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Beautiful World, Where Are You
Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel | Sally Rooney
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A new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if hed like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still youngbut life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
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Bookishgal71
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Panpan

I‘m so sorry. I could not find anything redeeming about the characters in this story. These are four people, three of whom are lackluster, existing in lackluster romances with each other. It‘s obvious that they settled and I just wanted to scream at them to get on with their lives. #goodreadschoiceawardsbookclub

sprainedbrain I have to know… which character did you think was not lackluster? 1mo
Bookishgal71 @sprainedbrain Alice was the character I found most likable, in that she‘s the one I was least irritated by, followed closely by Simon. Have you read it? Did you like it? 1mo
sprainedbrain Yes, I listened to the audiobook and I suspect that‘s why I liked it so much more than many of the reviews I‘ve seen. I also love the way Sally Rooney writes, though this is my least favorite of her books. I also liked Alice the best… she could do much better in her choice of partners. 😬 1mo
Bookishgal71 Agreed! Next book of hers, I‘ll listen instead of paper read. Just kind of felt like I was spying on an ordinary conversation. 1mo
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ItsAnotherJen
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Not sure I like how this is written. I'm having a hard time connecting with the characters. I feel like you are looking at them through a window. Just getting cold observations.
Maybe the book gets better by the end.

Eta: It did not get better. I did get used to the style of writing. It's just not my jam. This book is depressing.
(Also I must add-I do not like Felix. 😬)⭐⭐

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Yahui07
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Mehso-so

I like the writing style more than the story itself. I like the cover as well!

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Hlvanpaemel
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“Just don‘t get stressed!”

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youneverarrived
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Pickpick

I didn‘t really like the characters in this, they felt a bit juvenile for their age, although at the same time they were realistic. Loved the ending - that turned it from a so-so into a pick. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MrsMalaprop
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Mehso-so

I was a fan of Normal People. I love quality fiction that is unique and subversive. So I was keen to read Beautiful World.

However this one didn‘t quite work for me. The four main characters weren‘t developed enough for me to know and invest in them. They felt somewhat whiney and annoying. Maybe I‘m just too old to ‘get‘ them?

The writing was good. There was just something missing here for me 🤷‍♀️🤔.

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Cathyloves2read
Panpan

Ugh.I hate leaving a bad review.I really didnt enjoy this book After reading it,I ask myself “what was the point?”.I feel like I‘ve just read about a bunch of people living very ordinary, uneventful lives.I know I wouldnt have finished this book if I didnt own a hard copy.The chapters were extremely long, and there wasn‘t much dialogue,so it was long paragraph after long paragraph.Im not sure what genre this book is, but it‘s definitely not for me

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BarbaraBB
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It was a close call for today‘s match. With 11 to 10 votes our winner is Beautiful World, Where Are You. Again we differ from the judges‘ choice in the real #ToB22! In this case it isn‘t that surprising I think, as they almost never favour the more mainstream novels. What do you think of the judges‘ comments?

Chelsea wants the Rooney to be this year‘s winner so for her it‘s a good thing that the book is one step closer in getting there!

BarbaraBB I am now a bit sorry I didn‘t vote for In Concrete. Iiked neither of these books very much but after reading Cari Luna‘s thoughts I do agree with her that I should have gone with the more daring book. (edited) 4mo
Addison_Reads Interesting results today. Personally, neither of these were favorites, but I did enjoy In Concrete more than the Rooney. I don't think either are strong enough to win it all though when compared to other books on the list. 4mo
Addison_Reads @BarbaraBB that's the reason I voted for In Concrete because it pushed boundaries in literature, whereas the Rooney just felt like her other books and didn't bring anything exciting or new to the table. 4mo
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ImperfectCJ I wasn't a fan of either of these, but I am happy that In Concrete won in the actual ToB. The book that pushes boundaries and doesn't quite hit me personally should get the vote over a book that doesn't quite succeed at doing something conventional. I suppose this is a good argument for Copeland Cane, too (although I think The Sentence does succeed at what it attempts). (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Because I didn‘t read In Concrete I voted for the Rooney but in truth, I dislike Rooney and I‘m happy to see its journey end in the real tournament. #BeingPetty 😜 4mo
Addison_Reads @Cinfhen I loved your response. 😂 I'm glad it's out of the real one and hope it doesn't come back from the dead either. 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Addison_Reads how are you feeling today?? BTW: I TOTALLY forgot about the pesky zombie 🧟 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️ 4mo
BkClubCare Applause 👏 (by which I mean, I love this stuff - and I am cheering that one TOB goes for In Concrete, and this one, not.) (edited) 4mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen I also voted for Rooney because I hadn't read the other. I do like Rooney and liked that book. Still, I don't think it should have been included in the first place. Rooney won the rooster once. Feels unnecessary for her to be included again. 4mo
Ruthiella I don‘t remember which way I voted now! 😂 But honestly, I didn‘t care for either. In Concrete was clever, but not enough story for me. And Rooney writes basically what I consider “romance” in the sense that the plot hinges on a “will they won‘t they” and I don‘t typically care for that in novels. 4mo
Suet624 Like @merelybookish and @Cinfhen I didn‘t read In Concrete. I‘m currently 0-2 with the judges. I‘m okay with Rooney leaving though. I liked the book but it didn‘t match the caliber of some of the other books in the TOB. 4mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - I don‘t remember how I voted here in Litsy (and that‘s fine) but this is my first year to enter a bracket anywhere else.🏆 4mo
BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads @ImperfectCJ @Cinfhen @BkClubCare @merelybookish @Ruthiella @Suet624 Bases on all comments I don‘t think Beautiful World will come very far in our tournament either 😃 (edited) 4mo
sarahbarnes I unabashedly love Rooney novels and was disappointed that it didn‘t make it today. But I agree with others here that In Concrete is a much more daring and creative book, and I‘m also glad it‘s not out of the running. The joys of the ToB. 4mo
squirrelbrain I voted for In Concrete as I found it very clever, although I agree with @ruthiella that there wasn‘t much storyline. Pleased that it‘s moving on in the real #tob. 4mo
Well-ReadNeck It just happens that I didn‘t read either of these but voted for Concrete because I feel like the judge about Rooney. But, the judgment did not make me want to go back and pick up Concrete, either mostly because I think the puns would drive me 🥜 4mo
Hooked_on_books I could have made my vote for today with a coin toss since, like many others here, I didn‘t love either of these books. I like the idea here and from Luna of choosing the more daring book, though I voted for BW. I‘m shocked but kinda glad it‘s been booted out of the official TOB. 4mo
Readerann I haven‘t read either book, but I have In Concrete on my Kindle and WILL read it so that‘s the one that got my vote. The comments about it here intrigue me - not so much with the Rooney. 4mo
BkClubCare @Hooked_on_books - and I‘ll be shocked if it doesn‘t Zombie 🧟‍♀️ 4mo
Hooked_on_books @BkClubCare Yeah, me too. Unfortunately. 😜 4mo
thebluestocking Like @sarahbarnes I‘m a Rooney fan. I liked Beautiful World, and I did not enjoy the experience of reading In Concrete at all. That said, I could see the decision coming a mile away once the judge said she wasn‘t a Rooney fan. I was surprised that the score was so close here on Litsy though! (edited) 4mo
kwmg40 I didn't care all that much for Normal People so I didn't bother reading Beautiful World. I have mixed feelings about Concrete but appreciated the judge's comments about it. 4mo
Mindyrecycles I‘m not anti-Rooney and frankly I think the Rooney “hate” goes a little over the top sometimes. However I am anti-Beautiful World. 😂 Not her best effort or even a good one. 4mo
Addison_Reads @Mindyrecycles I loved Normal People by Rooney, but I agree that Beautiful World wasn't her best effort. 4mo
BarbaraBB @Mindyrecycles I agree about the Rooney hate. Like @Addison_Reads I was not a fan of this book but I LOVED 4mo
cariashley Agree with so many of the comments here - didn‘t love either book but was so impressed by the process of In Concrete. I ambivalently voted for BW because it had a bit more meat on the bones plot wise, but I‘m happy to see In Concrete progress in the official. 4mo
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Sophronisba
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Day 2 of the Morning News Tournament of Books! Today it is Beautiful World, Where Are You vs. In Concrete.

Beautiful World, Where Are You surprised me with its thoughtfulness about female friendship & led me to reflect that I, too, wouldn't know who I was without my best friends.

In Concrete forced me to read an entire chapter about spitting.

I'm rooting for Beautiful World, Where Are You.

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4mo
Sophronisba 😭 😭 😭 4mo
BarbaraBB Fortunately it made it to the next round in our parallel ToB! 4mo
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actualdisneyprincess
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I don‘t know if I‘m going to be able to get very far with this book; I already abhor the way it‘s written - no quotation marks, really? Also, the writing in general sounds…off, to me - and I just…don‘t know. Any input on whether or not I should keep going? 😬 #beautifulworldwhereareyou #sallyrooney

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ImperfectCJ
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Panpan

I found this novel surprisingly annoying. The characters are self-absorbed and engage in weaponized armchair psychology in their short-lived disagreements. The lockdown is tacked on at the end in order, I think, to make the book seem timely. The whole thing feels melodramatic and adolescent, soft-core intimate encounters interspersed with tantrums. #ToB2022

rachaich I bailed on it after loving her others. I felt too old for this one... 4mo
ImperfectCJ @rachaich I haven't read anything else by this author, but I definitely relate to the "I'm too old for this" feeling around this book. 4mo
BkClubCare Great review 4mo
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batsy
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Mehso-so

A book that let me down, because I started it thinking it will go one way, and midway through I thought maybe it would go another way, and because I think Rooney is talented and smart, the ending feels like a capitulation. Explained myself better in my GR review, I hope: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4536317963

A so-so instead of a pan because for large parts of the book I was invested.

BiblioLitten I remember reading Normal People, enjoying it and then I had to return the book. I picked it up later to discover that I didn‘t like it at all. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Anne of Green Gables might have distracted me 😅 4mo
batsy @BiblioLitten I liked Normal People; found it quite moving but I do understand what you mean—if I'd put it aside for another book I might not have felt the same about it later. This one though was disappointing in how it ended. 4mo
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themonaisa
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Bailedbailed

Don‘t know why I couldn‘t get into it. I tried really hard for my love of Sally Rooney, especially with Normal People. Her other two books suck you in; the characters hit you right in the gut with aloofness in bizarre situations that ends up being so relatable. I didn‘t get the same depth here. A lot of rambling too (which was also the case in CWF) that got confusing because of how it‘s written. Wish I could‘ve loved it, but not for me.

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Brimful
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Pickpick

Controversial opinion I know but for me the best of Rooney‘s novels to date. It was pitch perfect on negotiating sexual relationships when the norm of heterosexual marriage has lost power and on engaging with meta politics when individual young people feel so powerless. Beautifully written eminently quotable and important.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I enjoyed her first 2, looking forward to getting to this one soon 😄 4mo
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 16

A book about four 30-somethings-friendship, life, mental health, and relationships. The characters aren't incredibly interesting or likable. The book was fine but could have been better.

⭐⭐⭐

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ICantImReading
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

There is something about the precision and frankness of Rooney‘s writing that draws me in. At times affected, but often remarkably insightful, it‘s such a quotable book. Admittedly, it‘s not really about anything, but it‘s also about the only thing that really matters - finding the beauty and simplicity in the way we love each other in this (at times) depressing world.

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Mindyrecycles
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Panpan

I honestly wanted to like Beautiful World, but for me it was pretty bad. #ItHadToBeYou #JanuaryStats @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #tob22

BarbaraBB So many ToB books! Which did you like best of these? 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻📚👏🏻 5mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 5mo
Mindyrecycles @BarbaraBB Yes ToB is my life til I get them all in. 😂 The Tucci was for book club. All‘s Well and Book of Form were the January standouts for me. 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed Rooney‘s first 2 books, but It took me forever to work my way through this one. I‘m not sure why, but I found myself just not caring nearly as much, which didn‘t exactly Lori ate me to finish the book! But finish i finally did. Third person omniscient is not my favorite POV, and parts felt like it was straight out of a script instead of a novel. Yet, there was enough I liked to hang in there till the end. #tob2022 #tobshortlist

squirrelbrain This was my least favourite of Rooney‘s books too. 5mo
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BarbaraBB Mine too. 5mo
Cortg I haven‘t read her yet but I have a book of hers on my nightstand 5mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cortg If I remember, a lot of her books have parties in them, so you might be able to use it for the same #pop22 prompt as I did for this one! Normal People is my favorite one 5mo
4thhouseontheleft @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I guess I‘m not alone! One of the things that really irked me is the zero consequences for some of Felix‘s behavior. I felt he had some major emotional abuse flags going off. 5mo
Cortg Ah, good to know! 5mo
thebluestocking I didn‘t love this one as much as her others either. And it has been enough months since I‘ve read it that I can only remember vague details. 5mo
Ruthiella Yes, it did seem oddly scripted, didn‘t it? I also felt little interest in the characters or their outcome. 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Two non-spoilerish thoughts so far:

1. I want to put on my HIV educator hat and give all of these characters a safe sex talk.

2. All this talk of travelling to Rome, London, Paris, etc is frustrating, as we‘ve tried multiple times since 2019 to plan both a European and Middle East trip and Covid keeps interfering. #jealous

#tob #tobshortlist

BookNAround COVID has managed to tank at least two trips for me too. ☹️ 5mo
Susanita Yep. COVID has messed up the same trip for me twice (original and rescheduled). 5mo
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aronlled
Pickpick

10 stars

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

Damn. I really wanted to love this book but it just wasn't meant to be. I found all of the existential chatter exhausting and a bit pretentious. A character driven novel where half of the characters are cringey most of the time. I probably would have enjoyed it more had it been completely about Eileen and Simon, with Alice on the periphery and Felix gone altogether. I loved Normal People but I'm beginning to think that was an anomaly. #BOTM ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Addison_Reads I felt the same about this one. 5mo
ICantImReading Ahh bummer, I just started this one! 😕 5mo
swishandflick @ICantImReading A lot of people are enjoying it! I just wish I had been one of them 😩 5mo
swishandflick @Addison_Reads I'm glad I'm not alone 🤗 5mo
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swishandflick
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I can't say that I'm "enjoying" this book per se (I'm not quite sure what to think of it honestly), but this quote caught me off guard because it hits a little too close to home ?

tokorowilliamwallace Yep, I'm the latter. 5mo
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TheBee
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Feeling normal for once. Reading in a Upper West Side coffee shop like pre pandemic 💕. Haven‘t done that in sooo long. Enjoying the existential conversations between the protagonists.

#sallyrooney #intellectual #coffeeshop #nyc

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed Normal People because of the relationships Rooney portrayed.

This book was tedious for me to finish and the only redeeming quality of the story was the email exchanges. I felt that had more depth than the rest of the book.

I just kept asking myself why I cared about any of these characters and now that I've finished I can appreciate her writing, but this book just didn't work for me. #ToB2022 #ToB22

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andioop
Pickpick

absolutely loved this. i understand why people think rooney is pretentious (she is). but i am too, so i really really loved this.

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Sophronisba
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Pickpick

I found the first hundred pages -- when one of the main characters, Alice, who seems to be a Rooney stand-in, was at her most insufferable -- a bit of a slog. But I really loved Eileen, the co-protagonist, and as the book continued I even warmed up to Alice. The most interesting parts of the book are the letters the two women write to each other, with exchanges not just about the men in their lives but about the world around them.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

This book didn‘t interest me, but I read for TOB, so factor that in to my response. It‘s clear that Rooney writes well and is compelling, but the shallow, angsty interactions of the characters are so different from the thoughtful, deep, interesting email exchanges between the two friends, that they almost didn‘t feel like the same people. I liked it more than I expected to, but I won‘t be running to pick up her other books.

squirrelbrain I didn‘t much like this one either… I had read the other two first and preferred them, but I‘m not a huge fan in general. 5mo
TrishB I‘ve read one and that was enough to know they‘re not for me. 5mo
LeahBergen Yeah, I feel much the same way. I read one and … meh. 5mo
LeeRHarry I‘m in the middle of this one atm, I‘m struggling, I really liked Normal People but I don‘t think I‘ll be rushing out to pick up another of hers in the future. (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve read all three of them but think I‘m done with Rooney now. 5mo
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Sophronisba
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Maybe it was always going to be that way, and there was never anything we could have done. It makes me think about the first day I ever saw you, and I remember the knitted green cardigan I was wearing, and the hairband you had in your hair. I mean the life we‘ve had since then, together and not together—whether it was already there with us that day.

I'm still not 100% sold on this book but it is awfully quotable. #morningreads

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Sophronisba
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When we should have been reorganising the distribution of the world‘s resources and transitioning collectively to a sustainable economic model, we were worrying about sex and friendship instead. Because we loved each other too much and found each other too interesting. And I love that about humanity, and in fact it‘s the very reason I root for us to survive—because we are so stupid about each other. #morningreads

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Mary_Reads
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Mehso-so

I'm beginning to believe that contemporary romance isn't for me. The ones I love are few and far between.

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Flaneurette
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Pickpick

Finally finished after starting in September! This is well written but literary romance is just not my thing I‘ve realized. Rooney herself seems to understand there is more to life than romantic angst but she can‘t seem convince herself. She‘s an interesting writer and I will be curious to see what she has to say with maturity. I do like this more than Conversations w Friends bc of Rooneys evolving self awareness #tob2022

vivastory I want to read this one but still need to read Normal People. 5mo
SRWCF I have Normal People on my shelf just waiting for me to pick it up! 5mo
Flaneurette @vivastory I haven‘t read it either, I did recently pick it up in a kindle deal but I‘m not in any hurry @SRWCF 5mo
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Sophronisba
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About a quarter of the way into this and I am not really sold on it yet. The writing is good but I think I wasn't ready to pick up a book with so many unlikable characters immediately after All's Well. #morningreads

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Mdion1993
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Pickpick

Rooney manages to once again capture the aimlessness of everyday life and heartbreak, this time making the argument that both are worth celebrating. Beautiful World, Where Are You? seems to have no plot, but that might be the point. Set during the present day, this is a story about four friends navigating love, depression, and musing over what makes life worth living.

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merelybookish
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Pickpick

In some ways this felt like a combination of her two previous novels, focusing simultaneously on the complications of friendships and romantic relationships. It felt like she was experimenting more with description and setting. It also felt more ambitious in position, if not scope, like she's defending her art and why, as a serious person, as civilization is ending, she writes about relationships. I bought it, but I am also an ardent fan.

vivastory Great review! I still need to read this one. This was one of my fave covers of last year. 6mo
britt_brooke Agree with your review! I loved this one. 6mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! The inside covers are really cool too! Have you liked her other books? 6mo
merelybookish @britt_brooke Nice! 🙂 She really is talented! 6mo
vivastory I read Normal People & greatly enjoyed it. At the time I had read several other “millennial“ novels“ around the same time & Rooney's was the one that spoke to me the most. Although I'm Gen-X, the concerns of her characters are common with many millennials, but they also seemed to transcend generations. I think that she is willing to be more vulnerable, less steeped in irony, than her contemporaries & that's very refreshing. 6mo
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Mary_Reads
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The view from this morning's reading spot. Wish I was reading something spooky and atmospheric to go along with the thick fog. Relaxing on my family's ranch in deep South Texas for the weekend.

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merelybookish
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Saturday morning vibes. 😺
(Finally reading tagged book and my Sally Rooney crush is still going strong.)

Graywacke Happy gorgeous kitty! 6mo
Tamra 😹 What a life. 6mo
Simona Perfect weekend 😻 6mo
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TheLudicReader Those feet. 😍 6mo
AlaMich Man, cats have it MADE! 😻 6mo
Liz_M Cat belly! Is it a trap, though? (My mum's cat will present it's belly and then go after your hands if you actually attempt to rub said belly) 6mo
batsy Aaah! Snuggly cat. Life is good 😁 6mo
readordierachel Awww. I wish I could be that comfortable! 6mo
Suet624 Contentment 6mo
merelybookish @Graywacke He is pretty happy! And not very smart. 😸 6mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader I know. Just complete surrender. 6mo
merelybookish @Liz_M It can be a trap but sometimes he just sleeps so deeply he will let you pet it. He's funny. And trusting. 6mo
merelybookish @Suet624 Absolutely! 😌 6mo
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BkClubCare
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Pickpick

Yeah, I liked it.❤️ But yea, there is something about Rooney‘s writing that is uncomfortable, or inspires cynical annoyance? Not really, but I tried to read this for why she seems to really provoke strong (negative) reactions. 😂 #tob2022 #IrishLit #relationships (also, VERY interesting to read this at the same time as The Mermaid Chair due to thoughts on Catholic religion.) And?! “She looked around at him.” Huh?

Ruthiella Soon after she looked at her phone and then locked it. Why all the PHONE LOCKING? And my phone locks itself after 30 seconds of non-usage. 6mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella 🤣 My brain seemed to skip over those! 6mo
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Eva_B
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Pickpick

I don‘t know how to review this book….I love Sally Rooney‘s writing but I can‘t explain what this book is about. Saying it is about relationships between four people sounds simplistic. But that‘s really it. And her writing is simple and. sublime at the same. I liked her descriptions of authors literary lives. Being praised for writing about normal everyday lives but no longer living in that world at all. Interesting.

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notreallyelaine

“I offer no defence of coercive heterosexual monogamy, except that it was at least a way of doing things, a way of seeing life through. What do we have now? Instead? Nothing.”

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Flavius
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I'm definitely a Sally Rooney's fan

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akfreeborn
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this new Sally Rooney. She gets modern love and friendships and the way she presents them seems so real like you are part of the friend group. I hope she will be writing more.

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BkClubCare
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Getting my #BookSpinBingo game ON! I didn‘t do great with December‘s 😞 (nor November, for that matter 😨) But it‘s fun and does help me gather all my challenges into each month‘s possibilities. Now that I think about it, I need to fill one of the filler spots for a #readict challenge book… 🤔

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! And one of my favorite things about this challenge is having it be new every month - I love the fresh slate!! 6mo
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KarenUK
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Pickpick

Mixed reviews but my fangirl adoration of Rooney continues! Complicated friendships, the minutiae of every complex thought about romantic entanglements, all the messy, confusing relationship stuff, is just totally my jam.
Alice, Felix, Eileen & Simon, navigate millennial life, express every thought yet somehow miscommunicate, and struggle to completely connect. I loved the third person POV, paired with the emails between best friends. Loved it.

MallenNC I loved this one too. I think with another author I wouldn‘t have as much, but there‘s something about Sally Rooney that works for me. 6mo
Andrew65 Sounds good 👏👏👏 6mo
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BookishTrish
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I choose my favourite read from each month to come up with my best reads of the year #12bestof2021

Beachesnbooks I loved Plain Bad Heroines, All's Well is at the top of my TBR for next year! 6mo
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BookishTrish
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I choose my favourite read from each month to come up with my best reads of the year #12bestof2021

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WellReadCatLady
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Pickpick

Beautifully written descriptions of modern relationships that are not so easy to define. Lots of sex scenes that are somewhat detailed so If that isn‘t for you maybe skip this one.

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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

Not my favorite of Sally Rooney‘s books, but still good. The epistolary sections did not really work for me, but overall the prose is as brilliant as always.

BkClubCare Beautiful setting 6mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Pickpick

This is the first Sally Rooney book I‘ve read and I really enjoyed it. The dialogue in emails between the friends were my favourite part. I like how they put on paper their wonderings about life. It felt like it ended abruptly, but she still wrapped it up nicely for me because it was another email correspondence. I liked that the book wasn‘t overly optimistic, which surprised me. I‘m a fan of a happy ending. It did have one, just not as bright.

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