1,000 Manga Volumes Update: September 2016

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September was a great month for reading manga. The final count adding this month’s reading went up to 808 volumes! Woohoo!

Here’s the latest:

New Volumes

  1.  A Certain Scientific Accelerator by Kazuma Kamachi
  2. A Certain Scientific Railgun by Kazuma Kamachi
  3.  Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui
  4. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? by Fujino Omori

Updated Volumes

  1. A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi
  2. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino
  3. Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino
  4. Merman In My Tub by Itokichi

 

Check out the great Manga Count for the full list! The updated titles for this month are highlighted in bold.

Have you read any of these manga? Any recommendations? Feel free to comment below!

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Banned Books Week (Sept. 25 – Oct. 1)

 

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Banned Books Week (Sept. 25 – Oct. 1)

Oh snap, it’s Banned Books Week! There’s nothing sweeter than a book that causes an uproar.

On the America Library Association’s (ALA) website, I found a list of the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009.  I thought, “Hmm, which books I’ve read from this list?”

The ones I’ve read are highlighted in bold.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

Boy, there’s a whole lot more books I need to read.

For more info and lists, please check out the following links:

Which banned books have you read? 

 

Goodreads Goal: 200/500 Books ^_^

Finally, I’ve read 200 books out of 500!

Will I make it by the end of the year? Well, I’m not going to lay on the floor and cry about if I don’t.

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Yeah no, this won’t be me (via Giphy).

If you would like to be my Goodreads bud and catch up on my reading progress, just comment your Goodreads name on the comments section below and I’ll add you!

Thank you! ^_^

What are your reading goals for this year?

Library Book Haul: September 2016

What’s investing?  What’s compounding? What are stocks? Who’s Warren Buffet?

What is this?!

A few years ago, I barely had an inch of education about investments. I knew stocks had something to do with it. I knew people would watch the news or read the paper about the stock market then tear their hair out whenever a bunch of numbers besides an abbreviation went down. That’s it! I didn’t know what was going on at the time and I didn’t want to be involved.

Now, books on the investing world has helped me understand much better than before.  I even play a stock trading game since I’ve been so interested in it.

As a Millennial, investments are very important and should be taken seriously. Where was this information when I was in high school? Darn it, I should’ve been learning about mutual funds more than the freaking mitochondria!

Here are a few books I’ve picked up this month:

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Millennial Money by Patrick O’Shaughnessy

My fellow Millennials, are you done with student loans eating away on your financial life? Tired of dragging your face through broken glass every time you go to your boring, overworking 9-5 job in exchange for financial security?  This book will lead you a way out of that hot mess by investing in stocks. It may seem scary at first but author Patrick O’Shaughnessy makes stock investing like a cakewalk. Just don’t be a dummy and invest ALL your money into the stock market. Before you can run, you have to take baby steps. O’Shaughnessy will teach you how.

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The 25 Habits of Highly Successful Investors by Peter Sander

You want to invest but afraid you might mess up? I know exactly where you’re coming from. I have been engorging on all the information I can muster from my local library and the internet on this subject but I haven’t taken any real action. Hopefully, reading Peter Sander’s encouraging book on successful investors’ habits will lift the veil of anxiety surrounding my financial decisions.

 

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Investing Online for Dummies by Matt Krantz

This is a helpful book for those who want to invest but don’t want the trouble paying fees with a stockbroker (the middleman). There’s the fee you have to pay for stockbrokers to handle your money, whenever you get a gain, and so on. Quite a headache, right? Luckily, there are tons of sites online where trading is a smooth ride for your wallet. Before you dive into online investing, it might be beneficial to read this book first!

I have picked up more books than listed above but these were the most anticipated reads in my haul. I’m glad I’ve decided to pick these books up!

Have you read any of the investing books above? What are your favorite investing books? 

 

 

 

Reading Method III: “Reward Points”

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Creating a “reward points” system has given me the ability to read more books than before.  For example, I create a goal obtaining thirty points within a month by reading books. I gain two points for every book I finish whether it’s a graphic novel or a 100+ page adult fiction book.

If I don’t complete a book within a day but I meet a certain time minimum,  I still gain points.  If I read a book for thirty minutes, I get 0.5 points, one point for an hour, two points for two hours, and so on. Sometimes, I don’t finish a book within four hours but I get four points for the time. Later, I finally finish the book and gain an additional two points for completion. Overall, I’ve gathered six points from reading and completing one book that day! I hope that makes sense (if not, feel free to type in “WTF Duckie?!” in the comment section below).

What are my rewards for these points? If I complete my monthly goal of thirty points, I reward myself with a little shopping, spending time playing video games, playing scratch-it lottery tickets, and more. One exception: One reward for  every thirty points unless I achieve twice the monthly goal (equal to or more than sixty points)!

Let’s review my reading reward point system:

  • One completed book = 2 points
  • Reading for 30 min = 0.5 points
  • Reading for 60 min (1 hr) = 1 point
  • Reading for 90 min (1.5 hrs) = 1.5 points
  • Reading for 120 min  (2 hrs) =  2 points
  • and etc…

Here’s another example I recorded while I was working towards my monthly goal last month (August 2016). The points in parentheses are the total amount of points altogether:

  • August 1, 2016
    • Mastery by Robert Greene = 0.5pts (0.5 pts)
  • August 2, 2016
    • Mastery = 4 pts (4.5pts)
    • Mastery = 2 pts *completed* (6.5pts)
  • August 3, 2016
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child= 1 pt (7.5pts)
    • 100 Dark Nights: Z = 2 pts (9.5pts)
  • August 4, 2016
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child *completed* = 2pts (11.5 pts)

I went all the way up to 106.5 pts!

Imagine the rewards I treated myself to…

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Yep, lotsa video game time (via Giphy).

This system has turned my leisure reading into an incredibly beneficial habit. I’ve also included blog posts for points (2pts each) to keep myself focused on working this precious book blog.

Think this reading habit can help you read more? Feel free to share to your experiences or any other ways you get your reading done!

BOOK REVIEW: “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz

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The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • TitleThe Magic of Thinking Big
  • Author: David J. Schwartz
  • Publication: Touchstone (Oct. 6, 2015) *first published: Apr. 2, 1987*
  • Pages: 320
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ve certainly felt the magic after reading David Schwartz’s The Magic of Thinking Big. This book contains encouraging messages to smile more, think positive, and focus on success instead of failure.

Fun fact for Georgia natives: the author was a marketing and psychology professor at Georgia State University!

I found Schwartz’s book to be a helpful guide to stop thinking small and receiving lame expectations because of it. It’s one of those books you can read whenever you feel like all hope is lost whether it be your career, relationships, whatever. Schwartz’s offers friendly reminders throughout the book to believe yourself and take action. Everybody needs a little encouragement.  Life can suck sometimes but your thoughts can change that. I believe reality is a projection of our very thoughts. Reading Thinking Big has helped me improve mines.

Have you read this book? What do you think of it: powerful or slightly cheesy and obvious?