potential. 13mo
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thewallflower0707
A Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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Ove would have loved Visby, Sweden 🇸🇪.

On Wednesday, we went on a cycling 🚴‍♀️ tour on Gotland (2nd biggest island of the Baltic Sea). We saw lots of sheep 🐑 and lots of sheep 🐑 statues. The ice cream 🍦 shop is called „Gotlato“, which is hilarious.

#holiday #sightseeing #sweden

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thewallflower0707
En man som heter Ove | Fredrik Backman
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Today, we walked through Gamla Stan (Old Town) and I had time for a short visit into this lovely bookstore focused on fantasy! They had lots of English books as well, so I assume that the Swedish translation probably takes a while and that not every book might even get one. 🇸🇪📕🗺️⚓️

#sweden #stockholm #holiday

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cariashley
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Pickpick

Finally read this one, might be one of the last people on earth 😅 I liked it! It was a little feel-goody and contrived, sure, but the Swedish locale helped. I probably would have hated it if was set in the US (I won‘t explore that thought more right now 😬). This author clearly also doesn‘t have a cat, but I was entertained by this Disney version of a feline.

Curiouser_and_curiouser Cool. I've just this minute finished Olive Kitteridge and Ove is next on my nightstand. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😊 12mo
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NikkiCureton
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Pickpick

There‘s something to be said for a happy ending. This book made laugh and cry (almost). Everyone needs an Ove at some point in their life, a curmudgeon with a heart that‘s literally and figuratively too large. Loved this book!

LoverOfLearning This has been on my shelf for way too long. I need to read it soon 13mo
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noseinabookagain
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Hmm, something about this book just didn‘t click with me. Perhaps something was lost in translation.

Reminiscent of the film ‘Up‘, this had an undertone of heartbreak throughout and some genuinely sad moments. It felt as if many things were added purely for entertainment purposes, therefore it felt too try-hard at times. Ove is a loveable character, and the ending was just right.

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Susanita
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It takes me longer to finish them now that I don‘t have a commute anymore, but I enjoy listening to audiobooks. They‘re good company on long trips, sometimes they have extras not included in the print version, and you learn how to pronounce unfamiliar names. #hsundayfunday

BookmarkTavern Yes! I love being able to hear unfamiliar words! Thanks for sharing! 13mo
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bunneeboy
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Pickpick

Lotsa heart, this one!

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Sargar114
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There really is something about his character‘s and their stories that really just sit with you. Even when you think you‘re not being affected, and then at the most random moments you find yourself thinking about them. Another beautifully told story about humans. #doublespin for March
Also: am struggling to see how Tom Hanks could pull this one off, after reading this I don‘t know if I really want to see that movie ❤️

robinb I‘m with you on the movie. I‘m just not seeing him in that role. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
suvata I completely agree. The book was just perfect and that‘s what I want to keep in my mind so I will probably pass on the movie. Strangely, I feel the same way about 1y
TheAromaofBooks I feel the same way about the movie. Especially since they decided to change the location and his name, etc. I was not expecting to love this book and I absolutely did. 1y
Sargar114 @suvata oh interesting, I feel opposite about that one. Probably because of the style in which it was written, feels like she intended it to go on a screen. 1y
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readers_attic
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Loved it ❤️❤️
#favourite

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TheSpineView
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#MarchMadness @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

At my age most characters are younger than me. Thank goodness for this book! 🤣🤣🤣

Has anyone seen the movie yet? Thoughts?

peanutnine I liked the movie! I thought they did a great job. They glossed over his earlier life a bit but still got the main story across. I really enjoyed the woman who played his neighbor 1y
TheSpineView @peanutnine OH good, because I want to see it. 1y
ReadingisMyPassion Loved the book and the movie. 1y
Eggs I 💗 Ove and the first movie! 1y
LaraReads Both movies were good! I was pleasantly surprised by Otto because I wasn‘t sure what to think about Tom Hanks in the roll. 1y
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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With the movie based on this book coming out not too long ago, I‘ve been wanting to do a reread of this book. Not sure if I want to watch the movie though 😬(I‘m a little peeved they changed his name). I loved this book the first time I read it and I‘m hoping it holds up to a reread 😊

#MCOlderThanYou 👴🏻❤️ #MarchMagic 💚💰🌈🍀

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻 I recommend the original OVE movie with subtitles-so good 🥰 1y
JuliaTheBookNerd @Eggs I will have to look it up 😊 1y
Eggs @JuliaTheBookNerd Hope you enjoy-it really captures the story 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 💙💙 1y
MyNamesParadise I enjoyed A Man Called Otto as it‘s own movie. Definitely check out the original film! 1y
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Honeybeebooks
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I put this one off for some time. Decided to give in so I could see the US movie version. I enjoyed it more than I expected. The lonely curmudgeon that finds new purpose and a reason to love again has been done many times over. It is nice that each time, the characters and themes are still meaningful. 4⭐️ for a sweet, understated novel about friendship and community.

Andrew65 Loved all his books. 1y
Honeybeebooks I loved BearTown! 1y
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Besha
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Worth reading!

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Injeanious
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Mehso-so

I know I‘m in the minority but I had a hard time finishing this book. The neighbor was the best but I just was bored reading it. I kept going since I heard how great it was, but finally didn‘t finish it.

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Eggs
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Backman is amazing. But Ove has a special place in my heart. All the warm and fuzzy feelings.

#Warmth #JanuaryJazz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

SilversReviews Did you see the movie? It‘s heartbreaking, but very good. 1y
Eggs @SilversReviews yes I saw it several years ago, then watched it again with my daughter. So well done 👍🏼 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I read this years ago and really want to see this. However, the trailer doesn‘t depict the serious matters in this book. Lots of trigger warnings and not appropriate for children. I‘m not sure if I‘ll see it with my husband who has had soldiers commit suicide 💔 just be aware 💔

Bklover Thank you for the warning!❤️ 1y
xicanti When I read the book, I was amazed all the reviews I saw ahead of time emphasized the comedy without even mentioning the multiple suicide attempts. They‘re definitely something people should be aware of going in. 1y
PageShifter Yeah for me it was definitely more sad and tragic book than comedy. I don't understand how some stories are marketed wrong. That was the reason why I didn't like Beach Read: it was marketed as a fluffy and fun book and it was quite serious. Otherwise I might have liked it, not when sold wrong. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @xicanti yes!! People are taking their kids to see this because the trailer looks light and fluffy 😫 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @PageShifter thanks for the warning on Beach Read! I haven‘t read it yet. I wish they would market books correctly… 1y
Deblovestoread The marketing of this book was way off base. I read it was “laugh out loud funny” so I went into it with that expectation. It was not that and I hated it…unpopular opinion I know. Our local first responder‘s chaplains group is also warning citizens to be aware of the movie‘s content. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Deblovestoread yes!! I saw a post from a chaplain… I hope people will do their research before watching this. I have dealt with suicide in my family and now I‘m not sure if I want to watch it 💔 1y
TheBookHippie Oh gracious. I best tell the parents not to go! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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What a lovely #Surprise from my sweet friend @EadieB 💗💗 it‘s full of books and all things bookish! Thank you so very much!! I love everything ❤️

#LitsyLove
#JanuaryJazz

EadieB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome! 1y
Escapinwithbooks A box of happiness! 1y
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Susanita
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My friend and I loved the movie!

RaeLovesToRead The cat!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 1y
RaeLovesToRead Haven't seen the film 1y
Susanita @RaeLovesToRead The cat is great. I read an article about him, and the director said he was determined to use the actual cat as much as possible. In the end he only had to do about 10% CGI. 1y
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