I've been meaning to share some great books with you for quite a while. I received a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and I made it my goal to read 20 fiction and 20 nonfiction books in 2016. I am probably a little bit behind schedule, but I've definitely read more than I have in years and it's a great way to unwind after a day of editing. Here's a few recent reads...
The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins- I bought this book over Christmas break and I read it in an afternoon and could not put it down! If you like Gone Girl, you'll love this book. It's basically like drunk amnesia. Rachel's husband had an affair and married the other woman. Every day, Rachel takes the train into the city and goes past her old neighborhood to basically creep on her ex and the new woman. She sees several things as she passes daily. While she struggles to remember a lot of details due to her drinking, she does remember seeing SOMETHING after a woman goes missing. This book had such a great storyline and a very unexpected twist at the end. It's being made into a movie set to release this October and Rachel will be played by Emily Blunt. I can't wait!
Blood Defense by Marcia Clark- If the name doesn't sound familiar, Marcia Clark was the prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial. While her writing won't win any kind of Pulitzer Prize, I like how she's pretty snarky and direct. It reminds me of the way I speak. Anyway, in the book Samantha is an attorney who is tight on money and takes a case where an LAPD detective is accused of a double homicide. The book has a lot of twists but makes for a fairly easy read. This is the first in a series featuring Samantha and I'll be buying the next two.
Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso- This book is quite popular in the social media land for self employed women. In her autobiography, Sophia tells the story of how she was kind of a bit of a deviant with no real direction and then she started flipping vintage clothing on eBay. Her business is called Nasty Gal, and while she no longer runs her store on eBay, she's built a large empire in women's fashion. I don't know that modeling her business model would be plausible in today's world but she did figure out early on the strategies behind timing your listings, how good photos will make the biggest difference, and how working hard and believing in yourself will help you achieve great things.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo- I'm not going to lie, this woman might be a sociopath. I didn't make it more than halfway through the book. While I love the idea of having a clean and tidy house all the time, that will never happen unless I euthanize my dogs and kick out my husband. While I think she offers a lot of practical advice like THROWING THINGS AWAY THAT YOU DON'T USE, she also tells you to thank your socks for providing warmth for your feet. No thanks Marie. She talks a lot about her obsessiveness with tidying as a child and how she threw out her family's possessions without their permission and she wipes down wet shampoo bottles after a shower because she doesn't like them to be dirty. She needs a therapist and probably a hug. If you have OCD, are a single female living in Japan with no hobbies, and believe that socks have feelings, this might be the book for you.