Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Books that I bought, read and hated

A flatlay containing a brown blanket, a mug of black coffee and a book

How many times have you bought a book because of the hype and been disappointed? I’ve done this a few times and I’ve learned my lesson, buy books you’re interested in, and avoid popular books until the hype dies down and there's a number of reviews.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

She 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 two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Not is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

I’m sorry to anyone who enjoyed this but it was not worth the hype at all. It was very difficult to read, not the language but the structure. I read 8 pages and I was clueless where the story was going so, I sold it on eBay as I do all books that I buy and dislike.

During lockdown, I saw a few people on Twitter talking about it and decided to give it another try but as an audiobook. Everything was slow and it was full of Eleanor's ramblings and mundane day-to-day thoughts. I felt for Eleanor and wanted to know how she was going to develop so endured until the end which was underwhelming.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it's time to stop giving a f**k. This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt - and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy. From family dramas to having a bikini body, the simple 'Not Sorry Method' for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy, and money on the things that really matter

I don't usually read personal development or self-help books because they make me cringe. This was funny in places and some advice was useful but I felt like the same thing was being said in different ways, it could have easily been summarised in 3 or 4 infographics. Also, I wasn't a fan of the overuse of f**k, The more you use the f word, the less effective it becomes. You're not missing out on anything groundbreaking if you haven't read it but if you want to read it, I would recommend listening to it as an audiobook instead of reading the physical version, it was more enjoyable this way.

What popular books have you bought, read, and hated?



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