ALL THE HYPE: January Mini Reviews

The following four books from my twelve total reads of January have received so much hype in the book community that I knew that 1) they deserved off my TBR and into my read pile and 2) needed a mini review from this hype-loving fangirl.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

After getting through the first seventy pages, I really thought I’d be DNF’ing my second book of 2019, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This 2017 debut has received so much hype beyond the book community and will be adapted into a film by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. In these first few chapters, I struggled connecting with Eleanor’s narration and thoughts. A few reviewers that have similar reading tastes to me said that they also struggled in the beginning, but it worth continuing on—and I completely agree!

As Eleanor warms up to Raymond and other people in her life, I was really able to understand her more and see how her tragic past has affected her mindset and lifestyle. This book is truly a tearjerker—I often felt the tears coming on as Eleanor tells Raymond and his mom that they can come over to her apartment whenever they wish. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine may be a hard book for some readers (warnings for physical and mental abuse and mental illness), but it felt like a very honest and real depiction). While I can’t say that I could connect to her throughout, I love where we leave Eleanor in the end and I could potentially see some sort of sequel.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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ADULT CONTEMPORARY LOVE: December Mini Reviews

While I am still a YA reader at heart, I’ve been increasingly enjoying adult contemporaries. Below are mini reviews (and a bit jumbled thoughts) for the three adult books that I read in December.

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41xsiJ8NmdL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan

Like many readers, it’s no surprise that I love Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians (both book and movie). China Rich Girlfriend was a fun sequel that expanded this extravagant, shopping-spree filled world and gave more insight on particular characters. Kitty and Astrid are my favorites, Kitty for her continued ridiculousness and Astrid for her intelligence and relationships with Charlie and Michael (who I definitely didn’t like). We also spent more time with Nick and Rachel. In addition, I loved the trip to Paris, I actually liked Rachel’s father and that storyline more than expected, and MANY things about the ending left me shocked. I am not so patiently waiting for Rich People Problems to come in from my county library.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Crazy Rich Asians: Book Vs. Movie

2018 has been filled with some pretty amazing book to movie adaptations, and Crazy Rich Asians is no exception. Me being the fangirl that I am, I had to read the book before I saw the movie. I obviously loved both book and film, but today I’m going to be discussing which bookish or movie elements I liked better, and whether book or movie is the ultimate Crazy Rich Asians winner in my fangirl heart.

 

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