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The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,702 ratings  ·  194 reviews
His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?

Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love
Paperback, 316 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 rounded up!

Oliver makes resolutions in a yellow, dog -eared notebook, whenever his life needs reviving, or whenever he needs to unwind from his job as a funeral director.

Excerpt: I must eat less cake.
I must stop watching infomercials.
I must take up a hobby-making model aeroplanes, perhaps?
I must go to the movies once a month..even if it means going alone.
I must find love.
Can I find love?

He has loved Marie, from afar, for 14 years. But, now it is too late.

She has left him with a
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of my personal reading goals for 2020 was to read books out of my usual comfort zone; to try new genres and narratives that seemed a little bit more “different”. Here, Riley certainly achieves this with a story based on a funeral director and his very lonely life.

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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.75 quirky character stars

Quirky as in he runs a funeral parlor and sizes people up based on what size coffin they would fit in! And he’s been in love with his friend Marie for fourteen years, but he’s never told her. Oliver likes things in his life in a certain way, he’s a sharp dresser but does love his pastries.

I must admit that when I read the description for this one, I was hoping for an experience like “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” – but that’s such a high bar as I loved that
Jeeves Reads Romance
Serious with shots of humor

Last year, I read a book called How Not to Die Alone, and I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to it while reading this. Both feature lonely, middle-aged guys working in industries that deal with death, who develop feelings for married women, and make the realization that they need to make some changes if they don’t want to, well, die alone. In a lot of ways, the comparisons end there, but the tones of the book remain similar - as serious and dark as they are funny and
Richard Propes
I kept hoping that "The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock" would completely grab me, but it just never did. It was good enough that I hung in there until the end, but it's one of those rare books where the 3-star rating was evident from beginning to end.

"The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock" was a pleasant enough read, but tonal inconsistencies bothered me - Was it about self-improvement? Was it a romance? Was it a PG-rated "40-Year-Old Virgin?" It never really completely nailed a tone and I
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Oliver Clock I make Resolutions. Thou shalt read your free Amazon Prime books the month you receive them. This was the perfect New Years read. Loved it! It had moments when I was yelling at Oliver to run like crazy from that woman. Great reminder "Thou shalt not let other decide things for you." So proud when Oliver stood up for Himself. I can see myself reading this again. Excuse me while I go try out my new portable Clothes Steamer Oliver inspired me to buy.
Goth Gone Grey
Perfect first book of the year and decade

FirstReads can be hit or miss; let's cautiously crack this one open and see what it has to offer:

"They say old habits die hard, which is true, but I also think that new habits are born easily when you live on your own. Like talking to yourself. Ordering pantry items in alphabetical order. Storing balled-up socks in colour-coordinated rows in a drawer. Buying microwave meals for one when you should be cooking from scratch, because you really do love to
Shelley Oesterreicher
I choose this book on a whim - I was given two free Kindle books on Amazon. The description intrigued me. At the beginning it seemed slow paced and I wasn’t sure if I liked it. I’m so glad I stuck with it and finished reading it! Oliver Clock is a wonderful, endearing character. I was cheering him on through all of his dilemmas.
Merri Dillinger
I haven’t had a lot of luck with Amazon First Reads. I know this isn’t fair, but based solely on my track record when reading them I feel like they are books that Amazon sort of throws on the ‘seconds’ pile, hoping a few people will read them since they are free, like them, and generate a little buzz for the buying types out there.

And usually, I feel like they are a waste of my time.

I was pleasantly surprised by The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock. Was it ground breaking or earth shattering?
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smiled reading from beginning to end

I caught myself smiling as I read the whole book. A very sweet and cute story about a middle aged man finding himself and his voice for the first time in his life!
Bex Reynolds
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't describe how much I loved this book. The main character is so likeable, my feelings peaked and troughed with his throughout. The writing is excellent. This is heartwarming reading at its finest!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gentle meander of a story, with wonderfully rich characters that pulled me into the world of Clock & Sons.

At times sad, at times funny, and always poignant, I was almost disappointed when it finished, and definitely glad with how it ended.
Heather Jones
I enjoyed this for the most part, but it fell apart at the end for me. The pacing, writing, and characterization throughout the first 3/4 was solid. Towards the end, though, some of the dialogue became unrealistic and the protagonist solved all his problems rather quickly and without misstep after a single "A-ha!" moment, which led the characters to lose some of their believability.
Louisa Dwyer
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling and lovely

So not my usual kind of book but I’m thrilled that I decided to give it a go. The story is heartwarming, sometimes amusing and very original
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it

Oliver is such a nut case, I love him. The author's writing would be PERFECT for a slightly unhinged serial killer
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really slow start, almost gave up, but it really grew on me, such sweet characters
Kristi Lamont
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Another that's really worthy of 2.5 stars.....why, oh why, Goodreads, will you not let us do partial star ratings as we embark upon The Next Roaring Twenties?

This was a Kindle First Read, or whatever it is it's called these days. I was in the mood for something a little fluffy and humorous. And, well, that's what I got. A _little_ fluffy and humorous. A _lot_ chick lit. In retrospect, I realize I should've spent my time watching a movie. But, hey! Kudos to Jane Riley for writing a book, while
Lauren Bernard
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this type of book - complicated, interesting characters; funny, touching.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliver Clock's family has been in the funeral business for generations. His dad may have passed away, but his mom, Doreen, still works at Clock & Son part-time, still controlling Oliver and the business. Jean's been there for many, many years as well. But although Clock & Son might not be keeping up with the times (like Green Light down the street), the funeral home offers great service, compassion and patience.

Oliver Clock is quite the eccentric fellow. Never married. No kids. Not many
Tonstant Weader
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock is a delightful novel of a man who has lost his way. He loves to make resolutions and has a notebook full of them, not that he does one thing to make them happen.

Oliver is approaching middle age and while he owns his own business (a family funeral home he inherited), he feels he has missed out on life, on having a family and children. He is in love with the florist, Marie, but by the time he realized he loved her, she was already married. He comes to
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliver Clock keeps a list of resolutions in a yellow notebook, but he isn't very good at following through with his desires. His life seems planned out for him. He's inherited the family funeral home business and his existence revolves around meticulous habits, humorously, his ever indulgent sweet-tooth. Oliver's awkward and quirky character is endearing, but lacking in the same authentic vitality exuded by some of the other characters, such as Edie. In some respects this makes him feel less ...more
Lisa of Hopewell
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
discovered this book in First Reads [for Kindle] part of Amazon’s Prime.
The Story

Funeral director/mortician/embalmer Oliver Clock is in a rut. He runs the family business, Clock and Son Funeral Home with the unnecessary and overbearing oversight of his mother. He has reached a certain age and has not married, nor is he actively pursuing anyone. He likes to make resolutions in his notebook to occasionally make a change in his well-ordered and very neat and tidy life. Then it happens that his
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliver Clock is stuck. He can't get out of his head to move forward with any of the random resolutions he has made over the years. Approaching his 40th birthday, the OCD Oliver continues on making and putting off his resolutions until it's too late to realize the dream of having the girl he loves.
However, this loss is exactly what he needed to propel himself forward and to "get out of his comfort zone."
One thinks at first that Oliver was forced into the family funeral home, business, but I
Gwendolyn Brooks
The main protagonist in the book is a somewhat shy, and socially awkward funeral director on the brink of turning 40. Through the pages of his journal, we learn of his inner thoughts and resolutions, and, at first glance he comes across as a "Walter Mitty" sort of character, with big dreams and plans, but, possessing little courage and practicality to be able to make any progress towards his goals which comes across as authoritative pronouncements from on high. At first I didn't think I was ...more
Nanette Littlestone
You can't help but like this

The 4th paragraph of this book about a funeral director named Oliver Clock says, "Thou shalt not grow too large to fit comfortably into a standard-size coffin: I must start exercising." That's all it took for me to want to read this book.
Oliver is nearing is 40th birthday, alone and lonely, and OCD to the nth degree. He doesn't believe he has much going for him with regards to looks, his ability to communicate with the opposite sex, and making a go of the funeral
Vane Wayne
Oliver Clock is close to being 40 years old. He is single and runs a funeral business. He feels like he hasn’t done much in life because he has no girlfriend, wife, and children. He is determined to change before he turns 40. He writes down resolutions in his journal that will help him change the person he does not want to be. He is somewhat afraid of changed and has never changed anything in his business until he meets Edie and offers a new product that can make a difference in the funeral ...more
Surupa Mukhopadhyay
Jane Riley has managed to pen every single emotion of a man battling between the worlds of a lost love and the realization to live life to the fullest in the current world in the most beautiful manner possible. The emotions are raw, you truly connect with the character of Oliver Clock, and are able to fully empathize and understand what he is going through. In many cases you will identify with him, and you might even be going through the same scenario, albeit in a different setting.

The best
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give the book more stars, and if I rated it only on readability or language it would easily have 4 or 5. I loved so much of the author’s use of words and imagery (“I had gone to bed with the resolution on my mind, and woken up with it still there. It followed me into the shower, sprang out at me from my underwear drawer, and plopped onto my toast as if it were marmalade.”) but I couldn’t quite believe in the main character, Oliver. The references to his choice of tie, or ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I read ‘The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock’ as my choice from Amazon first for January 2020.
It’s written by Australian author Jane Riley, this is her debut novel.
Can I start by showing my age and saying that at first there were times I was visualising Oliver as Norman Gunston, not because he was funny but because he was a bit of a social misfit and maybe also because I know that Gary McDonald (Norman Gunston’s alter ego) suffered from bouts of depression. Oliver found life a bit
BestBooksy Reviews
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock is an adorable story that had BestBooksy routing for Oliver all the way!

The beginning is slow and introspective, but do not be deterred! Yes, the lead character is complex with unique quirks, habits, and on occasion, dark thoughts. But his mission for a better self is relatable and heart-warming, there is a bit of Oliver Clock in us all.

Brace yourselves for a kaleidoscope of emotions that are expertly delivered through elegant prose and the author’s
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