Reading Wrap-up July 2018

I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share some of the other books I've been reading lately.

 Sinatra by J. Randy Taraborelli

Sinatra by J. Randy Taraborelli

I love biographies and J. Randy Taraborelli has become my favorite biographer. I haven't read all his work yet but I've read two (Sinatra and Jackie, Janet and Lee) and am working on the third (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) and all of them are very well done. Taraborelli is a story-telling artist.

 The Duchess by Penny Junor

The Duchess by Penny Junor

I have been fascinated by the royal family since Charles and Diana married. I remember watching the wedding with my mom and realizing for the first time that princesses really did exist outside of fairy tales. I enjoyed reading about Camilla and Penny Junor is a talented writer. I loved this description of Camilla's childhood home in The Duchess:

“the ivy-clad house sits on a slight incline at the end of a gravel driveway, in complete seclusion, surrounded by five acres of garden, with fields belonging to the neighbouring farm beyond. It’s big but not grand, essentially a comfortable family home, with light, airy rooms, high ceilings and open fireplaces where log fires crackled in winter.”

Doesn't that paint a lovely picture?

 The Insulin Express by Oren Liebermann

The Insulin Express by Oren Liebermann

The Insulin Express was not what I expected. I was thinking it was exclusively about sugar and diabetes and what is does to the body, etc, etc. It's more a travel memoir mixed with medical information about Type 1 diabetes. Liebermann became diabetic while he and his wife were traveling around the world. And seeking medical care in foreign, remote locations is dicey. It took me a couple chapters to get into the story but once I did, I was hooked. (If you Kindle Unlimited, you can read The Insulin Express for free.)

Do you have any favorite biographies or memoirs? Please, share with me in the comments. I would love to add them to my tbr list.

How To Get The Most Benefit From Words With Jennifer

Hey y’all! Here are some tips to help you get the most benefit from Words With Jennifer.

Most of the things I write will fall into one of 5 categories.


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Simply click on one of the categories and it will show you all the posts that I’ve written on that topic.

Home covers things like cooking, cleaning, organizing, meal planning, time management, decorating, parenting, education, relationships. 

Business includes leadership, entrepreneurship, time management, productivity, sales, marketing, social media, personal development, and the like.

Money is financial planning, money management, budgeting, saving, retirement planning, economics, income streams, anything to do with finance and money.

Beauty and Style include books and resources related to fashion, makeup, and hair.

Health and Fitness cover all things related to… health and fitness. Exercise, nutrition, healthcare. 

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You can also use the search bar at the bottom of the page to search for specific books or terms.

I love books. I love learning. I love research. Books are my go-to resource when I have a question or something new to learn. And because I read a lot every day and I read relatively quickly, I go through a lot of books. My goal is to share those books with you so you can benefit by finding ways to build your business, run your home, spruce up your wardrobe, and lots of other ideas.

My favorite podcasts—Or how to increase your workout time

I love a good podcast. And I really enjoy walking. Walking and podcasts go hand-in-hand. While aiming for my 10,000 daily steps, I depend on podcasts to keep me entertained and engaged so I keep moving. 

If you struggle to stay motivated while working out, try listening to podcasts (or audiobooks). Sometimes my morning workout goes longer than intended just so I can continue listening to a great interview.

 My 11 Favorite podcasts

What I listen to depends on my mood. Most of the time it's a writing, business, or marketing podcast.

So here are my favorites.


I don’t know that I’ll ever write a book. Probably not fiction, but I have several ideas for non-fiction. Regardless, I do enjoy learning more about the indie publishing industry.

The Creative Penn

What I enjoy most about Joanna’s podcast besides all the writing stuff is her business savvy. She is smart and driven and I love her business model. She’s a great example of running a lean, solopreneur enterprise and having multiple streams of income.

Sell More Books Show

This podcast features the top news stories about indie publishing. I learn a lot from the coverage and their takes on what is happening in the industry.


Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

Amy has a great energy that transmits well through a podcast. I learn so much from her and her guests. She’s very relatable with an easy, friendly vibe; like I could sit down with her and have a glass of wine and not be intimidated. She’s so open and honest.


Read to Lead

I’ve been tuning in to Jeff for four years now. He’s got a terrific voice, an engrossing interviewing style, and I’ve gotten a number of book recommendations from him.

Lead To Win

Michael Hyatt has been around forever and knows his stuff. And while the topics tend to revolve around leading teams in business, you can apply most to everyday life.

Honorable Mentions

Brilliant Business Moms

Beth Ann is no longer recording new episodes, but the backlist is a wealth of good advice for the mompreneur.

She Did It Her Way

I don’t listen to every episode but I enjoy the ones I listen to. She interviews female entrepreneurs about how they built their business’.

The James Altucher Show

I listen based on the guest. I probably should listen to them all because I enjoy most of what I hear.

Organize 365

Lisa is another one with terrific energy. She’s all about home organization and while I consider myself pretty organized, after I listen to her—I want to get even more organized. She’s very motivating.

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

All about medical history and the crazy ways doctors have tried to help people and cure illness. It is absolutely fascinating. It’s produced by a married couple. She’s a doctor. He’s the straight man. They’re entertaining and informative.

The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Early American history as seen through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Clay Jenkinson. When I listen to this podcast, I come away with the desire to be more cultured, educated, and enlightened.

What are your favorite podcasts? Let me know in the comments if you would, please. I look forward to finding new ones to listen to.