Literary Book Giveaway Blog Hop – Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Finish What You Start



It’s been awhile since I did a book giveaway and I am excited to be joining Leeswammes’ Blog’s Literary Giveaway Blog Hop going on this weekend. A chance for me to make some room on my bookshelves and pass some good books on to you! I’ve got a fiction and a non-fiction in this book giveaway. You can enter to win one or both but is open to the US only since they are physical books.

First up for grabs during this giveaway is my gently read copy of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Since this is a physical book, the giveaway is only open to those in the US due to shipping costs.


My mini-review:

A clever story written strictly in the format of emails, faxes, school notes and journals, this book had me entertained. Bernadette, a renowned, reclusive and eccentric architect, goes missing days before taking a family trip to Antarctica with her daughter and husband. Her strange behavior gets her into horrifying and sometimes hilarious entangelements with her prissy neighbors, her virtual assistant, her genius of a daughter and her super-successful husband. A light and entertaining read, I never guessed what was going to happen next. I found the format unique and the characters infuriating and at times quirky and loveable. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.


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Next up for grabs is my gently read copy of the non-fiction book, Finish What You Start by Craig Copeland. Since this is a physical book, the giveaway is only open to those in the US due to shipping costs.

Finish What You Start

My Mini-Review:
As a perpetual procrastinator, I enjoy reading books that will help me complete the projects I start. I am a fantastic project planner, but start to waiver as it’s time to execute my plan. When I read this book, I was not looking to make a big life change. I was a full-time employee just trying to keep up with the demands of work and motherhood. Since then, I have made a life change and left the workforce to stay home. I think this book would be helpful to those who are looking at making a life change, like deciding to change careers or start a new business (or blog for that matter).

See my full review here.

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Be sure to visit the other fantastic bloggers in the linky for even more books and prizes being given away!

Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. The Misfortune of Knowing
  3. Bibliosue
  4. Too Fond
  5. Under a Gray Sky
  6. Read Her Like an Open Book (US)
  7. My Devotional Thoughts
  8. WildmooBooks
  9. Guiltless Reading
  10. Fourth Street Review
  11. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  12. Word by Word
  13. Words And Peace (US)
  14. Ciska’s Book Chest
  15. Falling Letters
  16. Roof Beam Reader
  17. Readerbuzz
  18. The Relentless Reader (US)
  19. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  20. Daily Mayo (US)
  1. The Emerald City Book Review (US)
  2. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
  3. Lost Generation Reader
  4. Booklover Book Reviews
  5. Bay State Reader’s Advisory
  6. River City Reading (US)
  7. Books Speak Volumes
  8. Words for Worms
  9. Wensend
  10. Bibliophile’s Retreat
  11. Readers’ Oasis
  12. The Book Musings
  13. My Book Retreat (N. Am.)
  14. Books on the Table (US)


  1. My favorite book read so far this year is Time Masters Book 2: The Prophecy by Geralyn Beauchamp Fair warning if you haven’t read Book 1: The Call yet I don’t recommend skipping in this series as there is backstory of characters and worldbuilding in the first book that is helpful to people new to the series.

    1. I know what you mean Amber, if anyone asks my favorite, I usually list 2 or 3. Hope to have more giveaways this year so please come back again!

  2. Hi,
    I’m glad I came by 🙂 your books sound good; and in reading the comments I remember how much I love Bridget Jones, and Harry Potter.
    One of my all time favorites is Jung Chang’s ‘Wild Swans’.

    1. I haven’t read the Bridget Jones series but just saw the second movie a couple weeks ago. I will have to give the books a try 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

  3. My favorite book read so far this year is actually a Middle Grade book called A Snicker of Magic. It is so eloquently written, the author wraps you in the blanket of her words and carries you gently, swiftly, yet mysteriously to the end of the book. It teaches the importance family, no matter if that family is a nontraditional family. It also teaches the importance of trusting in oneself. It is an absolutely wonderful book. My 10-year-old daughter adds her praise to mine; she really loved this book.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I am surprised how much I am enjoying Harry Potter and I read The Alchemyst as well on the recommendation of my middle grader. I will have to see if he has read this one, he’s an even bigger bookworm than I am! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Your question makes me realize how little nonfiction I read! I have to go all the way back to winter for this one, I think: Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen.

    1. Interesting, as much as I love food, cookbooks and reading, I don’t typically read foodie novels. Of course, it might not helps with curbing my appetite for late night snacks if I read Blue Plate Special at night.

      I enjoy nonfiction and like to scatter them through my fictional reads. I was doing better listening to nonfiction audiobooks on my commute to work over a year ago. I need to get back into reading more nonfiction too, there is always something to be learned.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. My fave non-fiction so far is Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space by Lisa Randall.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  6. I loved In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  7. Favorite book so far is The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair. But I hate to pick a favorite…there are so many great ones out this year!

  8. So far The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult was my favorite read of 2014. Thanks for the give away – I’ve really wanted to read Where’s You Go Bernadette?

    1. Thanks for entering my giveaway, good luck! I have heard wonderful reviews on The Storyteller and haven’t picked up a Jodi Picoult in awhile. I got a couple of hers on audiobook back when I commuted for my job.

    1. A.J. Fikry seems to many commenters’ favorite reads this year. I added it to my Goodreads to-read shelf. Thanks for the recommendations.

  9. A favorite book so far is Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    1. You’re welcome Rose, I love to share good books with my readers. Thanks for the recommendation, i’ve added Epic Detour to my to-read shelf on Goodreads.

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