My May 2017 Book Haul

I realized I’ve been reading tons of graphic novels (besides manga) but I barely mention them anywhere in this blog. In this book haul from May, I’ve read Ichiro, a fantasy graphic novel about a half-Japanese, half-American boy who stumbles into Japan’s mythical world.

Next, I have read plenty of online business related books and one not so exciting “millionaire” book. More on that later.

Graphic Novels

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana (4/5 stars)

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Young Ichiro sets off a journey to Japan with his mother to reconnect with his Japanese roots. He spends time with his grandfather to learn about his homeland and the American father he barely knew before he was killed in Iraq.

As a reader, you’ll take slices of Japanese culture and history including its classic legends as Ichiro follows a magical, shape-shifting tanuki (japanese raccoon dog) into the supernatural underworld.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels
  • Japanese culture
  • Supernatual elements
  • World Mythology


Non-Fiction Books 

Long-Term Success Building WordPress Websites for the Amazon Affiliate Program by Ryan Stevenson (3/5 stars)

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You can make money with your own wordpress site! Sounds like a dream, right?

All you need to do is create a self-hosted WordPress site and join the Amazon Associates affiliate program. This program offers users the opportunity to sell products from Amazon in exchange for commissions.

Obviously, this is only the shorthand version of the online business process.

Long-Term Success is a proper book for readers ready to take their WordPress sites to the next level. Be aware some chapters are overloaded with product research and technical information.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Amazon
  • The Amazon Affiliate program
  • E-Commerce
  • Online businesses
  • WordPress

Amazon’s Dirty Little Secrets: How to Use the Power of Others to Market and Sell For You by Greg Jameson (3/5 stars)

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How did Amazon become the mutli-billion dollar behemoth it is today? Amazon’s Dirty Little Secrets shows off Amazon’s skills from attracting heavy online traffic to active engagement.

This is a great book for website users to get their own small e-commerce sites to grow.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Amazon
  • E-commerce
  • Online businesses
  • Online marketing

The Dot-Com Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson (3/5 stars)

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I’ve discovered Dot-Com Secrets through a Facebook ad telling me I can get this book for free. I didn’t trust it (lol) so I requested a copy from my local library.

Dot-Com Secrets is about capturing people to your online business through a huge, elaborate, sales marketing funnel. The first catch: offer the audience a valuable product for free.

This book was interesting enough to learn about the sales marketing process but not enough for me if I ever decided to apply the methods on my own.  However, I written down a few notes just in case.

Wait a minute! If you received this book for free, you’ve just fallen into Brunson’s funnel!

Recommended for readers into:

  • E-Commerce
  • Online marketing
  • Sales marketing funnels

The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach (2/5 stars)

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You can become a millionaire by paying yourself first before your bills and skipping your morning Starbucks latte. Sure, this may work, if you’re not looking forward to becoming a millionaire while you’re still young!

The Automatic Millionaire was certainly not the latte I thought I ordered. The way this book was presented teaches readers how to become “passive” millionaires by cutting out expenses, putting some money into some mutual funds as long-term investments, and hope for the best.

This book is good for crazy spenders to cut down on their habits but not for productive people who plan to be rich by creating businesses and selling products.

Recommend for readers into:

  • Becoming a millionaire
  • Finances

Please comment below if you have any recommendations or you’ve read any of the books above! 😉



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