Finally finished this at the gym today. Not bad.
The book was disturbing, because I couldn't feel for its characters, except for their school days. And it was really captivating, with Sally Rooney's perfect ability to describe different emotional states. The language is beautiful, and Normal People was the gread read for this rainy and gray winter. #Booked2020 #MillenialAuthor @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I dk know how I feel rn. By page 204, Marianne is a deeply disturbed and disturbing person. It is educational to be in her head even as her thoughts and actions nauseate and terrify me. I am reading, curled up into a ball of anxiety. I have to finish this asap bc I can‘t walk around living normal life feeling like this. Praying hard for a happy ending.
Normal People follows the relationship between Connell and Marianne over a number of years, from high school to adulthood. That is all I can come up with as far as a summary goes, because nothing else really happens.
Despite the lack of plot in this novel, I still enjoyed it. I‘m not sure why. Its just very “readable.”
See my full review here: http://bit.ly/2tysqtF
I finished this faster than I thought I would. I read a lot of negative reviews of NP on here which surprised me. IRL everyone I knew liked/loved it. I admit the main characters puzzled/infuriated/saddened me, I wanted to shake them, hug them, drag them away. Often. I couldn‘t really stop reading it. What a powerful amazing story.
“He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.” OMG! Have a book-blogging friend who kept track of this when she encountered such an occurrence in books. It always makes me think of her. She isn‘t in Litsy; cannot find her anyway. Fond thoughts of book friends this morning! Esther assisting. #DogsofLitsy #whpg
1. This week has been pretty lame. My husband got me some chicken nuggets a couple nights ago?
2. Baking, reading, cleaning... maybe talking my sister into doing something tomorrow.
3. Normal People by Sally Rooney
4. @Kayla.Adriena @Crazeedi
Whizzed through this, partly on audiobook in the gym, and partly the hardback. My manager at the library messaged me yesterday to check I was ok leading the reading group this month, and thinking the group was next week I heartily agreed. Then I realised the group is tonight! Whoops!
Marianne and Connell are frustratingly relatable as they navigate their world apart, and as they are magnetically pulled back together. I loved this book!
I didn‘t think I was going to like this one but i actually did!!‘ By mid book I was drawn into the angst of the MC‘s and wanted to find out what would happen to their relationship. I loved the audio narration by Aoife McMahon, I don‘t think I would have been as engaged otherwise! #booked2020 #MillenialAuthor
I‘ve tried, I really have. I have her a second chance. But no, I just don‘t like Rooney‘s prose. Nor did I particularly enjoy a repetitive plot, or the lack of any kind of development in the characters.
Book 6 for #JumpStart2020 @Clwojick @Lizpixie
This was my pick for #MillenialAuthor #Booked2020 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I‘ve read a lot of mixed reviews about this book, and for awhile I agreed with some of the negative ones. However, as I got closer to the end I found myself appreciating the characters and feeling like it was relatable if somewhat exaggerated in the things we leave unsaid and the assumptions we make especially with people we love.
I had such high hopes for this book after seeing all the rave reviews, but I was sorely disappointed. I detest the writing style that I occasionally come across where there are absolutely zero quotation marks, and it seems like one long ass paragraph after the other. Their relationship was so infuriating for the most part. I just could not connect with these characters. I‘m glad other people enjoyed it, it‘s just not for me. 1.5⭐️
First book finished in 2020, and it fulfills prompts for 2 challenges!
I liked the story and the characters well enough, but I didn't care for how much it skipped through the characters' lives. It felt to me like I was reading snippets of their lives and missing out on important details of the full story.
@Cinfhen, @4thhouseontheleft, @BarbaraTheBibliophage
First #bookhaul of 2020. I made no resolutions regarding book purchases because...that‘s crazy talk. I need to get the tagged book read for book club on Tuesday. Top four are for my classroom (buy three get one free), and Bread is because my son and I are going to try our hand at baking it.
After seeing so many good things about this book I was certainly expecting something very different to what I got! I just didn't get this book at all. I found it dull, I didn't relate to or like the characters one bit. I don't always have to relate to or like a character but the problem was I just didn't care about them. The writing was ok but nothing special. Have I completely missed the point of this book or are there others who didn't care? 😂
I thought about doing a #Top19of2019, but to be honest, these two were in a league of their own! They moved me, made me thoughtful and emotional, and they have become some of my all time favourites. So my #Bestof2019 are the two above books, and I hope for books like these in 2020 🤞
I‘ve read lots of books this year but didn‘t think I‘d read many “wow” books until I looked back. Then I couldn‘t stick to a top 5 so here‘s my top 10 for 2019 instead! The tagged book just about makes it as my overall favourite. So excited for all the books in 2020 📚
Since this is my very first post on Litsy, I thought I'd start with what I'm reading right now.
I'm not sold on it yet, but I'm still giving it a chance.
I still don‘t know what to think of that book. On the one hand, I feel like Sally Rooney is able to look into young people‘s souls. She describes many feelings and issues so accurately that I felt understood by her. On the other hand, Marianne and Connell frustrated me. I couldn‘t see their “love” at all and felt like they never talked about the things that really mattered, e.g. their relationship or the abuse Marianne went through.
Kayla, you chose perfectly! Chocolate I can eat and drink, plus a piece with coconut. And the book is on my TBR and a pick for an upcoming book club. I love #Jolabokafloddwap ! New #HolidayTradition. #WinterGames #JingleBallers @FantasyChick Thanks for organizing @MaleficentBookDragon
Over on #Bookstagram, Aussies are sharing #BlueBookStacks in honour of an initiative to donate to the Rural Fire Service. I know it's Christmas and we'd all rather be gathered around the tree waiting for Santa, but so many families have been impacted by the bushfires that have ripped through this country. We're almost entirely reliant on the volunteer-based RFS organisations, and they need our help! Consider making a donation and pray for rain!
Deep breath. Phew. What a ride. With Rooney, the substance is the style; meaning it‘s not really about how she writes it, but about the actual events that are happening in the story. That‘s the driving force, and this plays out something like a soap opera. Angsty, heatedly psychological, addictive.
Oh, and it‘s also sexy. That too.
It‘s sort of a polarizing book. The characters don‘t communicate well and this bugs people. Not me though.
Love is complicated. It‘s messy and can be conflicted. At times you can find it and then lose it with just a thoughtless word or inappropriate reaction. I loved this book because if followed a boy and girl who found and lost love, but always had each other‘s best interests at heart.
For anyone else who loved Normal People and is excited/fearful to watch the TV version. (Coming in the spring on Hulu.)
I feel conflicted about this. On the one hand, there's some beautiful lines, on the other, nothing here hasn't been said and done before, in YA and bildungsroman books. Discovering oneself, the line between learning to stand alone and yet depending on others, explorations on love and loss, what's normal and what's not. I think I would've enjoyed this more if the "hollow self" was more explored, thus giving the characters a chance to be something.
Almost a bail... I don‘t even know what this story was trying to tell me. I don‘t think it helped me learn anything, see a new perspective, or grow as a person. I‘m happy for someone to tell me I‘m wrong because I was really disappointed. I waited a long time to listen to this book and I just didn‘t get it :/
December 3rd #Adventrecommends day 3
In this novel we meet Connell and Marianne. In high school Connell is the cool guy and Marianne is the outsider, despite this they are friends. As they move on to university the roles change. Connell and Marianne feels so real, so you feel like hugging them and yelling at them and telling them that thing will be okey.
Not many books read this week, but finished The Romanovs (at last!) for #nfnov and finished The World According to Garp, which meant I completed #readingUSA2019.
I also read the tagged book on Kindle, and I‘m nearly halfway throw this The Rotters‘ Club, which I‘m loving.
Overall this month I read 17 books, of which 8 were for #nfnov and 7 for #readingUSA2019, many of which overlapped.
Connell and Marianne have opposite problems. He is poor and she is rich but they have been very close friends from an early age. That is, until they both get accepted to attend Trinity College. As college students, their economic disparity causes greater challenges. Highly recommended!
The irony that I am loving this book for the language and quotes like this - "literature fetishised for it's ability to take educated people on false emotional journeys"
Image from: https://whatnownat.com/my-summer-2019-reading-list/
This was a beautiful character study, I can see why Sally Rooney is getting a lot of attention right now. Although it took me a few chapters to become engaged with the story (it was a rough transition from Ocean Vuong‘s book!), before i knew it, Connell and Marianne had found there way into my heart and mind. It is an understated but brilliant take on young adulthood. It also reminded me very much of my university days!
#NFNov is falling by the wayside while I fill the urge to finish up my 2019 year-long challenges.
I guess I had to wait for winter weather to roll around again, but I finally started my only incomplete prompt for #booked2019 : Irish Author. ☘️🎉
I had this book sitting on my TBR shelf for a while due to mixed reviews. I finally decided to read it and now find that I am having mixed feeling about this book. I‘m not sure if I liked it 🤷♀️. It was a quick read and I kept finding myself drawn into the story of these two people and their ever evolving relationship. But the ending was so abrupt and left me feeling kind of empty.
These early production photos look good! Best get to reading the book quick!