I used to read a lot – especially when I was younger. However it dawned on me a few weeks ago, I barely ever read nowadays. I think the last time I read a book was about 18 months ago as I tend to just read articles, blogs and social media posts instead. After this realisation dawned on me, I was left me with quite a sour taste in my mouth as I really couldn’t believe it. But it wasn’t just the fact I haven’t read in a while, it’s more because it was a hobby I used to enjoy which just disappeared one day and I’m on a mission to find it again.
With all this being said, towards the end of February I made it my aim to read more. And by that, I want to aim to read a book (at least) each month. Now that it’s March (how quickly is time flying, please?!), I’ve almost finished my second book (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood) and on Friday I treated myself to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng which I can’t wait to crack on with.
I think one of the reasons why I accidentally fell out of love with reading, was mainly due to the fact I was bored by the books I kept buying. I got stuck with one genre and there was only so many thrillers and crime novels I could read. Sometimes, I just needed a book which would make me laugh, cry and not dwell on the cliff-hanging questions of “who did it?”.
And do you know what? I found that book in the shape of Gail Honeyman’s debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I’ve seen this book making its way across various social media profiles and while it seems to be quite the phenomenon right now, I would say it totally deserves to be. Now as I said before, it was a bit different to the usual books I read and boy, was I glad to finally move away from them.
The whole story is simply wonderful and sadly relatable. One of the main themes it explores is loneliness and it’s so interesting how this unravels due to the story line and characters. With every page turn, you feel more and more for the main character Eleanor who’s had a pretty tough time throughout her childhood to adulthood. One minute her brash and selfish attitude, is complimented by her strength to overcome the struggle of reconnecting with and opening up to kind and caring people.
It really struck a cord with me and at moments, I sometimes felt like I was reading my own thoughts when over-thinking situations, relationships and friendships. With 383 pages, I read this book in one week and when considering the fact I haven’t read in over a year, it just shows how much this book gripped me. Upon reading the final few words of the novel I felt a strange blend of joy and happiness, mixed with sadness because I knew this book was actually over. But if I learnt anything from Eleanor, it’s to keep on going and that my friend, is the type of motivation I’ve needed.
If you’re looking for a book to get you back into reading or just want a change in your reading direction, I couldn’t recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine enough. It is totally worth the hype and is an unforgettable read – in many ways than just one.
Now that I’ve caught the reading bug again, what other novels would you recommend? Or which book have you read which you found to be unforgettable?