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At the start of every month we are going to share with you our favourite books that we've read, that are being released over the next few weeks.  As well as sharing recommendations throughout the month for books that we think you might love too.  Take a look below at our picks for October.

1.  36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
"Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for taking part in the psychology study (in Paul's case it is the $40, in Hildy's the reasons are significantly more complex). The study poses the simple question: Can love be engineered between two random strangers?
Hildy and Paul must ask each other 36 questions, ranging from "What is your most terrible memory?" to "When did you last sing to yourself?" By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they've laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back again. They've also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide. But have they fallen in love?"

This is our MVP of the month. This book really does have it all, it’s funny, sweet, romantic and a little bit quirky. It’s based on the famous study by Arthur Aron where two strangers sit opposite each other in a controlled environment and ask each other 36 increasingly personal questions in the hope that it may form a bond. But like all good rom-com's this book has twists and turns and nothing goes smooth sailing for our two main characters. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You dodges all the rom-com cliches though and has a very realistic grasp on what it’s like to grow up and find yourself in today’s world. 36 Questions is a fun and uplifting book that shows you that taking a chance might really change your life.  Our must read of the month.

2.  Dear Martin by Nic Stone
"Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighbourhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up--way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack."

This book is based on the race tensions going on in America at the moment. We are confronted with a fictionalised version of  real life events that are going on in the country. This is an inspiring and powerful book. Dear Martin is a YA book but one that could and should be read by all ages. Learning and understanding about life for Justyce is eye opening. Seeing the world through his eyes, a young black man with bags of potential, being victimised and targeted because of his skin colour is sickening and frightening knowing that this is real life for so many people in 2017. Dear Martin is incredibly special with a really important story that is written so beautifully, such an essential read.

3.  Claim Your Power by Mastin Kipp
"Has your vision board turned into just wishful thinking? Do you believe in the power of intention and goal setting, but are losing self-respect because you aren't following through? Do you feel completely stuck in life?
If things haven't been going the way you've planned, know this: Everything changes the moment you discover your life's unique Purpose. Success, love, abundance, health and well-being, and vibrant energy are all by-products of leading a Purpose-filled life.
Maybe you don't know what your life's Purpose is, or you don't believe you have one, or you thought you knew what it was and you lost it. If that's the case . . .it's time to claim your power!

Mastin is the founder of The Daily Love, a life coach and now a best selling author.  In Claim your Power - A 40 day journey to dissolve the hidden blocks that keep you stuck and finally thrive in your life's unique purpose, Mastin gives us advice on how to heal and change our life.  This book is very informative and packed with tips and personal stories to encourage us to look within, claim our power and embrace it.  Oprah called Mastin 'a thought leader for the next generation' and Kim Kardashian loves him too, so if your looking to give your life a push in a different direction we think this book will definitely help you do that.

4.  I Fought The Law by Olivia locher
Olivia brings us a beautiful coffee table book about unusual or down right crazy laws in America. Not all the laws in I fought the law are still in force but some still remain on police books in some states. Not carrying an ice cream in your back pocket or serving wine in teacups are just a couple of the weird and wonderful laws featured in the book. The history behind the laws are intriguingly left a mystery. We are treated to stunning, bold photography from Olivia that complements the tone of the book perfectly. We had so much fun reading this book and think it would be perfect for gifting too.