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”
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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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Disney Parks have always had massive popular appeal. They draw people from all walks of life, and have amassed something of a cult following (if you ever want to head down the rabbit hole, go to the Disneyland subreddit). With such fantastic production and a seemingly perfect facade, people clamor at the chance to glimpse of the machine behind the magic. This fascination has created an entire subculture of blogs, YouTube deep-dive videos, and tell-all books written to give an insider take. As a Disney fan myself, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read this book and to learn a bit more about the daily life of one of the thousands of cast members at Disney World.
Of Mouse and Men follows the author as he trains, and subsequently performs, as a masked character in Walt Disney World. His journey begins when he is offered a sweet new gig – character performer in Walt Disney World. It’s any Disney fanatic’s dream job – he gets to be paid to spend time in Disney World as one of his favorite characters. Right off the bat, training is a grueling ordeal – hours in a heavy, cumbersome costume in Florida heat. It’s this part of the book that I found I enjoyed the most. I really enjoyed how honest Nicklaus was about his early missteps. He made mistakes, he learned, grew as a performer, and never seems to lose his optimism and passion for his job.
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This book was enjoyable in the way that watching another rerun of your favorite sitcom is: it’s entertaining, but you never quite get the same enjoyment out of it as you used to. If you zone out and miss a few minutes, you don’t have to worry about rewinding since you already know what’s going to happen. It’s comfortable, and predictable, but still a fun ride. That’s what this book is to me: nothing extraordinary, a bit predictable, but overall a decently entertaining read. Continue reading “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon”
We Were Liars is a book that had briefly been on my radar a few years ago, but it never held much interest to me. There were reviews likening it to Pretty Little Liars, which is a far too melodramatic-teenage-drama for me. Luckily for me, I’m an impulse book buyer and bought a copy on whim the other day. I still wasn’t convinced that I would enjoy it, but I figured I should see what the hype was about. This is one time where my impulsiveness really paid off: We Were Liars turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read this year.
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