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My Brilliant Friend, Book One: Childhood, Adolescence
My Brilliant Friend, Book One: Childhood, Adolescence | Elena Ferrante
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy s most acclaimed authors, "My Brilliant Friend" is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante s 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 Italy s 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."
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cathysaid
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A new novel is coming!!! More happy dancing!! 🕺 💃

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Christinak
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Hopefully I‘ll finish this before book club.
I have no idea why - but I do not like this cover.

Reagan-reads I haven‘t read them because of the covers. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Did I go to my library‘s used book sale? Yes, I did.
Did I buy books I already have on my shelves? Yes, I did.
Did I buy a book that I gave to Habitat not long ago? Yes, yes I did. 😩🤦‍♀️

BarbaraTheBibliophage Wow—great haul! 3w
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mildayulia
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This book has been on my TBR list for weeks, and I just found out that it was adapted into an HBO series. I'd better start reading it now before binge-watching the series later. 😊

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DrexEdit
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I loved loved loved this book when I read it. Spent some time this weekend working through the first half of the first series from HBO. Very glad to say it has lost very little in the translation to visual media. An excellent series all around!

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cajunsyd
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An appropriate book to start after finishing up a wonderful vacation with my brilliant best friend.

Crazeedi Great great series 1mo
cajunsyd @Crazeedi I am loving it so far!! 1mo
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amycollard
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I‘ve been meaning to read this for several years and so glad I did! This deep dive into the friendship of Elena and Lila, two girls growing up in a poor neighborhood of Naples in the 1950‘s, is mesmerizing. It‘s different than so many things I‘ve read. Even though I didn‘t always like Lila or many of the things that went on in their neighborhood, I was pulled in quickly. This is book 1 of the Neapolitan series, and I‘m looking forward to the rest!

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TheEllieMo
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Crazeedi Great great series 2mo
Eggs Perfect! 2mo
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FountainOfWords
L'amica geniale | Elena Ferrante

Any Elena Ferrante readers? Have never read any of her books, which one should I start with?

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TheSpineView
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one and need to read it!! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇮🇹 3mo
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Eggs
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kspenmoll Gorgeous picture! 3mo
Andrew65 Wow! Beautiful. 3mo
OriginalCyn620 So gorgeous! 😊🇮🇹 3mo
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TheSpineView Looks fantastic! Never been but would love to go! 3mo
Soubhiville Beautiful! 3mo
ladym30 Stunning! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful 💗 3mo
tammysue Gorgeous! 3mo
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IndoorDame
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I drew a complete blank for this prompt and the internet led me to a fascinating little list of titles to add to my TBR, chief among them this, the first of Ferrante‘s Neapolitan novels. #letstravelaugust #naples @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇮🇹 3mo
BridgetteM It‘s a great book! 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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Elena and Lila grew up in the outskirts of #Naples

#LetsTravelAugust
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Velvetfur Oohh I loved the TV series, can't wait to read the book when I finish my reading challenges (I've got the trilogy there, ready to go!), 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🇮🇹 3mo
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Liberty
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August is Women in Translation Month! I‘m going to attempt to post about a different book each day. 📚
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One of the most talked about works in translation by a woman of the last few years has to be the Neapolitan quartet! It follows two friends from young childhood to their lives as adults. I still need to watch the HBO adaptation! #womenintranslationmonth 🖤📚🖤

JenReadsAlot Loved these! 3mo
mmseiple Love Elena Ferrante! Those books are so addictive! 3mo
LeeRHarry Just finished the third book - will finish the series by the end of the year #2019readinggoal - it gets better and better! The HBO/RAI series is great 😊 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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#AyUpAugust #DontMarryHer or IMO it‘s a case of Don‘t Marry HIM in this story

Cinfhen I forgot all about this series. Good pick 3mo
squirrelbrain Great idea! ♥️👍😁 3mo
emmaturi I have read the first two books! Got the next two as well, must try to read them! 3mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain thanks ! I loved this series 3mo
Cathythoughts @emmaturi yes! I read them a few years ago ... brilliant books 3mo
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Magdalee
L'amie prodigieuse | Elena Ferrante
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Il n‘y a rien de vraiment simple dans cette saga. Et il faudrait un article entier consacré à chacun des tomes. L‘amitié entre Elena et Lila, dès ses prémices, est complexe voire assez toxique. Au début, Elena semble être fascinée par son amie, sa force de caractère, le feu...https://magdaleebrunache.com/2019/08/03/parlons-en-lamie-prodigieuse-la-saga/

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more!

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💕📖💕 3mo
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hilded
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Enjoying a lazy day in the sun with Elena Ferrante ☀️Started it yesterday, and am already halfway through! It‘s pretty addictive, looking forward to the rest of the series. I am usually quite fond of coming of age novels, this one is headed to be no exception.

#CurrentlyReading
#AtY2019 - Mediterranean prompt

Liz_M I'm currently meandering through the third volume, less enthused than the rest of the world. ☺ 4mo
hilded @Liz_M Sorry to hear you are not enjoying them more, they are spot on for my taste! But of course, you‘ll need to read all four to get that last one checked off the 1001 list, lol 😂 #1001books 4mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Such a wonderful book!!! Enjoy the rest of it, and the Neapolitan series!!! 😍 4mo
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Ruthiella Love the cover. The US Covers were so ugly. I enjoyed all four books!😀 4mo
hilded @Ruthiella I agree, the US cover is really offputting 😞 This is much nicer!! 🤩 4mo
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Tineke
De geniale vriendin | Elena Ferrante
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In English translated as My brilliant friend. It's about a friendship between two girls in Naples in the 50's. Along with that come all the trials and tribulations in this time in Italy, Naples, this community and within these families. Also all the emotions and weird intricacies in the relationship between the girls. Book one of 4, also called the Neopolitan romans.

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writerlibrarian
L'amie prodigieuse | Elena Ferrante
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This is book one. I enjoyed it but wasn't head over heels about it. I'll read book 2 eventually.
I liked the lives and minutia of the narrative Elena gives us. But it's slow and violent and depressing storytelling.
#readinginfrenchjuly

Suet624 I agree. 4mo
xicanti I felt the same way, then was completely shocked by how much I loved the next two. 4mo
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writerlibrarian
L'amie prodigieuse | Elena Ferrante
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Almost done with this one. I have about 100 pages to go. It's good, slow fiction. I am enjoying it. The Tour started on a Roman bridge (Pont du Gard) build around 40-50. #summerreading

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writerlibrarian
L'amie prodigieuse | Elena Ferrante
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Up early, another hot day. Read some, now breakfast and 🚴‍♀️ #summerreading

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writerlibrarian
L'amie prodigieuse | Elena Ferrante
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Doing nothing today but veg, watch the Tour, read, drink lots of water. It's too hot, too humid. I'm hiding inside with the AC. No 🧺 today. Too hot. #summerreading

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writerlibrarian
L'amie prodigieuse | Elena Ferrante
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The Tour hits the mountains today. The sprint right after the first climb is important. I've checked part of the morning the race center to see how it went. Check out Sagan being cute. https://twitter.com/letour/status/1151807834847436800?s=21
Reading and looking forward to the show in a bit.

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writerlibrarian
L'amie prodigieuse | Elena Ferrante
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Next book from my To-read French pile. #summerreading #readinginFrenchJuly

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Angitron
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Bailedbailed

Another bail. Couldn‘t get into the characters or the story.

Bklover I bailed on this one too! 4mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I‘m not sure that I could possibly do Elena Ferrante‘s My Brilliant Friend justice. It is, frankly, one of the best books that I have ever read. It follows the lives of Elena Greco (the narrator) and Lila Cerullo, as they pull themselves up from a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. Beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein - #namethetranslator! Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/my-brilliant-friend-elena-ferrante/

Crazeedi The whole series is just excellent 4mo
Leftcoastzen I need to get to book 3 4mo
Tashreads I loved this series so much (actually still need to get to book 4, best do that pronto!) 4mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Ready for book club tomorrow!

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Joanne1
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Finally found a way to watch this series. It‘s been a while since I read the first book but it‘s all coming back.

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mldkennedy
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JUNE 2019: I finally went down the Ferrante wormhole! To my surprise, my favorite character is Naples. The way she depicts the widespread poverty and violence after WWII and how that affected the city's working class is striking. I found a great Time Magazine article about the history of Naples in conversation with these novels, which I really suggest. I've started book two and I am kind of lukewarm about it so far. Did anyone else feel that way?

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AnneCecilie
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Mehso-so

The first book in the story about Elena and Lila told in retrospect by Elena about their childhood and early teenage yrs.

I think it‘s hard to rate this book. I liked it more than I thought I would. What tipped it to a so-so for me was that I could put it down last night before going to sleep with only 16p left. Normally I would have finished the book.

I will probably read the remaining 3 books, but I won‘t rush to the library to borrow them.

Velvetfur I've got this but haven't read it yet - watched all of the TV series though and loved it! Have you seen it too? Wondering how it compares to the book.... 5mo
AnneCecilie @Velvetfur unfortunately I haven‘t seen the series yet. It‘s on HBO and I don‘t have that channel. I‘m not sure how helpful this is but a friend of mine that has both read the first novel and seen the series prefer the series. She‘s raving about the series and has recommended it to me several times 5mo
LapReader If you got a little further you would have delved straight into the next book. 5mo
CarolynM I read this a few years ago. I found it interesting, but I've never been moved to pick up the next book in the series. 5mo
Velvetfur @AnneCecilie Oh that's interesting! I'm curious to read the novel now with that in mind....one I competed my reading challenges, heh 😊 Thanks for your insight 👍 5mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

I feel like I‘m the last person in the world to read Ferrante, but I‘ve some bad experiences reading books on the bestseller list.

Borrowed this from the library and since I‘m going to see the documentary “Ferrante Fever” next Tuesday, I thought now is the time to give this a go.

I hope this book proves me wrong.

Marina_h I haven't read her books either, but they are high on my TBR! Hope you'll enjoy it 😊 5mo
Henrik_Madsen Well, We are at least two persons who haven‘t read Ferrante yet.😃 5mo
ferskner I hadn't read her until late last year, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I hope you like it! Certainly a better cover than the American edition. 5mo
hilded Startet it yesterday after having the whole series unread on my shelf since they came out. Don‘t know why I waited so long, I love it! I see you were a bit ambivalent, but I have heard that book 2 and 4 are the best ones - so it might be worth picking up book #2 as well. 4mo
AnneCecilie @hilded Yeah, I didn‘t love this like everyone else seem to do. I think at some point I‘ll pick up book no 2, but I won‘t rush it. 4mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Mehso-so

At first, I didn‘t really like this book. It took me a long time to get through the first chapters. But once I started reading it with a bit more of an academic eye, rather than looking for entertainment, I enjoyed it more. Still not my favorite, but definitely an interesting read!

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diffendale
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😎

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ehewett88
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switching between two books, I always like to have a lighter one if I am reading an intense book and my other book right now is the Iliad so this is my little breather haha

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S.Web
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Pickpick

So good! Going to the store today to buy the second one 😁

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phyhill
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My library hold came in! 😁 I loved this book series and can't wait to start watching this.

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Crazeedi
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#Shesleavinghome #BeatleMaynia @Eggs
She tried and tried to leave, but her heart for better or worse was Neapolitano

GatheringBooks my husband and i are watching the hbo tv series adaptation - it is so so sooo good. 6mo
Crazeedi @GatheringBooks glad to hear, at first I thought I'm not going to read this, but then a few chapters in it grabbed me and I read them all. Very different, very good 6mo
Eggs Nicely characterized @Crazeedi 🤗💗💗 6mo
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suzisteffen @GatheringBooks OHHHH I need to watch that! @Crazeedi I did not like the first book very much, and then BOOM, I read the next three quickly and just adored them. 6mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one. ( all of them ) The power of the family 💔 6mo
Crazeedi @Eggs thanks! 6mo
Crazeedi @suzisteffen @Cathythoughts I almost stopped reading the first one, then it hooked me and I never looked back 6mo
emmaturi I have read the first two and loved them! 6mo
Crazeedi @emmaturi I gave my series to my friend or I would have sent to you 6mo
emmaturi Oh thanks, but I have the other two already! 6mo
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RebL
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If you can‘t travel the world, you may as well read it. In the case of this series, maybe even watch it.

Tamra So pretty! 6mo
SarahHarts_books Beautiful flowers!!💖 6mo
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Foxnorth
L'amica geniale | Elena Ferrante

So far I'm quite enjoying the style and subject, although I'm going to have to break out the Italian dictionary at some point!

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ehewett88
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Started a new book tonight. one I have been looking forward to for a while!!!

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Emilymdxn
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I‘ve been compared to Lenu from My Brilliant Friend a few times and I‘m v proud 😇

2. Every male Bildungsroman protagonist who writes paragraphs about wanking being good for the soul and is very proud of having read Don Quixote. And Tyler Durden

3. Foyles or Forbidden Planet in London

4. @Skye1 and @vishodev you‘re my two newest followers! Hello there 😘

Eggs #2 😂😂 7mo
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sakeriver
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Going into this book I knew very little about it, only that it is about a friendship between women and that a lot of people liked it. And certainly I found the central friendship compelling but there was so much more that I loved, too. The neighborhood and its community felt very real to me, and the ways class and violence (and the threat of male violence) permeated nearly every interaction. Really interested to see where this goes.

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Liz_M
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Mehso-so

An interesting depiction of coming of age in post-WWII Naples (how accurate, I don't know), but overall the writing felt flat. It is relentlessly single point of view with little complexity to the narration -- no omniscient description or narrator observations to reinforce (or contradict) Lenu. Nothing hints at any inner life of other characters. Once the narrator is in high school I was utterly bored with her life and the perfect Lila.

Liz_M 2.5 🌟 #ATY2019 15 Mediterranean setting, #Readingwomen 21 7mo
BarbaraBB So no continuation for you I suppose?! 7mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Oh I will, the 4th volume is on the 1001 list after all. I'm just not as enthusiastic as the rest of the world :-) 7mo
BarbaraBB It gets better. I wasn‘t impressed with the first volume either. 2 and 3 are real good though. 7mo
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Aloisi_tribe
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1. Friday
2. The Beatles
3. Work then dinner with an old friend from high school
4. In Cold Blood was the last one I‘ve finished. Currently reading the tagged book and Paul Tremblay‘s Cabin at the End of the World.

#premondayvibes @pepsicola

pepsicola Thanks for playing! 8mo
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sakeriver
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sophierayton
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For the first two-thirds of this book I couldn't wait for it to end, then I started thinking about reading the whole series. It is beautifully written and the story is good, but on the whole, it didn't do it for me.

WhatWouldJaneDo I read the series and I think the first part of this one was the slowest for me. The way it ended was intriguing enough to keep me going and I loved the next one! I can understand it falling a bit flat though. 8mo
sophierayton @WhatWouldJaneDo Good to know, I might just have to carry on then 🙂 8mo
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