June did not go as I expected for books. I had a plan but as usual, my reading plans went out the window. I did finish two of the books I had planned so go me! I had one DNF this month. I used to force myself to finish everything I started but I’ve realized life is too short to read books I can’t get into. Some of them I may attempt later because maybe I wasn’t in the right headspace but some are just awful. 

I needed a fiction break so I grabbed an Amazon Prime Read book and LOVED it but then my library book came up so I added another fiction book into the mix. The library book wasn’t expected until July but I had put a hold on it in April so I snatched it. It’s the first in a series so I really wanted to get it so I could read the other books. LOL

I finished three books, DNF’d one, and have two that will move into July with me. 

What did you read this month? Drop it in the comments with your thoughts!

The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby


Learn about photography as if you are talking to a friend.

My Thoughts:


Scott Kelby’s books are always easy to read and understand. I always learn something new and am reminded of something I’ve forgotten. 

Food Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Appetizing Images by Corinna Gissemann


Tips and tricks to help you become a food photographer.

My Thoughts:


Overall, I liked this book. As someone that already knows photography, there were several sections aimed at beginners. I read them, skimmed a few spots. I really enjoyed the information on setting up and designing the shoots. I learned a lot about prepping and using dummies that as a landscape/travel photographer I had never thought of. 

The book was well written and easy to read. I would recommend it to someone interested in food photography. I think it will help with an upcoming project I have. 

Becky: The Heartbreaking Story o Becky Watts by Her Father by Darren Galsworthy


A grieving father writes about his beloved daughter being murdered by her stepbrother. 

My Thoughts:


I couldn’t get in to the writing. I understand it was her dad writing it but he often went on rambling tangents that didn’t really keep me connected to the story. 

I thought the personal connection would be interesting but it dragged on. I also didn’t like how they would tease the audience with current news stories of the even but then we are learn about Dad’s childhood for an entire chapter. 

Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen


Adam Warner’s wife Sophie is abducted in broad daylight while one vacation. Adam can see it happening but can’t get there in time to help.

My Thoughts:


All of the main characters were assholes and insufferable. But you gave it five stars?! Yah, just because characters are awful people doesn’t mean they were poorly written. Gregg Olsen knew exactly what he was doing. 

I would say more but I’m afraid it would give some things away.

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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.