Can you believe February is already over?!?!?! January was a slow month for me, but it seems like February has flown by!
I didn’t get to read as many books as I wanted to this month. Life just got busy and I had to devote my attention to other things besides reading. I also found myself watching Netflix more than reading when I did have a chance to sit down and that’s not usually like me.
Anyways, I was able to read two books that I want to share with you today.
The first book I read this month was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This book is about a grumpy old man named Ove. He lives by the rules, has signs posted everywhere so his neighbors live by the rules, and hates computers and debit cards. He lost his wife and ever since then he has no desire to keep leaving. He even plans his own suicide but the day he wants to kill himself, a wonderful family moves in and disrupts Ove’s whole life. They need help with EVERYTHING and learn to rely on Ove for that help.
I really liked this book because it made me think. Just because Ove was a reserved and quiet man that didn’t talk a lot people automatically assumed he was grouchy. But this wasn’t the case for Ove at all. He had dealt with a lot of heartache in his life and just wasn’t the happy, bubbly man others thought he should be. Throughout the book you learn that Ove really does care about others and goes out of his way to make sure he lends a helping hand to those in need. His suicide plans always get interrupted but in the meantime he learns to love again through a crazy mixture of dysfunctional neighbors.
The second book I read this month was Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst. I had heard tons of people say that they read this book and loved it. Maybe my expectations were too high or something, but overall it was not at all what I expected. I thought this book would be more geared towards how to handle rejection in this crazy world we live in. Rejection such as being left out, social media jealousy, seeing most of your friends get together without you, not fitting in with other school parents, etc. We are all human and want to feel love and accepted in every area of our life. The devil wants us to feel this rejection of being left out, lonely, and not enough. I would be lying if I didn’t say I feel like this sometimes. I am a people pleaser and want to make others happy. I get my feelings hurt over the tiniest things: not getting a follow on IG from someone, seeing your friends go to the movies without an invite, blah, blah, blah. I really thought this book would bring some insight on how to handle that through trusting in God’s Word and relying on Him. However, this book talked more about her being abandoned by a parent and her heartache from a divorce. Since I haven’t had anything like that in my life, I just couldn’t really relate very well to this book. I am glad I read it though and will take a few things from it, but overall it didn’t live up to the hype I had heard about it.
Hopefully in March I am able to read more books. March is one of my favorite months of the year because it means spring time, March Madness, baseball season has started, and Daylight Savings. We also secretly start counting down the days until summer break in the Bolin household.
Hope you enjoy the last day of February! I challenge you to make someone’s day a little brighter by a simple smile.