BOOK CLUB: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I have been DYING to read Where’d You Go, Bernadette for ages it seems. So I made it a point to add it to the Book Club Agenda, that way I HAD to read it. I was not disappointed! This was such a fun read, not as funny as I was expecting it to be…well…correction, it was funny and witty in a way that I was not expecting. I’m used to the likes of Meg Cabot and Janet Evanovich, and Maria Semple is a whole new ball game. She was witty and outrageous in an entirely different way and ILOVEDIT. I think that’s part of the charm of the book. Oh, you have an annoying neighbor that keeps poking around your blackberry bushes? SOLUTION: Put up a billboard sized “No Trespassing” sign. You’ve got a character at an internet cafe in South America? Why not make her frazzled because she’s running out of change and B&P are swapped on the keyboard. GENIUS.

This book is lighthearted, funny, outrageous, and a complete delight. I had very little complaints about it (other than wanting more of Bee and the ending could’ve been longer [because I couldn’t get enough]). I loved this one and I can see myself reading it again in the future. I loved the Microsoft talk, the Architectural talk, the boarding school talk, the Antarctica trip planning talk….I think I loved all the talk.

Anyone else read this? Similar thoughts? Or other opinions? Let’s chat!

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Book Club: Before I Fall

This month, we read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. If you haven’t read this, I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the first books to make me SOB by the end, not to mention it also introduced me to the lovely Lauren Oliver. She is one of my all time favorites (see: Delirium Trilogy & Panic). Which fun fact: They just announced Panic is becoming a mini-series on Amazon…OBVIOUSLY I’m thrilled. But back to the book at hand. This is Groundhog Day meets Thirteen Reasons Why, in all the best ways. I can’t actually remember if I originally read this before Thirteen, or after, but I adored both of them. They have a way of making you acutely aware of your actions and how they effect others.

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this just as much as I did when I read it years ago. The first three or four days I could feel the frustration with Sam, and felt the helplessness as her day keeps repeating. The last two days are still my favorite. They are beautifully written and never fail to bring tears to my eyes (I promise I know what’s going to happen….but my heart gets the better of me!). Lauren writes the story in a way that you can feel for all of the characters. And she is constantly addressing the reader, making you realize that there are so many pieces in motion, and it’s so easy to become that person we hate. I also thought the intricate way the events changed due to simple variations was done SO WELL.

Read this. Love it. Bring tissues. And then tell me what you thought, because I can’t have enough love for this book!

Maybe you can afford to wait.

Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.

But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.

BOOK CLUB: Water for Elephants

This month we read Water for Elephants by: Sara Gruen. This was my first of her books and one I’ve been wanting to read for years. While there were a few particularly steamy scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed the absurd and outrageous circumstances surrounding the traveling circus. I grew up going to the circus with my family and it this was so reminiscent of being able to escape into this world of fantasy.

I loved the loyalty between Jacob and the animals (and just Jacob with everyone), I enjoyed the present day just as much as the flashbacks, and I felt so satisfied with the ending. Gruen’s Author Note is one for the books and I definitely recommend reading it after you finish the novel. She comments on her research process and discusses the facts behind the fiction (as much fact as there is within the circus world). After everything in this book, I’m still waiting for an explanation for “Water for Elephants” and I was dying to know how much Elephants actually drink. (Well, I looked it up…it’s 50 Gallons per day [!!] ). Overall, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really enjoyed this one! (I may need to track down some other Circus-ey books!)

“Age is a terrible thief. Just when you’re getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back. It makes you ache and muddies your head and silently spreads cancer throughout your spouse.”