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Kaarin

Kaarin

Joined October 2020

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Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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Diabolical. I loved it.
I recently rewatched the movie, which made me curious about the book. It doesn‘t disappoint.

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Mehso-so

This book‘s heart is in the right place. But the message is one we‘ve heard many times before. (Did you know that boys & girls are socialized differently?!) The phrase “brave not perfect” is a great rallying cry. But, there isn‘t anything else that is new here.

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Edited: orig had this as “so-so” but ended up using one of the techniques described during a hard conversation. I guess I f‘n learned something.
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There are some good points here and solid explanations. The cursing thing is kind of a schtick. The audio version sounds like it was recorded at her kitchen table.

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This one nearly killed me.

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Panpan

Not for me. I‘ve read other JD Robb that I enjoyed, but didn‘t like this one. Listened to the audiobook which was unintentionally hilarious at times. Chewing the scenery + accents that came in and out.

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Loved it. A man dies in the middle of nowhere and no one understands how or why. The plot starts out so focused and small and then opens up over time to reveal more characters & more complexities. A great slow burn.

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Just getting into this and loving the set up. The premise is like a locked door mystery- except it takes place in Australia‘s outback.

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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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I was in the mood for an interesting mystery and this scratched that itch!

SilversReviews I enjoyed it too!! 😊 2mo
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Open Book | Jessica Simpson
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This one surprised me! Deeper than expected.

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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Clever and nicely paced read.

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Not my usual genre, but what a fun reading experience!

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Evil Under the Sun | Agatha Christie
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Poirot showing self awareness. He explains everything in the last chapter! 😂❤️

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Book Scavenger | Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
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So FREAKIN adorable. Middle grade book but honestly just read it if you are in the mood to be delighted.

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The 5AM Club | Robin Sharma
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Welp. There were some solid points made here and it did have moments of insight. But dear goodness what a mess of a book.

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When The Reckoning Comes | Tanya McQueen
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A punch in the face

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Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in 1926. This story imagines what happened. A well researched book, though at times the author is out to prove it is well researched versus following the best narrative path. But still a fun & interesting read.

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A sweet love story with memorable characters.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Meh. There are some wonderful things about this read - an atmospheric, moody setting; a solid protagonist; it‘s obviously well researched. But the overarching plot I found slightly tedious.

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Moonflower Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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A mystery inside a mystery inside a mystery! It‘s a turducken of mysteries! 🦃

Aims42 “turducken of mysteries” 🤣🤣🤣 Love this! Totally sums up this book 👍🏻 6mo
Ericalambbrown 😂😂😂That‘s fantastic! 6mo
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Book about how authentic communication can connect and free us. A thoughtful read.

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Mehso-so

Loved the premise of literary characters being in the same world. Really didn‘t like where the plot eventually went, tho. But I loved the characters enough that I would definitely try something else by the author.

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The Best of Me | David Sedaris
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Mehso-so

I‘ve always really loved Sedaris but it surprised me how many of these didn‘t age well. 😬😬

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Such good Halloween night reading 🎃🎃🎃

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Fun, fast paced read. I was looking for a spooky story for the last week of October and this definitely did the trick. 👻

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Was reading Ruth Ware on my way to brunch & ended up having this delightful & beautiful breakfast! (Avocado toast topped with flower petals.)

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It‘s a classic for a reason 😁

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I appreciate her candor about living with pain & mental illness.

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A solid mystery.

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I got so much out of this one. It takes complex notions about the brain & trauma and explains it in a conversational way. It‘s kind and encouraging.

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Drakula | Bram Stoker
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What a great reading experience! Because this work is the subject of so much imitation/ parody reading the original text is a hoot. It comes off as camp which I wasn‘t expecting at all. Spooky, weird & surprisingly hilarious.

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Mehso-so

There are some beautiful moments in this book, but I wish it was a bit more instructive

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The Fixer | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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YA thriller. Imagine if Scandal took place in a high school. Completely improbable but what a great read! The author is wonderful at pacing. Had fun with this one.

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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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Fun, classic Christie mystery. Enjoyable!

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I can‘t tell you how much I hated this book. Incredibly gendered. You don‘t want your husband to divorce you because you are making a mess while figuring out how to make your space beautiful AM I RIGHT LADIES? 🙄🙄

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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This one was such a surprise. Not my usual genre but I heard such great reviews that I had to try. Wonderful world building with strong female characters.

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The Searcher | Tana French
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It‘s so slow. I am actually happy with a story where you get lots of info about the town / setting / characters and it builds a world. But this one didn‘t get going until half way through. There are huge chunks that could have been cut.

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Through the Woods | Emily Carroll
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Weird & beautiful

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Through the Woods | Emily Carroll
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“It was a fine, fine night & a good, good walk.”

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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So cute. Perfect for the start of fall. 🍂🍁🎃

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It still holds up! What an ending.

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Agatha Christie being pleased with her own writing is such a mood. 💕💕

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Mehso-so

There are some beautiful, poignant passages in this book. But I didn‘t believe any of the dialogue.

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Adorable cozy mystery. There were some plot holes but I didn‘t even care. Loved the characters and constant talk about food.

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Collection of short stories. The author creates specific, visceral interactions between characters.

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A sweet & funny book from a sweet & funny lady. Especially enjoyed reading about her time on Happy Endings.

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1984 | George Orwell
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I moved a lot when I was younger, so I have some knowledge gaps - including this book! It‘s referenced so frequently I knew a lot about it going in. But, it‘s brutal in a way I wasn‘t expecting, especially because it‘s assigned so frequently to teens. I‘m so glad to have finally read it.

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The Sentence Is Death | Anthony Horowitz
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A fun mystery! Listened to the audiobook and it made cleaning and commuting enjoyable. 🥰

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Creative storytelling format. Funny, devastating in parts. I find myself thinking about it a lot.

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This quote kills me

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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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So bananas 🍌& lots of fun. Modern version of The Bad Seed. I found myself having to put it down for short periods because my heart was racing!

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