Book Review: A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman


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A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

(Story synopsis and cover image from

A new year of reading has started! The 2017 Pi Beta Phi book club had picked A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. What I am really enjoying so far about the list of titles for the year, is that they are following the theme of books that will be turned into (or have been made into) movies. I find this to be a great incentive to read the books before watching the movie, and also to expand the titles that I read at the same time. Continue reading


Martin Luther King, Jr Quote


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In honor of today and also for the discord that is still being felt after the election, I thought this quote from Martin Luther King Jr was appropriate and a great piece of advice for all of us to follow and remember.

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Monday!

Looking for Answers


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As most bibliophiles (such as myself) will tell you, if you can’t find the answer to someting, then look in a book. (Forget that whole Google thing!) But what happens when what you’re looking for can’t be found in a book? It can’t be found on Google? How do we find the answers that we are looking for?

Well, it used to be that we didn’t even have Google to rely on. There were books finding the answers to our questions. You know – encyclopedias! Crazy, right? But anyway, we now have the Google. And usually when there’s a question or the need of some random fact, I say, “Let us go to the Google!” But, the Google is not always helpful. In fact, sometimes you can get sucked into the Google and spend hours of mindless clicking, forgetting what it was you were originally searching for. Continue reading

It Is Our Choices…


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Three days later and there are many people who are still having a difficult time with the results of the U.S. election. I wrote about this on Wednesday this week with my post “Donald Trump in President-elect. Now What?” however, there are worsening reactions to the future that lays before us. During times that trouble people, we try to seek the path that is best for each one of us. To me, I think that there are many lessons that can be learned or re-learned through reading the Harry Potter series. I have seen other articles that look at this exact concept, and you can find them pretty easily as well. However, I think there is one quote from Albus Dumbledore that I think we all need to pay attention to: Continue reading

Forming Relationships Through Literature: NaBloPoMo Day 10


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There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.

-P. G. Wodehouse

Many times conversations have begun with the discussion of books, at least for me they have. Even before I became an English teacher, many of my conversations growing up and in college were about the books that I had read or was currently reading.

Growing up, my parents always read to me and then Continue reading

Donald Trump is President-elect. Now what?


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The day after Election Day. Every four years those in the U.S. wake up to it and we wonder if the candidate we voted for will become our next President. For many,the answer is yes, and for the rest…well, what next becomes the question. However, this year is much different. This year is historic in the fact that the President Elect has never held a political office. The President Elect has not worked in Washington. And so – whether you voted for Donald Trump or not – there are many questions that need to be answered. There are many unknowns for what will happen next.  Continue reading