Books Reviews

What I’m Reading in October (2017)

I decided to switch things up at the beginning of the month because I had been reading a lot of heavy books last month. Despite my intentions, however, I’ve only managed to read one fiction book this month. I also started quite a few books which I haven’t finished and are currently on pause. Below is my October reading list accompanied by the status of the books.

Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Status: Finished)

Blurb: To save her own life, Nina Bloom vanished. Now, to rescue an innocent man, she confronts the killer she thought she had escaped forever. A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she’s built in New York -including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past.

The Power is Within You by Louise Hay (Status: Finished)

Blurb: In The Power Is Within You, Louise L. Hay expands her philosophies of loving the self through learning to listen and trust the inner voice; releasing our fears about growing older; allowing ourselves to receive prosperity; expressing our creativity; accepting change as a natural part of life; creating a world where it’s safe to love each other.

We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union (Status: Finished)

Blurb: In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humour, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, colour, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood.

Hollywood Commandments by Devon Franklin (Status: Page 59, On Pause)

Blurb: DeVon Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Wait and prominent Hollywood producer, reveals that secular and spiritual success are not opposites. To have one, you need the other. You can be wildly successful without losing your faith. In fact, your secular success will strengthen your faith if you allow it. Too often we believe that success in secular environments contradicts the core principles of faith, but the opposite is true: Your faith was designed to thrive in the secular world and to transform it as a result.

Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand (Status: Page 141, On Pause)

Blurb: This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all-encompassing and ubiquitous that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don’t know that you have it. What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn’t fulfil you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what?

The program in Recovery has given Russell Brand freedom from all addictions and it will do the same for you.This system offers nothing less than liberation from self-centeredness, a new perspective, freedom from the illusion of suffering for anyone who is willing to take the necessary steps.

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller (Status: On Pause, Moved To December)

Blurb: The One Thing is the New York Times bestseller which delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life-work, personal, family, and spiritual. In the One Thing, you’ll learn to: cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down stress, stay on track and master what matters to you.

How To Love by Thich Nhat Hanh (Status: Almost Finished)

Blurb: How to Love is part of a charming series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practise. How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. He distils one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion, and deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping Our Future (Status: Halfway through, Currently Reading)

Blurb: South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things, and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior. He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars.

Dying and Living For Allah: The Last Will of Khurram Murad (Status: Page 209, Study For Next Month)

Blurb: Dying and Living for Allah: The Last Will of Khurram Murad is essentially a wake-up call, not just to his kith and kin, but all the Muslims. This Will is a nasihah – advising, commending and enjoining a life based on loyalty to Allah, striving for the akhira and being particular to one’s responsibilities towards others.

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