Manga Monday #16: “Attack on Titan” by Hajime Isayama

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Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Imagine you’re chilling in a village with your friends and family then a herd of giants rampage through your town, causing massive destruction and eating your loved ones right before your very eyes!

Horrifying, isn’t it? That’s Eren Jaeger’s life.

Humanity has been compacted into a massive walled city  to protect themselves from the “Titans”,  huge humanoid beings with insatiable desires to eat humans.

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Invading Titans via Attack on Titan wiki

Eren has lived peacefully in the city until Titans smashed through the city walls. He managed to escape the invasion but one Titan ate his beloved mother.

Eren swears revenge. He enters the Survey Corps with his best friends Mikasa and Armin. This special military division fights Titans and reclaim lands originally inhabited by humans before the Titan infestations. Eren discovers more about himself and the Titans’ origins the further along his journey with the Corps.

Attack on Titan is a dark manga that will keep you hooked with its mysteries. Everything turns out deeper than it what appears to be on the surface. Eren is more than merely human and the Titans are not only “Titans”.

There’s a surprise in every volume that will go:

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Friendly note: this manga series is not for the squeamish.

Have you read Attack on Titan?

BOOK REVIEW: “The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K Rowling, Jack Throne, and John Tiffany

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Throne (Amazon) (Goodreads)

It’s nice to return to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildThe magical adventures carry on with Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter.

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Albus in the center with his fam (via Pottermore)

Note: this story is formatted in script form since it’s based on the live performance currently running in London.

Not to spoil much (for anybody who hasn’t read it yet),  The Cursed Child is filled with time-travels, memorable character reunions, and the revival of a familiar old evil. It was a decent story but it didn’t hold my attention like the previous books have done. The “magical thrill” simply wasn’t there.

During the early Potter hype, I used to stay up all night reading the original series with no regrets as I dragged my tired body to school the following morning. Now, with The Cursed Child, not that kind of experience. I’m okay reading the book for a good thirty minutes before moving on to something else. Rowling had a part in this book. As a reader though, you can definitely tell she didn’t have her “all” in it. One reason obviously there had to be room made for writers Jack Throne and John Tiffany. They took the wizarding world into an interesting angle, just not angle I expected.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wasn’t the best continuation of the Harry Potter series but it certainly wasn’t the worst. I would still see the play no doubt! If you’re a hardcore Harry Potter fan, I suggest you keep calm, breathe, and read.

Some things are not the way like they used to be.

What do you think?

 

BOOK REVIEW: “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles

 

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The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (Amazon) (Goodreads)

There’s nothing crazy or difficult to understand The Science of Getting Rich. There is no overdrawn, absurd formula, no nonsense. Wallace D. Wattles’ simple core concepts to massive abundance are imagination and action. When I think about it, creative people who consistently execute their creations are the most successful.

Wattles desires readers to dump their poor beliefs about wealth including competition and and limited resources. Competition only leads to creative misdirection. To Wattles, the thought of “limited” resources is invalid because the physical is the reflection of the spiritual and the spiritual is infinite:

Never look at the visible supply, always look at the limitless riches in the formless substance and know that they are coming to you as fast as you can receive and use them.” – Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich

Imagination is also infinite. Therefore, everybody has a never-ending gold mine in their minds; they just need to learn how to use it more often.

I loved Wattles’ rich teachings in this book! The Science of Getting Rich is fairly short, straight to the point. Like I said before, no nonsense! This is one of those books I purchased immediately after reading the library copy. It’s amazing how something so simple is overlooked.

 

Book Haul: December 2016 – January 2017

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I’ve gathered a few books for my December 2016 book haul but they remained on my shelf while I was busy trying to complete my 2016 Goodreads challenge. However, I managed to finish one of them since it was such a short, amazing read.  Since the challenge is finally complete, I have time to start anew reading the rest my haul from last month and the haul for this month.

Here’s what I selected:

1. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

The Secret of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (Amazon) (Goodreads)

According to Wattles, this is the only book you need in order to get rich. He explains a simple, overlooked formula for infinite abundance. This formula doesn’t include long hours at a mediocre job or any sort of extreme competitiveness, but pure creative visualization, action, and more…

2. Kryon: The End of Times – New Information for Personal Peace by Lee Carroll

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Kryon: The End of Times – New Information for Personal Peace by Lee Carroll (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I’ve always been interested in channelers and this new year marks a deeper level of my attraction to them!

Lee Carroll was a simple man with a normal life as an audio engineer until he began channeling a spiritual entity named Kryon. The first book in the Kryon series (twelve in total) introduces Kryon’s identity, magnetic grids, and our future.

3. Bashar: Blueprint for Change – A Message from our Future by Darryl Anka

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Bashar: Blueprint for Change – A Message from Our Future by Darryl Anka (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Another book from another channeler. This time, the messages in the this book come from an entity named Bashar. Bashar comes from a non-specific reality we only “perceive” to be from our future (say what). It has come to this reality through Darryl Anka to spread valuable news from beyond.

4. The Lake House by Kate Morton

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The Lake House by Kate Morton (Amazon) (Goodreads)

A lavish English home, once known for its brighter summer memories, lies in ruins. A family has abandoned the home for a new life in a new city after the youngest family member’s mysterious disappearance. Many years later, a detective discovers the old summer home and uncovers its secrets with the help of a surviving former resident.

I’ve heard of Kate Morton before from another book I’ve placed on my “to read” list: The Secret Keeper. A local book club I attend is reading The Lake House right now so it’s a great opportunity to finally sink into Morton’s stories.

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What are you reading this month? 

What did you read during the last month of 2016?

Seven Resolutions For 2017

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Ah, new year, new books!  Here’s what I have in mind to achieve in 2017:

1. Write over 30 book reviews

2. Complete my 2017 Goodreads challenge

I’m reading only a cool 300 books this year. Compared to the feat I’ve made in last year’s Goodreads challenge, this one will be a walk in the park.

3. Read at least three Young Adult books

I haven’t read any YA books since the Hunger Games trilogy was popular and I stopped right there because it seemed like every YA writer was obsessed with placing the “love triangle” element in their books. I have faith I’ll find some great YA books with better themes this year.

4. Read one fantasy book

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve read anything in the fantasy genre besides Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. Time to step into new grounds!

5. Read one sci-fi book

When was the last time I’ve ever read a sci-fi book? Seriously?

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6. Complete the 1,000 manga volume journey.

This might be one of the first goals I’ll get done this year. ^_^

7. Catch up with Anne Rice’s vampires

Almost ten years ago, I read Interview with a Vampire and never finished it. I want to read Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis  but I’m a stickler for reading a series in order. So, I’m reading through the entire Vampire Chronicles until I get to Anne Rice’s latest book.

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Ready to see how much I’ll accomplished by the end of this year!

What are your 2017 resolutions for books?

1,000 Manga Volumes Update: December 2016

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What a month December was! Despite all of the holiday festivities and distractions, I had plenty of manga reading done this month especially with Fairy Tail. This series gets better and better with each volume! I’m happy my library had all of the volumes up to the latest without any skips.

Don’t you just hate it when find a good manga series in the library but they’re a few skipped volumes?

When the library skip manga volumes you need to read (GIF via MyAnimeList)

Yeah, not a big fan of that especially when I don’t want to buy the volumes or read it online.

Here’s what I read this past month:

New Manga

  1. Amazing Agent Jennifer by Nunzio DeFilippis
  2. Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door by Jun Maeda
  3. Natsume’s Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikawa
  4. Oh My Goddess! by Kosuki Fujishima
  5. The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko by Ririko Tsujita
  6. A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima

Updated Manga

  1. Ajin: Demi – Human by Gamon Sakurai
  2. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui
  3. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  4. Bleach by Tite Kubo
  5. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  6. Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino
  7. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki
  8. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  9. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan by Hiroshi Shiibashi
  10. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
  11. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

Miscellaneous

  1. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King
  2. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories by Naoko Tekeuchi

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Check out the updated manga goal list!

So far, I’ve read 941 manga volumes. I’m almost done! ^_^

Have you read any great manga in 2016?