Tuesday, June 13, 2017

what I read in may

woohoo! glad to be back for the monthly show us your books linkup with steph and jana. I packed so many books for my honeymoon and guess how many I finished? one. yep, that's right. I watched the big little lies mini-series months ago and then decided to read the book, definitely not the recommended order in my opinion. I have been drowning with that book for months and only made it halfway through - I totally like it, I guess I'm not motivated to finish it since I already know what happens. I finally decided to retire big little lies and start a new one: luckiest girl alive. I finished this book in about three days!

luckiest girl alive by jessica knoll
as a teenager at the prestigious bradley school, ani fanelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancĂ©, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. but ani has a secret. there’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything. with a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, luckiest girl alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears. the question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set ani free? {amazon.com}

my take: A
I have said it before, but I love reading fast-paced thrillers that don't follow your typical gone girl recipe. I love a good murder mystery like the next girl, but lately I am really interested in reading books that stray from that pattern. that being said, this book was goooood. I loved the beginning of the book, the main character sets the stage for how daunting nyc life is and how hard you have to work to keep up to subtly portray old money. through all of the past pain and hard choices, ani finds herself and starts over again. this book has a lot of plot twists that keep you interested and is definitely a page turner. 

have you read luckiest girl alive? I definitely heard about it from the march show us your books linkup, so thank you to whoever recommended it and thanks for stopping by!


  1. I have heard mixed reviews about this book, but you have me wanting to revisit!

  2. I can totally see how it would be difficult to read Big Little Lies if you've already seen the show. For me, reading that book was one of the most intense experiences ever but it wouldn't have been the case if I'd seen the show first. At least you know what happens though! ;) Luckiest Girl Alive sounds good. Congratulations on your wedding and hope you had a lovely honeymoon!!!

  3. I think reading BLL after watching the show would have bummed me out because the thing I liked most about it was the ending with who was killed, and also over who Ziggy's dad was-- I did not see either coming and was so surprised!

  4. BLL is, to me, Moriarty's best book but I get struggling with reading it after you've seen the show. That's my current situation with Wayward Pines.

  5. I have not read The Luckiest Girl Alive. I've seen some mixed reviews, which left me torn. But seeing your recommend makes me think I need to take another look at it.

  6. I do like a good mystery/thriller - glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I don't have HBO so I can't watch Big Little Lies, but I would like to read the book sometime soon.


  7. Can't wait to check this book out! :) I love thrillers!

    Visiting from Show Us Your Books linkup.

  8. I loved Big Little Lies (the show) so much more than the book! Her books are too long and always drag int he middle for me. I loved Luckiest Girl Alive! I heard it's going to be made into a movie, so I'm definitely curious to see it!

  9. I've heard SO many mixed reviews about this book, so I was glad to see such a positive one from you. :)

  10. I've heard such good things about Luckiest Girl Alive, but I still haven't had the chance to read it yet! I definitely need to get on it!

  11. I have Big Little Lies recorded on DVR, but have held off on watching it because I wanted to read the book first. Glad I read your thoughts on the order. I also have Luckiest Girl Alive on my TBR. It's been on there forever it seems. After reading your take on it, I might just bump it up in the cue. Have a great day!

  12. I haven't even heard of this book before, but I just now went & added it to my Amazon wishlist because it sounds so good!

    xoxo, SS