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Britt-Marie Was Here
Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (knives, forks, then spoons). We're not animals, are we? But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places. The number 1 European bestseller by the author of A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.
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SheilaChew
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Enjoying my patio and some hot tea before it starts raining here in Southern California. #staycation

Megabooks I‘m glad you guys are getting some rain! 1w
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SheilaChew
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These four books have been on my nightstand for too long. I‘m going to try to finish them before the end of the year. Reading Britt-Marie today - I set it down so long ago that I don‘t even remember where I left off!

Tamra I really enjoyed Penelopiad. 1w
SheilaChew @Tamra I‘ll read that next! Thanks for the recommendation! 1w
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Aswenson
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Just a handful of audio during October, but I‘m nearing 100 total books for the year! #swensonreads19 #swensonreads

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CoffeeNBooks
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#GratefulReads I enjoyed Britt-Marie so much that it was a #ReadInOneSitting book!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Bookishthoughts I've enjoyed Backman, still have to read this one. 3w
Kaila-ann I‘m with @Bookishthoughts - I have this one on my shelf but haven‘t gotten to it yet. 3w
marywag08 Have you read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She‘s Sorry? It‘s the prequel to this one. I immediately picked up Britt Marie was Here after reading that one. 3w
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚❤️ 3w
CoffeeNBooks @marywag08 I have that one on my bookshelf, but haven't read it yet. I didn't realize I'd read them out of order. Oops! 😂 3w
marywag08 @CoffeeNBooks No worries! The first one will explain the whole situation with Ken and give you a new perspective on several areas of Britt-Marie‘s life. They are both excellent! I think I liked Britt-Marie was Here the most out of the two. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks I didn‘t either!! 3w
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Day 6 - #BookGiftedToMe #GratefulReads

@ljuliel sent me this book as I had 2 copies of Whitethorn Woods and we were doing a group read so I posted about a free copy and Julie won the book. I was so surprised to receive this book in return and I look forward to reading it very soon. Thanks again, Julie!

ljuliel You‘re welcome Eadie. It took me a few starts to get into this one, but once I did, it was very good. I‘ve also found that with his others. There seems to be a hump I need to get past to keep on reading. Britt is quite a character. 💕 1mo
EadieB @ljuliel I agree but when you have already read a few of his other books, you keep on reading because you know in the end you will find the book to be a real treat! 1mo
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 1mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed this one!! 1mo
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thewallflower0707
Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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Happy Halloween 🎃!

1) I THINK it is Britt-Marie is here, but I should also really start reading Night House and How to be both

2) A Man Called Ove. It deserved a reread only one month after my first read.

3) 6!

4) Night House of How to be both OR my newly arrived books Blind Assassin and Instructions for a Heatwave (not at all fitting for the season).

#trickortreating #october #wrapup

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EadieB
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Thanks so much for sending me this book. I haven‘t read it yet but I do look forward to reading it. Hope you enjoy Whitethorn Woods and look forward to discussing it with you and the others in the group!

ljuliel I‘m glad it arrived early. I‘ll be starting the Binchy book soon. I think it starts this weekend ? I kept the note about it. Will check the dates. Hope you like Britt Marie as much as I did. (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 This is one I want to read. Really enjoyed the three of his I have read so far. 1mo
Andrew65 @ljuliel Yes we start Maeve Binchy on Saturday. 1mo
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ljuliel @Andrew65 I have Ove and also the Grandmother one. I have yet to get to them but really like Britt a lot. Thanks for the date. I thought the reading schedule started soon 🙂 1mo
Andrew65 @ljuliel I loved Ove ❤️, very different but I also really enjoyed Beartown and UsAgainst You once I got into Beartown. 1mo
ljuliel I‘ve started Ove several times and it just hasn‘t STUCK yet.... I‘ll keep trying though. I think I‘ll like it once I get over that hump. @andrew65 1mo
Andrew65 @ljuliel That was the same for me with Beartown, I had to get over that hump, then it was good. 1mo
bookaholic1 Great book 1mo
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I absolutely loved the first two thirds of this book! The last third got pretty scattered to me, but I overall still really liked the book. It definitely made me cry multiple times! The characters were great.

Readswithcoffee I love all of Fredrik Backman‘s books. 2mo
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Bren912
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I loved this book. And I realize what I love Backman books: It is one of human hope and the ability to change direction and have meaningful moments no matter your age or circumstance. To find out what importance you may have in the small, ordinary mundane moments of life. That. Is Britt-Marie. And I hope. Me.

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Bren912
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My reading view for@the next few weeks!!

wanderinglynn That‘s a lovely view! ❤️ 2mo
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Bren912
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Dear Frederik Backman: I have loved everything I have read from you. I‘m certain this won‘t disappoint.

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Panpan

I think it wrapped up quite nicely but the story line just didn't make sense. I still didn't quite understand how the ending happened but I guess it was ok. I don't recommend this one. It was closely a 3/5⭐ read for me.

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AmyK1
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I finished A Train in Winter last night and decided I needed to read something a little less...intense next. So I started this one today 😊

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AmyLarge
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Oh wow. This book packs some punch. When Britt-Marie leaves her husband, due to his wandering affections toward another woman, she finds herself alone and without all of the things that keep her grounded and safe. No more balcony. No more well organised cutlery draw. No more being a passenger in the car. So she takes a temporary job in Borg. And from there, magic springs! A bold story of how one person can make a massive difference. Loved it.

Buechersuechtling Thanks a lot for this review. Do you do it, I may give this author another try – even if I decided long time before (after “Ove”) to not read any more of his books. Hopefully I find it in my library‘s stock. 3mo
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Arvena
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Mehso-so

Rather sad...

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JessNevertheless
Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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Still here and reading, although at a much slower pace. Started my graduate program and also working full time so there isn't a whole lot of time to read hard copies, but I can keep up with my book club reads by #audiobook. 🎧

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MaleficentBookDragon
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1. My favorite book this year.
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. 😴😡👎
3. Corn on the cob.
4. Two first cousins and quite a few distant ones
5. @Avanders @TheReadingMermaid @Mommamanzi @BookwormAHN
#friyayintro @howjessreads

TheReadingMermaid Thanks for the tag sweets 😘🤗😘 4mo
BookwormAHN Thanks for the tag 😺 4mo
Avanders Mmm corn on the cob 🌽🤤♥️♥️ 4mo
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MusicallyMorgan
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1. Tagged! I adore Fredrik Backman and can‘t wait to get into this one.
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It was one of my favorites from last year and it met the #popsugarchallenge
3. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting! It‘s a super cute book about a girl who meets her childhood celebrity crush, and it‘s pretty much like every dream I‘ve ever had in which I met Nick Jonas. 😍
@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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MusicallyMorgan
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Starting my 51st book of the year and I am so excited for it!!
I can‘t wait to find out why there‘s a rat on a soccer ball on this cover. 🤷‍♀️

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laur89
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She may not have found #TrueLove in the traditional sense (screw you, Kent!) but she did find it when she boarded the “Hot Mess Express” to Borg! Such a great assortment of characters. Also, who knew bicarbonate of soda had SO MANY uses?!

#JulyColdplay

Eggs 👏🏻💗📚💗🤗 5mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Thanks for the tag @avanders.
I've also read a lot of really good books so far this year, but I've narrowed it down to the #top6reads.
Britt Marie is still by far my favorite of this year, possibly my favorite since I was a kid and Watership Down.
I've loved following this hashtag because I've found new people to follow & new books to read..
If you haven't neen tagged yet @vkois88 @vicgreentoriafield @TheReadingMermaid

sudi Great picks 👍 5mo
vkois88 Thank you for the tag! 5mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽 fun set!! I really can‘t wait to read 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing 5mo
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Lchnessmnstr
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Reminds me of Britt-Marie!

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‘I know what you‘re thinking. But this is Borg. We forgive each other in Borg. We don‘t have a choice. If we didn‘t there wouldn‘t be any friends left to get pissed of at.‘

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Lchnessmnstr
Pickpick

I HATED Britt-Marie when I read My grandmother asked me to tell you she‘s sorry, but you learn to (slowly) love and understand her here.

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wanderinglynn
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#BookFitnessChallenge Week 4 check-in

I didn‘t get to 10000 steps every day. Had a couple excellent days & a couple I-could‘ve-done-more days.

More importantly, my nutrition is better. I‘m being more conscientious & making better choices.

I am loving my 10 min AM yoga. Helps me clear my sleepy head and warms up my muscles to get me focused for the day.

Audiobooks: 4/6, so right on track.

bewareofwords That‘s great! Sounds like you‘re making great progress. 👏🏽 6mo
TheSpineView Great job! 6mo
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KathyWheeler In round 2, I‘m going to add yoga for exactly the reason you stated here. Good job! 6mo
wanderinglynn @KathyWheeler Thanks! I‘m definitely going to stick with it. It‘s a nice way to start the day. 6mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @BookwormAHN ☺️ 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl Success! 👏 6mo
wanderinglynn @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks! ☺️ 6mo
Clwojick You‘re crushing it! ♥️🧡💛 6mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @Clwojick ☺️ 6mo
dariazeoli You‘re rocking this! 🙌💪👊🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @dariazeoli ☺️ 6mo
mabell Nice job!! 6mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @mabell ☺️ 6mo
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wanderinglynn
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After reading My Grandmother, I had to go back and reread (or listen to) Britt-Marie. ❤️

Audiobook 4/6 #BFC #BookFitnessChallenge

Read4life I have enjoyed all of his books I‘ve read. I think the audiobooks are exceptionally well done. 💙 6mo
wanderinglynn @Read4life Agree. Joan Walker is a fabulous narrator. 6mo
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C.Perone
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Cleaning my house and sprinkling baking soda everywhere . . . Holy shit, I've become Britt Marie 😂

Trashcanman Not quite, she has a name. 6mo
C.Perone @Trashcanman She's greedy - she has two names 😝 6mo
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Britt-Marie was endearing and a pinch neurotic. Back man sure knows how to create a feast of characters and can make a boring town interesting.

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EastWind76
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A busy weekend kept me from finishing To Say Nothing of the Dog until tonight, but it was very fun (and completely different from the well-wriiten but emotionally taxing Doomsday Book), so I think I'm going to order some more books by Connie Willis!
In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy visiting with Britt-Marie again... she was quite the character in My Grandmother Asked Me...

wanderinglynn I read Britt-Marie last year, but just now listening to the audio book of My Grandmother. I wondered if it was the same character. 7mo
EastWind76 @wanderinglynn it is! She's something else, isn't she?? 7mo
wanderinglynn Yes she is! 7mo
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Just some *light* booze and Backman on this Friday night!

rather_be_reading perfect!! 7mo
Clwojick I still need to read this one. I just gave a copy to my mother in law too. I love Backman 7mo
kellyann28 @Clwojick It's a good read! Follows the same trend as Ove, for some funny humor and sad bits as well! 7mo
JackOBotts Backman is pretty great. As are his characters and their journeys. 🤗 7mo
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Clwojick
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Heading out with the MIL today, and I‘m bringing her some books, as always. ♥️

Clwojick @NeedsMoreBooks I haven‘t read it yet I had an extra copy, so I passed it on. 8mo
Crazeedi Good daughter in law!!❤ 8mo
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Samara_Kipnis
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“It makes no difference. They play as if it makes all the difference in the universe.

“It does make a difference” (260).

The small things really can make a huge difference. 💕

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Cityofamber
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In typical Backman fashion this book was heartbreaking and hopeful

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

It took me a looooooong time to muster up any affection for Britt-Marie. I agree with a reading friend of mine that this is too like A Man Called Ove to rate nearly as well (formulaic, but not as good).

You know what's good? Three of my four orchids are blooming!

darklydreaming I still think of Ove fondly ❤️ 8mo
Velvetfur Those are beautiful orchids 😊 8mo
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful! I love orchids ♥️ 8mo
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rretzler Loved Ove but haven‘t read any of his other work yet. Your orchids are beautiful. The only orchids I seem to be able to take care of are the fake kind. 😂 8mo
tracey38 The orchids are beautiful. 8mo
JoyBlue @Velvetfur Thank you! The third one currently blooming is a teeny-tiny white one. 8mo
JoyBlue @Chelsea.Poole So do I! 💙 8mo
JoyBlue @rretzler I really liked Ove, absolutely hated Bear Town, and liked Britt-Marie sufficiently eventually. 😉 Thank you—orchids are the only plant I do right. It‘s a little bizarre. 8mo
JoyBlue @tracey38 Thank you! 💙 8mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I read a few really wonderful books this month. It was a good month for me for both quantity and quality. But, by far, Britt-Marie is my favorite book. It is one that will stay with me for a long time, and a perfect example of the right book at the right time. I really enjoyed reading My Sister The Serial Killer. Don't let the title fool you, it is all about family relationships, loyalty, and loneliness. It was exceptionally good. #marchwrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice work! 📖💖 8mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I love the way that Frederik Blackman creates crazy and eccentric characters who become so lovable by the end of the story. Britt-Marie is tough, but by the end, you can‘t help but be enchanted by her and feel happy to have spent the time with this character in this book.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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About 50 pages left to go. This book is wrecking me. Today will be day two of me crying in my office at lunchtime.
It may well end up being my favorite book of all time since Watership Down as a kid.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I have SO MANY FEELINGS.

I put Overlord in the DVD player for the #manpanion so I can keep reading.

mcctrish The author is so good at getting you to have all the feelings 8mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I was right. Halfway through and I'm having lots of feelings.
It's probably appropriate that I'm reading this while doing laundry. I just need some baking soda. 😊

Soubhiville 💙 great book! 8mo
C.Perone Never mock the magic of baking soda! 😂 8mo
MaleficentBookDragon @C.Perone 😂😂😂 8mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I have a feeling that this book is going to break my heart.

Samplergal It just came in my library holds. I‘ll try to get to it soon. ❤️ 9mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved Britt-Marie! 9mo
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Samara_Kipnis
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Always have a book handy! I‘ve been occasionally reading this one, picking it up, putting it down, but now, stuck at a hotel with nothing to do for an hour, I‘m hoping to get back into it! We‘ll see...

RochAnn Looks so cozy w the fireplace... 9mo
Samara_Kipnis @RochAnn in Manhattan, while waiting around the lobby while everyone else napped 🙃 8mo
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Another excellent read by Frederick Backman! Britt-Marie was introduced in Grandma says she's sorry. In this book you get to know who Britt-Marie really is, with charming characters that make you laugh and cry.
Frederick Backman has a great way of getting you involved with every part of the book, loved it❤❤❤

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This has a lot of what we loved in A Man Called Ove: the misunderstood characters with a heart of gold, a group of misfits coming together to help each other out, heartbreaking AND heartwarming moments. I did not love it as I did A Man Called Ove but I did enjoy it very much. If you need an uncomplicated feel-good book this should do the trick! 👍🏼😊

Tanisha_A I really liked reading A Man called Ove. Would love to read this too! Nice review! 9mo
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Off to a wonderful start for #2019! I tagged my favorite book for this month.

#LitsyAtoZ: 2/26
#SeriesRead: 2/6 for Narnia, 1/8 for HP
And my own #classics challenge: 2/5

#January #JanuaryRecap #JanuaryStats #JanuaryWrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great start to 2019! 10mo
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Backman never lets me down!!

This is a story about Britt-Marie, who finally takes a jump and takes the risk to live for herself. It‘s a funny book, but also heart-warming. Thank you, Britt-Marie, for reminding readers that it‘s never too late to start again, to choose one‘s actions, and dare to jump! 5 ⭐️

🧹⚽️🍕🚙🍫🐀

Now I think I‘ll go have a pizza.

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staci.reads
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Colorful characters and an engaging storyline make this an enjoyable read. The development of the town reminded me a bit of Beartown, and the character of Britt-Marie was a little reminiscent of Ove, but for me, this one comes in a distant third behind Backman's two other books I've read.

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! Your review is exactly how I would describe it! 😁 11mo
MelissaSue81 This was my least favorite of Backman‘s books. You need to read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She‘s Sorry though. It is Britt Marie‘s origin story (and a much better book, imo) 11mo
staci.reads @MelissaSue81 I didn't realize the 2 books were connected. It's definitely on my tbr list! 10mo
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I have to say something about this, being that tacos are my favorite food. This is an extremely inaccurate description of tacos... 🤨🤨🤨

🌮>🥗

JoScho Um if salads tasted like tacos I would be much thinner! 11mo
Kaye You guys aren‘t gonna like my comment but I might be the only person in the planet that doesn‘t like tacos ( or any spicy food). We went to the New Mexican restaurant in town a couple weeks ago and the Hubster got the Speedy Gonzalez platter. I got one taco and gave him 3/4 of it. Yuk. 🤢 11mo
laur89 @JoScho I agree!! A taco is way tastier (and more fattening) than any salad I‘ve had. @kaye Then you haven‘t had good tacos... You need some authentic Mexican cuisine! 11mo
JoScho @kaye if you go for Mexican food again try a cheese quesadilla-not spicy at all. Just warm and cheesy! 11mo
Kaye Thanks @JoScho I‘ll try to remember that. 11mo
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#bookandcoffee before a weekend trip to Orlando for a graduation ceremony! 👩🏻‍🎓

Really liking this one so far- Britt-Marie and her quirks are funny but her backstory is sad, so there‘s a nice range of emotions here. I like how it ties in pieces of “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She‘s Sorry”.

#LitsyAtoZ #coffee

bookaholic1 Love your mug 9mo
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