The list of books I read in June will be rather short.
The month of June was a busy one in which I managed to only spent about 10 days at home. We had a wedding, a planned trip, and (sadly) a funeral, in addition, to the normal activities of a mom of many (like the orthodontist).
I was not keen on reading much non-fiction this month, therefore I mainly read solely for enjoyment rather than for educational purposes. It was so welcome in the midst of the flurry of activities we had planned.
We got to visit with old friends and make new ones.
A very full month for which I am grateful.
Books I Read in June
Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life
I think this book is a must-read for everyone who intends to maintain strong and healthy relationships. All this being said, I found the audio version tedious at times when Bible verses where being read as this did make the Audible version very smooth. For instance, in the middle of an explanation — and to support it — the blah blah blah Ecclesiastes 2:12 does not make for unhindered reading. In the book version, it is easier for our eyes to glance over the reference without a hitch.
Despite this tiny complaint, I still found the material invaluable and worthy to read.[Audio] [Book]
The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
In college, while I took to sociology, I was not particularly fond of psychology. For this reason, I found The Like Switch — based on human behavior — to be highly educational and entertaining.
I learned much. Some of the things described would be helpful in any relationship.
However, there was a sizeable caveat for me. The author — a former FBI agent — needed to use his skills to manipulate perpetrators at times. I get that. Part of the job. No problem.
I do have an issue with using the material to manipulate people outside the parameters mentioned above though. Using the information to get others to do my bidding is not something I am willing to do. I certainly would not like it applied to me. As a matter of fact, I loathe it when sale persons try it on me. This is the best way to make sure I will not buy.
My manipulation detector is quite sensitive and for this reason, any mention by the author to use the information for controlling others was met by resistance from me. Aside from this issue, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.[Audio] [Book]
Consistent Eating: Is Dieting Harming Your Health And Your Weight Loss?
by Billy Craig
This book was very informative and accompanied with many references about the down side of dieting.
Right now, it only has garnered one star (from a single review) on Amazon. Indeed this book is not about it “how to eat” but rather how dieting harms our health, I found it compelling and in line with other materials I have come across.
The Kindle version is free with Kindle Unlimited.[Book]
Eat Something Sweet
by Karen Mcc
This book is similar to the one above except it is written in fiction form.
I must be honest. While the idea of the book is creative and a subject which, in my opinion, should be discussed. I did not care for the narration at all. In my personal and very subjective opinion, it was poorly written and quite laborious to read. Moreover, there is no real conclusion at the end as there is a companion book (which I don’t plan on reading).
Books I Read Since Starting the Happiness Project