Years ago, I used to do individual book reviews on this blog but gave it up for a few reasons. The two main reasons were: I read way too many books to keep up and I never felt like I had much of a review to give because I would hop into the next book fairly quickly.
Despite letting that category fall to the wayside, I haven’t stopped voraciously picking up any business or marketing book that strikes my fancy and there have been some great ones that I’ve shared with my newsletter subscribers. But I’ve been thinking lately that it might be a better benefit if I brought back short book reviews. But instead of working out individual posts, I would just recap the books I’ve read over the past month and my thoughts on them.
So here we are! Though it’s a bit overdue (hello, it’s March!) here’s the list of books I read this past January and my wee little reviews. (*Note – shout out to my Libby app for keeping a record. Because otherwise, this would be really difficult if I was going on memory alone)
What I Read in January
Big fan of this book if only as a motivational tool. I’ve been stressing over the writing of my upcoming book, Day 1, and reading Rachel’s stories and advice was a breath of fresh air to me as it made me feel like “okay, I don’t have to have the perfect words and I can ramble on a little bit because that’s who I am.” If that makes sense? Basically, this book helped me realize that I need to get out of my own head and focus on the person I actually am.
Written by a former FBI negotiator (who worked in Pittsburgh, shout out to my hometown!) this book was really interesting in terms of thinking about the words you say and how they can affect the outcome of your situation. I picked up the audiobook version after reading through the text as I wanted to keep referencing this book as I go through my upcoming product creations.
I like Brendon a lot. As a marketing coach, I respect his background and find him to be an inspiration when it comes to coaching. That said, I wouldn’t consider this book to be “essential” when it comes to finding successful habits. It was fairly dry and I didn’t find much new information that made me feel like there was an “a-ha!” Moment.
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