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Mad Honey
Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and the bestselling author of She's Not There. Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect lifeliving in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asherwas upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business. Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start. And for a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Then Asher falls for Lily, the new girl in school, and Lily cant help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . . Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didnt acknowledge the flashes of his fathers temper in him, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes hes hidden more than hes shared with her. Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.
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JenReadsAlot
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My #bookspin and #doublespin picks for February @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 55m
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Karons1
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Final January read and a real page turner #Januaryreads #bookbingo #doublespin

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GinaKButler
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Up next on audio! 🎧

#bookspinbingo

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juleskr02
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“I wanted to yell at him, but instead I said nothing: a pretty good strategy for dealing with Dad.”

-Lily, Page 19

this is so me bro lollllll

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Roary47
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5✨I could not put this down! It was so expertly crafted I could not tell it was written by two authors. You go through 2 POVs and after the first couple chapters one character goes forward in time and the other goes backwards. There is a strong LGBTQ+ message in the book which I believe was tastefully done for education and understanding of the individual(s) that are seen. Murder mystery, courtroom scenes, flashbacks, deep family history.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1w
Jerdencon I‘m starting this one tonight! 1w
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Roary47
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Whoa! That‘s a huge piece of evidence. I need a break to wrap my mind around that and what it means in this court case. 🤯

Morton7 Me to 🤯 1w
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candc320
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Even though I just finished the hardcover of this novel not long ago I wanted to listen to the audiobook as well. It was still a really good story - not my favorite Picoult book but still good - but the audiobook didn‘t really add anything in this case. I wasn‘t crazy about the narrators. Still kind of disliked the ending as well. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Marie_G
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I always feel like I learn something in Jodi Picoult books - and this was no exception. I‘ve read negative reviews of this book because it centers around what they call a “hit button topic”, but I am grateful to learn more about what it means to be transgender- and thankful this book was co written with Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman.

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VoraciousReader
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Picked this one up based on the fact that it upset a couple of my library patrons. Color me curious!

actualdisneyprincess I loooove calling people out on why they don‘t like a book when I know the answer is any variation of racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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This was an awesome read! So impressed with the research that had to be accomplished to pull this story together. Educational with plenty of plot twists and just a wonderful story! I would like to write more, but I don‘t want any spoilers for the reader!

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Bookish_Gal
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable that I wanted to determine these twisting mysteries, yet not enough to say it blew me away. This followed Olivia‘s future and Lily‘s past surrounding Asher. Heartbreaking story of love like bees; violent and sweet. Many concepts on abuse and being a female. What compelled me was Olivas past coming to light. My parents do bees, so I enjoyed the honey lingo, facts and recipes. It was not my type of book, though I can appreciate it.
#ouabc

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Bookish_Gal
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There is one type of honey you should avoid at all costs.
Mad honey comes from bees that forage on rhododendron and mountain Laurel, and it‘s full of poisonous grayanotoxins. [….]
The secret weapon of mad honey, of course, is that you expect it to be sweet, not deadly. You‘re deliberately attracted to it. By the time it mess with your head, with your heart, it‘s too late.

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Frasdawg
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My favourite part about working remotely (once a week), is that I get to start my day reading 🥰❤️

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ChantalReads
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Pretty good book. I was surprised by the twists in the story, which is uncommon. The ending was satisfying, and all loose ends were tied up. It's written I'm a nonlinear way - sort of starting from the time of the incident and working it's way outward (both before and after the event) to reveal the details. All in all, clever, well-written, and eye-opening.

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IamIamIam
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A contemporary story for the newer generations, Asher finds his girlfriend dead in her home, triggering all sorts of emotions from all parties involved. Digging into the past, finding out that many things aren't what they seem and finding hope amidst the chaos. Also, I learned an awful lot about beekeeping! Lol
#Bookspin2023 #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Reading Mad Honey was a learning experience and I'm glad I went on the journey. The characters are well-developed, the dialog is good, and the plot held my interest. I've read some criticisms of the use of different speakers and the way the speakers go backwards and forwards in time. It's hard to see how anyone could read this book and not come away with more empathy for people's lives that you may not understand. Book 3/100 of the year.

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IamIamIam
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Got my first #bookspin choices lined up! Pulling double duty with my fiction choice and my FB book club and finally getting All the Light We Cannot See bumped up to the top of the list! I think I made a good choice in being more loose with my list this time around! @TheAromaofBooks

LaraReads Good ones! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Eggs
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Happy Birthday and congratulations on 300K!!!
I would love to have Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult.

#300KBirthdayGiveaway @wanderinglynn

Thanks for the opportunity ❤️💗❤️

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 1mo
Eggs @wanderinglynn ❤️💛❤️ 1mo
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Roary47
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My #BookSpin and #DoublebookSpin books for January. Dice 🎲 seems interested in my #OUABC book I didn‘t finish last year. “Rashomon Gate” by I.J. Parker is on my #SeriesLove2023 list. 🥰💛 @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
Andrew65 Looks like Dice has made the choice! (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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MartinaLove
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4/5 ⭐

Lily was new in town and caught the attention of Asher. Each chapter is from Olivia's, Asher's mother, and Lily. Both having secrets they don't want anybody else to know. One afternoon, Asher visit Lily's and founds her at the bottom of the stairs, dead.
We get to read about the trial and the events that took place before the murder.
I have to admit I didn't see that one coming.

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carlthecattt
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I haven‘t read a book since September. I started a work from home position, and that seems to drain any energy I have. But I received Mad Honey for Christmas from my mom, and it seems to have jump started my passion again.
I didn‘t meet my goal this year, but proud of all that I read. Although 90% of it was pure smut 😬
Looking forward to a new goal in 2023. Drop any recs you may have! Mystery/Romance/Smut

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love her books! How was it? Have you read any of her others? 2w
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BookLineNSinker
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Wow! This book knocked my socks off! It's timely and relevant and packed with information that we all need to know about the birds and the bees. It's so beautifully written, it felt so natural to read. One point of contention was that my hunch was correct, but that just made me happier in the end. I never give it 5 ⭐ but this earned each and every one! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Now I'm compelled to read more by this author, any recs?

BookLineNSinker The first twist was like 🤯 BOOM! The last twist I predicted but as I said it only made it sweeter to be right in the end lol 1mo
LaraReads I‘m very excited to read this! It‘s on my #bookspinbingo list this month 🤞🏻Sounds like it will work for some other challenge prompts as well. Great review! 4w
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Julsmarshall
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While traveling, I‘ve been lucky to visit an indie bookstore and Barnes & Noble for the 50% off hardback sale (twice). This is my #bookhaul so far 😄

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LMJenkins
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Merry #jolabokaflodswap everyone! Thank you so much @Deblovestoread and @MaleficentBookDragon 🎄⭐️🥂

Deblovestoread You‘re welcome! Happy Jolabokaflod ❄️ 1mo
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BookLineNSinker
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I started this a few months ago and then got distracted but I'm totally engaged now. It's on audio in my car so I only get to enjoy it in spurts but I'm finally seeing why JP is so popular!

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Branwen
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I started this one last month but then set it down after getting distracted by appx 8000 other books! 🙈 I finally picked it back up yesterday...and I can't put it down! I am hooked! It's very old school Picoult - lots of courtroom drama and I am here for it! 💕📚 The domestic abuse scenes have been...tough for me to get through (my previous marriage was abusive) but reading those moments in the book has also been very cathartic and healing! 🥹

MicheleinPhilly I‘m sorry you went through that. But I am so happy that you are in a better place now. ❤️ 2mo
Branwen @MicheleinPhilly Thank you, friend! 💕 Me too! ❤️ 2mo
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candc320
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I‘ve read a lot of Picoult‘s novels and always find her edgy topics fascinating…she has a way of presenting all sides to a situation so you can‘t help but really think of every avenue. This is my first Finney Boylan read but, between both writers, it‘s beautifully written. I will say I did start to feel like it was longer than it needed to be but the story as a whole made it worth it. Not my favorite Picoult but very thought-provoking! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wesleypaker Hello how are you doing today ? 2mo
BookLineNSinker What is your favorite Picoult? I want read more from this author but not sure what to choose. 1mo
candc320 @BookLineNSinker that is a hard one, I love so many! The first one I read that really hooked me was Nineteen Minutes. I also loved My Sister‘s Keeper early on. Since then my favorites have been Small Great Things, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, House Rules, and A Spark of Light. Oh, and Wish You We‘re Here was great too! 1mo
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Kboltz
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Loved this book. Young love and the history/science of beekeeping. Gender identification in a story that allows the reader to see how identification in society is seen. I had no idea what this story was about and I loved that. I love Jodi Picoult books.

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A great novel with a suspenseful story line that at the same time made you think and learn.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

BarkingMadRead I just got this in my once upon a book club box! 2mo
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Photobomb courtesy of one dog on each side 😂 So, wow. This was an incredible read - I learned so much about bees and beekeeping (something I‘ve always been super interested in), and I learned so much from Lily. You think you know, but in reading this book, I discovered that I really don‘t (no spoilers). I‘m grateful for the education ♥️ #TBRtarot #November

Cinfhen So true!!Great review 🤩 2mo
CBee @Cinfhen and I meant to mention, TWO twists that I didn‘t see coming whatsoever! Wow. 2mo
Cinfhen I figured out the last twist but the first one……. Whoa 🤯 I also loved the recipes!!! Fun 🤩 2mo
CBee @Cinfhen yes! The recipes sound so good! 2mo
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Jennick2004
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Why oh why can‘t I seem to read lately? Like at all. I think I want to read, I‘ll pick up a book and just put it down. Someone get me out of this funk! 😭
#bookfunk

erank58 This has been me since Sept! Today I was finally able to start and finish something and actually enjoy it 😮‍💨 2mo
IndoorDame Rereading a favorite light book, and then picking up some fun easy middle grade graphic novels got me out of a major funk earlier this year 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Have you tried audiobooks? I let them play while doing chores and that always gets me into the book! Good luck! 2mo
EvieBee I know what you mean. For me it was my inability to focus or quiet my mind. I eventually added reading a few pages to my winding down for bed routine and it helped. 2mo
SamAnne Had 4 months like that in the first year. Major life changes and depression. I got out of it by reading books outside my usual genres…I think S.A. Crosby‘s Razor Blade Tears did it for me, doing audio and print together. And I quit reading books I felt obligated to read for book clubs, etc for a few months. (edited) 2mo
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VanessaCW
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Wow, what a gripping story. I found it a page turner from beginning to end. There‘s a surprising twist towards the middle which I didn‘t see coming. I think this book would be a great one to discuss amongst reading groups. I also love all the fascinating facts about bees. There is much to be learnt from this story. Just a fab and thought provoking read and one I can highly recommend. #Pigeonhole

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Book hopping again!

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MysticFaerie
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5🌟/5🌟

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Cinfhen
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I‘m really not a fan of JP‘s stories( I feel like she TRIES to be SUPER EDGY) but this one had some interesting ideas. I loved the inclusion of honey themed recipes 🍯🐝♥️I might have bailed early on but it was a BuddyRead with a friend from Philly, so I carried on & im glad I did. So a surprising pick 😁

tpixie Good to know. I‘ve wondered about this book. She seems to have a social agenda- and whether I agree with her or not I‘m starting to get tired of having it pushed on me when I‘m just trying to enjoy my reading. 3mo
Cinfhen Yessss @tpixie that‘s exactly what I mean!!! She has a social agenda!!!! Thanks for articulating ♥️ I‘d say #BorrowNotBuy it‘s a quick read and the recipes were a fun edition 😊 3mo
tpixie @Cinfhen the recipes may be worth it!! 🍯 3mo
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JoyBlue I added this to my holds list recently. Here's what that looks like today:

Your place in line: 24
Library copies: 14
People waiting in total: 347
People waiting per copy: 25

I think I saw signed copies of this when we were at Book People (Austin TX) in October, but didn't have the emotional energy to face it. That is, I held it in my hands; thought about my previous experiences with her; put it back. I probably should have bought it. . . .
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Cinfhen I think it‘s ok to wait for this one…Especially if you were already second guessing purchasing it @JoyBlue it might be beach weather by the time your hold comes in but that‘s ok 😜 3mo
JoyBlue @Cinfhen True story! 😂 3mo
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Injeanious
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I had a hard time getting into the book at first but then there was a “Jodi Pichoult twist” and I couldn‘t put the book down.

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Cinfhen
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Ok…WOW!!! #PlotTwist

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Hard to talk about without being spoilery. Better to go in knowing nothing. The two authors collaborated, each writing one of the two main characters. Made for a good audiobook. It was a tad predictable at times, but well done, and offered a valuable view of identity and belonging, with interesting thoughts on privacy and secrets.

jpetrillivm I found Lily‘s voice on audible incredibly annoying- I had to return the audiobook and get a hard copy! 1mo
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marleed
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I really like going in blind to a JP book and allow the chapters to take over my emotions. This book was great for that. At midpoint I was sure I‘d uncovered the murder mystery (I was wrong). As the story took hold I forgot to even care who the murderer might be because I was so wrapped up in the story itself.

KristiAhlers I have to say I was sitting on the fence with this one as the last I read by this author was so heavy. I‘ll have to pick this up from the library! 3mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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Nobody tackles the tough subjects like Jodi Picoult. I found out at the end that the two women who co-authored this book each wrote the chapters in the voices of the two main characters. The characters really come to life in this book, the dead girl and the mother of the son who is accused of her murder. I guessed the ending about midway through which really surprised me as I‘m almost always wrong! Highly recommend this book.

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Cinfhen
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When it rains it pours!!! I‘m swimming in new books!!! Two library holds came in today + two pre-orders from Audible and book mail showed up too!! #Bookmail is for #Booked2023 so that goes on the TBR but the others get thrown into my November BookSpin 😄💓

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LiteraryinLawrence
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the last 300 pages (it was long). Great collaboration between 2 authors I‘ve read before. I don‘t care about bees, but if you do then as a bonus you will learn all about beekeeping! I was in it for the characters and the mystery of trying to learn how Lily died and whether it was her boyfriend‘s fault.

LiteraryinLawrence Did anyone else guess that Lily was trans early on due to Jenny Boylan‘s involvement in the book? I sort of wish I hadn‘t predicted that, though there were certainly other “twists” that I didn‘t see coming. 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence This was book 71 for 2022 for me. 3mo
JamieArc @LiteraryinLawrence I guessed someone was trans due to the author, but by the time it was revealed, I was so invested in the story that I forgot about that factor! 3mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I had a wonderful evening discussion event with @jenniferfinneyboylan @jodipicoult and @thereseannefowler as moderator to their collaboration of “Mad Honey”.

Hearing these amazing women, their stories and especially how Jennifer and Jodi spoke about the need for acceptance and love brought tears to my eyes! Such a great evening!

Now, I will be spending my weekend reading this book!