Book Club – July 2022 – What I’ve read this month

I wanted to continue the ‘one-person Book Club’ theme of last month. Here’s what I’ve read in July 2022. I don’t know about you, but I seem to have books coming out my ears at the moment! There’s one on my bedside table, one in the lounge, one on the tablet and plenty waiting to be read. I’m enjoying keeping up with my challenge of averaging one book a week. I started writing this on 23rd and realised that I only had 2 books to put up so far; better get reading!

*Book cover of the The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi. White cover with yellow and blue squares radiating out from the centre.

The Kindness Method

Shahroo Izadi

If you’re looking to change habits and stick to them, then this book lays the foundation to do that. Shahroo advocates being kind to yourself and provides a series of exercises to produce mind maps to which you can refer when the whole habit shifting thing gets tricky. This is a book I’d like to go back to to try out the method. I’ll give it a 4/5.

The book cover of Killing State, a Michael North thriller, by Judith O'Reilly. A night time scene standing in front of Big Ben in London with the shadow of a man holding a gun in the foreground.

Killing State

Judith O’Reilly

An enjoyable book that I felt was a bit slow going to begin with. I thought the characters were interesting. Judith uses a style of what I would call ‘thought writing’ where thoughts are interspersed with speech. It was an interesting writing style and one I found tricky to follow at times. Nevertheless, this was a good page turner and I’d give it a 3.5/5.

Book cover of 101 Business Ieads with yellow, black writing and white.

101 Business Ideas That Will Change the Way You Work

Antonio E. Weiss

I really enjoyed this book. It was so good at communicating research into no nonsense language that I wrote a separate blog postOpens in a new tab. on it. So I’d give this one a 4/5.

Iconic book cover of Strong Female Lead in blue, red and white. Almost like the colours of a revolution.

Strong Female Lead – Lessons From Women in Power

Arwa Mahdawi

Definitely a book to read. Highlights how we need to change leadership styles to those that are traditionally seen from women in power. Evidence backed up by lots of examples, though I would liked to have seen even more so it felt slightly less cherry picked. 4/5

Book cover of the highly sensitive person designed, I assume in muted colours of lilac and beige.

The Highly Sensitive Person

Elaine N. Aron

This is the first book that I haven’t finished with these Book Club posts. I liked the idea, but I found it too repetitive and just couldn’t get into the flow of it. The concept of highly sensitive people is a valid one and makes sense, so it’s worth a read on that basis. However, not for me. 1.5/5.

Annette Raffan

Annette is a mum of one and a postgraduate researcher at the University of Aberdeen. She loves learning about new things and sharing them with the world, particularly knowledge management, plant and soil science, the world of research and things she has read along the way.

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