My August 2017 Book Haul

My August 2017 book haul was comic galore! I paid less attention to actual books, only reading two out of the whole month.

Here’s my haul:

Adult Non-Fiction Books

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Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks (3/5 stars) (book review)

Esther shares Abraham’s teachings on raising vibrations and maintaining an abundant life.

Recommended for readers into: Channeled books, law of attraction, teachings of Abraham.

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Imagining the World into the Universe: An Ancient Egyptian Manual on Consciousness by Normandi Ellis (4/5 stars) (book review)

The ancient Egyptians believed the gods created the universe simply with pure thought. Normandi Ellis reveals how these myths ruled the Egyptians’ daily lives.

Recommended for readers into: Ancient Egypt, higher consciousness, new age books

 

Comics/Graphic Novels

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The Adventures of Tin-Tin (volume one) by Hergé (4/5 stars)

This volume is divided into three stories: Tin-Tin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, and The Blue Lotus.

It’s good to be reunited with Tin-Tin again! I’ve been a fan of the TV series since I was a kid.

Recommended for readers into: Adventure comics, comics, Tin-Tin

 

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An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley (3/5 stars)

Lucy Knisley shares her European adventures and feelings about her future in this illustrated journal.

I’ve also read: French Milk

Recommended for readers into: Female-lead characters, graphic novels, travelogues

 

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At the Mountains of Madness: A Graphic Novel adapted by I.N.J Culbard (4/5 stars)

Eager explorers uncover strange things and dark secrets buried underneath the Antarctic snow.

If you’re familiar with Lovecraft, expect some creepiness.

Recommended for readers into: Adaptation graphic novels, graphic novels, H.P. Lovecraft

 

Black Widow, Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread

Black Widow (volume one): “The Finely Woven Thread” by Nathan Edmondson (3/5 stars)

Natasha Romanoff takes time to remove whatever remains of her murky KGB past. Unfortunately, opening old wounds has led her to new dangers and heartless killers.

Recommended for readers into: Black Widow, female-lead characters, Marvel.

 

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Volume 1: The Man on the Wall

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier (volume one):  “The Man on the Wall” by Ales Kot (3/5 stars)

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Solider has an interesting yet confusing premise.  Bucky is in outer space dealing with Loki, a crazed space assassin, and an attractive alien queen. Time-traveling also included.

Make sure you have have a good background of Bucky Barnes before reading this series or else you’ll be completely lost (like me).

I’ve also read: Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier (Volume Two)

Recommended for readers into: Action comics, Bucky Barnes, Marvel.

 

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Captain America, Steve Rogers (volume three): “Empire Building”  by Nick Spencer (4/5 stars)

Here are some keywords to describe this volume’s plot to avoid major spoilers: Maria Hill’s clues, screwed Red Skull, and new war foreshadowing.

I’ve also read: Volume 1: “Hail Hydra”, Volume 2: “The Trial of Maria Hill”

Recommended for readers into: Action comics, Captain America, Marvel.

 

Doctor Strange (volume two): “The Last Days of Magic”  by Jason Aaron (4/5 stars)

The Empirikul are imposing a brutal sorcerer inquisition across the universe. Doctor Strange has to fight its leader before every trace of magic ceases to exist.

I’ve also read: Volume One: “The Way of the Weird”

Recommended for readers into: Doctor Strange, fantasy comics, Marvel.

 

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme (volume one): “Out of Time” by Robbie Thompson (4/5 stars)

Merlin handpicks Doctor Strange and other Sorcerer Supremes on a challenging assignment: Defeat the Forgotten. This ancient beast has escaped from Merlin’s prison to unleash its chaos onto the world.

Recommended for readers into: Doctor Strange, fantasy comics, Marvel.

 

Ghostopolis by Doug Tennapel (3/5 stars)

A spirit detective must retrieve a young boy accidentally taken to the spirit world Ghostopolis. Meanwhile, the boy discovers he has special powers and the tyrannical ruler of the land wants the powers for himself.

Recommended for readers into: Graphic novels, supernatural comics, YA graphic novels.

 

Harley Quinn (volume five): “The Joker’s Last Laugh” by Amanda Conner (4/5 stars)

Everything has been going well for Harley Quinn and her beau Mason Macabre until he’s sent to Arkham Asylum. Harley infiltrates the infamous institution and faces her hellish ex: The Joker.

I’ve also read: Volume 1: “Hot in the City”, Volume 2: “Power Outage”, Volume 3: “Kiss Kiss Bang Stab”, Volume 4: “A Call to Arms”

Recommended for readers into: DC Universe, female-lead characters, Harley Quinn.

 

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (3/5 stars)

Can you imagine your old high school friend becoming one of the most prolific serial killers in America?

Derf Backderf brings to life a steadily disturbing, tragic story of his association to Jeffrey Dahmer as he knew him in high school during the seventies.

Recommended for readers into: Graphic novels, memoirs, true life stories.

 

Paper Girls, Vol. 3

Paper Girls (volume three) by Brian K. Vaughn (4/5 stars)

Four newspaper delivery girls are sucked into a grand time-traveling adventure. As they try to figure out a way to return to their sleepy Ohio town, they end up learning more about each other and the future ahead of them.

I’ve also read: Volumes 1 & 2

Recommended for readers into: Comics, sci-fi comics, time travel

 

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm Vol. 1

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm (volume one)  by Corinna Sara Bechko (4/5 stars)

Ape civilization is a wreck!

Dr. Zaius must find the culprit behind the moon explosion and devastation of Ape City. He sets to resolve the crisis before it spells an end to his society as he knows it.

Recommended for readers into: Comics, Planet of the Apes, sci-fi comics.

 

Radioactive Spider-Gwen (volume one) “Greater Power” by Jason Latour (2/5 stars)

This alternate Spider-Man universe presents Gwen Stacy as the arachnid heroine. A mutant chemical kills Peter Parker but Spider Gwen is blamed for the boy’s death. Gwen Stacy claims she’s innocent, but it only falls on deaf ears.

Recommended for readers into: Alternate universes, female-lead characters, Marvel

 

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Wonder Woman (volume one): “The Lies” by Greg Rucka (4/5 stars)

Wonder Woman can no longer return to Themyscira. She must seek her arch nemesis Cheetah who can show her the way back to her beloved homeland.

I’ve also read: Volume 2: “Year One”

Recommended for readers into: DC universe, female-lead characters, Wonder Woman.

 

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Comment below if you read any of the books listed above or you have any recommendations.

I’m all ears! 😉

 

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My July 2017 Book Haul

Hope your summer reading has been a pleasure!

I’ve read a plenty of exciting writing books and comics. Here’s what I’ve read back in July 2017:

Adult Non-Fiction

5,000 Words Per Hour: Writer Faster, Writer Smarter by Chris Fox (5/5 stars)

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This short book provides many exercises to become a faster, more productive writer. No joke, Chris Fox has done all the steps in this book since he’s accomplished writer and all.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Writing

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (5/5 stars)

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This book has shifted my perspective on work. I’m inspired to dedicate more time into my personal projects thanks to the case studies presented here.

More time dedicated to deep work equals more production.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Productivity
  • Work & Success
  • Work Hacks

Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox (5/5 stars)

I read this book shortly after reading 5,000 Words Per Hour. This book provides an in-depth look on maintaining active writing habits.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Writing

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen (4/5 stars)

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Moira Allen has created a beneficial guide for readers interested in freelance writing as a lifetime career. She includes everything you may want to know regarding query letters, setting up invoices, finding writing opportunities, and handling taxes as a self-employer.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Freelance careers
  • Freelance writing
  • Writing

 The Writer’s Market 2017 by Robert Lee Brewer (4/5 stars)

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This is a great book to for finding writing opportunities in magazines, literary anthologies, scriptwriting competitions, and more. This book has it all!

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Writing
  • Writing careers

Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Different by Robie H. Harris (3/5 stars)

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A sweet book teaching kids how everybody’s physically different but share the same basic emotions.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Teaching diversity to kids

You Are Special by Max Lucado (4/5 stars)

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A puppet lives in a village where everyone gives each other star stickers for good features and grey dot stickers for unattractive ones. Only getting dots for his homely appearance, the puppet meets his creator to find out how why that’s the case. A heart-warming story about how everyone, no matter how different, is special in their own unique way.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Inspirational children’s books
  • Teaching kids the appreciation of individualism

Comics/Graphic Novels

Aquaman (Volume One): “The Drowning” by Dan Abnett (4/5 stars)

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Trouble brews for Aquaman as soon as he creates peaceful relations between humans and his fellow Atlantean citizens. Now, humans are blaming him for the catastrophes brought on by his “people”.

Aquaman investigates who’s really behind the disasters before it blows out into a full-fledge war between land and sea.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Aquaman
  • DC comics
  • The Justice League

Also Read:

  • Volume 2: “Black Manta Rising”

Captain America: Steve Rogers – Hail Hydra by Nick Spencer (3/5 stars)

Captain America is in league with Hydra? You must read how Steve Rogers came into this conclusion!

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “The Trial of Maria Hill”

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • The Avengers
  • Captain America
  • Marvel comics

Harley Quinn (Volume One): “Hot in the City” by Amanda Connor (4/5 stars)

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Somebody’s trying to take out Harley Quinn. After Harley’s home blows up, she moves to Coney Island to start a new life but assassins keep crashing in her new pad.

What the heck a girl got to do to live a calm, decent life? If you’re Harley Quinn, your world will never be calm.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Power Outage”
  • Volume Three: “Kiss Kiss Bang Stab”
  • Volume Four: “A Call to Arms”

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • DC comics
  • Gotham Girls
  • Harley Quinn

Howard the Duck (Volume 0): What the Duck by Chip Zdarsky (2/5 stars)

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Howard the Duck is a private detective who only wants to solve simple cases, get money, and find a way to return to his home planet. It seems like he’s not going to get any of those anytime soon since he’s always winds up in the craziest situations.

I hope this series turns out better since the first volume was a bit bland.  I appreciate the superhero cameos though.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Howard the Duck
  • Marvel comics

Superior Iron Man (Volume 1): “Infamous” by Tom Taylor (4/5 stars)

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Tony Stark can be quite arrogant, but villainous?

Stark’s mental state has changed since he and the Avengers fought the Red Skull equipped with super psychic powers. He thinks he’s still doing good deeds for people but his close friends start seeing him as a rising threat to mankind.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Stark Contrast”

 Recommended for Readers Into:

  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man
  • Marvel comics

Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins (4/5 stars)

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The image of Logan once as a fragile little boy surprised me! He went through so much growing up in a privileged (yet troubled) household in Alberta, Canada to working in a stone quarry in British Columbia.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Marvel comics
  • Wolverine

Wonder Woman (Volume One): “Blood” by Brian Azzarello (4/5 stars)

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A scared woman named Zola seeks Wonder Woman’s help after being attacked by assassin centaurs (you’ve read that right). Looks like Hera is after another woman who has slept with her man Zeus, but where’s he?

Wonder Woman is set on a mission to search for Zeus’ whereabouts and make sure Zola is safe and sound from Hera’s wrath.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Guts”
  • Volume Three: “Iron”
  • Volume Four: “War”
  • Volume Five: “Flesh”
  • Volume Six: “Bones”
  • Volume Seven: “War Torn” (by Meredith Finch)
  • Volume Eight: “A Twist of Fate” (by Meredith Finch)
  • Volume Nine: “Resurrection” (by Meredith Finch)

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • DC comics
  • Wonder Woman

Juvenile Fiction

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (3/5 stars)

Newt Scamander’s magical creatures roam free all over New York City after escaping from his enchanted briefcase. Capturing them on his own gets more complicated when there’s a dangerous wizard on the loose and the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) is over his shoulder. Above all else, Newt hopes his creatures and any people are left unharmed.

Overall, reading the screenplay was way more fun than watching the movie.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Harry Potter
  • The Harry Potter Universe

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That’s all for July’s book haul!  Make sure you check out my latest book haul coming soon!

Feel free to read my last book haul case you missed it.

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What have you read in July 2017? Any recommended August reads? Let me know in the comments below!

My June 2017 Book Haul

So psyched summer’s finally here! It’s one of my favorite seasons for reading. I feel like I get more reading done now than any other time of the year.

Here’s what I’ve read as part of my book haul for June 2017:

Comics/Graphic Novels

Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography by Sabrina Jones (4/5 stars)

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 I glanced at the book cover on display in the library’s graphic novel section and thought, “Who’s Isadora Duncan?”

Isadora was a dancer ahead of her time. She didn’t care if she caused a commotion dancing onstage barefoot wearing a sheer chemise. Eventually, people grew to love her for it.

Sabrina Jones captured Isadora as a vibrant, adventurous woman who shared her creative dance techniques with the rest of the world. She had dance schools in Berlin, Paris (closed during WWI), and Moscow.

Want more info about her? Check out the sites below:

  1. Isadora Duncan
  2. The Isadora Duncan Archive
  3. Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company

Recommended for readers into:

  •  Famous dancers
  • Graphic novel biographies
  • Isadora Duncan

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur v.2: Cosmic Cooties by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare (3/5 stars)

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I read the last volume of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur last year and was quite impressed.

For those who don’t know, Lunella Lafayette is a nine-year old super genius (still in elementary school for some reason) who fights crime with a ferocious red T-Rex from another dimension. The idea alone made me stick with this comic.

Lunella discovers she has Inhuman genes. The galactic Kree empire created the Inhumans to further expand their military and scientific agenda. However, the Inhumans had plans of their own and fought against their creators. Now, the Inhumans are enemies of the Kree.

In this volume, Lunella tries to get used to her strange Inhuman quirks while the Kree plans to capture her and send her back to their planet.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Leading female characters
  • Marvel
  • People of Color (POC) in comics
  • Sci-Fi comics

Adult Non-Ficton

Accidental Genius by Mark Levy (4/5 stars)

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This is one of those writing books you can refer to just in case you’re stuck with a hard case of writer’s block. Mark Levy’s greatest tip in this book: just write.

Seriously, write whatever the heck you want and worry about the editing process later. Don’t let perfectionism stop you.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Creative writing
  • Overcoming writer’s block
  • Writing

Blogging for Dummies (the 6th edition) by Amy Lupold Bair (3/5 stars)

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Thought about blogging for a while but afraid you might screw up in the process?

Blogging for Dummies is a great book for those who need a serious head start in the blogging world.

The author covers the basic” blogging 101” concepts:

  1. Blogging platforms: Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, etc.
  2. Creating blog posts
  3. Creating self-hosting blog sites
  4. Gaining traffic
  5. SEO

Recommended for readers into:

  • Blog site development
  • Blogging

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (4/5 stars)

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If you want any valuable tips on being a successful person, take it from Darren Hardy, former publisher of SUCCESS magazine.

The Compound Effect is a master plan of smashing goals one step at a time. That may be writing every day, taking that five am jog three times a week, or reading a new book every week of the year.

The takeaway from this book: consistency and focus are the roots of success.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Productivity
  • Successful habits

How the Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne (4/5 stars)

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This book was a great reminder how the Law of Attraction (LOA) can truly work for people (for believers only). I’ve been reading The Secret series since the first book came out.

The Law of Attraction states whatever you focus on manifests into physical form. Good advice: think pleasant thoughts. If you want to have a million dollars, focus on that instead of your empty pockets.

However, you simply can’t sit in a room, think about money for ten seconds, and money instantly falls into your lap.

Action is a step in the Law of Attraction process. A few testimonies in How the Secret Changed My Life reveal how they’ve manifested their wishes through action. One guy pretended he was singing onstage with Stevie Wonder and he won a contest just to do that.

Take in mind how people used the Law of Attraction in this book.

The book’s worth reading, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth buying unless you absolutely must collect every book Rhonda Byrne has ever published!

How the Secret Changed My Life is recycled material from the The Secret with a dash of newly added material, and testimonies you probably can find from The Secret website.

If you’re curious where the LOA idea came from, check out The Kybalion. I’ve created a review about the book.

Recommended for readers into:

  • The Law of Attraction
  • Positive thinking
  • The Secret

How to Start a Home-Based Blogging Business by Brett Snyder (3/5 stars)

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Brett Snyder provides decent tips on maintaining a blogging business including blogging routines, taxes, and setting up corporate structures for your blog (self-proprietorship, LLC, etc).

This book is a must read for those who want to move up from personal blogging to a major online blogging business. However, don’t let this book be your only book for setting up your blogging for e-commerce. This book did great, but I felt like it was only a tip of the iceberg.

There’s always more to learn.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Affiliate programs
  • Blogging
  • Blogging for monetary value
  • Online businesses

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (5/5 stars)

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!

I instantly purchased my own book after reading the library copy! I loved the Millionaire Fastlane that much! MJ DeMarco taught me what it takes if I want to earn millions while I’m still young and full of energy.

According to DeMarco, people are grouped into three categories: sidewalkers, slowlaners, and fastlaners.

  1. Sidewalkers: Always broke and solely dependent on people to give them money
  2. Slowlaners: Depends solely on a full-time job working for somebody else for money.
  3. Fastlaners: Build their own money systems through multiple active and passive streams of income.

Seriously, I felt like a multi-millionaire after gaining the knowledge from this book!

Click here for my review on this book.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial books
  • Having a millionaire mindset
  • “How to Be a Millionaire” books

And that’s a wrap for June 2017!

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Have you read any books above? Any recommendations for July 2017?

Feel free to comment below.

 

 

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! 😉

 

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?