1,000 Manga Volumes Update: November 2016

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Despite the minor setbacks of this month’s planned reading, I’m happy to be closer to my overall goal. I already have a plan set up after this manga challenge is done. Can’t wait to spill the details in 2017!

Here’s what I’ve read this month:

New Manga

  1. Ajin: Demi-Human by Gamon Sakurai
  2. The Heiress and the Chauffer by Keiko Ishihara

Updated Manga Volumes

  1. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui
  2. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino
  3. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  4. A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi
  5. A Certain Scientific Accelerator by Kazuma Kamachi
  6. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
  7. Honey Blood by Miko Mitsuki
  8. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki
  9. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara

Miscellaneous

  1. Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King

Check out the updated manga goal list! 846 manga volumes down, 154 more to go!

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Read any good manga recently?

 

 

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6 Belated Thanksgiving Thank Yous

Thanksgiving is a friendly reminder to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives: material possessions, great people, and awesome opportunities. I am thankful for all the blessings I’ve received this year especially the progress of my book blog.

Here are six things I’m grateful for associated with my “Book Nook”:

1. My Love of Reading

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I would hate to see where my life would be if I didn’t enjoy reading so darn much. I can see more struggles in my life that’s for sure! I am thankful to be a reading junkie.

2.Books

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Movies and TV are fine but I have an euphoric sensation whenever I read books. I love the magic when I see images in my mind’s eye as I scan through the pages. Books are authors’ ways of transferring the images from their minds to their readers. Thank you, writers!

3. My Parents

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I didn’t particularly care for reading when I was in elementary school and my report card reflected it. My parents took my video game privileges away and made me focus on reading until my grades went up.

During my early journey with reading, I was introduced to the Magic School Bus books, enjoyable Scholastic book fairs, Goosebumps and world mythology. Man, I remember staying  up past my bed time trying to read an entire book on Greek mythology. Books became my best friends, better than actual people.

I’m thankful for my parents making reading enjoyable for me, my entire school career, and for the rest of my life.

4. Libraries

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Libraries are truly magical places. You can get books for free with the all powerful library card! Heck yeah! I’m so thankful these public buildings exist. Plus, I save money checking out books before buying them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

5.  New Age Book Publishers

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That goes to companies like Inner Traditions & Bear company and New Page Books. They nurture me with New Age themes I love and I’ve never been happier. Thank you for existing!

6.My Followers

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How could I forget you guys? Thank you for the support and the likes. Your mere presence in my blog motivates me to produce more content. I’m grateful for you all!

What were you grateful for this past Thanksgiving? Favorite books? Authors? Amazon. com?

BOOK REVIEW: “Psychedelic Marine” by Alex Seymour

 

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The Psychedelic Marine by Alex Seymour (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: Psychedelic Marine
  • Author: Alex Seymour (Amazon Author Bio)
  • Publication: Park Street Press *part of Inner Traditions & Bear* (Aug. 22, 2016)
  • Genre: General Non-Fiction, New Age Spirituality/Metaphysical
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Psychedelic Marine offers readers a vibrant journey of the self. Alex Seymour finally captured the true essence of life he searched for after his mystical adventures in the Amazon jungle. At first, Seymour believed he would find it during his service as a Royal Marine, but he was only dragged into the dark world of military warfare. Stationed in Afghanistan, he had to trek through the merciless Afghan heat daily, constantly lookout for enemy attacks, and stay alert on guard duty after three hours of sleep. Not quite the profound experience Seymour was looking for! He left his comfortable life in England for this? There had to be something more.

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An ayahuasca vine (Singing to the Plants)

Taking  DMT (dimethyltryptamine) awakened Seymour’s curiosity of life beyond normality. This psychedelic compound can be found in small traces in certain plants, animals, and even the human brain (an argued theory). Seymour attended several ayahuasca ceremonies in South America after his rough tour in Afghanistan. Ayahuasca is a tropical vine with psychedelic properties local Amazon shamans use for spiritual purposes. The purpose of an ayahuasca
ceremony is to heal the soul from trauma, fear, and other negative vibes. Shamans offer ayahuasca to ritual participants as a brew. Seymour describes its taste as bitter. Buckets are laid out during the ceremonies just in case somebody needed to puke. Vomiting was considered a step of the soul cleansing process.

 

Seymour has had some amazing visions during his ayahuasca trips. He describes seeing kaleidoscopic dimensions and reptilian creatures. Despite what he has witnessed, he has become a deeply insightful man. The greatest journey is the journey searched within.

It’s tragic whenever I hear suicidal soldiers’ stories (Seymour is alive and well, mind you). These men and women return from war not only physically damaged but mental as well. Alex Seymour is the first former soldier I’ve read about who decided to ingest a hallucinogenic plant to recover from his intense military experience. Why is ayahuasca banned in the United States and the United Kingdom?  I’ll find my answers in other book.

Overall, I felt like I was actively participating in Seymour’s journey reading the Psychedelic Marine. I feared what he was going through in Afghanistan daily. I felt the anxiety creeping up on me every time his target enemies were nearby. During his time down at the Amazon, I saw in my mind’s eye the images Seymour witnessed while he was under the ayahuasca’s spell. This book is appropriate for those who are curious or at least familiar with the psychedelic world.  The Psychedelic Marine is a journey of the physical, mental, and spiritual senses.

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“Misterio Profundo”-Many of the wonderful ayahuasca vision paintings from Pablo Amaringo (art book)

 

Have you read this book? Please submit your comments below!

Book Haul: November 2016

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Whenever I return my library books, I promise myself not to check out anymore than I already have still hanging out in my room. Of course, I don’t keep my promise. I return one book to the library then check out another ten books!

Here’s what I’ve gathered to read this month:

1. 11:11 – The Time Prompt Phenomenon by Marie D. Jones & Larry Flaxman

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11:11 is more than a magical time wished upon like a wishing star. This book defines the number with a deeper meaning associated with numerology, the Fibonacci sequence, and consciousness awakening.

2. Call to Mystic Alice by Alice Rose Morgan

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Alice Morgan is a psychic with a close relationship with spirits aka the “Spooks”. According to Morgan, the Spooks know the true meaning behind death, reincarnation, dreams, and karma.

3. Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration by Penney Peirce

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People tune into different frequencies everyday. These frequencies are the energies behind our negative and positive emotions. Penney Peirce explains how we can tune into our highest frequency. With it, we can change our lives for the better.

4. Soul Flight by Donald Tyson

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The idea of astral realms has been around for thousands of years. Donald Tyson believes the astral realm is a real life dimension everybody has access to (with the right practice). People don’t see aliens or fairies because they exist in higher astral realms. Tyson discusses in further detail the esoteric knowledge behind the astral worlds and the people involved.

5. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts

 

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Seth is considered to be an energy intelligence. Writer Jane Roberts contacted this being through writing and the Ouija board. Eventually, Jane became a channeler for Seth and hosted private sessions for those who wanted to speak to him. Seth has many messages about the Universe the world needs to know.

I have purchased my own copy of Seth Speaks from a local bookstore. I have read about Jane Roberts’ Seth Speaks book through reading the Abraham Hicks/Law of Attraction books. Like Seth, Abraham is an collective energy being who speaks through a psychic medium. The whole channeling realm is so mysterious to me and I love it!

Have you read any of these books? Any recommendations?

Feel free to comment below! 

 

1,000 Manga Volumes Update: October 2016

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I thought I would have read  up to nine hundred manga volumes by Halloween but naw, my attention was shifted to Marvel comics (the latest Aquaman series was lit)! That’s okay though, I have read many books this past October and found several great manga series along the journey.

Here’s the latest:

New Manga Series

  1. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  2. Honey Blood by Miko Mitsuki
  3.  Witchcraft Works by Ryuu Mizunagi
  4. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki
  5. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  6. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki

Updated Volumes

  1. One Punch Man by ONE
  2. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino

Miscellaneous

  1. Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Stacy King*

*Stacy King’s manga version of the classic novel Great Expectations is listed under “miscellaneous” since it’s drawn manga-style but nothing more than an adaptation story.

Check out the full October 2016 updates on the 1,000 Manga Volumes Goal page. The updated titles are highlighted in bold.

Have manga recommendations? Feel free to comment below! 

I have two months left to complete this challenge. I am smashing this goal by the end of this year! 😉