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IFB Links á la Mode: October 19, 2017

Links à la Mode, October 19th, 2017

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Book Review: Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso l Should You Read It?

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Girl Boss is a hit! Ever since HULU released their exclusive show, the book’s popularity has soared once again.  Quite frankly, I read this book a few months ago amidst the Nasty Gal bankruptcy and Sophia Amoruso controversy. Despite working insanely hard to grow Nasty Gal in to a huge fashion franchise, Amoruso stepped down as CEO once the company started taking financial hits.  Instead she focused on her own new-found popularity as a Girl Boss (or to her playing a more important role as an author and general famous person).

I started reading Girl Boss around November and didn’t actually finish the book till mid-January.   It was one of those books that I read a chapter of and tossed aside.  But as I was back in school again (after swearing up and down that I’ll never go back).  I needed a pick-me-up so I thought hey, why not?  And picked up Girl Boss to continue reading where I left off.

Book Review: Girl Boss

At this point in the book, Amoruso is just starting to get her sh** together.  She works harder than ever before and starts devoting most of her time building her ebay store.  Her hard work pays off (sort of).  Spoiler alert! She starts getting regular customers at her ebay store.  After getting a few good checks from Ebay, Amoruso took the plunge and quit her job.  She devoted every second of her life to fixing pictures, answering questions, writing descriptions for each vintage piece, and styling them for cover photos.  Her devotion and concentration paid off because just a year from that day she started up her own website.  The the website got bigger so she expanded.  She built a company that had to move in less than a year because they simply outgrew the space.

The book documents the growth of Amoruso’s company and her own personal growth.  It’s an inspiring novel that speaks to younger generations who are fed up of hearing about their parent’s hard work pays off lecture.  Amoruso speaks to us in a fun and encouraging way.  She has a call-to-action in her book that is simply too hard to ignore.

The Nasty Gal Controversy

However, as we’ve read from financial reports Nasty Gal did take a financial hit and to the media, it seemed like Amoruso was jumping ship when she stepped down as CEO.  But some financial advisors said it was smart, praising her for getting as far as she did with no prior knowledge of the inner workings of business.

What do you think? Did you like Girl Boss? Are you watching it on HULU?

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October Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I first found out about Murakami’s book from Clothesencounters favorites video.  She recommended 1Q84. Jenn has amazing tastes in books so I had to buy it.  While I watched the video, I looked on Amazon for the book.  Then, after reading 1Q84, I couldn’t stop. I need more Murakami books.

Murakami is an amazing writer.  In his books, the settings and character development are always detailed and amazing. He plays with complex ideas and presents them in a very well thought-out manner. So, here’s my review of Kafka On The Shore.

The Main Characters: Kafka and Nakata

In this novel, Murakami plays with the concept of time and memories.  Like many of Murakami’s books, he focuses on two characters.  Kafka Tamura and Nakata are the main characters of Kafka on the Shore.

The readers follow young Kafka Tamura as he runs away from his home in Nakano Ward to the mysterious library in the outskirt of town.  After he runs away, strange things start happening around town.  In the center of these strange things is Nakata. He is an older gentlemen that can’t understand all the things that happen to him. So, Nakata simply accepts everything without question.

Kafka and Nakata’s Friends

Along the way, the two make friends that help them through their journey to self-discovery.  The first friend is an attractive young girl named Sakura.  He has an immediate attraction to her and quickly develops an odd sibling relationship with her.

But when Kafka wakes up covered in blood one day, he runs away (again). He leaves Sakura a note and continues on his journey.  Kafka’s love for reading leads him to a library where he meets Oshima.

Oshima is an employee at the library that Kafka learns to confide in when dangerous circumstances start appearing. He works at the front desk and greets every person coming in.  He has a love for music and philosophical topics.

At the library, Kafka also meets Miss Saeki.  In the story, Miss Saeki is a quiet woman.  She keeps to herself and usually stays in her office unless she’s giving people a tour of the library.

However Kafka’s feelings toward her are unsettling.  In other words, he’s young and confused.  So he goes out to search for answers.  But his search quickly got him tangled in situations he shouldn’t be in.

Conclusion: The review of Kafka on the Shore

Murakami weaves a beautiful story about the fluidity of time, growing up, and discovering one’s purpose in life.  Every character has a past and in these pasts, Murakami creates characters that are genuine and captivating.

Murakami weaves these different stories together in a magical way.  His method of writing takes you on a journey through the eyes of a variety of characters.  The character’s stories blend seamlessly together.  And funny enough, the adventure for this book starts at a library.

Murakami’s Kafka On The Shore is definitely a book worth re-reading. My descriptions are kept purposefully vague because I don’t want to give spoilers! But this book is definitely a page-turner. After the reading the book, you’ll question, “What is truly real?”

What book would you recommend reading?

September Book Review: Eleanor By Jason Gurley

Eleanor by Jason Gurley Book Review

Guys, I love a good book.  Especially since it’s fall and I can light my candles, curl up under a fuzzy blanket and read a great book without sweating my makeup off.  Anyway, I’ve been concentrating so hard on work that I honestly forgot how much I loved to read.  Now, my goal is to read a book a month.

Recently, I just finished Eleanor by Jason Gurley and it was one of those books that really took me by surprise. And before I get all English Major on you, don’t worry.  I won’t spoil the book for you. I’m just going to highlight a few scenes.

Character Development: Eleanor

In Eleanor, Jason Gurley brings the book to life with character development and imagery.  From the very first words, Eleanor comes alive.  Eleanor’s analysis of the rain falling outside tells readers so much about her outlook on life and the state of her mental health.  Gurley’s writing focuses on the subtle details.  And his attention to detail is what makes Eleanor a dream to read.

For example, Gurley describes the way Hob’s slurps his hot tea.  This point let’s the reader learn that he was a soldier in the Korean War.  From this fact, we learn that he spent enough time in Korea to actually learn some of their customs and use them in everyday life.


In addition to character development, Gurley also uses imagery. An example would be the dust on the piano.  This small details tells readers about the critical relationship of Eleanor and her mother.  These small bits of imagery place the readers into the character’s shoes.  Gurley teaches readers that imagery doesn’t have to be graphic to be powerful.

As you read, the story unfolds and time gets lost.  But keep reading.  My advice to you is don’t stop.  Once you get to the end, it’ll all make sense and you’ll want to read it again to catch all the small details.

Stay Tuned for next month’s book review!

Disclaimer: I received this book free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.