Recently Read no. 19

Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg
Hey there! I'm here today with another round-up of the books I've read in the last couple of months. Pretty cool to be writing this post as I've just ordered new books from Amazon, very excited to give those a go! But more on that next time ;-)

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?

  • NatalieLeanne

    I just finished reading Big Little Lies too and loved it! Just need to watch the show now xx

    • Oh yes, I hope you like it as much as you enjoyed the book. The imagery is beautiful and the actresses so good!

  • I agree with your thoughts on The Girls! A lot of people loved it, but I didn’t like the writing style nor did I care much for the characters. I stuck it out to the end, but I felt like I’d wasted my time with it. I’ve never read anything by Liane Moriarty but I watched a few episodes of Big Little Lies and loved it, so I’ll probably read the book soon too.

    Kate |

    • I’m so glad someone shares the same (unpopular apparently) opinion! It clearly was a waste of time and I hate feeling like this when I’m reading a book!

  • Elyane

    Coool, tu m’as donné envie de regarder Big Little Lies ! Entre Betaseries & ici, je ne suis jamais en manque d’inspiration grâce à toi haha. Gros bisous, on s’écrit vite :)

    • Héhé bien contente que ça serve à quelqu’un !! Je pense que tu aimeras Big Little Lies :)
      Ouiii je t’envoie un whatsapp

      • Elyane

        Bon ben je viens de terminer la série. Merci du conseil parce que j’ai vraiment adoré !! Tous les épisodes sont géniaux <3 Ce suspense, ces histoires, ces acteurs… parfait !!

        • Super contente que tu aies aimé ! Cette série est trop belle et la BO pareil <3

  • Il y a beaucoup de gens qui m’ont dit que ‘the girls’ est vraiment ‘overrated’ et je pense que c’est un peu triste parce que le ‘premise’ me semble très interessante. // Hmm je ne sais pas si ‘Lean In’ est un livre pour moi.. je n’aime pas du tout FB ou les livres de conseils pour des enterprises et des femmes… Mais je suis sûre que c’est toujours interessante. // Il faut que je lise ‘big little lies’ !

    • Peut-être que tu peux quand même essayer The Girls si c’est plus ton style ;)

      • ooh merci pour le ‘tip’ ! Je pense acheter le livre audio pour l’écouter quand je suis dans le métro. <3

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