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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  7,218 ratings  ·  1,026 reviews
Whether it’s asking tough questions during a presidential debate or pressing for answers to today’s most important issues, Megyn Kelly has demonstrated the intelligence, strength, common sense, and courage that have made her one of today’s best-known journalists, respected by women and men, young and old, Republicans and Democrats.

In Settle for More, the NBC News anchor re
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Published November 15th 2016 by Harper
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Koren Yes, there are a few, but they are mostly when she is talking about Trump.
Gregory Byerline I chose the audio version of this book. She reads it herself so inflections are what she wants us to hear instead of interpreted by a voiceover talent…moreI chose the audio version of this book. She reads it herself so inflections are what she wants us to hear instead of interpreted by a voiceover talent. Makes it more real to my ears and understanding of her content.(less)

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Robert Miller
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Early in this memoir, Megyn Kelly writes, “I was chief telemarketer,” referring to her brief stint as a phone worker at a “1-800 number” entity while a college student. She was excellent at this job, she exclaims, and would later hone and parlay (if this was possible) the skills learned there into the art of “deposing powerful, high-rolling clients in cases where millions of dollars were at stake.” This self-appraisal pervades the book from her days as a “popular” high school student, an award-w ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe a string of people expressed hate by giving this book one star ratings without reading. I just signed onto good reads after a friend recommended, and now I will take the stars much less seriously as anyone can express "hate" through their stars without having actually read the book. Really? This site is a beautiful and a wonderful use of technology to join people over a common cause...reading books which humans took time, energy, and giant chunks of their lives to write, and yet th ...more
Excellent read about a very tough, but fair journalist and what lead to her becoming one of the most trusted US journalists of our time. The book is so well written that it almost reads like a thriller at times. Definitely a page turner. I very much enjoyed learning how Kelly managed to move from a modest upbringing to hosting one of the most watched news shows in the US. I am almost as impressed by this book as I am by the journalism I have come to expect from Kelly. Highly recommended read! Th ...more
Kate Elizabeth
2.5? ish?

I was excited to read this because I haven't known what to think about Megyn Kelly. I admire her ambition, her confidence, and the fact that she never backed down when Donald Trump was attacking her (and sending his minions to do the same). On the other hand, she worked for Fox News—an objectively harmful entity—and I was unsure whether I could trust or respect her as a journalist, especially since she'll now be at NBC (if not the ideological opposite of Fox, certainly at least somewher
Scott Rhee
I admit: I was somewhat shocked at how much I liked this book and, upon finishing it, how much I respected Megyn Kelly. Not that I had any particularly noxious preconceptions about Kelly. I actually knew very little about her other than that she is an anchorwoman on FOX News and that she recently found herself in the line of fire of Donald Trump’s irrational vitriol and knee-jerk sense of victimhood. Prior to reading this, I’d say that I had respect for her simply based on the few exchanges I sa ...more
Taylor Knight
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not a really a fan of Megyn Kelly to say the least but I was given a copy of her book and I was curious about it. I do admire how she can hold her own in a very sexist industry and she works really hard, which I appreciate. I have recently started reading more non-fiction books and I really enjoy memoirs so I was ready to be blown away from tales of Megyn's career.
However, Settle for More is mostly about her childhood and there's not a lot of behind the scenes stories from her career or dirt
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, that was a waste of time. I guess I would recommend this if you want Megyn Kelly to tell you, in as much detail as possible, how perfect she and her family are. I will come right out and say that the repeated commentary on her children and how they are the smartest was not only pointless, but nauseating. I don’t need to know that you bought a Gucci dress for a job interview. I don’t care who made your wedding gown, or that you met Taylor Swift at a party. And for the LOVE OF GOD, stop incl ...more
Marianne K
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not owning a TV, I don't watch Megyn Kelly. I picked up this book at my library wanting to hear her side of things I'd read about online during this election cycle. Wow, all I can say is Megyn Kelly really likes Megyn Kelly! Such admiration! Such fawning! Such adoration! You'd be hard pressed to find a more devoted fan! I learned how Megyn was the Best at everything she did. She is the best at her job, has the best husband (who gave up his career to be a stay at home dad even), and three of the ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
Originally reviewed at The Book Wheel.

Megyn Kelly – how much do you know about her? If you’re like me, the answer is not much except for the fact that she hosts her own show on Fox News and that Donald Trump released his rage on her during the presidential election. The attacks she was subjected to leaves many of us extending our sympathies to her, but before you feel too bad for her, know that she doesn’t play the victim card. Instead, she is choosing to use the experience to lift her upward an
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: journalism
Kelly writes about her growth as a person and professional. She shows the loving family and the childhood experiences that shaped her. Throughout she shows her determination, ability to see the big picture, an understanding of her standing wherever she is and the influence of her mother’s wisdom and humor.

Kelly had a normal middle class start in life but two experiences tore at the solid framework her parents provided. One was being bullied and excluded at school and the other was having cross
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
What a force to be reckoned with as a mother, wife, daughter, sibling, friend and a news journalist. She shows young women what it takes to be successful in all aspects of a woman's life. She is tolerant when she knows it's best and speaks up and takes action once she has given it serious thought. I admire her and think she is someone I would like to know.
Susan Becraft
I expected more, but settled for less.

A memoir written by a 45-year-old woman with potentially half her life ahead is almost destined to disappoint me. Megyn Kelly's book was no exception. Because I had previously read of her rise from childhood to lawyer to lofty position at the Fox News Channel, I admittedly purchased "Settle for More" for the inside scoop on Ms. Kelly's run-ins with Donald Trump and Roger Ailes.

Despite her stardom at FNC, I found Ms. Kelly's life and, by extension, her story
I decided to read this book after listening to an interview with Kelly discussing her new book. The other trigger to read it was the shame and disgust I felt when I learned Amazon had to take down hundreds of fake negative reviews about this book. I just had to find out what was causing so much hatred. Amazon said that reviewers had not purchased nor read the book.

I had not heard of Kelly until she was attacked by Trump after she asked him a question he did not like during the campaign. Kelly
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, biography
Everyone who wants to understand Trump should read this book.

The reason this book gets a full 5 star rating from me despite the fact that Kelly remains largely unaware of her privilege is because her take on Trump (and to a lesser extent Roger Ailes) was worth at least 5 stars. I am so very glad I broke down and finally read this. I only wish I had done it sooner. when starting this book, I didn't imagine I would be taking as many notes as I do when I read a science book, but I have notes that a
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Settle for More - While very touching in parts and honesty a major theme, a major drawback is the need to constantly have her ego stroked, either by herself or have others sing her praises. And her admission that she "became good at reading powerful people and managing their egos" and her "knowing how to handle men in positions of authority was easily one of the most valuable" skills she learned. In other words, she was good at manipulating men to get what she wanted. And yet we are told through ...more
Sarah at Sarah's Bookshelves
A delightful surprise! Lots of girl power and good, solid values. Not a lot of politics (actually, not really any politics).
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I have a huge number of reservations - or possibly a number of huge reservations - about Megyn Kelly as a social commentator, after she produced opinions including, "By the way, for the kids at home, Santa just is white, but this person is arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we're just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.... Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change. You know, ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reservations on this one. A worthy read, if only to hear what she had to say about Roger Ailes - head of Fox News - and Donald Trump (and we all know who he is). Story of her life is well-told, admirable, but how in the 'h' did very intelligent well-degreed female end up at Fox News? Guess go where you can get the best deal, most money, and ride it for what it's worth. Her looks surely haven't hurt. All of this said, I do admire her intellect, her ambition, and her achievements.

Book is well-writ
Don Watkins
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read it cover to cover in a day and a half. It's a great book and I recommend it to anyone. I'm not a regular Fox News viewer. I watch the Kelly File whenever I can and I pre-ordered this book when I heard it was on the market. I'm glad I got it the day it was released and glad to have read it. I found it fascinating and deeply moving. I cried in parts of the book and laughed like hell in other parts. I think it's well worth your time and a must read.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5. I waited to review a day after finishing because I needed to figure out what I really thought. This book is full of contradictions, and I finished feeling conflicted. To start out with, I do not watch Fox News. I've never watched The Kelly File, and what I knew about Megyn Kelly came from clips or articles mostly about Trump's feud with her. I read this because I was interested in her story and wanted to know if she was legit (as I don't feel like Fox News is legit). I came away not really ...more
For someone who claims not to be a feminist, Kelly spends a lot of time talking about how to be a strong woman. Mostly it involves keeping your head down and working twice as hard as your male colleagues so they can't help but notice how good you are. If you've read Lean In you might not be surprised that Kelly and Sheryl Sandberg are friends. I have many of the same quibbles with her that I do with Sandberg - obviously hard work is the first step in making a name for yourself in any career, but ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, 2017-reads
I am the furthest thing from a Fox fan so even I was surprised that I read this book. But I do enjoy biographies of people that are currently facing challenge and change in their lives and this book was available via the library, so why not? Megyn Kelly has led an interesting life and while she was not born into the most priveledged of households, she made her way (many would argue that her good looks and color of skin certainly helped). I do respect her for making a significant career change in ...more
Wendy S.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Couldn't stop reading it!

Not sure I buy the middle school bullying. I mean - do you really go from class loser in the 7th grade to head cheerleader in the 8th? Dubious.

That being said, I do believe the loss of her father at a young age played a huge role in her persistent tenacity. I like her overall message which is the title of the book, 'Settle for More.' I also like that she truly leads by example (after example after example).

Megyn Kelly is certainly a strong woman & a risk-taker who has
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Just finished Megyn Kelly's book now, Settle For More. While I'm not a huge fan, I admire her strength, focus and confidence. She's intelligent and built her career through hard work: her accomplishments are all her own. She reveals hurts, losses, self-doubt and pain, as well as expressing gratitude for the many joys in her life, first and foremost among those, her family. I love the genre (memoir), and think this would be a particularly inspiring book for a young woman starting out in her chose ...more
I go between 2 and 3 stars.

I was taken back that this book was written by a journalist, whose job is to convey stories with words. Perhaps because it was written word and not animated is why the lack of demonstration?

I think she leans more liberal than most of her colleagues at FOX (maternity leave, people's right to voice their own opinion even if you don't agree with them; "freedom of speech", proving someone incorrect or even more so pointing out their ignorance, etc) to that in which I agree
Books & Booze
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
3 for the story as a whole, but a solid 4 for my personal enjoyment.
I enjoyed this immensely, even though I did find some of it repetitive and uninteresting. I do feel like I have a better understanding of Megyn Kelly as a person. I love her, and have missed watching her on the news. While I got snippets into what was going on during her interactions with President Trump, this really opened my eyes to some of the "behind the scenes" issues. All in all, I think very highly of Megyn Ke
Bill Pence
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The star of Fox News’ The Kelly File tells her story – from growing up in upstate New York with loving parents to becoming a successful lawyer on the way to partnership, to a career change that led her to becoming one of the most recognized news personalities hosting her own show on Fox News and her relationship with President Elect Donald Trump. Along the way she comes across as confident, yet transparent about her insecurities. She reads well the audiobook version of the book.
Kelly was born i
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.0 Stars


Prior to the 2016 presidential debates, Megyn Kelly was a complete unknown to me. I never watch Fox News and am far removed from the legal profession so my first and only intersection with her was the fateful presidential debate she moderated in August 2016 when she challenged then presidential candidate Donald Trump on this treatment of women. The media explosion sold me on the book. I had very high expectations. I now have buyer’s remorse! I was very unimpressed and never got
W. Whalin
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read The Fascinating Inside Story From This Well-Known Journalist

While I have watched Megyn Kelly on Fox News, I knew little about her life story. SETTLE FOR MORE is a transparent series of interesting stories about her journey. The title came from when she was watching a Dr. Phil show on television and he encouraged people not to settle for less but to settle for more and make different life choices. At the time, Kelly was a successful litigator (attorney) and decided to make a career change to
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I heard Ms. Kelly on the radio a while back, and I decided I would read her book. I knew about the feud with Donald Trump, of course. After reading the book, I am of two minds. First, I admire Ms. Kelly for her intellect and her perseverance. She is a strong woman who went after what she thought she wanted (a career in law) and when she wasn't satisfied she embarked on a totally new career (in TV news). She is obviously driven, politically savvy, and hard-working. Second, I am bewildered at some ...more
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Megyn Kelly is an American journalist and former corporate defense attorney. She was a news anchor at Fox News from 2004 to 2017, and a talk show host and correspondent with NBC News from 2017 to 2018. Politically, Kelly identifies as an independent. She was included in the 2014 Time list of the 100 most influential people. Kelly is married to Douglas Brunt, an American novelist and entrepreneur. ...more

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“Dad!' I'd complain when I lost track of what he was saying. 'Speak English.'

'Megyn, I will not lower my vocabulary to meet yours,' he said. 'You must raise yours to meet mine.”
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