What I’m reading in November

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Linking up with Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy to share short reviews of recent reads!

whered you go bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple: I listened to the audiobook, which I downloaded to my iPhone from my local library. My focus was divided since I listened to the book while making dinner, walking the dog and driving, so I struggled to keep track of the many characters and plot turns. The storyline is unlikely but somehow believable. An enjoyable “read,” but not one I would have taken the time to actually read.

bird by bird

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott: I’m finally getting to this one after countless recommendations. Lamott’s advice is practical and funny. I’m borrowing it from the library, but I need to buy it because I know I’ll come back to it over and over.

eat move sleep

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath: This book, in conjunction with a few other timely promptings, helped me plunge into my Whole 30. It’s full of great research about eating, exercise and sleep. Each chapter provides bite size actions you can take to eat, move and sleep better.


The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty: Chock full of clichés, an unbelievable plot line, and stock characters. I don’t know why I kept reading to the end, but it didn’t get better.


Sisterland: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld: Listening to audiobooks is the best way for me to squeeze fiction into my life right now. Sittenfeld is a brilliant storyteller and master of character development.

I decided to try Sisterland after Shauna Niequist recommended it, though I’d have otherwise dismissed it upon reading the back cover.

I’d agree with Shauna’s description: The quality of her storytelling is extraordinary. You come to know these characters in a way that feels so familiar, like they’re your neighbors, like they’re you.

While I liked it better than both of the other fiction books listed here, parts of it made me very uncomfortable, and I’m slightly uncomfortable recommending it. So read at your own risk and don’t judge me. :)

What are you reading?

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13 thoughts on “What I’m reading in November

  1. Sad about the Husband’s Secret because I loved What Alice Forgot. Bird by Bird is on my list, and I I think Curtis Sittenfeld is a fantastic writer and creates compelling characters, but some of the plot twists make me uncomfortable too ;)

  2. Audiobooks — how has this idea not occurred to me before! My next stop will be the library website to see if I can download them as well. Have you ever watched Arrested Development? After I realized that the author of Bernadette was a writer for that show, the book’s sense of humor and crazy plotline suddenly made a lot more sense. I think it would be hilarious as a movie.

  3. I would want to read Sisterland just based on the front cover because I’m a sucker for pretty covers. =) Now, I may read it thoughtfully. Or not.
    I liked Where’d You Go Bernadette? as a light read. I lived for several years just across the border from Seattle and so the general area is super familiar to me and I liked that aspect of it and laughed a lot at the perfect stereotypes.

    Eat, Sleep, Move sounds fantastic. Adding it to my list.

    1. It’s always fun to read books set in places you’re familiar with. I used to live on the west coast but never spent any time in the northwest. All I know are the stereotypes. :) Let me know your thoughts on Sisterland…

  4. BIrd by Bird is one of my favorites ever, and definitely my favorite book about writing. Like you, I despised the way The Husband’s Secret ended. Also, I was so mad at Bernadette for being so flighty that I ended up not loving that one as much as I probably should have.

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