Five things + Win Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Hi guys! How have you been? I’m sorry it’s been so quiet here on the blog — I was sick for about a week there (maybe food poisoning, ‘tho it really hung on so I’m not sure what it was) and busy this past week making up for lost time by taking extra classes at a fitness studio I’ve been doing a challenge with over the past month. Today I’m checking in with a few highlights from the past couple of weeks and a chance to win a book I’m just getting into and really loving, Beartown by A Man Called Ove author Fredrik Backman. (Thanks for the copy, Simon & Schuster Canada!) It’s not out ’til April 25, but you can get a first look here. 

Five things April 14

1. Yesterday was the last day of the 30-day blogger challenge I’ve been doing with The Dailey Method. It was my first time trying barre classes (a mixture of yoga, pilates and orthopedic exercises) and my second trying spin, ‘tho I enjoyed this time around so much more than the first time I tried it a few years ago at a gym. I’ll be telling you more about my experience in the next week or so (The Dailey Method gave all the bloggers a free month in exchange for our posts) and why the classes are great workout for everyone, no matter where you’re at.

2. From time to time FoodiePages sends me its latest tasting box, filled with four to five small-batch food and drink products from Canadian makers. I’ve been trying to eat more protein, so I was happy to see the beef jerky from Toronto’s Carne Boys. It’s made with grass-fed beef and no preservatives, nitrates or GMOs.

3. I love decorating Easter eggs to look like other foods, like the strawberries we made last year from a DIY in Canadian Living. For the link to that and a few other ideas, check out my post, Four fun ways to decorate Easter eggs.

4. Also coming up, a review and giveaway of The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing. Penguin Canada sent me the book exchange for an honest review. I’ve tried a couple of recipes now and I’ll be sharing one of my favourites, a Spring-y soup I think you’re going to love.

5. Like I said, I’ve only just started Beartown but it had me hooked from the first couple of pages (you can read them here). It’s about the drama that ensues when a small town pins its hope for the future on its junior hockey team, which is about to compete in the national semi-finals. According to book’s description, “The match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.” I’m not a huge hockey fan, but I do appreciate a good drama and strong character development, and both are there from the start. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Beartown A Novel by Fredrik Backman (cover)


For a chance to win a copy of Beartown, tell me where you grew up (you don’t have to tell me the name of the place, just whether it was a small town, a mid-sized city, a large city, etc. and the province) and what was central to that place at the time (a sport? A particular industry?) in the comments below. This entry is mandatory.

For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.

For a third entry, follow try small things on Instagram, like this picture and tell me your Instagram handle in the comments below.

And feel free to tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet). Make sure you’re following try small things on Twitter for your entry to count.

“A Man Called Ove” author Fredrik Backman is back with “Beartown”. #Win a copy from @trysmallthings CAN 4/25

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on April 25, 2017. The potential winner (chosen at random) must respond to prize notification within 48 hours and provide the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another will be selected.

Update April 26, 2017: Congratulations Janette! 

Simon & Schuster Canada sent me a copy of Beartown in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

61 responses to “Five things + Win Beartown by Fredrik Backman”

  1. I grew up in EasternPassage, Nova Scotia. Every Summer they have Eastern Passage Days :games, food, fireworks and a beer tent. There is a parade and an Eastern Passage carnival queen is chosen. My sister had the honour of wearing that crown one year!

  2. Hi, I grew up in small town Nova Scotia. Fishing and logging / Christmas tree harvesting were some of the industries when I was younger. The next town over, however, is a university town with a long hockey history. 🙂 I’m really interested in reading this book! Thanks for the chance.

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