What I’ve Been Reading: April and May 2017

It’s been a busy 2 months, and I haven’t had nearly as much time as I’ve wanted in order to read. But I’ve managed a couple of titles, and I’ve collated my thoughts here. Hope it’s helpful!



Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine — 2000px-5_stars.svg

This is definitely my favourite book of the year so far. It’s funny, clever, innovative, interesting, and endearing. I’m not even going to tell you anything else at the risk of rambling, only this: BUY THIS BOOK AND DO IT NOW.




The Death of Grass — 4_stars.svg

Alex’s mother loaned me this book because I had loaned her The End of the World Running Club, and I really enjoyed it. It’s much shorter and can easily be read in a day. It’s set several decades ago, and you can tell (a bit sexist), but it’s a very interesting read and paints a great post-apocalyptic picture.




The Light We Lost — 2000px-3_stars.svg

I got this book for free through work, and while it was well written and interesting, it wasn’t my favourite. The characters were infuriating, and I really, really wasn’t satisfied by the ending. But from talking to other people I seem to be alone in that last complaint, so maybe take your chances on this one?




The Grownup — 2000px-2_stars.svg

Guys, I wanted to like this so much. I’m such a Gillian Flynn fan that I even preordered this book, and I don’t preorder anything. But it really just wasn’t that good. You can tell her publishers were pushing her for something, anything. The beginning was good, and the middle was okay, but the end was so un-gratifying because it was just a bunch of weird explanation and then a decision from the protagonist that made no sense. Given that she describes herself as the queen of hand jobs, I was left confused, disappointed, and blue-balled. I’ll read her next novel, but I would definitely skip this one.


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