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Simply Books – June

I read two books this past month:

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future – I was very excited to read this book and it exceeded my expectations. This is a huge book motivating, storytelling, and explaining how to create value and freedom in the form of a business. I loved this book because it doesn’t talk about creating a million dollar idea (which isn’t bad… just less likely) or building a huge businesses. It is about creating income to meet your personal needs, dreams, and goals.  These were mostly small businesses, started with very little capital (hence the name) and provided good money as well as personal freedom for the owners.

The world is changing in this respect so much. There is way more room for different specialists, or odd niche talents to offer great value and make good profit. You don’t have to build up Proctor & Gamble creating hundreds of products. You can make a great living on an obscure talent, like understanding a computer program, or spreadsheets.

The second book I read was I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It but I posted about it last week.

I am working on Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World which is super good but just keeps making me feel like I should be doing more… not simple :), but I will get through it and try and figure out this blogging thing a bit more.

This is the first time since starting this ‘Simple Books‘ monthly post last fall that I haven’t had books lined up for next month.

The last few months have been heavier and I feel like I need something lighter to read.  Any suggestions?

I was hoping Ree Drummond would publish a sequel to her The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story, but that might just be a rumor.  … maybe I will read the first book again… or maybe I will spend more time on her site.  She is always cracking me up — like this post.

I hope you are all having a great weekend!  I have a special surprise coming up next Sunday 🙂  … also a bunch of great stuff planned for this summer.  See ya then!

Photo Credit: {the amazing} Bryon Lippincott


  1. I currently am reading “Quiet…” about introverts in an extrovert world but I needed something more light so, at the library, I picked up “Learning to Swim” about a woman who rescues a boy thrown to drown and their story – it was comparatively light reading but pulled me in enough to enjoy.
    Am so looking forward to reading “$100..” Chris is terrific.

    • that sure doesn’t sound like light reading 🙂 I get so emotionally caught up with stuff. Loved $100 Start-up. Reading his stuff, no matter what it is, is motivating and positive.

  2. Heather K Heather K

    Try “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”. FANTASTIC read, and I bet you can find it at your library; it’s a couple of years old. Really great, and so much better than the movie. Great (true) storytelling.

    • thanks, I will check it out 🙂

  3. Gem Gem

    I just checked out _Ripe: A fresh, colorful approach to fruits and vegetables_ by Cheryl Sternman Rlue and Paulette Philipot. It’s kind of a blend between a coffee book and a cookbook. The book groups fruits and vegetables by color. It provides a gorgeous picture for each item featured along with a one-page blurb about the produce, “simple uses”, and then one more traditional recipe. The text is light and fun. For instance, “Pity the blood orange’s violent name; it’s actually quite a peaceful fruit.” It looks like Omaha Public Library doesn’t have the book but I imagine they could ILL it.

    The other two non-fiction books I’m hoping to get through this month are:
    * _Cleaning House: A mom’s 12-month experiment to rid her home of youth entitlement_ by Kay Wills Wyma
    * _The First 20 minutes: Surprising science reveals how we can exercise better, train smarter, live longer_ by Gretchen Reynolds

    • Those all sound good. You are always such a good book source 😉

  4. I just got Platform from my library! Looking forward to reading it. Sounds like it’s inspiring 🙂

    • I got it for my kindle and have been trying to get through it. Still only started but so much to think about and figure out.

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