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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel | Maria Semple
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.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Another one on the #tbr!

#Epistolary
#BookMoods

💙📚😎🌸

Caroline2 Oh I loved this one. 👍 1w
Eggs It‘s unique👏🏻 1w
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2mo
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Perfect 🤩 2mo
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Elizabeth2
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Pickpick

Bernadette is a ball of anxious energy. She‘s quirky, a bit annoying and arrogant. She‘s on the brink of a meltdown. Her daughter Bee and her husband are left to pick up the pieces after she disappears. This is an epistolary novel, told through letters and e-mails that Bee has compiled. In a way, they are a love letter to her mom. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, but the story was engaging and funny at times. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5

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LapReader
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Pickpick

I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book for Stockton Book Club these holidays. Bernadette made me laugh. It was a quick read for me. Now to watch the movie…

IuliaC I enjoyed this one too! Love your photo! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pic ❤️ 2mo
Jeg I‘ve read most of her books , if not all, and enjoyed them . 2mo
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Elizabeth2
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Quiet time on the Rehoboth Bay. ❤️📚 Love girls‘ weekend with my besties, who are also readers!

Took a 2 hour kayak tour earlier today at the Burton‘s Island Trailhead, then a delicious lunch in Rehoboth.

kspenmoll Lokks so peaceful! 2mo
Elizabeth2 @kspenmoll it really was. Water on three sides of our little cottage. Quiet with just the sounds of the birds. 2mo
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Elizabeth2
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Enjoying the back patio after some spring cleanup. Now it‘s time to relax. Will be using this space for a fire pit night later. Meeting our oldest son‘s GF‘s parents for the first time tonight. 😊❤️📚

Just starting to get the rhythm of this epistolary novel.

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Elizabeth2
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Getting in a little reading time before tackling some chores. Dinner out tonight for our annual “Sibling Dinner” (instead of giving Christmas gifts to each other, my brothers and our spouses choose to spend time together and go out to a really nice dinner). A little delayed this year. It‘s always a fabulous night; we have so much fun together! Looking forward to it, but won‘t get much reading time today. 🤷‍♀️❤️📚

BookBabe Love that! So much better than typical gifts. ❤️ 2mo
Elizabeth2 @BookBabe we‘ve been doing it for years. With kids, and jobs, and life…the gift of each others‘ time is really precious. I highly recommend it! I did something similar for my bestie‘s 50th bday. A BFF date every month for the year. ❤️ 2mo
BookBabe @Elizabeth2 ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Elizabeth2
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Reading this one next. It‘s been on my TBR for a while, and it‘s lined up on my #bookspinbingo board in the most likely spot to achieve a bingo, as the 4th book to be read in a line. ❤️📚 Looking forward to finally reading it!

EvieBee I‘ve put this one off too, although I‘m pretty sure it‘s a book I‘d love. Hope you enjoy! 2mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed it more than I thought I would 2mo
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PaperbackPirate
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Today‘s #SavvySettings prompt is Remote Inn.

💙 this book.

😎 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
😎 @Eggs

Eggs Clever 👏🏻😎📚 3mo
Hooked_on_books Cute pic! 3mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Eggs ! 🙌 3mo
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LapReader
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On Thurs night I had a surprise night off ballet. The weather in my city has been pretty bad so my teacher cancelled & when I‘m happy or sad I go op shopping! The dress cost more than I usually pay at the op shop but it still had the tag on it. Worth $120 & I got it for $55! My nickname is Lil so I had to have the shirt signed by an artist to another Lil. Ha! The shark tooth earrings are to make my fishing obsessed nephew think I‘m cool. ❤️ hats.

DinoMom The dress is gorgeous! 4mo
LapReader Grand total $88.50 4mo
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AutumnRLS
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February round up!
Where'd You Go, Bernadette 5 ⭐️'s
Couldn't put it down. Started at 7pm finished @ 5am. Next day was rough, but worth it.

Deal Breaker 3 ⭐️'s
Classic noir. Language surrounding sex work doesn't age well.

The Ninties 4 ⭐️'s
Fun book. But having lived through it, there wasn't much in here that I didn't already know.

The Anthropocene Reviewed 5⭐️'s
Essays both broad and specific with a mix of memoir and interesting facts.

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jillannjohn
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The unusual format put me off the first time I attempted to read this but I picked it up for book club and am enjoying it so far. Bernadette makes me anxious but I‘m started to like her this time…

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carolpharmd
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Lots of detail, liked the “letter-writing” theme that carries throughout ~~~ 1st person got a little confusing at times. Normally, it is Bee, but at times “I” is another character(s) ~ especially during a letter. Made me pay attention!

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JenlovesJT47
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This has been on my TBR forever. I‘m not gonna lie, things have been pretty craptastic around here lately and I needed something to make me laugh. This was on a bunch of funniest books list and I figured, why not? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Guys, I freaking loved this book! It has an underlying tinge of sadness to it but I love the characters. Bee is a little badass and I wish I had her spunk at that age. The #audiobook was so good! So many lol moments. 😅 5⭐️

IamIamIam LOVED this!! My husband's work wife read it & said she needed to talk to someone about it so I got the assignment. 😂 Bernadette was hysterical & I can't think about Craftsman homes without giggling! 6mo
JenlovesJT47 @IamIamIam yes!! I had to get my sister to read it so I had somebody to talk to about it. 😆 So funny! Have you seen the movie? 6mo
mabell I hope things are less craptastic soon!❤️ 6mo
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JenlovesJT47 @mabell thank you!! ❤️🤗🥰 6mo
emilymorrs Totally agree! This book was fun and upbeat and such an interesting way to organize the book. 5mo
emilymorrs & movie?! I must find! 5mo
JenlovesJT47 @emilymorrs yes! The book is so funny! I don‘t know if you have it but the movie is on Hulu. I‘m hoping to get to it this week! 🤗 5mo
emilymorrs Ohhh! I do! I‘ll add this to my list ! Thanks @JenlovesJT47 ! 5mo
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sarahbellum
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#12booksof2021

After a slow start to the year, this was the book that helped kick my reading into high gear. Super entertaining and my favorite for #April

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks fun. 6mo
PaperbackPirate I loved this book too! 🕶 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Daisy and I enjoyed reading this #LMPBC book yesterday and are packing it up. Hoping to get it to the post office this week, but if that doesn‘t work out I‘ll take it early next week.

Crazeedi I have to get mine read, argghhhh!! 6mo
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slategreyskies
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I mailed this off today. Tracking says it should arrive on Monday. #LMPBC :)

Crazeedi Mine in mail very soon 7mo
slategreyskies @Crazeedi okay, sounds good! I‘ll be on the lookout for it! :) 7mo
Bookwormjillk I got this yesterday. Thanks! 7mo
slategreyskies @Bookwormjillk oh good, I‘m glad it got there okay! I couldn‘t remember where I‘d put the tracking number. :) 7mo
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slategreyskies
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This was a soft pick for me. I liked it, but I didn‘t love it, and there were certain things about Bernadette that really annoyed me. Overall, I‘m giving it a pick because I actually really wanted to see how the author was going to wrap up the book, and that was a good thing. I read this for #LMPBC. I‘ll be mailing it out sometime this week, so it should arrive a little early.

#NovelNovember
#33by33
#AnyWayYouReadathon

slategreyskies Pic is of six of the mini watercolors I‘ve been working on this weekend. I‘ve just been getting acquainted with my paints and seeing how they blend and work together on paper. 7mo
DivineDiana Lovely! 👏🏻❤️ 🎨 7mo
UwannaPublishme Beautiful! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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Bookzombie Beautiful! 7mo
Crazeedi You are such a good artist, I coul never do what you are, so wonderful ❤ 7mo
BennettBookworm I agree, Bernadette made me so mad haha 7mo
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slategreyskies
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I had the best of intentions when it came to finishing The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, but I decided to start my #LMPBC book instead. I‘m about 40 pages in, and I decided on blue ink.

Yay for weekend readathons! #33by33 #AnyWayYouReadathon #NovelNovember #readathon

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Bec_lectic
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I always like a book that makes me do a little research out of interest of topics in the story. Traveling to Antarctica? Never realized that is it was legit cruise that was extremely expensive and obviously extremely cold 😆. This book was light hearted, funny and exactly what I needed for a escape from the hell environment of my job right now. Pick!

Smartypants We must work at the same place! Lol 8mo
Bec_lectic @Smartypants haha hopefully you don‘t work in a critically short staffed laboratory?! 8mo
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slategreyskies
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Okay, I‘ve chosen this one for #LMPBC #GroupG. I‘m really excited! I‘ve been wanting to read this! It‘s got mixed reviews, but it will hopefully be a fun read. :)

Bookwormjillk Woo hoo! 8mo
Crazeedi Looks great! 8mo
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PezFilledCookies
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AMAZING! I‘m sure everyone that was going to have read it has done so at this point but in case you haven‘t…..
I had to tear my eyes off the pages to enjoy the beautiful Alaskan landscape haha

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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Fun, easy, well written read.

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Shemac77
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Morning reading

Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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peanutnine
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Day 20 #MayCharacters
Prompt: Maladjusted

Bernadette does not handle normal social interactions very well...

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Absolutely agree🙌🏻🙌🏻 13mo
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ELMyerholtz
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Pickpick

Where‘d you go on your 2021 reading adventures so far? This is just a quick (non exhaustive) peek into my recent reading endeavors!

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Mrs.C
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Mehso-so

It has taken me soooo long to finish this book. It was honestly so much effort to push myself to finish it. The book is fine, but it just didn‘t pull me in.

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amyf0x
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Pickpick

When Bernadette — a miserable, non-practising genius architect who hates people and living in Seattle — suddenly disappears, her daughter Bee must travel to the ends of the earth (Antarctica, specifically) to find her.

Read January 8-11
Rated 3.5/5 ⭐️
Book 3/60

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Texreader
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Another book of lists to keep those tbr lists full! I‘ve only read Crime and Punishment of the lot, so I‘ll be stocking up my tbr list!

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/7-fiction-books-that-change-the-way-you-think

Bookishlie Ooo I liked this. I have not read any of those and now I think maybe I might try a few.... 2y
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dariazeoli
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I just saw this film is on Hulu, so now I can see how Cate Blanchett plays Bernadette! I pictured her the entire time I read the book.

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j.rye
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Mehso-so

I was into it until the end. It all tied up so perfectly and didn‘t make sense for the characters.

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CaroPi
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1. The book I tag.
2. The Goldfinch - Metropolitan Art Museum if New York in the spring in the terrace. But I will need to stay there for a very long time 😊
3. Depends... But is getting Chilli so chocolate will do 😊

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks so much for playing 🍫🧡📚👏🏻 2y
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Kshakal
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Eggs 👏🏻📚👏🏻📚 2y
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TheEllieMo
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Mehso-so

I seem to be very much in the minority here but this was a so-spread for me. I loved the beginning and middle, but felt the end fell a little flat. Maybe it‘s because I‘ve been busy and not had much time for reading.

#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
DAB I am so sorry you did not like it. I loved it enough for both of us. Both book and movie. 2y
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dariazeoli
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Good morning. It‘s an XL coffee kind of day.

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TheEllieMo
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Nobody tags me in these things, so I‘m tagging myself😂

1. A woman on the brink

2. Define “bare essentials” - I take it or includes coffee and books?! Beyond that, my daily need is being able to get outside at least once a day.

3. 1985, and this time I‘d get tickets for Live Aid.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Ha love the book description 👏🏻👏🏻 Love the ‘80s 💃💃 2y
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TheEllieMo
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My #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin selection for this month.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Pickpick

Took me a couple tries to get into this one. First in print then audio. I think that may have been due to the writting style (epistolary). However, once I got into it, it was quite funny & witty.

BiblioLitten It was a fun read! Made me want to see Antarctica 🇦🇶 (edited) 2y
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Cathyloves2read
Pickpick

What a unique read this was! I loved it! I‘ve never read a book structured in this fashion before. I loved the characters, especially Bernadette. I have to admit that I can relate to her way of thinking. I‘m looking forward to watching this movie! There is so much more I‘d like to say, but don‘t want to ruin the story for anyone.

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Jovy
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I thought this was a laugh-out-loud, quirky story with entertaining characters. The format of emails and letters was fun and added a different dimension to the book. I enjoyed the first half more than the second half though.

#Booked2020 #eccentricmc

Cinfhen Perfect pick!!! Read this years ago and I still can remember it🥰That‘s pretty amazing for me, who can‘t remember 3/4 of what I read. 2y
4thhouseontheleft Great pick for this prompt! 2y
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DAB
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Love the move almost as much as I love the book.

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TamTracy
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book. I had heard ALL the hype about it and am late to the party. It was good! I do want to go watch the movie because it was one of those books I had a hard time a relating to the characters and I do believe it may be more funny on screen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MySharonaK I feel you! I thought it was easier to relate to the characters in the movie but that the book was funnier 2y
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IuliaC
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Pickpick

Perfect seaside vacation read, keeps you lying in the sun by day and doesn't let you go to sleep at night 😎🌞

mirnass I've seen the movie, it is great. 2y
IuliaC @mirnass I can't wait to see it too 😊 2y
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KristenDuck
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Pickpick

Bernadette Fox is literally about to have a meltdown, and then her daughter comes home with perfect grades and is ready to claim her prize: a family trip to Antarctica!

Living in Seattle and dealing with the mundane life problems has taken its toll on Bernadette, and then she goes missing! Where is she? Her daughter Bee is determined to find her.

It‘s cute and definitely worth downloading the audiobook if you are interested in a fun story.

perfectsinner Love this book. I actually just saw it while thrifting at Goodwill with my best friend & I thrusted it into her hands & told her she needed to get it. 😀 2y
jb72 I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. 2y
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Nicole_eileen07
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I decided to read this book after watching the movie last week with family. The book was very similar to the movie, almost word for word! It‘s a cute story, quick read, and really inspires you to want to travel to Antarctica! 7/10