A Mixed Bag

4th October 2019

This week has thrown me some curve balls, books I didn’t think I was going to like but loved and books that I wanted to love but didn’t! My top read this week was Sally Rooneys Normal People, I just couldn’t put it down. I also enjoyed the thirteen instalment of Genevieve Lenard.

Normal People – Sally Rooney

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Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.

This is a hard one to review as nothing much happened and yet I literally could not put this down. I was just so engrossed in following Marianne and Connell’s relationship!! There were time when I just wanted to slap their heads together and say “just tell him/her how you feel!” I don’t think this is for everyone but I really enjoyed it and will definitely read another by Sally Rooney.

If I Had Your Face – Frances Cha

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A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania.

The story of a group of women trying to survive life in Seoul. They have each found their own path but none of them seem happy. as you follow their lives, their history is revealed. Written well and easy to follow the story drags you in until you cant put it down.

I enjoyed following the narrative but in the end I felt like I was left with a lot of questions unanswered. I am also unsure if this a true reflection on how society is in Seoul now or the authors vision of the way it is heading, This is definitely something I will look into and will end up teaching me more about the world so it gets a star for that (I love anything that educates me)

Seriously love the cover though!!

Thanks to Net Galley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Sirani Connection(Genevieve Lenard #13)Estelle Ryan

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This is a series that follows Genevieve Lenard who works for an insurance company in France inspecting art to make sure its genuine before the insurance company agree to insure it, well that is unlike she meets Interpol and famous art criminals who turn her world upside down.

I love this series because it is told from the point of view of Genevieve who suffers from autism and often suffers from sensory over loads. I love her no nonsense voice and all the wonderful characters Estelle Ryan has created.

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