Book club January

So here it is, the first book club choice.  Are you joining us?  Go on.  All you have to do is read a book, and then maybe come on here and say what you thought of it.

Anyway, in case you can’t see from the picture, it’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. So why this book? Well, a couple of weeks ago, when I decided to start this up, I asked the lovely people of Instagram what books they would recommend for a first choice and this came up about five times.
No kidding.

And when I had a look on Amazon, it’s got over a thousand really good reviews and, here’s some other fun facts:

  • Gail Honeyman decided to start writing five years ago, by working on this book, on her 40th birthday.
  • It took her two and a half years to finish the first draft.
  • It was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress.
  • Translation rights have now sold to over thirty territories worldwide.
  • WHSmith have named it as their book of the year
  • It’s a massive, massive success and everybody loves it and if you don’t read it, you’ll be one of the only people who hasn’t

(I might have just added that last ‘fact’ myself)

Impressive, right?  So that’s why it’s the first choice, and apparently there’s quite a lot to talk about after you’ve read it.  I haven’t finished it yet, I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I’m enjoying it so far.

So here’s how I thought this  ‘online book club’ would work.  At the end of January, I’ll do another post about this book, where I’ll write up what I thought of it, and the overall general feeling from the other women who’ve read the book when we meet up.

Then if you fancy joining in, leave a comment under that post and we can get the discussion going. But don’t leave a comment about the book on this post!  No spoilers!  I’m only just in!

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  • Great idea! I want to read this book, I’ve been waiting for the paperback as I have an aversion to hardback fiction! I’d like to join in with you book club, but I’m part way through a bit of Dostoyevsky at the moment and also reading The Three Musketeers, There’s also the small issue of being on a book buying ban at the moment too – the shelves are overflowing (again!) here and we’ve got books stored in boxes in a spare room so I self imposed a ban on new books until we move house in a couple of months where (I’ll have more time and more shelf space then!)… With all that, I shall skip this month (and quite possibly next) but I will join in at some point when I’m done renovating and have more reading time again 🙂

    In the meantime, I’ll look forward to seeing what you think of this book.