Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018. This topic is pretty easy for me – I went through a period where I wasn’t really reading much due to life getting in the way. Since I didn’t read much for almost five years, some really great authors debuted and I was lucky enough to get to read some of them last year. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday”
Every now and again I’ll pick up a book from the bookstore without knowing anything about it. I know, it seems wild right? Picking up a book without reading the jacket, having it recommended by a friend, or consulting Goodreads first. There’s something liberating about having no expectations apart from your initial judgement of the cover. That’s exactly what I did with Eleanor Oliphant. I had seen the book in passing several times, and picked it up with no real information about it. While choosing books in this manor can lead to some very hit or miss reads, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was one of my favorite reads of 2018.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is about the life of Eleanor Oliphant. She leads a excessively structured life: everything from meals to her drinking habits to her weekly contact with her mother is planned to the hour. As the title implies – her life is fine, nothing less and certainly nothing more: she lives to exist, not to enjoy herself. When she goes to a concert and instantly forms a crush on the lead singer, Eleanor is spurred to start engaging in life. She sets out to catch the attention of the singer and ends up making unlikely friends, stumbling through her burgeoning social life. Continue reading “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. This one was surprisingly tough for me – I feel like I’ve been playing catch up with the amazing books I’ve missed in the past few years. With all of the looking back I’ve been doing, I haven’t had a chance to take a look at the books coming out soon. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Best Books I Read In 2018. This is exceptionally hard for me, but I’ve whittled the list down to eight- while I didn’t read many books in 2018, I did read some really great ones.
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I will admit: I was a little hesitant to read this book given the fact that I really didn’t enjoy Nicola Yoon’s other book, Everything, Everything. Also, Young Adult contemporary novels can be very hit or miss for me. I’m outside of their demographic now (which is probably why more and more of them are becoming misses) and I often find myself judging them through the lens of an adult; thinking about how I would do things differently or how a simple conversation would solve 90% of any given protagonist’s problems. Knowing that, I went into the book trying to remember it is from the point of view of two young teenagers at extremely volatile points in their lives.
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