So here are my thoughts on two novels and a non-fiction that has been talked and talked about, which means that it was on my list for a long time.
- The Girls: 2/5
- Lean In: 4/5
- Big Little Lies: 4/5
The Girls, Emma Cline
I think the odds were absolutely not in my favor when I started this one. I started it when I was away and I don’t know about you but I find it really hard to start a book while being away, I need to be already into the story or else I have a hard time focusing.
So this one I picked only because I had just finished the previous book and didn’t want to start Sheryl Sandberg’s book right away for that very reason. It was on my Kindle and I just went for it as I had heard so many things about it. And good things they were.
Well, let me tell you it was way too overrated in my opinion. I didn’t like the writing nor did I like any of the characters. I think that alone sums it up, I really had a hard time finishing it.
Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
Whether you aspire to be a badass in the workfield or not, Sheryl Sandberg points out in her book the challenges women face in their career and how balance is key. Women are just as valuable as men in the workfield so it’s time they sit at the table too. Being the COO of Facebook, Sheryl explains how she made it all work out between her job and personal life and how being equally involved with her children as her husband as helped her reach her goals. It really breaks my heart to know that she lost her husband only a few years after writing the book.
I’m not particularly a fan of Facebook nor am I as ambitious a woman as she is, but there are some lessons I was glad to acknowledge while reading the book. It’s super interesting and empowering how she tells her story and how she stands up for women’s cause.
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
This one is a little gem. Have you seen the HBO show from earlier this year? It’s absolutely awesome. It stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who are also producers, along with Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and more awesome people.
It’s one of my favorite shows from those I started this year and it made me want to read the book. It’s a little different as it’s based in Australia instead of California and there are slight differences in the scenario but the thrill is mostly the same. It doesn’t add much if you decide to read the book after watching the show, and I am biased here as I knew the ending, but either option is really worth it and I can’t recommend it enough.
What are your all-time favorite books?