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Audible Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The Stats Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Author: Gail Honeyman Narrated By: Cathleen McCarron Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Fiction Time: 11 hours 1 minute Release Day: May 9, 2017 Trigger Warnings: Suicidal Ideation The Review Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was one of my Top Five Books I Wish I Read in 2017. Thankfully, my mother already had the Audible version downloaded. After I finished We are Legion (We are Bob), I decided that now would be a great time to listen to it before it falls too far down on my TBR. Eleanor Oliphant, the protagonist and whose perspective the story is told is, believes she is completely fine. She is twenty-nine years old; works in an office; and lives with Polly, her Australian parrot-plant.  She has everything she needs to maintain a functioning life. She even purchased her first laptop – advancing herself into the technological age. It is not long though, that we learn that Eleanor is definitely not fine. Her job hired her with a black eye and an arm …

Must-Read Book: February

The Stats Title: Freshwater Author: Akwaeke Emezi Publisher: Grove Press (February 13, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Fiction, African Fiction Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Self Harm, Suicidal ideation I pre-ordered this novel on Amazon and, by some magic, ended up getting an early copy. All opinions are my own. The Synopsis The Ada, the protagonist, was prayed into existence by her parents. However, her birth was not what they were hoping for. A troubled child, The Ada was prone to violent fits. As it turned out, The Ada was born with a connection to “the other side”, causing multiple selves to develop inside her. When she moves to the United States for university, and experiences a life-shattering event, her “selves” create a distant identity as a means to “protect her”. Now more powerful than they had been growing up, The Ada begins to lose sight of who she was in Nigeria. It isn’t long until Ada’s life begins to spiral out of control. Why this should be the one book you read in February? Akwaeke Emezi’s debut …

Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

The Stats Book: The Heart’s Invisible Furies Author: John Boyne Publisher: Hogarth (August 22, 2017) Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Literary Fiction, LGBTQA+, Fictional Memoir Awards: Book Of The Month Book of the Year (2017), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017) Trigger Warnings: Hate Crimes The Review If you have not heard of this book yet; then listen up. I quite possibly have found my favorite book of 2018. Yes… this novel was published in August 2017; but, for whatever reason (my wallet), it took me longer than it should have to finally read The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I am beyond thankful that I did. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a fictional memoir about Cyril Avery’s life. Told in the perspective of Cyril, the story begins in 1940s post-war Ireland. Cyril’s mother, young and pregnant with an illegitimate child,  is banished from her home parish of Goleen. With nowhere to go, she heads to Dublin to fix her situation with an ingenious plan – to give Cyril, upon birth, to a hunchback Redemptorist nun. This …

My 5 Best Reads of 2017

My 2017 New Year’s Resolution was to read one book a month – a task that would have been a piece of cake for me when I was 11. As I got older, however, reading for pleasure became a thing of the past. Throughout my entire college career, the only book I managed to read for fun was Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (an accomplishment really if you have seen the size of Anthony’s autobiography). Thankfully, I stumbled upon the Book of the Month club on Pinterest. It is a subscription book service offering 3-months, 6-months, or 12-months in which you can select one of 5 books each month. You can then pay an extra $9.99 per book to add up to two other selection to your box. A complete steal when all of their books are hard-backed and have an MSRP between $16-$30 dollars. I figured if I subscribed to the 12-month plan then I would be forced to complete my goal. After all, the hardest part of reading is selecting a proper book. With …