Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

33413128Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Björnstad, #1) translated by Neil Smith
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Sports – Ice Hockey
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Goodreads Summary
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Predictions – 5 Star Reads on My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

The elusive 5-star rating does not come out often, so when it does, you know you’re in for a treat. Some books are great, others are memorable, and some are so profound and moving, and stay with you for years afterwards. Those books are usually my 5-Star reads, and here are my predicted 5-Star reads on my TBR.

1. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman: As someone who has already declared Beartown to be the best book they read in 2020, there is no doubt that Us Against You will be an equally compelling story about the residence of Beartown. I’m ready to go on this emotional rollercoaster ride.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

The festive period is well and truly over and now that we’ve settled back into a routine, it’s time to make room for the multitude of books we’ve acquired on the already full bookshelves. As always, readers are spoilt for choice for when it comes to stellar books, and I am so excited to get my teeth sunk into the recent additions to my bookshelf.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope To Find Under the Christmas Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone. It seems like this festive period has just flown by. I hope you’re all enjoying the festivities. Now, as readers, we have a very long list of books we’d love to see under the Christmas tree. I am no exception, and here are the books I’d love to wake up to on Christmas day.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

As many of you know, I rarely set tbr’s. Therefore, I’d like to think of this list as a guiding point of what I have available to read this winter. Similarly to the last couple of years I am trying to tackle the backlog of unread books I currently own. Again, I’ve had a slow reading year, so this list is short, but a lot more manageable and realistic.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

Happy Tuesday to you all. The countdown to Christmas is well on its way and what is Christmas without books? There are books for every occasion and there is nothing more festive than tucking into a book to get your holiday spirit going. Now, I’m choosing to spotlight books I’ve read that might not be conventional Christmas books, but are atmospheric for the winter.

1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman: My current read and I am 99% certain that this book will be a 5-star read and make me an emotional wreck. Now, Beartown does not take place over Christmas, but it does focus on a Swedish small-town dynamic, ice hockey, and sports culture. These elements combined offer an air of foreboding and tension, but it’s also a perfect combination for a wintery book.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

I can confirm that 2019 has quite possibly been the worst reading year yet. In 9 months I’ve succeeded in reading a staggering 5 books in total. This might be my new normal now since I’ve long accepted the fact that I can’t do massive reading spree’s like I use to, but I am determined to at least read a couple more books before the year is out. So, here is my short but hopeful to-read pile for autumn.

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