Book Reviews

This Week In Books (August 3rd 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ Good Girl Bad Girl, Anne Girdharry

good girl bad girl

A stalker. A pact. And a deadly secret. How far must Kal go, to face the truth and find her missing mother?
A new, dangerous, psychological suspense thriller

Kal is twenty-eight years old and she’s no fool, though sometimes she might pretend to be, because hiding her strengths is a great way to extract information.
An expert in psychology and skilled in reading other people and their behaviours, she first learnt her craft from her deceased father. He was a man with dark secrets.

When her journalist mother goes missing, Kal investigates. A shadow’s been stalking her family for three generations. Kal will uncover a child trafficking network and to find her mother, she must face her deepest suspicions and a dread she’s been avoiding all her life…

I had to switch my reads again to squeeze this story into my schedule in order to get enough time to write a review for the blog tour. Good Girl Bad Girl was such a fast read that it would have been okay to finish Lawyers Gone Bad first, though!

≈ Now ≈ Lawyers Gone Bad, Vincent L. Scarsella

lawyers gone bad

Lawyers Gone Bad,” is the story of beleaguered attorney disciplinary counsel, Dean Alessi, and his trusty investigator, Stu Foley, in their fight against lawyers gone bad – that is, lawyers who commit ethical and criminal wrongs. In this case they’re investigation the local District Attorney who may have committed the ultimate ethical wrong – murder.

Novelist Vincent Scarsella draws on his over 18 years of real life experience as head of the Eighth Judicial District Grievance Committee in Buffalo, New York to craft a gripping, suspenseful novel about lawyers gone bad.

But the story is more than a crime novel. It concerns friendship, loss, unrequited love, and ultimately, justice. It seeks to answer the question, does what goes around, come around?

Because of Good Girl Bad Girl, I haven’t read more than 10% of Lawyers Gone Bad. The endless legalese reminds me how much I love the law. 

∨ Next ∨ Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson

furiously happy

In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.”

“Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you’d never guess because we’ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, ‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.’ Except go back and cross out the word ‘hiding.'”

Jenny’s first book, LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it’s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn’t need a bit more of that?

August is all about getting the right mindset to face the school year to come. That’s why I chose a book about anxiety. Of course, I’m not a masochist, so I picked one with a happy title and what seems to be a funny story to give the big A issue a lighter tone.

Yoga Beyond The Mat, Alanna Kaivalya

yoga beyond the mat

32 thoughts on “This Week In Books (August 3rd 2016)”

    1. I have so many great titles from all genres that I am having a blast mixing for the weeks to come 🙂 Good Girl Bad Girl was a great read, with an interesting storyline and raw characters. I can’t give an opinion on Lawyers Gone Bad yet, but I am hoping the whole book doesn’t look like the first chapters, or it’ll become boring. That cover of Furiously Happy itself makes me happy 🙂
      I’ll pop a visit to your post now!


  1. You’ve reminded me that I really need to go back to doing yoga. I used to do it quite regularly (and a bit of Pilates, but that kills!) before I had my son (and also while pregnant), but since becoming a mum I can’t find the energy to get out the mat. And if I got down on the floor into “relaxation pose”, I doubt I’d get back up 🙂

    Here’s my WWW:

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    1. I find yoga to be so difficult to fit into a schedule when life gets in the way. I can always find time for a book or a blogging session, but yoga always ends up on the back burner and it’s been bothering me forever. August is just as good as January for good resolutions! 🙂 The Savanasa pose is a killer, I always need ages to get up after that, haha.
      Thank you for the link! x

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    1. I thought about you when I first picked Lawyers Gone Bad, I love this title. Haha, when you say school, I feel I’m 12 again. Yep, English studies coming. I already know I’ll put too much pressure on myself, so I’m looking for ways to let it go.

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  2. Good Girl Bad Girl sounds really good! Definitely one I would enjoy as well. And Furiously Happy is such a fun memoir despite the serious topic; prepare yourself for some awkward ‘laugh-out-loud’/’snort’ moments. 😉 Happy reading!


  3. I haven’t read any of those books, but this month I’m participating in #WITMonth reading women in translation and so far I’ve finished these books by authors from the following countries, all translated into English:The Rabbit House (Argentina) The Door (Hungary) The Vegetarian (South Korea) The Looking-Glass Sisters (Norway) and today I started The Bridge of Beyond (French -Guadeloupean).

    The Vegetarian by Han Kang won the Man Booker International and I’d already read Human Acts by her which is outstanding.

    Happy Reading in August!

    Do you have a favourite book by a woman author that doesn’t write in English, that has been translated?


    1. That Women in translation reading month project sounds so good! I think I need more diversity 🙂 I mostly read GB and US authors so I don’t have favorite books by a woman author, but now I am curious and I think I’ll dig into the area!

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