April 2017 Book Haul

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I went all out with this month’ book haul. I wanted to take some books with me down to Florida for my spring vacation. Don’t like going on any major trips with only one book! I’ll go crazy if I have nothing else to read after finishing one book!

I didn’t care how many books I checked out and read this month. What’s the point of holding myself back? I’m overjoyed with this month’s selection!

Here’s what I have:

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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I’ve mentioned wanting this book for Christmas last year. Of course I didn’t, but I finally had a chance to check out this book from the library. I’m looking forward to applying Covey’s seven habits into my life!

2. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone

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I’ve discovered Grant Cardone on Youtube while I was looking up videos about success and “millionaire habits”.  Cardone decided to change his life for the better after struggling through years of dead end, odd jobs. Now, he’s a big time sales trainer and motivational speaker.

The 10x Rule is applying ten times the action into whatever goals you have. It’s okay to go all into whatever you’re passionate about. Obsession can lead to greatness.

(I’m talking about the good kind of obsession like creating new inventions. Stalking people is the weird kind of obsession. Don’t do that.)

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Simply asking can lead to great results. I picked up this book because I want to know how do businesses know what customers want. Whatever I learn from this book could possibly help me with this blog and more! 😉

4. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

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The title name alone ignited inspiration within me. You won’t achieve your big dreams being an average Joe. This book teaches readers to engulf in their passions in order to achieve their biggest goals. Obsession is key (there goes that word again).

The greatest writers of all time were obsessed with writing. They never stopped until their words were published all over the world.

The greatest artists were obsessed with creating art. They never stopped until their creations were displayed in every museum, restaurants, and private residences.

You get the idea.

5. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

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I heard Sophia Amoruso started her successful business journey stealing. Yep, a stolen book was the first item she ever sold on eBay. I guess you have to start somewhere.

Forbes recently named Amoruso as one of the richest self-made women in the world. Now, Amoruso has filed for bankruptcy (bummer).

6. How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

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Why I Won’t Have Kids was the first Lilly Singh video I’ve ever watched and I’ve been watching more her hilarious videos since then. In Singh’s first published book, she reveals how one can become a true “bawse” of their life.

7. The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diane Burrell

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This might be a good read for writers interested in becoming full-time freelance writers. I’m into almost anything revolved around writing so I’m going to see what I can find in this book.

8. Soul Over Matter by Zhi Gang Sha and Adam Markel

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This book promises it is possible to receive unlimited, eternal abundance. This form of abundance can only be achieved in a spiritual level. Whatever happens in the outside world is only a reflection of within.

9. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz

The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance.

I was reading an online article about 9 to 5 work schedules as obsolete (can’t find the exact article) and it lead me to this book. Do eight hour work shifts make a difference as opposed to working three to four hours?

In my personal experience, I have made many accomplishments working within three hours. I get exhausted if I try to stretch work out any longer than four hours. I’m human, not a machine.

10. Work Simply by Carson Tate

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Work Simply is another book I picked up since I’m always looking for ways to sharpen my productivity skills.

11. Your One Word by Evan Carmichael

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I’m a long time Youtube follower of Evan Carmichael. He’s a entrepreneur who frequently posts entrepreneur success videos on his Youtube channel. So glad he finally published a book!

Any books you’d read from this haul?

Have you read any of these books?

March 2017 Book Haul: “Star Fever”

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Do you carry these following symptoms: starry eyes, abrupt outbursts of excitement, sudden urges to shop for expensive dresses, and sleepless nights writing your Oscars speech? My friend, I’m afraid you have a case of “Star Fever”.   I tend to catch this every Academy awards season. Here are the books I’ve picked up after watching the Oscars last month:

1. Bringing Up Oscar by Debra Ann Pawlak

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Bringing up Oscar by Debra Ann Pawlak (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I watch the Oscars every year yet I barely have a clue of its origins. All I know about this awards show is that a group of Hollywood folks in the late 1920’s decided to give rewards to people for doing cool movie stuff. Boom, the Oscars were born! Bringing Up Oscar will definitely expand my knowledge on this prestigious ceremony’s history. I have a strong feeling this will be an awesome book!

2. The Hollywood MBA by Tom Reilly

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The Hollywood MBA by Tom Reilly (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Film production manager Tom Reilly shares his wild stories working in the film industry for over thirty years. When I say “wild”, I’m talking about circumstances that involve alligators roaming around the workplace and managing over a hundred people in one day. Reilly promises a dish of motivational business tips in this engaging book.

3. Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant

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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Okay, I read this book before and I’m doing it again so I can write a review about it! Garant and Lennon share their hilarious journey writing movies for Hollywood. They’re widely known for their acting roles in Reno 911! but they were also the writers behind Night at the Museum (2006), Balls of Fury (2007), and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005). This writing duo managed to have successful careers despite their ups and downs.

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Besides having “Star Fever”,  reading these books keep me involved with the entertainment industry. I enjoy watching movies, TV, and I write scripts (went to grad school for it). Indulging myself in this atmosphere keeps me in the flow. I love it!

Have you read any of this books? 

Do you have any Hollywood related books you recommend?

Book Haul: February 2017

February is going to be an excellent reading month!  Here are a few I’ve picked up:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Amazon) (Goodreads)

A great book to read from an African-American writer in honor of Black History Month. I’ve been wanting to read Their Eyes Were Watching God for a while but, of course, I got distracted.Thankfully, my local book club selected this book as the book of the month.  It’s about a black woman’s life and development exploring herself, love, and independence.

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How The Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Rhonda Byrne’s latest book in The Secret series is a compilation of true, inspirational Law of Attraction stories from people all over the world. If you can’t get enough of The Secret, thank Byrne for continuing to create the magic with this one to sate your reading pleasure.

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Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Life is about feeling good, right? Sure, there are a couple of bumps along the road but Abraham can show you how to get over them smoothly. Abraham is a non-physical entity who channels through writer Esther Hicks. In this book, Abraham (through Esther) reveals the laws you can easily follow to make your life super awesome!

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Entwined by Colette Gale (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Okay, Colette Gale is one of the hottest erotica writers I know hands down! I love how she blends sexiness with some of the world’s most well-known literary classics. First, I’ve read Gale’s Unmasqued, her sexy version of The Phanton of the Opera, way back around 2007/2008. Shortly after, I read Bound by Honor (sexy Robin Hood) and Master (sexy Count of Monte Cristo).

No more books from Gale for a while after Bound by Honor.

I was going through withdrawal.

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Finally in 2013, Gale released Entwined, a novella featuring Jane from Tarzan. It came out exclusively on e-book first and I was full of disappointment. I prefer physical books in my hands! Fortunately, my wish for a physical copy came out later within the same year, but I didn’t pick it up until 2017!

Ah, it’s great to have a hot read just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s better than being one of those angry V-Day people who are all like:

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Stop whining and start reading lol.

By the way, Colette Gale is the pseudonym name for Colleen Gleason.

What are you reading  this month?

 

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?

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! 

 

Book Haul: October 2016

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*sighs* New Age books give me life! Give me a subject under this genre and I could go on forever about it!

This month, I’ll be exploring topics on spiritual vibrations, parallel universes, and ayahuasca.

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365 Ways To Raise Your Frequency by Melissa Alvarez

Remember when the Secret came out and everybody was talking about achieving their desires through the Law of Attraction? This book flows within this realm with the author listing numerous ways to wrap yourself with good vibes.

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Psychedelic Marine by Alex Seymour

Weary marine Alex Seymour changes his life with ayahuasca. Illegal in the United States and the UK, Amazon shamans use this questionable stimulant to help those in need of spiritual recoveries. Alex reveals his journey from touring in Afghanistan to his spiritual awakening in the Amazon jungle.

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The Convoluted Universe (Book 1) by Dolores Cannon

I’ll never forget diving into the mystical mind of Dolores Cannon after reading The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge. It shouldn’t have taken me so long to grab another book from this wonderful woman but I’m an easily distracted bibliophile. In The Convoluted Universe, Cannon explains what she has discovered about parallel universes, Atlantis, and sacred sites all over the world through her patients as a past life hypnotherapist.

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TELOS: Revelations of New Lemuria by Aurelia Louise Jones

Author Aurelia Louise Jones executes messages from the mythical Lemurians as a channeler. Telos is the Lemurians’ underground higher dimensional city located underneath Mount Shasta in northern California.The first volume of Telos explains the Lemurians’ past, present, and future including contact with us.

Thousands of years ago, the surviving Lemurians came to the mountain after their homeland of Mu had fallen into the Pacific ocean. Nowadays, Mt. Shasta is reportedly know for UFO sightings, strange lights, and other supernatural phenomena.  Sounds like this place would make an interesting road trip.

California, here I come!

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Have you read any of these books? Recognize the authors?

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?