BOOK REVIEW: “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Beautiful British model Lula Landry is found dead outside of her flat. The police states she has committed suicide.

P.I. Cormoran Strike, with the help of his (temporary) secretary Robin Ellacott, tracks down the real cause of the famed model’s death after a worrisome client believes she was murdered. This case could really turn Strike’s life around. After losing his leg in the war of Afghanistan, breaking up with his long-time girlfriend, and barely living in his own office, he needs the work.

I almost gave up reading The Cuckoo’s Calling. The book initially started out with a bang with the discovery of Lula’s body then it went downhill to a tortuous series  of repeatable episodes with Strike running around London asking people about Lula’s death with recycled information the reader already knows.

Plus, I felt terrible for Strike. He lived this pitiful life living in his office and people were coming to his door for money he didn’t have. Not that a P.I’s life is supposed to be glamorous but geez!

Everything turned out for the better. I enjoyed the diverse characters and the developing storyline. I suppose I’m so used to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series I was expecting so much more. This is her writing from a new angle.  It’s interesting to see Rowling expanding her writing into new territories.

If you know J.K. Rowling and you’re curious about her works outside the magical realm of Harry Potter, give this book a try. However, I warn you not to chuck the book out of the window when you read the first chapters. Believe me, it gets better. By the ending of this book, I was ready to read book #2: The Silkworm. I’m quite sure it  gets better than this.

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling?

Did you want to pull your hair out or did you cuddle with the book on a fur rug by the roaring fireplace? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge” by Dolores Cannon

The Search for Hidden Knowledge by Dolores Cannon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I have never heard of “past-life regression” until I was introduced to Dolores Cannon.  She worked as a hypnotherapist for forty-five years and created the “Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique” (QHHT). This technique involves relieving a client’s problem by recalling their past incarnations through hypnosis. In The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge, there are chapters of transcripts with Dolores speaking to her clients about their past life experiences. Most of them were associated with protecting sacred knowledge from those who wanted it for their own selfish purposes or destroying it altogether.

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I couldn’t put this book down! Even though it was over three hundred pages, I’ve managed to finish the book in two days.  Sacred Knowledge made me more curious of where I’ve been as a spiritual being. I wonder if I had any part of protecting any sort of sacred knowledge in my past lives. Did I ever live in Atlantis?   I was attracted to the book by the fact some of the clients had past lives in Atlantis and Lemuria.  I’m obsessed with those civilizations.

The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge is an excellent book for those who are greatly interested in past lives or simply curious about it. This is my first book I’ve read from Dolores Cannon and, sad to say, the last one Dolores has written before she passed away. Dolores has written  many books about UFOs, Lemuria, Atlantis,  and Nostradamus. I wish she lived a little longer. I would’ve loved a casual coffee shop conversation with her.

Have you read this book or other books from Dolores Cannon?

Have you ever been through a past-life therapy session? Please do share! ^_^

1,000 Manga Volumes Goal

Back in 2012, I have decided to read five hundred manga volumes by the end of the new year. I started out strong until I was accepted to grad school and  my focus switched to my school work. However, I still managed to create time  to read a few manga volumes thanks to my library’s extensive manga collection. Thank you, Savannah College of Art & Design (aka SCAD)!

Earlier this year, I have finally completed my 500 manga volumes goal and I’m heading towards my 1,000 manga volumes right now.

Here’s the list of the volumes I’ve read so far:

*LIST UPDATED: APRIL 2017*

1,000 Manga Volumes Goal

A

  1. Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase (6 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Ajin: Demi – Human by Gamon Sakurai (8 volumes)
  3. Amazing Agent Jennifer by  Nunzio DeFilippis (1 volume)
  4. Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door by Jun Maeda (1 volume)
  5. Animal Land by Makoto Raiku (6 volumes)
  6. Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui (9 volumes)
  8. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (19 volumes)
  9. Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma by (3 volumes)

B

  1. Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakoji (1 volume)
  2. Bakuman by Tsugumi Oba (1 volume)
  3. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino (13 volumes)
  4. Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa (10 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Black Butler by  Yana Toboso (10 volumes)
  6. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata (5 volumes)
  7. Bleach by Tite Kubo (68 volumes)
  8. Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato (10 volumes)
  9. Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (8 volumes) *completed series*

C

  1. Cantarella by You Higuri (6 volumes)
  2. A Centaur’s Life by Kei Murayama (3  volumes)
  3. A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi ( 8 volumes)
  4. A Certain Scientific Accelerator by Kazuma Kamachi (4 volumes)
  5. A Certain Scientific Railgun by Kazuma Kamachi (11 volumes)
  6. Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami (12 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Comic by Ha SiHyun (2 volumes)

D

  1. Dance in the Vampire Bund by Nozomu Tamaki (14 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Dark Water by Koji Suzuki (1 volume) *completed series*
  3. Death Note by Tsugumi Oba (12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto ( 7 volumes)

E

  1. Emma by Kaoru Mori (10 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Excel Saga by  Rikdo Koshi (12 volumes)

F

  1. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mishima (58 volumes)
  2. Fairy Tail Blue Mistral by Hiro Mashima (2 volumes)
  3. Flower of Life by Fumi Yoshinaga (3 volumes)
  4. From Far Away by Kyoko Hikawa (14 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takara (23 volumes) *completed series*
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (27 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Fushigi Yugi by Yuu Watase (18 volumes) *completed series*
  8. Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase (10 volumes)

H

  1. Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate (5 volumes)
  2. Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino (4 volumes)
  3. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakomoto by Sano Nami (4 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Heiress and the Chauffer by Keiko Ishihara (1 volume)
  5. Hellsing by Kohta Hinaro (2 volumes)
  6. Honey Blood by Miko Mitsuki (3 volumes)
  7. Horimiya by Hero (1 volume)

I

  1. Inu-Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi (45 volumes)
  2. I”s  by Masakazu Katsura (13 volumes)
  3. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? by Fujino Omori (2 volumes)

K

  1. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki (23 volumes)
  2. Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina (1 volume)

L

  1. Library Wars by Hiro Arikawa (14 volumes)
  2. The Limit by Keiko Suenobu (1 volume)
  3. Log Horizon by Mamare Touno (1 volume)

M

  1. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka (22 volumes)
  2. Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  3. Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  6. Manga Classics: Sense & Sensibility by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  7. Mermaid Saga by Rumiko Takahashi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  8. Merman In My Tub by Itokichi (5 volumes)
  9. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki (6 volumes)
  10. Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture by Mayasuki Ishikawa (2 volumes)
  11. Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by Yoshiyuki Nishi (18 volumes) *completed series*
  12. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (7 volumes)
  13. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara (11 volumes)

N

  1. Nana by Ai Yazawa (21 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (72 volumes) *completed series*
  3. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Natsume’s Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikawa (1 volume)
  5. Negima by Ken Akamatsu (21 volumes)
  6. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan by Hiroshi Shiibashi (14 volumes)
  7. Nobari No Ou by Yuhki Kamatani (1 volume)

O

  1. Oh My Goddess! by Kosuke Fujishima (2 volumes)
  2. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda (81 volumes)
  3. One Punch Man by ONE (11 volumes)
  4. Orochi Blood by Kazuo Umezu ( 1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Ouran Host Club by Bisco Hatori (18 volumes) *completed series*

P

  1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda (3 volumes)
  2. Presents by Kanako Inuki (1 volume)
  3. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Tekeuchi ( 12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories by Naoko Tekeuchi (1 volume)
  5. Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi (2 volumes)
  6. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura (3 volumes)
  7. Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*

R

  1. R.O.D. by Hideyuki Kurata (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. The Royal Palace Goong by So Hee Park (1 volume)
  3. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki (3 volumes)

S

  1. Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi (2 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Scary Book by Kazuo Umezu (3 Volumes) *completed series*
  3. School Rumble by Jin Kobayashi (16 volumes)
  4. The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko by Ririko Tsujita (1 volume)
  5. A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima (7 volumes) *completed series*
  6. The Spanish Duke’s Virgin Bride by Keiko Kishimoto and Chantelle Shaw (1 volume)
  7. Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura (3 volumes)

T

  1. The All-New Tenchi Muyo by Hitoshi Okudo (2 volumes)
  2. Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow (1 volume)
  3. Twin Star Exorcists by Yoshiaki Sukeno (5 volumes)

V

  1. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino (17 volumes)

W

  1. The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa (8 volumes)
  2. Witchcraft Works by Ryuu Mizunagi (1 volume)
  3. With the Light by Keiko Tobe (3 volumes)

Y

  1. Yukarism by Chika Shiomi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi (10 volumes)

Z

  1. Zatch Bell by Makoto Raiku (1 volume)
  2. Zelda: Ocarina of Time  by Akira Himekawa (2 volumes)

 

MONTHLY UPDATES

October 2015: 616 volumes

November 2015: 651 volumes

December 2015: 678 volumes

January 2016: 690 volumes

February 2016: 697 volumes

March 2016: 702 volumes

April 2016: 727 volumes

May 2016: 730 volumes

June 2016: 731 volumes

July & August 2016: 775 volumes

September 2016: 808 volumes

October 2016: 821 volumes

November 2016: 846 volumes

December 2016: 941 volumes

January 2017: 987 volumes

February 2017: 996 volumes

March 2017: 1,022 volumes

DONE!

Author Highlight: Zecharia Sitchin

Zecharia Sitchin (Image Source)

Author Profile Tibits

  • Zecharia Sitchin was born on July 11, 1920 in Azerbajan Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR), raised in Palestine,  and died in New York City on October 9, 2010. He was ninety years old.
  • Attended the University of London studying economics
  • Worked as an editor and journalist in Israel
  • Stationed at the Allied Command in Jerusalem during WWII
  • Studied Sumerian cuneiform on his own
  • Published The 12th Planet, the first book of the Earth Chronicles series, in 1976

According to Sitchin’s official website, October 9 is “Annual Sitchin Studies” Day. I haven’t read any of his books yet but he has been mentioned numerous times in the TV series Ancient Aliens and Spirit Science’s “Human History Movie”. Basically, Sitchin believed (after studying certain Sumerian text for thirty years) humans were created by the Anunnaki, an ancient alien race from the distant planet Nibiru. They came to Earth to retrieve gold to restore their planet’s failing atmosphere. Mining gold wasn’t going to be easy by themselves so they created humans to do the work for them.

Critics had a blast ripping this theory apart.

I have requested Sitchin’s The 12th Planet from the library about a month ago. It’ll take a while since the book has to be transferred from an out-of-state library. I’m a patient girl and I have billions of other books I’m reading at the moment!

If you read The 12th Planet or any other books written by Zecharia Sitchin, please do share your experiences.  ^_^

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life (Vol. 1)” by Drunvalo Melchizedek

 

The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek
The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

Drunvalo Melchizedek’s The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life  reveals how the ancient flower symbol (seen on the book cover) represents the source of the universe. Everything that is, that was, and will be comes from this very symbol . This book includes chapters about aliens genetically creating humans to mine gold, the lost civilizations  of Lemuria and Atlantis,  sacred geometry,  Mer-Ka-Ba meditation, and more. Drunvalo claims he has gained this ancient information through spiritual contact with Thoth who was not only considered an Egyptian god but a civilian of Atlantis as well.

According to Thoth, humans had knowledge of their ancient origins. Unfortunately, a traumatic world catastrophe completely erased their memories and had to start over from scratch . Drunvalo takes his readers through a mystical journey recovering those memories lost long ago.

I’ve considered reading this interesting book after watching this hour long video hosted by Jordan from Spirit Science:

After watching this video, you might believe you’ve stumbled into the wrong side of Youtube and that’s okay.

Personally,  I found Drunvalo’s book fascinating. It gave me a wider perspective on Earth’s possible beginnings. You either may cherish this book as a treasure or reject it as pseudoscience hogwash. While reading,  I stumbled upon some confusing chapters regarding the  Fibonacci sequence and the phi ratio. Drunvalo is clear-cut in those areas. It’s a breeze to read if you’re familiar with those subjects.

For beginners, the best approach is to read each chapter slowly and understand them to the best of your ability.I highly recommend this book if you’re into New Age esoteric knowledge.

Read this book with an open mind and don’t be afraid to question what you’ll discover within it.

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Have you read this book or any other works of Drunvalo Melchizedek?