[Audiobook Talk] The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Audiobook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Bought
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 12 hours 10 minutes
Read: March 2017

Synopsis:

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

My Thoughts

This was so much fun! I had some Audible credits left towards the end of last year and got this one because of the high rating and the fact that one of my favourite narrators, Katherine Kellgren, was narrating.

It was great! Katherine is a phenomenal narrator and just added so much life to the story and it was kind of like The Devil Wears Prada and it kind of made me think of when I eventually (but hopefully not) go back to work and how crazy out of the loop I would feel with technology and social media. I mean, I love my social media but I am FAR from a pro at it.

I loved Imogen’s character and how she still clung to the “old fashioned” way of doing things, with face to face meetings, phone calls, and just caring about the people she does business with rather than doing everything as fast as she could, with as much proficiency as possible. I loved how she adapted to the “new” way of doing things and figured out how to fit into the new business world.

Seriously so much fun – I’m glad I got this one!

Audiobook Notes: 

Like I said above, Katherine was fantastic! I read a few reviews that said she took something away from the story, since she can be quite dramatic in her readings, but I love her so much. Seriously, I would listen to Katherine read me grocery lists because she just cracks me up with the way she brings out the humour and emotion in a story. She just knows how to make the characters come alive!

[Book Talk] The Little Beach Street Bakery (Little Beach Street Bakery, #1) by Jenny Colgan

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
Read: February 2017

Synopsis:

Amid the ruins of her latest relationship, Polly Waterford moves far away to the sleepy seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives in a small, lonely flat above an abandoned shop.

To distract her from her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, and the local honey-courtesy of a handsome local beekeeper. Drawing on reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes . . . and discovers a bright new life where she least expected it.

My Thoughts

Oh man, I love Jenny Colgan! I fell in love with her writing last year with The Bookshop on the Corner (which is more appropriately titled in the U.K. with The Little Shop of Happy Ever After) so I went on a mission to read more of her books. And oh my gosh, I love her!

I loved the setting of this book, in a town where the tide comes in every day and surrounds them like an island. It just felt so isolated (in a good way) and cozy, with the smell of the water and the smell of fresh bread. Seriously, this novel made me want to bake ALL the bread and I definitely plan to try more recipes since we usually do that on our own here. I loved all of the characters, fiercely miss one of them, and can’t wait to continue with this series. I’m so happy my library has the next book!

And as soon as I finished this book I realized that I need to buy all of Jenny Colgan’s books, not only for the stories, but for the gorgeous covers and all the recipes! If you love chick lit and stories full of finding yourself and romance and scenery you would love to escape to, then buy her books! They’re just perfect!

[Book Talk] My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

my-not-so-perfect-lifeBook Details:

Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Read: February 2017

Synopsis:

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

My Thoughts

Whenever I start a new Sophie Kinsella book I wonder, is this going to be the one Sophie Kinsella book I hate? And you know what? It NEVER happens! She’s amazing! And within just a few pages of reading a new book, I fall in love with the writing, the characters, and just with Sophie in general. Her books are taking over an entire shelf on my bookcase and I’m so happy about it. My mom used to love Danielle Steele and I feel like Sophie Kinsella will be my Danielle Steele.

This book was amazing. I loved Katie — Kat — and her struggles trying to find out who she is and make her mark on the world. I loved her boss and her love interest, and everything they went through together. Her boss was definitely like something out of The Devil Wears Prada, but I feel like the whole book was about not judging a book by its cover. It’s like Facebook — everything can seem perfect on the outside, or by what we post to share with friends, but we’re all just human underneath and we all have struggles.

I loved everything about this book, but I think my favourite thing was that I felt like I was there. When Katie was in London, I felt like I was there with her, and when she was on the farm, I felt like I was there, too. I could picture it all in my head, and I could feel the breeze on my face. I know it sounds cheesy, but Sophie Kinsella just writes such a good story that I can’t help getting sucked up into it. And now that I’ve finished, I want her next book to be released soon. I look forward to everything she puts out and she will definitely always be on my auto-buy list and a favourite author!