We went for a walk today and I dropped a couple of books into the little free library near our house. I bailed on them, but it seemed like a good way to find someone who might like them.
Rooney is a skillful writer. The characters are rich and the narrative focused on the story. She weaves in just enough details to develop the story and characters. Her tone is somewhat muted, though, which takes away a little of the emotional impact for me. Otherwise, I enjoyed this story of modern romance between two young adults still trying to understand themselves and their places in the world. 4⭐️
No, thank you.
#LetsTravelJuly Day 21: Rooney‘s female protagonist, Marianne, has an emotional vulnerability that opens itself up to the world – with a degree of defiance and brokenness. There is also the fervent but failed attempts at taking control and making meaning of her world that has repeatedly made her see the absolute worst in herself and in others. Rooney clearly is a pride of #Ireland. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-khf
Not what I expected, but a compelling read. Prompts me to wonder, who am I, really? How much do I allow others judgments to dictate my life? Am I more “ normal” (or less?) than I believe myself to be? Does it matter? Am I Connell or Marianne? Bits of both?
I am still in a bit of shock from this novel--a bit gutted, honestly. Absolutely worth a read, though if you are anything like me you'll chuck it across the room in a temper (onto the couch, let's not get crazy and risk actual damage to the tome, now!) at least a half dozen times. And that was all in the space of the single day it took me to devour this book.
Reading and cooking. This is the second book I have read without quotation marks. It makes me a little crazy. It ruins the flow for me. What exactly is the purpose? I‘m going to have to start checking before I buy.
My goal to not buy books in 2019 isn‘t going well, but I‘m not too upset. I couldn‘t resist this book bento box! I might need a new rule regarding bookish tote bags...
"Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything."
This book is simple & deep at the same time, with a focus on humanity, relationships, the keeping up of appearances, & how the decisions we make for our lives are often intertwined with the choices made by other people we know or love. The main characters feel very real to me. I really wish that I could have reached into the book just to guide them through their miscommunications though.
While I really enjoyed this book, the characters were not easy to love. Marianne‘s self-hatred and Connell‘s inability to say what he means made for so many frustrating misunderstandings between them. The millennial angst and social pressures they experience were very relatable, but many of their problems were self-induced and difficult to sympathize with. I applaud Rooney‘s ability to render the difficulty of young adult relationships, 👇🏼
I read the preview online and found it so mesmerizing that I had to buy the kindle copy immediately. This was my first time reading Sally Rooney and so maybe it was just that her voice and character development are new to me; in that regard this book was love at first read. The way she characterized the relationship between C+M was perfection. I was a little bummed about the ending, but maybe that‘s because I never wanted it to end?
This book was not bad, it just wasn‘t for me.
To be honest I found it painful.
Like a train wreck, one is compelled to look, despite the carnage and pain, and despite not wanting to look at all finds it impossible to look away....Wanting to know how it ends, hoping everything works out, but knowing it cannot.
Well written, and psychologically accurate. But not for me. It hurt too much to enjoy it.
Not much happens in this book, yet I was so invested from the beginning. I'm usually not one to pick character-driven novels as my favorites, but I really enjoyed every scene. It reminded me a lot of Celeste Ng's writing style, so if you love her books, you'll love Rooney's Normal People. This is our work bookclub pick, so I'm excited to discuss it with the team as there's a lot to unpack, and I'm not sure what it all means yet.
Enjoying 24 hours of solitude.
When I finished this five days ago, I was ready to give it all (or most of) the praise I‘d been hearing. Now, I‘m having trouble remembering the details.😳
I can tell you that it‘s about privilege, power, & mental health; it‘s about communication (in a meta way, re: the act of writing, & interpersonally); it‘s about a love, twisted & made unrecognizable & then recognizable again — in an endless boomerang. It‘s not uplifting. It *is* well-written.
I thought I'd play along as I've read some great books between January and June. Here are my #top6reads! I had a hard time narrowing it down so I had to add a 7th.
1. Normal People by Sally Rooney
2. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
3. Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens
4. Heads of the colored people by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
5. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
6. Educated by Tara Westover
7. Salvage the bones by Jesmyn Ward
My #top6reads for 2019 so far. A mix of what I read most: contemporary, classic, and children's lit. The only genre missing is memoir and Inheritance by Dani Shapiro nearly made the list.
Consider yourself tagged! It's fun to reflect on the reading year thus far!
Great idea @Cinfhen
@Cinfhen asked to see Littens‘ #Top6Reads of the year so far, and these are my picks. I have a feeling I haven‘t had as many five stars reads as I normally have, but these six all blew me away and made me throw stars left, right and center ✨✨✨
Taking an idea from @Cinfhen here are my #top6reads so far this year. The Winter King was a bit of a departure for me as I‘ve not read a lot of proper romance books but I was hooked and am definitely exploring the genre more.
It was soooooo hard to narrow it down, @Cinfhen but here are my favorite #Top6Reads at the halfway mark.....
Would never have thought I‘d have had 2 by the same author! Rooney Fan-girl right here! 🙋🏻♀️
Finished this late last week for my June book club meeting, and enjoyed it despite not caring for either of the central characters. It blurred the line between co-dependency and intimacy, and highlighted how thoroughly and easily communication can breakdown, even between people desperate to remain close to one another.
Mosquitos rudely interrupted my outdoor reading sesh. I felt surly about it for a hot minute... but I somehow got over it. 🤷♀️
Normal people started out great. It was super fast with an intriguing writing style that forced me to dial in and focus. Then it flattened out quite a bit and that is where I hit the struggle bus. Thankfully the ending wrapped things up nicely and saved this one for me. Not my favorite but not the worst.
Normal people make a two-deep monthly TBR stack, right? Any must reads in stack 1?
Well then. So many thoughts! (Skipping right past the weird lack of punctuation) I think she nailed the almost desperation and pedestal placing we can do with our first loves. However ultimately I found this unsatisfying - relationships and characters cycle vs grow and the flat storytelling loses its interest after the first half. Moving, I felt for the characters but was not invested in their story
These Irish kids started out interesting but began to bore me to tears. Loads of emotion related flatly. No quotation marks (which I hate). When Connell and Marianne went to college, I lost interest. This kind of story works best in high school, where it has a meaningful backdrop and can remain all angsty and Breakfast-Clubesque. I‘m also weary of waiting for the young couple‘s socioeconomic class difference to mean something.
I managed to only order one book box while making this post and honestly I'm pretty impressed with my self restraint 😂
To say this book is a 5 star read is not doing it justice. This was hands down the best read of 2019 for me. I can't wait to put this on my shelf and read it again someday.
My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2558047399