Saturday, May 15, 2021

This OR That #Giveaway Week 14 ~ A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman OR The Guest Book by Sarah Blake #AManCalledOve #TheGuestBook


I have sooooo many books! 

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. It's a way for me to cull my collection and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


I loved this book, A Man Called Ove. I started out not liking it, and not liking Ove. But he grows on you and becomes a loveable friend. My book club read it and we all loved it as well. 

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
Paperback ~ Pub date May 2015

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.


The Guest Book is a memorable story covering three generations, and a lot of controversial topics of the times. You can read my thoughts HERE
The Guest Book
by Sarah Blake
ARC ~ May 2019

An unforgettable love story, a novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America. It is a literary triumph.

The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that “used to run the world”.

And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything—perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies.

In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden’s bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len’s best friend Reg Pauling has always been the only black man in the room—at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons’ island in Maine.

An island that, at the dawn of the 21st century, this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. When Kitty’s granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather’s past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life.

An ambitious novel that weaves the American past with its present, The Guest Book looks at the racism and power that has been systemically embedded in the US for generations. Brimming with gorgeous writing and bitterly accurate social criticism, it is a literary tour de force. 


Since I will be out of town and away from my computer when this goes live, I'll answer my question here. Leave your answer in the comments. 

Our travel life has been greatly affected by COVID. We are now just starting to go places. My current travels this weekend are to Nebraska from South Dakota (not that far, I know) to celebrate my mother-in-laws 90th birthday. 

Tell me about the latest out of town/state/country trip that you have taken.  

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  1. The only trips we have made during COVID are to pick up/drop off my daughter at college which is 3 hours away.

  2. I have not been on a trip, vacation nor visited anywhere for several years. I hope that this summer we will travel to a beach.

  3. We have not taken an out of town/state/country trip in the last 18 months due to COVID.

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  4. I have not taken any trips since COVID started. I had one planned for last May, but after it started I changed my mind.

  5. The last out of state trip I took was to my grandparent's house for Easter. It's only about 30 minutes away but it's the only out of state trip we've taken since COVID.

  6. We went out to Mount Rushmore.

  7. I have not been on a trip, vacation nor visited anywhere

  8. My last trip was to Indy i live in Fort Wayne Indiana. It was a nice mini trip


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