Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by [Semple, Maria]

In April I read, well listened on Audible to Where’d You Go Bernadette.

I love reading, and even though there is nothing like reading a physical book with pages, sometimes life is too busy and I still want to read. That is why I love audio books so much!  I can utilize my time, mostly when I drive in the car, fold laundry, or take a bath, I get to listen to a book!

Back to my book review.

Where’d You Go Bernadette was a fun read (well, listen).  I liked the story and how it wrapped up at the end especially.

The story surrounded the main character Bernadette Fox and all of her quirky attributes. She seems like a really uppity person to most of the onlookers in the story, but as it evolves and you learn more about her you begin to understand her and even empathize with her. She has a daughter Bee, who also has a really interesting backstory that is revealed, and Microsoft genius husband Elgin. The story takes place in Seattle where they relocated from California. Bernadette’s life was certainly not how she planned it to be, and as the story progresses you learn more and more about her and why she chooses to seclude herself.

I really enjoyed listening and hearing all of her remarks she made about being around people and what other school moms were like. It makes you laugh out loud a little… well, I laughed out loud a lot. There were lots of funny moments, and interesting twists.

Eventually, this is not a real spoiler, she goes missing ( I mean, Where’d You Go IS in the title) and I loved finding out how that was all going to unfold.

I feel like I kept guessing the whole time, and kind of like that when I listen to or read books.

It was a really cute story about family, personal struggles, and how we change as life moves along.

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely will be watching the movie! Here is a clip of the trailer. Cate Blanchett is the perfect person to play Bernadette!

Check out this fun read on Audible or get it in physical form

 

 

Watch the movie trailer

-XoXo
Hannah

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

I read a whole spectrum of books, it keeps life interesting.

I just finished Hidden Bodies, which is the sequel to the Book and Netflix series YOU.

You (2018)

If you love a good suspenseful psycho-thriller book/ show then you need to give the book and show a shot. (Assuming you haven’t already).

If you have not read or watched it, don’t read on if you’re touchy about spoilers.

Hidden bodies picks up where the show leaves off, and follows Joe Goldberg on his interesting life after Beck. As Joe tries to move on from Beck, he finds himself in a new relationship, that fell into his lap.

He has a new love in his life Amy, who shocked me somewhat with her role in the book. Read to see how that all goes!

He finds himself, in L.A. instead of New York and that was a location change I didn’t see coming.

Now, in Hollywood Joe leads a totally different life from his east coast New York vibe. He meets typical California people who are struggling/ aspiring actors and uber rich people. He befriends the most unlikely people and you see his character changing and yet remaining the same all at once.

This book has all sorts of twists and turns and takes you places you didn’t see coming.

I love Hidden Bodies’ contrast to YOU as well as the familiar scenarios Joe  finds himself.

Chapters 48 until the end are REAL game changers. I won’t divulge any spoilers, but it literally kept me on the edge of my seat and makes you root for Joe.

Its bizarre when you watch a show or read a book from a serial killer’s perspective (I’m reminded of Dexter), and those main characters are somewhat “normal” people. You find yourself rooting for that them in spite of their crimes! Even though Joe has his flaws, you kind of want life to work out for him, but the possibility of him being caught for his previous crimes is suspenseful and exciting. You feel a little bit like you are rooting for two teams, good and bad and somehow it all makes sense.

Anyway, I really can’t summarize this book without giving away the cool aspects of it. I would hate to make it unreadable for anyone.

So give it a shot, Its totally addicting.  I hear that Caroline Kepnes is writing a third book about Joe Goldberg, but that one is not out yet. So stay tuned and let me know if you read this, or have read it and if you love it too!

XoXo

Hannah 

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Reading has been one of my passions, for as long as I can remember.

Becoming a mom, ultimately put that hobby on the back-burner for a little while. Busy with naps, diapers, and making sure my house didn’t look like a disaster zone filled most of my time.

One of my “goals” for 2019 was to get back to what brings me joy, one of those things is reading!

What I plan on doing, is sharing my book reviews here!

I will give you my thoughts on a book I just read and I’d love for you to let me know if you have read it or what you like to read in the comments section. I’m always looking for new books to read!

I want to start off by saying that Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors, I have read all but a couple of his books. I picked up Nicholas Spark’s See Me at our local library (yes I’m old school like that sometimes) and realized this was where I was going to pickup my reading hobby I missed so much.

This book, like all of Nicholas Spark’s books was FANTASTIC. I seriously couldn’t put it down!

It satisfied all the elements on my usual checklist and had suspense, mystery, a little bit of romance.

The main character Colin has a chance meeting with a girl named Maria. They are both from totally different backgrounds and cultures and yet they are still drawn together. This isn’t your typical romance story. Yes, opposites often attract, but it turned out to be so much more! This story, follows Colin’s life as he moves forward from his checkered past. He constantly tries to keep old habits at bay while striving to change his life. From being sent off to military school, being arrested, to living in his old friend’s attached apartment, to being in college, and pursuing his hobby of MMA fighting. He is a character you grow to love as his story unfolds.

Maria is from an immigrant background, as the eldest daughter of a hardworking family who values their family and hard work. She becomes a lawyer and realizes it may not be all that she expected it to be. Her life (like so many of us) is not what she pictured it would be like. She was a workaholic, and often found herself preferring to be alone rather than out meeting other people or having a social life like other 28 year old women.

Colin was hardly her type, and yet she found herself appreciating his honesty as he admits his past openly to her. She was intrigued and couldn’t put her finger on exactly what or why she was interested in him at all.

As the story goes on, you will see, she was lucky she gave him a chance and that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Colin, as much as she didn’t think was possible, saved her in ways she didn’t think she would ever need. Maria ultimately does the same for him.

There comes a twist you don’t see coming, where everyone and everything Maria loves is in jeopardy, even her own life. It gets so suspenseful and leaves you turning the pages and guessing what will happen until the very end!

This story is so great! I hope that this is made into a movie, because it would seriously be a great one! Lets face it, most of Nicholas Spark’s books ARE made into movies and this will be epic if it does get made.

I highly recommend this book, and you have to check it out whether its on audio book,  or in physical form.

If you have read this let me know, or any other books you love tell me in the comment section below.

XoXo

-Hannah