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!

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This Space Dog Made Me Sad

 

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Laika by Nick Abadzis (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I knew the history of Laika, the Soviet space dog, and I still cried throughout this book. If you’re familiar with sad dog stories like Old Yeller or Where the Red Fern Grows, prepare yourself with a tissue box (or two) because you’ll become attached to this cute little Moscow stray quick!

Nick Abadzis’ Laika is the story of the first animal to orbit into space. Sputnik was successfully launched on October 4, 1957.  Soviet politician Nikita Khruschev wanted another launch made in time for the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. This anniversary was in November. Due to the abrupt announcement,  the space engineers went through an expedited creation of Sputnik II. Before attempting to bring any humans on board, stray dogs were used instead. Laika was the first. The space orbit was a one-way trip.

Laika  is one interesting fictional take on the notable historical event. Besides reading from the humans’ perspective, you read from Laika’s  view of her doomed journey. She’s always looking for someone to love and trust. Trust was always temporarily being passed from one human to the next but her love was forever.

Ugh, this book made me go through a serious “gross tears” phase. Just ugh.

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  Which animal stories made you cry gross tears?