Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

Thoughts:

Now, this is an interesting book! Where’d You Go, Bernadette is written using various forms of media including emails, letters and FBI reports. I thought it was an interesting way to tell the story, although it did take some time for me to adapt to it and connect with the characters. It also feels quite stilted because the reader is jumping from person to person within seconds! I thought it was a good read, but for some reason didn’t love it as much as others have.

Bernadette was once a budding architect. She relocated her family to Seattle, for reasons that we find out in the story. Bernadette is quirky. She’s a recluse that lives her life by having a personal, virtual assistant in India. Her personal assistant does everything for her from food shopping to travel arrangements. Bernadette really doesn’t like human contact and avoids it at all cost much to her neighbours annoyance. They want her to join in with her daughter’s school where it’s all about community, but Bernadette can’t think of anything worse! If you can get past Bernadette being mentally unwell, then some of the sections are quite funny. Most of the book is incredibly satirical, so if you’re not into reading satire, then I don’t think Where’d You Go, Bernadette is for you!

I think one of this book’s strong points is the mother and daughter relationship. You can tell throughout that Bernadette and Bee have an incredibly close relationship and that they care for one another deeply.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Stacking The Shelves #73

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared! Another smaller haul for me this week. I’m not complaining, I’m in need of these smaller hauls!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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I finally got my hands on a copy of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. This book has been recommended to me by so many people. I can’t wait to find time for it. I also got Take Me On by the wonderful Katie McGarry. I’ve already read this book. My review will be coming up later today.

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From NetGalley, I received Maria Semple’s This One Is Mine. I’m reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette? soon which I’m looking forward to. I liked the synopsis of This One Is Mine so requested it quickly! Thank you to Orion!

I also received Trust Games by Simon Packham from Piccadilly Press. Many thanks to them!

What did you buy, borrow or request this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by at some point this weekend!