Fall Reading List Review

Fall Reading List Review - The Krystal Diaries
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 #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

4 out of 5 stars (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.

The Luckiest Girl Alive Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll

3.5 out of 5 stars (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 Those Girls: A Novel by Chevy Stevens

5 out of 5 stars (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?

Fall Reading List Review - The Krystal Diaries

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  1. I read Luckiest Girl Alive and found that it didn’t jive with me. I felt like the author took every possible plot line and crammed it into one book. Like you said, it was no Gone Girl!

    I think you’d really like “Why Not Me?” by M. Kaling. If you enjoy fun, light books – “Crazy Rich Asians” is really good too. And on the other end of the spectrum, if WWII novels interest you, “The Book Thief” is amazing.

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  2. All of these books are on my reading list. 🙂 I’ve started to ignore the Gone Girl comparisons too, because ever since that book any with a self-centered female unreliable narrator in a twisted story is being compared with it. I didn’t actually love Gone Girl as much as a lot of people did (I have trouble with books when they’re so hyped before I read them, somehow I’m always a little disappointed) so it doesn’t really disappoint me, but I think the comparison has gone on long enough. Especially with how popular those types of stories have become. 🙂

    Thanks for your great reviews! All of these just moved further up my TBR list.

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  3. Rose wrote:

    I have not read any of those. I give myself a goal to read some books but I always fall short. Definitely an area I am going to work on next year. So many good books and I hate missing out on them.

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  4. I just started reading Luckiest Girl Alive last night! Others I just got at the library include Running Like a Girl (Alexandra Heminsley), Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) and Looking for Alaska (John Green).

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  5. jennyb wrote:

    I think I’d like to read the last 2. I loved Gone Girl too but like you said, you can’t compare books to others, can you?

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  6. I hate that it was compared to Gone Girl…I feel like that was a marketing scheme that backfired, because I think it made me like the book less than I would have if I wouldn’t have gone into it expecting something like Gone Girl.

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  7. kristen wrote:

    yeah seriously, whats with the ‘a novel’? that makes no sense. duh it’s a novel. it doesn’t need to be in the title lol.
    bahaha i yell and get mad at characters too. i’ll have to check that last book out, when i’m in the mood for something like that.

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  8. Paula wrote:

    I have so many books that I want to read, there’s a whole stack of them in my office haha:) Love this post, I really want to read Girl Boss!

    Thirteen Thoughts

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