Book Review -- June Recap

What I Read, June 2013: Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Berstein

Spirit Junkie

I really wanted to like this book, since I like Gabrielle and follow her on social media, and I have a soft spot for self-improvement books. I only ended up reading half, though, because it was right over the edge of too New Age-y for my taste. Most of her advice was very "free your heart, and lift it to the moon, and meditate on the wonder of it all." Which, if you're into that, cool. I did enjoy reading about her journey to a place of peace, but I lost interest quickly.

 

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Again, I was hoping this book would be a quick, fun read. It kind of was, but mostly it was filled with trite advice about how to think like your man. I try to think like myself, so I guess I just wasn't interested. There were a couple of laughs due to Harvey's comedic style, but overall I only read about half before realizing that I didn't want or need to know how to react when my man comes home late. If I want to know what my man thinks/needs/feels, I'll probably just ask him.

 

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit

Very interesting read. Duhigg's style reminded me of Gladwell's Blink and The Tipping Point, both of which I liked. He provided many stories and anecdotes about how people in various situations have changed their habits, from alcoholics to marketers to overweight individuals. Definitely a good read, but I stopped at 3/4 because it was due back at the library and I felt like I got the gist of his thesis.

Conclusion for June: I didn't pick the best books (hence the lack of full reviews) and my schedule was slammed. But at least I reached my goal of two (almost)!