Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Books I've Been Reading-- July

Hello hello! I hope you're all having a great week so far. Today I am sharing with  you the 3 books I read last month-- 1 fiction and 2 nonfiction. Let's get started!

Oh Crap-- The first book I read this month was "Oh Crap" by Jamie Glowacki. I am so grateful for this book. It was because of this blog that I even read it! I am even more grateful for the women out there who read this blog and suggest things like this book to me! I was nervous as all heck about potty training. I did not even know where to begin. This book helped make that monumental milestone so much easier for us. I had read about the "3 Day Potty Training" method online and thought there was no way it could be done. What I loved so much about Jamie's book is that she breaks it down into "blocks" to focus on rather than days. If your child is ready to move on to the next block, you move on. That may happen on day 1, it may happen on day 4. She really explains each step well and helps you feel like you can do this! For anyone considering potty training, I would definitely read this book! I'd give it an A.
The Alice Network-- Oh my goodness, what a GREAT book! One of you recommended this book to me as well and I am SO happy you did! This is a great story about women spies in World War 1, but also has ties to WW2. I have to say I immediately fell in love with several of the main characters but had trouble getting behind the character Charlie. I felt like Charlie was so weak in comparison to the other women in this book and was unsure how she fit in. I was very pleased with how the book ended though because Charlie's character definitely grew into herself and grew into a stronger woman-- did anyone else feel this way?? There was also a point in this book about mid way through where you just cannot put it down. If you love books with strong female lead characters, this book is for you! I give it an A.
The Culture Code-- My father in law gave me this book after I was telling him about another book I read a few months back, The Ideal Team Player. The Culture Code is very similar to The Ideal Team Player in that they are both about what qualities/characteristics make up good team players and leaders. This is a great book for anyone who owns their own company, hires people for their company, is a manager, or is just interested in that sort of stuff (like me!). The Culture Code looks at highly successful groups of people like the Navy Seals, the  writers at Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, the employees at Johnson & Johnson, etc. and points out what all of these extremely successful groups have in common that similar groups/teams that are less successful may not have. If you know someone who leads a company or is fascinated by leadership, this would be a great book for them. I am going to give this one a B, only because it was a little wordy at times and I think dragged on a little in spots.

Those were my books for the month of July-- I have already finished one for the month of August and it was FANTASTIC! Can't wait to tell you about it :) Any other books you ladies think I should add to my list? You apparently know me so well!