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Rich and Pretty
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
This irresistible debut, set in contemporary New York, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite, works at a charity and is methodically planning her wedding. Laurenbeautiful, independent, and unpredictableis single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents worries and questions about her life and future by trying not to think about it herself. Each woman enviesand is horrified byparticular aspects of the others life, topics of conversation they avoid with masterful linguistic pirouettes.Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable; for a long a time now, theyve been apart. Can two women who rarely see one other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connectionor just force of habitthat keeps them together?With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen sense of detail, Rumaan Alam deftly explores how the attachments we form in childhood shift as we adapt to our adult livesand how the bonds of friendship endure, even when our paths diverge.
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Julsmarshall
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
Pickpick

Fresh, complicated, a little uncomfortable at times, much like the life-long friendship the book chronicles. I thought the male author tapped into the female experience surprisingly well. This would be a so-so, but the writing is so tight and spot on, I‘m going with pick.

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Julsmarshall
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Off today, though I will work some from home. Taking advantage of the quiet cool morning by getting in a little reading . . . #MountTBR #botm

kspenmoll Pretty picture! 8mo
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Julsmarshall
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Up next! Max thinks it smells good 😄

Clwojick I have this, but have yet to read it! I hope it‘s good 📚 8mo
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janeycanuck
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Pickpick

Third book finished for #24in48. This book was so quietly compelling - I couldn‘t put it down.

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ElizabethAndino
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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So I‘m about 75 pages in and not loving this one. Neither of the main characters are likable to me, and quite frankly, I find them boring. However, I‘ve heard nothing but rave reviews. Is there a big payoff at some point, or should I just ditch it?

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BritanyA
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Panpan

⭐️: This was awful, still don‘t understand the point and if it‘s on your list, do yourself a favor and remove it.

maximoffs Oh no this is on my short list 1y
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DLo_reads
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
Panpan

I can‘t believe I wasted my time having a male author poorly attempt to understand female relationships. It was like he was man-splaining the inner workings of how women interact and relate. I rarely hate a book. I can only think of 1 or 2 books besides this one that I actually hate.

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Purplerosiepage
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Panpan

I‘m sure there are men who have written books about interesting, successful women and their friendships. This is not one of them.

CoverToCoverGirl 😳🤣 2y
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jenniferw88
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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@Laughterhp I can't wait to start reading these #tbr books! I've got The Essex Serpent & Everything I Never Told You already, & Never Let Me Go was already on my challenges for this year! I can get the majority out of my library too, so that is handy. The tagged book is the only one I may struggle to get to.

If you need more ideas feel free to ask or on GR I have a 'Best of 2017' shelf which consists of 5 ⭐ reads from last year. ⬇️

jenniferw88 I've read Water for Elephants & The Dry already - both 4 ⭐. 2y
Laughterhp I‘m just looking at your list now. I tried to read Game of Thrones, but it just wasn‘t for me! I‘m on the waiting list to listen to HP on audio! Hopefully my hold will come in! And I‘ve read the Mistletoe Murders. I really liked that one! 2y
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jenniferw88 It would help if I gave you my GR link, wouldn't it @Laughterhp ?! I also struggled to begin with on Game of Thrones - it was only towards the end of book 1 that I got into it, but totally understand that it's not everyone's cup of tea. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3226573-jenny 2y
Laughterhp Thanks! I also just accepted your friend request on GoodReads. 2y
emilyhaldi What a great list!! 2y
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BookMaven407
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Mehso-so

I liked it but I did not love it. The book is about a friendship between two women that have known each other since they were 11 years old and follows their relationship through adulthood. It shares ups and downs in the friendship but nothing extraordinary happens and the ending was meh. I did enjoy reading some of the dialog that takes place between the two women and found it relatable to some of my longstanding friendships.

RebelReader Thanks for the review. I always look at this one and always leave it on the shelf. Maybe I'll continue to do so. ☃️ 2y
Amor4Libros I couldn't finish this one. 2y
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BookMaven407
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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The turkey is now in the oven and I hope to finish this book today while cooking. These flowers have the best floral smell. 🌻

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! 2y
Zelma Very pretty flowers! 👍 2y
UrsulaMonarch Perfect! 😁 2y
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BookMaven407
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Happy Friday! Back to reading 📖 I've only made it through the first 55 pages but I am looking forward to finding out where the story is leading.

StaceyKondla Ha! I didn't even see your post when I posted about being on page 55 of my latest read 😂 2y
BookMaven407 Ha! That's awesome. Cheers to being on page 55. 🍸 2y
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BookMaven407
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Taco Tuesday and my next read. This is a pick from July 2016 BOTM--can't believe it has been that long since I received it.

Ashley_Nicoletto This has also been sitting on my TBR since approx the same time. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto PS those tacos! 😍 2y
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tholmz
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Panpan

I liked it, but it never grabbed me like I thought it might. This is really the story of two best friends who have a completely unremarkable story — individually and as friends. It‘s just fine.

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Reviewsbylola
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Pickpick

I'm so on the fence about this one. On the one hand, I thought it was an honest portrayal of female friendship over the years. I could relate to the characters despite the fact that they weren't necessarily likeable. But the writing style bordered on stream of consciousness, which isn't my thing. So this borders on a so-so for me.

L_auren Same thoughts here!! Cute pic too 2y
emilyhaldi Not interested 2y
Reviewsbylola You wouldn't like it, I'm 98% sure. @emilyhaldi 2y
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Megabooks I bailed. Typical of our disparate likes and dislikes... 2y
Megabooks @L_auren I'm surprised you liked it, and I didn't! 2y
Cinfhen Great photo 💘the book is in my #maybeSomeday pile 2y
L_auren @Booksandcooks to be fair I wouldn't endorse or recommend. I didn't think it was notable-- liked reading it though 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Reviewsbylola I'm pretty much in the same boat as @L_auren Most of it kept me entertained. But it's not a book I would count as memorable and I can't think of a situation where I would recommend it. @Booksandcooks 2y
Mdargusch Not a big fan of stream of consciousness. 2y
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forrestlaur
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Happy Labor Day 🌞! If only every Monday could start like this! ☕️📚 #grateful #longweekend

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MMFinck
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
Pickpick

Really well done for what it is - a spot-on observation of female friendship evolution over time and life experience. I simply prefer a bit more plot. Know what you're getting into - I didn't. This is beautifully written character-driven literary. If that's your cup of tea, this book will have you wanting refills. After this, I ordered Diet Coke. :)

Reviewsbylola The reviews have made me nervous for this one but I bought it anyway so I'm glad it was a pick for you! 2y
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Valink
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When my family gets together we bring our read books to trade. Yesterday I gave away Stranger in the Woods, Station Eleven, and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. And two pairs of eclipse glasses. I acquired Rich and Pretty 😊

Twocougs What a great idea! 2y
Lyn-Mara I love this tradition! My mom and I brazenly raid each other's book shelves all the time. 😉 2y
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Jess7
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#AndItsAugust | Day 13 | #CoversInYrFavColor (Teal/mint)
#RichAndPretty | Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable, but they‘ve been apart awhile. Can two women who rarely see each other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? With biting humor #RumaanAlam deftly explores how the attachments formed in childhood shift in adulthood and how the bonds of friendship endure, even when paths diverge #TBR

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mellisarock
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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You can be a #mermaid xoxo 😘 #coffee
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Day 8 of #booksacrossoceans is #mermaidrainbow & my favorite prompt of the whole challenge!
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#rainbow #bookishrainbow #rainbows #augustphotochallenge #photochallenge #prettybooks

Librariana That's gorgeous! 😍 2y
Librariana 💚💙💜💖 2y
mellisarock Thank you 😊 @Librariana 😘❤ 2y
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britt_brooke Pretty! 2y
Aninski Wow 😍 2y
Abailliekaras Beautiful! 2y
mellisarock @britt_brooke @Aninski @Abailliekaras Thank you guys! ❤️💛💚💙💜🖤 2y
PerksOfBeingABookworm Love the colors in this stack! 😍 2y
SilversReviews Very pretty. 2y
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nicolani21
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed reading about Sarah and Lauren's lives. Even the mundane seemed somehow more interesting. I kept finding myself surprised that this book was written by a man (except when he talked about sex) he has the uncanny ability to understand what goes on in a woman's head! Perfect summer book!

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Fancypants
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Panpan

This book didn't really flow at all. It jumped around a lot from past to present then from character to character and it just didn't work for me. It also felt like stereotypical characters, the girl who had an abortion and now can't find love cause it ruined her etc etc.

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annkuch13
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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I finally unpacked the last seven boxes of books from the move back in March. I don't have enough shelves so I'm stacking them up a la @Liberty !

PatriciaU 👏👍❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕 2y
Mdargusch Beautiful! 2y
Texreader Gorgeous 2y
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GypsyKat You have a lot of lovey books there! 2y
Nafiza 😍 2y
Reviewsbylola Your botm collection is 😍😍😍😍😍 2y
annkuch13 @Reviewsbylola Yes! I am weak and always add extra to my box! 2y
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Julsmarshall
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Being out of town means coming home to lots of #bookmail ! I read for fun, education, and relaxation! So excited about the luggage tag! #bookofthemonth

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Gayan
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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I have found one of the characters in this book to be so unlikable I had to put it down and regroup. Now I'm drinking all the coffee and scrolling through Litsy.

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thereadingwomen
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Alam illuminates the friendship between Sarah & Lauren. They used to read eachother‘s minds, but now they can't seem to connect on the most basic levels. Are they fighting for a friendship meant to be left in the past? Or maybe they still need each other despite the ways they have changed from childhood. I will think of both women when I, yet again, ask the question "who is my best friend'? - Review by Jessiejane Jennings

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Gayan
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Starting this one tonight. It's the last book on my April TBR list so next week on vacation I can read all the backup books. 😂

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heyitsMacall
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Panpan

Ughhhh I was overdue to read a book I didn't like and here it is

Megabooks I bailed on this one. 3y
heyitsMacall @Booksandcooks I was so close to bailing too 3y
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LaurenReads
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Mehso-so

I liked this book, I just didn't really like it. I kept comparing it to a Seinfeld episode, stuff happened, but nothing really ever happened. I did somewhat relate to the women's friendship and how it changed over the years - especially Lauren (and she has my name).

MicheleinPhilly I really disliked this one. Was baffled by all of the praise. 3y
Reviewsbylola For some reasoj, I feel like I would enjoy this one. But the reviews have scared me off. 3y
Skeebies05 He is so dry and funny on social media. But I could not get down with this book. I had this vague feeling of guilt for not liking his book. 3y
tholmz Super accurate review and I agree. 2y
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LDuffN
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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What I'm readin' now!! #whatchareadin📚📖📰📜

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Tanner
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn't keep going with this one - I reached the 28% mark and realized that I just didn't care about any of the characters (and I kept getting the two main characters mixed up). So I'm returning it to the library early and hope that someone else will enjoy it more than I did.

Megabooks I bailed too! 3y
Tanner @Ebooksandcooks Oh good, it's not just me! I'd hear such great things about it, but all I could feel about it was "meh" 3y
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BookBabe
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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#BookNDinner! Shrimp cocktail, yummm. 😋 This has been another production of #MrBookBookBabeKitchen.
Happy reads & happy eats!

TrishTheBibliophile Your posts always make me hungry. For food... and books! 3y
CatLadyBibliophile I don't even like shrimp and this makes me want some 😂 3y
MrBook 😍😍😍 3y
MyNamesParadise I want those shrimp!! 3y
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rach_simone
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#FeistyFeb I really enjoyed Rich and Pretty. The simmering bitchiness and accurate observations were so enjoyable. I am kinda surprised it has less than 3 stars on Goodreads! #BestDebutsOf2016

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murflegirl
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#currentlyreading during a slow day at work. It's not love yet. But it's not hate either.

Reviewsbylola I've been scared of this one because of the mixed reviews. 3y
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jessdean
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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Mehso-so

Meh. I just didn't really enjoy it. It was ok, but forgettable.

ErinC I bailed on this one. Glad I didn't continue if it never got better. 3y
jessdean @ErinC good move on your part:) 3y
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PlannerGirlBookClub
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Pickpick

An interesting look at friendship between women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ToBLongList

jessdean That's on my TBR, it was one of my BOTM choices. I'm behind on my BOTM books😬 3y
8little_paws ❤❤ loved this book, such a pleasant surprise 3y
CotziasReads I tried reading this book but interest. Found the other went into alot tedious description details. 3y
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paperplatesblog
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Pickpick

I put off reading "Rich and Pretty" because I figured it would be fluff. Don't make the same mistake I did.

Literary recipe: Black and white cookies inspired by "Rich and Pretty" http://www.paperplatesblog.com/blog/literary-recipe-black-white-cookies-inspired...

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LLindsey
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Panpan

I really wanted to like this. And I did, most of the way through. The two friends' attitudes and concerns towards their own lives and the life of the other was totally realistic. Until marriage and babies come along. At that point, I started skimming. The worst part was that the characters were reduced to cliches. The one with kids let herself go and the one without forgot the kid's party. I loved the look at how friendship changes, though.

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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! Healthy edition. @MrBook requested his typical fare, which I made for him...and so I went with grilled chicken and romaine sprinkled with a touch of Parmesan for myself, paired with a refreshing water. This has been another production of #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats!

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻😍😍😍 3y
BookMusings Are you guys eating together and eating different meals?? That's amazing! 3y
BookBabe @BookMusings Yup, it's definitely more work...this is what happens when you have two people very particular about what they eat! I guess we should frequent restaurants more often, lol 😂 3y
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Valink Sounds like my house- two vegetarians (one who won't eat tomatoes) & two meat eaters (one won't eat cheese). We typically make 2 or 3 dinners a night since the boys don't think it's dinner unless it includes meat! 3y
howlinglibraries What app do you use for blurring? I used to do it in the Litsy editor but I haven't been able to find it since the update! Am I missing it? 😳 3y
Sandwavesandbooks Food and book looks so good! 3y
BookBabe @howling_libraries I used PhotoToaster here. (Although now that I'm looking at it, I could've done a better job. Oh well). Another great app, though more complex, is Pixelmator. And yes, that feature does seem to be absent from this release of @Litsy, along with the vignette tool which I use religiously...at least, I couldn't find it. 3y
BookBabe @Valink Holy mackerel! 🐟 That makes me feel better, lol. 😂 3y
howlinglibraries @BookBabe Thank you! Yes, I'm missing that one as well. I guess I'm glad I'm not just missing it, but I hope it comes back. 😕 3y
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LLindsey
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Such a good point! Too often I wind up reciting the "catechism" as opposed to having an actual conversation. I should probably work on that...

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Audrey
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Pickpick

Unexpectedly, I loved this book. The two MCs were effortlessly and naturally unlikable. But, where this book really spoke to me was the complexity of female friendship. It made me nostalgic about some of my oldest and closest friends and how our friendships (like the protagonists) have evolved over the years. Friendships change and are work as you navigate marriages, divorces, births and deaths. And this book handled these issues beautifully.

8little_paws I thought so too!! A really pleasant surprise. 3y
Audrey @8little_paws don't you love when that happens? I was worried bc reviews here and on Goodreads were meh. At the very least, it would be a good book group discussion. (edited) 3y
Sydsavvy Interesting. I May need to bump this back up. 3y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! #FamilyRecipe edition! My better half @MrBook made a fab meal for me tonight: seared boneless center-cut pork chops w/ cream of mushroom soup simmering in the crock pot for 6 hours, sautéed buttered egg noodles, topped w/ caramelized onions & spices, w/ Beringer Chenin Blanc 2015. Candles & classical piano Christmas music in the background! ???This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats!

MrBook 😍😍😍😻😻😻 3y
Posemn You two are very good at making cozy winter evenings! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👌🏻 3y
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LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Gissy Looks delicious! 😋 3y
BookDame You need to invite all your Litsy followers for dinner 😂🍷 3y
BookBabe @Posemn hehe. We do our best! ☺ 3y
BookBabe @BookDame Yes, @MrBook and I are totally up for that! 😁👍🏻 3y
Yournewfriendsams @bookbabe what are you thinking of Rich and Pretty? I just started and am wondering if the book even has a point... 3y
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jessberk13
Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam

I attempted to start reading this last night and ended up faceplanting on my Nook after only a few minutes. December is exhausting, working my regular full time job plus 18 hours each weekend on my feet at a cookie factory! I'm resigning myself to the fact that I will get little to no reading done this month. For now, I will plan my 2017 reads and work on my #LitsyReadingChallenge list!

Karkar Do you like eating cookies after working there? 3y
jessberk13 @Karkar only sometimes!! I must say these particular cookies are absolutely delish and I can't resist the Heath bar ones! 3y
ErinC I bailed on this too awhile ago. I just couldn't get into it. 3y
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HeatherBookNerd You need an audiobook! 3y
jessberk13 @HeatherBookNerd I am going to start Lauren Graham's new one soon, I just downloaded it. Also waiting for HP 4 from the library to continue my reread of the series. 3y
Beckys_Books Hang in there, just a few more weeks! 3y
pinkpygmypuffs GIMME ALL THE COOKIES 3y
Notafraidofwords Hang in there, it's almost over. 3y
jessberk13 @professorpatti text me your address I'm not sure if I have the current one 3y
Jinjer A cookie factory!!!!! 3y
jessberk13 @Jinjer yup!!! It's called Hope's Cookies. My boyfriend and his mother run the internet sales portion of the business so at this time of year they bring in everyone they know to help out. I have no choice but to work on the weekends with them! 3y
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jessberk13
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Starting the third book of the month. Let's hope I can actually finish this one... I'm starting to realize December is not a good reading month for me at all!

CocoReads It's not for me either. I'm close to finishing my third book this month. Sadly will probably only manage one more. 3y
Hazel0303 So many mixed reviews on this one. Will be interested to see what you think! 3y
BraveNewBooks It made the TOB long list, and thanks to #botm I have a copy, but I just haven't felt inclined to pick this up yet. Will be interested to hear your thoughts! 3y
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lhseidel
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"Sometimes, thinking too deeply is a mistake, is a trap. Sometimes it's best just to do." (Rich and Pretty)

8little_paws I really liked this book!! 3y
lhseidel Me too, @8little_paws ! I thought Sarah and Lauren's friendship rang true...Definitely recognized aspects of it 😀 3y
8little_paws @lhseidel I'm not married and no kids and I could very much relate to Lauren in many ways (but not the hotel incident, not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not me!) 3y
lhseidel @8little_paws I'm also a [mostly] Lauren! 3y
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lhseidel
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"She didn't know what to do, but in the end, not knowing what to do is a way of doing something, too." (Rich and Pretty)

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RebeccaH
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Pickpick

I loved this -- it felt like delicious comfort reading. I loved being in the world of the book. Want more of same.

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RebeccaH
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My latest novel -- light and kind of comforting.

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jennicakes
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Pickpick

We'd never get anything done.

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wen4blu
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Mehso-so

Newton decided fat & sleepy sounds like a better option.

CherylDeFranceschi 💕🐱 3y
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 3y
Tanzy13 💟🐱 3y
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Suzze Sweetie. 💜😻💙 3y
Eyelit 😻 cutie! 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
mrsh62010 Hey I am fat & sleepy too 💕💓😸😽 3y
britt_brooke 😹💕 3y
Bette 🐱❤️ 3y
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