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MelindaOtt

MelindaOtt

Joined February 2016

Hiding in the bathroom, stealing time to read
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While I'm a true Pacific Northwesterner, I will admit that there is a corner of my heart that lives in the prairie homeland of my ancestors. Minnesota is the setting of many of my happy memories and I am drawn to books set there. This is a delightful fish-out-of-water book that reminds us that people are good, everywhere.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was a little perplexed when I saw that The Child Hunter had a sequel, but I knew I had to read it. This one wasn't an easy read--you can apply pretty much all the trigger warnings to this book, but it was a beautiful read. Denfield's language is evocative and she can write about even the ugliest things in a way that is still beautiful. My one caveat is that I would definitely recommend reading The Child Finder before this one.

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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Two romance tropes I do not like are the holiday romance and the royal romance. This is both of these and, strangely, I still enjoyed it. It helps that this is more nuanced than the usual Christmas romance. And it probably isn't really a "royal" romance as neither the hero or heroine are royal. I also really enjoyed that the hero and heroine of this book or of a certain age, something I'd like to see more of in romance.

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Last Train to London | Meg Waite Clayton
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WWII novels are a big thing and, honestly, I can get burned out on them. This one, however, really worked for me. The characters are fascinating and the world seemed fresh (even though I‘ve read probably a dozen novels set in the same time period just this year!). This is definitely one I would recommend the next time someone asks for a good historical novel.

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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ll admit that I was wary to pick this one up as I have never read (nor seen) DR ZHIVAGO. But, I gave it a try and am glad that I did. This is a fascinating spy thriller that tells its tale of literary espionage from multiple angles. Centered around 3 strong female characters, it brings the early years of the Cold War to life. Highly recommended!

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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is sort of a book for our times—a #metoo inspired legal thriller. It brought up a lot of issues and treated them with care and respect, but ultimately I found it a tad predictable.

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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I want to thank the book world for giving us Jasmine Guillory. I have loved her previous Wedding Date novels and this one is no exception. In fact, I think this one might be the best, thanks to the nuanced characters. The only thing is that you really do need to read the previous two books first (but they are totally worth it!)

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Fumbled | Alexa Martin
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Tonight ends the long drought of no football (#gopackgo ) and I finished this gem last night! I love football romances and Alexa Martin writes the best ones, and she knows of what she speaks! If you are football fan, this is a fun one for between games (although it may hit a bit close to home for fans of a certain team...) #alexamartin #fumbled #romance #read #recommendedbook

BookNAround My kid wore his Packers shirt today to school to celebrate the first game although he‘s not feeling good about their chance of winning it. 😂 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m sort of a late arrival to the books of Kristan Higgins, but each one I‘ve read so far has been delight and I think this one may be my favorite. It‘s a bittersweet novel about families, secrets, and forgiveness with wonderfully drawn and flawed characters. #kristanhiggins #lifeandotherinconveniences #bookrecommendations #contemporaryfiction #read

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The Chelsea Girls | Fiona Davis
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If I ever took the time to make a list of authors who do not disappoint, Fiona Davis would be on that list. Her latest novel, set during the Red Scare of the 1950s. As always, she creates a world you feel you could walk right in to. In this book, she also crafts a complex female friendship that is one of the best I‘ve read. #fionadavis #thechelseagirls #historicalfiction #read #bookrecommendations #booknerds

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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read a fair number of middle grade books, but usually just to see what my daughter is reading. This is the first MG book I‘ve read before my daughter and I will be handing it off to her as soon as I return from discussing it at my book club. A wonderful historical about a girl who is evacuated during WWII and learns her own value and how to trust others. Definitely a book for everyone, not just middle graders!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ All I can say is that this book was good for my soul. I adored @jryanstradal ‘s first book, KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST, but I think I loved this one even more. I will admit that it hit a lot of personal notes with me, but that was just the icing on the cake. It‘s a family novel that contains a history, but never seems overly epic. And it is the perfect book to read while sitting in the backyard on a summer‘s evening.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I finished this gem (late) last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It‘s a “quiet” character-driven novel about families, past hurts, future consequences, and forgiveness. The writing is amazing and the characters jump off the page. Definitely a recommend!

CBee Almost finished with this one and it‘s incredible!! 3mo
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Fumbled (Playbook, #2) | Alexa Martin
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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A heartbreaking novel about secrets, mothers and daughters, and friendship. Told through the voices of three unique women, this story will bring out all the feels. It covers Germany before and after World War II (although very little about the war itself) and America of the late 80s. While jumping back and forth in time might be off-putting for some readers, I found it an effective storytelling technique. Highly recommended!

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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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I love a rom-commas much as the next gal, but I just couldn‘t handle all the gimmicks in this one.

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I spent half this book thinking, “This is just Sheldon Cooper, If Sheldon were female, British, and pregnant!” But somewhere around the halfway mark, I was sucked in. While there is a romantic element, this is much more about character development and family. It‘s a fun read, even if the first half is a bit of a slog at times.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wowza! It has been quite some time since I read a book that totally sucked me in and kept ahold of me until the last page. This epic cat-and-mouse Nazi chase book is unrelenting and the 500+ pages will fly by, thanks to a cast of thoroughly fascinating characters. Very #highlyrecommended

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wowza! It has been quite some time since I read a book that totally sucked me in and kept ahold of me until the last page. This epic cat-and-mouse Nazi chase book is unrelenting and the 500+ pages will fly by, thanks to a cast of thoroughly fascinating characters. Very #highlyrecommended

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⭐️⭐️ I had high hopes for this one, but hey didn‘t pan out. Lim‘a writing is beautiful and her descriptions of food and place are transformative, but they couldn‘t outweigh the problems. The story lacked direction and too many plot lines were never fully developed and the supernatural element simply didn‘t work. But this book did make me very hungry, so there is that.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s always a delight when a hyped book lives up to the hype! Courtroom dramas usually aren‘t my thing, but this one pulled me in and kept me going all the way to the last page. The story is great, but the characters are fantastic! Definitely a must read!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s always a delight when a hyped book lives up to the hype! Courtroom dramas usually aren‘t my thing, but this one pulled me in and kept me going all the way to the last page. The story is great, but the characters are fantastic! Definitely a must read!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Sonali Dec and she is a must-read author for me. Her first 4 books are among my favorite #romancenovels . Her newest didn‘t quite rise to the same level for me. There was much to like here, but two things brought it down for me. One, it was a little too on-the-nose about being a P&P retelling. Secondly, I felt like it needed a bit more editing. While this one didn‘t blow me away, I will definitely read on in the series.

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I have realized that the mystery novels I like best are the ones where the story is so strong that I don‘t try to figure out whodunnit. THE BETEL NUT TREE MYSTERY definitely fits that bill! It‘s the second novel in the Crown Colony Crime series and I think it is actually better than the first. The heroine is the gem of this novel and I hope to read many, many more of her adventures!

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I think I might know who Dr Covington is based upon...

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while—unfortunately, so did everyone else in my library system. But, I finally got it and it was worth the wait! I will say that it wasn‘t quite what I was expecting after watching the series. It‘s bolder in many ways, and definitely thought provoking. As an essay collection, it‘s good for those who may not have long stretches of time to devote to reading.

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The Body in Question | Jill Ciment
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Everything I had heard about THE BODY IN QUESTION was enthusiastically positive, so I knew I had to check it out. And it was...good. I‘m afraid it might have been a case of too much hype for me. While I enjoyed the story, I ultimately found it unfulfilling. For a short book, I still feel it was worth my time but I can‘t say that it blew me away.

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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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This who know me IRL know that I am not a fan of Pride and Prejudice and can not tolerate P&P retelling. Well, folks, I have found an exception! AYESHA AT LAST is simply delightful. Set in the Muslim community in Toronto, Jalaluddin does an amazing job of bringing new life to a well-worn tale (with a healthy dose of Shakespeare) while weaving in unique cultural details. #highlyrecommended #books #romancenovel #ayeshaatlast #uzmajalaluddin

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The Ninth Hour | Alice McDermott
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Sometimes a book falls into your hands that you had never heard of before, but you quickly realize belongs in your wheelhouse. Are you a fan of Call the Midwife? If so, this book may belong on your wheelhouse, too! Think of it as an American, slightly grittier version of Call the Midwife. It will hit all the same buttons and, if you are like me, you will find yourself reading it at 1am. Also, I think a nap may be in my future today...

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This was going to be one heck of a #bookclub discussion. But, my book club meeting fell on the same night of the 2nd round of debates. I missed it, but did read the book and now I know more about penile implants than I ever imagined.

This sounds scandalous, but it is actually far more informative and entertaining than scintillating. This was my first Roach book and I‘m sure it won‘t be my last. Should go for death or the digestive system next...

Megabooks This is my favorite! I‘ve read Gulp, Packing for Mars, and Stiff as well. 5mo
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A Distant Heart | Sonali Dev
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I‘m not reading this yet, but I‘ve chosen A Distant Heart by @sonali.dev to be my first book of 2018 (and, man, it is going to be hard to wait until the first to start this one!)
#books #firstbookoftheyear #firstbookof2018 #adistantheart #sonalidev #bookworm #booklover #bookblogger

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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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I‘ve heard such great things about this one that it jumped my #TBR queue!

#amreading #currentlyreading #books #booklover #bookworm #youngadultbooks #theupsideofunrequited #beckyalbertalli

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I just received this delightful piece of #bookmail . A historical thriller? Yes, please! But @atriabooks screwed up my picture with that big orange sticker (you should have stuck it on the back!) #books #newrelease #thriller #historicalfiction #DangerousCrossing #RachelRhys

Icewineanne Received an advance copy too & the publisher put their sticker in the upper right of the cover.....🙄 2y
Icewineanne ...don‘t get me wrong....love the chance to be an early reader but i also enjoy looking at a “clean” cover while perusing 😉 2y
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A Piece of the World | Christina Baker Kline
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#currentlyreading although I‘m not currently reading this exact book. I received this book from one of my #postalbookclub groups, however I already had it sitting in my TBR collection on my kindle. Since my wrists are DONE from all the gift wrapping and baking, I opted to read my eBook, but use this print copy for pretty pictures! #books #amreading #historicalfiction #apieceoftheworld #christinabakerkline #bookclub #bookworm #booklover

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The Lucky Ones | Tiffany Reisz
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Today‘s #bookmail looks fascinating. It is set in #oregon which is always a plus in my book. I‘ll be posting my review on 3/7/2018...

#books #tlcbooktours #thriller #newrelease #comingsoon #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookworm #booklover

RadicalReader @MelindaOtt what an awesome sounding novel! I love when books can totally grab you in an instant from just reading their description 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I‘ve heard so many amazing things about #thehateugive that I couldn‘t wait to check it out. Well, then I did have to wait—thanks to all the holds on it, but it is worth it. This is definitely a book everyone should be reading.
#books #currentlyreading #amreading #recommendedreading #angiethomas #bookworm #bookshelf #bookblogger #bookcover #bookstagram

RebelReader This is such an important book! 2y
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The Good Liar | Catherine McKenzie
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Some surprise #bookmail tonight! I really enjoyed some of #catherinemckenzie ‘s previous novels, so I‘m looking forward to this one. This has a 4/3/2018 #publicationdate and I plan to post my review then. Stay tuned!
#thegoodliar #books #bookstagram #bookblogger #booklover #booknerds #bookish

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The Life We Bury | Allen Eskens
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I probably would not have ever picked this book up on my own, but it came to me through one of my postal book clubs and immediately sucked me in. I‘m not far into yet, but I am completely invested in the story already!
#currentlyreading #books #amreading #thriller #postalbookclub #bookclub #bookstagram

Kaye I thought this was really good too. I can‘t remember much about the story now though. Last week when I was at the bookstore, the lady who works there said, i have a book I just finished and I think you‘ll love it ! It was this book. I told her I already read it. (edited) 2y
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I‘ve had this #shortstory collection sitting on my shelf since I picked it up at #wordstockpdx in 2015. I finally started it a few days ago and flew through it. What a fascinating collection! All the stories center around the experience of being a woman and I don‘t think I have ever related to a #shortstorycollection as I did to this one.

#books #recommendedreading #shortstories #NineSimplePatternsForComplicatedWomen #maryrechner

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Stuck waiting for kids without my kindle, so I‘m starting this one on my phone.
#books #amreading #currentlyreading #romancenovel #holidayromance #JillShalvis

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We visited a replica homestead today at the High Desert Museum in Bend and it got me in the mood for a novel about the Oregon Trail. Guess what! There aren‘t that many novels about the Oregon Trail! However, I did have this one sitting on my TBR shelf and thought it would be an excellent time to give it a try. (And please let me know if you can suggest other novels about the Oregon Trail or early settlers in the Oregon Territory!)

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Part Time Cowboy | Maisey Yates
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One hour to home and I‘m starting vacay read number 3. It‘s raining so hard I can‘t see anything outside, so why not? #books #currentlyreading #amreading #romancenovel #PartTimeCowboy #MaiseyYates #CopperRidge

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Candis Terry never disappoints, but I think this one is my fave of the Sunshine Creek series so far. The characters are flawed, intriguing, likable, and believable and I was rooting for them from page 1!

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Catching some reading time in the car while the hubs and kids wage an epic snowball war...

mcipher Oh my goodness! It‘s so early for snow! 2y
MelindaOtt @mcipher I think we were at about 6000ft there, the snow disappeared quickly once we hit lower elevations 2y
mcipher Oh, that makes sense! I forget that people live near real mountains. 😂 2y
MelindaOtt We‘re spending the weekend in Bend, Oregon and this was taken at Newberry Volcanic Monument. We rarely see snow like this where we live 2y
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Road trip reading! I tore through this book and even got a good cry at the end! Highly recommended! #books #amreading #currentlyreading #historicalfiction #tlcbooktours #bookstagram #lastchristmasinparis #hazelgaynor #heatherwebb

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Real Thing | Melissa Foster
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This is my reward for FINALLY finishing “The Underground Railroad.” #books #currentlyreading #amreading #romancenovel #TheRealThing #MelissaFoster

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The Fire by Night: A Novel | Teresa Messineo
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This book did it...it made me cry in public. AND I'M NOT EVEN DONE YET!