Here’s some February book reviews!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
I really, really enjoyed this book. Eleanor as a character is completely loveable and relatable – you can’t help but feel nice things towards her and I wanted to give her a huge hug many times throughout the book. She was so well written and incredibly funny, as well as being interesting and peculiar. Something that I didn’t realise until I read this is that 99% of the books I read (minus the classics) are written by American authors in what is of course, American style writing. It wasn’t until I was reading this book and realising how much I could actually relate to it that I made a mental note to start picking up more books by British (or Scottish, in this case) authors. You can’t beat a good old English novel and so many scenes and descriptions throughout this story had me nodding my head like yep, I know exactly what you mean!
Eleanor as a character was beautiful in her own unique way and like I said, incredibly peculiar and funny, some of my favourite lines (that made me laugh out loud, which is rare) were –
“A nurse walked past as he said this and had clearly overheard. She was grossly overweight and was wearing rather attractive white plastic clogs teamed with striking black and yellow striped socks – her feet looked like big fat wasps.”
“An old woman in armchair reached forward for a remote to mute an enormous television. It was showing that programme where people take old things to be valued and then, if it turns out they are worth something, pretend they like them too much to sell them.”
“She looked at him with so much love that I had to turn away. At least I know what love looks like, I told myself. That’s something. No one had ever looked at me like that, but I’d be able to recognise it if they ever did.”
It was a really heartwarming story and I will always have a little place in my heart for Miss Eleanor Oliphant, she was lovely to read about.
Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
I really enjoyed this book, I’d had it on my TBR for a few months and then randomly saw it in a charity shop one day and bought it. Scott Westerfeld’s writing is so easy to read, my eyes were practically gliding across the page, the whole thing was written really, really well, it was like I didn’t even have to use my brain. I really like the concept of the story and the fact there’s a major underlying hidden message but that it isn’t what’s carrying the book – it would have been really easy for Westerfeld to use the message to propel the story forward but he didn’t, I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters and I’m looking forward to reading the second book soon hopefully. I gave this 3 stars because I really enjoyed it but it didn’t impact me or make me feel anything emotionally and even though it wasn’t immature writing (for lack of better wording) I feel this book was definitely aimed at a younger audience and therefore didn’t contain as much substance as other novels however, it was such a well written and easy to read story, I was a huge fan of the writing style. One thing I remember constantly thinking whilst reading this was that it would make for such a good movie, I really hope it gets picked up at some point!
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’m so glad I finally got around to reading this – I said it in this post but I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t read it yet. My aim this year is to get through a lot more classics, I have a full shelf of them untouched and I really want to have read them all by the end of the year. Anyway, this book was glorious. I really, really enjoyed it. As an avid fan of Zelda Fitzgerald’s work, I could only imagine her husband’s would be of the same calibre, and I was right. The writing in this book was beautiful, Fitzgerald has such a way with words and I love the character development, Daisy was by far one of the best written characters I’ve seen and I loved everything about her (until the last few chapters). There were so many beautiful quotes throughout this book, I had to keep putting the it down so I could find them on Goodreads and save them.
If I could have one critique it would be that I feel Gatsby could have been developed more as a character but I can’t further comment on that as I don’t want to write any spoilers – basically, if Gatsby had been developed a little more, some of the events that took place within the book had the potential to have a bigger impact than what they did (but I can only speak for myself). Though on the other hand, I don’t think Gatsby was supposed to be developed in that way and therefore my comment is irrelevant.
All in all, I really, really loved this. F.Scott Fitzgerald is an amazing writer.
Skeleton Flower – Kim Jonghyun
I thought I’d do this one separate. A hard one for me to ‘review’ but all I’ll say is that it hurt and it was beautiful – both the writing and the physical book. Something very special and beautiful to me. I’ll talk about it another time. (here)
took me a while, but i got there.
thank you for sharing something so special, you truly were a poet and even though you didn’t think it, an artist. thank you for the music, too. always. thank you for your voice to accompany these words.
you put so much into this and i’m so lucky to have experienced it. it was so beautiful, most of the words felt like they were coming out of my own mouth, and i understand. thank you for giving us something to share, thank you for staying with me for a while as i went through these pages, they truly were special.
i love you and i always will. i miss you. you did well. so, so well. rest now. i love you.
Let me know if you’ve read / like any of these,
All my love,
Goodreads – ChloLuna