Goodreads Monday is a really simple weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners where you choose a book at random from your Goodreads TBR and explain why you want to read it.
This week’s pick is: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
“A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love–think Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Love, Actually.
“Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?” This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica’s Café. When Monica discovers Julian’s abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely.
And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together In Real Life at Monica’s Café, where they’ll discover the thrill and sometime-risk of being completely honest–and, for some, find unexpected love.
With a cast of characters who are by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life, The Authenticity Project is a novel readers will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.
Why do I want to read it?
- Any book labelled ‘quirky’ will always get my attention.
- I’m curious about the whole ‘think Eleanor Oliphant meets Love Actually’ thing…….and keeping my fingers crossed. Please let it be so!!!
- I’m trying to spread the light and fluffy reads in between the deeper, more thought provoking reads. I’m hoping this will be on the lighter, fluffier side…kind of like a palate cleanser between meals.