What I’m Reading: Luckiest Girl Alive

Ready for my book of the month? This is the book I’m reading with my bookclub on Facebook. Its The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.

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From the Amazon.com Review:

HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

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 fiancé, 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?

I just started this one this week but already I’m starting to be pulled in by the hints at the mystery yet to be revealed. With the holiday weekend coming up I hope I’ll have a little more time to kick back with my book and some snacks uninterrupted(yea right).

Have you already read this one? Let me know what you thought of it? Or stop by FB and join my book club and share some comments.

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What I’m Reading: Elizabeth Gilberts “Big Magic”

What do Emma Roberts and I have in common? We both are currently reading this book! “Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. This book is about finding the bravery to let your creative self thrive. What I am most enjoying about this book is that it is not just for the professional artist or entrepreneur, the principles she explores are really applicable in all areas of life.

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I have always been a creative person and a bit of a perfectionist at times, and one of the key ideas that stood out for me was her emphasis on creating for the sake of creating. Oftentimes its easy in this Capitalism driving world we live in that if it doesn’t make money(and lots of it) its not worthwhile. In this book Gilbert challenges that notion and says just do it, even if your not that great at it, or it won’t be a means to support you financially, or no one else gets it. Just do it because it brings you satisfaction of expressing your personal inspirations.

That idea was very motivating to me. I don’t know how many times my soaping has stalled because I worried about how well things were going, or getting an idea perfect, or feeling like small detail was holding me back. This was a nice wake up kick in the pants to just do the things that make me glad to be alive more than worrying about the “what ifs.”

Are there any projects, great ideas, or life goals you have been putting off? What motivates you to get creative?

Here’s a great video of Elizabeth Gilbert discussing her book, and some of the ideas from it with Marie Forleo(whom I also like but more on that in a later post). Enjoy!