All of Lucky Santangelo books are high paced and full of action, but in Book Four, Lucky's Revenge, Collins takes one step further into the realm of uAll of Lucky Santangelo books are high paced and full of action, but in Book Four, Lucky's Revenge, Collins takes one step further into the realm of unbelievable. The storyline is still terrific though, and it's great reading nonetheless.
The Bonnatti family is after Lucky again. This time, Santino Bonnatti's wife Donatella is out for revenge for her husband's death, and she blames Lucky! After moving quickly behind the scenes to take Lucky's beloved Panther Studios from her, we also learn that Donatella also has something to do with Lennie's death.
Lucky, being Lucky, can not let it go. She is out for revenge, and she'll stop at nothing until she avenges Lenny's death and gets her studio back!...more
I'm a huge Nasty Gal fan; I've been ordering from them since 2010 because they are one of the few North American clothing retailers that will ship toI'm a huge Nasty Gal fan; I've been ordering from them since 2010 because they are one of the few North American clothing retailers that will ship to Taiwan.
When I heard that Sophie Amoruso, the woman who started Nasty Gal and built it into the empire it is today, had written a book about being a girlboss, I thought I'd give it a try. I've been on a biography kick lately, and I figured she'd have something good to say, especially since I'm a woman in business and her story is one of those bootstraps to riches success stories.
There is no denying that Amoruso has accomplished a lot. She is obviously a hard worker that doesn't take no for an answer. I admire her spunk and her determination to succeed, but her writing style just doesn't do it for me. I know she was trying to go for a girl empowerment style of book, but she came off as sounding like a condescending know-it-all. I wonder if this is her persona in real life or if her writing style had more to do with her editor. In either case, it's super annoying, and I couldn't help rolling my eyes a couple of times.
I know what she'd say to that though! She say that you shouldn't care what people think about you, which is arguably one of the best lessons she has to offer in her book.
"No matter where you are in life, you'll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.”
I liked the current female success stories that she included as references, especially Christene Barberich's entry as editor-in-chief of Refinery29.com. Amoruso shares some interesting stories about how she got started. I especially liked her story about finally going to an investment meeting, being totally unprepared for it, and coming to the realization that everyone in those meetings respected her, even though she didn't come from a traditional business background. (Neither do I!)
I suppose after reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead that I was expecting something more along the lines of a book offering solid business advice and advice on being a woman in a mostly male dominated business world. Amoruso's business anecdotes are offered with a tongue-in-cheek attitude and her #Girlboss hashtag just made me cringe. She reminds me a bit of Lady Gaga trying to gather her minions as Mother Monster. Those kinds of gimmicks just don't fly with me. This book seems like it was written more for her than for her fans.
If you're looking for a business book that tackles the issue of women in business, this is not it. If it's an interesting biography or a rags to riches tale that you're after, than maybe Girlboss is for you.
I didn't know anything about On Beauty when a friend passed this book on to me to read, but I did know the name Zadie Smith, and I've heard great thinI didn't know anything about On Beauty when a friend passed this book on to me to read, but I did know the name Zadie Smith, and I've heard great things about her writing. I really enjoyed this book!
This is a story about two families that are very different. Howard Belsey is an Englishman that teaches at a college in New England. He has been married to his African American wife for 30 years, and they have three children together- Jerome, Zora, and Levi. Howard's arch rival is a Trinidadian scholar named Monty Kipps. The two men are constantly butting heads, while the rest of their family members ricochet off each other in many different ways. Howard and Kiki are trying to get past his affair with a close friend of theirs. Jerome has fallen in love with Monty Kipps's daughter Vanessa, Kiki and Monty's wife Carleen strike up a deep friendship, and Zora brings home a young man that is tied to both families.
On Beauty is beautifully written with vibrant, likable characters and a great storyline.
I don't know what I was expecting from Sheryl Sandberg's biography. The only thing I knew about her was that she is the COO of Facebook, so I supposeI don't know what I was expecting from Sheryl Sandberg's biography. The only thing I knew about her was that she is the COO of Facebook, so I suppose I was expecting to read a lot about what it's like to work at Facebook.
While Sandberg provides some interesting insight into what she does with Facebook, it is her work with women and leadership that really intrigues me. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is primarily based off a brilliant TED Talk that she gave in 2010, and in it, she talks about how women in positions of leadership and power are in a stall pattern around the world.
Women may be better off today in the developed world than they have ever been, but men still run the world. Countless studies have shown that women continue to outpace men in educational achievement, but they still haven't made much progress being at the top of any industry. Currently, women hold approximately 14% of Fortune 500 executive officer positions, and about 18% of board seats. These numbers have hardly moved over the past 10 years. Sandberg writes that "A truly equal world would be one where women ran half of our countries and companies and men ran half of our homes."
Lean In is primarily about how women can take charge of their own careers, but it is also carefully researched and shows how sexism is still very much alive in the workplace. Sandberg writes extensively about the obstacles that women still face in the workplace, including blatant and subtle sexism, and discrimination.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead also covers Sandberg's many experiences as a mother and as a successful businesswoman, which is something that many of us feel just isn't achievable. She acknowledges that it is incredibly difficult to manage motherhood and a career, and she outlines the difficulties she has faced while she continued to climb the path to success while pregnant. She also highlights the important of having flexibility in the workplace, as well as parental leave policies and access to affordable child care.
Her story is filled with personal anecdotes and experiences; and practical advice based research and through the experiences of other women. I enjoyed this book so much, I read several parts of it again before starting this review. I found myself nodding in agreement through several passages.
Here are some of my favorite passages and quotes:
“Done is better than perfect.”
“There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.”
“The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become self-fulfilling prophesies. Most leadership positions are held by men, so women don't expect to achieve them, and that becomes one of the reasons they don't.”
As a woman in business, I find it fascinating how things develop for us in the workplace, and I have witnessed first hand some of the difficulties that Sandberg mentions in her book. I've also noticed time and time again that women often don't support each other in the workplace because they are too busy competing with one another. This is such a wrong attitude to take! We should be supporting one another and helping one another, or as Sandberg says, we should lean in.
This was a fantastic book to start 2015 off with, and I am so glad I stumbled upon it. Her message is empowering, meaning, and honest. If you're not sure you want to read the book, have a look at her 15 minute TED Talk, which sums up the main points of her book: http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandb...