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.

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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!

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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.

Biographies/Memoirs

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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

Children

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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

Fiction

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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

Non-Fiction

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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.

 

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)

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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

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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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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.

Manga

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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.

YA

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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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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.

(Pic Sources: Amazon)

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