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My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One | Elena Ferrante
A modern masterpiece from one of Italys most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrantes inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a tetralogy, she proves herself to be one of Italys great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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SusanLee
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tokorowilliamwallace Ooh, I'm sure I can find a few for this book mood. I'll look. 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚 1d
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 18h
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WellReadCatLady
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Pickpick

Third time reading this and it‘s still just as beautiful.

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Jari-chan
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Panpan

#unpopularopinion

Actually, I knew this was no book for me. But what all does one read for a challenge? I was surprised, finding out that I liked the beginning of the book. Their childhood friendship was interesting and fascinating to read.

But then puberty hits again, and there I was dragging myself through a book that didn't catch me the slightest. I don't care about Lenu, her school, her lovelife. I care even less for her brilliant friend ⬇

Jari-chan The story repeats itself constantly. Sometimes the names changes, but the story keeps the same.
I also missed the feeling for the city and the time setting. The whole book could be set at any place in the world, at any given time after WWII.

So, no, no book for me. Series won't be continued, and please, please keep Elena Ferrante far away from me. Thank you.

#TurnUpTheBook @AkashaVampie
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Julsmarshall I could not get into these either. So many people rave about them but I found the first one painfully slow and awful and haven‘t read any more. 1mo
Jari-chan @Julsmarshall I'm glad to not being the only one not getting into those books 😅🤭 1mo
Liz_M I third this opinion! So boring and lifeless. 1mo
Jari-chan @Liz_M Welcome to the Club! 🤭 1mo
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thewallflower0707
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Pickpick

I have finished 2 / 4 of the Neapolitan Quartet by #ElenaFerrante and I really like it. I like that the narrative clearly takes its time and that we get to know our two main characters, Lenu & Lila, very intimately. Yesterday, book 3 & 4 arrived, so I‘m fully stacked now!

#MyBrilliantFriend

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mija333
Bailedbailed

Kid protagonists are so boring!

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zezeki
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After a very long period of struggling with reading, February, though difficult month for the world, was an excellent reading month for me. 🙈 I managed to read seven books, and I can't remember the last time that has happend. And I do feel a bit proud of myself. Also, I managed to finish Volume 1 of The Count of Monte Cristo for #chunksterchallenge2022.

Amiable Hooray!! You can do it!
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erzascarletbookgasm Good progress! 👏 I‘ve just made a little start. 🥲 4mo
zezeki @erzascarletbookgasm That's great, I had a very slow start with it too, but it is an interesting read. 4mo
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zezeki
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Pickpick

I really loved this! I totally get why this book is so popular, it's just superbly written, the characters, the setting, everything was just *chef's kiss* !! 📚📚📚

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Taylor
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Pickpick

It‘s nuts to me that I gave this book three stars when I first read it—THREE STARS—when now, after reading it a second time, it‘s an easy five.

The obvious explanation is that I‘m invested in the story and characters from the start, which makes the narrative way more entertaining the entire time. I guess that‘s a major part of what brings so much pleasure in rereading.

I plan to keep going with the series, so more on this later.

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zezeki
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Starting a new read tonight. This copy from the library is really worn out, the pages are barely keeping it together. 😅📚📚

Velvetfur Oh my goodness, my favourite series!! Make sure you watch the TV series after reading this, in case you haven't already 😊 4mo
ladym30 Love this series!❤️ 4mo
IuliaC All four books in this series are magnificent! 😍 4mo
Cathythoughts Great series. I love this cover 4mo
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zezeki
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Guess who just got back from the library after a year-long absence!? My Brilliant Friend by Ferrante is looking rather shabby, clearly a hit among the readers. The one in the middle is one of the more popular novels in recent Croatian history, and I finally decided to read it. The book on the right is set in Korea, and I think it's the first time for me reading a book set there.
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Simona I really liked Ciganin, ali najljepši. 5mo
zezeki @Simona I'm a little scared to read it, I've heard it's a bit dark. 5mo
Simona It‘s dark … and in the middle part story slightly falls apart, but it is still good. 5mo
DivineDiana Cheers for getting back to the Library! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 5mo
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Hamlet
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I‘ve heard about Ferrante‘s writing prowess for a long time, and this offering did not disappoint. Two very different girls in a small Italian village become friends, with the adventurous and mercurial Lila pushing, defining, & challenging our reminiscing narrator, Lenú. I became immersed in the world of their childhood & adolescence each time I picked up the book, so rich is Ferrante‘s storytelling & character development. It‘s a rewarding book.

IuliaC Great review! I liked the entire tetralogy 7mo
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BeckyHart
Pickpick

Took a while to get invested, but then devoured this one. How did I not know it was a series? Just started the second book.

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StaceGhost
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Super excited to receive this beautiful package! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #litsylove

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JennyM
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Extremely late to the party but already glad to be finally here - thanks for sending me this, Lee @LeeRHarry 😘

Cathythoughts Great book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
IuliaC The entire tetralogy is wonderful! 👍 12mo
LeeRHarry Happy to Jenny - hope you continue to enjoy it 💕 12mo
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JennyM @IuliaC @Cathythoughts it‘s really great and I will definitely be reading the series. Better late than never 😉 12mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry 😘😘😘 12mo
Trashcanman 👋👋👋👋❤ 12mo
JennyM @Trashcanman 👋 👀 👋 12mo
Tanisha_A Oh god, I loved this! How are youuuuuuu? 11mo
Tanisha_A And I hadn‘t seen this cover before! 11mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A I loved it, too. Such a great read and I like this cover - it‘s a bit different to the others. I‘m good thanks, T. How are you and your family? Hope everything is ok and you are all keeping safe and well. Big hugs 😘 11mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM I am very excited to read the rest of the series. All good here, love! ❤️🥰 11mo
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SusanLee
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Mehso-so

I‘ve tried very hard to like this novel, tried to wear Lena‘s shoes while she tells her story about her friendship with Lila and her little misadventures in her small town. Finally finished this book just to know how it ends but there‘s a slight cliff hanger so would have to read book 2. Maybe not. This is my pick for June‘s #bookspin #bookspinspingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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TheSpineView
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#SpringSentiments @Eggs
Prompt: Dazzle

Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 1y
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Flaneurette
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The fact that Ferrante is likely a man bothers me more than I care to admit. I feel the impetus to finish the Neapolitan series just draining away...

https://lithub.com/have-italian-scholars-figured-out-the-identity-of-elena-ferra...

Taylor WHAT 🤯 1y
Suet624 Really? I didn‘t know this! 1y
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TheBookStacker
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Finishing this book up on vacation in Florida today since it‘s threatening rain here. I‘m hoping for a nice big thunderstorm because I miss those. One thing I don‘t miss is the mosquitoes! So itchy!

MicheleinPhilly What a lovely view! Enjoy! 1y
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Redwritinghood
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Pickpick

An engaging coming-of-age novel set in 1950s Naples. I loved the gritty characters and neighborhood descriptions and the friendships between the characters. 3.5 ⭐️

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nathandrake1997
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Through training the lens at Elena and Lila's childhood friendship, Elena Ferrante gives us a stunning bildungsroman that views the past through rose tinted glasses but for a change with the smudge marks, dust and grime accumulated through the passage of time left intact.

Can't wait to read the rest of this magnificent quartet!

batsy So glad you enjoyed it! I keep reminding myself that I *must* read this soon. 1y
nathandrake1997 @batsy Probably the best bildungsroman I have read till date! Would love to hear your thoughts once you are done reading this 😄 1y
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batsy
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#bookmail to make things that much better!

So happy that next month's #nyrbbookclub pick arrived in time and I'm hoping to make this my Ferrante year 🤞🏽

readordierachel 😍 Lovely book mail. I'm hoping to get to the Ferrante this year too. We'll see 😅 1y
LeahBergen I loved My Brilliant Friend and I really MUST get to the rest of the series. 1y
Ruthiella I‘ll be curious to hear if you get Ferrante Fever or not! I caught it. 1y
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batsy @readordierachel We will definitely get to it! 😳😂 1y
batsy @LeahBergen That's good to know! Now I'm thinking I shouldn't start until I buy the second one, too. And the third and fourth 😆 1y
batsy @Ruthiella Probably not the best thing to say in current times but I do so want to catch it! 😁 1y
andrew61 Hope you enjoy the ferrante journey, look forward to seeing your comments. I loved them. 1y
LeahBergen That might be the wisest choice. 😉 1y
CarolynM Looking forward to your take on the Ferrante. 1y
batsy @andrew61 @CarolynM I'm really looking forward to it! 🙂 1y
merelybookish Yes excited to hear your thoughts on Ferrante! 1y
nathandrake1997 I am currently reading MY BRILLIANT FRIEND and so far it is......brilliant 😄 1y
batsy @merelybookish I'm excited to finally get to it! Soon, I hope 😆 1y
batsy @nathandrake1997 Oh yay! I'm happy to hear that 😁 1y
Leftcoastzen I‘ve read the first 2 , need to get to the next Ferrante on my TBR nightstand of shame ( sitting there too long!)😀 1y
batsy @Leftcoastzen If one doesn't have a TBR nightstand of shame, is one even doing it right? 😆 1y
Leftcoastzen Indeed!👏👍 1y
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TheBookStacker
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Finally giving this a shot as I‘ve been really into reading for the first time in a long long time.

Tanisha_A I just finished reading it and I am absolutely thrilled to read the rest of the series 1y
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Tanisha_A
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Pickpick

Below two quotes summarise this gorgeous book for me:

1. “At the fourth flight Lila did something unexpected. She stopped to wait for me, and when I reached her she gave me her hand. This gesture changed everything between us forever.”

It's a story of friendship written with such ferocity (see 2nd quote) that you'll find yourself immersed in the lives of everyone here.

2. “What I had tried to do in those months whenever I had to write: 👇🏽

Tanisha_A to free myself from my artificial tones, from sentences that were too rigid; to try for a fluid and engaging style.” 1y
Crazeedi When I started this book I almost stopped reading, but then I just somehow got interested and read the whole series, shes certainly an author with different writing style, but very intense and good 1y
Crazeedi Funny thing, I gave this to a good friend (shes 100% Italian), and when she started to read, she called me and said what is this, she was going to stop reading, i convinced her to continue, and she fell in love with it 1y
Cathythoughts Such a good book 👌🏻 1y
Ruthiella I loved this quartet! 1y
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Catsandbooks
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Mehso-so

3.5/5 ⭐️ This was between a pick and so-so for me. But since I don't feel a strong desire to continue the series I went with so-so. This felt more like a frenemies story rather than friends. Also I wish the beginning premise was revisited at the end rather than never being mentioned again.

Total of 9 hours for #20in4 @Andrew65

CarolynM I have to agree with you about this. I found the social mores interesting, but I didn't care much for the characters and I've never wanted to continue with the series. 1y
Crazeedi I stuck with this series and turned out I really like it. Just a different writing and a different culture, but the books were very good 1y
Andrew65 This is great 👏👏👏 1y
Catsandbooks @CarolynM @Crazeedi I liked the writing but just didn't feel attached to the characters. So with so many more books on my never ending TBR, I'll pass on the rest of the series for now. 1y
Crazeedi @Catsandbooks I definitely understand, too many books, not enough time! 1y
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Tanisha_A
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“Adults, waiting for tomorrow, move in a present behind which is yesterday or the day before yesterday or at most last week: they don't want to think about the rest. Children don't know the meaning of yesterday, of the day before yesterday, or even of tomorrow, everything is this, now: the street is this, the doorway is this, the stairs are this, this is Mamma, this is Papa, this is the day, this is night.”

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Ruthiella
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Always interesting to see what authors read themselves! I‘ve read 14 of the listed 40. Some I‘ve loved but others I have loathed. I do love Ferrante, however! ❤️

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/21/elena-ferrante-names-her-40-favour...

BiblioLitten Thanks for sharing this list!💕 2y
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten You‘re welcome! I can‘t resist a book list! 😅 2y
Dilara I've read 15, and most of the remaining titles are in my wishlist...
Which ones did you loathe? I hated Memoirs of Hadrian when I read it, but then I was far too young to get it. I am ambivalent about The Lover and did not see what the fuss was about Disoriental, although I did enjoy it.

BTW, the list is also being discussed over on LibraryThing's Reading Books By Women group: https://www.librarything.com/topic/326502#unread
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Ruthiella @Dilara I haven‘t read the Duras or the Yourcenar yet. I loathed Fates and Fury and didn‘t like Outline or The God of Small Things. Just not my style. 😀 2y
Dilara @Ruthiella Oh yes, come to think of it, I wasn't bowled over by The God of Small Things. I found it a bit overwritten... 2y
BookNAround I‘ve read 15 of the list and have a fair few more in my tbr stacks. I‘ve also loved some and hated some. Funny how individual book taste is. 2y
Ruthiella @BookNAround Totally! It‘s funny how two readers can passionately love the the same book but completely disagree on another! 2y
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Tanisha_A
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Well, the pressure is certainly building up now. My boyfriend gifted all of these. 😁

Lesliereads Good boyfriend!💫 2y
Velvetfur Omg my 3 favourites this year! Great present 😁👍🏻 2y
Reggie Does he ask about them? Is he a reader himself? 2y
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readordierachel Excellent gift! 2y
Tanisha_A @Reggie Hi Reg! Yeah, he is always interested in books/stories i am reading, & keeps asking about the ones i want to read & of course this series came up at the top. There have been times when i have tried my best to narrate a particular book (Rebecca, for e.g.) in short, and he's been a good listener asking questions and what not. And yes, he likes to read too – mostly non-fiction. Although, he's read a few good fiction titles too. 😁 2y
Tanisha_A @Lesliereads @Velvetfur @readordierachel Thankee ladies! I am a lucky gal. Looking forward to get to these. ❤️ 2y
Rissreads Guess what?!?!?!?!?!? Parcels can be sent to India again! Yipeeeee! I shall post your gift tomorrow (better VERY late than never!) 💃 (happy dance!) 2y
Tanisha_A @Rissreads Nerissaaa! Hii! Aw, you are so kind, my friend. I am very excited to receive it. 🌹❤️ *Happy dancing with you* 2y
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Tanisha_A
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Hopping on this ride!

My boyfriend gifted it to me in June this year, and he‘s been checking on me since then as to when would i pick it up? Love that kind of chivvying. 😊📖

batsy I need to hop on this ride at some point, too! I've been meaning to for awhile 🙈 2y
Cathythoughts This is a brilliant book ✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
TrishB If my kids buy me books they get offended if I don‘t read them straight away! 2y
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Billypar That is a funny thing about gifted books - I worry about people not knowing that I average about 6 months between getting a new book and reading it 🙂 2y
hilded Excellent series, enjoy the ride! :) 2y
JennyM 🤣 The pressure! I‘ve never read any of these - hope you enjoy 😘 2y
readordierachel Lookt forward to your thoughts on it! 2y
Tanisha_A @batsy Yeahhh! That last sentence is a pet. 😁 2y
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @hilded Thankee both! I have heard mostly good things about this series. Very excited! 🥳🎈 2y
Tanisha_A @TrishB Hahahaha! I am so j of your reading speed, Trish. 😘 Also, sent you a little something for your birthday. ❤️ 2y
Tanisha_A @Billypar Riiight? I have so many pending titles gifted by friends here on Litsy, and others too. 😶 2y
Tanisha_A @JennyM @readordierachel Hi lovelies! I will post a review as and when i finish reading them. ❤️ 2y
TrishB Aww thank you 😘😘 2y
vivastory Looking forward to your thoughts on this one! I've been meaning to dive in for awhile now 2y
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Vansa
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I could relate so much to Elena Greco- I always felt that I was in the shadow of my far more brilliant friends!
1. I watch tennis, the football World Cups,and I used to watch cricket till everything seemed- predecided!! I'm a HUGE fan of Pete Sampras.
2. Finally moved back home from my parents' and while it was exhausting, I'm grateful it's done!
Thank you for the tag, these were interesting prompts !!
#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

Cosmos_Moon Thanks for joining in this week. Glad you‘re all moved 🥰 have a great weekend! 2y
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BekaReid
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Pickpick

This was a slow moving character driven story, but the storytelling felt honest and rhythmic with the ebb and flow of Elena and Lila's friendship over the years.

Cathythoughts Brilliant book ✨ 2y
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NAM99
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Mehso-so

I‘m really glad I audiobooked this, the beginning was very slow and would have felt like a slog if I was reading it. I found the views on the community‘s economic situation and analysis of the friendships to be more interesting the story itself.

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Bailedbailed

I tried so very hard to get into this book as I have a friend who loves the whole series. I gave the audio version two tries. Can‘t do it. Nothing about the two girls appeals to me at all. In fact , I find them both unpleasant. Oh, well. Different strokes as they say! 🤷‍♀️

Kdgordon88 I made through the first one but don‘t get what all the fuss is about...very unpopular opinion, I know. 2y
mirnass The first part isnot as good as the following ones. It gets much better in part 2, 3 and 4. 2y
Cathythoughts I loved this series... 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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Cathythoughts
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Loved this series , exceptional characters, sense of place , authenticity... ❤️💔
#20series20days

andrew61 Loved them as well cathy, great choice. 2y
Andrew65 These are on my TBR 2y
rachaich I binge read these once I'd started the first one. Really brilliant stories and writing. I Also watched an adaptation on t.v. which was interesting. 2y
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emmaturi Great series. Still not seen the tv show yet! 2y
merelybookish Loved it too!! 2y
Ruthiella Agree! The Neapolitan Novels were fantastic ! 🤩 2y
MsMelissa I really need to start this one! I have the first book waiting for me. 2y
LeahBergen I read the first (loved it) and have the others on my shelf. 😄 2y
TrishB I‘ve not yet been drawn to this series, but I know it‘s much loved. 2y
Cathythoughts @rachaich I binged this series too... couldn‘t stop. I only saw a snippet of the tv series.... looked good. I‘m just not good at watching tv.. but by all accounts it was done very well 2y
Cathythoughts @merelybookish @Ruthiella ❤️❤️ (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts @Book_Fiend_Melissa Yes! I‘d love to hear what you think whenever you get there 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I loved the first one too. I‘ll never forget the scene with the dolls ... 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘d be very interested to hear what you think if you go there 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @andrew61 Yes , so good 2y
Cathythoughts @emmaturi I havnt seen the tv either , too busy reading 😁 (edited) 2y
rachaich @Cathythoughts I'm not great at tv either! Subtitles kept me watching though ☺☺ 2y
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MEGR
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Pickpick

I think I read the book 5 years ago? Loved listening to the audio! Many happy hours (12 hours, 38 minutes) walking, cooking and cleaning while listening.

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MicheleinPhilly
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#20Series20Days #Top20Series Day 3

Confession: I still have yet to read the 4th and final book of this series. I read the first 3 back to back to back in the summer of 2016 and then decided to take a break. My wanderlust may inspire a re-read/completion this year.

mirnass Those books are great! 2y
Andrew65 Sounds good. 2y
TrishB Never been drawn to these yet. 2y
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WhatWouldJaneDo I loved this series! 2y
merelybookish Loved this series too. Plan to re-read it...someday. 2y
LeahBergen I need to finish off the series, too. 2y
EadieB I own the first book but haven‘t read it yet! Thanks for calling my attention to this series. 2y
Leftcoastzen I need to get to the third book, love one and two. 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve yet to read ANY of these. They seem slightly intimidating if I‘m being honest. 2y
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viirastus
L'amica geniale | Elena Ferrante
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Finally finished the last part of the Neapolitan novels. It's a truly amazing series! The characters were so multilayered and lifelike. Nothing seemed simplified. Besides, Ferrante managed to create a story so immersive that all the people felt like your personal acquaintances. For those who haven't read it yet - even if you find it a bit slow and/or fragmented at first, bear with it, there's a good chance you're gonna love it by the end!

Leftcoastzen I need to start the 3rd book .they are quietly amazing. 2y
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melissajayne
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1. My favourite children‘s author would be Kit Pearson; she wrote The War Guests trilogy, The Daring Game and A Handful of Time.

2. Haven‘t started my summer reading, but I‘m trying to complete my spring reading.

3. The tagged book

#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great responses ✅✅ Thanks for playing 👏🏻📚🤗 2y
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TheEllieMo
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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Eggs Perfect ❤️❤️ 2y
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SLSbooks
Pickpick

A wonderful introspective beginning to the life of a friendship- but keeping reading the entire series! A must read for anyone who wants to see how friendships endure.

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Cuilin
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I‘m using this for #frenemies for #MagicalMay as I always perceived the relationship between the girls as a love, hate, competitive, envious one. I never finished the series as I got so frustrated by them but I still may someday.

mcctrish I finished the first one but I don‘t think I will ever read the series 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Pickpick

Ferrante is masterful at capturing the elements of a young friendship. However, this was a slow burn for me and I probably wouldn‘t bother going on to next in the series, but for that cliff-hanger of an ending!

BarbaraBB It‘s getting better by the book. The 3rd book was my favorite! 2y
emilyhaldi That‘s very encouraging!! @BarbaraBB I happen to have books 3 & 4 already after finding at a used book sale, so i probably should just go ahead and buy #2 🤗 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve heard this one is a bit slow so I‘ve put it off. 2y
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KimmyM
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Pickpick

I couldn't sleep and fished reading this very early this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, getting lost in the language and story of Elena and Lila's lives. I actually gasped when I reached the end, and I need to buy book two now!
This was a very pleasant surprise for me, since I didn't expect to love this book as I did.
4⭐

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You look so cozy ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts Loved this one 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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viirastus
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#7days7books Day 7. Books that changed me or left a lasting impact on me.

I read it fairly recently, but I feel like it deserves a place in this list nevertheless.

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mirnass
L'amica geniale | Elena Ferrante
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Elena Ferrante is a brilliant storyteller. Reading her novels is a pure joy!

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Ncostell
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Thanks for the tag @CareBear - I am kind of cheating because I am including the whole Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante for my day 1 post for #7days7books.

I‘m a little late to the game so I tag anyone who wants to join in-posting daily for 7 days, 7 books that touched us or changed us, no further comment needed!

Tanisha_A 😍 2y
CareBear Love this series! 2y
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Brooke_H
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Pickpick

This was such a compelling read for me...and yet very little happens in this novel. A girl grows up in 1950s Naples. She has kind of an obsessive-competitive-odd friendship with another girl in her village. Their families are poor and sometimes violent. This book covers around 10 years, the girls go from age 6 to age 16. Note: I really dislike the cover aesthetic of the series. The covers look like clip art. Bizarre.