#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS

The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women

At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.

She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”


This is the first nonfiction book I’ve read this year and the first that I have reviewed. So I’m going to keep it simple and just tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like and then do a summary at the end.

I decided to read this because I binge watched all of GirlBoss on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to see if the book was anything like it.


Review

The good:

  • I liked Sophia’s insight to what it takes to run a business.
  • The “Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS segments that were scattered at the end of some to the chapters.
  • Sophia’s attitude to being a #GirlBoss
  • There’s a chapter that looks at introverts that I thought was fascinating

The bad:

  • Her attitude to feminism was a little strange
  • Some of her choices have been pretty poor
  • I don’t feel that if really offered that much advice about starting a company, it was more about what to do once you have one.

To summarize; this was an ok read it was entertaining enough and I did enjoy most of it.

My rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

 

Let’s Talk (#9) – Reading Challenge’s

At the beginning of this year, I set myself a GoodReads challenge of reading 150 books, however by the time it got to April/May time I was wayyy behind schedule and feeling under pressure which resulted in me feeling rather stressed out and this started to suck the joy out of reading. So I made the decision to adjust my goal slightly. My newish challenge is 120 books.

As we are halfway through the year I thought it would be fun to have a look at some of my other reading statistics from this challenge. I present to you my first ever personally made infographic:

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I didn’t actually realize how many books I’d rated 5 stars until I made this graphic which was a nice surprise. I’m pretty happy to be 64 books in, I’m 5 books ahead of schedule now that has definitely eased the pressure as well.

One other thing that I forgot to add which I think is pretty cool is that so far this year I have read 18,604 pages!!

So have you set yourself a reading challenge? Are you managing to keep to on schedule? I’d love to hear from you!

Until Next Time! 🤓

Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

Blurb

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.

 In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool:

 Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel.

Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours


Stats

Page Length: 391
Publication Year:
2016
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Libby, Jack


Thoughts

I purchased this book on a whim one morning on the way to work, so I had no preconceived notions about it. It’s a little different to what I normally read in terms of the theming but I enjoyed it never the less.

Story

This story is told from both Libby and Jack’s perspectives in the first person. Most of the chapters in this book are quite short which I liked it gave it a nice flow and it was easy to follow as each character’s voice was very different.

I thought how Jack’s part of the story was very cleverly written, because of his condition his descriptions of other people were different to what you would normally see.

Characters

I really liked Libby’s confidence and thirst for life especially considering everything she has been through. I like that she wasn’t afraid to stand up for self and she took shit from no one. It was excellent to see that even though she is a bigger girl, for the most part she didn’t care what people thought of her.

“This is what I know about loss:

– It doesn’t get better. You just (somewhat) get used to it.
– You never stop missing the people who go away.
– For something that isn’t there anymore, it weighs a ton.”

Jack suffers from a brain disorder called Prosopagnosia which is also called face blindness. This means he is unable to recognize people’s faces. So instead he has to identify people by their markers for example how the walk, hair color, and body shape. To make this even more difficult no one knows about his condition except Libby.

“I’ve had to work really fucking hard to learn everyone, and even if skin color and hair color help me find people, that’s not who they are to me. It’s not about that. It’s about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they’re walking toward you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.” 

I thought Libby’s connection to Jack to was just really lovely. They in which they just got each other was great, they found understanding in each other that they didn’t get from anyone else. Which I think for Jack in particular probably saved him.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

To conclude, this was a pretty great book and ultimately very uplifting I thought that Jennifer Niven really hammered home the point that no matter who you are, you are wanted.

If you enjoyed Everything Everything (by Nicola Yoon) then you will like this story.

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Let’s Talk (#8) – Favourite Book Genres

Today I’m talking favourite book genres. I’m going to take you through my top three.

#1: Young Adult.

I’m trying really hard to pinpoint one exact reason why love Y/A but it’s a bit more complex than that. Characters in Y/A are at the starting point in their life where anything is possible, I think it’s the journey that these characters go on (no matter what their story is) that really appeals to me. Another reason is that as a teenager I always wanted to experience going to an American high school, for some reason I’m fascinated by them, so reading Y/A novels that are set there full fills that. I also like the huge verity of subjects that Y/A can cover.

My top 3 Y/A Novels:

 


#2: New Adult.

In particular, New Adult Romance. I do love a good romance novel and I usually find the best ones in this category. The romance in this category are usually a lot more intense (and let’s be honest steamy) than Y/A because the characters are that much older.

My Top 3 New Adult Books:

 


#3: Fantasy

It’s only been in the last year and a half that I have really gotten into fantasy. I’ve dabbled before but I never used to actively seek them out.  Now though I can’t get enough, I love emerging myself into a world that is vastly different to ours. Places where all types of magical things can happen.

My top 3 Fantasy books:

 


That’s all from me, I’d love to hear what your favorite genres are so please feel free leave a comment.

Until next time! 🤓

The Mystery Blogger Award

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I’m so chuffed to have been nominated for this. A great big thank you to Book Huntress for my nomination!! Be sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already.

About the “Mystery Blogger Award”

 “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog

RULES:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You nominate people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Me:

1. I love to stargaze!

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2. Watching movies is my second favorite thing to do (reading is obviously first!)

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3. I’m a lifelong introvert, to the point that some days it’s a real chore having to interact with people.

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Book Huntress Questions:  

1. Can you say that you are addicted to books?

Yes! and I can say this with confidence because my TBR list is going way up, despite the fact that I’m 6 books ahead on GoodReads reading challenge!

2. What do you do to the books you didn’t like? Do you keep them? Throw them? Give them away?

If it’s on my Kindle then I remove the book from my device. If it’s a physical book I give them away.

3. If you’ll be a writer, what genre will your books be categorized?

Either Young Adult or New Adult.

4. Have you ever tried talking to some stranger because of books?

On the internet, yes, all the time. Real life no not ever.

5. Funny/Crazy question) Have you ever tried looking funny outside (mostly on public places) whenever you read a book and a particular scene makes you angry that it made you rant loudly? If yes, can you tell a short story about it?

Hmm, ok so I do a big chunk of my reading on my commute to work, the thing that happens to me the most is when I’m reading really sad or a happy ending part of the story I almost always tear up! Which is majorly awkward. I end up sitting there blinking like my eyes like a lunatic!


I Nominate:

Mad Tea Party Book Reviews

 Never Not Reading

Where Book Addicts Meet


My Questions:

  1. 1.What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a blogger?
  2. If you could choose to be any character from any book, who would you be?
  3. What book have you re-read the most?
  4. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
  5. Where is the strangest place you’ve read a book?

My Best Post

This has to be my discussion post I did a few weeks ago: Let’s Talk (#4) Tamlin the Man Behind the Mask

and that’s all from me. Until next time! 🤓

 

 

The Lux Series (Books 1-3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Last week I started my re-read of the Lux Series. This time around I decided to read the version from Daemon’s POV: Oblivion. If like me you are a huge Daemon Black fan then this book is a must read!

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I have the Kindle version which includes Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal. So I’ve only re-read the first 3 books so far, and to make things easier I’ve done mini reviews for each.


Book 1: Oblivion (LUX #1.5)

Blurb

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

I really enjoyed reading this story from Daemons perspective. You really get a greater understanding of why he behaves as he does when he first meets Katy. The banter between the two of them is pretty epic. I also liked all the bonus scenes in this book and the insight to what was happening to Daemon when Katy wasn’t around.

I thought the pace in which the relationship between him and Katy was really nice, it was just long enough that it kept me hooked. I also really enjoyed all the action in this story. Overall it was a really excellent read.

If you haven’t read Obsidian which is the original story told from Katy’s perspective then you should probably read that first.

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Book 2: Onyx (Lux #2)

Blurb

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

The second book in the series focuses on the repercussions that Katy and Daemon must face now that she is mutated.

Things I liked were, Katy independence! She is determined to learn to defend herself so that she doesn’t have to rely on Daemon to protect her. Daemons determination to win Katy over and prove that his feelings for her are genuine and not just because they have a weird alien connection now. Also anytime they gave into their feelings and just had a full on make out sessions!

What I didn’t like, Blake!! God, he’s such an annoying slime ball of a character. Every scene he’s in makes my skin crawl! I admit Kat did frustrate me a bit in this book with her lack of trust in Daemon but with how he treated her in the first book I can see her point.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was an excellent follow on from the first book

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Continue reading “The Lux Series (Books 1-3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout”

Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Summer has officially arrived! It’s warm and humid out but I’m not complaining too much because sunshine! Yay!! Anyways it’s Sunday and for some reason, I do quite liking doing a tag on this day! Not sure why but let’s just go with it!

I found this tag on Going Through Books, which a pretty cool blog make sure you check it out and it was originally created by GirlReading.  This tag is a series of random book-related questions.

E-Book or Physical Book? 

E-books and this is purely for convenience because it allows me to carry almost my entire book library around with me.

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback – because I find them more comfortable to read than a hefty hardback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both – I probably do more online book shopping but I do love browsing book shops.

Trilogies or Series?

Depends on my mood, I enjoy both.

Heroes or Villains?

I’m a sucker for a hero!

A book you want everyone to read?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas– I’m obsessed with this entire series!

Recommend an underrated book?

With This Heart by R.S Grey – This book totally took me by surprise with how good it is.

The last book you finished?

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Last Book You Bought? 

I bought these together: Forces of Nature by Brian Cox and Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A lollypop stick

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes

Top Three Favourite Genres?

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal

Borrow or Buy?

Buy

Characters or Plot?

I kinda feel you need both for a book to be really good.

Long or Short Books?

In general Long but if the story is good I don’t really mind

Long or Short Chapters?

Both – depending on the story and writing style

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

The Foxe and the Hound (R.S. Grey) really made me laugh there were so many funny moments!

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional Worlds

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes I have and I do this quite often which is really bad and it’s a habit I’m trying to break

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? 

Defiantly Book to TV Adaptations.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book? 

The Vampire Diaries and PS I Love You.

Series or Standalones?

I’d don’t have a preference, it usually depends on my mood.


That’s it, please feel free to have a go and link back to me so I can see your answers!

Let’s Talk (#7) – Rating Systems

When I write a review, I liked to give each book a rating out of 5. I like to think that this system is straight forward and easy to understand.

I have a brief explanation for each rating on my Review policy but I thought I’d take you through each one a little bit more in depth, with a little help from Dean Winchester! 


🌟 1 STAR  – This is the lowest mark  I give a book. Although there are times where I have wanted to give a 0 I try not to. So, what does 1/5 really mean? Well to put it simply: I didn’t like your book. It wasn’t to my taste, it made me roll my eyes and it just wasn’t for me, I wouldn’t recommend! Yadda, yadda, yadda I think you get me point.

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🌟🌟 2 STARS – Only slightly better than then a 1/5. Usually, means that I didn’t completely hate the story, but there was probably something that ticked me off.

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🌟🌟🌟 3 STARS – This is what I was when a book was just OK. It’s probably an entertaining and enjoyable read but nothing to really shout about.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 STARS – This is awarded to books that I have enjoyed a lot. Books that get these marks because although I’ve enjoyed 95% of the story something about them doesn’t make the 5/5 mark. For example, if the story is really good but the writing style is a bit meh or if the ending of a book was a bit wtf but the rest of it was amazing then yeah I’ll usually give it this rating. Some of these books also make my recommended reading list

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 STARS – DING DING DING!! JACKPOT BABY!! If I give a book 5/5 it’s because its blown my mind with it’s epicenes!!

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5 Star rating books don’t happen that much, but when the do it’s the best. I will usually promote and rave on social media too, as well as adding to my recommended reading list. I usually recommend these books on the many Facebook groups that I’m member of.

 

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And there you have it a low down on my rating system. Hopefully this has been somewhat of an entertain reading.


See you on the flipside!