choisissez n mélange - aka 'pick n mix'
Somehow calling this department of the newsletter something other than 'monthly favourites', "things I've been loving" or 'weekly recommendations!' makes this seem a little less youtubey and beauty blogger-esq; but its basically the same. Also, having it in French made it seem more bearable too?!
Gail Honeyman’s debut novel 'Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ had been at the top of my reading agenda for a while had given my rather unimaginative 2018 resolution of wanting to read more, great scaffolding. The book had been popping into my earshot and eyeshot constantly; crawling into every recommendation list I scanned and dropping into several conversations i’d overheard. Honeyman's debut novel has proven to be a hugely triumphant, collecting itself the 2018 Costa Debut Novel Award and a basket full of giggling followers (including Reese Witherspoon who has already bought the film rights..).
‘EOICF’ was simply wonderful and I found it did not disappoint in the slightest - acting as the perfect tonic for a morning commute and that awful liminal time before going to sleep! The narration is similar to that of Don in 'The Rosie Project' with Eleanor holding a funny, simple yet ever-fascinating character who you see gradually change throughout.
But lovely Gail’s success was made no more evident by the fact that I struggled
📷to borrow a copy from my library for seven months..with other local [bookshop] refrainers prizing it off me first.
Now, I am exaggerating a little; I do not completely avoid bookshops. Funnily enough I often go out of my way to pay a visit to any unusual or exceptionally dear find. However, I do view the act of buying a new novel a fairly frivolous thing. For a read-a-book-one-timer it is essentially a single use, ‘disposable’ purchase. Obviously, i'd always look to re-home to a friend or charity shop in the first instance. But the far greener, greater and not to mention more economically viable option would be to use a pre-existing version of the book, and not further damage or contribute to the deconstruction of our rainforest. The [what feels like] prehistoric step of using your library and its cyclical method of consumption is a lasting, constantly satisfying and effectively zero waste!📷Please do not think I’m encouraging you to begin boycotting bookshops though. I'm not, really! I'm merely suggesting gaining more of a balance between spending trips and window gazing wanders there.
Perhaps save store purchases for sentimental, thoroughly used and eternally kept novels. That way the true worth [*cough* cost] of the item will be valued and treasured far more greatly.