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The Little Friend
The Little Friend: A Novel | Donna Tartt
The second novel by Donna Tartt, bestselling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mothers Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents yard. Twelve years later Robins murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robins sister Harrietunnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson--sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her towns rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her familys history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Soubhiville
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I pulled my October #Bookspin list today with a theme of Spooky/Creepy/Fall Colors. Appropriately enough Black Cat Venkman wanted to pose on top. Lol.

The ones that might be tough to read titles on are
5- The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
16- The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells
19- The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm He‘s a beautiful model! 😻 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Oh wow! He looks like he's posing for a statue 🥰 2mo
JacqMac Perfect pose. 💕 2mo
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Bookwormjillk 😻 2mo
sarahbellum Purrrrfection! 😻😻😻 2mo
MicheleinPhilly So regal! 2mo
TheBookHippie 😻😻😻😻😻 2mo
LauraJ Gorgeous, wrinkly beastie! 2mo
jlhammar Wow, what a model. My cat would never cooperate like that. Love it! 2mo
ShelleyBooksie What an awesome photo!!! Venkman ♡♡ 2mo
AmyG That is a truly perfect photo. 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures The Enchanted is one of my favorites, her prose are as gorgeous as your kitty! 2mo
Gissy He looks so elegant! 😻☺️ 2mo
LeahBergen He looks like an Art Deco statuette. 😆 2mo
batsy Too good! What @LeahBergen said 😁 2mo
Chelsea.Poole lol love it! 2mo
bookishdawg Amazing photo! ❤️😊 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Strike a pose! 😸👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Bookwomble That is one confident cat who really has their shit together! 🐈‍⬛😻 2mo
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paperwitchs
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Pickpick

#tbr for the week, can‘t wait to finally get through these books, because I‘ve been so busy and putting off reading way too much. I really need to find a book club.😭
On another note my #litsylovesanimalsswap came! So excited, and thank you to @DinoMom and my match! 🖤

paperwitchs you can see all my previous attempts to read them in their cracked spines 👏🏻 8mo
tokorowilliamwallace Join the book clubs on Goodreads! It would be so fun if we could be in one together. 8mo
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NatalieR
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Mehso-so

I was unaware of this book until I received a signed copy for Christmas a couple of years ago. While I liked the writing and story well enough to stick with it, I wasn‘t sure where the story was headed. The death of Harriet‘s older brother was a mystery I wanted to see a resolution. It seemed like the author pulled together a vague ending that not only left me wanting more, it was like she got tired of writing and just ended the book. #MountTBR

paperwitchs Same here, but I really love the book so far. Havent finished it yet 10mo
NatalieR @paperwitchs I‘m glad you‘re loving it! 👍 10mo
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Martta
Little Friend | Donna Tartt
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Pickpick

This was a great stress relief for me. When I have a lot going on in life books like this help me relax. This is not a plot driven book. It focuses on couple of kids and their friendship. If you are looking for something fast phased this is definitely not for you.

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Kimberlone
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#FallTreasures #Day15 #FaceonCover

Three very different books with faces on the covers. I‘ve read Tartt‘s other two books, but not yet this one. It sounds quite different from The Goldfinch and The Secret History. A Little Life has been on my #TBR for awhile but I know it is extremely sad, so I‘ve been putting it off. I started Doctor Zhivago during lockdown last year, but got distracted about 30% in—need to finish this year!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want to do a Buddy read with A Little Life… 1y
Eggs Beautiful 👏🏻🥰📚 1y
Reggie Yeah, 2020 & 2021 would definitely not be the years to tackle A Little Life. Lol 1y
Kimberlone @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reggie knowing what I know about the book, I think I will have to take it slow! I will be an emotional mess for sure when I finally read it 1y
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Martta
Little Friend | Donna Tartt
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Going in to my first Donna Tartt. The beginning feels really promising! 😍

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Beccacraft
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It‘s difficult to even begin to describe what this book is about, as the plot deviates so much throughout. I started off by listening to the audiobook and switched to the print book (which was moderately better), but felt like there were too many characters and subplots that added nothing to the storyline. The book didn‘t do much for me until the very end where I was intrigued but ultimately disappointed.

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nannermc12
Panpan

All I can say is I listen to the book and thought the audio gave out and dug out my print copy. I was so upset to find out it just ended like that!

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TheBookHippie
The Little Friend | Donna Tartt
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Both of these just excellent

From my book of the month club from the dial bookshop in Chicago

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HeathHof
The Little Friend | Donna Tartt
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Generally I don't reread books because there are just too many books and not enough time but in my younger years I didn't always have access to many books but I did own, love and reread these 🖤
#3books #booksihavereread @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
BarbaraBB I love that you have reread The Little Friend. So many mixes reviews about that but it‘s my favorite Tartt. 2y
Read-y_Picker I also am not big into rereading. Not since I was little anyway. Maybe the most is Neil Gaiman Neverwhere because I listen to the BBC dramatisation regularly. Other than that I‘m afraid rereading books I really enjoy will ruin them or lessen the magic. 2y
HeathHof @BarbaraBB Its mine too! I was really surprised to see such mixed reviews. Loved Harriet to bits! 2y
HeathHof @Read-y_Picker I totally get that! 2y
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Ladygodiva7
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Lazy summer days ☀️

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Ladygodiva7
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Lazy summer days 🌳

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Ladygodiva7
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Love me some Donna Tartt!!

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KVanRead
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📚The Little Friend
🖋 Dennis Lee 🐊🥧
🎥 Lawrence of Arabia
🎶 Louis Armstrong
🎼La Vie En Rose
#ManicMonday #LetterL @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤 2y
KVanRead @JoScho Fun idea! And harder than I thought 😂 2y
JoScho Thank you! Yeah some letters are super difficult! 2y
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holarosarita
Mehso-so

This novel is beautifully written but surprisingly brutal. Everyone goes around ignoring each other‘s feelings in a way that is almost cruel and that makes for a very frustrating 500+ pages.

The plot goes nowhere and ends with a thud on a non sequitur. And the only two characters to have anything approaching a real arc (out of myriads) are two of the “bad guys.”

Wish my original pick for my #readharder2020 #doorstopper had worked out. 🤷🏻‍♀️

khooliha I am excited to hear if something/someone died every chapter. 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

I bought this several years ago because the doll on the cover creeped me out. After finishing it, the cover is still my favorite part of this novel. 😂

The book started out strong, and I was intrigued and wanted to keep reading. A few chapters in though and there were too many characters and side stories that didn't work with the main story.

This is my second read by this author and I think I'm gonna pass on any others by her.

TheAromaofBooks I'm completely creeped out by dolls honestly!!! 3y
Reecaspieces I love Mississippi authors. But I just cannot get into any of her books. To me, they just ramble 3y
Addison_Reads @Reecaspieces I typically love Southern authors too, but after this book and The Goldfinch, I give up. Both I had to force myself to finish because of the rambling. 3y
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BekaReid
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I think I need to abandon this one for the present. I love Donna Tartt's work, but this one isn't cutting it for me. It may simply be due to time constraints this week with little reading time, looming deadlines, and a pile of other library books begging for my attention. Perhaps I will give it another go at a future date.

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amyf0x
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Pickpick

Twelve-year-old Harriet and her best friend Hely spend the summer in their small Mississippi town investigating her brother‘s untimely murder, angering some meth-dealing locals as they uncover clues.

Read October 25 - November 14
Book 58

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azulaco
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Pickpick

I get the disappointment with this novel. The story is meandering and unresolved. It‘s more of a character study than a plot. The abrupt ending made me feel that maybe this book started life as a short story, then got expanded. I still recommend it, because Donna Tartt‘s writing is so evocative. I listened to the audiobook, and that was an additional treat - Donna Tartt reads it herself. 3 stars.

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Rissreads
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - never seen this cover before and I love it 3y
8little_paws oh this cover is EXCELLENT! 3y
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MrBook
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4 more for the #SouthernLit Display! 😁 Books are just flying off the displays! 😱👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 *Happy Dance*🕺

Have you read any of these?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

bookishdawg “This Dark Road to Mercy” ❤️ (edited) 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled The Little Friend ❤️ - loved it as much as The Goldfinch and The Secret History. And finished Work Like Any Other last week (eh - it was ok 😐) (edited) 3y
Kappadeemom 🙋🏼‍♀️ I love all of Wiley Cash‘s books! 3y
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Bec_lectic
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Mehso-so

I had to rate this book so-so because the ending left me disappointed. I really enjoyed the authors other novel The Goldfinch but this one kind of dragged for me. Don‘t get me wrong the author can write beautifully but this story just didn‘t keep my attention in the long run. The ending just left me with too many questions and the main plot of the story was never resolved. Kinda aggravating 😒

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pickpick

Loved it.
Many reviewers say it‘s her weakest novel, but I found it to be on par with The Goldfinch.
Tartt creates an atmosphere with believable characters and makes you think while reading.
Definitely recommend.

LitLogophile Completely agree with this review! 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @LitLogophile Thanks! I almost skipped it after reading lackluster reviews - so glad I didn‘t! 4y
Cathythoughts Must try again. I havnt been able to get past Secret History... Loved it .. 4y
batsy I loved it, too! The Secret History is still my fave, but this is a close second. 4y
LeahBergen I loved it, too! 4y
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Lcsmcat
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#Aprilstats I‘ve not read as much since starting my new job in January. Part of it is due to a short commute, so fewer audiobooks. Part is probably due to Council meetings three or four nights a month, and house renovations and wedding planning. But I feel like I need to up my game a bit.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 4y
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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

It‘s not The Goldfinch, but it was good enough to keep me up way too late to finish it. I was bothered by how many seemingly impossible situations these kids got out of - rather cartoon-like success of kids over grownups. So the ending, which doesn‘t answer the central question, was a bit irritating. The realization of Victory and Defeat being intertwined almost saved the end. But not quite. 4 star prose, 3 star plot.

Theaelizabet Loved that book...right until that ending. Ugh. 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im starting this one today for a buddy read 😬 4y
Lcsmcat @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled You should find a lot to talk about. 4y
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Tamra Confession, I hated The Goldfinch enough that I haven‘t been able to entice myself to pick up another of her novels. 😐 4y
Lcsmcat @Tamra I‘ve enjoyed all three of hers that I‘ve read, but that‘s why it‘s good there are so many books. We can all find ones we like! 4y
Tamra @Lcsmcat It isn‘t my typical MO and I know she is well loved, so I should try another. 4y
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Lcsmcat
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And oh, those filmstrips!

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Lcsmcat
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I love well-placed literary references! #kipling #junglebook

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Lcsmcat
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“Wife-swapping Utah Jesus!” This cracked me up, even though the “do your research!” side of my brain is saying missions only last 2 years. So either he rented it to the Mission president, or those boys left the church. #notLDSbutlivedinUtah

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Lcsmcat
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Lcsmcat
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Started this one on my lunch hour. So far, it‘s reeling me in.

Cathythoughts Interesting.. might try this one. Look forward to your thoughts 4y
Bklover This is the only one of hers I haven‘t read yet. Looking forward to your thoughts! 4y
Lcsmcat @Cathythoughts @bklover I enjoyed Goldfinch and Secret History, so I have high hopes for this one. 4y
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gradcat
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It‘s too hard to choose just one! So you must forgive me—I chose two (one is tagged).
1. The Little Friend (tagged) + Cutting for Stone/Abraham Verghese
2. Friend - save Harriet; Stone - save Marion
3. Friend - Eugene goes overboard; Stone - Rosina goes overboard
4. Huge wheel of cheese 🧀
5. Hello 👋 @EadieB @sprainedbrain @squirrelbrain

Naj Cutting for stone sounds great. Stacking! 4y
squirrelbrain Thanks for the tag @gradcat ! I haven‘t read Cutting for Stone yet, so many people seem to love it! 4y
sprainedbrain Clearly I need to check out these books! 4y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook I loved Cutting for Stone so much! 4y
gradcat @Naj I think you‘ll really love it, but it is a chunkster! Just a warning....😂👋🥰 4y
gradcat @squirrelbrain @sprainedbrain You‘re very welcome, ladies, and I hope you do read one or both of these...sending you both some Litsy love! 🥰 4y
gradcat @MommyWantsToReadHerBook Isn‘t just such a gorgeous book? I just can‘t say enough good things about it...I so love the story!! 📖❤️🥰 4y
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Jason7
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Pickpick

Donna Tartt is one of my favorite authors. The Secret History was a fantastic debut novel, and The Goldfinch is a modern masterpiece. The Little Friend is a long work. It takes a long time to develop, and it gets better as it goes. It‘s not as good as her other works, but I‘m a fan of anything she writes. The UK version of this audiobook has been recently recorded and is better quality than the U.S. version. Overall rating: 4.31 stars

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REPollock
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Panpan

Tartt‘s worst novel.

I finished it, but wow, fuck this book and everyone in it. Schools of red herrings swimming in a cesspool, and lots of shitty white Southern assholes being just horrible to every character of color.

What‘s the opposite of “recommend”?

Pruzy I could finish it, despite admiring Tartt‘s other two novels. 4y
REPollock @Pruzy I loved Secret History and Goldfinch! So disappointed. 4y
Pruzy @REPollock Hopefully her fourth book will be better than her second! 4y
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BarbaraBB Oops, I really liked this one ☺️ 4y
hermyknee I hated The Little Friend, too. I had to read it in college and I HATED it. I haven‘t read any of her other books. 4y
REPollock @BarbaraBB glad you enjoyed it, different tastes make for a more interesting world! 4y
batsy I really liked this one, disliked The Goldfinch 🙂 Enjoy seeing the varied reactions to her books! 4y
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gradcat
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I‘m in with @emilyrose_x ! This is day 1 of #adventrecommends! If you cannot see, it is The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt.

Rissreads I loved this book. I‘ve loved ALL her books! 💜 4y
gradcat @Rissreads Me too! I‘m just sentimental about this one, I suppose. Considering she only writes one every ten years, I think I love them before I even read them! 🥰🥰 4y
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REPollock
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Starting this big doorstop! I enjoyed the other books of hers I‘ve read.

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gradcat
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Congratulations! 🍾🎉🎊🎈 @Moray_Reads and thank you for sponsoring #BooksChangeLivesGiveaway! About the tagged book: I think most people love at least one of Donna Tartt‘s books...I love them all! But “The Little Friend” is the only book I‘ve ever read that convinced me that I have a book in me. Haven‘t finished it yet, but this book lit the fire...maybe I‘ll get there yet.

Moray_Reads That's definitely a lifechanger then! Good luck with it, I hope to see it on the shelves one day. Thanks for entering ❤️ 4y
AmyG Wow. Good luck. I loved this book. 4y
Trashcanman @AmyG 👁️👁️ 4y
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mcipher
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You guys! I volunteered at the library book sale and got all these for $10. Plus I came home to my #FallingForFallSwap box today. My sender is still a mystery... Such a good bookish day (not a good day otherwise - this has been such a tough summer). I can‘t wait to open this and there are a few here I‘ve been wanting to read. (My #FFFS is going out tomorrow.) 😊

ErikasMindfulShelf The Likeness is my favorite Tana French book. 4y
mcipher @irre Mine, too! I‘m looking forward to reading it again. 4y
Avanders 🎃🎉🎃🎉🎃 4y
Dragon Nice haul! 👍📚😀 4y
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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I‘d seen mixed reviews of this but I was so pleasantly surprised! Much better than the Goldfinch which I really couldn‘t get on with. I adore atmospheric southern gothic things like this, and Harriet and Alison were such brilliant characters.

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Emilymdxn
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Loving this so far! I adored The Secret History so much, but was quite disappointed by The Goldfinch, so I had a 50:50 chance of liking this one I guess but it‘s really grabbed me right from the beginning!

I‘m a bit sad today because I don‘t have the money to access any Man Booker Long list books and they aren‘t in my library, but I‘m glad the books I do have are treating me well at the moment at least.

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Yeah_I_Read
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I read The Secret History and The Goldfinch in June and I enjoyed both. I‘ve read some not-so-great reviews about The Little Friend but I‘m gonna give it a whirl. The Space Between Us is one of the books I recommend often so I‘m excited about The Secrets Between Us. #bookhaul

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BooksForEmpathy
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Mehso-so

This was a like a more nuanced + less fun “Now & Then” (a beloved movie about summer + friendship + bicycles + a mystery + the coming-of-age of 4 young girls).

I wanted to love this book as I have huge feelings for The Secret History & The Goldfinch. But, I found myself mostly bored by this small Southern town and its inhabitants. While I begrudgingly finished, it cannot be denied that Tartt can write characters with humanity and realness.

MicheleinPhilly I love Now & Then! 4y
minkyb Appreciate the honest review! 4y
violabrain I completely agree with you. I just couldn‘t finish this book. It was so boring and I just didn‘t care about any of the characters. 4y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Let‘s do brunch! Such a beautiful spread in Prague.

As for this book. I think I‘m a bit bored. I am hoping the story begins to pick up. There are so many characters and in true Donna Tartt fashion, she takes her time. Any advice from people who have read it!?

Mdargusch I have never read it but that food! 😋 4y
Joanne1 Oh my word, that food!! 4y
CaitlinR I‘m not a big fan of Donna Tartt. Generally, her characters are not people I would invite into my life. Just sayin‘ 4y
minkyb Have not read this one but I am a fan of others and have this in a physical TBR. Look forward to seeing how you feel as you proceed. 4y
mauveandrosysky Oh that‘s a bummer about the book. But that food is 😍 4y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Book and a view and lunch. And more cake 🍰 (not pictured but it was hazelnut chai 💕).

cariashley Lovely! Your pics have been incredible, what an awesome trip! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Agree, loving your pics. Thanks for sharing:) 4y
BibliOphelia Your pictures are making me long for an adult vacation, which I have not had since the arrival of my 7yo. 😩 4y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Meat and cheese plate for brunch today ☀️. So many surprises in here and I‘m loving my book, too!

Chelsea.Poole Yum!! 4y
batsy Gosh that looks amazing! 4y
Tamra Lucky you! 4y
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youneverarrived Looks amazing 😋 4y
CouronneDhiver Beautiful 4y
Dragon Yummy! 😀🐉 4y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Bowl of green goodness. And halloumi. I‘m reading all over town today 👏🏻!

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BooksForEmpathy
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Best cheesecake this morning and some quiet reading in Berlin ☺️.

Morr_Books I ❤ Berlin!! It is one of my favorite cities. 4y
saresmoore Lovely. 4y
Mdargusch Love this! ❤️ 4y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Mikkeller beer + charcuterie plate + new book + new city = bliss 💕.

mauveandrosysky Love! Also I haven‘t read this one yet but I loved The Secret History so I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. 4y
LitLogophile Love this one! 4y
readordierachel I live right by that place! 4y
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CouronneDhiver 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4y
Zelma Looks perfect! 4y
BooksForEmpathy We are in Berlin! Which one do you live next to!? @ReadOrDieRachel (edited) 4y
Leftcoastzen Wow,looks wonderful. 4y
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heylaurenmack
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I AM OUTRAGED AT THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK. I THREW IT ACROSS THE ROOM ON SNAPCHAT.

Otherwise, it was very well written and all the nuances tied together in many little sensical bows. Following this clever, determined, too curious for her own good kid around was a joy.

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heylaurenmack

Bleakly, Harriet gazed out into the antiseptic gloom. A weight lay upon her, and a darkness. She‘d learned things she never knew, things she had no idea of knowing, and yet in a strange way it was the hidden message of Captain Scott: that victory and collapse were sometimes the same thing.