Chapter: June Book Reviews

With the cold wintery weather well and truly setting in, it’s a great excuse to curl up with a book. June was a real mix of non-fiction and fiction, and includes the latest book from the author of The Girl on the Train. Continue on reading for my June Book Reviews.

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How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Synopsis from Book Depository

June Book Reviews | Serensays.comSince its initial publication eighty years ago, How to Win Friends & Influence People has sold over fifteen million copies worldwide. In his book, Carnegie explains that success comes from the ability to communicate effectively with others. He provides relatable analogies and examples, and teaches you skills to make people want to be in your company, see things your way, and feel wonderful about it. For more than eighty years his advice has helped thousands of successful people in their business and personal lives.

Oh how I LOVED this book! It sounds stupid but I’m not fantastic at connecting with people, which is why I wanted to read this book. Despite it being written in the 1920s, all of his advice is still extremely relevant and applicable to today. One thing that makes this book stand out above others within self-improvement is the fact that it has, clear and concise exercises and instructions. I recommend EVERYONE reads this book! I actually borrowed it from the library but will be purchasing my own copy.

Buy now $9.86

June Book Reviews | Serensays.comStrictly Between Us – Jane Fallon

Synopsis from Book Depository

Rumours, secrets and lies. It’s all in a day’s work. Tamsin and her best friend Michelle have been inseparable since they were teenagers. Even now they spend all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle’s handsome husband. So when Tamsin hears a rumour that Patrick is having an affair, she is furious. Unwilling to ignore it, Tamsin plots a scheme to catch Patrick in the act, using her assistant Bea as live-bait. It should be fool proof. After all, Tamsin can trust Bea with anything.

A lovely little fluffy chick lit book which I adored. It wasn’t predictable and had an engrossing story. It’s a classic, “just one more chapter” book, keeps you reading and before you know it you’ve finished it. Sad face. Anyway I have another one of her books waiting to be read!

Buy now $14.27

June Book Reviews | Serensays.comInto The Water – Paula Hawkins

Synopsis from Book Depository

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool.

From the author of The Girl on the Train comes Into the Water. After the  huge success of her previous book you expect great things. In reality I personally don’t think this book is as good.  In parts it simply becomes too vague and “mystical” if that’s the right word. I struggled to really engage with it and be pulled in, plus some of the major characters did my head in. Overall, it’s ok but don’t rush to read it.

Buy now $24.75


June Book Reviews | Serensays.comNo Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline – Brian Tracy

Synopsis from Book Depository

Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. No Excuses! shows you how you can achieve success in all three major areas of your life, including your personal goals, business and money goals, and overall happiness.

After loving the How To Win Friends book I thought I’d try another popular self-improvement book. What a let down. The author’s main message is that you’re not successful because you don’t dedicate your every waking hour to working. His advice includes, going to work before everyone else and leaving after everyone else. Terrible advice that isn’t applicable to so many people and is detrimental to your health. He offers no real exercises to help you develop your self discipline and it feels like the whole time he’s yelling at you. Awful book.

Buy now $15.75

What books have you enjoyed this month? Will you be reading any of the ones mentioned above?

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