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b.olsenboblitt

b.olsenboblitt

Joined June 2016

wife, mom, knitter, speech language pathologist, and book-reading-fool (IG: @yarnbob)
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I LOVED IT. A perfect, quick summer read.

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Mehso-so

A bit self-congratulatory, but who can blame a guy who is responsible for helping catch serial killers?

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I‘m a big fan of W. Kumau Bell. I listened to this book over a few days, and it was really enjoyable. I wasn‘t expecting as much of a memoir/autobiography as it was, but it was entertaining and interesting. He has a more unique story and point of view than most comics who‘ve written books, and it was definitely worth the listen.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
Mehso-so

I picked this back up, after putting it down for a while, earlier this week. It didn‘t really suck me in until about halfway through. The main character was damaged, but in all the wrong ways. There were a few too many twists, which made the book drag on a little toward the end. In all: perfectly readable, but not life-changing.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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This book was incredibly gripping for me. It is not often that I binge on a book like I did with this one. I started it on an airplane on Wednesday night and was done by Friday morning. I lost my mother to cancer in my 30s, but I still see so many parallels in my relationships with my parents, so it felt very personal. Definite trigger warnings for some difficult topics, but so worth the read.

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This was a great before-bed read. I read an essay or two a night and made my way through the book over a few weeks. The collection featured a lot of stories that echoed my own experiences, so it really resonated with me. My knitting journey was and is closely tied to the loss of my mom, and it was so helpful to know that I am not alone in my experience.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I absolutely loved this book. The author's storytelling was remarkable. Even though there were some characters you wanted to spend more time with, I wasn't left wanting or wondering about any of them because it picked up in the future generations. These stories came together beautifully into a thought provoking and emotional narrative that has left me almost speechless.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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I just finished the audiobook. The narrator's voice is gorgeous. It is a bit of a slow moving book, and I even took a break from it for several days. The end does suck you in, but you have to wait a while before you get to the good stuff.

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I See You | Clare Mackintosh
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This book had great twists and turns up until the end. The plot was unique and the characters pretty well-rounded. Definitely worth the read/listen!

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I listened to the whole book in one day! If you're a fan of the movie, it is definitely worth the time reading/listening.

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A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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Wow! This was an amazing, poignant, and beautifully told story. The audio version was very well-done.

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Mehso-so

This ranks among the palatable celebrity memoirs. I totally sympathized with the awkward teenage moments, and I love that she's such an advocate for talking about mental health. Some of it was a little disconnected, but I enjoyed the listen.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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I think I'd rate this between a pick and a so-so. I loved the multiple perspectives and the less-than-perfect depiction of life in America. Some of the plot elements bothered me and didn't seem to fit, and it seemed to go on longer than it needed to. But, overall, it was a worthwhile listen/read.

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Trapped Girl | Robert Dugoni
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I've really enjoyed this series, and this book did not disappoint. Some great twists and turns made it hard to put down.

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I listened to the audiobook version of this book. The story was unique and well-told. It was definitely worth the listen.

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Just started listening to this on the long commute this morning. I'm taking a trip soon, so any #audiobook #recommendations are totally welcomed! #overdrive #audiobookrecommendations

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In the Clearing | Robert Dugoni
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This series has definitely sucked me in. This one is not my favorite of the ones I've read, but it was quick and enjoyable.

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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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This book needs to come with all of the trigger warnings. It was really hard to listen to certain parts. I wasn't quite sure what I'd gotten myself into, especially after the first half, but it was worth a read/listen.

Reviewsbylola It definitely deals with some heavy stuff. 6y
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Her Final Breath | Robert Dugoni
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By no means fine literature, but a definite page-turner. As someone who lives in the PNW, it is fun to read a detective series that is set here, too. This series of books is definitely a bit addictive.

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Adding some books on #feminism to my #tbr. Anyone have other suggestions?

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I listened to this on audio. Trevor Noah has a beautiful voice, and like most other celebrity memoirs, I think this is the best way to enjoy this book. I appreciated the historical context he provided. It is funny and personal, and it's pretty much everything you want in a book written by a celebrity.

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My Sister's Grave | Robert Dugoni
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This book was a super quick read. The story read like my favorite crime TV shows, which is pretty perfect. Some of the twists and turns were predictable, but enjoyable, nonetheless.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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I just became infinitely more well-prepared for the storm that's hitting the PNW this weekend. #bookofthemonth

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Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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Stories about damaged women delving into the depths and daemons of their pasts are not quite my thing. So, this book didn't really grab me from the beginning. I stuck with it because the Pacific Northwest plays such a big part in the story, and I enjoyed that element. The ending was extremely unsatisfying and a bit abrupt, so nothing really got tied up.

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I listened to this between a few long commutes. Leah Remini definitely has an interesting story to tell, so it is a celebrity memoir with some substance rather than just a bunch of anecdotes about a pretty normal upbringing. I didn't know much about Scientology before reading this, so it was also interesting for that reason too.

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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I'm speechless. Usually I can see where a story is going, but this one kept me guessing until the end. I didn't think I'd like the structure of the book (it is told in reverse over about 2 weeks), but the author made it work pretty seamlessly.

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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I wish I could just spend all day reading this book! It has totally sucked me in!

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The Wolf Road | Beth Lewis
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The vernacular took getting used to, but it really added to the story. The main character is flawed, but incredibly likable. It has all the elements that make a book a good read.

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The Wolf Road | Beth Lewis
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I love those moments in books that fill you with hope for the character and dread at the same time....

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My daughter has a talent for scoping out the best spots to read pretty much anywhere she goes. ☺️📖

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
Mehso-so

It was quick and engaging, but it left me feeling a bit dissatisfied at the end.

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The best way to start the week and the month: choosing my Book of the Month book!

Liberty Yay, #BOTM! 6y
BookBabe Yay! 6y
Reviewsbylola I agree, I love the 1st of the month! Circling the Sun is phenomenal. 6y
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Wow. The themes explored in this book are quite timely, and it's very thought provoking. I enjoyed that the book takes place over a short timeframe and explores different perspectives. If you want a historically accurate book about the protests, however, I wouldn't go to this book as a resource. It is fiction, and it explores broader themes and the characters more than the specifics about the political reasons behind the protests.

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As I do with most celebrity memoirs, I went in with low expectations and decided to listen to the audiobook. I was pleasantly surprised by Mindy Kaling's book; it was funny, smart, and not too long.

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How is it that I just discovered the Overdrive app?! Library books are so much easier to browse now. And audiobooks are easier to listen to also 🙂

BookBabe I haven't discovered it yet. Guess I need to get on that! 6y
b.olsenboblitt @BookBabe If you like to get audiobooks and listen on your phone, the Overdrive app makes listening much easier. Browsing is a bit easier too 🙂 6y
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I heard about this on All the Books this morning and got super excited. Then I find 32 people ahead of me on the list! It's going to be a loooong wait.

BookBabe Yes! Me too. I just bought a copy! 6y
b.olsenboblitt @BookBabe I might have to breakdown and buy it... 6y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Woohoo! My first Book of the Month arrived today!

MrBook How does it feel?! ...I want to know because I've never had that experience yet 😕 *shoves hands deep in pockets and kicks at some gravel* 6y
jessberk13 I ❤️BOTM... It's pure joy 6y
b.olsenboblitt @MrBook It can only be described as bliss 😉 6y
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My Friday night: knitting and reading on my new Kindle (thanks Prime Day!)

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This book was pretty well-done. I liked that it wasn't a traditional celebrity, "look how great I am," memoir. Aziz's humor and voice came across clearly, though. It made me appreciate having met my husband before online dating took off too. Modern romance is complicated for sure...

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Grave Suspicion | Aaron Mahnke

Sometimes when I finish and audiobook, I feel like I'm cheating when I say that I've "read it." Does anyone else ever feel that way?

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Grave Suspicion | Aaron Mahnke
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I just finished listening to the Audible version of this book. The plot was pretty unique and engaging. I really enjoyed it!

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Grace | Natashia Deon
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This book is beautifully written and totally gripping. It is definitely worth a read.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Pretty darn excited about signing up for Book of the Month!

LiteraryinLawrence I signed up for BOTM for the first time this month too! It was really exciting to get the first box (I chose Missing, Presumed). Hope you like yours! 6y
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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The is the first book by Gillian Flynn that I've read. It was definitely a page-turner. Some parts of the story were a little over-the-top, but it was quick and worth the read.

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Why does it seem that all of my library holds come through at the same time? I have these two and one more!

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Grave Suspicion | Aaron Mahnke
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My podcasts aren't loading, so I'm taking it as a sign to start a new audiobook.

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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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Knitting and a good book -- not really bothered by my longer than usual ferry wait.

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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This is a book I would recommend listening to over reading. I checked out the book from the library, and it was hard to make it past the first few chapters (it was, honestly, a bit whiny). It is much more enjoyable to listen to Amy Poehler read it, since the humor came across so much more clearly.