There has never been a greater time to start reading a new book. With Corona Virus currently looming in all corners of the world and the restrictions surrounding it changing consistently, why not use this time wisely and start something that you have been intending to start for some time? For me, that was getting those books that I seem to always buy, off of my book shelf, dusting them off, opening them up and getting lost within the pages.

Coming into the initial stages of this very strange and taxing time, I have tried my best to view this time of being alone and at home, as an opportunity to get things done and put time into myself. Things that I wouldn’t normally put my energy and focus into as much as I would like. Those very things where I seem to find myself saying “I’ll get to that soon” or “One day I will start that”, yet never really getting around to it. At the end of June, I was sitting in my bedroom and I realised that half of this year was already gone. I looked around and saw all of my books sitting on my book shelf, so I set the intention that for the rest of 2020 I would commit to reading two books per month. My first initial thought was me wondering if I would regret setting this intention, out of concern that I wouldn’t stick to it. Now with the end of July on the horizon I have successfully completed reading ‘The Untethered Soul’ by Michael A. Singer and am in the final chapters of ‘Money Master the Game’ by Tony Robbins. Yet I still feel excited for next months reads.

I am a big believer of reading books from the “self help” and “personal development” category, due to having the awareness that what you feed your mind is very important, however I also see benefit in reading purely for the joy of it, so when I set these intentions I chose to break up my reads with personal growth related books, as well as some fiction, so with August soon approaching I thought I would share what I intend on reading for the rest of 2020 and hopefully give you some ideas for your own reading journey.

August Book 1: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

The mind can sometimes be your best friend or worst enemy, depending on your ability to use it. This book is said to hold within its pages, the key in teaching the individual how to use there mind properly.

August Book 2: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgentern 

After the main character Zachery stumbles across a strange book within his University library, you will be taken on his journey of discovering its meaning through labyrinths and lost cities, until he finds the end of his story.

This book sounded so magical to me when I first purchased it, so I had to add it to this reading list! 

September Book 1: Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi 

Building financial freedom within my life is something very important to me, so when I received this book as a gift I was very appreciative. In this book the author, Dean Graziosi delivers a unique recipe for success in order to achieve your fullest potential fast.

September Book 2: Out of The Forrest by Gregory P. Smith 

The true story of a man whom for ten years lived alone within the forests for NSW, Australia, foraging for food and later finding his way back into society.

This book spoke to my soul! Ive often dreamed about what it would be like to live freely within the forest and survive purely off of the land. 

October Book 1: Escape – The Four Stages of Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur by Anik Signal

As I embark on this journey of pursuing a life where my work is online and out of the everyday normal, I felt called to read something about just that. The title of this book says it all and I am hopeful that by reading it, I will gain insight and further understanding of the entrepreneurial world.

October Book 2: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

This is a book that I have read once before, however as I continue on the journey of my current long-term relationship I was inspire to read it again. The five languages is a beautiful and insightful read for those wishing to develop insight and understanding of their partners needs and love language. What may be important to you may not be important to your partner, so by reading this book you will develop understanding of your other half and be left with the ability to express your love and feel this in return.

November Book 1: The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

Written in 1911 and forgotten for decades, before being rediscovered in recent times. The Science of Getting Rich is a short read and will provide you with the principles that will transform your financial future.

November Book 2: Strange The Dreamer by Lani Taylor

This is a story that follows the character Lazlo Strange on his search for the lost city of weep. Lazlo has always dreamed of finding the lost city and when an opportunity presents itself to do just that, he ceases the opportunity to live out his dream and avoid his dream being lost forever.

This is a magical and mystical read. 

December Book 1: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

In this book Viktor Frankl shares his experience of being a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War 2, and shares his psychological method of survival that kept him going in stead of giving up. It involves picturing a purpose in life and immersing yourself in imagining that outcome.

December Book 2: The Encyclopedia of Eastern Mythology by Rachel Storm

I set an intention a few months ago, that I would start learning more about mythology. I found this book from a second hand store years ago and when I set the intention to read more books this year, I thought what better way to finish up this reading journey than by starting a new journey of learning about mythology. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Mythology is an A-Z guide to the myths and legends of the East, with over 500 alphabetical entries describing the central mythical figures of each culture and their importance.

I hope that this reading list provided you with some ideas of books you could add to your own reading list or even just inspire you to start reading more. 

Disclaimer: The links to books are affiliate links, which means I receive a small profit for any sales made via that link. 

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