The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

Happy Show Us Your Books day everybody! Of course I’m linking up with Steph and Jana! I swear that this past month has seriously just flown by with our trip and everything, so while I wish that I had read more books, this month was another slower month for me, even though I loved everything that I picked up! Also if there was a theme for this month’s reading it would definitely be books that have been turned into movies or TV shows, so obviously you see my motivation for reading books this past month. Anyways, let’s get on with the reviews!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In June

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman ★ 5 stars

So this was the second Fredrik Backman book that I read, and while it started off slower than A Man Called Ove, I ended up loving this book way more. It made me feel all the feels, including so sad that I started crying when I was on the bus one day! But don’t let the crying deter you, definitely pick this one up and give it a chance!

Elsa’s grandmother is definitely one person that tends to drive everybody that she knows crazy, except for maybe Elsa. To Elsa she’s a superhero and takes her on multiple adventures even if they do something that they’re not supposed to, but most importantly, Elsa’s grandmother introduced her to the place of Miamas, where fairytales live forever. Suddenly Elsa’s grandmother passes away, and while Elsa is very sad and mad at her grandmother for passing away, she still decides to follow her grandmother on one last adventure, a scavenger hunt that will show her exactly the type of person that her grandmother was.

In true Fredrik Backman form, he has this way of weaving characters together into a fantastic storyline. I also loved that he had this way of making you feel for characters, even though you didn’t think that you should because of the way that they’ve acted throughout the entire book. But what I found the most endearing part of the whole book was how Fredrik Backman made the the entire fairytale world of Miamas come alive. It was so beautifully written, and definitely a book that you should pick up!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In June

The Circle by Dave Eggers ★ 4 stars

This is a book that was actually selected for next month’s Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club, but I knew that Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 was coming up, so I thought that I’d get a jump start on reading it. A longer review will come at the end of this month, but needless to say I was super excited to read this book, especially since I really wanted to see the movie too!

Mae is beyond excited when she gets the opportunity to work at the most prestigious company in the country, The Circle. When it started a few years ago The Circle’s main product was TruYou, an online profile that combined every single social media and every other online profile you’ve ever had into one profile that can never be broken into. As Mae gets more involved with her job at The Circle, she slowly realizes that her job is definitely not just the normal desk job that she thought it was and she wonders how far she’ll go to ensure her job at The Circle.

There’s probably only one way to describe this book, and it would have to be creepy. It amazed me how far the company and everybody at the company was willing to take people’s privacy and literally throw it away. Everybody just seemed to follow blindly, and it was terrifying to think that this could actually happen one day. I have a lot more thoughts on this book, but I’ll be talking about them more at the end of the month!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In June

American Gods by Neil Gaiman ★ 4 stars

This is also my second Neil Gaiman book for the year, but unlike with Fredrik Backman, I don’t think that American Gods is my favorite book by him. I have to admit that the main reason I wanted to read this book was because it was being turned into series on Starz, and of course I thought that it looked good, even though I had no idea what it was about.

Shadow Moon is currently finishing up his prison sentence and can’t wait to get home to his wife, when during his last week he receives a call from the warden informing him that he’s being released early because his wife has passed away. While heading home for the funeral, Shadow meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and agrees to enter into his service. What happens afterwards is a story that spans all the way across the United States and delves into roots of the citizens of the United States and where they came from.

I have to admit that I really didn’t know what in the world was going on with this book for a while, and if I hadn’t had the plane ride home from Europe to read, I’m not sure if I would have been hooked as immediately as I was. With that being said, I found this book to be really interesting in the fact that you got to learn about different cultures and their gods and beliefs, but also the story itself was very interesting. Without a doubt, this was the most interesting story that I’ve read recently.

So overall, definitely not the best month for me in terms of number of books read, but probably one of the best months ever as far as how great the books were that I actually read. So far the month of July is also shaping up to be another good reading month, so we’ll have to wait and see!

Have you read any good books lately? Do you like to read books that are being turned into TV shows or movies? 

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Show Us Your Books: What I Read In June: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, The Circle, and American Gods!

  • Biana Perez

    I haven’t read any of these which is good news for me!! Adding my grandmother to the list 🙂 Thanks for the stellar reviews! xo, biana –BlovedBoston

    • You’re so welcome, and I hope that you end up liking My Grandmother! I’ve really fallen in love with Fredrik Backman’s books, and this has been my favorite so far!

  • I need to get on it with Fredrik Backman books – everyone has the best things to say about his writing. The Circle seems like an interesting premise!

    • You definitely need to pick up a Fredrik Backman book! I’m going to read Beartown next month probably, which is the one that everybody seems to say is their favorite, so make sure to check out that one too! And The Circle was so good! I had a general idea of what to expect, but I definitely didn’t expect to be so creeped out!

  • The Backman story sounds good and also like it may make me cry. I have American Gods on my Nook app…but I just couldn’t get into it. So weird. I’m sure if I push through it will captivate me at some point, but I’m not rushing.

    • It definitely took me a while to get into American Gods, and I think that’s because it took a while for Neil Gaiman to kind of explain what was actually going on with the story. Give it another chance, especially if you’re a fan of his books. And although it was a tearjerker, My Grandmother was still such a good book and I can’t recommend it enough!

  • I will be adding all three of these to my list! I know that feel about taking awhile to get into a book. Currently reading one that took awhile and now I don’t want it to end!

    • Isn’t that how it always turns out, you can’t get into a book, and then finally when it picks up it’s almost at the end! And I hope that you get to pick up these books soon because I really did love them all!

  • Laura

    I can’t wait to get into Fredrik’s books — I have been on the waiting list forever! And for the Circle too! I have to say that you’ve got the best recaps and reviews!! Makes me want to read everything!!

    • Thank you so much! And I hope that one of the Fredrik Backman’s books becomes available at the library soon for you! His books really are so amazing and just really have a way of speaking to you.

  • Mackenzie

    The Fredrik Backman book sounds like it would make me cry too! I haven’t heard of this author before so I will have to check him out 🙂

    • You definitely need to check him out! I loved his other book A Man Called Ove, and I’m hoping to read Beartown which is his newest book soon!

  • I am adding the Backman book to my to read list pronto! I haven’t read A Man Called Ove but I recently read Beartown (which will be in my July review) and loved it! I enjoyed The Circle up until the ending which I really didn’t like.

    • I’m hoping to read Beartown soon! Everybody keeps on talking about how much they love it, and I can’t wait to pick it up! I really loved A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother, but My Grandmother has to be my favorite as of right now. That story just really resonated with me.

  • You’re the first person I’ve seen give “circle” 4 stars!! I heard it was terrible but now I’m excited to read it!

    • I really enjoyed it, but I can understand why some people might not have liked it. It definitely doesn’t have a very happy ending, or a “Hollywood” ending as I like to call it.

  • Ohh your review of My Grandmother makes me so excited to read it! I had never been too interested in reading The Circle until I saw the preview for the movie, I still don’t really know what to expect from it, but hopefully I’ll get to it eventually.

    • I have to admit that I didn’t even know about The Circle until I saw the preview for the movie, and it wasn’t until Carolann’s review that really got me interested. It definitely doesn’t have a very happy ending, but I still loved it! And I honestly didn’t think that I could love a Backman book more than Ove, but My Grandmother just spoke to me more. I hope that you love it as much as I did!

  • I read American Gods and found it to be interesting. I didn’t love it but it is the kind of story that seeps into your being and sticks around. I did love the idea of New Gods versus Old Gods. I have not read anything by Backman and need to give his books a try.

    • You definitely need to give Backman a try, he just has this amazing way of writing that just really speaks to and sticks with you. Out of the two Gaiman books that I’ve read American Gods wasn’t my favorite, but like you said, I really like the premise of the book and the idea of the Old Gods versus the New Gods.

  • Jen

    I am still struggling with reading. Every time I think I’m going to have a free afternoon it just doesn’t happen. Maybe I should put it on my to do list and I will do it haha.

    • Haha sometimes adding things to a to do list is the only way to get things done. And I think that we all get into a reading rut, and I bet that you’ll be in a “I can’t put this book down” mode soon!

  • I’ve been on a reading slump since finishing American Heiress, and need to just pick it back up!

    Green Fashionista

    • I hope that you pick up a new book soon! Sometimes it just takes a while to find a book that you want to read after you’ve read one that you just really loved.

  • I really liked The Circle, and I want to give Backman’s book a read!

  • I need to read My Grandma Asked Me to Tell You a Story! I just have to be in the mood because I don’t like how slow his books are!

    • I totally agree, he definitely takes a while to get into sometimes, but it’s always worth it! My Grandmother was no exception, I just loved it!

  • I enjoy Neil Gaiman even though he’s a little out there.

    • He is definitely a little out there, but that’s one of the reasons why I love him! I can’t even begin to imagine up what he does!

  • I seem to read in waves and after flying through Into the Water I’m back on an upswing 🙂

  • Backman seems to be the man of the hour with all of his books being all over the place. I have them on my TBR and maybe it might be time to get to one of them.

    • You definitely should! It wasn’t until I read A Man Called Ove that I finally understood what everybody was talking about with his books! I’m excited to read Beartown because of the way that everybody has been talking about it over the past few months!

  • American Gods is so interesting! It is a bit hard to dive into, I think. I really want to read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. I can’t imagine loving it more than I loved Ove! Right now I’m reading Into the Water and it’s kinda slow but so good! Much better than Girl on the Train, I think!

    • That’s what I keep on hearing about Into The Water! I’m on the hold list at the library, but I think that I have a while before I’ll be able to pick it up. And I totally agree with you about American Gods, and I think that’s why I was happy that I had an international plane ride to really get into it!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I cannot wait to read that Backman book! 2 ladies at work read it and one said she used 6 Kleenex!

    • She’s totally right, it’s definitely a tear jerker, but it’s so good! I literally was crying on the bus after I had finished it!

  • girl, my mom gifted me the grandmother book ages ago and I started it but couldn’t get into, which of course makes me feel awful. I’m going to give it another try!

    • You definitely need to give it another try! It’s a little slow in the beginning, but push through it and you’ll be in love, I promise!

  • I absolutely loved A Man Called Ove! Like it’s probably in my top 3 for 2017! So glad you enjoyed another book by the same author and I can’t wait to read it, too!

    • I honestly thought that A Man Called Ove was going to be one of my favorites, and then I read My Grandmother, and loved it even more! Bachman is definitely one of my favorite authors this year, and I hope to read Beartown soon!

  • I’ve seen so many different thoughts about Fredrik Backman books. I’ve yet to read one, and I’m not sure any have convinced me that they need reading. But, as we’ve said before, when you and I read the same book, we often share the same opinion. So, maybe this one is the one I need to read.

    • I feel the same way, that no matter what I feel like if you rate a book really highly, I know that I’m going to love it too! Everybody keeps on talking about Beartown, and I’m hoping that I love it as much as I’ve loved A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry.

  • I have yet to even get through A Man Called Ove – but I hear raving things about that book. I love you can tell a Backman book by the covers & the art work of them.

    • Me too! All of his books look so similar and you just know that it’s one of his. And definitely continue to give A Man Called Ove a try, it’s so good, and it’s amazing how he just weaves such an amazing story!

  • I’ve only heard of American Gods of all of these! One of my friends loved the show. The Circle sounds interesting – I’m adding it to my TBR now!

    • I’m hoping that my husband will give it another chance because the show of American Gods definitely started off really weird, but so did the show. The Circle was very interesting, and I hope that you get to pick it up soon!

  • I loved A Man Called Ove, but had a hard time with My Grandmother… I can’t remember why, but I do remember being frustrated with the whole “fantasy kingdom” part of the book. I halfway watched American Gods on STARZ and it was weird! LOL! My husband watched it from the beginning and enjoyed it.

    • Haha my husband really couldn’t get into the first episode of American Gods, but I’m thinking that I’ll be able to convince him to give it another try. And I don’t know if it was because I started listening to the book, but I think that’s why Miamas was maybe easier to deal with.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I really need to read more by Neil Gaiman. I want to read all of his graphic novel series, Sandman. I’m glad you liked The Circle. I’m so curious about that one!


    • I didn’t know that Gaiman had a graphic novel series, I’ve only ever read Neverwhere by him, which I loved! I really enjoyed The Circle a lot, and the movie was really good too!

  • hmmm….maybe I didn’t give My Grandmother a chance; i had it a while ago but returned it and marked it as DNF.

    • It definitely took a while to get into My Grandmother, but once I got into I couldn’t put it down. It seriously made me feel all the feels!

  • I have Beartown, my first Fredrick Backman book, checked out from the library and I can’t wait to give it a try. I’ve heard lots about him, lately. I will try his others if I like this one. I started reading The Circle on my kindle, but my library checkout expired before I finished. I was enjoying it so I’ll probably check it out again in actual book form, since I’m preferring that recently. American Gods is one of my favorite books. Have you watched the show, yet? I’ve seen up to the last episode, I think.

    • Once I finished the book, my husband and I started watching the show, but I felt like we ended up getting sidetracked with other shows and didn’t ever watch the second episode. I really want to watch it though because I’d love to see it portrayed. I’m hoping to read Beartown soon too, everybody keeps on talking about how amazing it is! I hope that you like it so that you can read some more of his books soon!

  • My Grandmother asked me to tell you I’m Sorry sounds intriguing. First time I’m hearing about this book but I love finding new books to add to my list from my my blogger friends’ reviews 🙂 Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

    • I hope that you pick it up and give it a try! I had started listening to the audio book and really liked it a lot, so that one’s worth it too!

  • KC actually read American Gods and loved it, though I’m not sure it’s for me. I picked up Good Omens by him so we’ll see. I’ve heard My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You I’m Sorry is amazing. I haven’t read A Man Called Ove but I loved Beartown. We’ll see!

    • Beartown is on my list to read soon, and after everybody’s amazing reviews of it, I’m hoping that I love it! But so far My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry has been my favorite Backman book. American Gods wasn’t my favorite Gaiman book, but I still enjoyed it, although I definitely think that it’s not for everyone.

  • Nadine

    Totally going and adding My Grandmother to my list!!! It sounds so good.

  • I’ve not heard of any of these books!!! But loved this because I’m adding some to my to-read list!

    • I hope that you get the chance to read some of them soon! I always love reading book reviews because I always get so many new suggestions!

  • ooh good to know. I had heard that some of baackman’s books aren’t as good as Ove. But have heard great things about Bear Town. Glad this one was good too. The premise sounds really really good. I want to read The Circle as well. I’m on the fence about American Gods. It doesn’t quite sound like my thing. I’ve read a lot of TV/movie adaptations lately (for me): Big Little Lies, 13 Reasons Why, My Cousin Rachel, Everything, Everything. It’s been pretty good. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • After reading Ove I honestly didn’t know if I’d love another Backman book as much as I loved Ove, but I was so wrong. Some people have a problem getting sucked into it because of the dreamland, but I loved that. And American Gods is totally not everybody’s cup of tea. It has a very weird premise, but I found it to be pretty interesting. I love all of the adaptations that have come out lately! It’s been so much fun to read them and then see them come to life on the screen.

  • Morgan

    I’m interested to know more of your thoughts on The Circle. I read the book and saw the movie, and I have to say this is one instance where I thought the movie was better.