My January 2018 Book Haul

Huzzah! New year, new books! Here’s what I’ve read in my January 2018 book haul.

Adult Fiction

1. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (3/5 stars)

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The Summer Before the War reveals the lives of a small English town before and after WWI. The story’s quite slow.  You’ll start to wonder when the war finally starts.

However, I loved Simonson’s beautiful descriptions of the English countryside. She makes you feel like you truly there.

 

Adult Non-Fiction

2. The Art of Doing by Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield (4/5 stars)

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What does an Indy 500 racecar driver, a New York Times bestselling author, and erotica movie director have in common? They took action to get to where they are now.

The Art of Doing is an inspiring collection of interviews with people who have accomplished amazing feats.

Guests include Laura Linney, Yogi Berra, Alec Baldwin,  Stephen J. Dubner, Constance Rice, Phillippe Petit, Jessica Watson, the founders of OkCupid, and the band OK Go.

3. Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink (4/5 stars)

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Discipline Equals Freedom will teach you how to boost your mental and physical state. You must have the discipline to control your life. Without it, life controls you.

4. The Great Pyramid Hoax by Scott Creighton (2.5-3/5 stars) (review)

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The Great Pyramid Hoax has an appealing premise regarding forgery in the Great Pyramids. Unfortunately, the extensive evidence has bored me to sleep.

On the bright side, I’m looking forward to reading more of Scott Creighton’s books in the future.

5. Mental Chemistry by Charles F. Haanel (5/5 stars) (review)

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Changing reality is all about mindset. Charles F. Haanel offers readers a detailed look how we are truly the creators of our realities. What we see in our lives reflects our beliefs. Control your thoughts, and you’ll control your world.

Comics/Graphic Novels

6. 1602: Marvel by Neil Gaiman (4/5 stars)

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Imagine your favorite Marvel characters and set them in the Elizabethan era. You’ll love this comic if you already love Marvel and Neil Gaiman’s works.

Queen Elizabeth is dead, and the new king is setting up an inquisition killing off mutants. Now, it’s up to the survivors to find a safe escape route out of Europe.

7. African American Classics edited by Tom Pomplun and Lance Tooks (4/5 stars)

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Stories from famous African-American writers like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston are taken into graphic novel form. A highly recommended Black History month read!

8. Superman/Wonder Woman (volume one): “Power Couple” by Charles Soule (3/5 stars)

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Wonder Woman and Superman together? Yeah, I can see that. They make a great couple, but they don’t get to spend much quality time together. Darn villains keep threatening Earth!

9. Thor (volume one): “The Goddess of Thunder” by Jason Aaron (4/5 stars)

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This Thor series was exciting and awesome! Too bad it’s only two volumes. A woman has taken Thor’s hammer, and everybody in the universe is trying to figure out who she is.

10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle & Hope Larson (3/5 stars)

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I’ve read the graphic novel since I’ve never had time to read the book when I was a kid. I liked Meg’s story crossing dimensions to find her missing father. I wish she weren’t such a whiner though.

Juvenile Non-Fiction

11. Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale (3/5 stars)

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Never attempt to travel through America with an ox wagon during the winter. I repeat, just don’t!

This historical graphic novel unfolds the tragic story of the Donner Party. During the mid 19th-century, 87 travelers endured a harsh journey from Springfield, Illinois to California. Only 48 made it to the sunny state. Cannibalism was involved.

YA (Young Adult)

12. 23:27 by H.L Roberts (3/5 stars)

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Young rock star Lilith is trapped between staying to true herself and being a puppet to the music industry. It’s taking a toll on her relationship with her band member Alec.

This emotional roller coaster story has its highs and serious lows. You’d want to jump into Lilith’s world and make everything better for her.

 

What was in your January book haul?

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My December 2017 Book Haul

Ever planned to read certain books and ended with a completely different list? That was me last month. Plans change, and that’s okay. At least I’ve accomplished reading 300 books as part of my 2017 Goodreads challenge.

By now, I’ve learned my biggest lesson of 2017 as an active reader: avoid the “shiny new cool book” trap.

Here’s my December 2017 book haul:

Adult Non-Fiction

1. Kabbalah by Tim Dedopulos (4/5 stars)

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Kabbalah is an easy-to-read intro to this religion. This subject has caught my interests through various esoteric studies and recurring Tree of Life images I’ve kept seeing in books and the internet.

For readers into:

  • Jewish mysticism
  • Kabbalah
  • Religious studies
2. The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall (5/5 stars)

The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Reader's Edition)

This extensive occult studies encyclopedia has taken most of the month to read. It was well worth it!

For readers into:

  • Alchemy
  • Ancient mystery cults
  • Esoteric philosophy

Comics/Graphic Novels

3. 1602: Witch Hunter Angela by Marguerite Bennett (3/5 stars)

Marvel takes their modern world back into the Elizabethan era. Instead of fighting enemies in space, Angela the assassin hunts down demons and creatures called the Witchbreed.

For readers into:

  • Leading female characters
  • Marvel
  • Alternate Marvel universes
4. The Shadow Out of Time adapted by I.N.J Culbard

The Shadow Out of Time

A college professor finds out strange beings have been using his body for research while he was unconscious. Quite uncomforting.

For readers into:

  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Lovecraftian monsters
  • Lovecraftian lore
5. The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Reiner (4/5 stars)

The Unsinkable Walker Bean was such a surprising, fun pirate adventure story. Little Walker Bean has to return a cursed talking skull before its owners cause utter chaos on the surface world.

For readers into:

  • Adventure comics
  • Comics for middle-schoolers
  • Pirates
6. Username: Evie by Joe Sugg (3/5 stars)

Lonely teen Evie ventures into a virtual reality created by her deceased father. Her bully cousin stumbles into Evie’s world and attempts to screw it up.

Username: Evie is the first book I’ve read written by a Youtuber. Joe Sugg is known as ThatcherJoe on Youtube.

For readers into:

  • Sci-Fi
  • Virtual reality stories
  • Youtubers’ books

Comics: “Welcome to Riverdale” edition

7. Archie (volume three) by Mark Waid (4/5 stars)

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I had to return to reading Archie comics since Riverdale came out. I can see why Betty and Veronica fuss over Archie. He’s a real cutie, but the boy needs to make up his darn mind who he wants to date. No wonder Jughead gets tired of Archie’s relationship drama.

For readers into:

  • Archie Andrews
  • Archie comics
  • Riverdale

I also read: Archie (volumes 1, 2, and 4)

8. Jughead (volume two) by Chip Zdarsky (4/5 stars)

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Jughead and Sabrina make a great duo. Glad I gave this Jughead series a second chance. The first volume didn’t catch my attention much.

For readers into:

  • Jughead Jones
  • Jughead comics
  • Riverdale

I also read: Jughead (volumes 1 & 3)

Comics: “Star Wars” edition

9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Jody Houser (3/5 stars)

I picked this up because I didn’t feel like seeing it in theatres. Warning: it’s sad.

For readers into:

  • Action comics
  • Sci-Fi
  • The Star Wars universe
10. Star Wars: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka (3/5 stars)

What happened after The Return of the Jedi? Happiness was short-lived, I’ll tell you that much.

For readers into:

  • Action comics
  • Sci-Fi
  • The Star Wars universe

Adult Non-Fiction: “Writing” edition

11. Secrets of a Freelance Writer by Robert W. Bly (4/5 stars)

Want to make a substantial income as a freelance writer? Read this and you’ll be ready for a successful writing career.

For readers into:

  • Copywriting
  • Freelancing
  • Writing
12. Wired for Story by Lisa Cron (4/5 stars)

The key to getting a reader hooked on your story is unlocking their brain’s desires. Once you learn the tricks, you might become a master storyteller.

For readers into:

  • The art of storytelling
  • Brain studies
  • Writing

What did you read last month? Any reading plans for January 2018?

Past book hauls:

My November 2017 Book Haul

November was another small reading month. I read some great books including Asterix the Gaul. The last time I’ve read anything related to the French comic was high school.

Asterix is an incredibly popular character in European comic history. France has even dedicated a theme park to Asterix’s world.

Here’s my November 2017 book haul:

Adult Non-Fiction

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1. Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley (3/5 stars)

Law of Attraction fans should consider reading Infinite Possibilities. The book can be a bit repetitive, but it’s still a good read.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Law of Attraction
  • New Age Spirituality
  • Self-Help

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2. Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff (3/5 stars)

Do you suck at pitches? Pitch Anything will do wonders for you.

Oren Klaff uses one simple method to nail all his pitches. This book reveals the juicy details to kickstart your pitching game!

Recommended for readers into:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing

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3. It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences by June Casagrande (3/5 stars)

You’re going to have grammar lessons for life as a full-time writer. Read this book if you desperately need to improve sentence skills!

June Casagrande uncovers grammar topics you need to know from relative clauses to those accursed semi-colons.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Language
  • Reference books
  • Writing
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4. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovitz (4/5 stars) (review)

The authors reveal how they’ve made it to the top of their careers through hustling. You’ll learn to do the same (results may vary).

Recommended for readers into:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-Help

 Comics

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1. Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny (4/5 stars)

The Romans have conquered all of Gaul except for the little town of Amorica. Asterix has kept the village safe from Roman invasion.

The town druid Getafix makes invincibility potions for Asterix to scare the Romans away. Eventually, the Romans kidnap Getafix to reveal his secret potion recipe.

Asterix must save his druid friend before the Romans finally find a way to destroy and conquer Amorica.

Recommended for readers into:

  • European comics
  • Historical fiction comics
  • Stories set in ancient civilizations

 That’s all for November 2017! Look out for my December haul later this month.

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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

 

My September 2017 Book Haul

My September 2017 book haul was quite a combination. It included a valuable book on article writing, a children’s book with aliens teaching energy science, and a hot love story between an Unfallen angel and a jewel elf.

Here’s the list below:

Adult Fiction

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (3/5 stars) (review)

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Maya Burkett has witnessed her husband’s brutal murder. Now she sees him apparently alive and well playing with their kid.

Find out what the heck is going on in Harlan Coben’s thrilling story. This book is filled with dark secrets and betrayals.

Recommended for Readers Into: Female lead characters in mystery novels, modern day thrillers, and suspense.

Razr by Larissa Ione (4/5 stars)

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Razr is an Unfallen one, an angel who has been kicked out of heaven, but not condemned to the underworld for all eternity (yet). He can return to his rightful place if he retrieves his gem of power. The gem’s new owner is a beautiful jewel elf.

The gem Jedda has gathered long ago has become a vital part of her body. She dies if she loses it. Things become complicated when she meets a handsome angel looking for the very jewel her life depends on.

How is this going to turn out?

Books I’ve Read from this Series: Azagoth, Hades, and Z.

Recommended for Readers Into: Angels and demons in romance novels, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy.

Adult Non-Fiction

The Books of Enoch by Joseph B. Lumpkin (3/5 stars)

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Do you remember a man named Enoch? He was briefly mentioned in the Bible for like, two seconds. He has his own book.

The books reveal the story of God punishing angels who slept with human women and Enoch’s ascension to heaven.

Recommended for Readers Into: Christianity, Jewish mysticism, and non-canon biblical stories.

Get Your Articles Published by Lesley Brown (4/5 stars)

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This book is a must for those dreaming of living a freelance writer’s lifestyle. You will learn article writing basics and how to beef up your writing portfolio.

Recommended for Readers Into: Blogging, freelance writing, and general writing.

The Hidden Geometry of Life by Karen L. French (3/5 stars)

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The author literally pulls everything from her mind about shapes, sounds, and nature into this book.  It’s a math nerd’s treasure trove.

Recommended for Readers into: Nature, sacred geometry, and science.

 

Children’s Non-Fiction

Aliens and Energy by Agnieszka Biskup (4/5 stars)

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Making science exciting for kids can be quite a challenge. Aliens and Energy is a humorous solution presenting science lessons with funny aliens exploring Earth (and escaping the Men in Black).

Recommended for Readers into: Aliens, graphic novels, and children’s science books.

Graphic Novels

Heroes (Volume 1) by Tim Sale and other Various Authors (3/5 stars)

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Remember the TV show Heroes? Relive the adventure with the graphic novel!

Recommended for Readers Into: Graphic novels, Heroes, and superheroes.

SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (5/5 stars)

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SuperMutant Magic Academy is X-Men Academy and the Harry Potter universe with a splash of quirkiness. The school is filled with unique students going through common and sometimes extraordinary high school issues.

Recommended for Readers into: Graphic novels, magical teens, and mutants.

Wonder Woman (Volume 3): “The Truth by Greg Rucka (3/5 stars)

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Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira with help from her friends including her love interest Steve Trevor and frenemy Cheetah. She finds out who has blocked her from entering her homeland and helps a troubled god in the process.

I’ve also read: Wonder Woman (Volume 1): “The Lies” Wonder Woman (Volume 2): “Year One”

Recommended for Readers into: DC comics, superheroes, and Wonder Woman

Conclusion

September was an interesting month.

I have achieved my promise reading less graphic novels compared to last month. Out of the three I’ve read, I strongly recommend Supermutant Magic Academy. I loved reading it so much I envisioned myself creating the script as a live action Youtube webseries.

Looking forward to reading my October haul.

Missed my last book hauls? Here you go:

Share your September book haul in the comments below. Feel free to share your October haul too! 😉

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.

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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!