Happy last Friday of February everybody! I swear this year is literally flying by so quickly, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. I’m very excited to not only be linking up with Carolann and Christy to talk about The Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club book for the month, but also to be linking up with Olya and Mattie for their second annual Galentine’s Day Blogger Exchange.

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I know that I probably sound like a broken record, but one of my favorite things about blogging has been getting to connect with other people that have similar interests. It’s so much fun to talk about books and see what other people think, and also to send and receive snail mail from some girls that you feel like you know, just because you read their blog. Anyways, let’s get onto A Man Called Ove and my goodies from the Galentine’s Day Blogger Exchange!

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The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

So I guess that I have to say that first thing’s first, I actually didn’t vote for this book when Christy and Carolann put up the poll on Goodreads, not because I didn’t want to read it, but because I selfishly had a copy of one of the other books and wanted to read that one instead. Well, thanks to everybody that voted in the polls for A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman because this book is easily one of my favorite that I’ve read in a long time.

Last year when I first started joining in the Show Us Your Books linkup with Steph and Jana (next one is on March 14th by the way), it seemed like A Man Called Ove was all anybody could talk about. I read the review and added it to my Goodreads, but for some reason I didn’t ever pick it up. Now I see why everybody couldn’t stop raving about it, and I’m kind of kicking myself for not picking it up earlier.

Ove is an older gentleman that is very used to the same routine. He wakes up at the same time every morning, has his cup of coffee, walks the streets in his neighborhood for his usual inspection, and then works on things around the house. Ove has very strong principals and is very strict about following the rules, and when the rules are broken Ove makes sure to inform those who broke the rules and then tries to fix them. Ove’s world is literally turned upside down when some neighbors move in next door, and they start showing him that everything isn’t as black and white as he’d like it.

When I first started reading this book, it reminded me a lot of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, but as the book progressed, I saw that the only real similarity was the fact that both Ove and Arthur were widowers. While Curious Charms was about Alfred trying to understand and find out more about his wife, A Man Called Ove was about opening up a man to the world around him.

While Ove’s character didn’t really change much during the book, he still had that rough and prickly exterior throughout the entire book, I love that his outlook changed, and one of the biggest ways that you saw that was the way that he addressed people. After a few short exchanges with Parvaneh, Ove stopped referring to her as “The Pregnant One” and started referring to her by her name. The same thing happened with her husband, Ove started thinking of him as Patrick instead of “The Lanky One”.

Another thing that I loved about the book was the way that the author managed to almost seamlessly transition from the past to the present. Sometimes it can get really confusing when you almost time travel back and forth in books (He’s Gone that I finished up in this month was like that), but it was perfect in A Man Called Ove. Plus, I felt that the time travel really helped to show the character development of Ove and why he did some of the things that he did.

I could literally go on and on about why I loved A Man Called Ove, but I think that you get the point, it’s a fantastic book, and you should go pick it up immediately! I gave it a 5/5 stars on Goodreads, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more books by Fredrik Backman.

Galentines Blogger Exchange

I think that I’ve mentioned it before, but Valentine’s Day isn’t that important of a holiday to me. Yes, I love getting to say an extra “I love you” to Chris, but we don’t really like doing anything too over the top on those days. We prefer to just have a nice meal together.

Galentine’s Day on the other hand, is something that I’m in full support of. Any excuse to get together with your girlfriends or give them presents, is alright in my book! So of course, I was really excited when Olya and Mattie announced that they would be hosting their Galentine’s Day gift exchange again and signed up immediately.

This year I got to buy Mattie her gift, and I kind of had a hard time deciding what I wanted to get her. When I remembered that she had commented that she hadn’t read a Sophie Kinsella book, I figured that a cute RomCom book would be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day so I sent her Can You Keep A Secret, which happens to be my favorite Sophie Kinsella book. I also knew that she was loving reading all of the Harry Potter books at the moment, so I thought that a fun coffee mug would be a fun gift for her too. I hope that you love them Mattie!

I was super excited when I received my Galentine’s Day gift and found out that it came from a fellow Texan that I love, Erin from Tex Erin in Sydneyland! The Amazon boxes arrived right after we had ended our No Spend January, so I had to make sure that I told Chris that I didn’t order my gifts for myself, especially since they were so perfect!

Erin not only sent me a really pretty Essie nail polish in Chinchilly, but also some wine glasses and wine stopper that are absolutely perfect for Galentine’s Day! I basically squealed with delight when I opened up my packages!

The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words A Man Called Ove

The wine glasses are stemless, which I love and covered in conversation hearts, and you’d better believe that I had my glass of wine in one of those cute glasses on Valentine’s Day while I watched The Bachelor! It was perfect, minus Nick being a dummy on The Bachelor, but I feel like nothing’s going to solve that problem. Anyways, Erin thank you so much for my perfect Galentine’s Day gift, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll be drinking wine out of them until my birthday because they’re just too cute!

Have you ever read A Man Called Ove? Did you exchange gifts with your Gals for Galentine’s Day?

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  • Biana Perez

    What a great review – adding that book to my ever growing list!! I’m a huge fan of the past and present in books being weaved in and out – it’s one of my favorite ways that authors write!! Happy weekend girl! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Mine too, which is why I think that it’s such a bummer when it doesn’t work out. A Man Called Ove does a great job of weaving past and present though, and I think that you’d love it! I hope that you had a great weekend too!

  • ah erin did such a good job – i love those glasses! and thats one of my fav essie colors πŸ™‚ that book sounds super interesting – will add to my list!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • It’s one of mine too! I have to admit that I painted my nails in that color a couple of weeks ago and I definitely need to reprint them again. And the wine glasses are seriously the cutest! I could drink out of them all the time!

  • What cute wine glasses! πŸ™‚ Perfect for Bachelor viewing. And, I agree, I’m getting tired of Nick and his silly decisions….

    • Chris was watching it with me, but he’s gotten so annoyed with Nick that he refuses to watch it with me! I’m very happy that the season is almost over so that we can watch Rachel as the bachelorette! Although I still don’t know why they announced it before she was off the show…

  • I’m still working my way through Ove, but really love it so far. Your Galentine’s Day exchange looks so fun! Chinchilly is such a gorgeous color and the wine classes are so cute! I love that you had to convince Chris you didn’t order anything for yourself, haha. I’ve definitely had to do that before too.

    • I know! When the gift is that perfect, sometimes you just have to make sure that they know that you didn’t buy it for yourself! I hope that you finish up A Man Called Ove soon! It really was a great book and I can’t wait to read more books by him!

  • Beth Lillis

    I loved a Man Called Ove also but we need more than a blog to properly discuss it. I’ll call you soon.

  • Oh glad you ended up loving this one! I think they are making it into a movie this year…? It’s on my TBR. It’s always a nice surprise when you end up loving something that you didn’t think you would! πŸ™‚ What a fun gift! Essie’s Chinchilly is one of my favorite colors. It’s like a neutral grey/purple and I looove it! πŸ™‚ A nice change from pinks and reds. I feel like I get into a rut sometimes. hehe So fun! XO – Alexandra

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    • I was just thinking that it would make a great movie, so I hope that it really is true that they’re making it into one soon! And Erin totally nailed the gift for me! The way you described Chinchilly is spot on! I need to repaint nails and I think that it need to be that color!

      • I saw that it was nominated for an oscar in the foreign film category. So you can probably watch it now! πŸ™‚

  • My friend was reading that on our trip to Wisconsin last fall and she really enjoyed it, I need to pick it up! What a cute galentine’s gift! Have a great weekend!

    • A Man Called Ove was so wonderful and I think that you’d love it! It’s also a perfect book club book if you need any ideas for yours! I hope that you had a great weekend too!

  • Christina Sotherden

    Those wine glasses are the cutest!! The cutest gift!

  • I couldn’t read Ove, it was a DNF for me.

    Love that conversation heart glass!

    • I think that just proves that people have different tastes in books. And the conversation heart glasses were perfect!

  • I have heard so many good things about The Man Called Ove. I need to read it here. I have Britt-Marie Was Here in my bonus list for Erin’s challenge, so I’ll probably read that soon. I love what Erin sent you! Those wine glasses are adorable.

    • I’m a huge sucker for cute wine glasses and Erin totally nailed it! I had always heard good things about A Man Called Ove and the other books by Fredrick Blackman so I’m glad that I was finally able to read one of them. I hope that you like Britt-Marie was here!

  • Jen

    I am in love with those wine glasses! What a fun swap to be a part of. πŸ™‚

    • It really was such a blast! I was so happy that I got to buy for Mattie and I loved everything that Erin sent me!

  • Thanks again for my gifts! I am definitely going to read Can You Keep a Secret soon. Stemless wine glasses are my favorite, and those ones are so cute!

    I really want to read A Man Called Ove too!

    • You’re so welcome and I’m so glad that you loved your gifts! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Can You Keep A Secret and I hope that you get to check out A Man Called Ove! It was a great book and one that I think that you’d like!

  • I started listening to A mMan Called Ove as an audiobook, but then the library took it back. Maybe I’ll request it again! You sold me!

  • Ok your rave reviews have me super curious about this book, totally adding it to my list! Ugh I am so bummed I missed the memo on the Galentine’s Day linkup, end of Jan my blogging participation was way down. Hopefully she’ll have another fun blogger exchange! You got some great stuff!

    • They’ve done the exchange for Christmas too and it’s always so much fun to be involved with! If they do another one before then I’ll make sure to let you know! A Man Called Ove really was so adorable and I hope that you get to pick it up soon! I bet that the audiobook is good to listen to as well!

  • I loved A Man Called Ove so much! And I’ll be honest, I didn’t vote for the book either. I just had no interest in reading it. After we all voted, I ended up finding a copy at a used bookstore for 25 cents, so I thought it was a good sign for me. I begrudgingly picked it up as I was waiting to meet a friend then I j ust wanted to stay home and read! One of the things I love about book clubs is reading books you normally wouldn’t read, and I definitely wouldn’t have read this book without our book club.

    And what a cute blog swap! I don’t care much for Valentine’s Day but I love Galentine’s Day!

    • That’s definitely one of my favorite part about being in a book club too, picking up books that I never would have read before. The book club that I’m in at work is the exact same way, we read books that are all over the place and I love it. I literally couldn’t put down this book either and I remember not wanting to get off the bus because I only had a few pages left to read.

      I think that it’s funny that everybody doesn’t tend to love Valentine’s Day but that we love Galentine’s Day!

  • Aww, I had Erin in the Galentine’s exchange! I love Chinchilly, it’s one of my favorite Essies! And I those conversation heart wine glasses are super cute!

    • She totally nailed my gift and after reading her blog it sounds like you nailed her gift as well! As soon as I saw chinchilly I fell in love! It’s so pretty!

  • So great to read your review and hear that you loved the book! I’ve had it on my wish list for some time now so I definitely have to read it now. Erin nailed it and got you such cute and girly gifts for a wine lover like myself πŸ˜‰

    • I know! I fell in love as soon as I opened the box and now I want to drink wine out of them for as long as I can! I hope that you check out A Man Called Ove! It’s such a cute book and would probably be perfect for a commute!

  • I’ve never heard of A Man Called Ove but does sound good – adding it to my list!!

    Those stemless wine glasses are soo cute! They’re perfect!! I was going to sign up but then forgot. ARgh!!

    • Definitely remember next year! It’s a lot of fun to get to know other bloggers! A Man Called Ove is so cute, and definitely a must read! I hope that you get to check it out!

  • Nicole F

    What an excellent gift! I love those wine glasses and wine stopper. Great job Erin! I also loved A Man Called Ove. Such a cute story and main character. I need to find a good book that is similar in tone. I’ve read a lot of serious stuff recently. I need to lighten up the book pile πŸ™‚

    • Erin 100% nailed her gift for me! I love the glasses so much, and I’m actually still using them even though Valentine’s Day is over! A Man Called Ove was definitely on the lighter side of books that I’ve read recently too, and I kind of hope that some of his other books are along the same light thread.

  • Ashley

    What fabulous gifts! Those wine glasses are super cute!

    I’ve never read A Man Called Ove! I definitely will have to add that to my list!

    • I hope that you end up reading and liking A Man Called Ove! And Erin totally nailed my gifts! I love them so much and I’m still using the glasses because they’re too cute!