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What I read this month : October edition

I am always curious to snoop on what others are reading. One of my favorite authors, Gretchen Rubin, started sharing a monthly recap of what she’s been reading and it made me think that you might also benefit from book recommandations! So I’ve decided to start my own monthly recap! I hope you like it!

So onwards with what I read in October. It is a melting pot of personal development and productivity, sprinkled with a touch of whimsy :

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This is my touch of whimsy for the month! October being Halloween month, I read this little gem of a novel. We follow the adventure of a scholarly witch who falls in love with a vampire and thus provoke a war among creatures. Punctuated with history tidbits and lots of books, I did not expect I would enjoy this one so much. It is the first opus in the All Souls Trilogy and I already bought myself the second tome!

2. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

I have been on the preorder list for this book since June and I was eagerly awaiting its release! I have to say it did not disappoint. Part practical guide, part inspirational and self-help, I got much more from the Bullet Journal Method than a simple how-to. I do not want to say too much as my next post will be an in-depth review of this great little black book. Get your copy now!

3. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

This was the mandatory reading material in the Boho Berry book club for the month of October. It is a short read packed with actionable advice on how to get more accomplished. Eat That Frog is considered a staple in the productivity world and it was a shame that I had not read it yet. More beginner than advanced, the theory in this book is simple but highly applicable to your work life. Give it a try if you feel like you just can’t get enough done in a day!

4. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker

This is probably the book is enjoyed the least last month. I read it during my silent retreat, but I did not find it profound enough to fit the atmosphere of my retreat. Joshua Becker makes the case for minimalism, punctuating his tale with examples from the Bible which did not resonate the least with me. I get that owning less stuff and decluttering is good for the soul, but I just didn’t feel like Becker’s book was convincing enough to make me want to take the plunge. I much prefer the work of The Minimalists in this specific niche.

5. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

That book was strange. It is meant to be a fable and relates the conversation of a new monk who sold everything he owned to live in a monastery and becomes enlightened with his old friend. If you are new to personal development, you might get a lot from this book as it packs in a few pages all the usual advice we tend to read in every self-help book. The author unloads all these advices one after the other without allowing the reader to digest what has been offered. I found it was clumsily written and funny, but not in a good way. Will not reread.

6. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Probably the best book I’ve read so far this year out of the 83 I’ve read. The Power of Now came at the exact moment I needed it and I devoured the whole thing in one sitting during my silent retreat. The idea in this book is simple, the end of suffering and the ultimate contentment we’re seeking lie in the present moment. We have to cultivate our presence to find joy. So simple, yet so profound. This is a life-changing book that everyone should read at least once in their lives. Will definitely reread.

7. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

This was a great book and I learned a lot about myself and my fiancé by reading it. The author suggests that we all speak a language of love and express love as we would like to experience it. There are 5 love languages and we all have a primary love language, and sometimes a secondary one. Learning to express love to our partner in their specific love language, and showing them how to speak your own is the secret to lasting relationships. Sprinkled with real life examples, this book is easy to apply and dramatically changed the way I treat my partner. I have to say that it works!

I also read a detective novel in French this month that is not available in English called Préférez-vous les Icebergs. This year, I set a goal of reading 80 books and I crushed it on October 19th! On my way to beat 90?

What was on your reading list last month? Did you set a reading goal for the year? Are you well on your way to achieving it?

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