Am I the only one who is having a hard time completing the Goodreads reading challenge? As I had mentioned in one of my previous Book Talk post, I had told myself I would read more this year. Well, I have been falling behind my reading schedule, and had to be more realistic with my goal and downsize the number. I told myself I would aim for 20 instead of the original 35 and if, by some miracle, I managed to go over that number, that would be great. This semester, which is my second to the last semester of my Master's program, has been quite challenging. If before I had time to unwind after work and have free weekends to catch up on all the things I love, I have found myself very stressed out and always running short on time. My priorities had to switch. I spend most of my weekends at home, studying. It seems that that's all I ever do now, besides working. I have however started to readjust my routine, making it more of a morning one, where I give myself 30 min to reading my kindle, 1h of studying, and 30 min of working out before heading off to work. So far it has been helpful, and I hope it will enable me to get back to a balanced life.

That said, I recently requested a few books to read during the month of October from different publishers and luckily they have approved my requests. I have been really enjoying self-help and motivational books lately, which I have found help me grow as a person, and even learn from other people's experiences. I still do enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction, and as such I tried to make the upcoming reading list fun for me. Without further ado, here is my October reading list.

#1
Getting Beyond Better by Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg

I have been thinking a lot about the future and the kind of mark I want to make on this world. But how to accomplish such a daunting task? How do "successful" people do it? Those were some questions I have been asking myself, as I am trying to navigate through life and find my true calling. Getting Beyond Better discusses "how social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust equilibrium and transform them into entirely new, superior,and sustainable equilibria. All of these leaders—call them disrupters,visionaries, or changemakers—develop, build, and scale their solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place."
The Wealth Chef: Recipes to Make Your Money Work Hard, So You Don't Have To by Ann Wilson.

Among other things that have been preoccupying my head lately is how to successfully manage my finances. So far I have been doing well by paying all my bills on time and still have money to put aside for the rainy days. But I have also been thinking of building my wealth in a more promising way. Investing quickly came to my mind, and although I have no clue as to where to begin, I have been looking for any knowledge source I can acquire in order to educate myself. The Wealth Chef seems like a good book to get my feet wet and I cannot wait to dive into it.

Spiritual Refreshment for Women:Morning & Evening by Barbour Publishing.

As I mentioned earlier, this semester has been pretty rough for me, with the amount of work and deadlines piling up. At times I feel like I will never see the end of it, but I remember that this is not the first time I have been at this exact same place and I managed to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, I thought I could use some inspiration in my life, and thus I hope this Spiritual Refreshment for Women will be just what I need.
The Longest Night by Adria Williams.

With October around the corner, I thought I'd read a suspenseful book.  I did enjoy a lot Gone Girl, and in the spirit of Halloween, I figured The Longest Night would be just as fitting.

"Based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America, The Longest Night is a deeply moving novel that explores the intricate makeup of a marriage, the shifting nature of trust, and the ways we try to protect the ones we love."
My Brother's Crown by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould.

Another book filled with intrigues, which makes it perfect for the month of October, as well. My Brother's Crown promises to unveil "an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery, standing for what she believes in, and finding love in unexpected places." And who am I to say no to some historical fiction?
Mindfulness in Motion: A Happier, Healthier Life Through Body-Centered Meditation by Dr Tamara Russell.

A friend of mine has been trying to convince me to try meditating. I told him that I had tried before without success. My brain is always in motion despite my efforts to prevent it. I am not sure that Mindfulness in Motion can change that fact, but maybe it will give me some new insights as to how to get there. And being mindful has already been part of the journey I am trying to live daily, so I figured this would be an interesting read.
I am really looking forward to dive into this list of books. I will of course be sharing my thoughts on each of the books here.

What about you? Have you made up a reading list for October? I'd love to know what you are reading this days, so join me in the comment section :)

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