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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple @goodreads #travelingfriendsread #goodreadssummerreadingchallange

Lindsay and I read Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple  for the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge that we are participating in our Traveling Friends Goodreads Group.  Lindsay used this one for the “The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.” and I used it for a “Good as gold:  Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award”.

Brenda’s review

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a unique, fun and entertaining story that explores the creative side to our quirky, eccentric and endearing main character Bernadette through different documents used in the story.  At first, it took me a bit to get into the flow of the format with the emails, letters, etc. so I decided to listen to parts of this one and I really enjoyed the narrator. I thought it really enhanced the story to hear the different formats used in the story and the narrator was very expressive as she read the story.  I am so curious about the movie and looking forward to watching it when it comes out.

There is a lot of depth here with the different documents and how they are relevant to the disappearance of Bernadette and through them, we can see just how people view Bernadette leaving us questioning Bernadette’s state of mind.  I was also questioning a few other characters as well. We also see the creative side to Bernadette’s husband computer engineer Eligie who creates for Microsoft.  I enjoyed the dynamics here with both of their creative sides and just how different they were from each other as well as how people reacted to them.  

Some things felt a bit over the top here with just how eccentric Bernadette and this story is and towards the end, Maria Semple does push that a bit into an unrealistic way however for me, it felt heartwarming as to how it all came together.

“People like you must create.  If you don’t you become a menace to society. ”

In the end, I was left with so much to think about and so much I wanted to talk about.  I delved into the creative side of people and began to understand the creative people in my life a bit more after reading this one.  I highly recommend for group reads.

Lindsay’s review

Quirky and unforgettable characters with a unique and captivating storyline. 

This novel was a refreshing change of pace from what I have been reading lately. A silly, unpredictable story with eccentric and entertaining characters that had me laughing out loud. I really liked the way the story unfolded through letters, emails, reports and the narrative of Bee, the daughter of the family. Some of the plot overlapped between these points of narration giving a layered look into what was happening which I thought was done very well. 

For me, the first half of the book was more intriguing and enjoyable than the second half. My interest was piqued from the start and my curiosity had me flipping the pages as quickly as possible. The second half of the book began to drag in parts and my connection to the storyline lessened. The plot took an unrealistic route (for me) and lost its spark and intrigue. While I still loved the characters and their quirkiness, I wasn’t invested in what was happening to them. 


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Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey @BerkleyPub @KerryAnn

Happy Pub day to Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey! This is one not to be missed if you love Rom Coms or if you want to venture out of your normal and try something different.

Brenda’s Review

Waiting For Tom Hanks is another book that took me out of my normal and it was one I didn’t really have high hope of controlling my eyes from rolling.  Well, let me tell you just how much I loved this one. There might have been some dancing going on after reading this with the way this one wrapped up.   I was so pleased by that ending. Maybe there is hope for this unromantic sole.

Waiting for Tom Hanks is a fresh modern take on a rom com and if I was to sum it up in one word it would be irresistible.  However, there is so much more to this one. The story has all the plot elements to a rom com and at times it did feel it was going to go in the direction of those predictable, overused plot lines but nope Kerry Winfrey keeps it fresh, spinning a very interesting, entertaining, hilarious, heartfelt story here.  

I loved the colorful, quirky and very likable characters in this story and the dynamics between them.  I really enjoyed following Annie through her conflicts and adventures as she searches for her Tom Hanks.   

I loved the ending, did I mention that already.  It was on the super romantic side that is known in rom com but in such an unique comical way. I was at the edge of my seat, rooting for our couple and thoroughly entertained by the dynamics between these characters.   I highly recommend!

This was my pick for the prompt Short & sweet: Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting) from the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge.  I read it in one sitting but I did fall asleep halfway through. In the Traveling Friends group, a few of us agreed it still counted. Lol

Norma’s Review

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS by KERRY WINFREY was such an engaging, fun, wonderful, amusing, quick, and endearing rom-com tale that was a pure delight to read. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.

Sweet, charming, & a purely lighthearted pleasure!

KERRY WINFREY delivers a well-written, highly entertaining and enjoyable read here with loveable, quirky and realistic characters. I was totally smitten with these characters and this storyline that had me eagerly flipping those pages as fast as I could.

This was more than your classic rom-com tale as it’s written in such a way that felt so refreshing and new. I thought it was such an ingenious and interesting angle using Tom Hanks references from those beloved romantic comedies throughout this novel. What Tom Hanks represents and stands for in this story is absolutely swoon-worthy and so perfectly meaningful. I think we can all attest to wanting our very own “Tom Hanks” love story!

I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t get enough of this feel-good story and quirky characters.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Fun, quirky, charming, and an effective representation to storyline. Love the cover art!
Title: Intriguing, adorable, clever, and a fabulous representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, humorous, fluid and charming.
Plot: Refreshing, fun, delightful, adorable, lighthearted, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining.
Ending: A swoon-worthy ending that left me feeling quite content, happy and satisfied with.
Overall: 4.5 Stars! I adored this extremely engrossing, enjoyable & entertaining book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and to Kerry Winfrey for gifting us a copy of this absolutely adorable and enjoyable book. It was an absolute pleasure spending time with this book!!!

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