My February 2018 Book Haul

This month, I’ve developed a new system reading more books every day. Besides reading one book at a time, I’d read two. I read 60 pages from one book and 30 pages from the second. This method worked wonders!

Looking forward to experimenting with another plan to read even more. If you haven’t viewed my 2018 resolutions, my goal is to read 333 books (including comics & e-books) by the end of the year.

Here’s my February 2018 book haul:

Adult Non-Fiction

1. Become the Force by Daniel M. Jones (4/5 stars)

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Daniel Jones took the whole Star Wars universe to a more in-depth spiritual level. The spirit of Jediism is being peaceful, doing good, and connecting with the Force.

I have no plans of joining the Church of Jediism anytime soon, but it was interesting to read about the church’s origins and its founder.

2. The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle (5/5 stars) *review*

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Consistent practice makes one talented according to The Little Book of Talent. This book is filled with valuable information to upgrade any skill you need to develop.

3. Show Your Work!  by Austin Kleon (5/5 stars) *review*

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You’d think having a creative career is hard, but Austin Kleon will show you how it’s done. Do the work, show your work, and repeat.

4. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (4/5 stars) *review*

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Show Your Work! was so great I immediately picked up Steal Like An Artist. These books are pure gold for artists everywhere.

5. The Writing Warrior by Laraine Herring (4/5 stars) *review*

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Writing for leisure? Simple.

Writing full-time? Not so much.

Reading The Writing Warrior has helped me get over my writing problems especially the accursed writer’s block whenever it rears its ugly head.

Comics/Graphic Novels

1. The Adventures of Tintin (v.2) by Hergé

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I love these Tintin 3-1 editions. This volume features The Broken Ear, The Black Island, and King Ottokar’s Sceptre.

2. The Adventures of Tintin (v.3) by Hergé

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More Tintin adventures! This volume includes The Secret of the Unicorn, The Shooting Star, and The Crab with the Golden Claws.

3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Book One) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (5/5 stars) *review*

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I love a good scary story sending chills down my spine. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not another friendly Archie comic featuring Sabrina in her kooky, magical adventures.

Please read at your own risk.

4. Hollow City: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs (story) & Cassandra Jean (art) (4/5 stars)

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If you’re familiar with the Peculiar Children novels, try reading the graphic novel series.

I hope the movie sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children comes out soon. I’m ready to see this in theaters!

I also read: 

5. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (3/5 stars)

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Priyanka finds a magical scarf leading her back to India. There, she uncovers a family secret hidden from her since she was born.

6. Plutona by Jeff Lemire & Emi Lennox (2/5 stars)

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Plutona‘s about a group of kids finding a superheroine’s corpse in the woods. This story had rising potential then it dropped with an anti-climatic ending.

Juvenile (For Ages 8-13)

1. The Adventures of Riley: Outback Odyssey by Amanda Lumry & Laura Hurwitz (4/5 stars)


I read Outback Odyssey since I was in a “Let’s travel to Australia” mood. I learned many things about the Outback wildlife. Did you know male kangaroos were called boomers?

YA (Young Adult)

1. Hurricane Kiss by Debbie Blumenthal (3/5 stars)

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Jillian is forced to shed her true feelings for River, a football star dropout, in the midst of Category 5 Hurricane Danielle.

Debbie Blumenthal’s storm descriptions made me feel like I was right in the middle of Mother Nature’s horrors. The romance was sweet, but I felt like the hurricane rushed it.

What was in your February book haul?

Past book hauls:

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!

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