30 Books I’m Thankful for in 2017

Have you read a life-changing book this year? Has a book changed the way you work? How about one that made you smile on a bad day?

As a book lover, Thanksgiving’s the perfect time to reflect on the books I’ve read so far this year.

Down below, I’ve listed 30 books I’m thankful for in 2017.

 Adult Fiction

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1.  1001 Nights: Demonica Novella Series by Larissa Ione

I’m counting this as one even though I read AzagothHadesZ, and RazrThese sensually charged novellas were pleasant breaks from my usual non-fiction reads.

2. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (review)

Fool Me Once has encouraged me to add more thriller books into my Goodreads “To-Read” list.

Adult Non-Fiction

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3. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone (review)

I’ve learned I have to go beyond the usual expectations if I want to accomplish amazing feats. You become powerful once you place Grant Cardone’s “1ox Rule” into your daily life.

4. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (review)

This book was a bummer, but it has taught me there’s more than one way to become a millionaire. I don’t have to cut out my Starbucks trips to go there.

5. Deep Work by Cal Newport (review)

Deep Work has taught me it’s okay to stay focused a little longer on my projects.

Besides, those who consistently produce rise to higher places faster than the average joe.

6. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovits (review)

I appreciate the motivation I’ve gained from this book. According to the authors of Hustle, hustling’s the key to ultimate success.

Imagination and action can take you far if you allow it.

7. Imagining the World Into Existence by Normandi Ellis (review)

I thank Ellis for sharing the ancient Egyptians’ sacred knowledge and mythology.

8. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (review)

Thank the stars for MJ DeMarco! He takes on a humorous, informative approach to successful financial freedom.

DeMarco understands people want their freedom now, not when they’re so old they can’t do jack.

9. Your Internet Cash Machine by Joe Vitale & Jillian Coleman Wheeler (review)

Your Internet Cash Machine can relieve any readers’ doubts setting up their online business.

Adult Non-Fiction (Channeled)

10. Ask and It is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks (review)

Ask and It is Given hasn’t disappointed me.

Reading the Teachings of Abraham books have always inspired me. They remind me I am a limitless, creative being.

11. Bashar: Blueprint for a Change by Darryl Anka (review)

Months ago, I discovered Darryl Anka on Youtube. He channels an inter-dimensional alien named Bashar sharing messages to humanity.

Thank goodness, Bashar has published some books including Blueprint for a Change. 

I loved channeled books.

12. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts (review)

Another channeled book I’ve come to love. A favorite quote from this book:

Every thought you have changes reality. Not only reality as you know it, but all reality.” -Seth

Think about it. You can be an incredible creator of your reality.

Adult Non-Fiction (Writing)

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13. 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox (review)

I haven’t written 5,000 words per hour yet, but I’m on my way there and it’s fantastic!

14. Accidental Genius by Mark Levy (review)

Thinking about writing is easy, writing in action can be downright tricky. Accidental Genius has helped me release my writing blocks.

The key: get started already!

15. Get Your Articles Published by Lesley Bown (review)

Thanks to this book, I know how to submit articles online and magazines if I wanted to.

16. Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox (review)

Having a full-time writing career takes time and good habits. I’ve gained valuable writing skills to keep my writing flow running.

17. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen

This freelance writing book is a blessing.

Moira  Allen has introduced me to the freelance writing world and inspired me to read much more on the subject.

 18. The Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest)

I can’t say I can’t find any writing opportunities after checking out the Writer’s Market! The options are endless.

Comics/Graphic Novels

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19. The Adventures of TinTin (vol 1.) by Hergé

When I was little, I used to watch the TinTin cartoons and imagined myself traveling the world with him.

Years later, TinTin has returned to my life as a graphic novel. I can relive the adventures with him again.

(Sounds like I have a crush on him but don’t. *coughs*)

20. Aquaman (Vol. One): “The Trench” by Geoff Johns

I don’t know why Aquaman gets so much hate. I found myself hooked on reading the comics.

The haters are liars lol.

21. Doctor Strange (Vol. One):  “The Way of the Weird” by Jason Aaron & Chris Bachalo

One of my first modern Doctor Strange comics. I’m so happy this multi-dimensional hero exists.

22. The Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

I always wanted to go to summer camp like the cool kids in the 90’s movies.

Noelle Stevenson carries out the magical summer camp adventures I missed out during my childhood.

23. Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

This graphic novel made me wish I was in this fictional school.

24. Wonder Woman (Volume 1): “Blood” by Brian Azzarello

Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello was my first Wonder Woman comic after watching the summer hit movie.

I’m thankful for Diana Prince’s existence.

Manga

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25. Dance in the Vampire Bund II by Nozomu Tamaki

A while back, the original series’ ending left me unsatisfied.  I’m so happy a sequel exists!

26. Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama (Manga Monday)

It’s a pleasure starting over with the Dragon Ball universe with young Goku.

27. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima (Manga Monday)

I’m happy I’ve picked up this manga after mistaken it for “kiddie” manga. Now I feel like I’m part of the Fairy Tail family. ^_^

28. Haikyu by Haruichi Furudate (Manga Monday)

It’s about time I found a fun sports manga. I love the characters, and I hope they make it to the top!

29. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Manga Monday)

This series, omg.

Izuku Midoriya thought he could never be a superhero since he wasn’t born with any special abilities. His favorite hero gives him his own.

No matter what you lack, you can make it up with your drive and passion.

YA

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30. The Lost Code  by Kevin Emerson (review)

Picking up this YA book has broken my old beliefs on YA books. The repeated “love triangle” teen novels turned me off from reading YA long ago.

The Lost Code came into my hands, reminding me there’s more in the YA universe. I’m reading more in the future for sure.

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12 New Age Fiction Books You Can Read Right Now

There’s not enough new age fiction out there.

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I read a thoughtful Writer’s Digest article on why the world needs more new age fiction.  There isn’t many I can quickly think of from the top of my head.

Sure, there’s Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy, but what else?

There has to be more.

Finding new age fiction books is hard (for me, at least). You can find thousands of new age nonfiction books, but fiction ones are rare Pokémon in the safari zone. It takes forever!

Going through Goodreads, Amazon, new age publishers, and new age authors’ websites, I found 12 new age fiction books you can read right now:

1. The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

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In the future, war has destroyed much of America leaving San Franciso to become a matriarchal, eco-friendly city.  An ultra conservatives group has its eyes set to take control of the green city. The new San Franciscans will stop at nothing to keep their new Eden at peace.

2.  The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack

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An antique dealer possesses an ancient manuscript about a missing tarot deck. The more she searches for the cards, the more she realizes how close the cards are to her.

3. The Hermit by Tuesday Lobsang Rama

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A young monk listens to an old hermit’s strange encounter with otherworldly visits traveling on metallic ships.

4. The Magic Mala: A Story That Changes Lives by Bob Olson

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An unfortunate’s writer life changes for the better when he picks up a set of magical mala beads.

5. Meet Me in Atlantis by Megan Sebastian

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A magnetic earth reversal massively reshapes Earth, and a new landmass rises from the ocean. A doctor escapes from her ruined city to what might be the legendary Atlantis.

6. The Merkaba Mystery by Iva Kenaz

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“Merkaba” were the last words Seraphina remembers before she finds herself mysteriously by a river with a pack of magical tools. She ventures through Prague’s old Jewish quarters and regains more of her memories through her flashback episodes.

7. The Mystical Village That Rewired Reality by Justin Nathan

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Anax finds a magical hidden village isolated in the woods and meets a superhuman tribe.  He eventually falls in love with a woman with incredible power, but she’s missing a piece of her soul.

Anax’s new mission is to help her regain her soul with the new abilities he has learned from the village.

8. Outview by Brandt Legg

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Nate sets off on a journey to save his brother from a mental institution and solve the mystery of his father’s death with the help of young mystics.

9. Revelations of the Ruby Crystal by Barabara Hand Clow

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A Boston graduate uses a magical ruby ring to uncover the Vatican’s dark history including the sexual abuse scandals.

10. Sara (Book One) by Esther & Jerry Hicks

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Solomon, the magical owl, teaches Sara the Law of Attraction.

Yes, the authors of Ask & It Is Given and The Vortex have created this trilogy.  🙂

11. The Secrets of Mago Castle by Rebecca Tinkle

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Five people from Sedona, Arizona use their newly-discovered spiritual powers to save humanity from extinction.

12. The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

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Shapeshifter Vivian Le Fay Morgan and her partner Wilfred Maxwell investigate a cult studying the moon tides’ hidden knowledge.

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Comment below if you’ve found any good New Age fiction for grabs!

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: “Hustle” by Neil Patel

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Having fun doing the work you love? Is that an actual thing?

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It doesn’t seem to exist the way people work nowadays.

Fortunately, Hustle reminds readers you have to take serious action to do the job you want to do every day.

People aren’t millionaires working on somebody’s dream, but hustling their own.

The Hustle authors have been through severe work-related obstacles. Neil Patel cleaned amusement park bathrooms, Jonas Koffler suffered a stroke thanks to his highly demanding job, and Peter Vlaskovits struggled to support his growing family.

Now they’re all successful entrepreneurs thanks to hustling.

Hustle is a highly motivational book to kickstart your decision for a more fulfilling career life.

This Job Blows!

A recent Gallup study reports only 30% of Americans are engaged in their work. The rest are like:

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CNN Money states there are disengaged employees due to little opportunity, irritating co-workers/bosses, company culture, and small pay.

Who wants to go through all that 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week? You don’t. Nobody does.

The solution to this career nightmare: hustling. You still might have to face the nonsense but take time to do exciting work feeding your long-term goals.

Do the Hustle

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Hustle’s most significant takeaway: action.

That’s it? You better believe it!

So many people complain about their current jobs yet do nothing to take the next step forward.  Ask yourself what do you want to do and create opportunities for yourself to do that.

The only person who’s stopping you from your goals is you.

Nobody has truly genuinely succeeded working for somebody else. How often do you hear about the millionaire employees? If they are, they indeed have been side-hustling.

I’ve learned from Hustle you become a truly successful hustler by expanding your network, track record (accomplishments), and your skills. If any of those aren’t growing, you’ll remain in the same, dull spot.

Kudos to Hustle

Feeling lost in your dream career journey? Read Hustle to pull yourself back on track. You can create your future.

It’s never too late to start anew.

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Do you have a side gig? Comment below your job or a hustler’s book you recommend!

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Manga Monday #26: “Blood Lad” by Yuuki Kodama

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Looking for a new supernatural manga? Blood Lad has all the vampires, demons, and werewolves you want!

The manga series ran from 2009 to 2016 with seventeen volumes. The anime had a short run during the summer and fall of 2013.

The story’s not all dark and serious like I originally thought. It has its hilarious moments.

A Vampire Who Loves Humans

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Count Dracula’s descendant Staz T. Blood receives news a human girl has been seen wandering around his demon territory. Good news for him: he loves humans!

Staz is absolutely obsessed with human pop culture. He owns a vast manga library, plays humans’ video games, and collects action figures.

His meeting with the human Fuyumi is cut short when a monster plant devours her. Now, she’s a ghost in an unfamiliar world.

Staz travels through the human and demon worlds searching for a resurrection spell to return Fuyumi back to a fully-fleshed human. If he doesn’t find the spell on time, she’ll fade away into non-existence. Fuyumi drinks Staz’s blood to remain visible in her ghostly form.

The closer Staz gets to returning Fuyumi to human, the more he learns about Fuyumi’s close connection to his monster world.

The rest of the plot gets tangled in deeper conflicts. Staz discovers the only person who knows the resurrection spell for Fuyumi is his suspicious older brother Braz. In exchange for the spell, Staz must do Braz a dangerous favor.

Fuyumi, Bell, and The Executioner of Hell

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As I progressed through the series, I kept hoping Fuyumi’s character development would, you know, develop! Fuyumi has a sweet personality, but she lacks a backbone. She has an interesting character role, but it barely changes her.

Luckily, Fuyumi’s dainty self is mixed in with more energetic female characters.

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There’s Bell Hydra, the dimension traveling witch. She loves getting in Staz’s way. Has a little crush on him too.

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The underworld executioner is Liz T. Blood, Staz’s little sister. Despite being a hardcore kid, she’s hugely jealous of Staz.

You see, Staz was born with greater power than Braz. Braz grew obsessive over Staz’s power and placed him under deadly experiments to test his strength. He eventually manages to seal Staz’s true power away. Only he can unlock it.

Braz still checks up on Staz even though his little brother can’t stand him. It’s a strange relationship.

Liz only wants Braz to stop being so obsessive over Staz so they could share memorable big brother-little sister moments together.  All she wants is his time.

 Reading to The End

Many things are going on in this manga. Something insane happens on every single page!

All Staz wants to do is turn Fuyumi back to human. But no, there’s more, there’s always more.

I must see what happens at the end of this series. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard much about it when it came out. It’s a fun action manga.

Have you read Blood Lad? Comment below your thoughts about this manga or any supernatural manga recommendations! 

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Lost Code” by Kevin Emerson

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Can you imagine trying to enjoy normal summer camp life then everything gets crazy super quick?

First, you drown. Boo.

Then you wake up with gills. WTF?

Next, you discover your camp counselors are up to some shady business experimenting on your fellow campers. Plus, they’re attempting to locate a lost temple hidden somewhere in the campgrounds.

Depending on your personality, this sounds like the best camp story worth sharing or the worst. It’s quite a surprise for Owen Parker.

The Lost Code: Climate Change Ruins Everything

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Kevin Emerson’s The Lost Code carries out a compelling dystopian teen adventure set over fifty years in the future.

Climate change has seriously screwed Earth over. Sea levels have risen so much America has invaded Canada. Much of Virginia has become the new Everglades.

Domes contain habitable areas as protection from the deadly sun.

Owen’s summer camp is in a dome. Inside, man controls the weather. Robot butterflies reenact the real ones that existed before climate change reached dangerous heights.

Most of Owen’s fellow campers are orphans called Cryos. Parents cryogenically froze their kids to be brought back to life when the climate change calmed down. These kids come out of their frozen cells only to discover their parents are long gone.

Luckily, Owen doesn’t have the same life as the Cryos. His dad is still alive. Owen sends him letters whenever he has a chance.

Owen’s world takes a massive twist after he grows gills and discovers he’s an Atlantean descendant. The camp wants to take advantage of his bloodline as soon as they learn of his origins.

So Slooooowwwww

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You read so much about Owen’s camp you’d think you’re reading his camp memoir.

The story finally picks up when Owen grows gills but falls flat again until he discovers the hidden temple a hundred pages later.

Patience is vital reading this book. The Lost Code begins painfully slow then explodes with action when you’re about to chuck the book aside.

Read More? Maybe.

In the end, I liked The Lost Code, but I’m not sure if I want to finish the trilogy.

Oh yeah, there’s more:

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Don’t read The Lost Code unless you’re a patient grasshopper. Quick is not an adjective to describe this book. Seek other books if you love fast-paced action stories.

Which YA books you’ve read recently?

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3 Ways The Writer’s Market Helps Writers Like You

Sick of those writing gigs paying you peanuts? You wrote a 3,000-word article only to get paid three dollars for the effort?

What about those clients who promise exposure for your blood, sweat, and tears? You know for sure exposure doesn’t pay your health insurance or your monthly rent.

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You deserve better.

Check out Writer’s Digest’s latest The Writer’s Market. Here are three ways The Writer’s Market helps writers like you:

  1. Sharing awesome writing advice
  2. Sending your work to legitimate publishers
  3. Determining your deserving pay

Gain Writer’s Insight!

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The Writer’s Market includes reputable writers’ articles on query letters, growing your brand, and more.

My favorite blogger added in this book is Carol Tice from Make a Living Writing. She offers valuable advice on making a profitable living as a full-time blogger.

Her tips include:

  • Setting up a professional website
  • Creating useful content to grow your audience
  • Writing strong headlines
  • Being a consistent blogger

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

It’s easier said than done, but the work is totally worth it!

Share Your Writing, Darn It!

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Every writer has some unpublished work lying in a corner somewhere collecting dust.

Why? They don’t believe it’s worth selling.

The Writer’s Market lists hundreds of book publishers, consumer magazines, and trade journals you can submit your work to.

For example, anyone can send their manuscripts to book publishers like Dark Horse Comics and Llewellyn Publications. Be aware of these companies’ submission guidelines for further details on what they exactly want.

Major book publishers like Scholastic and Random House only take agented submissions. You must have a literary agent to promote your work to these publishers.

No worries, The Writer’s Market has a literary agents list. I found a website to help you extend your search listing the top literary agencies.

Get The Pay You Deserve!

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 Let’s say you’ve been blogging for a company for five years only to be paid $10 per post. You want to be paid at least $100 per post by now!

Writer Aaron Belz contributed a handy pay rate chart listing every known writing profession’s appropriate pay. Each section lists the highest and lowest pay per project and per hour.

Here are a few examples:

Advertising copywriter

  • Pay per hour: $36 (low) – $156 (high)
  • Per project: $160 (low) – $9,000 (high)

Blogger

  • Pay per hour: $35 (low) – $100 (high)
  • Pay per project: $500 (low) – $2,000 (high)

Comic book/scriptwriter

  • $225 for an original story
  • $525 for an existing story
  • $50 for a short script

Feature columnist for the local newspaper

  • Pay per project: $25 (low) – $600 (high)

Magazine book reviewer

  • Pay per project: $500 (low) – $2,000 (high)

Note: You won’t always be paid based exactly on The Writer’s Market pay rate chart. Still, it’s a great reference tool. It’s good to review in case you have a cheap client who wants to work you hard for nothing.

You Can Do This!

The Writer’s Market exists as a reminder you don’t have to live the starving writer’s life forever.

Personally, I found tons of great writing opportunities to pursue especially in the bloggers’ areas. I read The Writer’s Market every year to check out the latest additions.

The Writer’s Market is a great start for writing options instead of reading countless writing books and searching endlessly online.

C’mon, you can do this. Check out this book today!

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Comment below if The Writer’s Market has helped you in any way! 

 

My October 2017 Book Haul

This month, I finally picked up a teen book after a LONG time. I haven’t read any since The Hunger Games and Twilight were popular. The love triangle tropes really turned me off from reading YA for a while.

Below, you’ll find out which YA book I read along with the rest in my October 2017 book haul:

Adult Fiction

Solomon’s Angels by Doreen Virtue (3/5 stars) (review)

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Doreen Virtue weaves an interesting story about the meeting between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Not only Virtue extends a story barely mentioned in the Bible, but she adds some noteworthy metaphysical topics as well.

This book has drawn me into researching more about King Solomon legends.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Angels
  • Biblical characters
  • New Age subjects

Adult Non-Fiction

Crop Circles by Steve & Karen Alexander (3/5 stars) (review)

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What’s the meaning behind these crop circles? These symbols  have been reported all over England and other rural areas all around the world.

Crop Circles deciphers the symbolism behind these crop formations with sacred geometry, math, and numerology.

Recommend for readers into:

  • Aliens
  • Crop circles
  • New Age subjects

The Dimensions of Paradise by John Michell (3/5 stars)

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Numbers and shapes play major roles creating the universe.

Esoteric writer John Michell believes they had their parts forming sacred sites like Stonehenge and Glastonbury.  He dives deep into these geometric connections and states why places like Atlantis have failed.

Warning: Prepare for tons of math!

Recommended for readers into:

  • New Age subjects
  • Numerology
  • Sacred geometry

Your Internet Cash Machine by Joe Vitale & Jillian Coleman Wheeler (4/5 stars) (review)

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Tired of working your dull 9-5 job?

Read Your Internet Cash Machine and you’ll learn how to sell your own products and do affiliate marketing as part of your wildly successful online business.

Your Internet Cash Machine is a bit outdated but carries plenty of timeless, valuable advice.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Affiliate marketing
  • Business
  • eCommerce

YA

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson (4/5 stars)

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Owen is a normal summer camp teen until he discovers he has grown gills after a drowning incident.

His camp counselors are holding secrets linked to an ancient temple hidden deep in the camp’s lake. These very secrets may have connection to Owen’s dormant Atlantean DNA.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Dystopian YA
  • Fiction with Atlantis themes
  • YA

What was in your October 2017 book haul? Feel free to add your lists in the comments below! :3