Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Book review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

Why I Picked It Up

Not sure why I thought this was going to be a light and funny chick-lit type of book. Maybe because apparently Reese Witherspoon has picked it up to produce it into a movie, and my mind has unfortunately type-cast it into being something a bit lighter. I had just finished reading a real downer of a book and needed a pick me up. While a great book, this was not a pick me up, and now I need an even lighter pick me up with my next book!

Yay

Finally, a book not set in New York City! It was refreshing to read a book set in Scotland. Eleanor grew as a character, and as a reader, I was really pulled into her world so that I felt like I was learning things about life that I already know in a fresh way. What I mean by that, is I’ve become a rather jaded, cynical person. When Eleanor discovered things about life that I already know, it was refreshing to see her unique perspective on that. I liked that she had a goal in mind and did not let herself get derailed. And even when life did knock her down, she pulled herself back up. I was really rooting for her the entire way, and happy for her ability to make peace with her past.

Nay

At times, the book made me feel rather uncomfortable. But I guess that was the point.

Final verdict:

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Be different. Be headstrong. Be yourself.

Seeing Double

My Book Choosing Process

Newsflash: when I’m at work at my desk, most of the time I’m not really doing work. I’m browsing Goodreads.

I can’t stop. it’s an addiction. There are so many books, and not enough time to read them all.

This is how I choose books for my TO BE READ list: Goodreads Best Of lists and Buzzfeed Books recs.

On Goodreads, I change the button to save to my TO READ list.

Then I log onto my public library website, and request a hold on the book. If it’s not there yet because it’s upcoming, then I save the novel title into my iCal for future reference.

The other day I was reading a list for upcoming books and read about a book I found interesting, called Hello, Sunshine. I opened my iCal to save it in for July 11th, and realized I had already saved the name in there. I thought, that’s weird! I honestly can’t remember reading this book blurb before but hey, it’s totally possible. I do have a bad memory.

On the same day, I was reading another book list and saw that Laura Dave has a new book coming out. Sweet! And it’s called…..

Hello, Sunshine.

So to recap: we’ve got two books with the same name, coming out on the same day.

I guess these things happen? How would Simon Schuster know that Disney-Hyperion chose the same book title as them?

Anyways, I still want to read both books. They both (shockingly) sound like perfect summer reads!