This Week in Books (December 11)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


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. 

[I can’t believe it took me this long to finally read A Man Called Ove. Absolutely loved it and if it had been published this year, it undoubtedly would have made my list of top books.]


Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. But when his latest book, Martin Chuzzlewit, is a flop, his publishers give him an ultimatum. Either he writes a Christmas book in a month or they will call in his debts and he could lose everything. Dickens has no choice but to grudgingly accept…

[This is about as Christmassy as things will get at Casa Novel Deelights 😄]


Everyone has a secret in Tall Oaks . . .

When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town. Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect.

Desperate mother Jess, whose grief is driving her to extreme measures.

Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake.

Photographer Jerry, who’s determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all.

And, investigating them all, a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own.

[I wouldn’t at all be surprised if I mentioned this one before. Every time I try to pick it up, some other book demands my immediate attention. We’ll see what happens but if I were you, I wouldn’t be too shocked if it’s not on the list next week 😂]

Still trying to reach my Goodreads challenge goal. Eight to go. Anyone want to place any bets? (No, Kelly! There are no prizes 😜)

What are you reading this week? Do let me know! Happy reading! xx

  21 comments for “This Week in Books (December 11)

  1. December 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Loved Ove and Tall Oaks!

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    • December 12, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      I’m about to start Tall Oaks. I’m determined this time. And Ove, aw, wonderful book. I may even read it again some day.

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  2. December 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    So glad you loved Ove!

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  3. December 11, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Oh, you’ve read and liked Ove? *clears throat and snaps open list* Now let me introduce you to Fredrik Backman’s other novels. xD He’s one of my favorite authors, so I always get excited when I see people read his books. If you haven’t read it yet, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry was FABULOUS (and I liked it even better than Ove, if that’s even possible?).

    I’ve been wanting to read Mr. Dickens and his Carol, too, but I just haven’t had a chance yet. It sounds really interesting. Happy reading!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • December 12, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      Oh, great! Grandmother just found her way onto my January TBR! And thanks for making me laugh 😄

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm

        I hope you end up loving it! I just convinced a patron at the library to borrow my copy after Christmas, too, so I’m obviously killing the whole “pimping out Backman” thing this month. xD


  4. December 11, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Tall Oaks is really good! I finally read it a few months ago, having kept delaying reading it, and I really enjoyed it. I hope you get to it and that you enjoy it too. 🙂
    My post:

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    • December 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      I don’t know why I keep pushing it back. I’ve been wanting to read it for so long!


  5. Jo
    December 11, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Tall Oaks is SUPERB! Do try to read it, you know, if you can, and you feel like it. You won’t regret it! x

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 12, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      I am about to start it right now! Honestly!

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      • Jo
        December 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm

        *raises eyebrow* I’ll believe it when I see it… on your This Week in Books post next week! 😉


  6. December 11, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    You definitely need to read Tall Oaks, Eva. It was my top read a couple of years ago!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. December 11, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    In that case I’m not playing 😂

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  8. Yvo
    December 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    YESSSSS seeing that you loved Ove made me so HAPPYYYY!!! It’s one of my absolute favorites and I actually did a reread not that long ago after watching the Swedish movie adaptation… Which is very spot on if you are interested. 😉 Everybody give grumpy Ove some love! ❤ ❤

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    • December 14, 2019 at 10:12 am

      I love how so many of the goodreads reviewers gave it a lower rating because he was so grumpy which is exactly why I liked him 😂

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      • Yvo
        December 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm

        Haha same here! I love his grumpy ass. xD


  9. December 13, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Soooooo glad you enjoyed Ove. Probably my most favourite novel ever. It was my first Fredrik Backman read and since I’ve read everything that he has written.


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