Top Ten Books on My 2015 Christmas List

Dear Santa,

Here are the books I would like to have this Christmas:

  1. Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  2. The Eighteen Absent Years of Jesus Christ by Lloyd Kenyon Jones
  3. Entwined by Collette Gale
  4. Journeys Out of the Body by Robert A. Monroe
  5. Kybalion: A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece by William W. Atkinson
  6. Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark: Amazing Revelations of the Incredible Power of Gold by Laurence Carey
  7. Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius by Marc Seifer
  8. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwam
  9. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman
  10. The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward

Thanks Santa!

Which books do you have in your Christmas list this year?

Manga Monday #3: “Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney” by Kenji Kuroda

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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda (via Amazon)

“OBJECTION!”

Whenever I hear anything remotely about this manga series, I think of the super dramatic “OBJECTION!” exclaimed by Phoenix Wright as he points out the bs happening in the courtroom. In this series,  you’ll follow Phoenix and his assistant Maya as he defends his clients through a line of serious cases.

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via Youtube

It’s nothing extraordinarily silly and overdramatic like I had in mind before reading (I’ll still read it either way). The cases have their funny moments but it gets right down to some serious business.  Fun stuff.

Special note: In the first volume, Phoenix has a case associated with a creepy dude who collects spiders (freaky). Just letting you know if you have a serious case of arachnophobia! ^_^

BOOK REVIEW: “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  • Author: Robert Kiyosaki
  • Publication: Plata Publishing (August 16, 2011)
  • Pages: 243
  • Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Finances
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Purchase from Amazon
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I felt like I won the lottery reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Robert Kiyosaki laid out a plethora of valuable financial information I wished I learned from high school! In this book, Robert reveals the financial lessons he learned from his educated father and his wealthy father. His biological father (the educated) believed saving money and getting a good job were the stepping stones to financial freedom while his wealthy father (his best friend’s father) believed they were investments and owning businesses.

You think your employer is the one who controls how you live through your finances? Reading this book will make you think again.

This book will inspire you to take charge of your life. It’s great for those who are done with working five days a week from nine to five for a small hourly wage. From Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I’ve learned how to make my money grow, the differences between assets and liabilities, and being fully in charge of my finances. Seriously, learning about investing money in high school could’ve been very helpful. But no, learning about isoceles triangles were more important. Oh well, at least I know better than I did before!

Have you read any of Robert Kiyosaki’s books?

What are some of your favorite books on businesses and finances? 

BOOK REVIEW: “The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans

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The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

  • Title: The Mistletoe Promise 
  • Author: Richard Paul Evans
  • Publication: Simon & Schuster (November 18, 2014) *first published in October 28, 2014*
  • Pages: 251
  • Series: The Mistletoe Collection
  • Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Richard Paul Evans’ The Mistletoe Promise is a surprisingly heartwarming holiday romance.  The promise is a contract of holiday companionship made between Elise Dutton, a humble travel agent, and Nicholas Derr, a lawyer who seems too good to be true in Elise’s small world.  If their relationship lingers happily beyond the term of the promise, they can move on as an official couple. If not, the promise respectfully ends. Hopefully, the people and memories from both of their dreadful pasts doesn’t get in the way of their joyous present.

Before reading this book, I thought it would be another cheesy romance. I’ve picked up a chick-lit vibe from it and was instantly turned off. Stories about women who are suddenly born into feeling human beings when they meet their Prince Charmings always rubbed me off the wrong way.

Fortunately, this book made me want to squeal into a pillow with excitement for Elise and Nicholas and scowl at anything threatening their relationship. I needed a book like this as the holidays are approaching. The Mistletoe Promise is a charming holiday book. Behold, there’s a shocking twist in this story! Just to let you know…

Have you read this book or any of Richard Paul Evans’ books? Which holiday romances you’ve read?

 

 

 

 

Manga Monday #2: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi (via Goodreads)

Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever watched when I was little. The story is about a young girl who discovers she is a magical defender of mankind by her talking cat. When I watched the anime, I instantly wished I had magical powers and a cute talking cat as well. To this day, my favorite sailor scouts are Sailor Mercury (for her intelligence), Sailor Jupiter (for her toughness), and Sailor Venus (we’re both Libras).

I remember reading the first manga volume around the nineties but I couldn’t find them in bookstores anymore (yo, where did they go?). Finally in 2011, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon hit  the shelves. I was too busy reading other books at the time so I barely noticed. Pretty much I only observed its existence, put it on my list of “manga to read” and moved on with life. Thanks to my local library constantly  displaying it in the graphic novel area, I’m finally making time to sit down and revisit a childhood favorite.

What was your first anime or manga? Do you have a favorite sailor scout?