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?

 

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!