Hello everyone! So I took an accidental break from blogging because life got really busy with school and weddings. I hope everyone has been having a nice September! ❤️
So today I’m playing catch-up and posting mini reviews for some of my recent reads! All below reviews and blurbs are unspoilery!
Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Content Warnings: child abuse, off page death, excessive drinking, attempted suicide
Rating: 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Eleanor Oliphant is used to being alone, and she really is fine with it. She spends her week at work and her weekends drinking the days away before going back to work on Monday. When an emergency breaks Eleanor out of her routine and throws her into the life of a friendly colleague, Eleanor is surprised to find that she is not as fine with being alone as she thought. As being social causes Eleanor to drag up painful information from her abusive childhood, she learns that there is more to a situation than meets the eye.
Well, I found this book intriguing. It was not incredibly captivating or fun for me to read, but I did think “ooooo…interesting…” during the big reveal at the end of the book. Eleanor was a strange, unique main character, and it was fascinating to read her thoughts about the world throughout the book. I never connected with Eleanor’s character and I felt like the entire book felt distant and impersonal which was why it was hard for me to get into the read. That being said, I know a lot of people enjoyed this book and it definitely dealt with some very serious topics that were nice to see represented in a book.
I recommend this book to people who are looking for a story about grieving the loss of childhood and exploring how a traumatic upbringing can affect adult experiences and relationships.
Title: Exciting Times
Author: Naoise Dolan
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Content Warnings: cheating, sex
Rating: 1.5 ⭐️💫
Ava moved to Hong Kong to find happiness, but so far all she has found is a mediocre job teaching English to rich children, expensive rent, and tedious roommates. When Ava meets wealthy British banker, Julian, they start a complicated relationship that leads to Ava living in his nice apartment for free in return for company- both relational and sexual. However, things get complicated when Julian leaves town and Ava begins to fall in love with amazing, exciting Hong Kong born- lawyer, Edith. As Ava and Edith’s relationship grows into something more, Ava must decide between the path of comfort and ease with Julian or love and unknown with Edith.
I did not find Exciting Times to be exciting. This book seemed boring, and I still do not know what the purpose of this book was. I did find some of the conversations between the main characters to be entertaining, and I really liked Ava and Edith’s relationship. Ava was a fascinating main character because she seemed very disconnected with her emotions- which in turn made the book feel distant. Many people enjoyed the honesty and politically aware aspects of this book, but they weren’t for me.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a story about trying to find yourself in a big city and making the choice between comfort and love.
Hope you enjoyed these mini reviews! Sorry I didn’t care for both of the books, but I felt the need to throw my opinion out into the void!
I hope you like these books more than I did if you read them, and I would love to know your thoughts about them!
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