Review | Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson

A few smiles but not enough laughs. 3/5 stars.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson book cover

Thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for giving me an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The blurb: Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a 1-star hotel (who happens to be currently homeless). Together they cook up an idea for a very unusual business that’s going to make them all a fortune – but then all of a sudden, and to everyone’s surprise, Anders finds Jesus . . .

Anders’ sudden interest in religion might be good for his soul but it’s not good for business, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick.

As wildly funny and unexpected as The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, this is a madcap, feel-good adventure about belief, the media – and the fact that it’s never too late to start again.

My take:

I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared a few years ago – in Spanish I might add. It was one of my book club choices back in Spain and I enjoyed it more than everyone else who just thought it was odd. I, on the other hand, liked how it played with twentieth century history, and the present-day section contained some decent laughs. So I was looking forward to reading Hitman Anders.

This book is written in the detached ironic tone which will be familiar to readers of The 100-Yr-Old Man. However, sadly Hitman Anders it not as amusing as Jonasson’s international best-seller.
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Review | The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood book coverMany things about this book are good, but it’s definitely one for fans of comedy chick-lit.

What it’s about:

When twenty-something singleton Jess Beam finds herself without a home, job or friends, she tracks down and moves in with her estranged grandmother. Desperate for the cash from a prospective publishing deal, they embark on a project to see if Jess can make an apparently eternal bachelor scumbag fall in love with her using the tips from her grandmother’s 1950s “good woman” guides to dating.

My take:

I have mixed feelings about this book I find hard to express. So hard, I’m going to have fall back on bullet points.

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What’s your bibliotherapy? Share the books that make you happy…

Peanuts Schulz cartoon Happiness is having your own library card

I recently read an interesting article in The New Yorker which asked whether reading books can make us happier.

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