What I Read in January 2020
Updated: Feb 19
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: This book was...interesting. To be honest with you since I just finished watching You, Eleanor totally gave off some vibes of that crazy broken stalker character. I will say the book was totally not what I expected, I both liked and disliked it at the same time. I found Eleanor a bit annoying for a good half of the book, and perhaps that was part of the point being made. That was her personality and it was clearly part to blame for the situation she found herself in. Which also is a reoccurring theme in life itself is that there are people out there who we find off-putting but a little bit of kindness can really change their life and ours too. Rating: B-
Grayson by Lynne Cox: I hated it. I'm positive there probably some deeper meaning about being at one with nature or how the whale brought out the best in this young woman who was sort of questioning her place in the world. There was also talk the entire book of how the community really stepped up to help, which is great, I applaud all of these things. However, I just genuinely could not get over the fact that I was reading a book about a woman swimming with a whale. Rating: F
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes: The concept for this book was so amazing. The Packhorse Librarians were a real group of truly incredible women who in the depression-era delivered books to those in remote rural areas who did not have access. Moyes combined this with some truly powerful and dynamic female characters who demonstrated what it is to find friendship, love, and courage when it is needed most. An absolute must read in my opinion. Rating: A
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: I am in love with this book. I am in love with the characters, the story of true feminine heroism in the face of war. When we think of WWII, we think of the atrocities committed, the soldiers who served, rarely do we stop to consider the lives of the women and children who faced down the enemy with strength, grace, and wit that far outmatched enemy. If you are a lover of historical fiction or books that celebrate women this is a true gem. Rating: A
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: OK. So I was super into this book until about halfway through I started really struggling to read it. It is incredibly, incredibly detailed. Detailed to the point where your eyes start to blur and you're like what did I just read. Therefore I have not finished it, but I am determined! It just may take me a year. Totally not exaggerating.
What did you read this month? Feel free to drop some books below in the comments you think I should read.