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MMFinck

Joined May 2016

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Fun read. Also, 100% a how-to-please-a-woman sex manual! No joke! :) #erotica

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang

Holy cow! The sweet cover didn‘t prepare me for the erotica inside! ;)

BookNAround I know, right?! 2w
MMFinck @BookNAround ha! Yes! :) 2w
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Fragments of the Lost | Megan Miranda
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Mehso-so

It was okay. Pleasant enough, definitely safe for young readers starting YA.

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This protag is seriously messed up!! Addictive so far.

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What You Did | Claire McGowan
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Wow. I am a pretty critical reader, and I am 100% hooked. I am surprised by how many so-so reviews and crits. I am wondering if a book being a free kindle read makes people more skeptical judges. What do you think??? Honest question. Looking forward to candid answers. Xo (pic is me and one of my daughters. Meant to be neutral. :))

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What You Did | Claire McGowan

I am loving this book. I am highlighting, like, all the time. ♥️ 📚

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Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
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I love the cover. So much. The book was a solid read. It didn‘t pull me through. It wasn‘t entertaining. But it wasn‘t intended to be. It handles a difficult and important topic - depression and mental illness in families - well.

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Loving Eleanor | Susan Wittig Albert
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Solid, if relentlessly even. True to the time in which it took place.

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As perfect a novel as I‘ve ever read. I recommend this to everyone. All ages, all tastes. Every thumb up.

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As perfect a novel as I‘ve ever read. I recommend this to everyone. All ages, all tastes. Every thumb up.

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About 75% through. So so good!

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Bailedbailed

The writing is good. The premise is interesting. I read a lot of YA. This one somehow felt *too* YA. But as it is YA, this is clearly a case of “it‘s the reader, not the book.”

megzlynn I read this years ago and it was a favorite of mine. I have wanted to reread it to see but I fear I would feel the same way. So I‘m just going to keep the good memories of it lol. 😂 6mo
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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Terrific! I adored this book. Every character and their arcs were perfectly crafted. I didn‘t watch Gossip Girl, but this has similar gist of gossip-spilling with horrible consequences. Highly recommend.

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Finally!!! I was given a preview by the publisher way back. Was *completely* sold. I bought the book on pubday. Finally, getting to it. Very excited.

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The Grandmothers | Doris Lessing
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The film Adore is based on this book. I‘m addicted to it. It‘s like Blackfish. Watch it all the way thru & start it again. Finally bought the book. Good enough, but different. Meaner and with less char depth. Has the strangest premise, but this explains it. I am thoroughly absorbed by this one character and his sexual and emotional earnestness. That part is in both.
https://ew.com/article/2013/09/09/xavier-samuel-adore-naomi-watts-robin-wright/

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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I devoured this book right up to the end. But the ending? I‘m ... irritated? No. I feel cheated. Addendum: Don‘t read this review if you don‘t want spoilers. For me, it made me feel sane again! http://wendythesuperlibrarian.blogspot.com/2019/02/epic-spoiler-review-sadie.htm...

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Wow. This book is spectacular. Lots of triggers though, so if you‘re sensitive, look into the warnings first.

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The Grandmothers | Doris Lessing
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The film Adore based on this book. I‘m addicted to it. It‘s like Blackfish. Watch it all the way thru & start it again. I just bought the book! Saw it yrs ago on netflix. Watched it nine times since! It is the strangest premise. I finally found this article. This is it. I am thoroughly absorbed by this one character and his sexual and emotional earnestness.
https://ew.com/article/2013/09/09/xavier-samuel-adore-naomi-watts-robin-wright/
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MMFinck I am also fascinated by the directorial editing. Every *single* gesture and line means something! 6mo
MMFinck PS It is no longer on Netflix, but it is on Amazon Prime 6mo
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The Prophet | Michael Koryta
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Absolutely gripping. Friday Night Lights meets thriller. Loved it. Getting a hardcopy for my husband.

EadieB I love his books! 6mo
MMFinck @EadieB Me too! This might be my favorite of the ones I‘ve read. 6mo
EadieB @MMFinck I‘ve read 4 books - So Cold the River, I Wish You Were Dead, and 2 books (Last Words and Rise the Dark) from his Mark Novak series. All of them were very good! I‘ll have to checkout (edited) 6mo
MMFinck @EadieB it‘s funny. I could *not* get behind so cold the river! Lol. :) the writing was as great as usual. It was the fantasy element that lost me. The rest? All thumbs up. :) 6mo
EadieB @MMFinck It was a bit strange in parts and may not appeal to everyone and I can understand that it didn‘t work for you. But like you said, he is a very good writer! 6mo
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Panic | Lauren Oliver
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Stressful in the best way. Definite YA pick.

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The Sleepwalker: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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I learned a lot about sleepwalking! Crazy stuff. I liked the protagonist. Actually, I liked all the characters.

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A Week in October: A Novel | Elizabeth Subercaseaux
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A book and a beer. Just, yay. :) (The book is the English translation of a Chilean title, and it is phenomenal.)
A Week in October https://www.amazon.com/dp/159051288X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_a.EXCbHYCPBZZ

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A Week in October: A Novel | Elizabeth Subercaseaux
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OMGH this is so good!

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Good. I had some trouble following the timeline, but it didn‘t mess me up. E. Lockhart is the perfect cover blurber. If the premise interests you, go for it. You‘re safe for a solid read. :)

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Regrettably, no matter how good the writing was, this book was a punishment for me. Way too much description. Turtle‘s rationalizations meandered so much I repeatedly lost interest. Loathed the relentless misogyny. Didn‘t believe Jacob would put up w her abuse. Molesting Cayenne eliminated depth of father-daughter relationship which was ENTIRE premise & made him a plain ole pedophile. I wish I‘d bailed. Glad for its success, but big miss for me.

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Still plowing thru. The writing is phenomenal. I am not using “but” to qualify that because it is indisputably phenomenal. My issue is with how I feel as I read. When I am not sickened and or terrified, I am bored. I don‘t care this much about the details of (so many) guns and settings. The constant misogyny is not easy to deal with even as I understand it and respect the authenticity of it. Anyone else??

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I just don‘t know... This is a very hard read. It‘s sickening. Terrifying. Stressful. I hope neither the abuse nor its description get any worse. It‘s bad enough already.

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My favorite of hers. Stayed up too late to keep reading. Has a lot going on. Wasn‘t sure if it would all work together or be too much, but it did and wasn‘t. Solidly recommend.

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Great, quick read.

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Perfectly paced, no sense of feeling contrived, really good. The final chapter added a lot. I didn‘t find the chicken bone analogy to be resonant. I wish something more had happened btw two of the characters. No spoilers here. ;) Solid suspense. Interesting characters and plot. Definitely recommend.

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Skeletons | Jane Fallon
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It‘s not bad. I love her writing and the characters and relationships are good. I just don‘t care about the secret. I feel like: “Tell or don‘t tell, life will go on.” It‘s not just this book. It‘s fine. It‘s all books with this commonplace secret. Sorry, Jane! I love your others and will buy all new ones!

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Very good! If you‘re an author, it‘s a perfect study of how to write psychological suspense. So seamless, it‘s hard to believe it was written by two authors.

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After Anna | Lisa Scottoline
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If you love Scottoline, you‘ll love this one too. I wish the end had been thread through from the beginning. At least a little. (She did that in Look Again too. The big reveal came out of nowhere and seemed dramatic for drama‘s sake.) I also didn‘t understand that the final lines were that she was more this now, he was more this now when those things didn‘t seem like issues at all. Good read overall. I finished in record time.

SilversReviews Oh my...this book was VERY good. 😊 9mo
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Enjoyable. Interesting. Very reminiscent of The Alice Network.

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Got You Back | Jane Fallon
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Entertaining. Available as audiobook on hoopla. I really liked the first half because it was witty and fun. I really like the second half because the characters were all challenged, changed for good *and* bad, and the ending was perfect. Solid women‘s fiction.

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The Healing | Jonathan Odell
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I am completely hooked. I‘ll definitely reading this one straight through. This brilliance shows up already at page 8. Had to go back and experience it again.

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I‘ve been reading We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels in a sunny corner of my living room while supervising my children do their homework. But this novel is so evocative and thought-broking that I don‘t think I‘d‘ve noticed if they‘d gotten up and walked away. They didn‘t, but they could have. Shhh. Don‘t tell. ;)
https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Better-Things-Erin-Bartels/dp/0800734912/ref=nodl_

theladygreer Ooh, I've got this one but haven't started reading yet. Looking forward. 10mo
MMFinck @theladygreer if you‘re like me, there are lines that will choke you up. :) 10mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I am overwhelmed. I‘ve sent so many pictures of passages to my husband and daughter... MRO is imperfectly human, perfectly compassionate, absolutely authentic and honest... Passages will hurt and haunt me forever. Others are the echelon I will strive for in perpetuity. I am overwhelmed.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m reading this now, so good! 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I just finished it today! Wonderful!!! (edited) 10mo
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So Cold the River | Michael Koryta
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Nope. Nada. Don‘t - can‘t - buy into this one. I do not recommend it. The writing is very good. But the magic, which is the spine of the novel, did not work for me. (As a rule, I don‘t review books that I don‘t enjoy, but this one is old. I don‘t think my review will hurt any book sales. Read him! Just not this one.)

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Becoming | Michelle Obama

I‘m not going to screenshot it out of respect, but I can‘t believe I found two typos in two pages. She deserves a top notch copy editor. (However... In all fairness, the first one I found was over 200 pages in. So, okay, yeah, not so bad. ;))

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I read. They sleep at my feet. I move, they move. (“It‘s an intense thing.” Anyone get it?! ;))

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I so get this.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Love this.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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The work of the holidays is over. I‘ve hosted Christmas. I‘ve hosted NYE. I‘ve hosted NY Day. Now it‘s me-time. Everyone is in bed, and I‘m curled up with my book. ❤️

DivineDiana You deserve your book time! 👏🏻 11mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Diving in!!

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My Sweet Revenge | Jane Fallon
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Now available on Hoopla! I was not expecting much. The cover is too sweet for me and the premise has been done a lot, but this was great!! Thoroughly enjoyable protagonist. Truly good, resonant writing. Twists a plenty. Not saccharine at all! This premise has never been done this way. A perfect gift book. I‘m getting it for a teacher or two, for sure.

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Love and Ruin: A Novel | Paula McLain
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While slow at points in the first half, I give this a solid 👍. The author‘s note at the end resounded w me. I relate so much to Marty‘s struggle between home life/personal relationships and her passions/drive/action. She could not be her without the latter. Even tho I despise the Hemingway and do *not* understand her draw to him, I dk many marriages that could sustain repeated several-months long absences of the wife and mother. Unfair & true.

MMFinck I would like to add: outside of families and marriages that are joined in a common goal like the military. God bless them! 12mo
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The Missing | C. L. Taylor
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Solid read. Really enjoyed the storytelling. Good pace too.

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The Missing | C. L. Taylor

I feel like I have it figured out, but I can tell by your reviews that I don‘t. Exciting! I like this one a lot.

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Rise the Dark | Michael Koryta
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Author recommended by a male friend. Fascinating detail. A bit too long near the end. Eager to start another Koryta.