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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The 12 Books of Christmas – part two

It’s difficult to find the time to sit down with a good book during the holidays, but if you’ve doled out your cards and crossed off all your lists, then why not unwind with a holiday-themed read from this list?

I’ve already uploaded part one, with books 1-6, here.

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The 12 Books of Christmas – part one

At this time of year, after the presents are wrapped and the festive food is laid to cool on the proverbial ledge, it’s nice to unwind with a festive book. This is a list of twelve books that were inspired by, or otherwise depict, Christmas- including a few that you can share with children.

Today I’m uploading 1-6, so look out for part two, with numbers 7-12, tomorrow.

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How to read from 5 different genres when you’re flat broke

If you don’t live near a library then this is the post for you. Whether you’re a cash-strapped student, you’ve overspent, or you’re miles away from pay-day, there are ways to indulge your bookish habit without spending more than you’d like to. This post is going to clue you in on five ways to read from five different genres, at no extra cost at all.

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