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Normal People
Normal People | Sally Rooney
'Sally Rooney is a writer going all the way to the top.' Colin Barrett
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MelissaSue81
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This was just a lovely book. It gave me all the feels.. almost like a grown up (and quite a big darker) version of Eleanor and Park. The middle dragged just a tiny bit but overall I loved it.

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“Her eyes fill up with tears again and she closes them. Even in memory she will find this moment unbearably intense, and she's aware of this now, while it's happening. She has never believed herself fit to be loved by any person. But now she has a new life, of which this is the first moment, and even after many years have passed she will still think: Yes, that was it, the beginning of my life.”

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Chelsea.Poole
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I've been so looking forward to this #audiobook! Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 it's as good as I want it to be!

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Notafraidofwords
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I dont know what to say about this book other than that it restored something in me that I had lost a long time ago. This book is about a boy and girl. & they live both in the present and the past and it‘s their ability to do so that enables them to love themselves and others. This book uncovers the truth about soulmates, about love, it is filled with grief because it isn‘t pointless. Love is often miscommunicated, but if it‘s right, it grows.

Twocougs I had similar views. I loved it except for three pages. 2d
teainthelibrary Love your review. I didn‘t know how to describe the way it made me feel except that I felt something really deep inside. Beautiful book. 2d
saresmoore Hot damn, what a good review! I will absolutely be reading this, now. 2d
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore if you get a chance to read it, I would love to know what you think. It‘s the first book that I read where I find myself so deeply connected to all the people. 2d
Notafraidofwords @teainthelibrary that‘s a great way to put it. It did the same for me. It really moved me. 2d
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Caroline2
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I can see what all the fuss is about with this book. The writing is outstanding. My gut clenched and I got teary eyed more than once. I really cared about Connell & Mariannne but the whole ‘will they, won‘t they‘ got frustrating at times. Overall, a very good book tho! 👍🏻 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Caroline2 @jhod Thank you so much for getting this book for me. 😘 2d
jhod Glad you enjoyed , i liked it too! Xx 2d
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FashionableObserver
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I am so happy to finally be able to catch up on my mags and tuck into this lovely little book. This short vacation is shaping up to be exactly what my little family needed! #Phoenix #Warmth #Relaxation #Family 🙌🏾📚🍸❤️

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Peaceful_Reader
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Really falling in love with this book. Quirky young people who can‘t seem to get it together. Connell and Marianne circle around each other and it‘s hard not to try and help them. #BOTM

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teainthelibrary
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Just under 300 pages of pure heartache. I adore books that delve into the relationships people share as they grow, learn, succeed, disappoint. Normal People was all that and more - it resonated with a part deep inside, it‘s hard to explain. A love story sans romance, perfectly executed.

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Twocougs
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Adored this book except for three pages. There‘s a piece of each character that I deeply understand. I wonder if I had read this when I was younger if it would have had the same impact on me.

Suet624 I agree completely with everything you‘ve said. 1w
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Augustdana
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I‘ve been busy as of late, and now I‘m under a lot of pressure. I can do this. Happy Victoria Day long weekend to my fellow Canadians

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KadeLexical
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"That‘s money, the substance that makes the world real. There‘s something so corrupt and sexy about it."

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Denisereads75
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Wow! I just finished it and loved it. It feels like a completely original story even though there is nothing really unique about it. I loved the characters and their relationship. The author delved deep into their psyche and, as a reader, you can understand why the characters are making the choices they are even when they themselves cannot. This story rang very true to life for me and I know it will be a book I think back on often.

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Mirandareads
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I loved this book! Loved it!!! While the story wasn‘t the happiest to follow, I thought Sally Rooney did an excellent job creating characters you never want to leave.

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teainthelibrary
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I‘m in Croatia for the next week and I‘m LIVING for all of this sun!! Our AirBnB is in the middle of an olive grove - it‘s so peaceful and relaxing.

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HeatherBookNerd
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This is a good book. It‘s a slow burn, depressing kind of book, but I generally like that sort of thing. I‘m not sure I‘m quite as blown away as some folks, but this was SO hyped that it was a lot to live up to. It was compelling and I was invested in the couple‘s journey and wanted to know what would become of them. But it also wore me out a bit with their endless come and go relationship. Definitely worth reading though.

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TrishBovell
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Today‘s #bookhaul

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ReadingRuby
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A great speedy read. I really felt for Marianne and Connel, despite sometimes wanting to shake some sense into them! I would definitely recommend 😊

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Andrew65
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Do people agree with this decision, or would you have gone with Michelle Obama‘s book. Think I‘ve seen more positives for that book on Litsy than Normal People.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48258405

squirrelbrain I haven‘t read Normal People yet but.... based on the fact that I liked Conversations with Friends but adored Becoming, I‘d have gone with Michelle... 2w
bookandcat I loved both books but they are very different and hard to compare. 🤔 2w
Andrew65 @bookandcat Agree, very different style of books. 2w
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Tanisha_A I have read NP, and I loved it. Yet to read Becoming, but yes very different genres to compare. 2w
Kimberlone Since it‘s a British award, I‘m not surprised that Normal People beat out Michelle Obama 2w
Andrew65 @Kimberlone Good point, although Michelle Obama got some big crowds at her events in the U.K. @TrishB and others from Litsy were in the audience. (edited) 2w
Tove_Reads Didn‘t care too much for Normal People, but did enjoy Becoming. 1w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I‘ve heard mixed views for (edited) 1w
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ElishaLovesBooks
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I truly can‘t figure out how Sally Rooney made this story so mesmerizing and magnetic. But she did. I could not put it down. I cared so much about Connell and Marianne, the main characters, who we see in a coming-of-age meets millennials love story that takes place in Ireland. I was so drawn to their story and the decisions they made that sometimes helped them and sometimes haunted them. She captures messy and real life so accurately.

batsy Lovely review! She takes the mundane and ordinary and makes it so compelling and interesting. 2w
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👍🏻I loved this one 2w
Tanisha_A Exactly what @batsy said! Awesome review! 2w
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Stephjotsdown Is it really that great? I am not into love stories so not sure if should add this into my TBR.
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ElishaLovesBooks @batsy Thank you! 💖You said it so perfectly! @Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A Thank you! 💕 2w
ElishaLovesBooks @Stephjotsdown It‘s not a sweeping love story or even what I would call a romance. But it is about the relationship between these two characters. I really liked it! 2w
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Dolly
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Working at a library I will pick up a book not on my radar just because it‘s up for an award or there have been many great reviews. Conversations With Friends annoyed me until I bailed and this one upon finishing gets a mediocre rating from me. I‘m sure others will enjoy this; maybe those younger or younger at heart than I will give it a thumbs up. If this well represents - is it YA?- I know it‘s just not for me.

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batsy
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You know me, I'm all about the bleak and depressing #spinsterlit 💀 But this is one contemporary novel about #modernlove that I found deeply thoughtful and affecting.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Excellent choice 👍🏻♥️ 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts ❤️❤️ 2w
MicheleinPhilly Spinster lit. 😂😂😂😂 2w
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Centique 🙋🏻‍♀️ here for the spinster lit 😍😂😂😂 2w
rohit-sawant What @Centique said! 🤣 🙌🏼 2w
batsy @MicheleinPhilly @Centique @rohit-sawant The best kind of lit is spinster 😎😆 2w
merelybookish Haha!! I get it! I'm usually such a black-hearted curmudgeon and then a book like this exposes the little romantic hiding underneath! 2w
batsy @merelybookish Yes, you've described me in a nutshell! 😆 #curmudgeonsunite 2w
merelybookish @batsy 🖤🖤♥️🖤 2w
LeahBergen But spinster lit still rules. 😆 2w
batsy @LeahBergen Absolutely! 💁🏽‍♀️ 2w
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I tried. I gave it another afternoon and a bit this morning, but I find myself actually irritated at how little I care about these characters. I‘m bored. I get what Rooney‘s going for, but I don‘t need these detailed descriptions of everyday activities. See this play-by-play of him opening a bottle of wine? Listen, I‘m an expert at opening a bottle. Novels are not where novice wine openers should learn the ropes. That‘s why we have Google. ✌️

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Just started this last night. #currentlyreading

Wish I could just read all day. . . 📚💖📚

Cathythoughts It‘s like that .. I wished I could just keep reading uninterrupted with this one too 👍🏻 2w
ElishaLovesBooks @Cathythoughts I loved this book! So good! 2w
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Unpopular opinion: Maybe it‘s the wrong time in my life to be reading this. Maybe it‘s a “read in one sitting” kind of book. Maybe it‘s for someone who likes rather depressing instances of miscommunication. Maybe I‘m over people who can‘t just flipping SAY what they‘re thinking to another person they‘ve known forever. I don‘t know. I‘m a little over half way and never find myself itching to pick the book up and it‘s overdue at the library. 😩

BethM This ☝️ 2w
Theaelizabet I‘ve been curious about this one, but expect my opinion might be similar. 2w
TheNerdyProfessor I am the popular opinion voice. I loved this book! In part, I may have been influenced because I loved her other book Conversations with Friends. I think Rooney really has a way of highlighting the discomfort and mundaneness of every day life. I do admit to being frustrated with the characters and their choices but I also think it is a realistic portrayal of modern relationships. 2w
Erinreadsthebooks @BookishMarginalia It absolutely could be a bail. The library isn't charging me yet, so I may give it one more afternoon. 😃 2w
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thelibrocubicultarist
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Am still not sure how to write a review on this or if I really should, but I will never get the hype of it. Anyways, to everyone with his/her perspectives as I have come to a conclusion having seen so many suprising positive reviews about it.⁣

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Kleonard
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Connell is popular and good-looking. Marianne is perceived as being odd, intellectual, and possesses the kind of beauty and fashion choices that will be appreciated more when she is older. You'd not be wrong if you think I described a modern day/Irish version of 'Pretty in Pink' but this novel is a bit more reminiscent of Jane Austen's work and it's probably not a coincidence she is one of Connell's favorites. I enjoyed it a great deal.

Suet624 A five star read for me. 3w
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cinder
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Sally rooney is an excellent writer. Her greatest strength is her emotive prowess. She might be a top ten writer on the topic of the discursive practices of emotivity. However, this book is a weaker enunciation of the subject she began in conversations with friends; why are contextual identities so fraught?
I will read anything Rooney writes, but this is not her best work. 'Normal people' knows what it wants, but not how to fully express it.

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echalpan
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Normal People is a pick, but I enjoyed Conversations with Friends more.

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dgingo
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Normal People is about Marianne and Connell, two Irish schoolmates who have a secret relationship that evolves into an intense codependent relationship that lasts through college as each character struggles with her or his identity and place in society. While the two have a complex off-again on-again relationship, the other person is never that far away, even when they are geographically apart. #BOTM #PageTurner

dgingo The story and its two primary characters are engaging from the start and the writing has the reader quickly turning the pages, but I was disappointed not with the ending but with the number of unanswered questions, primarily about Marianne and her family, that the novel seemed to lead the reader to expect would be revealed without address. 3w
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Joanne1
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To be honest I would have walked past this book a hundred times and never picked it up if it wasn‘t for a couple of friends/colleagues insisting that I did. I‘m so pleased I listened. This book was unputdownable! Equally devastating, frustrating and heartwarming, I felt utterly immersed in the lives of Marianne and Connor and was desperately hoping good things would come their way. It all ended too soon!

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chuzen
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my favorite author

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon (edited) 2w
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 2w
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Dolly
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This was available at the library so I grabbed it. It‘s holding my interest at the halfway point unlike Conversations With Friends. Apologies for the glare. 😎

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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There‘s no doubt to me that Sally Rooney is a great writer. Not a lot really happens during the book, but the characters felt like real people. It‘s more a character study - less plot-driven so it may not be for everyone. It‘s about things the characters leave unspoken and what happens as a result, so it was kind of painful at times. I enjoyed it and will pick up whatever she writes next, because her writing itself is just that good.

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mdemanatee
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Wow this articulates this well

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youneverarrived
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How fab is this display for Normal People in Waterstones storefront 😍

readordierachel Wow, that's great! 3w
ephemeralwaltz I love this color for the new edition! 3w
marleed I‘m reading this book today! 3w
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KarenUK That‘s lovely! 💕...thanks for sharing... I loved this book so much! 3w
Cathythoughts Love it ♥️👍🏻 3w
sarahbarnes This is amazing! 3w
vivastory That's awesome! Have you seen this @merelybookish ? 3w
batsy Love it ❤️ 3w
merelybookish Wow! That's gorgeous!! 😍 Thanks for the tag @vivastory 3w
LeahBergen Cool! 3w
andrew61 Great picture. 3w
UwannaPublishme 😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
BiblioLitten I love it! 💝💛💓 3w
DivineDiana Fab it is! ❤️ 1w
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BookBridget
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BookBridget
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Just starting on my April books. Finally nice enough to read outside in Philly suburbs. #BOTM #Spring #Flowers

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Erinreadsthebooks
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What? Why? Are there happy mouthfuls of food? Mashed potatoes=sad. Guacamole=happy. Meatloaf=sad. Club sandwich=happy. Celery=sad. Pineapple=happy. Just guessing.

C.Perone 😂 3w
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TamAnder
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Not my kind of book. I didn‘t connect with the characters. People seem to be loving it... just not me. 🤷‍♀️

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HardcoverHearts
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Oh, this one is exactly what I needed. I‘ve wanted to read a good emotional (but non-sentimental) book for a little while. This is it! And when I googled an image with the phrase “young love” this came up and I feel it‘s quite apropos for the book. I chose this for a work book club to get more engagement from the younger members after the last book was a non fiction slog. Hoping this revives the membership. I know it‘s revived me. ❤️⁣

batsy Emotional but non-sentimental perfectly captures this book! 4w
HardcoverHearts @batsy ☺️Thank you! I‘m only half way through but have had my heart strings tugged so many times and I am 100% here for it! 4w
bedandabook I loved this book and I love everything this author has written. Brilliant novel! Hope it does the trick. 3w
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FeastOfFiction
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2019 Book 18: There‘s nothing much “normal” about these characters. I have to say that I don‘t really get the point of this book. There was no plot really, no climax. Just a long story about two people that I found myself not caring about. The lack of quotation marks throughout the book also makes the reader feel detached from the characters. This isn‘t one I‘ll recommend or remember much about. ⭐️

BookwormM Yay I disliked this as well despite everyone raving about it 4w
FeastOfFiction @BookwormM What was the point of that story?? 3w
BookwormM I really don‘t know I got so bored with them 3w
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Unabridged
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APRIL WRAP-UP! I really enjoyed many of the books I read this month. My favorites were The Stars Beneath Our Feet, Daisy Jones and the Six, Internment, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Normal People, and Anger Is a Gift (though I thoroughly enjoyed many others).⠀

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thebluestocking
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This is what I read in April. My two five-star reads were Normal People and The Deeper the Water, with Theft by Finding, Daisy Jones, and Down Among the Sticks and Bones close seconds.

#aprilwrapup #monthlywrapup #aprilreads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month! 📖💖 4w
Jee_HookedOnBookz I'm on waiting list for Nomal People on my Libby! And I plan to read Theft too! 4w
Jee_HookedOnBookz And congrats on such a great month! 4w
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Yesterday‘s #libraryhaul 😁 Surrounded by too many books=good problem to have 📚😊📚

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KarenUK
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#Aprilwrapup
A SUPER slow reading month for me!
Half the month with house guests, a busy trip home to UK, a full time job, and lots of anxiety over my husband‘s health has made reading super tough...
But when I have been able to grab a few minutes here and there, I‘ve really enjoyed what I read....
The Sally Rooney was a standout, but I also discovered Kate Morton, who I‘d not read before, and sure will read more of.... 💕📚

Cinfhen Good morning, thinking of you!!! 4w
4thhouseontheleft Hugs 💞💞 I hope May is a better month for you! And whatever is going on with your hubby health-wise, I hope better days are on their way. 💗 4w
Crazeedi Kate Morton is a great author, I've read most of hers! I hope your hubby regains good health, whispering a little prayer for you both 4w
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BarbaraBB I love Sally Rooney too and wish you all the best with your husband‘s health. 🍀😘 4w
KarenUK @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @Crazeedi @barbarabb thank you for your kind words. He was admitted to hospital yesterday, so he‘s in good hands now, being taken care of 💕 4w
Crazeedi @KarenUK that's good to hear, take care 4w
Cinfhen So glad to hear 🙏🏻 4w
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ There‘s no doubt Rooney‘s writing is exquisite. Marianne and Connell are intricate, believable characters placed in real situations; both mundane and pivotal. I love a dark and miserable character study, I really do, but I just got sooo tired of their little song and dance. Oy, were they insufferable and exhausting. Maybe that was the point? I don‘t know. Loved the writing, and bits of the story, but overall, it was just okay.

Reviewsbylola SO EXHAUSTING! I can‘t remember how many stars I gave this one but I practically wanted to cry when it was over, from sheer relief. 3w
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I wanted to choke them both. 3w
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Kalalalatja
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My April #wrapup - 16 books read, with the tagged book being my only five star read.

All but one have been library books, 7 out of 16 have been audiobooks, and 6 NF books, which aren‘t the norm for me, but I‘m quite happy about my month 🙌

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job!! 📖💖 4w
TrishB A good month 👍🏻 4w
squirrelbrain Great month! 📚 4w
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britt_brooke Wow, fantastic month!! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm A great reading month 👍 4w
Reggie Wow, great job!!! 4w
Suet624 Wow, so much goodness! 4w
Avanders 🤯🤯🤯 3w
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merelybookish
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When your apple tree is about to blossom and then it snows. Oh Colorado weather! 🙁
I managed 7 books in April. Some of them were amazing!
💛Normal People by Sally Rooney
💛Women Talking by Miriam Toews
💛Native Country of the Heart by Cherrie Moraga
💛To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

NamasteReading lol same here, ND. WHERE IS SPRING??? 4w
AmyG I feel your pain. Iam just happy we didn‘t get even more snow. The mountains, though, look pretty. 4w
LaraReads 😱🥶😱 I just can‘t believe all this crazy weather all over! 4w
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