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Coleen

Coleen

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member indygo88

(Coleen, with a long “o”) Read, drink & be happy! 📚🍷😋. Cubs fan! ⚾️. Long time LibraryThing user & Bookcrosser. (user name: indygo88)
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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
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Coleen
Midwives: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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This was not my first Bohjalian read, but I think it‘s the one that‘s most familiar to people and would probably be considered his breakout novel, thanks, I suspect, to Oprah. Somewhat controversial and a good book for discussion. I wasn‘t necessarily sold on the choice of narrator, but good book nonetheless.

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Mehso-so

I see lots of mixed reviews on this one and I understand why. At its heart it was a decent story and I thought the writing itself was also fine. But I loathed the main character and had trouble getting past that. Lots of possible triggers in this novel. They didn‘t bother me, but might others. I am curious to see the upcoming film with Mila Kunis though.

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Mehso-so

I know I‘m in the minority here, but I didn‘t love this book. Yes, it redeemed itself in the second half and ultimately was a feel-good novel with a lot of nice messages, but the first half was so utterly ridiculous that I almost gave up. That annoyed me. Some quirkiness is okay. But this was a little too over the top for me.

Soubhiville I felt the same way. 3w
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve enjoyed other Vreeland novels I‘ve read in the past. They‘re a bit slow-moving but she does a good job with historical fiction. But I just found that this one was dragging along TOO slowly and I really didn‘t like the character of Clara and found myself not looking forward to resuming the story. So, I bailed.
I didn‘t realize Vreeland had passed away in 2017.
R.I.P. Susan 😢

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | Benjamin Alire Saenz
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I liked this, though wouldn‘t say I loved it. It‘s sort of a coming-of-age YA novel with a mix of good stuff and bad stuff all happening at once. Sort of.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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I don‘t really get the negative reviews for this one. Yes, it‘s very different than The Girl on the Train, but I think it held its own. Lots of characters to keep track of, however, and most of them unlikeable. But it mostly came together at the end.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I *think* I mostly liked this. I‘d read that the plot was similar to that of the Manson murders, but this is more of a background story from the point of view of a young girl exposed to the fringes of a commune. It was not bad, but I was expecting more “action” I guess. The murders in this story were more of an afterthought and mentioned only minimally toward the end.

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Blake Crouch has become one of my favorite authors. Was excited to dig into this one and it didn‘t disappoint! It was a page turner and I flew through this one!

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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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I loved how each generation of women were woven together to create the story. But the book was short, and while that made it an easy read, I felt like some of the storylines were cut short, leaving me wanting more.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion

Most people seem to find this laugh-out-loud funny. I didn‘t . I felt like she was trying too hard. I get that there are serious undertones here and I respect that Lawson was trying to balance the seriousness with the humor, but it didn‘t work for me. Maybe wrong place, wrong time for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️

LiteraryinLawrence You know, I was one of the people who found this funny when I read it 5 or 6 years ago, but the zeitgeist has definitely changed since then. Some of the topics might not have aged well. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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I liked this for the most part, mostly due to the historical fiction aspect. The dual timelines sort of worked, though I was much more into the WWII timeline than the 1980‘s one, surprisingly. I felt like it was missing something, though can‘t put my finger on what exactly.

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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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Mehso-so

I think I was hoping for more nostalgia with this, and there was some of that, but not as much as I craved. It was more a recollection of events and then an analysis of how each impacted society. Not bad, but not as immersive as I‘d hoped.

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Drunken Fireworks | Stephen King
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I‘ve read enough of King to realize he doesn‘t always write in “typical” Stephen King style, and this was one of those. Definitely not my favorite of his. Fortunately, it was one of his short stories, so not too much time was wasted.

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Mixed feelings here, but ultimately there was more to like than to not like, so I‘ll go with a pick. I didn‘t care for the paranormal portions of this…the story could‘ve held its own without them. The more I read, the more I disliked the character of Billie. The ending….there was closure, but yet not. Not sure how I felt about that.

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Sing Them Home: A Novel | Stephanie Kallos
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Mehso-so

It‘s not every day you read a fictional story about the family left behind when someone is swept away in a tornado. I thought this had a lot of potential, but it was often too bogged down with unnecessary detail. Ultimately, I felt a stronger bond with the town itself than with the characters.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I feel like this is a hard book to describe. It‘s both simple and complicated, yet easy to read. A mix of sci-fi, time travel, and pandemic all rolled into one coherent story. I wish it had been longer, because I was left wanting more.

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Mehso-so

The bare bones of this story had promise, but the execution was lacking. It was an okay story, but it seemed like the author was trying to throw too many things in here and it dragged on, despite the story taking place all within one day. I doubt that it will stick with me.

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The Second Opinion | Michael Palmer
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Mehso-so

This was an abridged audio, so a little choppy at times, but overall not bad. I doubt that it will stick with me though.

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The thing I love about WWII novels is that they are all different — they all tell their stories from a different perspective. This was no exception. I‘m anxious to see the upcoming Netflix adaptation.

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Redeeming Love: A Novel | Francine Rivers
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Mehso-so

There‘s a lot I could say about this book that I don‘t have the space for here. Based on its reviews, it seems everyone else loves this book. I didn‘t. 😕
I tend to shy away from Christian fiction, not because of subject matter, but only because I‘ve never seen what I would consider a well-written one. I thought this would be the exception, but it wasn‘t. I was rolling my eyes frequently.
I watched the movie afterward. It was better.

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Sing You Home: A Novel | Jodi Picoult
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Picoult never disappoints with the controversial subject matter. Didn‘t care for the music selections between chapters, but otherwise, the audio was good!

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I don‘t live in KY or OH, but I do live in a neighboring Midwestern state, and sadly, much of what was portrayed here accurately describes many in my community as well. It pisses me off, to be perfectly honest. I don‘t have the answers as to how to fix things, but I fear that things will get worse before they get better. If nothing else, this is a good book to instigate some serious discussions.

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Mehso-so

I‘ve really enjoyed Krakauer‘s other books, but this one fell flat for me. Maybe it was the abridgment, maybe it was Krakauer‘s monotone reading voice, maybe it was something else. It just didn‘t pull me in like his others. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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This was a fun, quirky book. Never thought I could get into a book about sourdough bread and robotic arms, but I did!

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I know I‘m late to the party with this one. And this is probably an #unpopularopinion, but I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was due to all the hype, but it felt flat to me. I wavered between a pick and a so-so. Still a good book, but not as great as I was expecting.

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There were some oddities in this one, but for the most part I enjoyed it and it kept me guessing.

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This is a heartbreaking story in its own right, but reading as a parent, especially as the parent of a teen, it is even more heart wrenching. As difficult as this was to read, it was also very compelling and well-written. I also watched the movie adaptation starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, which was one of the better book adaptations I‘ve seen lately.

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Lisey's Story: A Novel | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

The weirdness that is Stephen King shines in this one. I considered bailing a few times but I persevered and made it all the way through. He definitely has better ones out there that I‘d recommend before this one.

Cathythoughts I really liked this one .. strange as it is 👍🏻 7mo
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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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Just added this to my wishlist, but it made me wonder….Are there any good non-fiction books about the 80s out there that anyone would recommend? I‘m chomping at the bit for some good nostalgia.

Patchshank Do you read a lot of horror? I think this book covers the 70's and 80's. 7mo
peaknit I had this phone! 🙌🏻 7mo
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The Sky Is Everywhere | Jandy Nelson
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I loved this book. Quick and easy read, yet heavy with emotion. I found that every time I put it down, I wanted to pick it up again, and I was sad to see it come to an end so quickly.
Yet having said that, the film adaptation just came out earlier this month and I watched that right after I finished the book. I wish I hadn‘t. It sort of ruined it for me. 🙁
My advice: stick with the book (as is almost always the case).

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The Tender Bar: A Memoir | J. R. Moehringer
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I loved this coming-of-age memoir and regret that I gave away my hardcover copy a while back in lieu of obtaining an audio version. (Also regret that it‘s abridged, since it came to an end too quickly.). There‘s just something about Moehringer‘s writing style that appealed to me.
Just recently read that Prince Harry has chosen him to co-write his autobiography, supposedly being published later this year. I will be all over that!

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This is the 4th novel by Ruth Ware that I‘ve read. She does tend to follow a formula, and her main characters can tend to be annoying and/or unlikeable, but I was sucked in nonetheless. I read most of this on audio because, well, Imogene Church, but I ended up finishing via hardcover because I was snowed in and didn‘t want to wait to get back to it in the car. I had some of the plot figured out, but other aspects were a surprise.

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I really wanted to love this more than I did. A great title and cover, and a book about words. How could a book lover not love it? I did like it…I think it just moved too slowly for me to really get sucked in the way I had hoped I would. I esp. liked the author‘s note at the end. I sort of wished I‘d read that first. The historical fiction aspect really pulled it together for me after reading that.

Sapphire I had a whole different end in mind for Esme, all worked out in my head! 8mo
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The Mountain Between Us | Charles Martin
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Liked this book a lot — much more than I‘d expected. But the movie — no. Such a disappointment. It could‘ve been so much better.

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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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I really like Lisa Genova, but for some reason I‘d been putting off reading this one. My mom passed away last month from complications of ALS after battling it for 15 years. My timing for reading this may seem odd given that fact, but I felt it calling me. This wasn‘t my favorite Genova book, but I still enjoyed it.

JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 8mo
Jas16 I am so sorry for your loss. 8mo
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As has been said in other reviews, anger was the dominant emotion I felt throughout. Time and time again in stories of polygamy, it‘s the males dominating and brainwashing the females. While I feel anger at the men, it‘s the women who make me esp. angry, for allowing this to happen. Fortunately, the author of this book was able to escape and tell her story. I liked the audio, but the author‘s voice was too much of a monotone for this story.

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Straddling the “pick” vs. “so-so” on this one, but ultimately going with Pick. No, of course it‘s not as good as Ready Player One because that was amazing and there‘s just no way a sequel could ever be as good. But I don‘t think this deserves quite the bad rep it‘s gotten. Cline does try too hard sometimes w/ the 80‘s references, but there were still some moments of genius in there. Didn‘t care for the epilogue, tho.

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We do read more than wine labels, but we certainly read those too! 🍷
This was a portion of the gift I received from our book club‘s gift exchange earlier this month. Cheers! 🥂

Tamra Super cute! 9mo
AmyG Great gift! 9mo
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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I liked this, but given all the hype, I expected to like it more. Still good, and looking forward to reading more by this author.

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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I‘m not a classics reader, but I was looking for a quick read and this abridged audio fit the bill. I‘m sure I could‘ve gotten a much better feel for the entire atmosphere of the novel had I read the paperback copy on my shelf, but for an abridgment, I thought this was pretty good — not too choppy or disjointed. I enjoyed it! (Though the abrupt and unexpected ending took me by surprise.)

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The Trespasser | Tana French
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I am sad that this seems to be the end of the Dublin Murder Squad series. I read all of them back-to-back and now I feel kind of lost that I don‘t have another. Might be an unpopular opinion, but this may have been my least favorite of the series. Didn‘t dislike it at all — just liked it less than the others. Tana French has definitely become one of my favorite crime authors.

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The Secret Place | Tana French
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I‘m working my way through these (Dublin Murder Squad) in order, and each time I finish one I think it‘s my favorite. Yet when I look back at all of them as a series, I‘m not sure I could pic a favorite. They‘re all good and unique. I liked this one because it was set in a girls boarding school. I seem to be a sucker for those.

jhod This was the first one I read (I then went back!) And it's still my fave, am also a sucker for a school story! 10mo
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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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Read the book, then watched the Netflix adaptation. There were some differences between the two of course, but here‘s probably an #unpopularopinion ……. I liked the show better. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Mehso-so

I disliked this book for many reasons. Obviously the subject matter was disturbing (child abuse) but that didn‘t bother me as much as the “why?”s I kept asking. (Why was only one of the 5 siblings singled out? Why didn‘t he run away or seek help? Why didn‘t the father step in? etc.). I don‘t want to minimize the importance of needing to share this horrific story, but it was not that well written. An editor could‘ve made this even more effective.

LibrarianRyan What I find interesting is how long this book was considered a “true story”. A lot of people were not happy when it turned out to be fiction 10mo
Coleen @LibrarianRyan I had read that there was some question about the accuracy of some aspects, but was not aware it was considered fictional. Thought it was mostly true. So similar to James Frey‘s A Million Little Pieces? 10mo
LibrarianRyan @Coleen from my understanding yes. But I didn‘t delve. I saw it randomly when it happened. Now the Million Pieces I was super in the mess with that one. Libraries trying to decide if it should be reclassified etc. 10mo
Blueberry My life had many similarities to A Child Called It that I never thought to doubt it's authenticity. But I do sort of remember some of the siblings verifying the story and some not. Which only added reality for me. 10mo
Coleen @Blueberry So sorry to hear that. *hugs* 10mo
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I‘m really enjoying making my way through the Dublin Murder squad series. This is book #4, and so far, I can‘t pick a favorite. They‘re all unique with a variety of crimes and characters. I‘m off to start #5!

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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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Despite being very lengthy and a bit confusing with numerous characters and a complicated storyline, I do think this series just keeps getting better and better. Love the evolving relationship between Cormoran and Robin. I really am hoping there is another book or two coming!

TheSpineView I agree that the series is getting better. I read somewhere at least 7 books in the series.🤞 11mo
Coleen @TheSpineView 🙌🙌🙌 11mo
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The Time of My Life | Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi Swayze
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This almost borderlined as a “so-so”. Not the best memoir I‘ve read, but still quite enjoyable as I learned a lot and had no idea Swayze was so multi-talented. I think it would‘ve been better had there not been so many references to his wife throughout. I get that he loved her and all, but sometimes it was a bit much. Makes me sad that he was gone too soon. 😢

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I‘m really getting sucked into this series. Holy dysfunctional family! in this one, but it seemed realistic and was engrossing. I‘m a little sad that there were no references to characters in previous books, but still a good story and mystery.

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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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The premise is a bit farfetched, but still an intriguing and atmospheric crime novel. I missed the character of Rob from book #1, but this was still a good read.