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Conversations with Friends: A Novel | Sally Rooney
A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nicks flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Francess friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.
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I finished my first Sally Rooney book and it definitely won‘t be my last! I ended up devouring this one. It was beautifully written and the dialogue felt so natural. I don‘t always need pleasant, likable characters in the novels I read. If you do, you might not enjoy this as much as I did.

This also helped with a couple of the challenges I signed up for this year.
#booked2020 #millenialauthor
#mmdchallenge #debutnovel

Cinfhen Great graphics and fabulous review. I liked both of her books this year but I wasn‘t wowed. #unpopularOpinion 3w
BarbaraBB Loved this one too! (edited) 3w
4thhouseontheleft I felt this way too! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review! 📚♥️👊🏻 3w
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I felt like an armchair traveler this week, visiting London, Dublin, Borneo, and Rwanda!

It also seemed to be the week of bright and vibrant colors. Overall, an excellent start to the New Year.


Cinfhen Wow!! You‘ve been busy 💕 3w
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What an outstanding debut novel! This may be an #unpopularopinion, but I liked this one even more than Normal People. It‘s an absorbing psychological study of a young woman grappling with emotional turmoil and self-destructive behaviors, all while silently coping with chronic pain and a troubled family history.

Probably not for everyone if you need likable characters, but it certainly rings true.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job! ♥️📚👊🏻😘 3w
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Librarybelle I‘ve been eyeing this one - I may have to move it up my list! 3w
readordierachel Such a wonderful book! After marinating for a while, I think I like it better too. But I love both books. 3w
Cinfhen Very impressive that she‘s still in her 20‘s and had 2 of the biggest books published this year 3w
BarbaraBB I‘m with you, I too liked this one better than Normal People. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @readordierachel I really liked both, too. I can‘t wait to see what she does next! @Cinfhen I know! Although this one was published in 2017 I think. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Librarybelle you should! @BarbaraBB I wish I would have spent more time on Normal People, I flew through the book, but it didn‘t leave as lasting of an impression. 3w
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In my 40 years of life, this is the first time I have EVER read a novel that features a character with endometriosis. Endo in fiction! 🙌🏽

Wow, do I wish that my 21 year old self could have read this book. It might have sped up my awareness of what was really going on by 10 years or so. 😢 Frances‘s symptoms so closely mirror what mine were at that age.

That alone gives this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MoonWitch94 It is so very common & yet not represented often. You would think it would be. ♥️ 3w
4thhouseontheleft @MoonWitch94 So very common! And yet, I wasn‘t given a name for what I was experiencing until I was in my late 20‘s. 😠 And then when I did have a name for it, the first treatment presented was “well, do you want another child? Because pregnancy often helps relieve symptoms”. 🙄 And I was only taken seriously when I told my doctor that my period is as bad as natural childbirth and having a kidney stone. Combined. Both of which I have also had. 3w
MoonWitch94 @4thhouseontheleft 😱😭😱😭Sometimes Drs just are horrible. 3w
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4thhouseontheleft @MoonWitch94 some of them just don‘t have the training they need. And yes, some of them are horrible! I eventually self-diagnosed with hubby‘s surgical residency textbooks (and hubby‘s help), and had it confirmed in more recent years with surgery and biopsy. 3w
Texreader So sorry you went through that. Every woman in my family has had it (grandmom, mom, sister), including me between pregnancies. Everyone else had to have hysterectomies but me. I had surgery and controlled with hormones since. (edited) 3w
Owlizabeth If you like contemporary romance, the MC in this one has endometriosis! It wasn‘t the best romance I‘ve ever read, but #representationmatters 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Texreader I had my first surgery 4 yrs ago, but my hysterectomy last April was a game changer! It‘s not a cure, but I have been symptom free ever since. Hormones worked for a while, but not always. When Endo lesions appeared on my bladder last year was the worst. 🤞🤞 that never comes back. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Owlizabeth Thanks! I‘ll check it out 3w
Megabooks I‘m so sorry!! 💞💞 I wasn‘t happy for her having it but it was good when Lena Dunham stepped forward and talked about how difficult it was for her work and have endo. Then took self care time at the height of her fame. One of my vet school classmates had it. It‘s terrible when people don‘t understand that it‘s not a typical period day(s). 3w
Scochrane26 My mom thinks I may have endo. I‘ve always had horrible periods-irregular, horrible cramps, vomiting. I don‘t have the in-between pain though. I‘ve been on the pill for many years, & my dr told me that it‘s not worth going through the test for it unless I‘m trying to get pregnant. (edited) 3w
Texreader @4thhouseontheleft Yes those lesions really messed up my mom and my sister. It‘s so so horrible. And painful. I was so fortunate my case was so mild. But I remember going to work, closing the door, and doubling over in pain. And that was the “mild” case. You really went through hell. 3w
Butterfinger I hate that it is an illness that still can't be discussed in the open. I also had my dealings with it and I have suffered with menopause symptoms for the last 3 years and my obgyn will not take me seriously. I'm 44. I'm severely anemic because of it. Definitely stacking. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Scochrane26 It‘s really up to each person. The pill helped for many years, until, suddenly it didn‘t. And then, after my first surgery, I was good for about 2 years on the pill until break through pain started back up. 💞 (edited) 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Butterfinger 💞💞 It is becoming less taboo, but we still have a ways to go. 3w
BookwormM My cousin suffers horrendously with this she is only 25 and they have told her she needs a hysterectomy sooner rather than later 3w
4thhouseontheleft @BookwormM I'm sorry to hear that. A hysterectomy is not a cure for endometriosis, not everyone ends up symptom free afterwards. It did help me though, hopefully long-term (it will be 1 yr in April). I hope she has an endo specialist in her area! 3w
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Boring, slow

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My over ambitious #jantbr! Not pictured: the first Estranged volume (ebook) and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (too lazy to haul it upstairs for the photo 😂), plus a few holds not in from the library yet.

Educated, Boy Snow Bird, and Estranged are from @MeganAnn ‘s #newyearwhodis list. Still waiting on Burial Rites, and Red White and Royal Blue from the library.

TheNerdyProfessor I LOVED Conversations with Friends! 4w
BrittanyReads Great choices!!! 4w
SexyCajun Wait Queen of Nothing is out?!?! 4w
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NovelGirl82 Evelyn Hugo is one of my faves! 4w
MeganAnn Evelyn Hugo is on my TBR list as well. I look forward to seeing your thoughts on the others! Happy new year 🎉 4w
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I‘m such a nerd, I love these stats! Fun to see them.

Not really a surprise that this #starslut has a 4.2 average rating!
One thing that really surprised me... I hadn‘t realized that my favorite fiction read of the year, was also my first read of the year! (tagged) It makes it sound like it was all downhill from there, but it really didn‘t feel like it!
And I definitely have #pagecountphobia so my longest read was not super long.

Lindy Yay for stats nerds from another star slut. I see nothing wrong with loving the books you read. 🤓⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4w
Caroline2 I love looking at the stats at the end of the end too! So satisfying and interesting. 👍 4w
Andrew65 That makes me a nerd too. 😂 4w
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LeahBergen My average rating was 4.2, as well. 😆 (edited) 4w
squirrelbrain I love these stats too @Caroline2! Great reading year Karen! 4w
CaroPi I have an excel file tracking my reading starting 2013. The goodreads one looks nicer but the geek in me needs more stats.... Country, gender, format..... But is impressive how much you accomplish this year. I hope I manage to finish one more book tomorrow. 4w
KarenUK @caropi I love an excel spreadsheet too! 🤓💕📚 4w
Andrew65 @KarenUK @CaroPi You can‘t beat an Excel Spreadsheet! 4w
marleed I love seeing these stats! 4w
Lindy I‘ve just discovered that my average rating is also 4.2 stars. 😁 @LeahBergen (edited) 4w
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I‘m calling it! #19in2019
I‘m only going to finish 1 more this yr, and it‘s not going to make the cut.
I read a lot of 20thC ‘classics‘ this year, and lots made my list (thank you @britt_brooke for putting Franny & Zooey on my radar😘)
I also have 3 non-fic which is definitely not how it usually goes for me!
My MVP was definitely Sally Rooney. Never thought I‘d have 2 books by the same author on my list, but her writing really speaks to me..💕

Megabooks Great choices!! 4w
Leftcoastzen Franny & Zooey ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
britt_brooke So happy you loved Franny and Zooey! 💚 Great picks here. I need to start thinking about my top reads of the year. 4w
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Cinfhen Lovely list!! I‘m still trying to determine my last 2 spots😁 4w
BarbaraBB I love this list! Franny and Zooey, The Standing Chandelier, The English Patient and of course the ones we share, wow 🤩 4w
LeahBergen My Family and Other Animals! The English Patient! ❤️❤️ 4w
youneverarrived Great picks ❤️ 4w
TrishB Some good ones there! 4w
HOTPock3tt White Oleander is one of my fave books of all time ♥️🙌🏽🎉 4w
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Frances makes a lot of poor choices and is terribly unaware of how people perceive her and she is cut off from herself but she felt honest and I could understand her. I thought the book was going to end very badly for her and while her problems only increase throughout the book, the book is somehow hopeful.

bernadette On reflection, although I also really liked Normal People, I like this one better. Marianne and Connell's poor communication skills really irked me in Normal People. I found Frances much more understandable and although her choices are pretty poor at times, she grew. 4w
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With the end of the year approaching, I thought it‘s about time to start up the hashtag #19in2019 again, a few years ago introduced by @Cinfhen of course 💜.

These are my 19 favorite reads this year. It was hard to narrow it down, I‘ve read so many good ones in 2019. Thanks to the challenges and this great community! 💕

merelybookish Fun to see your picks! And two #nyrbbookclub picks I see. 🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish Yes, Our #nyrbbookclub definitely adds to my favorite reads, some others we‘ve read are among my favorites as well. Will you post your #19in2019 too? Looking forward to it 😘 1mo
TrishB Will have a think over the weekend! 1mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes, I'd like to. May have to wait till I get home from holidays! Plus, still hoping to squeeze in a few more books! 😁 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure I‘m ready to call my #19In2019 just yet 😉 1mo
Cinfhen Need to get my iPad so I can see all the awesome titles 😜 1mo
youneverarrived I‘ve not read a lot of these! What is the Persephone book? Those two from our book club will be in mine too. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think I am. Just finished Girl Woman Other, I waited until now, but it didn‘t make it to the best 19 for me! 1mo
Cinfhen Too bad, but others felt similar to you about Girl including @GuiltyFeat who also loved and named this book his favorite of the year 👉🏽 (edited) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love seeing your list! I‘ve only read two and have one on my shelves. 1mo
CarolynM Love this idea. I'll have to give it some thought. 1mo
batsy Fantastic selection! I love it ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived Thanks I‘ve stacked it 👍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @GuiltyFeat That one Made it to my list as well. Such a great read! 1mo
Kalalalatja I had to screen shot it, so many books I haven‘t read! 📚 #TBRexplosion! 1mo
Megabooks Excellent choices!! 1mo
LeahBergen Yay for our #NYRBBookClub! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Liz_M @youneverarrived Thanks! I was also going to ask about the one title I couldn't make out, but didn't recognize the publisher's aesthetic (although I am aware of their quality books!) 🤗 1mo
GuiltyFeat @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen and I just finished On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous which has claimed joint best read of the year in its dying moments. 1mo
BarbaraBB @GuiltyFeat oh I loved that one too 💜 1mo
Cinfhen Perfect choice @GuiltyFeat I think you‘re going to like this one too although it‘s not quite as good as the other two👉🏽 1mo
Cinfhen I just saw they are making a film of 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @GuiltyFeat Red at the Bone was fantastic imo! And I love that All the Rivers will be a film. I didn‘t realize it was such a successful novel, I loved it but haven‘t heard or read much about it. 1mo
KarenUK We match 3 I think... 👯‍♀️... I‘m just about ready to call my #19in2019 .... this is my 4th year of doing this on Litsy... why does it get harder every year, even though we get one extra book!? @cinfhen @barbarabb (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK Three indeed but among yours are some that made my list in earlier years 😀 4w
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Just started. Lately I haven‘t liked a lot of novels about young detached 20 somethings - there was that book about a rich girl in Manhattan trying to exist on prescription meds for a year - but this narrator seems honest and messed up and somehow relatable despite her questionable decisions. And the friendship between Bobbi and Frances feels real.

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#LMPBC Round 7 - #GroupL
@suvata @sprainedbrain @Chili @thebluestocking

Saving my review for the group book ... If you're lucky enough to be a member, you can read it there.

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#Friyayintro @4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads
- My favorite fiction read this year... I loved both novels by Sally Rooney...💕
- Not much ‘cozy‘ reading here in SoFlo but I love to read in the yard, with my old dog playing at my feet 😍🐶
- B&N retail craziness (I don‘t think customers realize how it feels when you help them find the perfect book/ gift and then they say this, right to your face!)
- Yoda I guess🤷‍♀️

DGRachel I can't imagine having the nerve to say something like that to a bookseller's face. Mind you, I can't imagine asking someone for help in a brick & mortar store and then ordering the item on Amazon... 1mo
KarenUK @DGRachel it honestly happens to me multiple times of day.... you spend time finding the perfect book for someone, and they order it on their phone in front of your face! 1mo
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I know why people don‘t like this book (unlikeable characters, so many poor decisions, no quotation marks, etc.) but I loved the honesty of it and felt like I deeply understood these characters, even though they are very different from me.

BittersweetBooks I loved it too, it was raw and real 1mo
Thousand-Lives @BittersweetBooks Yes! What a perfect way to put it. 1mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t care for her most recent book but I want to try this one. 3w
Thousand-Lives @Reviewsbylola Her style is similar in both books. I liked them both, but prefer the tagged book over Normal People. Hope you enjoy this one 🤞 3w
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I have a grumpy two year old who doesn‘t want to nap. Afternoon reading made possible by Daniel Tiger‘s Neighborhood 👍

Eggs I can relate ... 1mo
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"Do you ever feel like you don't know what you're doing with your life? I said."

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Litsy Markup Postal Book Club

#LMPBC Round 7 - #GroupL
@suvata @sprainedbrain @Chili @thebluestocking

I received this along with some charming bookmarks. Will pass it on by the end of the month.

thebluestocking I‘m glad you got it okay. 💙 2mo
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Sally Rooney has a way of exploring character deeply. The characters in this book are not essentially unlikable or likable but rather human. Very human. I love Rooney‘s sparse but poetic writing. And I liked the exploration of the different conversations we have and what affect those have on our relationships and lives.

Freespirit This one has been on my TBR list since it came out. Hopefully in 2020! 2mo
thebluestocking @Freespirit it‘s hard to read all the things, right? 💙💙 2mo
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This book is headed your way today, @suvata! I ended up quite liking it.

#lmpbc #groupl @Chili @sprainedbrain

Anna from Gustine

I was entertained and kept reading, even though I couldn't always relate to the situations and characters. I finally connected with the main character, 21-year-old Frances, in the last third of the book. She finally “grew up“ due to life circumstances that were beyond her control. She had a journey from someone who didn't want to have feelings to someone who finally admitted she felt love for others in her life. That worked for me. 😊

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1mo
Anna from Gustine Thank you for the kind words! 😃 1mo
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"Everyone's always going through something, aren't they? That's life, basically. It's just more and more things to go through."

I went into this knowing it would be good, but with the assumption that it couldn't possibly be as good as Normal People. Yeah, well, I was wrong. Rooney tapped right into my heart again. ??

readordierachel ... I feel like I know these people. I saw a bit of myself in Frances, in her insecurities and misguided self-protection. And Bobbi reminded me so much of a dear friend of mine it was uncanny at times. I loved this and I am very sad that I am out of Sally Rooney books to read. 3mo
vivastory Okay, I just googled Rooney's age...holy shit, wunderkind much?!! 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Right?? Between her and Oyeyemi (first book at 19!!!) I'm questioning all my life choices. Both geniuses. 3mo
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saresmoore Questioning my life choices is exactly my reaction, too. Clearly I‘ve failed at life already. 😅 3mo
vivastory @readordierachel @saresmoore I like to think of myself as more of a Penelope Fitzgerald 😂 3mo
merelybookish Oh, I want to read this! And glad to hear it's as good as NP. But I don't want to be out of Sally Rooney books! It's a struggle. (And add Zadie Smith to your list of annoying #earlybloomers. 🙂) 3mo
merelybookish @vivastory Exactly Penelope Fitzgerald - the house boat 😆 3mo
batsy @merelybookish I don't want to run out of Sally Rooney books, too! 3mo
batsy Tell me all the stories about the #latebloomers and let us never speak of #earlybloomers again 😂 Lovely review, Rachel! 3mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Yes, can't forget Zadie! 😆 That reminds me I must check where I'm at in the hold list for her latest. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Never again 😂😂 3mo
Centique @vivastory I love this “think of myself as a Penelope Fitzgerald” 🙌🙌 You cracked me up! Plus I just started reading a Penelope Fitzgerald today. @batsy @saresmoore @readordierachel We‘re not late bloomers, we‘re graceful, thoughtful #Penelopes 3mo
readordierachel @Centique I like the way you think. #Penelopes 😁💕 3mo
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I know there's a lot to say about this book, but really, what's up with the lack of quotation marks for any of the conversations between characters?? Did this throw off anyone else?

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"Outside the kitchen window the leaves dripped rain like squares of watered silk."

I'm gonna be really sad when I'm out of Sally Rooney to read.

batsy Yup! I haven't read this one yet but I loved Normal People and it also kind of lowkey wrecked me, so I'm "saving" this... ? 3mo
BarbaraBB Loved this one so much! 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes I loved them both ... I hope she is busy writing a new one 3mo
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Reggie The last sentence in this one always riles me up!!! 3mo
readordierachel @batsy I know what you mean 😭 I just finished this one and I didn't think it was possible, but she gutted me again. She's so good. You're in for another good read when you're emotionally ready 🙂 3mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB just finished and I did too!! 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Me too. I want to send her a letter and ask her to hurry up, please 🙂 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie I didn't see that coming! But at the same time, it makes sense. People are messy and do messy things. I really loved this. 3mo
Reggie The heart wants what the heart wants!!!!! Lol. 3mo
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I liked Normal People quite a bit, so here's hoping this one is as good.

BarbaraBB It‘s better - I think! 3mo
Aimeesue @BarbaraBB That's good to hear! 3mo
readordierachel I am about halfway through this and LOVING it. 3mo
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Ok, maybe I'm being too nitpicky here. I just started this book and the top margins are so much smaller than the bottom margins. It looks so odd to me! Is this a mistake or is this intentional? Would this bother you or am I being ridiculous? People who've read this book in paperback: did your copy look like this?

vivastory That always bugs me. 3mo
Megabooks I have the hardcover and no. 3mo
GingerAntics To that extreme, it is odd. I‘ve had books that were slightly different because of page numbers, but that is off putting. 3mo
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Tanisha_A It does look weird. 🙄 I have it on Kindle, but i think i saw one in a bookstore, and no, it wasn't like that. 3mo
batsy Oh! That would bother me too! 😣 3mo
CoffeeCatsBooks That would annoy me too, especially the top margin. 3mo
Redwritinghood Weird! That would bug me too. 3mo
MeganAnn That would drive me crazy also! Maybe your copy was cut wrong? 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory @Megabooks @GingerAntics @Tanisha_A @batsy @CoffeeCatsBooks @Redwritinghood Phew. Ok, I'm glad it's not just me! I was worried I was being too precious about it 😅 3mo
readordierachel @MeganAnn I had the same thought! 3mo
GingerAntics Oh no, it‘s weird. It‘s even a little distracting. Don‘t make the author work harder for readers‘ attention people!!! 3mo
readordierachel @GingerAntics it is! I keep noticing it. 3mo
GingerAntics I want to shift the WHOLE thing (numbers and all) down. 3mo
Centique I think it‘s weird too. I used to work with graphic designers and had to manage proportions of white space around logos etc so this would bug me like mad! 😂🧐 3mo
readordierachel @Centique Yes! My mom is a graphic designer and always goes on about white space, haha. I'm thinking @MeganAnn is right and it was cut wrong. It's a library copy, so maybe the publisher was like "here, you take the janky one 3mo
MeganAnn @readordierachel @Centique I‘m a graphic designer and I‘m always going on about white space too 😂 I used to work at a print shop and sometimes the paper would shift while printing or cutting and they would have to redo a section that was cut wrong. I imagine that happens less at a big publisher, but it‘s still possible. Drives me nuts if I I have to read it though! 3mo
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On a bit of a sally Rooney kick. I liked this one a little less then normal people. It hit a lot of the same notes, but with less success. Still, a great story with interesting relationships and people.

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Frances and Bobbi, 20-something poets and friends with a history, form a strange bond with a mesmerizing but unhappy older married couple.

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Book 52/55

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The Audible sale this week is sooo good! I bought these two for a total of less than Qa!

New books go on sale everyday until Saturday. ?

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Pulling my best Belle impression and reading while walking 😆 This book is excellent so far (I also enjoyed Normal People).

#bfc #gobletoffitness

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This "coming of age" book is full of raw vulnerability and ideas. I liked the style Rooney uses presenting Frances' constant musings and self-analysis as she grapples with her emotions and coming to terms with relationships and with life and basically tries to figure out who she is.

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Seems like Im getting a short story fleshed out into a novel with this book. But I love Frances‘ musings at times and am overall enjoying the story (and even the “white people problems” characters).

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This is a book about a 21-year-old who doesn‘t know her own worth and accepts a love she doesn‘t deserve from an older, married man. It mainly tells the story about her relationships with her best friend (previously ex-girlfriend) and the married man she is having an affair with. The book develops the characters beautifully, and was hard to put down. I found the “ending” was a bit frustrating because it romanticises self-destructive behaviour.

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This book is like an easy job somewhere you know you won‘t last long at and that won‘t ultimately matter much. You know they have issues and are run badly but you still enjoy going to work and are paid for having fun and there‘s some definite perks.

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“I told no one, I had no one to tell.”

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One of the only books I recognized in this bookstore in Helsinki, 🇫🇮.

#bookstore #holiday

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Managed 10 books this month
3 🎧 audio
2 🖥 ebooks
5 📚physical books
Fiction: 8
Nonfiction/essays/memoirs: 2
From my shelf: 1
#monthlywrapup #auguststats

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I wasn‘t planning on reading this one because i heard such split reviews: 20somethings loved it, 20+somethings found it annoying. Being in the latter camp (and even older at heart), I stayed away from this until a friend highly recommended it. Turns out, I‘m still close enough to my 20s that I really enjoyed it! It reminded me of one of my close friendships and I felt very connected to the story.

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You know that party that everyone seems to be at and you‘re like, “I‘m not sure I actually want to go - it doesn‘t seem interesting.” But you finally throw on some pants and go and after entering the doorway you GET IT. You now understand why everyone is here. There‘s a sparkly unicorn in the corner. It is magical. Well I‘ve finally entered into the Sally Rooney admirers party and I wish I‘d come much sooner. We‘re saving a glittery spot for you.

Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️ Perfect! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Love your review! Glad I showed up too! 5mo
lele1432 Hahaha great review. I have Normal People but have yet to read it. Stacking this one! 5mo
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saresmoore Okay, fine, I‘ll read it! 5mo
Cortg I‘ll have to put some of her books on my TBR! 5mo
Ruthiella Perfect review!😚 5mo
batsy 5 out 5 sparkly unicorns for this review 🦄 I've read and loved Normal People so I'm very much looking forward to this! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! I love your review! 😘 Okay, I‘ll come to the party. 5mo
Kalalalatja Perfect review 🦄 5mo
sudi I haven't read this one yet, but i did read Normal People and loved it 😊 5mo
Suet624 @sudi I was going to write exactly the same thing! 5mo
KarenUK I knew you‘d love it.... 😊💕....I‘m totally fangirling over Rooney! 😍 (edited) 5mo
LauraBeth @karenuk I absolutely LOVED it!!
LauraBeth @leftcoastzen I'm sad that I sat out the party for so long! 5mo
LauraBeth @lele1432 I can't wait to read Normal People now! 5mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore She's such a great writer! 5mo
LauraBeth @cortg she's an amazing writer! Someone from NPR had said that if she wrote bath mats, they'd read them and now I understand what they meant by that! 5mo
LauraBeth @batsy I can't wait to read Normal People now! 5mo
LauraBeth @erzascarletbookgasm you'll be glad you showed up! I promise! 5mo
LauraBeth @sudi and @suet624I still need to read Normal People! (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB Happy you liked it. One of this year‘s favorites for me. ❤️ 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you showed up to the party/ but personally I found this book overrated 😘😘 5mo
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Morning reading. Also - if you have never had the pleasure of being owned by an orange tabby cat - you should fix that ASAP.

OriginalCyn620 So cute! 😂🐱❤️ 5mo
Mynameisacolour Aww what a darling! And I couldn't agree more, currently I'm owned by two. 😻😻 5mo
Jennick2004 He‘s super adorable! I am owned by a yellow lab, chocolate lab, calico, and tortie lol! 5mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto Love. We want an orange tabby. ❤️ 5mo
ju.ca.no Oh my, what a cutie😍 5mo
Elizabeth2 I used to be owned by an orange tabby. His name was Dodger and he was the best! ❤️😍 5mo
8little_paws Oh so cute!!!! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So pretty! 5mo
AmyG Awwwww ❤️ 5mo
Lcsmcat Those paws! ❤️😻 5mo
Gina Best view ever! 5mo
Tamra Cutie! 5mo
saresmoore Stop making me want more kitties! 5mo
JenReadsAlot Cuteness!! 5mo
tournevis Orange cats are the best 5mo
LeahBergen Those big paws! 🧡🧡 5mo
TNbookworm 😻 5mo
kathedron I was owned by an orange cat when I was a kid. He was a sweetie one minute and a ferocious terror the next. Still miss him! 🙀 5mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore Maybe your Joy needs a friend named Love or Peace ❤️ I have Faith covered (Bitsy‘s actual name). 5mo
LauraBeth @Mynameisacolour double the love! 🧡🧡 5mo
LauraBeth @Jennick2004 that is a perfect combination! 😻😻🐶🐶 5mo
LauraBeth @OriginalCyn620 thanks! 😽 5mo
LauraBeth @Ashley_Nicoletto Get one! He‘s the sweetest cat I‘ve ever had! 😺 5mo
LauraBeth @ju.ca.no thanks! 😽 5mo
LauraBeth @elizabeth2 I was unaware of this magical orange tabby goodness until recently! It's like it's a secret to everyone except to those who have had one. 😸 5mo
LauraBeth @8little_paw thanks! 😻 5mo
LauraBeth @amyg 😽 5mo
LauraBeth @Lcsmcat they‘re big! 😺 5mo
LauraBeth @Gina it‘s my favorite way to start the day! 😻 5mo
LauraBeth @Tamra thanks! 😽 5mo
LauraBeth @JenReadsAlot thanks! 😽 5mo
LauraBeth @tournevis I wish I was clued into this mystery much earlier in my life! 😺 5mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen well he is the BFG! 😹 5mo
LauraBeth @kathedron I love the Jekyll and Hyde in cats 😹😇😈 5mo
tournevis @LauraBeth It's still a well garded secret. 5mo
auntie_jenn big orange boys are the best 🧡 5mo
LauraBeth @auntie_jenn OMG - I did not know this secret!! 5mo
rubyslippersreads I have a lovely orange tabby niece. 😸 5mo
UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 5mo
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I just picked this up from the library and read the first chapter. Don‘t know if I‘ll like it yet but I can already tell it will be a quick read. I admit FOMO is making me read it! 😁

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There is something so intimate about Sally Rooney‘s writing. The perspective she offers to the reader has a real voyeuristic quality like you‘re seeing parts of the characters‘ lives that only they should know. I think I shall read everything she publishes.

Leftcoastzen Nice review! Totally agree. 5mo
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Breakfast with friends. If there‘s one thing Sally Rooney does amazingly well its writing the awkward moments. It‘s cringe-worthy but fabulous.

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Trying to make time to read more! #newbaby #noreading

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I guess I like them complicated.I really like that the characters are not very likable.A great psychological portrait of all involved told from the POV of Frances , one of the younger adults .There is an arrogance of youth sometimes that you can get away with inappropriate things with no damage done.When Frances turns to the Gospels it reminds me of Franny (Franny &Zooey) repeating the Jesus Prayer.Made me think of early Rick Moody too.

merelybookish Having loved Normal People, I've.really wanted to read this one! 6mo
Leftcoastzen @merelybookish I‘ve got to get to that one myself. 6mo
Reggie The last sentence in this book always revs me up when I think about it. In a good way. 6mo
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Officially in love with Sally Rooney. After reading and loving Normal People, I was eager to pick up Conversations with Friends.. it didn‘t disappoint! While not as good (it‘s clear Rooney has honed her skills and upped her game), it was still devastatingly brilliant. It was such an unconventional coming of age novel (can I even call it that?), and I devoured it. Stunning debut.

Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️. Me too. 6mo
Joanne1 I felt the same. Brilliant. 5mo
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“You live through certain things before you understand them.” This line sums up the floundering characters. Their behaviour reminded me uncomfortably of my own floundering in my early twenties, so much so that I nearly bailed. I‘m glad I stuck with it because in the end I appreciated the author‘s psychological insights.
Reactions to the ending at book club:
Sad ending x 2
Happy ending x 2
Neither, just relieved to be done x 2
What did you think?

TrishB Relieved to be done. So so for me and nearly bailed. I have Normal People on the pile but think it‘s more of the same so haven‘t attempted yet. 6mo
TheEllieMo Relieved to be done. This book was not for me 6mo
Lindy @TrishB I liked Normal People better than Conversations with Friends. Don‘t bury it too deeply. 😊 (edited) 6mo
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TrishB One day..... 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I much preferred Normal People... ( loved it ) I found it very hard to put down. .... Convversations I could take or leave 6mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts 👯‍♂️ 6mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts you two may have pushed up the pile a bit 😘 6mo
Lindy @TrishB 😇 6mo
CarolynM Like @Cathythoughts I wasn't sold on this one. I wouldn't have read Normal People if it hadn't been for my IRL book group. I liked NP a lot. I thought it dealt with the themes more successfully @TrishB (edited) 6mo
Lindy @CarolynM 👍 6mo
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