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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Recipes Inspired by Literary Favourites: The Pancake Day – Moomins Mash Up Edition

Shrove Tuesday, famously preceding Ash Wednesday, is the last day of gluttonous delight before the fasting period of Lent in the Christian calendar. For those of us not practicing, it’s the day that supermarkets sell frying pans and bottled lemon juice at double the usual prices, and we all set our smoke alarms off.

‘Why Moomins?’ I hear you ask, and I respond simply; why not.

Of course, as with all the best traditions, the roots of pancake day lie well beyond one single religion. Different peoples and nations around the world celebrate similar holidays at similar times of the year- there’s something about this transitional point in the calendar that calls us to use up the last of the fatty winter food and empty our larders in hope of spring freshness and lighter diets. It’s the cosmic version of having one big treat before you finally start a diet.

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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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Five for Friday … November 4th

This is the first Friday post in the new format of the blog, so I’m going to give you a quick explanation- ‘Five for Friday’ is a little list of five things you can watch, do, hear, eat or otherwise engage with over the coming weekend: it’ll be bookish, but this is categorically not a reading list. Instead there will be things to help you relax, enjoy the weekend, and generally bask in the things you enjoy the most.

This coming weekend will be Guy Fawkes’ Day, or Bonfire Night in lots of other parts of the UK. It’s also the first weekend since the clocks went forward, so it really feels like winter is here and it’s time to be cosy-warm and prepare for hibernation. As such, here are five things for you to do this weekend, since it gets too dark to read by four o’clock anyway.

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What’s a City State? – An Editorial about the EU Referendum

So the EU referendum happened, and for almost half of us it did not go the way we wanted it to. This post looks at city-states, potential ‘Londonpendence,’ Scottish Independence, and mentions Northern Ireland. Quick shout- if you voted pro-Brexit, be aware that this is billed as an editorial, and it’s going to be chock full of angry bias.

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