Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Bertsche’

You know, I totally started writing this post a week ago. I have no idea why I didn’t finish it.

Last month I read . . .

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich (reread)

Timeless by Gail Carriger

The Family Man by Elinor Lipman

MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

The Hunger Pains by The Harvard Lampoon

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (reread)

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (reread)

Miscellaneous stats:

  • reread three books (almost half!)
  • read one for my 5th-8th grade book club (The Wee Free Men)
  • read two based on the recommendations of book bloggers (The Family Man, MWF Seeking BFF)
  • read one based on the recommendation of non-Internet people (The Hunger Pains)
  • three were library books, one I purchased, and three I already owned
  • six were paper books and one was an ebook

Random April Awards:

The Over the Top Award: The Hunger Pains. (Shocking, I know.) I had many laugh-out-loud moments while reading it, but it was a little over the top at times. That was probably the point, though.

Best Secondary Characters Award: The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky. I love Tiffany Aching, I truly do, but I love the secondary characters in these books as much as her. (An OCD ghost named Oswald? Really, you can’t get any better than that.) The cast of unique characters is one of the reasons I love these books to pieces.

The Hardest Title to Type Award: MWF Seeking BFF. Every time I typed it – every time! – my finger stayed on the “shift” key too long and I would end up going “MWF SEEk . . . MWF SEe . . . MWF Seeking BFF.” Quite a nuisance, I tell you.

And that was April! Overall it was a pretty good book month. May is off to a great start, too. I’ve already read five books (one of them a 700+ page chunkster!) and have a wonderful pile waiting for me. Right now I’m so exhausted, (I worked today), I may just collapse on the couch and watch reruns of Psych for the rest of the evening. Ahhh, couch . . .

What are you up to?

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MWF Seeking BFF:

My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

by Rachel Bertsche

Ballantine Books, 2011

Source: public library

Read it because . . . I read this review and it sounded interesting


Two years after moving to Chicago with her boyfriend, Rachel Bertsche realizes there is a gaping hole in her life: she has no local best friends. Seeking to remedy the situation, she decides to embark on a year of friend-dating – 52 first dates in all – hoping at least one of them will lead to a new BFF. In MWF Seeking BFF Bertsche recounts her experience, sprinkling her friend-date anecdotes with discussions on current research and studies on friendship.

MWF Seeking BFF was an entertaining read. Bertsche is a humorous, open writer, and I never stopped being impressed by her pro-active approach to solving her best friend dilemma. I was pleasantly surprised by her inclusion of friendship facts and studies, and was pleased that she inserts her friendship research findings in the middle of her anecdotes with relative ease. She cites studies that highlight the positive affect friendships have on both mental and physical health, the stigma attached to admitting loneliness, and the overall decline of adult friendships in our society. Her book brings to light a subject few people are willing to discuss for fear of sounding “pathetic”: that many adults have only a few (if any) really close friends, and that making friends is much more difficult once you grow up.

As I read, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own friendships. Like Bertsche when she began her search, all of my best friends live rather far away. (Most live in a completely different time zone.) I have friends here, but no one I would feel comfortable calling at 2 am (which, in my mind, is one of the differences between a friend and a best friend). I’m not complaining, mind you. I have amazing friends and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. And I am, overall, pretty content with my life. But Bertsche did get me thinking about my local friendships and whether or not it’s time to expand my friendship horizons a bit.

My only quibble with the book are the repeated declarations concerning the Inherent Differences in the Friendship Needs of Men and Women. I am rather uncomfortable with absolutes and so I cringed every time Bertsche said something about men needing one kind of friendship and women needing another. I don’t think the issue is quite that black and white.

Overall, an interesting read. I recommend it.

P. S. This all started as a blog, which you can find here. (Confession: I haven’t looked at it yet.)

Other reviews: Book Addiction, Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea, S. Krishna’s Books, The Written World

Did you write a review?  Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

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