June Reads – 2018

I feel so blessed to have a job that gives me time off in the summer to relax, travel, and READ! If you’ve been reading anything especially good this summer, I’d love to hear about it!   1. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

I read this book with one of my co-workers to learn about how to bring positive energy to the work place. The 10 rules are simple but powerful ways to improve your attitude in a way that impacts others. The book is written as a fictional story, which can be somewhat cheesy at times, but it made for a quick and easy read.

2. Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker (audiobook)

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook on a road trip. Some reviews say the story was too slow, which I could maybe see if you were reading it instead of listening. The story is about Mr. Rochester from Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and I especially liked reading about his childhood and years as a young adult. The part with Jane felt understandably a little more constrained, but it was interesting to see what Rochester might have been thinking and why he behaved as he did.

3. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

I binge read this book. Such a fun, light summer read! It reminded me a lot of Daddy-Long-Legs, which was one of my favorite books in my mid-teens. The book is written as a series of letters from Sam to her benefactor who is paying for her graduate degree. Sam is obsessed with books and learning to live in the moment instead of retreating behind Jane Austen quotes in uncomfortable social situations. I’m looking forward to trying some other Katherine Reay’s books now!

 

4. Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

I’ve always been fascinated by personality tests and finding personality descriptions that I resonated with, so this was the perfect book for me to read! Anne Bogel goes into detail about a different personality framework in each chapter. She not only explains the different personality types but also gives readers a way to harness this knowledge in their lives. After reading this book, I understand my own tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses more, and I feel like I’ll be more understanding of others when they think or react differently than me in the same situation.

 

5. I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe (audiobook)

This historical fiction novel tells the story of Rosetta as she disguises herself as a man in order to follow her husband into the army during the American Civil War. I liked how the author intertwined history with the lives of these fictional characters.

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