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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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!

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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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Beyond Words: A Blogger's Book Club- A review of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A beautiful story about how people can change.