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Review: A Man Called Ove

January 8, 2015

A Man Called Ove

Ove is a grumpy old man who wants things done a certain way.  He’s organized and precise and has little patience for those who don’t follow the rules.  He sees no point in living now that his wife has passed away and meticulously plans his end.  A loud, boisterous family moves next door and unwittingly foils his plans.

I don’t want to say too much about A Man Called Ove because it’s best not to know too much going into the book.  I thought the book was superb – in fact, it was one of my favorite reads of 2014.  Ove is a crotchety old man – we’ve all known someone like him so he’s very easy to imagine – who’s bitter, intolerant, and just an all around grump.  His new neighbors move in and can’t seem to do anything right – they try his patience to no end –  but something funny happens along the way; they work their way into Ove’s heart.

I laughed out loud and shed a few tears as I read A Man Called Ove.  I also thought about the kind of impact we can make in other’s lives and just what constitutes a family.  The book has lingered in my mind so I’ve recommended it to everyone I know.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
40 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2015 5:42 am

    I keep thinking about reading this one. Maybe this year!

  2. January 8, 2015 6:54 am

    I loved it too, Kathy! So good.

  3. January 8, 2015 7:36 am

    This book is such a gem! So touching, wonderful, quirky, funny, and just beautiful to read.

  4. January 8, 2015 7:47 am

    I’ve heard good things about this one….sounds a little like AJ Fikry without the bookstore.

  5. January 8, 2015 8:28 am

    Sounds interesting. I’ve read so many reviews on this one

  6. January 8, 2015 8:41 am

    I hope to read this soon!

  7. January 8, 2015 10:14 am

    This is another one, like We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas, that lots of bloggers are raving about. I’m going to have to get my hands on this one and get it into the TBR pile.

  8. January 8, 2015 10:25 am

    I really must read this one soon. It sounds so good!

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 8, 2015 10:34 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed it, too!

  10. Jeane permalink
    January 8, 2015 11:48 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this one. It sounds good!

  11. January 8, 2015 12:10 pm

    I have this one on my list…but now I think I should move it up. My heart goes out to that grumpy old man, because I know that beneath that facade lies someone who must be hurt and disappointed by life. I want to know more! Thanks for sharing.

  12. January 8, 2015 12:20 pm

    I’ve been wondering how this book would be ~ so glad you reviewed it! I’m definitely going to read it as I love books just like this one. sounds heartwarming and perfect for a cold winter’s day by the fire!

  13. January 8, 2015 1:00 pm

    This sounds like a winner to me! On my list.

  14. January 8, 2015 2:15 pm

    I have not heard of this one, thank you for your thoughts.

  15. January 8, 2015 2:42 pm

    Yet another book to add to my ever-growing list. It sounds like a book I would love. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

  16. January 8, 2015 2:50 pm

    I hear so many good things about this book. I downloaded it, and always forget about downloaded books.

    Thanks for the great review.

  17. lisaalmedasumner permalink
    January 8, 2015 2:54 pm

    I had not heard of this book, but you have convinced me to put it on my list of books to order. Thanks for a great review.

  18. January 8, 2015 3:06 pm

    I am going to put this one on one of my list. It good to see that people in the comments liked it also. I also love grumpy old people, they are so funny sometimes.

    happy reading

  19. January 8, 2015 3:28 pm

    This one came out awhile ago, right? I remember seeing it and thinking I’d like it.

  20. January 8, 2015 3:41 pm

    Sounds great!

  21. January 8, 2015 3:48 pm

    Very much looking forward to reading this one, and as I recall I can add it to my diverse reading list. 🙂

  22. January 8, 2015 4:20 pm

    I would have to read it in my own language, and it was ages ago I did that, lol

  23. January 8, 2015 6:38 pm

    Have read indeed a superb book

  24. January 8, 2015 7:42 pm

    I have this in audio and really must get to it!

  25. January 8, 2015 8:39 pm

    Made my favorites list for 2014 –glad that you enjoyed it.

  26. January 8, 2015 10:19 pm

    I’ve got this one my stacks and plan to read it soon.

  27. Patty permalink
    January 8, 2015 10:37 pm

    OMG…I have this and have not even wanted to read it…til now…because of you!

  28. January 9, 2015 1:56 am

    I’ve seen so many good things about this book. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  29. Beth F permalink
    January 9, 2015 6:38 am

    I’ll have to track down a copy of this — if it was one of your favorites from last year, then I know it’s good.

  30. January 9, 2015 1:15 pm

    I have this one based in part because of you mentioning it recently. I hope to read it this month 🙂

  31. sandynawrot permalink
    January 10, 2015 4:12 pm

    I can only imagine how precious this is. I love stories when a grumpy person just can’t stay grumpy when certain people are around (Me Before You!). I’m going to have to read this. Off to the library to yet again wreck my reading schedule.

  32. January 10, 2015 9:18 pm

    Oh, this sounds like one of those simply lovely novels that just makes you feel so good. I need to start a list of all the books people are making me want to get immediately.

  33. January 10, 2015 10:40 pm

    I haven’t seen many reviews of this book, but the few I have seen have been extremely positive. It sounds wonderful!

  34. January 11, 2015 11:11 am

    I’ve heard good things about this book. Now I need to give it a try.

  35. January 12, 2015 11:21 am

    Aww I’ll have to give this one a try. You make it sound so fantastic.

  36. bookingmama permalink
    January 13, 2015 9:00 am

    I thought this one was fantastic! Definitely a best of 2014 for me too!

  37. swright9 permalink
    January 20, 2015 10:10 pm

    I’ll put it on my TBR pile. thanks!

  38. January 24, 2015 8:06 am

    I’m looking forward to this one!

  39. Davida Chazan permalink
    February 7, 2015 3:15 am

    This was my #1 favorite book of 2014. Did you read “The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry”?

  40. February 7, 2015 9:53 am

    I have this book on my iPad. I always forget about my e-books. 🙂

    I need to get to reading it.

    I hear such good things about it.

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