Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blog Tour 'Happy Days of the Grump' by Toamas Kyrö

Today I’m excited to participate in the blog tour of ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ by Tuomas Kyrö. ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ was published on September 21st 2017.

The Book:
For fans and readers of ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Stepped Out Of The Window And Dissapeared’ by Jonas Jonasson, ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce and ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion.

The Grump, at eighty years old, is more focused on death than life; building his own coffin and keen to write his will in ink - who can trust technology, after all? - he knows that everything was much better in the old days.

But when the Grump finds himself in hospital in a semi-conscious state after falling down his basement steps, his life passes before his eyes. Thinking of the people closest to him and reflecting on the changes society has brought about, he realises he must come to terms with the cards life has dealt him.

With wry humour and sharp observations on family and relationships, The Happy Days of the Grump is a black comedy, sure to bring a smile to the face of even the grumpiest among us.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
September 21st, 2017
Comedy, Fiction
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

A little while ago I was asked to be a part of the blog tour of ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ by Toamas Kyrö. Since I was looking for a read, a little different from my normal reads, this book sounded like a great next read. So after I received the book, I started reading as soon as possible.  

In ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ we meet, yes, the Grump. The Grump is an eighty year old who has had enough of life. He is building his own coffin, and writing his own will all with the idea of being dead soon. But then the Grump falls and is hospitalized and soon the Grump is forced to think about his plans and the life he led. 

Although this book definitely had its funny moments, it was much more serious than I anticipated. The Grump really is this old grumpy man I would probably dislike in real-life. Especially since the Grump has very old fashioned ideas about woman. But aside from that he has his charms. And in the end I really came to like him. 

The writing in ‘Happy Days of the Grump’ was definitely a little different. And it took some getting used too! But after a little while I started to appreciate, being inside the Grumps head. It was different, but good. 

Overall this book was a fun read, but I did miss a little more depth into the character. But it was definitely an enjoyable read.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Tuomas Kyrö is one of the new voices in Finnish literature, whose talents were first showcased in his debut novel, Leather Jacket. Kyrö draws on the long tradition of Finnish prose to tell compelling, even tragic stories with great authority. He is also a prolific cartoonist and columnist.

I received this book from Bonnier Publishing in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I do love the title. I've known a grump or two in the past.

    1. It definitely is a great title. And I love the cover too!


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