I was able to finish all three of my books on my Fall Reading List and I’m pretty happy about that. Reading lots of books used to be easier but now I’m happy with one book a month. Looking for some new books to add to your list? Here are my reviews of #Girlboss, Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel, and Those Girls: A Novel. (P.S. What’s with this tacking on A Novel thing to titles now?)
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
(4 / 5)
I am not usually one for memoir type books written by famous people in the spotlight but something about this book and Sophia Amoruso made me want to read it. It is a compelling read and I finished it in less than a week. Honestly, I could of probably finished this in a day, that’s how much I enjoyed this, but life kind of gets in the way.
Do not let the title, #Girlboss, fool you either. While this book is geared towards women and she writes for women, it’s also about career power and entrepreneurship tips that anyone can apply to their lives. Amoruso has experienced some glitches throughout her business years, learned from those experiences and is sharing them. I found her advice to be honest and helpful. Her tips were not vague but instead straight forward and to the point. No beating around the bush with Amoruso and that kind of honesty in a memoir/self-help book is refreshing. Amoruso is anything but vague in her advice giving.
I would recommend this book to anyone with a career goal in mind. Even if you don’t own your own company like Amoruso, her tips can still be applied to your career.
Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
(3.5 / 5)
This book is being promoted as the next Gone Girl and that’s what drew me into it. I’ll start off by saying while I enjoyed this book, it is no Gone Girl. There are similarities between Knoll’s story and Gone Girl. Both revolve around self absorbed women with money who have big secrets. Self absorbed characters aren’t necessary a bad thing. I don’t need to like a character to enjoy the story.
Knoll’s story is enjoyable and the plot twist at the end is truly shocking. I won’t give it away in case you’re going to read this. This is a really good read if dark twisted stories are your thing. I think if this book were not being compared to Gone Girl, chances are I would of rated it higher. I think the publisher is doing it an injustice by comparing it. Readers are going to go in with their hopes high to be disappointed. Besides the darkness and revolving around bratty women, I didn’t find many similarities.
If you are going to read this book and you’ve read Gone Girl – forget Gone Girl and don’t compare. You’ll enjoy it more that way, if you were a fan of Gone Girl that is.
Honestly this is good book and I am looking forward to reading more by Knoll. I just know now to let her writing stand on it’s own and forget the comparisons.
Those Girls: A Novel by Chevy Stevens
(5 / 5)
Talk about dark and twisted books! If hard to deal with subjects are a sensitive topic for you- abuse, rape, murder, PTSD – I’d steer clear from this Chevy Stevens book. If you can handle it then this is a great read. Stevens writing style is raw and real. It’s hard not to feel the fear and pain these three sisters go through in this story.
I was angry with the characters through most of this book because they were just so naïve. It’s hard not to root for the sisters and keep thinking “No stop! Don’t do that!” and then when they didn’t listen it was easy for me to get mad (because obviously I can change the outcome of the book just like when I yell at movies). That’s just how good the writing style is, you get sucked right in. There is no happy ending to this book which is kind of sad. Even with the non-existent happy ending I enjoyed the story because Stevens knows how to tell a gripping story straight from the start.
Stevens’ story is terrifying, sick and depressing and I know that’s not exactly sounding like a positive review but it is. Any author that can evoke those kinds of emotions in a reader is sign of great writing style and an amazing story.
Have you read any of these books?
Will you be reading any of these?