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Conversations with Friends
Conversations with Friends: A Novel | Sally Rooney
A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nicks flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Francess friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.
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Ruthiella
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I just picked this up from the library and read the first chapter. Don‘t know if I‘ll like it yet but I can already tell it will be a quick read. I admit FOMO is making me read it! 😁

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Joanne1
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There is something so intimate about Sally Rooney‘s writing. The perspective she offers to the reader has a real voyeuristic quality like you‘re seeing parts of the characters‘ lives that only they should know. I think I shall read everything she publishes.

Leftcoastzen Nice review! Totally agree. 1w
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Joanne1
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Breakfast with friends. If there‘s one thing Sally Rooney does amazingly well its writing the awkward moments. It‘s cringe-worthy but fabulous.

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KatWDV
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Trying to make time to read more! #newbaby #noreading

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Leftcoastzen
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I guess I like them complicated.I really like that the characters are not very likable.A great psychological portrait of all involved told from the POV of Frances , one of the younger adults .There is an arrogance of youth sometimes that you can get away with inappropriate things with no damage done.When Frances turns to the Gospels it reminds me of Franny (Franny &Zooey) repeating the Jesus Prayer.Made me think of early Rick Moody too.

merelybookish Having loved Normal People, I've.really wanted to read this one! 2w
Leftcoastzen @merelybookish I‘ve got to get to that one myself. 2w
Reggie The last sentence in this book always revs me up when I think about it. In a good way. 2w
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teainthelibrary
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Officially in love with Sally Rooney. After reading and loving Normal People, I was eager to pick up Conversations with Friends.. it didn‘t disappoint! While not as good (it‘s clear Rooney has honed her skills and upped her game), it was still devastatingly brilliant. It was such an unconventional coming of age novel (can I even call it that?), and I devoured it. Stunning debut.

Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️. Me too. 2w
Joanne1 I felt the same. Brilliant. 1w
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Lindy
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“You live through certain things before you understand them.” This line sums up the floundering characters. Their behaviour reminded me uncomfortably of my own floundering in my early twenties, so much so that I nearly bailed. I‘m glad I stuck with it because in the end I appreciated the author‘s psychological insights.
Reactions to the ending at book club:
Sad ending x 2
Happy ending x 2
Neither, just relieved to be done x 2
What did you think?

TrishB Relieved to be done. So so for me and nearly bailed. I have Normal People on the pile but think it‘s more of the same so haven‘t attempted yet. 1mo
TheEllieMo Relieved to be done. This book was not for me 1mo
Lindy @TrishB I liked Normal People better than Conversations with Friends. Don‘t bury it too deeply. 😊 (edited) 1mo
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TrishB One day..... 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I much preferred Normal People... ( loved it ) I found it very hard to put down. .... Convversations I could take or leave 1mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts 👯‍♂️ 1mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts you two may have pushed up the pile a bit 😘 1mo
Lindy @TrishB 😇 1mo
CarolynM Like @Cathythoughts I wasn't sold on this one. I wouldn't have read Normal People if it hadn't been for my IRL book group. I liked NP a lot. I thought it dealt with the themes more successfully @TrishB (edited) 1mo
Lindy @CarolynM 👍 1mo
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EmMcKee
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"My favorite part of the Gospels was in Matthew, when Jesus said: love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. I shared in this desire for moral superiority over my enemies. Jesus always wanted to be the better person, and so did I. I underlined this passage in red pencil several times, to illustrate that I understood the Christian way of life."

Wow

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EmMcKee
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"I knew it was my own fault: I had gone out of my way to provoke Nick into fighting with me. Now, lying on my own in the silent house, I felt I'd lost control of everything. All I could decide was whether or not to have sex with Nick; I couldn't decide how to feel about it, or what it meant. And although I could decide to fight with him, and what we would fight about, I couldn't decide what he would say, or how much it would hurt me."

LonelyPineReads I really need to read this! I absolutely loved Normal People! 1mo
EmMcKee I also read Normal People first, and having just finished this one, I'm really struck by the similarities and the differences between the two! Definitely let me know what you think when you read CwF! 1mo
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Lovisagustafsson
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Underbart språk. Fantastiska dialoger och mailkonversationen. Annorlunda kärlek, vackert beskrivet.

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Blaire
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Rooney really gets into the headspace of what it is like to be 21 and trying to define yourself in relationship to your friends and lovers. Irl book club pick and there was tons to talk about. Thought Frances perspective of herself vs others impression was particularly interesting. Each character had nuance and depth even if not the most likeable. I actually felt quite a bit for Nick. Think I will get on waitlist for normal ppl.

Moray_Reads I though Normal People was even better 2mo
sarahbarnes Loved this one! Normal People is on my shelf and I‘m excited to get to it. 2mo
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Blaire @Kalalalatja @moray_reads great to hear! Will def get to normal people then! 1mo
Blaire @sarahbarnes it gave my book club a lot to talk about!! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m reading it now and loving it. 3w
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Moray_Reads
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I didn't love this one as much as Normal People but Sally Rooney's strengths are clearly on show. Her characters are brilliantly drawn, only a gifted writer can create people and situations that are so infuriating but so psychologically authentic. They do stupid, sometimes awful things to each other and themselves but they always ring true with their personalities and with human behaviour. Her picture of youth isn't often a flattering one ⬇

Moray_Reads But she captures the vulnerability as well as the self-centredness with subtlety and sympathy. She is also bitingly, brilliantly funny. 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review! 2mo
LeahBergen Nicely reviewed! 👍🏻 2mo
Moray_Reads Thanks @LeahBergen, I'm trying to get back to Litsy but my goodness my reading had taken a hit this year! 2mo
Blaire @Moray_Reads yes! Agree completely. Gets the self-absorption of that far and describes it without judgment. 2mo
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Blaire
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Getting ready to start this one for my #feministbookclub. I‘m interested to see if it‘s for me. Opinions seem pretty divided between love and meh. @Mitch you‘ve inspired my Bircher breakfast choice (though this was store bought not homemade). #weekendreads

Mitch Oh, looks lovely 😊 2mo
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Lola
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I downloaded this after finishing Normal People, which didn‘t blow me away. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ s for that one, which was long listed for the Man Booker. I‘m not loving this one, her debut, either but I do like it more so far than Normal People. And it‘s yet another book in my no-fly reading zone-things happening to teenagers/young adults. I‘m really on a tear with those, my usual avoid-at-all-costs books 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

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KarenUK
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#JuneWrapup
A really fun month of reading....
Had a couple of rereads for bookclubs I run (Florida & the tagged book) and really enjoyed everything I read.... 💕

Lindy I'm looking forward to Flat Share. We overlapped this month: 2mo
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Lindy
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My body felt completely disposable, like a placeholder for something more valuable.

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Taylor
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Written in a brilliant, strikingly cool prose style, the story and observations stay incisive throughout. This novel feels very contemporary and cutting edge to me. Seems like an important book. Oh and that ending took me out.

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DavidDiamond
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Mehso-so

I thought this would be a much funnier rom-com than it actually turned out to be. In fact, it was a lot darker, than I expected. While I‘m clearly not the target audience, for me, this was a quiet little story with no huge moments and characters that weren‘t all entirely likable. The writing and characterization though were quite good.

Cathythoughts Nice pic ! I liked this one. And loved Normal People 2mo
mija333 I am this >_< close to giving up on this book. I can‘t see why it got all that acclaim 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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Notafraidofwords
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I‘m so disappointed that I have read everything by this author. This book touches on a relationship among four people. From the outside all appears normal, but on the inside these set of four people are as complex individually as they are whole. I think that this book demonstrates that relationships are about seeing the other person but also seeing yourself while seeing how that person sees you. That sounds complicated. Because it supposed to be.

Ruthiella I‘m so curious about her books. People seem to either really get them and love them or hate them and thing they‘re over rated. 🤔 2mo
Notafraidofwords @Ruthiella that‘s exactly right. If you like Salinger, you‘ll like her. But you might have to test her out. 2mo
MrBook Great review! 2mo
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BarbaraBB Excellent review! I loved this book too! 2mo
batsy Yes, you nailed it! I love how she plumbs the intricacies of relationships. Lovely review. (I haven't read this one yet, I'm "saving" it ?) 2mo
Reggie That ending.... the heart wants what the heart wants!!! 2mo
Notafraidofwords @batsy totally jealous that you have one left 😂 2mo
Notafraidofwords @Reggie yes and I felt like that when she was with Bobbie, like somehow Nick was what her heart wanted. 2mo
Cweeeevs Love this review! I can't wait to more of Rooney 😄 2mo
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Lindy
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I sat in bed in the morning writing poetry, hitting the return key whenever I wanted.

(Internet author photo)

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Taylor

I mean, you came into my house with your fucking nose piercing like: oh, I‘ll really enjoy eviscerating this whole setup. She‘s so establishment.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Pickpick

I did like this one, but not as much as Normal People. I think if you like one book, you'll@most likely enjoy the other by Rooney. The characters weren't always likable and I know that puts a lot of people off. That really wasn't my problem. I was more into the book in the second half. Nice #audiobook narration on #libby

Reviewsbylola I really didn‘t care for Normal People, so I‘m not sure I‘ll read this one. 2mo
Lola @Reviewsbylola So I like Normal People well enough, but didn't love it. 3 🌟for me. Just finished this one and gave it 4.
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Chelsea.Poole
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Started this one yesterday...had to pop over to the book's feed on Litsy to see what kind of love you all are giving this one. Seems to be mostly positive reviews! 🤞🏻 #audiobook #libby

cathipink My hold for this is about to come in too! 🙂 really enjoyed Normal People. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @cathipink loved Normal People! 2mo
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mdemanatee
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When one of my books clubs picked this as the book to kick off our summer I had just ordered Normal People on my own and was just like “whelp I hope I like her.” My book Club took a month hiatus due to scheduling but after reading Normal People I am so excited to jump into this for Friday.

BarbaraBB Loved this one! 2mo
Cathythoughts I liked this one too. Not as much as Normal People though 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Also loved Normal People! Started this yesterday in hopes it is good also🤞🏻 2mo
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Peaceful_Reader
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My voracious reader oldest daughter gifted this to me at Xmas. I saved it for my first summer read. Loved Normal People so this one should be great also!

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TheRegular_coffeeandbooks
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Pickpick

Loved it. I really enjoy the way Sally Rooney writes. I appreciated how she articulated the space between the main characters thoughts and what she actually shares with her “friends”. I think I may have enjoyed it even more than Normal people.

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kbuggle
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Pickpick

Alright, it‘s good. I get it. Get me a copy of Normal People, I‘m ready for more Rooney.

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Jason7
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I downloaded this one because I recently listened to and enjoyed Normal People, Sally Rooney‘s most recent novel. Rooney has a distinct writing style, which is descriptive and insightful. If you like one of her books you‘ll surely like her other. But, You have to like character driven stories. That doesn‘t mean the plot isn‘t interesting. It is. The narrator is also really good. I‘m impressed by this lady‘s writing.
Overall rating: 4.34 stars

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Teresa3
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Went dark for a while. A friend read this in one sitting last night and came in raving about it this morning. Must be good. Adding it to by TBR pile.

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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

An absolute gem of a novel. Sally Rooney is as amazing as everyone says. A Dublin college student and her best friend are drawn into the orbit of a local writer and her actor husband. Lust, poetry, and French cooking ensue. Very highly recommend.

BarbaraBB This year‘s favorite for me so far 💜 4mo
AlizaApp @BarbaraBB one of mine too for sure! 4mo
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Peaslady
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Mehso-so

I didn't enjoy this as much as Normal People. It's funny how often the joy of a book is becoming immersed in a character's life and their different perspective, and yet sometimes that other perspective just doesn't resonate. I couldn't connect with Frances or understand her relationships with Nick/Bobbi/Melissa/her parents. I don't think this was because they were atypical or far from my own experiences, but perhaps to do with her as a narrator?

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Peaslady

'Now, lying on my own in the silent house, I felt I'd lost control of everything. All I could decide was whether or not to have sex with Nick; I couldn't decide how to feel about it, or what it meant. And although I could decide to fight with him, and what we would fight about, I couldn't decide what he would say, or how much it would hurt me.' p. 134

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kristincatastrophic
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I felt like a slacker because I hadn't finished anything this month but I buckled down and finished 3 last night. I guess that's what happens when you have 4 books going at once, you finished them at once.
So this one, I liked it. It was a little "Bell Jar" in style and it worked really well for me. I just got Rooney's next book, Normal People, from #botm and now really can't wait to read it.

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kristincatastrophic
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It's the 12th and I still haven't finished a book yet this month! I know, I don't know either.
I have these three books going though.
#currentlyreading

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echalpan
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I really enjoyed Rooney‘s writing style. She created such complex, flawed characters, and I couldn‘t stop turning pages to read what (destructive) choices each made next. Such an impressive debut novel.

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JennyM
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This book was good, but because I‘ve already read Normal People, there were too many similarities between the stories for me that I felt it didn‘t quite hit the mark. I also detested most of the characters, and was left a bit unsure of what to think with the ending. Between a pick and a so-so, with a feeling I would have enjoyed it more if this was my first Rooney read.

TrishB I‘ve read this first and didn‘t like so can‘t bring myself to read the next! 5mo
JennyM @TrishB absolutely Trish, if you didn‘t like this one, I don‘t think you would like Normal People. I was surprised at the similarities between the two. 5mo
JillR I had similar feelings, I *think* I liked it, but no big desire to read the next... 5mo
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Cathythoughts I really loved Normal People ... this one was not as good for me .. still I will look forward to her next one ( I read Conversations first ... ) (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB Oh too bad. I loved this one, even more than Normal People (which I read first). 5mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB @JillR @Cathythoughts I think it‘s because I enjoyed Normal People so much - a case of going in with high expectations again 🙄 I‘ll be sure to read her other books though (when she gets them written 😊) (edited) 5mo
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JennyM
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#MarchIntoThe70s

Just a normal Saturday night #WalkOnTheWildSide 😁

erzascarletbookgasm 😁👍 5mo
Tanisha_A Jen, I will be waiting for your review on this! 💚 5mo
Cinfhen Ha!! You‘re about as wild as I am 🥳 5mo
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Mitch
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Not the most original of covers! They didn‘t look so great at the bookstore, placed together on the new release table!

jpmcwisemorgan Not side by side but they look different from a lot of other covers and that‘s good. 5mo
ephemeralwaltz And Rooney's other novel is called Normal People, interesting 🤣 5mo
Mitch @ephemeralwaltz I know..that was what made me do a double take initially! 😆 5mo
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Kalalalatja
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How is it even possible I like this book? No speech marks, and awful and pretentious characters? In spite of this, I was really invested in the twisted foursome that is Frances, Bobbi, Melissa and Nick. I actually really liked the ending, because it was just as complicated as the rest of the book

Cathythoughts I loved this too ♥️👍🏻 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to read this! 😊 5mo
jhod The ending was perfect! 5mo
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BarbaraBB Great review! 5mo
emilyhaldi LOVED this book! 🙌🏻 5mo
Reggie Oh, I really liked this book. 5mo
Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @Reggie it really was something else from a lot of other books I have read lately! @erzascarletbookgasm hope you like it! 🤞🤞 @jhod I know! I was a bit surprised when I saw a lot of reviews that didn‘t like it! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I can‘t wait to read this! 5mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m struck down by a cough from hell. At least it is a good excuse to stay on the couch and read all day 🙌

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Read4life Hope you feel better soon. 6mo
KarenUK Feel better, and enjoy your cosy day... loved this book! 💕 6mo
tammysue Feel better! 💜 6mo
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rohit-sawant Hope you feel better! 6mo
merelybookish Rest+fluids+books for you! Hope it passes soon. 6mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 💐 6mo
ephemeralwaltz Take care!! Embrace some quiet time! Feel better soon 💚 excited to hear your thoughts on this one! 6mo
cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 6mo
JennyM Feel better soon 😘 6mo
minkyb Feel better! 6mo
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JillR
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This is an intense look at relationships and friendships. It feels artsy and intellectual. I can‘t say I entirely enjoyed it - I warmed to main character Frances - but everyone was so self absorbed and seemed to be just faffing around; in Frances‘ case not working but being puzzled why she had no money. I did enjoy the writing; it pulled me in, lack of speech marks and all. Overall I‘m not sure what I made of this but I *think* I kind of liked it.

Freespirit I have heard mixed reviews about this one 6mo
JillR @freespirit I‘ve just read the Goodreads reviews and you‘re right they‘re very mixed. I‘m going to try her next one though, as I enjoyed the writing... (edited) 6mo
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Kalalalatja
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My day got a whole lot better when I received an email telling me Conversations With Friends was ready to be picked up at the library. I decided to treat myself with a piece of delicious, but kinda ugly, cake 👌

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AlaMich Nothing ugly about sprinkles!! 😋 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I just received a copy of this today! Enjoy. 6mo
Bklover Delicious is what counts! 6mo
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Mitch I love a cake coordinated in colour with my book cover! 🤗 6mo
sarahbarnes Loved this book! Hope you enjoy it! 6mo
JennyM Mine is waiting for me at the library, too. Hope you enjoy 😊 (edited) 6mo
Kalalalatja @AlaMich @Bklover true! 😋 @erzascarletbookgasm @sarahbarnes @JennyM I‘m about 30 pages in, and so far I‘m pretty interested! @Mitch I hadn‘t even noticed 😂 6mo
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JillR
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No speech marks. Never sure how I feel about that...

TrishB Dislike from me! 6mo
BarbaraBB Never mind. It‘s so good, even without them! 6mo
JillR @Barbarabb glad to hear that! @trishb I think for me it depends on the book - I notice it more if I‘m not enjoying the book... 6mo
JillR @barbarabb just read your review, I‘m more excited to get stuck into this now 👍 6mo
BarbaraBB 🤞 6mo
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Linda906
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Sally Rooney is a new author for me. I really enjoyed her writing style, but I‘m not completely sure how I felt about the story. Her character description is great- I did feel like I could see inside the heads of these four friends as they form a challenging triangle. But I‘m a little torn about the ending. This would be a good book club pick as it would inspire a lot of discussion. I will read more by Sally Rooney. #LitsyAtoZ #TheLetterC

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