Let the fun begin! Last Monday I posted this shelfie on my bookstagram feed, and asked for comments choosing a number between 1 and 107. I said I’d reveal the reason for choosing numbers later – so here it is!
My purpose was twofold:
- The number 107 is the amount of books I have on my living room bookshelf. From the numbers that were chosen, I’ll randomly pick one and feature the corresponding book each Sunday! Some are books I’ve read, and others are still on my TBR list!
- I also used a random number generator to choose TWO numbers at random, and any bookstagrammers who chose those numbers (which ended up being 45 and 11) win two bookmarks of their choice from my Etsy shop! (Congrats to @very.literary who chose 45, and also to @trh_87 who chose 11!)
If you want to join in the fun and start your own Sunday Shelfie Feature, please do! Of course, there are many ways you could choose to feature a book, but I thought this would be fun, and should keep me going for awhile…
This week’s feature is number 91 on my shelf:
Title: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publication date: August 27, 2012
My Rating: ★★★★★
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the 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 doesn’t 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 Ove’s 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.
This was a five star read for me. Most books that are able to make me laugh out loud and cry (ugly cry – not a single tear rolling down the cheek) within a short span of pages deserves five stars. I completely fell in love with Ove, especially because he reminded me so much of my Grandpa who passed away last year. I started off rolling my eyes at him, but as the story went on and I learned more about him, I realized that I had judged him too quickly. Ove still has a place in my heart as one of my all-time favourite characters.
(from page 91 – the number I pulled)
“Ove hears a banging at the garage door. Ignores it. Straightens the creases of his trousers. Looks at himself in the reverse mirror. Wonders whether he should have put a tie on. She always liked it when he wore a tie. She looked at him then as the most handsome man in the world. He wonders if she will look at him now. If she’ll be ashamed of him turning up in the afterlife unemployed and wearing a dirty suit.”
Hope you’ve enjoyed this little feature of a book I’d definitely recommend! If any book bloggers out there want to join in on the Sunday Shelfie Feature fun, just tag me in your posts – I’d love to see them!