May was a reading bust. Manic Trout was having a "moment" and I was so tired every night that I made it though only a page or two before I fell asleep. I think I read 2 books the entire month and one was a business book that I simply finished in May, most of it had been read before that month. In realizing this sad truth, I decided to start including the business books I read in these round ups as I know many of you are as interested in them if I am. My shame has however proved quite motivating as July is off to a bang and in the first 6 days of the month, I have already devoured 2 books. Yay for not falling asleep in two minutes!!
1. Evenings At The Argentine Club by Julia Amante. Do you match up the characters in books with faces of people you know or see (such as bloggers or celebs)? Well I do that all the time and through out reading this book, I pictured Ugly Betty. Even though you may not get the same visual pairing, if you watched the show, you'll love the book. That's all I have to say about that.
2. Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart. I'll admit that this was the book that made me fall asleep. However, it was not at all the books fault, I actually loved it and was irritated that I couldn't make it through more than a few pages at a time. Excellently written and amazing story. I found myself constantly thinking about this one during the day and couldn't wait to get back to it...even it was only a few pages, each night. The second of Shteyngarts books that I've loved and I'll keep keep reading whatever he writes.
3. The Botox Diaries by Janice Kaplan and Lynn Schnurnberger. There is one downside about reading a lot. You sometimes don't remember a book you've read, especially if it wasn't that great of a book. Right before this book, it took me a whole chapter to realize that I had already read the book I was starting. The entire time I was reading this one, I had a nagging feeling that I had read it before as well, but I couldn't decide if that were the case or if it was that generic of a story. So yeah.
4. The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion. Excellent book. Engaging, well written. I love Didion because I get lost in her sentences. Each one is so carefully sculpted that I enjoy them as parts as much as the whole.
5. Heart of The Matter by Emily Griffin. I went with this one after Didion in my classic reading method of alternating a serious novel with fluff. This woman cranks out the chick lit like a well oiled machine, but she does it well. Looking for a beach read, this is perfect. The meat of the story is dolled out in snippets throughout the book so it keeps you wonderfully engaged and at no point are you gagging on cheesiness.
6. Kick Ass Social Commerce for E-Preneurs by John Lawson. The title pretty much sums it up perfectly. Covers the big guys. As much as I know about social media (and that is a great deal), I still learned some new things. It also convinced me to try and actually use my Google+ account. Although admittedly that has not been going so well, but at least now I know why I should!
7. Custom Nation by Anthony Flynn & Emily Flynn Vencat. Loved this book. If you know me IRL and have a business, we've talked about how much I loved this book and how much it has influenced my thoughts on customizing. If you own a business, you need to read this.
So what have you read lately that you loved? I have been off the goodwill book buying and instead am trying to pay attention to books I really want to read so I can order them used online from Amazon. There is just way too much chick lit and crap at good will, its making my cupboard of books to read a little to full of vapid chick lit crap. Its a daunting task to browse on Amazon with out a list though. Give me some direction people, what have you been reading??