Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?
I absolutely loved A Man Called Ove so I had to read this one, it was a must. I was not disappointed, I fell in love all over again with this book. The cover to this book is perfect too and sums up the whole story perfectly. This book is written well, easy to read and contains short chapters throughout. I loved the setting (Borg), all the characters and the plot. It’s amazing how people can change huh? I would love to see this book turned into a film. Another well deserved five stars from me and a story that I won’t forget in a hurry. Highly recommend! I just loved Britt-Marie. I enjoyed every minute of this story. I cannot wait to dive into more books by Fredrick Backman. A must buy from me if you haven’t read it already.
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.
My Review: This is a brilliant five star read and I will highly recommend it to you ALL! I actually fell in love with this story and was beside Saroo the whole time supporting him. What a story to tell the world! How amazing is it to survive at just five years old on your own. This is a real eye opener that other parts of the world are nothing like ours and we shouldn’t take advantage of what we have. I think with this story being a real life, non fiction story made it that little more intense and believable. It is a relatively short short at (288 pages), which I managed to complete within 24 hours. I didn’t want to put it down. This story will stick with me for a long time and I cannot wait to see the film adaption. Lion is brilliantly written, easy to read and fast paced. I loved how it included photos of them all, making it that little bit more personal. A lovely heart warming story. Well deserved five stars. Go check it out below. You will not be disappointed I promise you. LOVED IT!
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.
The One Memory of Flora Banks is the perfect young adult and adventure story for all to enjoy. It is written well, easy to read and contains short chapters. I personally fell in love with Flora, what a brilliant character and story! Loved it. The story can seem repetitive at times throughout but that’s because this story is told through Flora and it is perfect! So you let it slide… I found within the story that I was worried, excited and scared for Flora. Some stories and characters stay with you for a long time and this is one of those that will stay with me, what an amazing character to learn from. I would highly recommend this story to you all. This is the first story I have read by Emily Barr and it won’t be the last I have already bought a few of her others, but this is another well deserved five stars from me. Enjoyed it all. I would love to see this story turned into a film.