Book Club: Britt-Marie was Here and Career of Evil


I have another double whammy book review! I've been prioritizing my reading habit lately and I've been borrowing a lot of books from the library on my Kindle and I really wanted to crank these reviews out! 


Britt-Marie was Here by Frederik Backman

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

My Review:

Like every other Frederik Backman book I've read, the story starts off with a character who is less-than-perfect. Britt-Marie as a character is one I actively found myself annoyed with - so much so that I found myself responding out loud to her passive aggression - something that has startled Brian on occasion (sorry about that). I've never disliked and then learned to like a Frederik Backman character more! 
Britt-Marie is annoying, judgmental (though she'll never admit it), and may very possibly be on the spectrum. She's also lonely, abandoned, and simply looking for her purpose in life. All she wants is for someone, at the end of her life, to have acknowledged that "Britt-Marie was here." She wants to matter. Who can fault anyone for wanting that?
This beautiful story will tug at your heartstrings and you will definitely find yourself rooting for Britt-Marie, no matter how irritating you find her in the beginning. I gave this book a 5/5 star rating on Goodreads. Trust me, it's that good!


Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Goodreads Synopsis:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

My Review:

I love Harry Potter as the next millennial but I think J.K. Rowling's newest book series, written for adults under a pseudonym, is extremely underrated. I've read the first two books in her series, A Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm and loved both! Career of Evil picks up where Silkworm left off - Cormoran Strike is losing clients left and right and Robin's wedding date with her less-than-charming fiancee looms ever closer. The witty dialogue is still there. The depth of the characters are still there. The mystery and the excitement was turned up a couple notches and I was here for that! I also really appreciated that the personal lives of both Cormoran and Robin were explored a lot more as well (on a related note, Robin's fiancee, Matthew, is the literal worst!) That said, I noticed pacing of the book was bit slower so it took me a bit longer to get through the book than usual. I gave this book 4/5 stars only because I actually didn't really like the writing when (and only when) the POV shifted to the actual murderer. I don't usually mid it but I didn't think it was executed as well as it could have been. 

Related posts: Book Club: A Cuckoo's Calling

Happy reading!

3 comments

  1. Lol at you responding aloud when you're annoyed at a character! I find myself actively rolling my eyes when I read something that annoys me in a book- stilted writing, overly flowery language, an unrealistic reaction from a character, etc. Ha!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  2. ahh some new books to dive into this month!! thanks for sharing.
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  3. Oooh I didn't even know JK Rowling had a new series out! Both of these reads sound really interesting, I might give them a try! :)

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