I finished A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman in time for a book club discussion on Sunday, and I can't tell you how much I loved it. Quirky and charming and heartfelt, sad but never dismally so, it reminded me a bit of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and a bit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and a bit of Where'd You Go Bernadette, all the while standing completely on its own. I also started--and finished--The Beautiful Bureaucrat (not what I expected; super weird; very excellent; review to come) and No House to Call My Home (a nonfiction account of eight LGBTQ youth in the foster system, and all of the trials they face, it's a great book but not exactly uplifting).
This week, I'm turning my attention to SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games. Though I remain slightly skeptical of the promise that games can help improve the ails of our lives, I'm 50 pages in an intrigued thus far, so will keep going. I'm also diving into Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie and starting Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on audio.