Top Ten Inspirational/Thought Provoking Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is one of my favourite. Goodness knows I love a thought provoking quote. Here are some of my favourites in no particular order:

  1. “You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.” – They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera
  2. “You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.”- The Names They Gave UsEmery Lord
  3. “Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.” Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
  4. “I wonder – if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?”  Radio Silence- Alice Oseman
  5. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire- J.K. Rowling
  6. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” My Sister’s KeeperJodi Picoult
  7. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
  8. “Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.” Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
  9. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”  Oh The Places You’ll Go!Dr Seuss
  10. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  I Can Read With My Eyes Shut– Dr Seuss

Some of these have made appearances on my blog before but I can’t help quoting it again! Feel free to leave me a link to your post this week. I’m looking forward to reading them!

Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week, we are thinking about rainy day reads. Those books that are perfect for curling up with inside when the weather is horrendous outside. I’ve decided to pick books that are easy to read, fast paced and totally binge-able.

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A List of Cages

This book surprised me. I don’t think I’ve seen it enough around the blogosphere. Such an important story to be read. I highly recommend it.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

If you’re avoiding this book because of the hype, please don’t! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I bloomin’ loved this book! I really didn’t expect to like it as much.

The Silent Patient

One of my favourite reads of this year! I highly recommend this book.

The Flower Girls

I’m into my thrillers, as you can see and this one is so worth curling up with!

Apple of My Eye

This one had me totally gripped!

What If It's Us

Two of my favourites…writing together. This romance is so easy to get involved in.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

I think this book is highly original!

A Sky Painted Gold

Such an atmospheric read. I was really impressed by this book.

A Thousand Perfect Notes

Ooh, this is an intense but SO good read. I can imagine that this could be easily read in a few hours. It’s gripping.

Tell me about your favourite rainy day reads! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink ever weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…

Thoughts:

People were going on and on about this book and I’ll be honest- I was scared of the hype surrounding it. Call me a wimp if you will, but I’m so used to hype letting me down. Really, I should’ve known it would be a good read because my dear sister and fellow book blogger Beth was nagging me to read it. I’m so pleased that I made time for it, because I thought it was a truly brilliant read.

The title itself intrigued me. I assumed before reading it that she wasn’t completely fine at all. I was right. Eleanor is a simply fascinating character. Her life consists of working and barely socialising with anyone. She’s a socially awkward character and in many ways, I felt she came across as having autism. She’s very to the point and blunt. This doesn’t exactly win her any friends. She’s such an outcast that she’s often someone that her co-workers laugh at. Eleanor drinks vodka over the weekends and isolates herself from the world. When Eleanor becomes closer to Raymond who works at her company, Eleanor’s outlook starts to change. They both help an elder man when he becomes ill in public. From then, Eleanor realises that she isn’t as fine as she thought she was. You see, Eleanor has an awful history. She wants to become happier and doesn’t want to be lonely or isolated anymore. Can she do it?

I loved that this story was a mix of melancholy and hopeful. There were some really fantastic laugh out loud moments. Eleanor seemed like she belonged in a different time period. She wasn’t up together with the modern world and why would she be? She was always alone. Gail Honeyman perfectly paints a picture of Eleanor’s isolation. Eleanor is incredibly awkward and you can see how her behaviour isolates herself from the rest of society. Please don’t think that this is a doom and gloom story though. It isn’t. It certainly becomes more hopeful. I don’t think I’ve rooted for a character as much as I did with Eleanor. She is complex but utterly wonderful. I can imagine that some readers might find her rude but her past has shaped who she is today.

I think it was perfect how more and more of Eleanor’s history came out as the story progressed. I think this was a fantastic way to build anticipation and keep the reader invested in the story. I was eager to find out what had happened to her. It’s horrific but so well written. You grow to love Eleanor so much that is breaks your heart even more when the truth is revealed.

This was an excellent debut from Gail Honeyman. Highly recommended!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

This book is well worth the read, in my opinion! Eleanor stole my heart!

This Week In Books #146

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

I’m not very far into this book yet, but it’s definitely giving me The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime vibes.

THEN

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! My review will be out within the next week or so.

NEXT

Before I Find You: Are you being followed?

I haven’t heard much about this book, but I am intrigued to see what it’s like. I do enjoy a thriller.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR (March)

Welcome to my Looking Ahead post for March. In February, I nearly managed to read all of the books on my TBR post.

Here are this month’s books! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting! As ever, click on the book image, if you want to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink ever weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…

I am currently reading this book and I’m hoping to get a good chunk of it read tonight, during my reading night with my sister, Beth. ❤

I Have Lost My Way

Goodreads Synopsis:

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be. Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, Gayle Forman’s newest novel about the power of friendship and being true to who you are is filled with the elegant prose that her fans have come to know and love.

I am intrigued to read more from Gayle Forman. I see this has mixed reviews on Goodreads but I’m excited to check it out.

Uncle Bobby's Wedding

Goodreads Synopsis:

Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby’s niece Chloe is worried that she won’t be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special? Sarah Brannen’s warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding embraces Bobby’s relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an uncle and niece’s love for each other.

Beautifully told and charmingly illustrated, this simple yet moving story begs to be read time and again.

I am excited to read this cute book for our Banned Books feature. I imagine it’s banned because it contains LGBT characters. *sigh*

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…

We return to Percy Jackson for our kid-lit feature. I’m looking forward to this one.

What are you reading this month? Let me know!

This Week In Books #145

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

The Breakdown

I have been meaning to read this book for ages! I’m finally getting around to it. I’m very much enjoying it so far. I’m looking forward to reading some more tonight!

THEN

No Way Out (DI Adam Fawley, #3)

I finished this book which I did enjoy, but not as much as the previous ones in the series. My review will be out in a few months!

NEXT

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Here’s another one that I’m finally getting around to! I am looking forward to reading this one, although the hype scares me a little.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

 

Book Tag- Books Beginning With W.I.N.T.E.R

I had seen this post on Beth’s blog. She originally got the idea from one of her favourite booktubers Lauren And The Books who did it with the word CHRISTMAS. Beth decided to take on that challenge and make it seasonal.

Today I will be taking the word WINTER and finding books on my TBR that start with those letters.

Click on the book image to find out more about the book!

For Beth’s W.I.N.T.E.R post click here.

W

Words on Bathroom Walls

I am really interested in books that cover mental health. This one is all about a boy with schizophrenia.

I

I Have Lost My Way

I want to read more of Gayle Forman’s work, so I can’t wait to pick this one up!

N

No Way Out (DI Adam Fawley, #3)

I really enjoyed Cara’s first two books. I’m currently reading (and enjoying) this book. If you’re into crime/thrillers… it’s one to look out for.

T

Two Can Keep a Secret

I am so intrigued to read this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s debut, but I’ve heard great things about this one!

E

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

This is another book that Beth has been on at me to read for months. It’s happening soon. I promise!

R

Roar

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia Ahern. Looking forward to this one!

Have you done this tag? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!