Books I Read Last Month – June 2020

June was a very good month for reading! 😃 Not only did I stick to my monthly target of 4 books, I also thoroughly enjoyed each book that I’d picked out. I mixed up different genres to keep it interesting, that really helped too!

Scroll down to see all the books I finished reading in June 2020:

Girl, Stop Apologizing

A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

by  Rachel Hollis

3-Word Review:

Honest • Practical • Conversational

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself. 

Kindle Edition available.

“Ambition looks like you living in a way others won’t so you will have a life others can’t.”

– Rachel Hollis, Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

A Handbook for Girl Geeks

by Sam Maggs 

3-Word Review:

Positive • Inclusive • Encouraging

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild. Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. 

Kindle Edition & Audio Book available.

“Fiction, no matter the form, allows you to live a thousand meaningful experiences and relationships that you could never have in real life. Getting invested in a fictional world means you have a wonderful imagination, a big heart, and the capacity for endless creativity. No one can say anything bad about that.”

– Sam Maggs, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

Dear Girls

Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life

by Ali Wong

3-Word Review:

Hilarious • Raunchy • Vulnerable

Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters, covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so heavily that she became a popular Halloween costume. And now in this book she shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York, reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and disgusting) for all. 

Kindle Edition & Audio Book available.

“And when a man finds a woman who worships him, who dedicates her life to serving him, he’s lucky. But when a man dedicates himself to taking care of his children it’s seen as a last resort. That it must be because he ran out of other options. That it’s plan Z. That it’s an indicator of his inability to provide for his family. Basically, that he’s a fucking loser. I think it’s one of the most important falsehoods we need to shatter when talking about women’s rights.”

― Ali Wong, Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life

by Shoshana Zuboff

3-Word Review:

Alarming • Important • Exhaustive

In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth.

Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new “behavioral futures markets,” where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new “means of behavioral modification.” With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future–if we let it.

Kindle Edition & Audio Book available.

“The real psychological truth is this: If you’ve got nothing to hide, you are nothing.”

– Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

In this series Books I Read Last Month, I recap the list of books I read the previous month, which includes 3-Word Reviews, Synopsis & a quote from each one of my reads. You can read some other posts from this series, by clicking here.

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