June 2024 Book Recap – The Fitnessista

Sharing the books I read in June and if they’re worth adding to your collection!

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you’re enjoying the morning so far. We are back from Spain, with happy and full hearts after such an amazing time. I’ll share a full recap soon!

For today’s post, I wanted to share a recap of June’s books. I had more time to read this month – 10 hours on a plane from Phx to London will do that to ya lol – and there were quite a few great ones (and one suprising flop). I’d love to hear what’s on your list and what you’re reading right now!

Here are the books from June!

June 2024 book recap

The Strands of Health: A Guide to Understanding Hair Mineral Analysis

This book offers an in-depth exploration of how hair mineral analysis can be used as a powerful tool for assessing and improving overall health. The book provides a comprehensive guide to understanding the significance of mineral imbalances, the impact of toxic metals on the body, and how this non-invasive testing method can uncover hidden health issues. By presenting detailed case studies and practical advice, Malter empowers readers to take control of their health through better understanding of their body’s mineral needs and the benefits of hair mineral analysis.

I found the info repetitive, but I liked that. It helped me to truly understand and retain the information and I feel like I’ll likely refer back to it many times. 9/10

From Amazon:

This new book by Rick Malter, Ph.D. is an introduction to understanding hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) and its role in preventing disease and maintaining optimal energy and health. This book relates nutrient minerals to chronic fatigue and other common health problems that are poorly understood by traditional medicine and psychiatry. Drawing on over 40 years of personal and professional experience with hair TMA, Dr. Malter explains how the mind and body are closely connected by the effects of stress and other life style factors on nutrient minerals. This is a comprehensive book that will help you to make sense out of the vast amount of health and nutrition information that often seems contradictory and confusing. If you take vitamins and minerals, this book is essential reading.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

This dang book. I fought the hype for so long, but finally decided to see what it’s all about. I’m fully into the Sarah J. Maas realm now.

This book an enchanting fantasy that takes you on an unforgettable journey with Feyre Archeron, a mortal huntress who finds herself in a magical world after killing a faerie wolf. As she navigates this new realm, Feyre encounters Tamlin, a captivating and powerful High Lord. Their budding romance is just the beginning, as Feyre uncovers a dark threat that endangers both the faerie and human worlds. This book is a perfect mix of romance, adventure, and magic, exploring themes of love, sacrifice, and resilience. It gives me Harry Potter and Twilight vibes as far as the suspense and writing are concerned, but obv for adults. 9/10

From Amazon:

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin – one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin – and his world – forever.

Funny Story – DNF (3/4 of the way through)

I had high hopes for this book because I usually love Emily Henry, but this was not it for me. I was SO bored. I just felt like the plot was kind of lame and couldn’t get into it. 3/4 of the way through, I finally called it quits. Life is too short to make yourself finish books you aren’t enjoying. Since I started reading more a few years ago, I also started DNF-ing books that aren’t worth the time to me. It’s freeing.

From Amazon:

Daphne always loved the way her fiancé Peter told their story. How they met (on a blustery day), fell in love (over an errant hat), and moved back to his lakeside hometown to begin their life together. He really was good at telling it…right up until the moment he realized he was actually in love with his childhood best friend Petra.

Which is how Daphne begins her new story: Stranded in beautiful Waning Bay, Michigan, without friends or family but with a dream job as a children’s librarian (that barely pays the bills), and proposing to be roommates with the only person who could possibly understand her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles Nowak.

Scruffy and chaotic—with a penchant for taking solace in the sounds of heart break love ballads—Miles is exactly the opposite of practical, buttoned up Daphne, whose coworkers know so little about her they have a running bet that she’s either FBI or in witness protection. The roommates mainly avoid one another, until one day, while drowning their sorrows, they form a tenuous friendship and a plan. If said plan also involves posting deliberately misleading photos of their summer adventures together, well, who could blame them?

But it’s all just for show, of course, because there’s no way Daphne would actually start her new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex…right?


I had the honor of hearing Jim Kwik speak at the Biohacking Conference and knew that I wanted to read his book. Limitless is a game-changer for anyone looking to unlock their brain’s full potential. In this transformative guide, Jim shares his cutting-edge techniques for improving memory, focus, and overall cognitive function.

It’s all about harnessing the power of your mind to achieve your personal and professional goals. From learning how to speed-read to developing a limitless mindset, this book is packed with actionable strategies to help you break free from your limitations. I enspecially enjoyed the audio version. 10/10

From Amazon:

For the last 25 years, Jim Kwik has helped everyone from celebrities to CEOs to students improve their memory, increase their decision-making skills, learn to speed-read, and unleash their superbrains.

In Limitless, readers will learn Jim’s revolutionary strategies and shortcuts to supercharging their brains, with simple, actionable tools to sharpen the mind, enhance focus, and fast-track their fullest potential.

Unexpected: Finding Resilience through Functional Medicine, Science, and Faith

I also heard Dr. Jill Carnahan speak and was in awe of her story of resilience and how she used her incredible struggle to go on to heal and help others. This book is easy to read and filled with actionable strategies to improve your health and wellbeing. 9/10

From Amazon:

There are times in each of our lives when change and uncertainty threaten to disrupt everything we thought was true. It may occur after a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or another unexpected circumstance that threatens our health, safety or security. Written as our world is changing at an exponential rate, Dr. Jill Carnahan’s riveting and compassionate exploration of healing through Functional Medicine introduces a new paradigm for readers where darkness and fear are replaced with hope, resilience, profound healing, unconditional love, and unexpected miracles.

Each chapter reveals practical advice that can be readily used for conditions like mold toxicity, cancer, autoimmune conditions, Lyme disease, and more. Dr. Jill’s raw and honest account of her own challenges facing life-threatening illness, living with autoimmunity and mold toxicity, trying to save a failed marriage, and the harsh realities of working in a medical system that has no tolerance for stepping outside the lines, reveals a new path of empowerment for taking control of our own health and wellbeing. For the skeptic or the faithful, Unexpected is a valuable guide for living an extraordinary life of love and resilience.

Ok friends: what’s the best book you’ve read recently? Did you get into the Court of Thorns and Everything seriers?




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