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  • The Lion’s Den

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    The Lion’s Den
    Grade: A-

    This one came out in early 2021 and has been sitting in my TBR pile ever since. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick it up, but I’m glad I did! I’ll also flag that this book would be the perfect summer beach read (not all thrillers are beach reads but this one, set aboard yacht in the Mediterranean) is perrrrfect for the beach. Belle is a struggling actress/bartender living in LA. When her glamorous (but gold digging) best friend Summer invites her on an all expenses paid cruise on her wealthy, MUCH older boyfriend’s yacht, of course she says yes. But as soon as they board his private jet, she realizes things are amiss. Their passports are taken. John (Summer’s boyfriend) is extremely controlling. They realize they are being locked in their bedrooms at night. And Summer is not the friend she thought she was. Belle (and Summer’s other friends) begin to wonder if they will make it off this boat alive. This is fast paced and fun, I felt really lucky to have it with me when my flight was stuck on the runway for an extra two hours because of rain; it was the perfect distraction. I found it really enjoyable and I loved the ending!

  • Hidden Pictures

    • A+
    Hidden Pictures
    Grade: A+

    OK I loved this book. I usually reserve A+ ratings for more literary “good” books but this is my favorite thriller in a while. It was just… unputdownable! I stayed up all night as I needed to know what happened. It was twisty, it was dark, it even had a supernatural element. I don’t want to say too much more than that for fear of giving anything away (there are so many twists!) so here is a little plot synopsis. Mallory is twenty years old and a recovering addict. At one point, she had her whole life ahead of her but we know that something bad enough happened to get her addicted to heroin. Fresh out of rehab, her sponsor gets her a job babysitting for an affluent family outside of Philadelphia. She loves her job. The child, Teddy, is a delight and she quickly bonds with the family. Plus, she has the stability she craves and after work she can focus on her running. Things start to unravel as Teddy begins drawing very dark photos. A man dragging a woman’s body through the dirt. A woman being buried alive. As the stick figure drawings evolve into more elaborate drawings (that a 5 year old could never draw), Mallory is convinced that a spirit is channeling Teddy’s body to tell a story. But with her precarious background, will anyone believe her? This was SUCH a page turner. I loved it so much and want everyone to read it!

  • When We Were Bright and Beautiful

    • A
    When We Were Bright and Beautiful
    Grade: A

    First of all, I really loved this book. Loved might not be the right word: it is extremely dark. I read it in a single Sunday. Second, there is a pretty major content warning for sexual assault. But wow. This book. It was described to me as Gone Girl meets Gossip Girl which if you know me, makes for an absolute must read. The Quinn family is New York City royalty. Living in the historic Valmont building (described by the narrator as basically being ten mansions stacked on top of each other), the three kids want for nothing and have seemingly perfect lives. The best of everything… elite boarding schools and colleges, everything they could ever want. But when the youngest sibling, Billy is accused of sexual assault by his ex-girlfriend Diana, the perfect facade begins to crumble. The book is narrated by the middle child, Cassie, who has secrets of her own. The family knows that Billy must be innocent: he’s their golden boy, he’d never go that far. But Cassie can’t understand why Diana would go so far to ruin his life. Meanwhile, Cassie has secrets of her own: an affair with a powerful married man. As the case goes to court, Cassie and her family are determined to do everything they can to protect Billy. Even if it means taking the stand and exposing their own darkest secrets. This one is really, really dark. But unputdownable. I felt sick at times. But I could not stop reading. I think this would make a great book club book (if everyone is okay with the content warning) as it would make for some pretty intense conversations afterward.

  • The Paris Apartment

    • A-
    The Paris Apartment
    Grade: A-

    This book sat in my TBR pile for wayyyyy too long. I’m glad I finally picked it up and read it! Based on my DMs, this was a polarizing one. People either really loved it or just… hated it? I was of the camp of really loving it! I thought it was twisty and well written, and the plot felt really creative and fresh to me! I don’t want to tell you too much about it for fear of giving things away so I am going to keep the plot summary light. A young woman (Jess) is in need of a fresh start. She flees to Paris to crash with her half brother Ben for a bit, only to find that maybe he’s got some secrets of his own. First of all, the apartment building he’s been living in is stunning and huge: how could Ben possibly have afforded this on his journalist salary!? Second, he seems to have gone missing. He’s nowhere to be found and has left his wallet, keys, and Vespa behind. Third, his neighbors are… interesting… and want absolutely nothing to do with Jess. As she digs into his disappearance and tries to figure out what has happened to him, secrets about the building and its residents begin to unwind. I won’t tell you any more, but this book is a wild ride. I really enjoyed it and definitely did not see where it was going.

  • You’re Invited

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    You’re Invited
    Grade: A-

    This book was a wild ride. The book opens with Amaya being invited to her ex-best friend Kaavi’s over-the-top wedding in Sri Lanka. There are only a few hitches. Amaya and Kaavi haven’t spoken in years (we don’t know why but we know something bad happened) and the groom is Amaya’s ex-boyfriend. Kaavi is now a social media influencer (and the founder of a charity that helps underprivileged girls). Amaya becomes consumed with one thought: she must stop the wedding from happening. We have it all: an unreliable narrator, a glamorous locale, best friends turned enemies… I could go on. Things take a turn when Kaavi goes missing. The book alternates between past, present, plus police transcripts. Kaavi is presumed dead and Amaya is the man suspect. But as we see throughout the book, Kaavi has made some other enemies and Amaya (as unlikeable as she is throughout a large chunk of the book) may not be to blame after all. I guessed part of the ending but tore through this in 24 hours… I needed to know what happened! Absolutely loved it.

  • First Born

    • B+
    First Born
    Grade: B+

    Before I get into my full review of this, I need to say something. The plot is excellent. It gets an A+ for twists and turns and shocking the reader. It had a couple really good ones. But the writing was just not very good. So an A+ for plot but only a B- for writing, so I gave it a B+. But if you love a good twist you will really enjoy this. Molly Raven is extremely risk averse, living a quiet life in London. She loves structure and routine, travels infrequently, and weighs any decision over and over again. Meanwhile, her twin sister Katie is the opposite: she’s vivacious, fun, adventurous… living in New York City. They look exactly alike but couldn’t be more different. When Molly’s parents call her from New York to tell her that Katie is dead (and potentially murdered), Molly drops everything and heads to New York. As she tracks her twin’s last days (and meets her friends, boyfriend, and professors), she begins to uncover a web of lies. This one is extremely twisty. The writing is bad but the plot makes up for it.


  • NSFW

    • A-
    NSFW
    Grade: A-

    Woof. This book. I loved it, and I loved the narrator’s voice. Darkly funny + biting at times. There are content warnings for sexual assault and sexual harassment, and if you are an old millennial and started your career in the late nineties/early aughts you might be a little bit triggered regardless. I was. Our unnamed protagonist graduated from Harvard and has moved back to Los Angeles, hoping to get a job in television. She lands an entry-level position at a major TV network “XBC.” She is smart, hard working, resourceful… the daughter of a feminist attorney. At first, she loves her work environment. But as time goes on there are allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. At one point she experiences her own assault. The book is all to real; an exploration of the true cost of being a woman in a male-dominated workplace. The toll it takes to be successful. The idea that you can speak up (as we are so often told to do) and ruin your career or stay silent, be complicit, and move up the ranks. Is it ever worth it? This was at times very hard to read, but overall I really loved it. A spot on look at the me-too era, extremely sharp observations… the sort of book you think about for weeks after you put it down.

  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

    • A+
    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
    Grade: A+

    This is a beautiful, special book. It follows Sadie Green and Sam Masur (later, Mazer) from their childhood friendship (they meet in a hospital waiting room and begin playing video games together). Sadie’s sister is sick and Sam has been in a traumatic car accident. The book spans all the way through adulthood to their late thirties. The two are inseparable. Never lovers, often fighting, but always deeply loving and respecting each other as creative collaborators. Their friendship begins in LA and follows them to Boston where Sadie is a student at MIT. Together, (with a lot of hard work, cobbling together money and resources from their friends with Sadie even dropping out of school) they build what ends up being a wildly successful blockbuster game, Ichigo. The game is more popular than either of them could ever have imagined. The two become stars, rich… at just 25 years old. They move back to LA where they establish (alongside their third partner Marx Watanabe) their company, Unfair Games. Throughout, Sadie experiences a couple of bad heartbreaks. Sam has his fair share of health issues. They fight and find themselves not speaking to each other. This book is a story about friendship and a different sort of love. It will break your heart and put it back together several times as you read. I loved this book (and I know nothing about video games; truly – you do not have to like video games or know anything about them to enjoy this!)

  • The It Girl

    • A
    The It Girl
    Grade: A

    First of all, I really love Ruth Ware. Any time she has a new one out, it gets a pre-order from me. I ordered this without knowing anything about it and when I started reading, I was initially a little bummed out as it felt similar to so many books I’ve read recently. There is an In My Dreams I Hold a Knife trope going around right now where a girl is murdered in college and then years later her friends solve the case (and usually, the killer is one of the friends). This follows that sort of trope but I really loved the ending – it really got me! As a serial thriller reader, I often find myself guessing the ending so I appreciated that. April Clarke-Clivedon was the It Girl at Oxford. Vivacious, smart, beautiful, clever, and a bit of a prankster… she dazzles everyone in her orbit. Hannah Jones is her roommate and the two quickly become inseparable, developing a tightly knit group of friends. But by the end of the year, April is dead. Flash forward ten years later and Hannah is now married to Will (April’s old boyfriend). The man (John Neville) who had been convicted of killing April (a creepy but potentially innocent porter at Oxford) has died in prison. Hannah feels she can finally put the past behind her.. but her world is rocked when a journalist presents evidence to her that Neville might have been innocent and they could have put the wrong person in jail. Hannah becomes obsessed with figuring out what happened ten years ago; unraveling a web of lies, secrets, and discovering she may not have known her friends that well at all.

  • Things We Do In The Dark

    • A
    Things We Do In The Dark
    Grade: A

    Oh wow, I absolutely loved this. It took maybe 50 pages to get into but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading. One of those books where you resent work or plans or anything keeping you away from the book! Please note: there are trigger warnings for abuse (child abuse, sexual abuse). It opens up with Paris Peralta being accused of murdering her (much older, very wealthy) famous husband. She’s arrested in her own bathroom, covered in his blood, so we, the readers aren’t even sure whether she is innocent. But Paris has even bigger problems: her past is full of dark secrets and one woman (Ruby Reyes, who committed a similar crime) knows them all and is threatening to expose her. Paris has to prove her innocence and confront her past… in some sort of order. The book is so much more than a thriller. Without giving anything away it’s the story of perseverance, friendship, and so much more. It’s told in different segments. First, of course, there is Paris. We get to know her and also understand her relationship with her husband. Then, there is Ruby’s (now dead) daughter Joey – we learn her story. Lastly, there’s Joey’s best friend Drew (now a true crime podcaster). The stories come together beautifully, with lots of twists and turns. This book really kept me on my toes!

  • The Lifestyle

    • B-
    The Lifestyle
    Grade: B-

    The premise of this one intrigued me: three married couples in New York decide to take up swinging. Georgina’s husband has cheated on her and she becomes convinced that swinging will help them save their marriage. She convinces her two best friends (who she’s convinced need to be together) to join her. When she runs into an old flame at one of the parties, all bets are off. Friends. I really didn’t like this book. I’m not being a prude here (the swinging / sex party parts were interesting – probably the most interesting part of the book), and it had its heartwarming moments, but I didn’t relate to any of the characters and I especially could not stand Georgina. I found her to be hypocritical and uptight and just a mess. And that came out as part of the plot but I just… didn’t enjoy the book. Also, the ending. Without giving spoilers away… two characters that end up together… it made absolutely zero sense whatsoever. You can skip this one. Again, parts were enjoyable and interesting but mostly it just annoyed me and made me mad.

  • City of Likes

    • B+
    City of Likes
    Grade: B+

    I was excited to read this as it has pretty much dominated my Instagram feed for the past several weeks. I enjoyed it and read it in under 24 hours (it’s just over 250 pages so it’s a pretty quick read). Megan is a frazzled, unemployed mother who is new to New York City. Her husband is the head of membership for a Soho-like club and she manages to get a low paying copywriter job. When she meets Daphne Cole (a beautiful and stylish mom-fluencer), she is taken into Daphne’s world; and Daphne takes her under her wing! Suddenly Megan has a new group of friends, a new wardrobe, and is becoming an influencer herself. But all that glitters isn’t gold; her relationship with her husband becomes strained and other elements of her life suffer. It’s a satire and it is very biting. If you read it as a satire and just laugh, it is very funny – and dark! It’s not just a satire about influencers though, it tackles so many of the grosser parts of New York (private schools, the moms, the social scene, startup culture, etc) too. I will say that I think because I am an influencer, I get irritated by these horrible stereotypes with influencers behaving badly. I found both women to be deeply unlikeable for different reasons. Daphne was terrible, but Megan got swept up in it and was annoying in her own right. There is a big part of me that wishes a book could have an influencer character that is just a normal girl, but that just wouldn’t sell books. Anyway, this is a fun fast read, perfect for the beach or a book club; you’d have a lot to talk about!

  • Lessons in Chemistry

    • A
    Lessons in Chemistry
    Grade: A

    I absolutely loved this book! I found it completely endearing and utterly unputdownable. I went in blind, not knowing what it was about (and I am kind of glad I did). It is the 1960’s and Elizabeth Zott is a single mother and chemist, turned cooking show host. Through a series of happenstance, she found herself hosting an a rather groundbreaking cooking show, Supper at Six. The show is feminist and empowering– and it might just change the world, if Zott’s critics don’t get to her first. The sexism that she encounters at times (there is a TW for sexual assault) is brutal, but she perseveres through tremendous amounts of adversity: all with a very endearing straightforward sense of humor. I found Zott to be such a charming lead, but the rest of the characters are wonderful too. You really just love them all! There is her brilliant daughter Madeline, her next-door-neighbor turned pseudo-grandmother/babysitter Harriet, the local priest, the producer of her show who becomes a great friend to Zott and her family, and Zott’s boyfriend (Madeline’s father) Calvin Evans: the lonely but brilliant Nobel prize-nominated scientist at her research lab. But also, their (incredibly intelligent) dog, Six Thirty. I think Six Thirty was my favorite character. This book is all at once funny, sharply observant, and feminist. It will break your heart at times and warm your heart at others. It has been compared to Where’d You Go Bernadette and I definitely see the similarities but liked this one even better!

  • The School for Good Mothers

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    The School for Good Mothers
    Grade: A

    I think this may be one of the most polarizing books I have ever read. Any time I would post it, my DM folder would light up. This is very dark, and if you have a young child or are pregnant I might skip this one… I am not a mom and it still broke my heart in half. A lot of people hated this book but I think it takes a good book to make you feel so many emotions. Critics are calling this a modern classic and I would tend to agree with them. I could see this book becoming curriculum some day. Frida Liu is a new mom. She is struggling with just about everything. Her husband has left her for a younger woman. Her career is in shambles. She is falling apart. One day, she has a very bad day and does a very bad thing: leaves her daughter unattended for two and a half hours. A neighbor calls the police and they take her daughter away. The only way to get her back is to go away for a year to a Big Brother-like institution where she will learn to be a better mom. What ensues next is where the Handmaid’s Tale stuff kicks in. I don’t want to ruin anything so I won’t tell you anything else. But it’s traumatic. I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know what happened. Would Frida be deemed good? Would she get her daughter back? Throughout the book, other themes are introduced. There is sexism (and a school for good fathers too), critiques of the wellness industry, and more. I did not enjoy reading this book, but I still loved it in a way. I think that’s the best way to describe it: a very good, upsetting book.

  • Anna

    • A-
    Anna
    Grade: A-

    If there is a memoir or biography about someone prolific in magazines, especially fashion + food mags, you can be sure that I will be all over it. So, despite reading mixed reviews, I needed to read Amy Odell’s biography of Anna Wintour. The criticism of the book is that Odell didn’t go deep enough and was too favorable/not critical enough/only skimmed the surface. If you go into it knowing that, I think you will still enjoy it. This is NOT a juicy tell-all or salacious memoir (for that, I can’t recommend ALT’s book enough). This biography is an impeccably researched, factual account of her life (with probably 50 pages of footnotes at the end). And her life (without any opinions or fanfare) is interesting enough to make for a fascinating read. Odell takes us from Anna Wintour’s childhood all the way through modern day. My favorite parts were those about her childhood, her rise to fame, and then modern day as there was so much that I remembered just from following her career and living in New York. At other times, it lagged and felt dry (I will confess, it was a little slow and boring at times… but it always picked up). It’s favorable but fair; overall I am an Anna fan. I think a lot of the negative press about her has been sexist, and whether or not you are a fan you have to admit that she is incredibly talented. I will hold out hope that someday Anna will write her own juicy tell all (doesn’t seem on brand) or someone close to her will… but I don’t think that will happen. You absolutely will not feel like you know Anna any better from reading this, but you will learn quite a bit about her life, where she came from, and how she got to where she is today.

  • Meant to Be

    • A
    Meant to Be
    Grade: A

    I think this may be my all time favorite Emily Giffin book, which is saying a lot as I’ve loved so many of her books! It’s loosely inspired by the Kennedy family (specifically: John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette). Told from alternating narratives, it follows Joe Kingsley and Cate Cooper from childhood through a chance encounter when they meet and fall in love. Joe is rebellious and free spirited (think: adventurous womanizer with a heart of gold). Cate has more of a fairytale arc. She grew up with just her mom (and a revolving door of boyfriends), and when her mom falls in love with an abusive man… Cate’s life just gets harder and she’s basically on her own. She finds herself dropping out of high school to pursue a modeling career (anything to get away from her stepfather), slowly building a life for herself and even becoming the face of Calvin Klein. Even with her newly glamorous life and her face all over billboards, she constantly feels like an outsider… never telling anyone about her past, keeping men at arms length. I tore through this in just a couple days. It was extremely fun to read: part fairy tale, part Carolyn Bessette fan fiction (Bessette’s background is very different from Cate’s but there are still plenty of similarities). This would be the perfect beach read or summer book club pick… I think there would be so much to talk about!

  • Counterfeit

    • A
    Counterfeit
    Grade: A

    I absolutely loved this. I read it in just about a day. From the first few pages, we realize our narrator (Ava Wong), has been caught and is in deep trouble. The book is addressed to the perspective of “detective,” as Ava explains what went wrong. I will warn you that (major pet peeve) the author didn’t use quotation marks, which drives me bonkers. Once you get past that, you will not be able to stop reading. Ava’s life looks perfect on paper: Stanford graduate, new mom, successful lawyer… married to a successful surgeon. But behind the scenes, it’s all falling apart. Her toddler throws tantrums, she hasn’t used her law degree in eons, and her marriage is falling apart. When her old college roommate Winnie turns up (glamorous, and dripping in designer bags), one thing leads to another and the two women end up working together. Only for Ava to have to take the fall. I will say no more but LOVED this book, especially the second half of it. This is fun, feminist, and totally unputdownable. The perfect summer beach read!

  • Meant to Be Mine

    • A-
    Meant to Be Mine
    Grade: A-

    I loved this book! I am not a big romance person but have loved other books by Hannah Orenstein (especially, Head Over Heels). This one has such a fun premise. Edie Meyer is a talented stylist living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (this book gave me allllll the nostalgia and made me miss my old Brooklyn life!). For years, her grandmother Gloria has predicted the exact date that her family members met their significant others. On Edie’s “day,” the day she’s waited for her entire life (and even broke up with a seemingly wonderful boyfriend for), she has a very adorable meet-cute with handsome rocker Theo. But as time goes on, Theo and her seem to be really different people – and he doesn’t seem like he’s going to be able to commit to her. Edie is forced to decide: stick with her chosen person and settle, or dream big and look for something more! I loved this and it definitely kept me guessing as to what would happen. I will say that I wish it ended differently but that didn’t take away any of the enjoyment for me. This is a fantastic summer read. Light, fun, and a total page-turner.

  • Can’t Look Away

    • A
    Can’t Look Away
    Grade: A

    I am a giant fan of Carola Lovering’s books. Tell Me Lies is an all time favorite and I also really loved Too Good To Be True. This was one of those books that made me stay up late reading, needing to know what would happen… it was just so suspenseful! I would liken to this book to a perfect hybrid combination of You, Big Little Lies, and The Light We Lost. The book alternates between past and present, when Molly Diamond was just 23, living in Brooklyn (she lived on my old street and went to so many favorite spots which was fun!) with her rockstar boyfriend Jake, pursuing a career in writing. The two are madly in love and they know they’ll grow old together. Ten years later, Molly is married to someone completely different. She has abandoned her writing and is essentially a bored, Connecticut mom. The women in her town are terrible and she feels friendless and out of place until Sabrina walks into her yoga studio. The two bond over their fertility struggles, and Molly thinks that she’s finally found a great friend. Of course, all is not at is it seems. I will say no more, just that I absolutely LOVED this book and think you will too.

  • Run, Rose, Run

    • A
    Run, Rose, Run
    Grade: A

    My mom recommended that I read this and I absolutely loved it! The book first came onto my radar from this episode of Adam Grant’s podcast (highly recommend and it’s only 25 minutes long!). AnnieLee is a gifted singer, with a past. The book opens with her hitchhiking from Texas to Nashville, set on pursuing a career in country music. From the very beginning of the book, we can tell she has talent. And she will do everything she can to pursue it. Sleeping in parks, hiding in bushes. When she plays at a local dive bar, the crowd is blown away. From there, she meets Ethan (a fellow musician) and through him, RuthAnna (Nashville’s retired queen of country music, who feels a lot like Dolly Parton herself). RuthAnna wants to help AnnieLee, but AnnieLee is reluctant. She has trust issues, and with every bit of success she has, her past threatens to come barreling in and ruin her. I LOVED this (and I am not a big country music person!) and thought it was so fun… I read it in just a couple days. It’s the perfect combination of rags to riches fairytale meets high stakes thriller. Highly recommend!

  • Mean Baby

    • A
    Mean Baby
    Grade: A

    I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I’ve always liked Selma Blair, and of course I loved her in Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions. I also liked the cover of the book, had seen a lot of people posting about it, and let’s be honest: LOVE a celebrity memoir. So I scooped this one up, only to be unable to put it down. First of all, BLAIR CAN WRITE. The book is incredibly well-written. Second, she is very self-aware, and very raw and vulnerable. She talks about trauma, abuse, addiction (so CW for all of those), and of course her MS diagnosis in a way that is honest and messy, heartbreaking, but still somehow hopeful. It’s a look at her life from birth (literally, she was born with a cute little smirk and deemed a “mean baby”), all the way through present day. There is also fun stuff: Hollywood tea, working with Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar, the friendships she has made in the industry, etc. I tore through this in just a few days and think that you will do the same. Cannot recommend it enough!

  • The Dilemma

    • C
    The Dilemma
    Grade: C

    I would not usually lead with an image of a book I didn’t enjoy very much but I typically love any and all things B.A. Paris (she’s up there with Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen for fun, read in a day thrillers) so my photographer shot it pre-emptively. They are cute photos so I am using them anyway. This was just.. not good. In theory I liked the plot (a couple each knows something bad that they need to tell the other one but they want to preserve the other person’s happiness), but the characters were so unlikeable. Livia has been planning her 40th birthday for the past 20 years (yes seriously – sorry but what the heck!?) but she’s hiding a secret from her husband that could unravel the whole family. Meanwhile, her husband learns terrible news the day of the party… so he is hiding that from her. It is fast-paced and had potential (I like that it is told hour by hour, in alternating perspectives) but the characters were so unlikeable (and unrelatable) that I found myself bored and annoyed throughout most of it. I read it in a single day, but that doesn’t mean it was any good. You can skip this one (still, love this author. If you haven’t read Behind Closed Doors, it’s such a good one!). Order on Amazon.com or Bookshop.org

  • Tippi

    • A
    Tippi
    Grade: A

    I read (listened) to this one on such a whim (it’s a little older, from 2015) because I had been watching Hitchcock films (The Birds and Marnie) and just loved Tippi Hedren’s style. Upon googling her, I learned she had a lot of drama with Hitchcock (and had blamed him for ruining her career). I also learned that she was Melanie Griffith’s mother. So I got curious, and downloaded the book. I loved (if that is the right word, it sounds like what she went through was horrible) learning more about her experience working with Alfred Hitchcock but the book is so much more than that. Her three marriages, but especially: living with LIONS. Yes, you heard that right. Her and her second husband lived with lions and established an entire lion preserve. That was the most fascinating part of the book. I felt like my very glamorous and exciting grandmother was telling me a story and just love love loved every minute of it. I highly recommend this book. Even if it feels a little bit random, I promise that you will enjoy it! Order on Amazon.com or Bookshop.org

  • Rivals

    • A
    Rivals
    Grade: A

    This book was such a treat. I read it while I was really sick and it was such a wonderful distraction. I think it might actually be my favorite of the whole trilogy? If somehow you haven’t heard of American Royals, you may want to just go ahead and order all three books. They are the best. The premise is this: Imagine that George Washington had become king, instead of president. Now layer on tons of Gossip Girl level drama with rich, royal!, (mostly) unsupervised teens, and you have one of my absolute favorite little series. This go around, the main plot is between Nina and Daphne, former enemies who unite over a new mutual enemy. I loved this part, and I really love getting to see a more sympathetic side to Daphne. We all love a redemption story, right? Anyway, I could not put this book down and it has a giant cliffhanger ending. The good news is, Katharine has confirmed a fourth book. I cannot wait for it, I cannot get enough of this series.