Thursday, July 20

June Book Report

This post is about three weeks later but better late than never, right?!

I absolutely love reading. It's one of my favorite ways to spend my free time, educate myself, escape the real world. In the past few months though I have not been reading nearly enough. So I decided to challenge myself to read more and share my completed reads as a way to both keep myself accountable and help other find some good (or not so good) books to read themselves.

So without further ado... here are the books I finished reading in June.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

"The Infinite Sea" is the sequel to "The Fifth Wave" and picks up immediately after the last novel left off. So if you haven't read the first book of the series yet... maybe don't read this review (in case of spoilers!). The book started off with Ringer's point of view rather than Cassie's, which I found a bit odd. It's been a few years since I read the first book but I remember the bulk of it being in Cassie's point of view and about her. But this book from predominately NOT from her point of view and quite a lot of it was in Ringer's point of view. Seeing as how I don't like the character Ringer, I didn't really like that. But that aside, you start off with the surviving kids holed up in a hotel trying to figure out what to do next to survive and waiting for Evan Walker to show up, or not show up if he's dead like Ringer believes he must be. A lot of the plot of this book revolves around why the aliens, or "others", would go through all the trouble of the "waves" if they're so advanced of a species. If they're really as advanced as they claim why couldn't they just wipe humanity out in one easy swoop? And why use kids as soldiers? Why put their own people's lives in harms way by inserting them into human bodies? I actually found the characters attempts to find the answers to these questions to be the most interesting part of the book. The actual activities which happened in the book were less interesting and overall I didn't really like this book and it was a bit of a chore to finish. However, I'll probably still read the next one because I really do want to know how the story concludes.

Tribalry: A Business Tale by Jared Stewart and Sarah Waugh

Tribalry was recommended to me by Jamberry as a book to read before our international conference took place last month. This book was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone in direct sales or business in general. Tribalry is different from many other personal development type books because it's told in the form of a fable. The story is very much like "A Christmas Carol" with the main character being taken under the wing of a ghost/angel who sets out to help him see the error of his ways. In this case, the errors in how he's been conducting his failing business. He then learns the importance of building a "tribe" within his business and the steps for doing so. This is a very short read and I devoured it, finishing in just a day or two (you could probably read it in one sitting if you have the time). At JamCon we put some of the practices of tribalry into action it was a really fun exercise! There's also a website which coincides with the book so you can create your own online tribe for your business if you so desire.

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Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt

"Get over Your Damn Self" is another business themed personal development book. I read this one as a part of a book club with my Jamberry team (and I was the only one who finished it on time!). The book is written by a woman who works in and is highly successful in a direct sales company and its main focus is on recruiting and team building. So if that's an area you're personally seeking to improve in then definitely give this book a read! I really didn't think a lot of the advice she gave applied to my business as well as it may to some others but overall I did take away a lot of nuggets of knowledge and learn some areas I can personally improve in. Honestly I think it warrants a second read because there was just too much useful information in it for anyone to make all the necessary changes and remember everything with just one read! 

That's all for June's book report. I've been slacking on my reading so far in July so I'll really have to dedicate some time during this next week and a half so I have more than one book to report on next month! Comment below and tell me if you've read any of these books before and if so what you thought. And tell me what you're currently reading!

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