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Romantic Comedy
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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A comedy writer thinks she's sworn off love, until a dreamily handsome pop star flips the script on all her assumptions--a hilarious, observant and deeply tender novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Eligible, Rodham, and Prep. Sally Milz is a sketch writer for The Night Owls, the late-night live comedy show that airs each Saturday. With a couple of heartbreaks under her belt, she's long abandoned the search for love, settling instead for the occasional hook-up, career success, and a close relationship with her stepfather to round out a satisfying life. But when Sally's friend and fellow writer Danny Horst begins dating Annabel, a glamorous actress who guest-hosted the show, he joins the not-so-exclusive group of talented but average-looking and even dorky men at the show--and in society at large--who've gotten romantically involved with incredibly beautiful and accomplished women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule, poking fun at this phenomenon while underscoring how unlikely it is that the reverse would ever happen for a woman. Enter Noah Brewster, a pop music sensation with a reputation for dating models, who signed on as both host and musical guest for this week's show. Dazzled by his charms, Sally hits it off with Noah instantly, and as they collaborate on one sketch after another, she begins to wonder if there might actually be sparks flying. But this isn't a romantic comedy--it's real life. And in real life, someone like him would never date someone like her . . . right? With her keen observations and trademark ability to bring complex women to life on the page, Curtis Sittenfeld explores the neurosis-inducing and heart-fluttering wonder of love, while slyly dissecting the social rituals of romance and gender relations in the modern age.
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JillR
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A perfect holiday book; sharp, snappy, instantly absorbing yet easy to dip in and out of. This had all the elements I might have disliked in a romance; it‘s super cheesy, somewhat unbelievable, eye-rolling dialogue at times. Yet at the same time it just worked and I loved all those things too. I love Curtis Sittenfeld and kind of think she‘s a smarter, more knowing Anne Tyler. Her writing has that simplicity, yet she gets right to the crux of it.

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DebinHawaii
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#ItTakesAllKinds

There‘s a part of this rom-com novel where the MCs are separated by distance & COVID & communicate through emails & other electronic communication & a #LongDistanceLove begins to form. 💕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🩷🩷🩷 3mo
Eggs 🩷💛❤️ 3mo
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quietjenn
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Finally getting around to this, on my recent work lunches and breaks. I am very much enjoying it.

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Deblovestoread
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#Two4Tuesday

1) My mother would not let me get my ears pierced so I once came back from an overnight Girl Scout trip with peace sign earrings that looked as if they were pierced. She didn‘t find it funny 😆

2) The tagged book is set around a SNL type show.

Tagging anyone who would like to play.

TheSpineView I bet you Mom was not happy at all. Thanks for playing! 3mo
AlaMich My dad would not let me pierce my ears either until i turned 18. He would never give me a reason. 3mo
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GatheringBooks
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#LuckyInLove Day 26: Now this is #RomCom in the literal sense as can be seen in the title. I was entertained by the story which I read with my daughter for our book club of 2 last summer and she was laughing her ass off as she read the part on the email correspondence, because she thought it was very “old people flirting.” My full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-pBl

Eggs Refreshing beverages 🥂🧉🍹 3mo
marleed I really liked this book! 3mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#RomCom ❤️😂 #LuckyInLove 💋👩🏻‍❤️‍💋‍👨🏻💌💘

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Eggs ❤️❤️🤍🩷🩷 3mo
marleed I love checking out Litten BOTM shelves and comparing the books to what‘s on my shelves! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🩷🤍💗 3mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I liked this story a lot but the format was tough to get through in parts. Not a lot of chapter breaks and the last chunk of the book was a long one. Although, I did like how each chapter was written differently. I liked the relationship between Sally and Noah and the characters in this book. It felt very real to me and I enjoyed the fact that for a romance about a celebrity and a writer, it wasn‘t over the top for the most part.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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behudd
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️This book was interesting because while there were aspects I loved-hello, e-mail romance, happy to see you again!-there were also things that I didn‘t love or were distracting from the main story. Sittenfeld had a lot of political comments to make, and they felt so heavy handed that it took me out of the story.But I did love the male main character, the side characters, and the real, if sometimes cringey, look at relationship anxiety, etc.

Victoriahoperose I agree with this so much. It wasn‘t enough for me to dislike it but I see why the ratings weren‘t higher. I also personally hated that she didn‘t break up the chapters more 😂😂😂 4mo
behudd @Victoriahoperose yes! I was trying to do the audiobook, too, and it was impossible to find my place. Such an interesting choice. I think the more I think about it, the less I like it lol (edited) 4mo
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behudd
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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mija333
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
Bailedbailed

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Hillea2
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One of my favorite reads from 2023! I laughed out loud several times and loved the behind-the-scenes look at TNO. I think I also loved it because of how much I related to the protagonist. 10/10 recommend!

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MarinaGallovitch
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Great fun read!

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AmyG
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BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one so much more than I expected. 5mo
Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 5mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Wow! I almost set this book aside at the beginning because I couldn't quite get into it, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. The title doesn't do this book justice. Set prior to and during the pandemic, some of the conversations between the main characters, Sally and Noah, are very deep. At times, it was tough reliving pandemic life, but it was also reassuring that what we were all feeling was important enough for an author to document it in a novel.

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CoffeeNBooks
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Errands have all been run this morning, and now I'm back home and snuggled up with my cats, I have a cup of jelly donut coffee, and I'm ready to start reading for the #20in4 readathon!
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks like a good reading day is ahead! 5mo
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ItsAnotherJen
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I've been on a lucky streak with books lately. This is one I listened to on audio and really liked. Sally is a sketch writer for a tv show (exactly like SNL) who falls in love with a famous singer who is a guest host. One of the most realistic, relatable, funny love stories I've come across. It made my cooking and cleaning for Christmas fly by! I hope this gets made into a movie because it would be so good. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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youneverarrived
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Surprised myself with how much I liked this book. I found it really sweet but in the best way. The SNL type setting was interesting and vivid and the character development was great - the chemistry between the characters was written well too. Enjoyable read 💕 #tbrtarot

CBee I enjoyed this too! 6mo
BarbaraBB I am with you! I enjoyed this so much 💕💕 6mo
Suet624 I had the same feelings that you did about this book. Surprised how much I liked it. 6mo
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youneverarrived
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Hairdressers is always reading time for me 😁

I love a book that has a strong setting. Enjoying it so far!

squirrelbrain Have a lovely chill-out! I didn‘t expect to like this book as much as I did. 6mo
BarbaraBB I hope you had a good time. I think that book is a perfect companion 💕 6mo
LeahBergen Enjoy your quiet time! 6mo
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youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thank you! I feel the same about it. 6mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB I did ♥️ and definitely! 6mo
youneverarrived Thanks @LeahBergen nice to have a day for myself 💕 6mo
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Kshakal
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I liked this a lot but I didn‘t love it… a cute love story between two people from different yet intertwined worlds who find their way together in the pandemic…. Well written and easy to read!

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Sharpeipup
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To get guaranteed reading time, I accompanied my husband to the dentist.

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AileenRR
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Didn‘t love it but liked it A LOT.
It‘s gentle; no real dramatic highs and lows, but that was a good thing. The couple is in their late 30s and are mature and for the most part, well adjusted. I liked both of them 😊

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Writeme
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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What a joy! Sittenfeld in one of the wittiest writers I‘ve ever read. This story is about a comedy writer for an SNL style improve show who flounders through a developing romance with real and endearing clumsiness. I loved this book.

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Birdsong28
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Cathythoughts Thankyou ❤️ 8mo
TrishB Thank you 👍🏻 8mo
squirrelbrain It‘s a good one! 8mo
Andrew65 Looks good, thanks for the tag 😁 8mo
RebelReader I enjoyed this one ❤️ 8mo
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AvidReader25
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I‘ll admit, I thought I knew the story in this one and I avoided it for a while. Bucking all trends, a more attractive rockstar falls in love with a writer at an SNL-style show. It sounded like a gimmick, but the author gives the story depth. Much of it takes place during the pandemic and many of the anxieties the main character feels are so relatable. It‘s definitely not a romcom, more of a story of letting your guard down to let love in.

GondorGirl I was pleasantly surprised, too, by how much depth this book had! 8mo
AvidReader25 @GondorGirl Yes! Definitely not what I was expecting. 8mo
BkClubCare Yay! Agree 👍 7mo
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Kimberlone
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I liked, but did not love this book. Read along with #CampLitsy in August.

It had a great premise: female MC is a Tina Fey-esque writer for an SNL-esque comedy sketch show whose insecurities continually sabotage a potential romance with a super-famous musician. Clearly inspired by the Pete Davidson/Ariana Grande or Colin Jost/ScarJo relationships, I was fascinated by that aspect of the plot, but the FMC‘s attitude/behavior was a huge turn off.

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hedgehokey
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
Panpan

Relatively cliche story with no real twists. The story was basically a woman overcoming her self esteem issues because a man loved them out of her. The dialogue wasn't anything special, which is unfortunate given that it was set in a spoof of SNL. You have to imagine that comedy writers would be funnier than what was portrayed here.

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lumbricuslibri
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Ah, crap. I had this book on hold for a while, and then I got lucky and skipped the line. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. I'm not a fan of SNL (I don't even watch it), so I think that's one of the reasons. But I still wanted to try it since I do read romance and have seen good reviews. This would have been my first Sittenfeld book, too, but now I'm not sure if I even want to try something else of hers. I feel bad. 😞

DivineDiana Thank you for your honesty. I haven‘t read it yet, but I did enjoy 8mo
lumbricuslibri @DivineDiana Ooh, interesting - P&P! I‘ll check it out. Thanks! 8mo
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lumbricuslibri
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Lucky! Reading this next.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I enjoyed this contemporary romance between a musician and a writer on a sketch comedy show (a lá SNL), but didn‘t love it. I think reading about sketch comedy is a tall order. Sketches that might be funny on screen, fell flat on paper. I would‘ve loved more growth/de-centering of men on Sally‘s part. I didn‘t find any deeper meaning if Sittenfield was trying for it, and instead got a garden-variety rom-com ready for syndication on TBS. 3⭐️

batsy Your last sentence captures my issue with the book! 9mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @batsy Just kind of disappointing!! 9mo
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TamTracy
Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Good little love story about a writer of an SNL type show that falls for the talent. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DaniJ
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What started out as a slow burn turned into an adorable, well, romcom that challenged societal norms and encouraged self confidence and love.

I greatly enjoyed @csittenfeld ‘s style and her uncanny ability to build characters that are both lovable and relatable. Give this one a chance, and you won‘t be disappointed.

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Jas16
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Late to the party on this one and I did really enjoy it. What surprised me was that it seemed to me like a standard romance and with all of the hype it was given I was expecting some sort of new take on the genre. It was still a good romance with a relatable heroin and an interesting backstage view of working at a sketch comedy show like SNL. It made me laugh, it made me emotional so a pick for me.

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AlizaApp
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A sweet and smart romance set an SNL-like show, where Sally, one of the writers, notices how the schlubby male comedians keep landing much hotter and talented girlfriends. And then…Sally herself seems to hit it off with one week‘s musical guest. But how can she trust that the formula works in reverse? Anyway I loved this whole thing.

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Susanita
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1. I‘m not sure if I should include a (4th? 5th?) reread, so I will say it was the tagged book. Unless I finish something else in the next two days that I like better, but I don‘t think that will happen.
2. It was funny, light, and breezy but still had some substance.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 9mo
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squirrelbrain
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We have an August winner for #camplitsy23 - Romantic Comedy!

Probably not much of a surprise, seeing as a lot of Littens either bailed on or disliked The Memory of Animals. However, not as much of a landslide victory as we may have thought; 27 votes to 11.

Our wonderful Camp Leader, Barbara, will be posting tomorrow for the opportunity to vote for your favourite book of the summer so keep looking out for her post!

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KT1432 I've gotta participate in this next year. You all read some amazing books! 9mo
Megabooks Yay! Now we can decide on camp champ! 9mo
ChaoticMissAdventures It is going to be a challenge to pick my favorite from the Camp! So many good books. 9mo
Bookwormjillk Tough choice tomorrow! 9mo
DebinHawaii It will be hard to choose! 9mo
BarbaraBB That is not really a landslide indeed! I will post soon about the final vote! Or the #CampChamp! Great hashtag @Megabooks 👍🏽 9mo
GatheringBooks Thank you so much once again for hosting! What an awesome reading camp. 💕 9mo
TrishB 👍🏻 it‘s been fun. 9mo
Hooked_on_books This was my least favorite of all the books, but based on the discussions I knew it would win. I have a guess about which book will win overall, but we‘ll see if I‘m right! 🫢 9mo
CBee Thanks for everything ladies 💚💚 9mo
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AmyG
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1. The tagged book though I did also love All The Sinners Bleed - S.A. Cosby.
2. I remember watching SNL when it began. It‘s always been a favorite of mine, so I loved this part about the book.
@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 9mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#14Books14weeks I am way behind on this challenge, 4 and a half books behind .Soft pick for me,I love SNL , would probably liked nonfiction about the show better. I‘m not sure what I was expecting , the best part for me was the lockdown emails, just like writing letters in the old days where you can finish what you mean to say and longingly await the reply. #catsoflitsy Sophie wanted to model today.I did really like Noah, Sally ,Jerry,& Sugar!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa She is adorable 9mo
Leftcoastzen @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks!she‘s over a year old now, only 6 pounds , she will always be a little kitty. 9mo
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dabbe Hello there, Sweet Sophie! 🖤🐾🖤 9mo
Leftcoastzen @dabbe from a previous post , I took your advice and reduced my Goodreads challenge figure a bit.Hating our current heat wave, enough already! 9mo
dabbe @Leftcoastzen 116 degrees today! AUGHHHHHHHHHH! Glad you took your GR numbers down; I did, too, and I feel less stressed already. 🤩🤣😍 9mo
Ruthiella I liked this one a lot, but I has NO expectations, which helped. It made it a happy surprise. And 👍 to the nostalgia of e-mails. I was thinking fondly the other day about actual letters I used to exchange. 😂 (edited) 9mo
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Amiable
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Fairly cute and predictable romance with a plot that I won‘t remember a year from now. But I enjoyed it while I was reading it, so I guess that‘s something.

Aims42 Quailman!! 😆 9mo
Amiable @Aims42 My cube neighbor at work is named Doug, so we have a lot of fun with this. 😀 9mo
Aims42 @Amiable Lol, that‘s fun! 9mo
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emmaturi
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I really enjoyed this book, I loved both Sally and Noah. It was funny and serious.

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Catsandbooks
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1. Two Weeks Notice with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock

2. At home, it was Glass Onion: a knives out mystery
In theaters, it was Barbie 🩷

3. Cooler temps! 🥵

#wondrouswednesday

Wanna play? @CurvyCrochetGirl @Texreader @AllDebooks

Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing 🥳🥰 9mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Set at an SNL-style sketch comedy show, Sittenfeld flips the script on hot, famous girl dates average-looking, funny guy. This was clever, if predictable. Fun dialogue / banter. I loved the Acknowledgements at the end; don‘t skip those. She mentions several worthwhile SNL memoirs.

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akfreeborn
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Loved this SNL romance. I loved all the details of the week with a guest host and it was a sweet character driven romance! 100% enjoyable!

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Sally Milz is a sketch writer for “The Night Owls” (think SNL) who has sworn off romance until she meets Noah Brewster, the host and musical guest. I loved the behind-the-scenes look at how shows like SNL work and that the story focused on a female comedy writer. The second half dragged a bit, but overall a charming love story.

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Because how could anyone deserve you, let alone me? But I‘m also really grateful because I always wanted to feel disbelief at my own luck 📺🌃

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Leftcoastzen
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My life is so hectic now, mostly not in a good way.🫤Reading is my therapy, my refuge, and I am having so much trouble carving out the time. 8 or 9 books behind on my goodreads goal. Hope it turns around soon . Is there some sort of serenity prayer for stifled readers?

Bookwomble "Books, grant me the courage to DNF the plots I cannot grasp,
Serenity to continue the plots I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference." (Sorry, this is the best I can do over my morning toast and coffee ? I hope today is an easier one for you, Linda ?)
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Leftcoastzen @Bookwomble 😂👏That‘s great, appreciate the support! 9mo
AmyG @Bookwomble Ha! Perfect. @Leftcoastzen Hope things ease up for you soon so you can READ!!! 9mo
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Suet624 @Bookwomble that‘s fantastic 9mo
marleed Hope things get better and the path to good plots gains clarity! 9mo
dabbe If you're like me, I get angsty whenever Goodreads/StoryGraph tells me I'm behind on my goals. The last time I had to remind myself that reading is for PLEASURE, not to have a sword of Damocles above my head! So, I lowered the number and instantly felt better. Hoping things calm down for you soon. 🤗🤗🤗 9mo
LibrarianRyan @Bookwomble i now need this on a book mark 9mo
currentlyreadinginCO Laughing @ the serenity prayer comment 😂 9mo
currentlyreadinginCO Oh my goodness your tortie is a much healthier weight than mine, but I am working on it I swear 😂😂 9mo
Aimeesue @Bookwomble I may just cross-stitch a new sampler! 😁 9mo
Ruthiella Hope things calm down for you, but until then, thank goodness for the refuge books provide! ❤️🙏 9mo
Leftcoastzen @dabbe I might be lowering that number , it is lurking like a veiled threat!😄 9mo
Leftcoastzen @currentlyreadinginCO my Tortie is pretty small , took her awhile to fill out. She‘s just 6 lbs . 9mo
Leftcoastzen @Aimeesue great idea!😂👏 9mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#Camplisty2023 catch-up
I really adored this. I don't think I have read anything by Sittenfeld, and this was somehow not what I was expecting. Maybe the title was too on the nose? But I loved living with Sally and Noah. They are both amazing people and I particularly liked having more mature main characters in a romantically charged story. The SNL like setting was interesting and the pacing was perfect.

ChaoticMissAdventures Also I LOVE the UK cover so much more than the US one. 9mo
swishandflick Ooh! Definitely love that version of the cover 9mo
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My favorite part of this book was Chapter Two, which is the middle third of the book and is a series of emails written back and forth between the two of them. I devoured that section. For me, this was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨! #romantsy 💕

TheLudicReader I loved the emails, too. 9mo
Susanita Yes, that chapter zipped by for me. 9mo
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candc320
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I‘m not a big romance reader but this was really good and not at all what I was expecting. It‘s really, really funny and gives a behind the scenes sort of view of a particular late night sketch comedy show and what it might really look like to date a super famous celebrity. That being said it also dealt with more serious topics, like Covid sickness and insecurities, and I liked this more well rounded, imperfect approach to relationships. 🌟🌟🌟🌟