June was a slower month for me. I only read three books instead of four, but they were all focused on improving my skill sets! I find that if I read more nonfiction, I tend to read less, as it takes me longer to finish them. I always want to make sure I understand the concept and take any notes I may want to reference later. 

What did you read in June? Do you find you take longer with nonfiction books?

Anatomy of Running by Philip Striano

☕☕☕☕ / 5

I was disappointed in this one, but it was still well-written and easy to understand. I was expecting more about the actual running anatomy, but this was a glorified book of stretches with some strength exercises. Even though the writer seemed knowledgeable, I won’t reference this book in the future because I already know all the information presented. 

Even though I gave it four stars, I would not recommend it. The info can be found easily online (or you may already know it).

Course Design Formula by Rebecca Frost Cuevas

☕☕☕☕ / 5

I thought this book was easy to read and understand. The author presents her ideas clearly and in a logical order. The author clearly has an agenda: they want you to use their system and other paid options. Some might find it useful if they’re making a paid course, which is not my intention. 

Overall, it was fairly easy to understand. However, a few parts weren’t as clear, and I had to reread them. I liked how the author repeated previous concepts to build on your knowledge base. I did take a lot away from this book and will implement several concepts.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in creating a course or, in my case, a video series.

Outlining Your Novel by KM Weiland

☕☕☕☕☕ / 5

Overall, this book was pretty much perfect! It was easy to follow and presented in a way that made sense. The author used many examples to demonstrate her point. The author was biased in that you should be outlining your novel and not pantsing, but that’s the entire point of the book.

It was easy to follow each step or stage, and I have already started implementing some if the steps. I loved this book and found it very useful. I will definitely reference or re-read this one in the future, and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in writing novels and not really sure where to begin.


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.


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