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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman
Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. All this means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship and even love after all."
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Roxy26
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When I first started reading this, I was prepared to rate it three stars believing it to be another mediocre read. However, Eleanor slowly but surely grew on me until I fell in love with her character and story.

Themes such as humour, despair, friendship and loneliness are poignantly well written throughout. A beautifully touching and impressive debut from Honeyman.

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Andrew65
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This was the first book that came to mind with the tag #WorldIntrovertDay

A wonderful book and I wish there was a follow-up as I need to know how Eleanor is doing,

#JanuaryJazz

@Eggs @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks

RebelReader Eleanor is one of those characters that has stuck with me. I loved the audio! 4w
Andrew65 @RebelReader I feel exactly the same and I too loved the audio. 4w
IndoorDame Love her so much! 4w
Eggs Agreed! She is truly a memorable character 🙌🏻🙌🏻 @Andrew65 @RebelReader @IndoorDame 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 💙💛 4w
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TheEllieMo
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Probably one of my favourite books ever

#AdventRecommends
@emilyrose_x

TheNeverendingTBR Loved it! 2mo
TalesandTexts Love this book! 2mo
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Brinnyreads

This has been such a beautiful journey. Eleanor grew on me and by the end of the book I wished she was my friend.

bthegood Welcome to Litsy - if you follow @LitsyEvents it will keep you updated on all of the reading groups, challenges, and reading activities occurring on Litsy - 🙂
and this page for information in general - https://sites.google.com/view/litsywelcomewagon/home
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LitsyEvents Thank you for the tag 🙂 2mo
Brinnyreads @bthegood thank you so much for sharing it with me 🥰 I am following the page now and can‘t wait to be more involved !!! 2mo
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ChantalReads
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, but I didn't. At one point, I felt like I was just "getting through it", though it does improve. I can't put my finger on what, exactly, leads to my feelings of apathy? about it, but there are some. That said, I actually didn't see the twist coming (and that's a rarity for me), so I was pleasantly surprised about that.
The book was cute. The characters were realistic. I just didn't really connect.

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MariettaSG
Pickpick

Fabulous novel with an adorable yet unreliable narrator who becomes more reliable as the story unfolds. It is the ease with which you can love the narrator Eleanor, he cleverly crafted voice that is so funny that propels you through the novel.

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peanutnine
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#ManicMonday on a Tuesday because long weekends mess up my sense of time 😅
#LetterE @CBee

📚 Eleanor Oliphant, Every Heart a Doorway, Everything I Never Told You
🖊️Amal El-Mohtar - I haven't read many E authors but I loved This is How You Lose the Time War
🎬 Emperor's New Groove, Eat Pray Love, Ever After
🎤 Ed Sheeran, Eric Hutchinson
🎶 Everybody's Lonely by Jukebox the Ghost, Emily by MIKA

CBee I‘ve been eyeing This is How You Lose the Time War, it looks great! 5mo
peanutnine @CBee it's a very unique story, I really enjoyed it! 5mo
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melissajayne
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📚 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, East of Eden
🖋 Richard Paul Evans (I think I have read each and every Christmas book he has written)
📺 ER (1994)
🎥 Emma (1996; the one with Jeremy Northam)
🎤Enya
🎶 Extraordinary Girl by Green Day, Eight Days a Week and Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles.

#manicmonday #lettere

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Cazxxx
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#manicmonday @CBee

📕 Tagged book
✍️ Janet Evanovich
🎥 ET
🎤 Eurythmics
🎶 Every rose has its thorn-Poison

CBee GREAT book ♥️ 5mo
Cazxxx @CBee It was such an unexpected favourite! 5mo
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Rybow
Pickpick

Absolutely amazing book!! Made me laugh, cry, kept me engaged and even had twists! Thoroughly recommend this book with the best quirky character!!

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Eggs
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Pickpick
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Eleanor 💙 6mo
RenePenn Yes I agree! 6mo
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Eggs @RenePenn 💙💙 6mo
kspenmoll Perfect choices! 6mo
Eggs @kspenmoll 💙💛 6mo
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Cazxxx
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#alphabetgame

The tagged book is my pick for the letter E. Such a great story which made me laugh and cry, one of my favourite reads from last year

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melissajayne
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I read this for my library book club a number of years ago and I loved it. Whatever year I read it, it was one of my favourites. I think it was partly because I could identify with Eleanor in some ways, but I could also emphasize with her heart-breaking story. #alphabetgame #lettere

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Eleanor!! 6mo
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Andrew65
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#LetterE #Thealphabetgame

Don‘t think I will be the only one to nominate this book by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a great book, and could do with a sequel to see how she is doing now!

@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks @allylu @CBee @TheBookHippie @Pageshifter @cocoReads @Velvetfur

Allylu @Andrew65 That‘s a good one! 6mo
CBee Loved this book ♥️ 6mo
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EverydayImReading
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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. An incredible debut novel. Such a lovely strange character. I could not put this down. #alphabetgame

Cathythoughts I loved this one too ❤️ 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Loved this book too 👍 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!! 💙 6mo
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BriannaT
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Pickpick

For me, this book went from “oh she‘s quirky and socially awkward” to “oh my gosh what happened?” It‘s a tough book to describe - Eleanor is trying to navigate her social life and plan a future romance, but it‘s her past that needs addressing. As she finds herself making real connections and friendships for the first time at age 30, she has to face the truth in order to move on. While she has a lot of trauma, she is still lovable and relatable.

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mbreichert19
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"In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder."
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Can't wait to dive into this one!

LoverOfLearning Hope you enjoy it!! I DNFd this. I don't t particularly like books that describe people's everyday lives no matter the overall plot 6mo
LoverOfLearning But let me know your thoughts on it! 6mo
mbreichert19 @LoverOfLearning I definitely DNF this! Totally agree on the book 🤦🏼‍♀️ 5mo
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abbyreadz
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Pickpick

I loved this book so much! It was unexpectedly filled with themes of trauma, mental health, intimacy, and relationships. I wished we learned more about her mom and sister in the book before the ending- but I see how learning about it at the end was Eleanor gaining closure on what happened. Her and Raymond are too cute. 🥰🥰

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Louise
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Pickpick

My mom and I love this book, so we chose it as book #2 in our #readoutloud project. Everyday, we sit together; and I read aloud for us. It was fun to revisit Eleanor and her journey toward freedom from a traumatic past. Her way of seeing the world is quirky and humorous, even in a story filled with sadness. Eleanor is a survivor who learns to thrive.

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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Pickpick

This odd duck pecked herself a home in my heart (not literally - FYI, this book has absolutely nothing to do with ducks 😆). This journey & character metamorphosis will always remain special to me. I became Eleanor's personal cheerleader from the very first page, despite all of her faults, but most importantly because of her quirks & eccentricities & social awkwardness (which we both share). A story with friendship and melancholy at its heart ♡ Xx

Cortg I loved this one! I just read the tagged book and the main character, Molly, reminded me a lot of Eleanor 7mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Cortg Oh, I really must read The Maid now 😍. I've just stacked it! I'll love any character like Eleanor 🥰 Xx 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved Eleanor 💙 7mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too 🥰. Even now, she feels like a friend to me ❤️ Xx 7mo
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momx3nak
Mehso-so

Many people recommend this book to me.

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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 🤩 8mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Pickpick

I wasn't sure if I would like this at first, Eleanor is quite an odd character. With her mannerisms, I couldn't help but picture her as a young Miranda Hart. Nothing really earthshattering happens, it's a book about everyday life & about not prejudging the people you may meet. Just one thing though - I really would have liked to know where Eleanor booked for the Christmas party in the end & what her workmates thought! 5🌟

Andrew65 I loved this book. Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Not a mother, but a #lonely character with an awful mother…

#MayMoms

These lilies are from Hannah, William‘s daughter for Mother‘s Day 💗🌸

BiblioLitten Truly awful 😣 8mo
Susanita Those flowers are gorgeous! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BiblioLitten I could have used some worse words right?! 😡 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Susanita thank you so much 🌸 8mo
BiblioLitten @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Absolutely! My heart broke for Eleanor💔 8mo
Eggs Gorgeous flowers 💐 8mo
MyNamesParadise I love that book so much! 8mo
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erickahhh
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Bailedbailed

{Unpopular Opinion}

I did NOT enjoy this book! I know the point is that Eleanor is odd and quirky, I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention.

I generally love a quirky/ unrelatable main character, I just found it too difficult to get into her story line. Others love this book, I was just not one of them

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Loved this book and Eleanor, but her mom was #evil!!

#MayMoms

My lilies are coming along!! 🌱 🌼

jlhammar Yes, she was! Good one. 9mo
Eggs Yes!!!!! 9mo
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Conleyheather
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book, and parts of it I did. Yet, Eleanor Oliphant had a very slow start. Once I read a little more than half of the book, I couldn‘t seem to put it down. The book‘s plot and structure are very much like it‘s narrator. Eleanor is unsuspecting and even bland, but once the surface has been scratched another side the Eleanor, and ultimately the novel, is revealed. #reesesbookclub

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audreydmcgee
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Pickpick

I‘ve read a lot of books set in Great Britain lately. Is this a sign? 🤔 Anyway, this was a good one. I saw most the twists coming but found Eleanor is be a fascinating character. I had a few problems with some of the things Eleanor did at the end that didn‘t seem to fit her. I didn‘t want her to change in those ways.

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peacegypsy
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Pickpick

Finally finished this little delight! What an endearing character, and what a good lesson in using caution when we can choose family instead of merely being assigned them.

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MariettaSG

Lockdown seriously slowed down my reading, I did persist but this book, the voice of Eleanor - so good, so funny is doing the reading live trick for me.

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DcSunshine
Mehso-so

A quick and delicious fiction fix but alas the details of the book faded quickly. It‘s one of those worth reading, you know you read but, but the details are hazy.

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DanaManiac
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Hi LMPBC round #14 group! So sorry for the delay! My husband and I were postponed on a trip abroad and came back to squirrels in the attic and a leaky roof. Yikes! Anyway, here are the four books I‘m choosing from. I‘ll be starting this weekend, so just lmk if you‘re strongly opposed to any or have read any of them. I‘m excited to get back to reading and relaxing!! 📚

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BookishBelle These all sound interesting to me and I haven‘t read any of them. I hope you get plenty of time to relax soon! 11mo
Deblovestoread That sounds awful... hope you had an amazing trip to make it not seem so bad. I've read the top two but can reread as I loved both. 11mo
HeathHof Wow, sorry you had to go through that! I'm good with any of these. 11mo
DanaManiac Okay! I‘m going to go with the tagged one. Happy reading everyone! 11mo
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BiblioLitten
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I can see that the book is quite popular. My friend wanted to do a buddy-read so I‘ll be hobnobbing with Eleanor for a while.
I‘m already cracking up at the bits where she whispers ‘I know where you live‘ to tele-marketeers, and the use of kitchen scales. 😁

#currentlyreading

sprainedbrain Oh how I ❤️ Eleanor! 11mo
BiblioLitten @sprainedbrain I wanted to give her one big hug 💕 11mo
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ATB
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Another 52 degree day in Feb in Michigan. Outside reading is the best.

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ATB
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Who of us hasn‘t either at 13, 23 or 52 had a hopeless crush on a musician only to crash down to earth and realize he would never know you existed. Ironically as much as Eleanor felt like she didn‘t belong this moment absolutely proves she belongs amongst us all. I‘m looking at you Harry Styles!

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ATB
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Reading and Curling… gotta get my last bit of Olympics in before closing ceremonies tomorrow.

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ATB
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Front porch reading on Feb 16 in Michigan!!! Best thing ever!!! I might make it to spring now.

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carolpharmd
Pickpick

~ reminded me of an adult “Wonder” ~ Eleanor is a funny, yet tragic character. Enjoyable & heartwarming read!

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Madison91
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Pickpick

I only read psychological thrillers, but I fell in love with Eleanor oliphant! She even got a few giggles out of me

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LitStephanie
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I am late, and only 20 made the cut for a best of year list, but here are my favorites from 2021. @Graywacke @merelybookish thanks for the prods to do this! #top21of21 #top21in21

merelybookish This is quite an eclectic list! And always happy to see love for Normal People. 🙂 12mo
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Kelican17
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Pickpick

Eleanor made me roll my eyes and shake my head. She made me cringe. She made my heart ache for her.

The world needs more Raymonds.

What an unexpectedly good read.

💚

Cathythoughts Fab book 👍❤️ 12mo
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MissLiteraryAli
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There are scars on my heart... I know they're there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.

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MissLiteraryAli

When the silence and the aloneness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.
... if a woman who's wholly alone occasionally talks to a potted plant, is she certifiable? I'm confident that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It's not as though I'm expecting a reply. I'm fully aware that Polly is a houseplant.

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MissLiteraryAli

I do exist, don't I? It often feels as if I'm not here, that I'm a figment of my own imagination. There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I'd lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock.

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monalyisha
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My favorite professor in college had a mellifluous voice. He often used “fine” as a descriptor: to refer to a passage or a student‘s careful and attentive interpretation of a text. He meant “fine” as “exquisite.” It was a quirk I loved. When I think about Honeyman‘s work, I hear him describing it as “fine” (though certainly, it wasn‘t as dense as our typical class fare). Eleanor Oliphant is funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful.👇🏻

Cortg I loved this book and Eleanor ❤️ 13mo
monalyisha 1/2: She‘s a character, to be sure: a little over the top, a little unbelievable. As Eleanor herself observes [of Sense & Sensibility], “It all ends happily, which is highly unrealistic, but, I must admit, narratively satisfying.” Still, the emotions she inhabits and elicits are absolutely real. 13mo
monalyisha 2/2: In “A Conversation with Gail Honeyman” she explains, “When loneliness is discussed, it‘s often in the context of the elderly, but I began to think about how it might manifest in younger people.” This is so poignant & so important, & Eleanor is a complex vessel for exploring these ideas (as we all are). A trifle sentimental, but I like that in a novel, sometimes. I couldn‘t put this one down. TW: abuse, self-harm. #NYWD22 @TheKidUpstairs 13mo
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BookBosomed1 I love this book. 13mo
BkClubCare Great review. 13mo
monalyisha Thanks, @BkClubCare! And me too, @BookBosomed1 & @Cortg 🧡 13mo
TheKidUpstairs This one I read off of @sprainedbrain 's #NewYearWhoDis list last year. I expected light and quirky, but was entranced by the emotional pull of Eleanor and her story 13mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs I didn‘t anticipate her deep history of pain, either. There was one unexpected revelation that I didn‘t even know to expect or unexpect! A layered story. 💞 As far as the loneliness aspect goes, there was one Litten who put the Olivia Laing book, quoted in the epigraph to this one, on her #NYWD22 list. I recognized the title straight-off. I might have to pick it up! 13mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs I also may have mentioned that my book club read this a few years ago & I skipped that month. I was glad to finally have an excuse to read it myself. Good for our collective, shared knowledge. 📚 13mo
marleed I‘m still waiting for the opportunity to use mellifluous in a conversation! It‘s such a great word! 13mo
LiteraryinLawrence Great review! 13mo
monalyisha @sprainedbrain @TheKidUpstairs I‘m happy I got to read this domino read from you, Jenni! I always think about matching myself with you — & then don‘t because of your especial penchant for historical fiction (which there‘s never enough of on my list to satisfy you 😅). So, it‘s nice that I‘m sort-of reading your list by proxy. 😆 13mo
BiblioLitten My mom uses ‘fine‘ as a descriptor too (not sure if it‘s in a mellifluous voice though😋). 13mo
sprainedbrain @TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I just love a domino book, and I‘m so glad you both loved it. I still think about Eleanor. ❤️ 13mo
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monalyisha
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“There is no such thing as hell, of course, but if there was, then the sound track to the screaming, the pitchfork action and the infernal wailing of damned souls would be a looped medley of “show tunes” drawn from the annals of musical theater.”*

YES, ELEANOR. 🙌🏻💯

*Pictured: Exempt.

TheKidUpstairs Day Man! (Ah-ah-ah) Fighter of the Night Man! (Ah-ah-ah) Champion of the Sun! 13mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs It‘s just so catchy! 😂🌞🌚 13mo
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TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I just rewatched that episode the other day... and now the song is back stuck in my head 🤣🤣 13mo
Johanna414 Welp, I'm going to be signing this all day now... 13mo
sarahbellum My boyfriend and I randomly sing this to each other as a call and response while going about our day 😂 13mo
monalyisha @sarahbellum My husband & I definitely bust it out from time to time, too. Once you know it, how can you not? 😆 13mo
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monalyisha
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“Animals, birds, and insects can provide such useful insights. If I‘m ever unsure as to the correct course of action, I‘ll think, “What would a ferret do?” or, “How would a salamander respond to this situation?” Invariably, I find the right answer.”

#NYWD22 #NewYearWhoDis @TheKidUpstairs

monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs “What would a ferret do?” made me laugh out loud. #WWAFD? #WWFD? 😆 13mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs I think I‘d keep the article. You know, it‘s a real Thinker. 🤔 13mo
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ElizaMarie
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#April2021

Totally get why people have a “problem“ with this one. It was heavier than what I thought I was getting into, but I really did enjoy it! I gently recommend it to others.

#12BooksOf2021

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