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!

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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?

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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 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


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!