I read nine books in August, but I only gave one of them a perfect grade.
Ove is a grumpy old man who sees the world in black and white and has no problem telling people exactly what he thinks when they don’t follow the rules. Neighbors are put out by Ove and his bad attitude, but they refuse to leave him alone. It is through these repeated disturbances from a host of colorful characters that we learn the truth behind Ove’s personality. It’s not anger, but sadness that shaped his personality.
A friend loved this book and raved about how everyone should read it. I tried, but just couldn’t find any interest in Ove as a character or in the storyline. Finally I decided to listen to the audiobook and loved the way the characters came to life. I plan to listen to Backman’s other books too.
Despite only giving a single book a perfect grade, I enjoyed many of the books I read last month. I gave multiple books “B” grades, so you may want to check out my reading list too.
As always, Happy Reading!