Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – #LooksAtBooks Review

A new #LooksAtBooks post? How long has it been? This segment suffered over summer, when I was mostly reading trash that I didn’t want to admit to, but we’re back with a review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

This recent release proved popular online, with many readers praising its heart-warming portrayal of personal growth and sharp insights into modern loneliness and isolation.

My phone doesn’t ring often—it makes me jump when it does—and it’s usually people asking if I’ve been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance. I whisper ‘I know where you live to them,’ and hang up the phone very, very gently.

There are moments of inspired phrasing and a refreshing matter-of-factness to prop this story up, but generally speaking, I wasn’t sold on it. Perhaps I was expecting something different, but I wasn’t entirely convinced by many of the characters, and found the protagonist more irritating than charmingly quirky… more thoughts below.


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Five Books about Books

There are so many books out there that we’ve all got reading lists a mile long. Our shelves groan and overspill, but I bet you’ve got room for a few more. Today I’ve got a list for you of five book written about the subject of books- I’m talking book-binding, ‘biographies’ of publishing houses, and histories of bookish groups and people from throughout time. Definitely gift potential for your bookish friends.

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Five recipes inspired by literary favourites – the winter edition.

That quote is from Oscar Wilde by the way, a man after my own bitter introverted heart. If you’re cooking for a crowd, for yourself or bringing something to a party then why not try one of these literary-inspired recipes inspired by wintery tomes.

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Sunday Non-Fiction Spotlight: Five #HistoryBooksByWomen

If you head over to twitter right now you’ll see #HistoryBooksByWomen trending like you wouldn’t believe. This week I’m going to pick out five very different histories written by women about gender, sexuality and themes of oppression and discrimination.

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