14 in 2014 Book Club: “Where’d you go Bernadette” *(January 2014)

The 14 in 2014 online book club has returned in 2014!  Our first pick is “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple.  I loved this book, immediately upon beginning.  Turns out that the author worked in writing sitcoms in her past and this book reads just like that; fast-paced, hilarious, touching and addictive!  And the hilarious, snarky email banter between characters Soon-Lin and Audrey had me in stitches.  (note: this book club is so effective, because of the awesome ladies in it!  I have been trying to do this kind of thing for years and never actually did it.  Read more about that here. I never read any of those books listed…so sad!)  Join us on Facebook!

14 in 2014 book club

January 2014 Book Club pick

Read more here about what the NYtimes had to say about this awesome book pick for our club.

“The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.” (NYtimes) 

Also, how adorable is Bee, the main character?  She is one of my favorite leading ladies for her curiosity, uniqueness and ability to stand apart from her granola-eating, Seattle, prep-school buddies. Bee’s parents Bernadette and Elgin are so wonderfully flawed and real that a real parent like myself cannot help but love them.  And the end of the novel, well…gasp!  I loved that too!

What did you guys think?  Join us for February’s book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.  

Last year’s 13 in 2013 book club included the following:

“The Light Between Oceans”Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memoir, Gone Girl, Flight Behavior, Sweet Tooth, The Normal Bar, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, And the Mountains Echoed.

More book reviews here (ideas for book club!):

“Sightseeing”

“American Dervish”

 

 

Thoughts on 2014…

I am reforming the way that I look at New Years Resolutions this year and making a list of achievable goals instead.  After all, no one really wants to start something so radical in the new year, only to be disappointed.  Here are my 6 achievable goals for 2014.

Resolutions and Goals for 2014

Resolutions and Goals for 2014

Here’s my list, based on this image from Pinterest… 

A bad habit I’m going to break… I am going to spin this and start a new habit, journaling in my new “line a day” journal that I got for Christmas.  So I guess that the habit I am breaking is forgetting things.  It’s kind of a problem.  I blame it on having a good imagination and too many hobbies, but it would be nice to remember some things from time to time. :)

A new skill I’d like to learn… Letterpress & Encaustic painting

A person I hope to be more like… I am still pondering this one, it’s a tricky one!

A good deed I’m going to do… I am going to try and do a selfless act or random act of kindness once a week for the year of 2014.  I won’t be sharing them with anyone, just trying to change the way I see the world through small deeds.

A place I’d like to visit... I am dying to return to Spain, but would love to visit any new place as I am a total “wanderluster”.  Also, I would love to see Nashville, Phoenix or Savannah.

A book I’d like to read… This one is EASY, because we have a super awesome ART by MEGAN book club that anyone can join!  It’s based right here on the blog and on facebook, be sure to check it out for the 14 in 2014 edition.

Here are some of our book reviews from 2013 (we read 13 books in 2013!):

“The Light Between Oceans” (July 2013) 

“Sweet Tooth” (February 2013) 

Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memior (September 2013)

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” (January 2013)

What are your goals for 2014?  

July’s Book Club Book: “The Light Between Oceans”

So, did everyone finish reading “The Light Between Oceans” and have a little time to recover?

All I have to say is that our August book (“The Secret Keeper”) better be happier!

"The Light Between Oceans"

I knew I was done for as soon as I met the main characters, Izzy (really!??) and Tom.  However, despite the UBER depressing story of love, lies, deception and parenting, I truly liked this tale.  The details about Australia were compelling, the narration about life as a lighthouse keeper was interesting, the tale of baby Lucy was heart-wrenching and I could not put the book down.

However, I was literally sobbing at the end.  I was snorting-alone-on-the-couch-style crying.  A bit intense!

I especially loved the tender moments between Tom and Lucy and the description of their beautiful connection.  Also, I loved to see how the resolution of the tale worked out.  Don’t worry, I won’t spoil any more!

What did you think? Also, how beautiful was the cover art?

Book club…book #1: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book club, it’s time to chat…

What did you think of our first read? Tell me here in the comments section!!

I loved the “Potato Peel Pie Society” so much I am sure I will read it again someday!

The best part of the book to me was the character development. I felt, while reading, like I had a whole new set of friends in Scotland.

Also, the style of the writing was so easy to read. I loved reading the letters back and forth because it didn’t feel like a chore to complete a chapter if I was tired of reading, I could just finish a letter and be done.

That being said, I could not put the book down!!!! I just Loved it! 5/5 stars!

New read – “The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar

The latest book that I am working on is “The Space Between Us”.  I am only 1/2 way through, but may already be in love….its a beautiful tale of two women in India from very different sides of the world (caste system).

I love reading books that teach a little bit about other cultures and India intrigues me.  This book deals with the issues of the slums in India, the language and culture of the Parsi people, and the human rights issues that Indian women face on a daily basis.

Also, online I found a great Reading Group Guide for the Book at http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides3/space_between_us1.asp if you would like to share it with your book club.

Find out more about the author at her awesome website - http://www.umrigar.com/space_between.html.

 

Review about the book:

“Poignant and compelling, evocative and unforgettable, The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world. Set in modern-day India and witnessed through two compelling and achingly real women, the novel shows how the lives of the rich and the poor are intrinsically connected yet vastly removed from each other, and vividly captures how the bonds of womanhood are pitted against the divisions of class and culture.”

You are invited! A blog-book club!

So, I am in this Book Club that we started at work and it seems like more often than not, we all read the books and then never can find a good time to get together (due to the craziness of life) to discuss the darn book!

I think I might have found the solution – Lets pick a book together online and then determine a date when we will all post discussion and comments about our readings.  Nerdly, yes!  Amazing, maybe!?


First thing: We need to come up with Book Club friendly reading ideas…..

Second thing: We will give ourselves about a month to read / digest the book…

Third thing:  Anyone and everyone will be invited to “discuss” (albeit by internet, ahhh the future) the book online and comment to one another!

 

This way friends near and far can “come” to book club!!

What do you think little bloggers?

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