Book Review: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered

ssdgmTitle: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered
Author: Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
Genre: Memoir, True Crime
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Pages: 304
Format Read: Audiobook
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Library Libby app
Date finished reading: September 16, 2019

Goodreads Description: The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder!

Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

My Review: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are rocking the podcast world with their true crime/comedy podcast, My Favorite Murder. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you should! As in the podcast, Karen and Georgia use some of their clever sayings (like “buy your own shit”, “you’re in a cult, call your dad” and “stay out of the forest”) to continue to open up to their fans about topics that they and so many others have struggled with like alcoholism, family grief, eating disorders, and difficult relationships to name a few. It is vulnerable and real. When I wasn’t laughing to the point of tears, I was nodding yes Yes YES!

Of course, they also dive into their love of true crime. As a girl who also grew up in the 80s, I too can relate to the section where Karen and Georgia talk about what it means to be latchkey kids. I wasn’t so much left at home alone, as I was left outside. It wasn’t until boys were disappearing from my neighborhood that my mom stopped allowing us to ride our bikes anywhere we wanted. Within a couple months, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested within a few miles of our house. When a story like that dominates your childhood, it is no wonder that I became fascinated with true crime. Karen and Georgia, along with the My Favorite Murder family, have made me and thousands of others around the world feel that it is okay to like true crime. This book covers some of the key advice they have given to Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered, including my favorites of ALWAYS trust your instincts and FUCK POLITENESS!

I adored this book. For audiobook listeners, you will get a special treat by hearing the occasional soothing/sexy voice of Paul Giamatti. SSDGM, Murderinos!

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

WWW Wednesdays – August 22, 2018

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

3PKyE93This week I’m participating in the Bout of Books Readathon. I’ve set reading goals for my week that should help me make some progress on book club books and NetGalley ARCs that have been piling up. See my post for more information on this readathon and my readathon goals.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Chasing the Devil by Sheriff David Reichert

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I’ve recently become a true crime junkie thanks to discovering Ann Rule at the beginning of the year and Michelle McNamera’s book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I’ve also become a huge fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast. I often find myself wanting to read more about the cases they mention on the podcast and came across this audiobook on the Green River Killer via my Libby library app. This book provided a great overview of the crimes committed by the Green River Killer in Washington State in the 1980s and 90s. Some individuals, like the author of this book, Sheriff David Reichert, devoted much of their careers to searching for the Green River Killer and with advancements in DNA processing, were finally able to catch the killer. The killer was convicted of the deaths of 49 women, but many believe he could have killed up to 80. Sheriff Reichert really gives you an inside view of this case from the crime scenes to the collection of evidence. I will say that a few things bothered me about this book though. First, he gets extremely uppity when talking about the press/media and there “interference”. However, they have a job to do in reporting about someone who is terrorizing the area and killing women. It was stated multiple times throughout the book the affect this case had on Sheriff Reichert’s family, and while I think that was important to state once to show his unfailing commitment to this case, I felt like I was losing sympathy for him and his family the more he mentioned it, because there were still many victims and their families who had been affected too. Finally, my last issue was the fact that he seemed a bit defensive about the fact that some of the victim’s families turned on him when the police and prosecutor made a deal with the Green River Killer. They took the death penalty off the table in exchange for locating more bodies and potentially more victims. While I do believe this was probably the right move to help solve additional missing person cases, I think the victim’s families had every right to feel what they feel and the author should not be defensive about that. Overall, this book was so-so with a rating of 3/5.

A Snowbound Scandal by Jessica Lemmon

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What does one read when they need a break from reading about the Green River Killer? Clearly the answer is a steamy romance ARC from NetGalley! I really enjoyed this romantic story of two people so in love that time, careers and life can’t keep them apart. Chase Ferguson thought he could bury his summer love affair with Mimi Andrix in the past, but ten years later her picture resurfaces as part of a smear campaign by his opponent in a mayoral race in Dallas, Texas. After taking a vacation to Mimi’s hometown in Montana and by chance being snowed in with her for a weekend alone, he quickly realizes that while he wants to protect Mimi from the press, he also does not want to let her go again. You could feel the passion and love between the two main characters. The ending feels a bit like Maid in Manhattan, but it was well done. I also enjoyed the little mentions of Chase’s sister that keep you wanting to read the next book, which will be her story.

Reading Next

These books are all books that I’ve put down to read other things, and now I am determined to finish them.

What are y’all reading right now? Do y’all read one book at a time or do you have multiple books going like me?

Happy Reading!!!!