Monday 23 July 2018

Six Weeks of Summer Reads: Week One


I love shouting about books I've loved, and what better excuse is there to jump up and down waving a book you think everyone should read than the summer?

Over the course of the summer holidays, I'm going to be sharing one fab read a week. They won't necessarily be your typical beach reads, simply books I've adored recently and want to share with anyone who will listen.
And as I'm always on the look out for more books to add to the TBR pile, I'd love to hear your recommendations too! Share the book love either on my blog posts or get in touch on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #sixweeksofsummerreads :)

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?
You've probably heard a lot of people already singing the praises of Eleanor Oliphant - and with good reason. I have to admit I was a little dubious before I dipped into the book, because how could it possibly live up to all the hype? BUT IT DID.
Eleanor is a wonderful, quirky character who had me giggling, cringing and reaching for the tissues. 'Oh, Eleanor' often ran through my head while I was reading the book, either because she'd made an amusing faux pas or because she was breaking my heart a little bit more.
As Eleanor establishes new friendships and breaks from her usual routines, we start to see glimpses of the life she's endured, the experiences that have shaped her into the woman she has become. While on the surface Eleanor can appear odd and provide a source of amusement for her work colleagues, we discover why she's developed her quirks and outlook on life.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is funny and heartbreaking and easily my favourite read of the year so far.

Have you read Eleanor Oliphant? What did you think?

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