This is so apropos if our time! It is sad but true. 😔
Well now I have find out what happens after!
I‘ve now read everything Backman has published! I have the paperback, but decided to listen to the audiobook for this one, and I‘m glad. The narrator did a nice job.
I became attached to the characters in the Beartown duology, none moreso than Benji. I worried for his safety, for his health, for his future. I think Backman makes his misunderstood characters so interesting, and this was no exception.
📚#NewYearWhoDis: Finish ATGIB (also for #ATreeGrowsinBrooklynBuddyRead)
🎧#AuthorAMonth: Finish tagged book
📚Finish The No Complaining Rule
“Grief is a wild animal that drags us so far out into the darkness that we can‘t imagine ever getting home again. It hurts in such a way that you can never really figure out if it actually passes or if you just get used to it.”
Just spent another day with the characters of Beartown. Smart, poignant, eloquent❤️ The hockey game metaphor was brilliant. I recommend all of Backman‘s writing!
*5 Backman books January 2020*
Starting my 5th Backman book for January. Sequel to Beartown. So far, I still have to choose A Man Called Ove as my favorite Backman. A new Backman will be released in September
What is your favorite Backman?
I know Backman is hit or miss- some love him and some don‘t. I love him. I love his simple way of saying big things, and I love his characters.
I liked this just as much as Beartown.
I really hope he writes another down the road about little Alicia. I want more of her story. I‘ve seen the tot hockey players practicing before my husband‘s games, and there is nothing more hopeful and adorable. 🏒💚❤️
For me, this is the fourth book by this author, and now I can officially say that his stories are not for me. I appreciate the themes in his works, but what makes me annoyed, is his writing style - which I find too sugary, especially with life wisdom/moralistic lessons... Too dramatic, often too clumsy and intrusive philosophical thoughts, but above all, too emotionally manipulative.
I‘m on page 25 and this is just SO GOOD!! Fredrik Backman knows how to craft a sentence.
I was so excited to read this after I read Beartown but the publishing industry thought it was a good idea to release this in Canada in June instead of October. I‘m a bit of a seasonal reader so I put it off. 😕
Having read Bear Town a couple months ago, I wanted to anticipate this book for a while. Although I preferred the storyline in the first book, It was still nice to curl up with these much loved characters to read their lives continue. ...I wouldn‘t recommend this book to those who haven‘t read the first because the character development in the original is so important to the sequel.
Once again Backman eviscerated me. The sequel to Beartown was just as powerful and heartbreaking. Benji owns me heart and soul and it comes as no surprise that I cried multiple times while reading this. This is also a testament to Backman's translator who was able to so effectively translate his words. Backman is easily a top 5 author for me. I cannot wait to see what he writes next.
Everything I loved about Beartown was just beaten to death in the sequel. I finished it out of love for the characters, but really just wish Backman had left it alone. All of his insightful observations about human nature grew tired very quickly this time around. Very disappointed. #audible #audiobook #unpopularopinion #nosequelneeded 🏒🏒🏒
It pains me to say this but this was NOT GOOD. The definition of an unnecessary sequel. The author just uses the same language & plot points like in Beartown, except this time without the deeper meaning & the emotional effects. A huge part of the book is just repeating events that happened in Beartown until I was tired. There is a lot of unnecessary violence and the new characters just didn‘t make me care so much.
*photo of Stockholm
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this sequel so far. I absolutely loved Beartown and was really looking forward this. At this stage, it's been nothing but rehashing what happened in Beartown. It's just not working for me, and I am terribly disappointed. Can anyone tell me that it has anything new to offer?
The starting of the book felt like there was no concrete storyline. But in the end , everything seams up beautifully ❤️
Hockey is not just a sport in Beartown, it defines who you are.
Could this get more real ?
After Beartown, I'm not really enjoying this sequel though the writing is so powerful
My Books-A-Million bargain book #BookHaul 😁 With the sale they had going, these ended up being 98 cents each! 📚📚📚
Perhaps this #audiobook would have drawn me in more if I had read Beartown first. I found much of the writing to be cheesy and clichéd, rather than emotionally moving. Oh, well. ?♀️
I am always wary of follow up books or sequels, but this one lived up to the hype of the first book in the series, Beartown! I highly recommend these two books to ANYONE, even if you are someone that is strongly opposed to hockey or organized sports. The author has created beautiful characters and a vivid setting and his writing draws me in to the point where I don't want to put the book down until I am done!
It's hard to believe the year is half over! I've read quite a few great books so far this year but this is my #Top6Reads for the first half of 2019. Looking forward to many other great books in the second half! Thanks for the idea @Cinfhen
I‘ve really enjoyed some of his other books but I‘m not sure about the subject of this one...
After slogging my way through this, I have come to the conclusion that whatever most people see in Backman‘s writing, it escapes my notice. This follow up to Beartown is so interminably dreary, it‘s like swimming through treacle. 1⭐️
A friend from college used to say “It ripped out my heart, threw it on the floor, and did the tango on it.” This book is a lot like that. But so good. I feel like Fredrik Backman portrays everything so well: people, places, communities, careers, families. And so many of his observations are spot on. I grew up in a small town where my father was a high school coach, and was practically yelling “Yes, this!!!” throughout the entire book.
Being a mother can be like drying out the foundations of a house or mending a roof: it takes time, sweat, and money, and once it‘s done everything looks exactly the same as it did before. It‘s not the sort of thing anyone gives you praise for. But spending an extra hour in the office is like hanging up a beautiful painting or a new lamp: everyone notices.
Just finished this book today. It was awesome! This book and Beartown has all the feelings! Backman's writing brings out my emotions like the books I read during my childhood.