Book Reviews 2020

Quarter two of 2020 is for e-books. Thanks to this quarantine, I have finally bought e-books from Amazon and use the Kindle app to read it. I know a lot of people might have been doing it before but for me, this is my first time. 😛 I usually don’t like reading on tablets/phones to lessen my screen time but I’m hooked and converted after this experience. I am now a fan of e-books.

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I have to be honest and say that I have a soft spot for Liane Moriarty books. I like how light but still interesting her books are. However, I am disappointed with this book. There just wasn’t anything noteworthy about it. I breezed through it but I found myself lost and confused why I even bothered reading it.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Technically, this isn’t a book but a short story. I wish Gillian Flynn made it into a book! The story is about a con artist who finds herself associated with the family of one of her previous clients. She ends up being conned. By the time you finish the story, you’ll find yourself asking “Who conned who?

It’s a nice story. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and the good part is you can finish it in one seating! If you haven’t read this, please read it and let’s talk about it cause I still don’t know who conned who.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The story is about a girl and a boy. They like each other but they have a few roadblocks to overcome. I feel like this book has three parts. The first is about them fighting their feelings, the second is them enjoying it, and the last talks about real issues by couples.

I love this book! You might be wondering why I only gave it 4.5 stars though. I am reserving the remaining 0.5 stars for the possibilities it left me with. This is the first book I’ve read in a long time where I end up thinking about alternate endings. That’s how much I loved the characters and their stories! It does talk about a serious topic (infertility) but it was done in a light tone that you can still enjoy it.

I read negative reviews on Goodreads about how the author romanticized infertility. I actually agree with the review but I liked that the author choose to pick an ending where there was just happiness and acceptance for all the characters. I also think that the book isn’t solely about infertility but rather it’s also about Kirsten’s growth. We are all scarred in some way by our youth. These scars are always there until we accept them and find ways to heal from it. Having Kirsten accept the love she deserves is the highlight of the book for me – whether or not she got pregnant. But of course that doesn’t mean I don’t want to explore other endings. 😛

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.


I decided to copy the synopsis from Goodreads to give you a better background of the story. To be honest, I had a little trouble finishing this book, it was interesting but the story was a little slow for me especially the first half. What I wasn’t ready for was the complete 180 of the book after the second half. I couldn’t stop reading it!

I like how the author gave a very nice and detailed background of Eleanor and how she was currently living her life. It made the reader curious about her without giving us any other information. What I liked most about this book is how it’s about acceptance and growth.

We all think we might be fine until we come to certain points in our lives. These moments make or break us. Our character will get tested but if we persevere, just like how Eleanor did, we will get to see a better tomorrow. I love this book and I highly recommend it. I fear my review won’t make you want to read the book, lol, but please do. I’m just having a hard time putting into words how I feel about this book. If I had to use words to describe it, I would use: hope, promise, heartwarming, and kindness.

We don’t know the stories of everyone around us that’s why we should always be kind. Try to be a little more patient and understanding. We’ll never know what others are going through or have been through.

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