6 Louisiana Books to Catch Those Bayou State Vibes

My maternal grandmother was from Louisiana. I won’t ever be able to talk to her about it since she passed away shortly after my mom was born.

The family link might be a subconscious reason why I’ve always been interested in Louisiana. The vampire lore, its haunted history, the voodoo culture, and the melting pot diversity always fascinated me.

With that said, I found six Louisiana books that’ll give me those bayou state vibes no matter where I am in the world. Perhaps you too!

1. The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition by Kim Marie Vaz

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I would’ve never known street walkers organized a part of the Mardi Gras marches. The decision to march started out as a competition between rival red light districts.

2. Beware of the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

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A sister searches for her missing brother in a swamp the town locals wouldn’t dare explore.

3. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

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Anne Rice and New Orleans go together like PBJ. With vampires in the mix, it’s even more delicious!

4. The King of Bones and Ashes by J. D. Horn

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Witches are turning against each other as their magic fades away. One witch’s case to solve witches’ disappearances in New Orleans may have dark connections to her family.

5. Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans Most Famous Murderess Revealed by Victoria Cosner Love & Lorelei Shannon

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A locked room in Madame Delphine LaLaurie’s home hides her hidden atrocities. A city fire exposes all of its gruesome secrets.

You might recognize the LaLaurie name from  Kathy Bates’ character in American Horror Story: Coven.

6. Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Voodoo Dreams is a fictional account based on the real Marie Laveau, famed voodoo priestess of New Orleans. You can visit her grave at the Saint Louis Cemetery.


Which books make you want to travel to Lousiana right now?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

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  • Title: Chilling Adventures with Sabrina (Book One) (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  • Publication: Archie Comics (Aug 16, 2016)
  • Genre:  Horror, Graphic Novels/Comics
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

“Prepare to have your socks spooked off.” -i09

I should’ve paid closer attention to this quick review. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will creep you out! The book has the 50s-60s horror movie vibes all over it.

I thought, “Hmm, this will be cool to read before I go to bed.”

What the heck was I thinking? Do you want this face ingrained in your brain when you’re trying to sleep?

Not Your Friendly Teen Witch Story

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Sabrina’s dark life begins as soon as she’s born. Her mother Diane tried to run away with baby Sabrina from her warlock husband, Edward. Eventually, he catches up with Diane and turns her into a mental hospital. Edward’s sisters Hilda and Zelda become Sabrina’s guardians.

Years later, Sabrina reaches her teenage years and attends Baxter High in Greendale. There, she falls in love with football star Harvey Kinkle (lol that name).

The problem: witch law bans intimate relationships between witches and mortals. Even though Sabrina’s born with both mortal and witch’s blood, her aunts recommended she should focus on her witchcraft.

One becomes a fully-fledged witch on the first full moon after their 16th birthday. They go through a creepy ceremony sacrificing a goat and signing their name in the Devil’s book. Yeah, it’s that dark and serious.

Not only Sabrina has to choose to be a full-time witch or live a normal life to be with Harvey, but she also has to deal with Iola. She was Edward’s jilted lover.

Madame Satan

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Iola aka Madame Satan is the woman you’ll think about whenever you hear the phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

Iola dated Edward for a while until he announced he was seeing Diana. Furious with Edward’s decision, she threw herself into a lion’s den.

That’s the end of her, right? Nope. Iola ends up in hell tortured for her sin of suicide.

Iola returns to the human world after Betty and Veronica accidentally summon her. She learns of Sabrina’s whereabouts and disguises herself as a teacher in Sabrina’s school.

Sabrina doesn’t know how much hell Iola is about to give her.

Story Questions

A few questions linger in my mind about this Sabrina story:

1. Who turned Edward into a tree?

In one scene, angry five-year-old Sabrina has a telepathic temper tantrum because her dad isn’t present at her birthday party. Aunts Hilda and Zelda claim he’s busy. The next panel reveals Edward’s distorted face in a tree.

Did the aunts do it or Edward did it to himself by accident? Perhaps I’ve skipped a page…

2. What is Edward’s master plan with Sabrina?

Edward repeatedly states he needs an offspring because the Dark Lord (Satan) told him to.

But why? What happens after Sabrina’s born? What is Sabrina’s ultimate destiny?

I suppose my answers will come when the next book comes out.


Special thanks to ccampaign7 from Charmed Book Haven Reviews. After reading her review on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I was inspired to read it too!

Any dark comics you’d recommend?

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28 Book Ideas for Black History Month

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Looking for something to read during Black History Month 2018? Here’s a quick list of 28 books you can read. The list includes biographies, general non-fiction, graphic novels, and more.


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  1. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
  2. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  3. Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God, and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman
  4. How to be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  5. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
  6. Negroland by Margo Jefferson
  7. A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long
  8. Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life by Betty Reid
  9. Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes
  10. You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson


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  1. American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Lawrence Pringle
  2. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles


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  1. The Book of Night Women by Maron James
  2. Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
  3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  4. Kindred by Octavia Butler
  5. The Truth about Awiti by CP Patrick

Graphic Novels

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  1. Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia & Frederick McKissack
  2. March by John Lewis
  3. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos


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  1. Black Magic: White Hollywood African American Culture by Krin Gabbard
  2. Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South by Michael P. Johnson & James L. Roark
  3. Dear White People by Justin Simien
  4. First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School by Alison Stewart
  5. The InvisiblesThe Untold Story of African-American Slaves in the White House by Jesse Holland
  6. The Park and the People: A History of Central Park by Ray Rosenzweig & Elizabeth Blackmar
  7. Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston
  8. They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima


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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.


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20 Books for Ancient Aliens Fans

Waiting until spring for the latest Ancient Aliens season to come out? Bored of binge-watching the old episodes?

Chill out! There are 20 books Ancient Aliens fans can read written by regular guests of the show.

Ancient Alien Theories

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1. The 12th Planet by Zecharia Sitchin

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An alien race called the Anunnaki have come to earth for gold to save their planet’s dying atmosphere. They created humans to do all the dirty work, but the humans rebelled against their creators.

Sounds like an insane creation tale, right? Not to Sitchin. He uncovered this Anunnaki myth after 30 years studying ancient Sumerian tablets.

2. The Ancient Alien Question by Philip Coppens

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What is the alien connection to Puma Punku? The Nazca lines? All the answers lie within The Ancient Alien Question.

3. Ancient Aliens & Secret Societies by Mike Bara

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Modern secret societies are keeping alien knowledge for themselves instead of sharing it with the public. Even NASA has a dark role in this scheme.

4. The Bible & Flying Saucers by Barry H. Downing

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Jesus comes from another planet and aliens have helped Moses part the Red Sea. Sounds like a great topic to share with your strict Christian family, right?

WARNING: This is a rare and expensive book on Amazon.

5. Bloodlines of the Gods by Nick Redfern

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Ordinary people are born with Rh-positive blood, but the negative blood types are different. Those born with this unique bloodline might be living evidence of alien-manipulated DNA.

6. Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken

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Originally published in 1968, Chariots of the Gods proposes aliens have contacted humans in the past. This book made it to the bestseller list despite angry scientists and archaeologists ripping their hair out.

7. Star Ancestors by Nancy Red Star

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Native American tribes share the story of their ancestors’ contact with aliens. The aliens aka “Sky Elders” taught the natives how to keep the world in balance.


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8. Aliens, Angels, and Demons by  Ariel B. Tzadok

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Aged religious records mention supernatural beings mingling with humans. Who were they and what messages do they have about our future?

9. Lost Secrets of the Watchers by William Henry

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Long ago, angels taught humans magic including dimensional transformation and stargate construction. Why did this arcane knowledge disappear?

Mythologist William Henry explains the angels’ rise and fall from hidden biblical history.


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10. The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan

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The Expected One is an adventure story associated with lost biblical secrets. A journalist’s research leads her to the sacred Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Only a select few can find it.

This book has Da Vinci Code vibes all over it. 🙂

11. Night Talk by George Noory

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Thanks to a hacker, a paranormal late-night talk show host ends up with a stack of classified documents and government agents hot on his trail.


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12. Origins of the Sphinx by Robert Schoch

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Natural evidence on the Sphinx shows it’s much older than what mainstream historians believe. According to Schoch, a pre-Pharaonic dynasty had a part in it.

13. The Orion Mystery by Robert Bauval

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Robert Bauval explains the Great Pyramids’ intentional alignment with Orion’s belt. Their connection to the stars has an answer to the pyramids’ ultimate purpose.

Modern Alien Stories

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14. The Ascension Mysteries by David Wilcock

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Humanity’s trapped in an intergalactic battle between good and evil. Wilcock shares his personal story leading to this revelation and what it spells for the future of Earth.

15. The Day after Roswell by William J. Birnes

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Colonel Philip J. Coven explains what happened after the Roswell incident and the cover-ups the government used on the public.

16. Encounter in Rendlesham Forest by Nick Pope

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Two UK soldiers have encountered an alien spacecraft in Rendlesham forest. What they reveal will make you question how many UFO secrets our governments are hiding.

17. The Mars Mystery by Graham Hancock

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Are there ancient structures on Mars?  The Mars Mystery states there were beings on the red planet, but NASA is covering up all the juicy details.

18. Mysterious Lights & Crop Circles by Linda Moulton Howe

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Eyewitnesses have seen flashing orbs in fields at night and crop circles appearing during the day. Linda Moulton Howe takes on a two-year investigation studying the crop circle mania.

Mysterious Creations

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19. Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods by Andrew Collins

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A Turkish shepherd stumbles upon Gobekli Tepe, presumably older than the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge combined. Whatever archaeologists discover may change what we know about our ancient history forever.

20. Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India & Atlantis by David Hatcher Childress

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Ancient Hindu texts reveal stories of mythical, mind-controlled aircrafts called vimanas. Childress unravels its origins and their connection to the lost city of Atlantis.


Now,  where are Giorgio Tsoukalos’ books? After all, he is the Ancient Aliens host. All I could find was his foreword contribution in von Daniken’s Twilight of the Gods.

Tsoukalos is head of Legendary Times magazine, but the company hasn’t published anything since 2008.

Giorgio, you’re awesome, but I need you to get some more writing done.

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Are you an Ancient Aliens fan? Who are your favorite ancient alien theories?

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If Santa Gave Me 25 Books for Christmas…

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Instead of having all of your presents on Christmas Day, what if Santa came by every day for 25 days giving you one gift?

I’d ask Santa to give me 25 books:

25 Books Christmas Wish List

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  1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
    • Read it middle school. Never owned the book.
  2. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
  3. The Atlantean Legacy by Paula Bates
  4. Mask and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis
  5. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

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  1. Berserk by Kentaro Miura
    • Have to read the manga since the anime ended it with a serious cliffhanger!
  2. Dead Tube by Mikoto Yamaguchi & Touta Kitakawa
    • Only available in French for some reason
  3. Demon Love Spell by Mayu Shinjo
  4. Happy Mania by Moyoko Anno
  5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
    • Currently unavailable 😦

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  1. The Alchemy of Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia
  2. A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Reality by Ramtha
  3. Nothing in this Book is True, but It’s Exactly How Things Are by Bob Frissell
  4. The Pineal Gland: The Eye of God by Manly P. Hall
    • Currently in love with Hall’s works since I’ve started reading The Secret Teachings of All Ages.
  5. The Secret Source by Maja D’Aoust & Adam Parfrey

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  1. Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher
  2. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
  3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
  5. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore

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  1. 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron
  2. The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course by Alina Bradford
  3. The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod
  4. On Writing by Stephen King
  5. You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins





I’m ready to see the books I’ll get this Christmas! If I don’t get any, those lovely  Amazon and bookstore gift cards I always find in my Christmas stocking will do. 😉

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30 Books I’m Thankful for in 2017

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

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

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

 Adult Fiction

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1.  1001 Nights: Demonica Novella Series by Larissa Ione

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

2. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (review)

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

Adult Non-Fiction

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

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

4. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (review)

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

5. Deep Work by Cal Newport (review)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (review)

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

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

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

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

Adult Non-Fiction (Channeled)

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

Ask and It is Given hasn’t disappointed me.

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

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

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

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

I loved channeled books.

12. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts (review)

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

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

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

Adult Non-Fiction (Writing)

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

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

14. Accidental Genius by Mark Levy (review)

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

The key: get started already!

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

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

16. Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox (review)

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

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

This freelance writing book is a blessing.

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

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

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

Comics/Graphic Novels

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

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

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

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

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

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

The haters are liars lol.

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

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

22. The Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

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

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

23. Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

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

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

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

I’m thankful for Diana Prince’s existence.


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25. Dance in the Vampire Bund II by Nozomu Tamaki

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

26. Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama (Manga Monday)

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

27. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima (Manga Monday)

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

28. Haikyu by Haruichi Furudate (Manga Monday)

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

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

This series, omg.

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

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


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30. The Lost Code  by Kevin Emerson (review)

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

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

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