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'Eleanor Oliphant is an unusual heroine'

Eleanor Oliphant is an unusual heroine

Talking books with Zaina Saher, bookstagrammer and medical student

Published: Fri 6 Sep 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 7 Sep 2019, 9:16 AM

What are you reading now?
I'm currently reading two books. The first is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt in preparation for the movie adaptation that's out next month. It follows a boy named Theo, as he clings to the thing that most reminds him of his mother - a small painting called The Goldfinch. This book so far has been quite an engrossing read with a compelling narrative. Alongside, I'm reading Godsgrave, which is proving to be a stunning sequel to Jay Kristoff's Nevernight. Full of violence and political intrigue, this adult fantasy is not for the faint of heart.

A book that changed your life?
Since December last year, my answer to this question is Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeymon. This little book had a profound impact on me, and I'm sure the sentiment would hold if I were to read it again. It is a warm coming-of-age story about an unusual heroine stepping into her 30s, who will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

Favourite literary character?
This is a hard one. I'll have to go with Daisy Jones from Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This 2019 release swept me off my feet and Daisy's incredible character arc was unforgettable. Daisy is a singer-songwriter trying to make it in the iconic age of rock n' roll and I truly connected with her resilience and strength. Additionally, Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab is a remarkable supervillain with a taste for revenge!

A book you think is underrated?
But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure. This is a YA contemporary story with a paranormal speculative element - severely underrated for a book that was interesting enough to read in one sitting!

Your favourite quote?
From one of my favourite YA fantasy series: "One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." - Clockwork, Cassandra Clare.
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