Which books are worth the read and which should you skip? Find out what books I’ve been reading lately and whether I recommend them.
What a reading month June has been for me!
Earlier this year, I made a list of my five-star reads, and I realized I can be quite stingy about handing out my highest praise.
For a book to be five stars, it has to speak to me on a deeper level. The writing, the editing, the themes, the emotions. All the elements must combine to create a masterpiece.
It’s not like I’m asking for much.
To my delight, I added three more five star reads in my June reading list! Add in several excellent four-star books and a couple more interesting reads, and June has been a great reading month for me.
June Reading List
Caroline Criado Perez
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Looking back at his childhood in rural Yamhill, Oregon, Nicholas Kristof realized that over half of his classmates ended up dead from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or recklessness. Husband and wife team Kristof and WuDunn set out to detail the damage poor government policies have inflected on working-class American families.I was surprised to see this among the Book of the Month January 2020 selections, but I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m not particularly happy I did. While I think this topic is extremely important, there has got to be a better treatment on the subject. Organizationally, the book was a mess, jumping topics without notice.
One of my biggest complaints about the book was the rose-colored glasses they seem to wear. The authors identify early childhood programs for disadvantaged children as one of the key issues. Yet, they skim over the fact that the parents of disadvantaged children are the least likely to use such programs even when offered. 3 Stars. Read more →
Always looking for books to help improve my blog, I bought this highly recommended book on content marketing. Pulizzi shows you how to become an expert content marketer, positioning yourself as an informational expert in your chosen field. With advice on social media, search engine optimization, growing a business, and, of course, content marketing, Pulizzi promises to give you the strategies you need to build a multi-million dollar media company. Pulizzi clearly knows what he’s talking about. His book is extremely well-written, clearly laying out the concepts of content marketing. A year ago, this book would have blown my mind. Now, I already knew much of the material, though I could do better about implementing it. Since I don’t plan to grow Booklist Queen into a media empire, many of the advanced strategies don’t apply to me. 4 Stars. Read more →
Founder of B-school and Marie TV, Marie Forleo has a new book all about empowering female entrepreneurs. Forleo tackles all the topics that tend to hold you back from reaching your dreams: imposter syndrome, handling criticism, recovering from failure, the need for perfection. The book started with a manifest your dreams mindset style but successfully transitioned into a more practical guide to goal-setting. If you are struggling with motivation, Forleo’s book might be just the kick in the pants you need to push forward. 3 Stars. Read more →
One of the best perks of being a book blogger is receiving advance review copies (ARCs) of upcoming book releases from publishers.
At the beginning of each month, I cover all the new book releases coming out, and the July 2020 book releases are right around the corner. Here’s a peek at the July releases I’ve already read.
My To-Read List
What’s up next for me? Before I let you go, here are a few of the titles I’m hoping to get through this upcoming month.
Be sure to come back in July to see which ones I read.
What books did you read in June?