Goodreads Monday (06/07/2020)

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

This week’s book:

Normal People by Sally Rooney

BLURB FROM GOODREADS: At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

Why I Want to Read It

I bought Normal People back when the book first came out yet it has stayed sat unread on my shelf. Ooops! But I really want to get to it soon because the hype with this is something else. Plus I want to watch the TV show but I am one of those people who (typically) always has to read the book first…

Have you read this yet? Or watched the TV show?

Let’s chat in the comments below!

24 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday (06/07/2020)

  1. Lots of mixed reviews for this one and while I enjoyed it when I read it, the more it has stayed on my mind, the more I realise I really loved this one. It’s weird and the characters aren’t very likeable but they’re also so frustratingly real? I don’t know if you’ll like it (coz I like it LOL) but… I’m curious to see what you’ll think of it! I really want to watch the show as well… Haven’t been able to get my hands on it lol

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  2. Hey! I have read a lot about Sally Rooney’s books! And some of them are in my Amazon wish list as well! 😍😍 I am mostly drawn by the covers though. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

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  3. I read Normal People a few weeks ago because I wanted to watch the series. While I mostly enjoyed the book, it wasn’t until after I watched the adaptation that I really became a fan. I loved the show, and I wish I would have watched it before I read it, which is not my usual style. I loved the acting, the music, and it is visually stunning. I hope you give it a try! ❤️

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      1. I hear ya! I’m typically a book first person, too. I think the adaptation just brought the characters alive for me. And I looked back at my review. I gave the book 4.5 stars, so I’d say I liked the book plenty, as well. 😍

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  4. I keep meaning to read this, but then get distracted with other books! I dunno, just something about it that makes me nervous to read. I’ve heard so much praise for it though! I hope we both get to it asap!! (:

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  5. I couldn’t see what the hype of Normal People was all about even after I finished the book. A lot of it made me feel uncomfortable or even had me questioning the main characters’ actions. I know that many people loved it though so I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

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    1. OOOH that makes me even more curious! I’m not sure I’ll love it either but I’m fascinated to know how I’ll react. I heard lots of people say the tv show made them feel uncomfortable because of all the nudity and because the characters are meant to be teenagers so it felt almost voyeuristic almost.

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      1. I’m researching mother-daughter relationships and maternity in YA literary fiction!! After I finish my reading semesters I’ll write a short story collection of independent work based on what I learned 🙂

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