Beartown by Fredrik Backman

a book that all bookclubs should read

I loved the book Beartown so much that I went on to read the following two books in the series. Beartown is a book that can stand on it’s own but if you love the characters you’ll want to read more. The interesting thing about this book is that it is about a junior hockey team in northern Sweden and not something that I would gravitate to. I’m not a huge hockey fan but I do enjoy watching Olympic hockey.

The story involves flawed characters and a community who get caught up in their devotion to a hockey team. Unlike Backman’s more lovable characters in A Man Called Ove and Anxious People the people of Beartown reflect a more realistic community and how making a bad decision has negative consequences that can ruin people’s lives. Backman has the ability to write thoughtfully and make us feel empathy for his characters. The novel is full of suspense, conflict and passion for a game.

If you belong to a bookclub I can see some great discussions come from this novel. The pressure we put on our children to be the best, drinking underage, rape, the roles of women vs men, parenting, the importance of sport in our communities, social and cultural prejudices, and homophobia are just a few areas for discussion.

I loved all the books so much that I decided to draw a map of the two fictional towns, Hed and Beartown and the forest that separates them in northern Sweden. This is how I imagined the map. to look like.


The Simplest Things Challenge – Days 1 to 4

thanks to Amy Maricle for hosting this free on-line challenge

After making my handmade art journal I decided to fill it with drawings from Amy Maricle’s drawing challenge. Her process is very meditative and her emphasis is on moving slowly. I’m not very good at either but I love the process and I’m working on slowing down. Here are a few of the pages from my art journal.


Thursday Trios – Gourds and Books

As the weather starts to cool, I’m more inclined to don a warm cozy sweater, make a cup of tea, find a comfortable chairs and start reading. Here are the next three books on my reading list. The gourds decorate my dining room table at the moment.


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Day 26 – Books Waiting to be Read

thanks to Leanne Cole for hosting the 30 Day at Home Challenge

I thought I would get a lot of reading done during this pandemic but I seem to be busy doing other things, like baking, cleaning, blogging, playing piano, making art, walking the dog, connecting on-line through WhatsApp, Zoom and House Party and watching TV. I better get busy because I have to read at least one of these books before May 8 which is when our next on-line book club meeting is.

The first set of books are some of my art reference books, which I look at periodically.594-ACBEE-FCD4-4193-B365-8-F6149-CD9-F5-C

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge – Week 9 – Shop Your Home

…thanks to Cee for hosting On the Hunt for Joy

“Shop your Home” simply means finding things in your house that bring you joy. Here are a few things that bring joy to me.
In the mix are my paint brushes, my teddy collection, my old nutcracker that needs gluing and my books.1-F47688-C-FA28-4-BEF-8059-90-AEE641-B824-1-201-a