This month's Inspired by Reading Book Club selection is a book that got a lot of buzz when it first came out... Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I actually reserved a copy in two or three times when it was new but never got around to reading it before it was due back. At that point in my life, I had precious little time to read adult books, so I just never could get around to it or so many other books. I truly adored this book... but it makes me wonder how many other great books that I've missed out along the way. But, hey, this is why I love book club!
I would highly recommend this book if you're looking for a light, fun read! Because of the way the story unfolds through emails, letters, FBI documents, and even an ER bill it's a truly unique reading experience. As usual I'm not wanting to give too much away... but I really loved how the author ends up tying the narrative all together at the end. Curious? You'll just have to read it for yourself to see what I mean! I'll just tell you that this is a nice mix of humor, adventure, and mystery... and it's also a great story about family and relationships.
I wasn't immediately sure what direction I wanted to take for my design this time. I had several inspiration options: the rainy weather of Seattle (I have a rain cloud from Jade Scott that I've been hoarding), the blackberry bramble, the ice of Antarctica (but I had just done a set of icy Honey Do List projects), and, what I finally chose, PENGUINS!
I decided to finally break out the adorable penguin charms that Eric bought me from Jetta Bug Jewelry two Christmases ago. These are definitely for me... not for sale. I have a bit of a thing for penguins. (As a matter of fact our guest bedroom is decorated with a large portion of my penguin collection!)
|These are most, but not all of my penguin friends!|
As a sort of post script, I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately requested the author's other books from my library. I zipped right through her newest title, Today Will be Different, and loved it too! Now I've just started her first book, This One is Mine.
Oh, and a second funny (to me at least) aside... when I was in Seattle for a library conference a while back I stayed at the Westin hotel where Audrey Griffin and her family stay (and cause quite the commotion) after the mudslide. Audrey wasn't too impressed, but I thought it was a nice hotel... and I had an incredible view of Puget Sound!