Book Club Reflections
Beth’s choice for our #bwbookclub was a book she had already read but wanted to reread & needed to discuss with friends!
If you’ve read Beartown or any Backman book, you know that he has a way of putting into words what others can’t or maybe it’s that he notices moments that others overlook. Either way, his writing makes you think about life and all it’s moments - the tender, the heartbreaking, the beautiful, the ugly, and all the moments in between.
Using our Book Banter bookmark we had a lengthy and robust conversation about all things Beartown!
Some highlights were:
🏒 the characters we loved (some standout characters were: Amat, Kira, Sune, Benji, Bobo, Rosemary … but really the list could go on and on)
🏒the text’s structure - short memorable scenes coupled with the omniscient point of view made for quick reading and suspenseful cliffhangers
🏒the beautiful lines of writing and nuggets of wisdom that seem to open most chapters
And perhaps the question we dug into the most was “Where do you see yourself reflected in the story?” from our ‘Mirror or Window’ section on our bookmarks. This question sparked so many ideas about small town living, the benefits of sport, and the realities of hockey culture. There’s just so much to discuss & think about!
Beartown is not only a book that people love (4.27 rating on Goodreads) but it’s also a book worth discussing! ❤️
“Being a parent makes you feel like a blanket that’s always too small. No matter how hard you try to cover everyone.”
“Bitterness can be corrosive. It can rewrite your memories as if it were scrubbing a crime scene clean, until in the end you only remember what suits you of its causes.”