I recently finished the book A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. So good! It made me laugh and cry. It's a heartwarming story about an old curmudgeon and how despite himself he ends up building this beautiful hodgepodge of a family when he needs it most. I can't say enough good things about it. Did you like the movie Up? Then you will love this book! It's also an easy read without feeling like an empty read.
To me, you know when you have read a good book when you shut the book and can't immediately re-engage with life. You need a moment at the end of a good book. To soak it all in. To be grateful and proud that you read it. To grieve that is over. To process in some way. Whatever that way may be. If the book had a challenging ending, maybe it is a moment to feel angry or frustrated by the ending. Whatever the case, a book that you set down and immediately forget and re-engage with life is a book that was a waste of your time. At least, in my opinion.
When I finished this book, my moment was spent being happy that I had taken the time to read this book and get to know Ove and his friends.
Is this a great work of fiction? No, but it is a fantastic story. And aren't fantastic stories what make the world go round?